With his left shoulder partially dislocated, Curry scored 24 points on 8-for-22 shooting in his return from an 11-game absence.
The Warriors’ five-man lineup on Tuesday night was the best in the NBA for the first time since early December.
Stephen Curry made his long-awaited comeback to game action following a month-long absence due to a shoulder injury. One game after Andrew Wiggins returned after a 15-game sabbatical.
However, the Warriors underrated the Suns, who were playing without several key players, and as a result, they lost 125–113, dropping the reigning champions to.500 at the midway point of the season. Also Read: Miami Heat set a New NBA Record for Free-Throw Attempts against Oklahoma City Thunder
Stephen Curry – A Rough Return
The defending Finals MVP last played on the court about a month ago, and he just recently joined his teammates for a full-contact practise. Even though Stephen Curry ended up scoring a lot of points, some rust was to be expected just because he had a black shooting sleeve covering his left shoulder and arm.
Curry, unfortunately for the Warriors, resembled a thirty-something all-timer who last played in mid-December almost perfectly. He made just 2 of his first 9 attempts from the field, missing some excellent deep shots and a few runners he usually makes seem simple. Curry was exerting pressure, too, obviously trying to resume where he left off against the Indiana Pacers on December 14 before suffering a shoulder injury.
Despite both individual and collective challenges, Stephen Curry yet had the opportunity to completely alter the game’s course as Golden State attempted to reassemble for a ferocious fourth quarter comeback, spurred on by Wiggins’ improved defence and rebounding. Curry seldom blows three straight opportunities to make a basket, but he didn’t when he got the chance to less than 90 seconds later. But when his longtime teammate’s corner triple tickled the twine, Andre Iguodala was called for a moving screen, and Steve Kerr’s subsequent challenge was unsuccessful, preserving the Warriors’ deficit at 14 points.
Given the circumstances of his homecoming, it was hardly surprising that Curry’s night was not to be. Also Read: Nikola Jokic made NBA history: a never-before-attempted Triple-Double against the Lakers
Suns and Warriors Players Points
With 26 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, Mikal Bridges led Phoenix. Damion Lee, a former member of the Warriors, scored 22 points while Duane Washington Jr., the starting point guard, scored 21 points. Klay Thompson scored 29 points overall for the Warriors, including 14 in the first quarter. Poole had a slow start to the game before scoring 25 of his 27 points and shooting 4-for-7 from outside the arc in the second half. This season, the Suns are now 3-0 versus the reigning champions.
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