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Curry, who has sat 10 straight games, has averaged 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds. The Warriors are 10-2 when he’s on the court but have gone just 5-5 sans the two-time MVP. The Dubs will be without Curry for a Thursday matchup at the Toronto Raptors before he rejoins the team.
Although the Warriors have endured a slump without their floor general, Golden State is 15-7 and resides in a six-team group within two games of each other on top of the Western Conference.
Curry’s return is coming at the right time, as the Warriors have a tough December featuring two games with the 12-8 Portland Trail Blazers, home games against the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Clippers and the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers and road games against the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks.
Without Curry, the Warriors may have struggled through December as they tried to maintain a hold in the West’s top tier. With him, however, Golden State has been near-unstoppable.
The Curry-led Warriors scored at least 116 points every game during an eight-game win streak earlier this season, with the highlight being an emphatic 117-101 win over the Memphis Grizzlies (12-8).
If the Warriors dodge major injuries, they should coast to the Western Conference title in this parity-driven year. The key is whether the Warriors can maintain that good health.
Comments from Curry and head coach Steve Kerr on Wednesday assuaged any concerns about him coming back too early:
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Curry says he felt like he could have played Monday. He’s ready to be playing again. Kerr says the Warriors are just being cautious because it’s November.
Curry was also hoping to face the NBA-leading Raptors on Thursday:
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Steph Curry said part of his desire to return tomorrow was to face Raptors: “Best team in the East right now.” https://t.co/DIKchPFK3i
His Saturday return against Detroit marks the second of a five-game Eastern Conference road swing. The highlight is a Dec. 7 matchup against the Bucks, who beat Golden State 134-111 in Curry’s final game before the injury.