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Warriors: Stephen Curry takes next step in recovery from shoulder injury


SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry took another step this week in his recovery from a partially dislocated shoulder.

Curry returned to live practice Friday, participating in 5-on-5 and absorbed contact. He was seen putting up shots after practice while wearing a white sleeve over his injured left shoulder.

“Today was pretty much no limits,” said Curry, who had remnants of KT tape on his shoulder when he spoke to the media after lifting. “But the first real reps I got at that, so it was nice to break a sweat, nice to feel the speed of the game again, and physicality of it and get yourself in situations that you can test everything you need to get ready for an actual game.”

Curry, 34, said he feels good and hasn’t lost his conditioning or feel for the game over the last 3 1/2 weeks.

“Hopefully the transition will be pretty smooth once I get back out there,” he said.

Curry is scheduled to be re-assessed before Saturday’s game against the Orlando Magic, which could give a better idea of when he might be cleared to return to the starting line up. He’s missed 10 consecutive games since partially dislocating his non-dominant shoulder while trying to strip the ball from an opponent, but the Warriors hope he’ll be good to go in time for when they start their five-game road trip next week.

Coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers have suggested the Warriors’ Jan. 13 game in San Antonio could be a realistic date for Curry’s first game back.

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