Stephen Curry near return, but out at least until Friday according to Kerr

Associated Press

Christmas Day against the Cavaliers, you could see where the Cavaliers missed Stephen Curry — their spacing isn’t as good, guys such as Andre Iguodala are forced to shoot more threes rather than cut because the gravity of Curry is not opening up the court, and they couldn’t punish Kevin Love in the pick-and-roll the same way.

Despite that, the Warriors have won 11-of-12, and now they may get him back soon, according to coach Steve Kerr, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Saturday seems possible, no way the Warriors would bring him back on both ends of a back-to-back. Maybe it happens on the road next week, where he would create problems for a Rockets team battling its own injuries.

Curry was having the kind of season that got him mentioned in the second tier of MVP talk until his injury. He is averaging 26.3 points and 6.6 assists per game, with a PER of 27.6. He was a force, but with him out Kevin Durant has stepped up and led the Warriors.