Golden State Warriors’ fans have something to cheer about as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are both set to be re-evaluated in February.
With the star backcourt duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson missing significant time due to injury, the Golden State Warriors have found themselves in unfamiliar territory at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
As the midpoint of the season passes, fans have something to cheer about as Curry and Thompson are both set to be re-evaluated next month.
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The biggest problem this season for the Warriors has been unfortunate injuries to their stars. Thompson has not played since Game 6 of last year’s NBA Finals after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, while Curry has missed several months with a broken hand suffered about a week into the season.
These injuries have left the team in an unrecognizable state of vulnerability, standing with a record of 10-36. However, both players have shown massive leaps in their rehabilitation processes, creating speculation that they both could return sooner than expected.
With Curry’s broken hand, the question with his return has not been if he will be able to come back this season, but if he should. He was initially said to miss about three months total and has made substantial leaps in his recovery process.
Coach Steve Kerr has come out and said, “I think there’s an excellent chance he comes back sometime in March,” while also adding “he’s dying to play.” Kerr’s comments of confidence should reassure fans that they will see their star point guard again this season.
Yet, as their season continues to trend downward, many have come out and said the two-time MVP should sit the rest of the year and eventually regroup with Klay Thompson.
However, even he has some potential hope to return and play this season.
After Thompson’s initial diagnosis had him likely to miss the entire year, his progression as of late mixed with some cryptic comments has everyone thinking otherwise.
Before their game versus the Denver Nuggets on January 16th, Thompson was seen in shootaround decked out in full uniform, looking stellar.
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Adding fuel to the fire, Thompson detailed his desire to return pregame with the media. Stating, “I don’t know what’s going to come this season. I would love to get out there,” but mixing in that he would not hurry himself back “because I want to play at a high level until I’m in my late 30s.”
With their chances of returning to the court this season currently remain up in the air, both guards are set to be re-evaluated at some point in February.
This upcoming evaluation will possibly provide some truth behind the speculation of the backcourt’s return, as all we can do at the moment is theorize.
If both players were to return and play this season, it could solve the team’s ordeal with D’Angelo Russell. The biggest question has been if the one-time All-Star can mesh with Curry and Thompson, and having the trio playing together could give the team their answer.
If things did not pan out between the three, the Warriors might look to move Russell this offseason for another star-caliber player.