Andrew Wiggins had some high praise for Stephen Curry amid his recent return to the lineup for the Golden State Warriors after the two finally shared the court.
Fans, players, coaches, and everyone else were anxiously waiting for the return of two-time league MVP Stephen Curry all season long. Curry had only played in four games before breaking his left hand, and his long-awaited return was everything imaginable for the Golden State Warriors.
Curry finished with a team-high 23 points, but there were indeed signs of rust in his game. The guard shot 6-for-16 from the field, including an uncharacteristic 3-for-12 from three-point territory.
Although he struggled with his shot, Curry would finish with seven assists and seven rebounds as well, doing a little bit of everything.
The Warriors would battle all the way through but would go on to lose the game 121-113 to the Toronto Raptors in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals. Norman Powell of the Raptors would spoil the night for Golden State, putting up a career-high 37 points.
However, loss or not, the biggest story of the night was undoubtedly getting Curry back into the lineup after a 58-game absence. The three-time NBA champion looked like a true leader out there with a majority of guys he has not played over five games with during his career.
Teammate Andrew Wiggins gave some words of praise to Curry after sharing the court as teammates for this first time, stating, “[Curry is] like the most unselfish superstar.” He also added, “He attracts so much attention that he’s going to find the open man and make the right plays.”
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The biggest takeaway from Wiggins’ comments was when he said, “[Curry] makes everyone great.” This certainly was the case last night as this Golden State team had a sense of new life in the hard-fought loss.
Wiggins himself did indeed look good playing next to Curry in their first game together, pouring in 21 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks. Although it came in a loss, this game showcased the potential this Golden State team could have in the not too distant future.
This season might be a significant step in the wrong direction for the Warriors, but with everything that has unfolded, this misery may not last long. In fact, it could only be about 19 more games.
Right now, the current state of the Warriors is very different than what it is going to be next season. With a healthy Klay Thompson returning and a plethora of upcoming draft picks, Golden State is undoubtedly waiting to finish out the rest of this season to prepare for a rejuvenated run next year.
For now, allowing Curry and Wiggins to play for the remainder of the season will help them build chemistry for the foreseeable future. Thompson will be another story when he is cleared from his ACL recovery, but the future looks bright for the Warriors as of now.
Throughout these final 19 games, keep an eye on how well Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins continue meshing together.
Something special is brewing for the Golden State Warriors, we just might have to wait to see it.