Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is officially scheduled to make his return this Sunday, March 1st when the Warriors host the Washington Wizards at the Chase Center. Curry has not played since he suffered a broken left hand during the team's fourth game of the season back on October 30th.
There were rumblings that the two-time MVP could miss the entire season, in an effort to help Golden State secure one of the top draft picks, but he has always been targeting a return on March 1st. According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, that will indeed be the case.
As it stands, the Golden State Warriors have the worst record in the NBA at 12-45, which is four games behind the league's next worst team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Even with Curry returning for the final 21 games, the Warriors will still have a strong chance of finishing among the bottom three teams in the league, which would give them a 52.1% chance of securing a Top 4 pick and a 14% chance of landing the No. 1 overall selection.
With than in mind, Warriors coach Steve Kerr recently explained why it's just as important for Curry to get back on the court alongside his young teammates, specifically the newly acquired Andrew Wiggins. Says Kerr, according to ESPN's Nick Friedell:
"It will be good for our young guys to feel what it’s like to play with him and vice versa. Steph needs to get to know these guys, too … it’s a big part of the final third of the season is everybody playing together, acclimating together, with the trade for Andrew [Wiggins], the young guys, Steph coming back, these games matter.”
For his career, the three-time NBA champ boasts career averages of 23.5 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game.
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Zion Williamson Bullies The Warriors With Insane Strength: Watch
Zion Williamson is already making his presence felt.
Zion Williamson came into the NBA with the weight of the world on his shoulders and very few people expected him to live up to the lofty expectations thrust upon him. When you're the number one overall pick, people expect a lot out of you and with Williamson, that was no different. After sustaining a knee injury prior to the start of the season, there was this fear that Zion would be a bust. Just a month ago, Zion finally came back into the Pelicans lineup and he has been on a tear ever since.
Last night, Williamson helped propel the Pelicans to a win over the Golden State Warriors as he scored 28 points. Perhaps his best highlight was immediately after missing a free throw. In the clip below, Williamson gets his own rebound, misses the put-back, rips the ball away from Damion Lee, and scores before being fouled.
It was an incredible play that speaks to just how good Williamson has been this season. Zion has all of the strength in the world and it's clear that some teams don't know how to properly play against him yet. To be fair, this happened against the Warriors who haven't exactly been an NBA-caliber team this year.
Regardless, Williamson is already looking like a superstar and you can't help but just marvel at his athleticism.
Russell Westbrook Taunts Klay Thompson & Gets Back a Smug Smirk
Russell Westbrook had some harsh words for the Warriors bench.
Russell Westbrook has consistently been one of the scrappiest players in the entire NBA. He's never been afraid to dish out his fair share of trash talk and he continues to be one of the best players in the league, especially when it comes to racking up triple-doubles. Last night, Westbrook's Houston Rockets were dominating the Golden State Warriors which is a team Westbrook has some history with. The Rockets were blowing out the Warriors by 35 points with just six minutes to go and that's when Westbrook decided to take action.
As you can see in the clip below, Westbrook goes up to the Warriors bench and begins chastizing Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson. Wiggins simply smiles in Westbrook's direction while Thompson gives the Rockets superstar a smug smirk. Eventually, Westbrook was escorted away and kicked out of the match.
The Rockets got the last laugh in the end as they improved to 35-20 on the season and are fifth in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are last in the entire league with an abysmal record of 12-44. Still, the Warriors have three championships in the last five years which is something Westbrook can't really say anything about considering he has zero.
We're sure the next time these two play, it will be filled with dramatics.
Draymond Green Jokingly Says He Wants A Buyout Amid Warriors Slump
Draymond Green and the Warriors aren't having a very good season.
Heading into this season, pundits knew the Golden State Warriors wouldn't be as good as they used to be. Without Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, the Warriors just aren't the same team. Steph Curry and Draymond Green are good but they can't do it all. With this in mind, many had the Warriors making the playoffs but as a seventh or eighth seed. Thanks to an injury to Curry earlier in the season, the Warriors have been truly abysmal and continue to struggle out on the court. In fact, the team has the worst record in the NBA.
Green has been quite frustrated throughout this process and has let his feelings be known. Yesterday, Green was asked about what he hopes to achieve this season which led to a joke answer. In the clip below, Green says “A buyout. Get to a playoff team...I’m just playing.” Green then went on to say he hopes to keep improving and eventually, the team will get out of its slump.
If your a Warriors fan, this season has definitely been one to forget. The vast majority of Warriors fans are used to seeing the team go to the NBA Finals every season, so we can imagine this has been a traumatizing experience for the bandwagon. Once Steph and Klay come back, we're sure they'll be just fine.
Steph Curry Shows Us How He Hasn’t Lost His Touch Amidst Injury
The Golden State Warriors are desperately missing Curry's presence/
Steph Curry has consistently been one of the best players in the NBA over the last few seasons and he has three NBA championships to show for it. Unfortunately, Curry suffered a broken hand at the beginning of the season and he has been out of the Warriors lineup ever since. It remains to be seen when he'll come back but fans are optimistic that it will be sooner than later.
Curry has been working hard to rehab his hand and come back stronger than ever. Now, Curry is participating in non-contact drills at practice. As you would expect, shooting has been his number one priority and in the video below, Curry can be seen showing off his jumper. Curry makes shots with ease and looks as though he is ready for a mighty comeback.
If you're a Warriors fan, this should be a wonderful sight to see. The team is currently last place in the entire Western Conference and they are one of the saddest watches on television. With Curry back in the lineup, they would certainly be a lot more entertaining. Not to mention, Draymond Green's flawed play would be covered up quite nicely.
Curry is set to be evaluated at the end of the month. Once that happens, the Warriors will decide on when he's ready for a comeback.
Warriors Experience Drastic Ratings Decline Amidst Injury Woes
The Golden State Warriors aren’t as fun as they used to be.
For the last five years, the Golden State Warriors have been one of the most entertaining teams in the league thanks to their high-powered offense that is completely centered around shooting threes. While their success has frustrated opposing fans, there is no denying that players like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have changed the game forever. Having said that, this season hasn’t been so kind to the team. Thompson is out for the year with an ACL tear while Curry has missed a large chunk of time due to a broken hand.
These injuries have been a disaster for the Warriors when it comes to viewership. According to Sports Business Journal, the Warriors have experienced a 66 percent drop in ratings. This means the team has 1/3 of the viewers it used to have. It’s also important to note that the entire league has seen a rating decline of 13 percent which is something the Warriors have certainly contributed to.
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The reason for this decline can be chalked up to the Warriors roster. It’s certainly not as interesting as it used to be, especially with Curry and Thompson gone. The Warriors are last in the entire league and it’s clear that fans don’t want to watch a struggling team every night.
Once their stars come back, we’re sure the Warriors will be just fine.
Warriors Coaches Comment On Andrew Wiggins Compared To D-Lo
Andrew Wiggins has been fitting in nicely in the Bay.
During the trade deadline, Andrew Wiggins was traded to the Golden State Warriors as the Minnesota Timberwolves got D’Angelo Russell in return. Fans were concerned about how Wiggins would fit in with the squad but so far, it seems like the coaches are loving his presence. It was assumed that Wiggins would be taking a more complementary role and so far, that’s exactly what’s happened. As some of the coaches recently explained, Wiggins has been a perfect fit and they already feel like the team has improved.
“We’re having more fun,” a Warriors coach said according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “The puzzle now fits.”
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Meanwhile, head coach Steve Kerr echoed those sentiments noting just how much he loves working with Wiggins and how he fits their rotations a lot better.
“We’ve been able to plug him in on the opponent’s best player,” Kerr said. “That alone just allows us to set up our defense better. Because of his size and length, you can put him on the opponent’s best guy and match up from there.”
For now, Wiggins will have to pick up the slack as both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are out with injuries. Once they come back, Wiggins will be able to assume that complementary role and completely rebrand his career.
Steve Kerr Gives Huge Update On Steph Curry’s Injury Recovery
Steph Curry has been out since November with a broken hand.
Steph Curry went down with a broken hand at the beginning of the season which ultimately put the Golden State Warriors in a tremendous hole. Without Curry in the lineup, the Warriors have become the worst team in the entire NBA and at this rate, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them get a lottery pick in the draft. Regardless, Curry has been hard at work trying to get himself right for the final stretch of the season.
Some think Curry will be back in March although for now, that remains to be seen. Recently, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr gave a massive update on Curry and what he’s been able to do with the team as of late. As Kerr explains, Curry is already participating in drills and by next month, they’ll have a pretty good idea of when he’ll be able to make his return.
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“He’s jumped into a few of our non-contact, offensive 5-on-0 stuff,” Kerr said according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “But he’s coming around. We’ll have another update I guess, a more thorough update, on March 1. But right now, everything is going smoothly and he’s just trying to build his conditioning base and keep getting better.”
This latest update should be great news for Warriors fans who have had to sit through one of the team’s worst seasons in recent memory. Once Curry comes back, they will certainly start winning at a higher clip again.
Andrew Wiggins Speaks Out On All The Criticism Thrown His Way
Wiggins seems to always be the subject of harsh criticism.
Andrew Wiggins has consistently been one of the most criticized players in the entire NBA. After being drafted first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wiggins was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves where he was truly never able to become a superstar. Just last week, Wiggins was traded to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for D'Angelo Russell. Now, Wiggins is being asked to fit in with a brand new team except this time around, he doesn't need to be a superstar.
While speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Wiggins was asked about all the criticism he's received over the years and whether or not it bothers him. As he explains, he only cares about what his peers and coaches have to say because they're the ones who know the game best.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion," Wiggins said. "I feel like real ballers, real people that have been there and done that I respect their opinion. If you haven’t been there, done that... I don’t really look too deep into it.”
Wiggins' new chance with the Warriors will surely be followed closely in the second half of the season and we're interested to see how it all plays out. Do you think Wiggins will succeed in San Francisco?
Andre Iguodala Reacts To Klay Thompson’s Heartfelt Welcome Speech
Once a Warriors, always a Warrior.
Andre Iguodala was traded by the Golden State Warriors to the Memphis Grizzlies during the summer. After a bit of a holdout, Iguodala was traded by the Grizzlies to the Miami Heat. Last night, the Warriors and Heat played each other in what was Iggy's second game ever with the Heat. In the end, the Heat won the match by a score of 113-01. Iguodala finished with just two points, five rebounds, and two assists as he picked up his first win with the squad.
Prior to the game, Klay Thompson of the Warriors gave a speech in the middle of the Chase Center. The speech was to commemorate Iguodala's first game back while celebrating everything he did for the franchise. After the speech, Iguodala got up to address the crowd and offered some high praise for his former teammates.
“My brothers will be back in action next year.. to wreck havoc on the league for 80 games," Iguodala said. Of course, Steph Curry and Thompson are out with injuries but once they return, the Warriors will be back to being Western Conference contenders.
Meanwhile, Iguodala is playing for a Heat team that is in contention to go deep in the playoffs. His experience will certainly prove to be valuable for that team, moving forward.