Stephen Curry takes part in 5-on-5 practice, remains questionable for Round 2 opener

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry partook in his first 5-on-5 scrimmage Friday since suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain in his left knee March 23.

A day before the Warriors begin their second-round series with the New Orleans Pelicans, Curry said he is making significant progress toward a return soon.

Houston stars James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 37 points in the quarter. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, that is the most points Harden and Paul have combined for in any quarter as teammates.

Harden had 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the quarter. That set a franchise record for points in a quarter, breaking Hakeem Olajuwon’s mark of 18 set against the Utah Jazz on May 5, 1995.

“For myself and Chris, we had the mentality to be aggressive, make or miss shots,” said Harden, who finished with a game-high 36 points on 12-of-26 shooting as the top-seeded Rockets took a 3-1 series lead. “That’s what we do. We shoot the basketball. Eventually, they’ll start falling. That’s what happened.”

Harden single-handedly outscored the Timberwolves in the third quarter. Minnesota finished the quarter with 20 points, and the 30-point margin was the Timberwolves’ most lopsided deficit in a quarter in the franchise’s playoff history.

Forsberg leads Nashville with four goals and sees the second-most power-play time and the second-most offensive zone starts, putting him in position to get shots on net. His line, with Johansen and Arvidsson, had a dominant Fenwick of 68 percent and generated 57 shots, 24 of which were his. Forsberg’s defensive stats weren’t gaudy, because his line drew difficult matchups in the Avalanche series. But the bright side is that his line only gave up one goal. His path to series MVP: tread water against Winnipeg’s scoring engine and pound the net when he has the puck.

Boston Celtics big man Al Horford has been on both benches at TD Garden for a deciding Game 7 during his 10-year NBA career. As the Celtics brace for a win-or-go-home showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night, Horford knows as well as anyone the value of home-court advantage.

A stagnant Celtics offense sputtered Thursday night in Boston’s first chance to close out its Eastern Conference first-round series against the Bucks. But as the series shifts back to Boston, Celtics players believe they have an advantage playing on their home turf.
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