Here's When These 4 NBA All-Stars Will Return After the Break
Giannis Antetokounmpo - SIC Score 84
The Milwaukee Bucks' championship hopes rely heavily on the health of All-Star captain Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Luckily, his recent right wrist sprain should not affect him in the second half of the season and his left knee injury can be managed through rest, as he has done the last several seasons.
With several more days to rest, he's expected to return against the Miami Heat on Friday on ESPN.
By video, his wrist sprain appeared on the mild end and should not affect his ability to dribble, dunk or defend, and he has not been seen wearing a brace or wrap on his hand. The right wrist injury would be a much bigger concern if he relied on his jumper, but thankfully that's not a major part of his game.
Stephen Curry - SIC Score 58
Defending NBA Finals MVP Stephen Curry suffered seldom-heard left knee tibiofibular joint and interosseous membrane sprains from a direct knee contusion earlier this month that he said will cost him the first few games out of the All-Star break, likely holding the 34-year-old out until at least early March.
Unlike his left shoulder subluxation -- which will continue to pose a risk of aggravation -- Curry will return to the Golden State Warriors (who are 29-29 overall and 11-9 in the 20 games he’s missed this year) without lingering issues for the final 15 to 20 games of the season.
Curry averaged 29.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists with elite shooting numbers in his first 38 games, setting him up to potentially join Steve Nash and Larry Bird as the only players in NBA history with multiple 50-40-90 seasons.
Kevin Durant - SIC Score 43
When 13-time All-Star Kevin Durant suffered a right MCL sprain because of a tumbling Jimmy Butler on January 8th, he left the floor with Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons as a Brooklyn Net. When he returns sometime in late February or early March, however, he will do so fully healed and next to Chris Paul and Devin Booker with the Phoenix Suns.
Durant similarly missed 21 games over seven weeks due to a left MCL sprain last January and returned on March 3 to play the final 23 regular-season and playoff games without limitations.
The four-time scoring champ will be able to share playmaking and defensive responsibilities with Paul, Booker and DeAndre Ayton, all of whom are healthy and available going into the second half.
Phoenix, 32-28, is the No. 5 seed in the West and 11-4 since Jan. 22. The Suns stand only 1.5 games behind the Kings and Clippers, against whom they still have three games remaining.
Zion Williamson - SIC Score 10
The New Orleans Pelicans’ 22-year-old oft-injured point-forward Zion Williamson will reportedly miss several more weeks after he suffered a setback from his Jan. 2 right hamstring strain that has already cost him 22 games.
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