Yes, the rumors are true. Stephen Curry is returning to the court tonight as the Golden State Warriors host the Atlanta Hawks.
.@StephenCurry30’s back pic.twitter.com/UWBUiLx5mP— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 24, 2018
Curry has been out for more than two weeks, and you can bet everyone will be excited to see him back on the floor. Unfortunately, he’s the only Warriors All-Star playing, as Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green remain sidelined by injuries.
With so many players out, the Warriors are once again turning to a starting lineup that no one would have predicted in October: Curry, Nick Young, Patrick McCaw, Jordan Bell, and Zaza Pachulia.
That means that Quinn Cook, who has led the team in scoring in three consecutive games, is back to the bench. The timing is a little funny for Cook, who is also celebrating his 25th birthday, something Steve Kerr playfully felt guilty about.
Kerr said Quinn Cook, who tuns 25 today, will play tonight. "I feel bad," Kerr said, "I took him out on his birthday."— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) March 24, 2018
Quinn Cook getting a birthday cake for his 25th pic.twitter.com/Y63ED8074t— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 24, 2018
Kerr did stress that Cook will play plenty of minutes, as the team is in dire need of scoring, even with Curry returning. Hopefully those two will share the court at some points.
The Dubs should win this one, but all that really matters is that Curry stays healthy, and starts to establish some rhythm.