The Golden State Warriors have more than held their head above water while Stephen Curry is out nursing a shoulder subluxation injury, going 6-4. It’s helped that the Warriors had a lengthy homestand during this stretch and they are more than 18 points per 100 possessions better at the Chase Center than on the road.
The Warriors depart the comforts of home next week after two more games at Chase (the Magic and Suns), but when they leave they might have Curry back with them. That according to team president Bob Myers on 95.7 The Game in San Francisco (via NBC Sports Bay Area).
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“He’s going to get evaluated this weekend, and he’s working out on the court. The two-week mark to evaluate him was this weekend, but there’s been no, at this point, setbacks or anything like that. So that would be — what, the first road game is on Friday, I think it’s San Antonio.
“That would be a hope. I mean, that will be what we’ll be shooting for… He’s been, not contact, but out there doing all this stuff, and he looks like the same guy. He’s got a sleeve on his shoulder and his arm, but that would be the plan. We’ve got to see what he looks like this weekend.”
Curry was playing at an MVP level before the injury, averaging 30 points per game while shooting 43.2% from 3, and adding 6.8 assists and 6.6 rebounds. The Warriors have been 14.4 points per 100 possessions better when Curry is on the floor this season.
The Warriors sit at 20-19, the ninth seed in the West, having not looked anything like the pre-season title favorites from the West due to injuries and disinterest. They need to turn that around to make their path through a wide-open West easier come the playoffs, and that starts by getting Curry back. Maybe sooner rather than later.