Steph Curry is set to return tonight for the Golden State Warriors against the LA Lakers. The two-time NBA MVP last played on February 4 in a win against the Dallas Mavericks. He left the game late in the third quarter after injuring his leg.
Curry played just 26 minutes but still had a game-high 21 points to go with six rebounds and seven assists. He has since missed the defending NBA champs’ last 11 games. Despite his absence, the Warriors have managed to stay afloat by finishing 7-4 during the said stretch.
After the All-Star weekend, “Chef Curry” and the Warriors reportedly set March 5 as his return date, barring any setbacks. Fortunately, he has progressed in his rehab as scheduled and expected. Curry is slated to don the Warriors jersey versus the LA Lakers.
What is Steph Curry’s status tonight against the LA Lakers?
Steph Curry has been officially ruled probable when they visit Crypto.com Arena to take on the LA Lakers. Tonight will be their fourth meeting this season with the team from Hollywood holding a 2-1 edge. The Lakers will be playing without injured superstar LeBron James, so Golden State could end up tying their head-to-head matchup.
Curry has played just 38 out of the Golden State Warriors’ 64 games due to a variety of injuries. He also had a shoulder injury last December 14, which sidelined him for 13 games. The NBA’s all-time three-point king played 10 games after that injury before landing on the injury report after the aforementioned Dallas Mavericks game.
What is Steph Curry’s impact on the Golden State Warriors?
Steph Curry was the lone bright spot in the Golden State Warriors’ early season struggles, particularly on the road. The reigning NBA Finals MVP hasn’t had a hangover since destroying the Boston Celtics in last year’s championship series.
He was playing at an MVP level before injuries started to slow him down. Without him or with him being compromised, the Warriors are a different team.
Heading into tonight’s matchup against the LA Lakers, the Bay Area team have strung together five straight wins. As good and as competitive as they have been without Curry’s latest injury, they are just going anywhere without the NBA’s deadliest shooter ever.
Steve Kerr’s unit has an offensive rating of 116.1 when Steph Curry is on the floor this season. It slides a little to 115.4 without him. The difference looks miniscule, especially since the Golden State Warriors’ recent surge in form.
For everyone in the NBA, though, the Warriors’ title-repeat bid hinges on the health of the diminutive guard from Davidson. Golden State may still be competitive without him, but they can kiss their chances of a back-to-back run minus him.
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