Stephen Curry has missed the last eight games with a groin strain. In that time the Warriors have gone 3-5 with a middle-of-the-pack offensive rating of 107.1 points per 100 possessions (18th in the NBA). Combine that with Draymond Green missing time (foot) and the Golden State defense being worse than the offense, and you have a team that is scuffling.
The good news is Curry could be back soon — he will start practicing with the team this next week and the team hopes he will play starting on an upcoming five-game road trip that starts Thursday in Toronto.
Here’s the Warriors’ official press release.
“Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who has missed the last eight (8) games due to a strained left groin, was re-evaluated earlier today by the team’s medical staff. The evaluation indicated that he is making very good progress as a result of his rehabilitation program. He will begin to intensify his on-court workouts and, if he continues to progress at the level demonstrated in recent days, it is expected that Curry will begin to practice with the team next week, with the goal of playing at some point during the team’s upcoming five-game road trip.”
Curry was playing at an MVP level before the injury, averaging 29.5 points per game and shooting 49.2 percent from three — and hunting those shots again. When he has been on the court this season, the Warriors have had an offensive rating of 119.6, 12.5 per 100 possessions better than the team over the past eight games. When he was on the court this season the Warriors have outscored opponents by 14.3 points per 100 possessions.
While the Warriors have stumbled, most other teams think this is just temporary until the Warriors get healthy again. Or, to put it more bluntly, the Warriors in April are not going to be vulnerable. The return to being the Warriors everyone fears begins soon when Curry returns.