The wait is almost over for Golden State Warriors fans. Stephen Curry is just about ready to return to the basketball court, and it’s looking like he’ll suit up on Saturday against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Steve Kerr addressed the media today and revealed a few important things. First, Curry is back to scrimmaging, which is a great sign. Second, he’ll be re-evaluated on Friday, but is still very unlikely to play against the Charlotte Hornets. Third and most importantly, he should be good to go on Saturday.
Steve Kerr said he doubts Steph Curry will play on Friday, expects him to play Saturday if all goes well in scrimmage today— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 28, 2017
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Kerr on Curry: “If all goes well, I’d expect him to play Saturday.”— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) December 28, 2017
Kerr said that Curry has been going through all phases of practicing, and even suggested that he’ll be healthy enough to play on Friday. But with the Warriors having a back-to-back, Curry likely would only play one of those two games anyways, and it makes much more sense to give him the extra day of rest now.
Curry has missed the last 10 games, though Golden State has gone 9-1 during that time. Still, their offense has suffered since he left.
Prior to Curry’s injury, the Warriors’ offensive rating (points scored per 100 possessions) of 115.6 was tops in the league. In his absence, that number has dropped to 106.8, which is 13th in the league during that time.
In other words, the Warriors have done well without Curry, but they’re still badly missing him. It will be great to see him back on the court.