After sustaining a broken left hand back on October 30th, Golden State Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry is reportedly eyeing a March return. With the way this season has panned out, there is one reason to get the two-time MVP back on the court this year — chemistry.
Currently standing at 9-32 in the Western Conference, the worst record in the Association, this season has not gone according to plan for the Golden State Warriors.
With All-Star Klay Thompson set to miss the entire year with a torn ACL and Stephen Curry’s hand injury suffered early, things have spiraled downward fast.
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Despite the abysmal start, newly acquired guard D’Angelo Russell has been having a sensational season. While fans can only fantasize about what kind of damage a trio consisting of Curry, Thompson, and Russell could do, they may be getting a step closer very soon.
When Russell was acquired from the Brooklyn Nets in a sign and trade for Kevin Durant this offseason, it was clear they did it, so there was some haul in return.
Speculation was that the Warriors would flip the first time All-Star in another trade, but decided to keep him on the roster for now ultimately.
When Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr was recently asked about the possible return of three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry, he had some words of encouragement.
"“We are going to re-evaluate sometime in February, but I think there is an excellent chance he comes back in March, late in the season.”"
Kerr’s answer turned some heads.
Although Curry’s injury was initially diagnosed as a three-month injury that he would return from, a lot has changed with the Warriors since then.
The team has gone from a real playoff contender to having the second-worst record in the league at 9-32 as they are one of two teams without double-digit wins.
Significantly more likely to get a high lottery pick in the draft than make the postseason, letting Curry return to the court makes sense for one reason — team chemistry.
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Having been injured so early in the season, we have not yet seen what this dynamic point guard tandem of Curry and Russell can do consistently. Curry’s return from injury could give us the answer to that mystery, and answer if this duo can mesh or not.
Russell’s future with the Warriors remains up in the air, as many have questioned if these two ball-dominant guards can co-exist on the court together, especially when Klay Thompson returns.
A March comeback would still limit their time on the court together but could give Golden State all the input they need to decide on their star’s future.
With several teams around the league interested in the 23-year-old, the Warriors have a variety of options if they do choose to deal.
If not dealt before the trade deadline, perhaps Curry’s return could spark some momentum that gives the team enough faith to carry the pair over to next season with a healthy Klay Thompson.