The Golden State Warriors need Stephen Curry in the lineup in order to truly make a run at the NBA Finals.
Now, despite how badly fans craved their regular season-ending 5-game win streak without Curry, they are likely going to need him in the lineup to defeat the Denver Nuggets, their confirmed first-round opponent.
The Golden State Warriors will take on the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference’s first round, and they may be without Stephen Curry.
The Warriors played 12 games to end the season with Curry sidelined. Curry was initially injured in a dangerous play by Celtics’ Marcus Smart in a game in which Boston took to the road and destroyed Golden State.
Since then, the Warriors have ranked 15th in net rating and 29th in turnover rate. Curry is a calm voice on the defensive end and then an absolute assassin offensively. Including the Celtics game, the Warriors were 6-7 in their last 13.
With losses to Orlando and Washington in there as well, it was an ugly few-week stretch for the Warriors. Ending on a great note, they may have to keep that energy without Curry. Here’s the latest on Curry’s sprained foot.
“We’ll see how everything goes with Steph next week. There is a chance he could be ready for Game 1, there is a chance he might not. It’s literally going to be a day-to-day thing as it unfolds this week. We’ll know a lot more after the next few days when he’s ramping up his work.” Kerr said to reporters via SF Gate’s Alex Shultz.
Curry averaged 25.5 points per game this season, and while his scoring was still among the highest in the league, his efficiency took a hit, shooting just 43.7% from the field and shooting under 40% from deep for the first time in his career.
Tasked with running the offense while also being forced into double and triple teams at times, Curry should be able to find more success with Jordan Poole and Klay Thompson both playing at a high level.
However, he’ll have to get on the court first.
He should be able to play in the team’s first-round series, but his availability for Game 1 is clearly still up in the air.