Damian Lillard spoke out on not wanting to play in games that are meaningless as the NBA looks to resume play. Stephen Curry understands his point of view.
Damian Lillard doesn’t want to play in meaningless games. With the NBA having been out of action for two months and now putting together a plan of attack to finish out the season, Stephen Curry backed the superstar guard. Both are among the league’s best point guards.
“I feel what he’s saying because it’s hard mentally to go with this long of gap, and then prepare for games you know don’t matter,” Curry said according to Drew Shiller of NBC Sports via Yahoo Sports.
“I get it. It’s a hard thing to put your mind in that space, ‘I’m gonna go out here and compete and bust my a– and know in five games we’re just gonna be back in the offseason again,'” Curry continued.
To be fair, I think most people would be on Curry’s side. However, when superstar players see their team fall out of contention, fans certainly want them to continue playing. Why though? What’s there to play for?
Maybe a player like Zion Williamson who doesn’t have much experience, they’d be valuable, but Lillard and Curry have been in the league for over half a decade. A few games aren’t going to instantly make them a more efficient player.
Should Curry have continued?
Curry was likely asking himself that as he returned just a few games prior to coronavirus shutting the league down. Many were not expecting his return after breaking his hand earlier in the year.
The Warriors were already out of playoff contention as Curry braced for his first action in months. He was, oddly enough, planning to play and even did return for a few games.
It’d truly be telling if Curry would act similarly as Lillard may. However, as the NBA braces for a 22-team return, the Warriors will likely not be brought back to action as they’re the Western Conference’s worst team.
The Trail Blazers currently sit 3.5 games out of eighth place in the Western Conference. Not knowing how many games the league is looking to bring back, we can’t generate an idea if that four-game split can actually be recovered in time for the league’s playoffs to commence.