Golden State Warriors’ superstar Stephen Curry made his highly anticipated return to action on Thursday night against Toronto Raptors. Curry previously missed four months after he broke his hand in late October.
Curry was limited to only 27 minutes against the Raptors, but still managed to pour in 23 points while adding seven rebounds and seven assists. This, however, wasn’t enough for the Warriors, who lost the game 121-113.
“I thought he looked great, moved well,” said Golden State’s head coach Steve Kerr. “It was not the ideal set of circumstances for him — we were taking him in and out of the lineup to keep his minutes down and to keep his stints shorter. He’s not used to that. But he obviously gave us a huge lift, and he changes the whole game when he’s out there.”
While on the floor, Curry showed flashes of his brilliance that made him two times MVP and one of the best NBA players in the past decade. The 31-year-old was running up and down the floor, finishing at the rim and hitting amazing three-pointers.
“It felt great. There was a lot of energy,” said Curry. “The anticipation for getting back out there tonight, just getting out on the floor and seeing what was going to happen. It’s kind of a cool moment just with the excitement and energy in the building.”
There were rumors that the Warriors might sit Steph Curry for the entire season, as they are far from contention and also miss their other All-Star in Klay Thompson. While that might have been a safer move, the team opted to bring Curry in and help him get back to the grove and build chemistry with his younger teammates for the next season when Golden State is expected to be a championship contender once again.