The Golden State Warriors are going to need Stephen Curry in order to have any chance at making the NBA Finals for the 6th time in 8 years.
The Dubs watched their two-time MVP struggle off the floor after a dangerous play by Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart. The surging Celtics took down the Dubs at home and Golden State has struggled since without Curry.
The Golden State Warriors are looking likely to get Stephen Curry back prior to the playoffs commencing later this month. The guard is ramping things up.
However, he’s been able to “ramp things up a bit.” That’s extremely encouraging as replacing Curry’s offensive production is nearly impossible, although Jordan Poole is doing his best to do just that.
The report on Curry was via The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, and it was Steve Kerr to said that Curry’s making progress.
The Warriors started out the season atop the league for several weeks, so the potential is there to get to that level. They’ve also proven it, having beaten just about every major contender in the NBA.
Obviously, competing with Memphis and Phoenix is no easy task, but earlier in the season, the Warriors were elite on both ends of the court, having a historic defensive rating, and showed they can hang with anyone in the league.
Curry will be a key difference-maker though if that’s not obvious. He suffered a left foot sprain against Boston, and his return date is still largely unknown with the team hopeful he can return prior to the beginning of the playoffs.
The 6-foot-2 guard was averaging 25.5 points per game this season yet is shooting just 43.7% from the field this season. His three-point shooting, due to a few midseason slumps, also took a hit.
He’s set to have his first season in which he’s played over 10 games yet shot under 40% from deep. Regardless of his efficiency this season, Curry is still a focal point of this offense and is arguably the best player on the planet.
The Warriors need Curry to be a true contender, and getting him back in a timely manner could be the most important postseason factor for Golden State, especially considering how well they played earlier in the season.