By Nick Austin
Stephen Curry, who is one of the league’s best players and one of the cornerstones for the Golden State Warriors franchise, has missed 58 games with a broken wrist he sustained in early October. This season for the Warriors however, has been one to forget as they have only won 14 games and currently hold an NBA worst 14-49 record. There have not been many happy moments for Warriors fans this season but one of the few and quite possibly the brightest of them all has been the return of Steph.
In his first game back Steph had to face the team that had just won a championship in Oakland this past June in the Toronto Raptors. Many were not expecting Steph to play or score much as he was on a minutes restriction and was only cleared for 24-28 minutes which would be distributed into 4 or 5 minute bursts each quarter.
In the first quarter Stephen went scoreless only attempting 2 shots and missing them both. The rest of the game was a different story. He would go on to score 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists on 6-16 from the field, 3-12 from three and 8-8 from the freethrow line. The warriors would however go on to lose the game 121-113 which worsens their home record to 7-25. Newly acquired Warrior Andrew Wiggins had this to say about Curry’s first game back and his playing style, “He’s the most unselfish superstar… he makes the game fun, makes the game exciting.”
Steph’s presence opened up the floor a lot for wiggins and others which had some positive and negative reactions. Fans were excited to see wide open Warriors shooting threes but it also exposed the lack of shooting the Warriors are facing. Steph’s minute restriction will hopefully get looser and looser as he plays more games heading into the offseason. Hopefully with help from Andrew Wiggins, Eric Paschall and others, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green can get back to their old ways and put the Warriors back into title contention for the coming years.