Stephen Curry is officially back.
Stephen Curry will return to the lineup tomorrow night against the Toronto Raptors. pic.twitter.com/BIYevShRs6— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 5, 2020
News of Curry’s return was first reported by The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. It is not known if Curry will be on any kind of minutes limit.
What is known is that the sharpshooter is amped for his return.
The Warriors have been without Curry since he broke his non-shooting hand in the team’s fourth game of the season. He had previously been on track for a return at some point in March.
Curry’s first game back will feature a tough opponent in the 43-18 Raptors, a team that ranks second in the league in defensive rating. Of course, the Warriors aren’t exactly in a position where they need wins right now.
Warriors have little to play for with Stephen Curry back
In Curry’s absence, the Warriors have completely floundered.
The team is 13-35 in games without its superstar and currently holds the worst record in the NBA. Curry’s backcourt partner Klay Thompson has already been ruled out for the season, and this summer’s offseason prize D’Angelo Russell has been traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves for draft picks and reclamation project Andrew Wiggins.
Even with Curry back, the team is clearly coming nowhere near playoff contention. The goal with Curry’s return is likely less to mount a comeback in the final 20 games of the season and more getting him and his teammates up to speed for next year.
The Warriors currently have a four-game “lead” in the loss column for the top spot in the NBA draft lottery, and a quirk of the lottery odds is that their position will be the same as long as they stay in the bottom three. That gives them at least a few games for Curry to potentially show the team is still to be feared when next season’s comeback tour rolls around.
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