2022 NBA Finals MVP Stephen Curry returns to the court after suffering from a shoulder injury only to be defeated by an incomplete Phoenix Suns last January 10, 125-113.
Curry started on Tuesday night after missing 11 games because of a subluxation on his left shoulder last December 14. He finished the match with 24 points, three assists, and one rebound.
The Warriors are finally complete, while the Suns are missing key players like Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Cam Johnson, and Cameron Payne, who were out because of an injury. Moreover, Curry returns to the lineup with their match being held at their homecourt—Chase Center.
Suns’ Mikal Bridges led his team in scoring with 26. Former Warriors Damion Lee followed with 22. He hit a three-point shot in the last minute of the first quarter, stapling the lead for good.
The Golden State Warriors could not take the lead from their opponent. By halftime, the Suns’ lead was already at 14.
Described by Philippine Daily Inquirer as “stingy,” the visiting team’s defense pressured the ‘21-’22 NBA champions. Furthermore, Lee damaged his former team by swishing all 14 free throw attempts.
Meanwhile, Klay Thompson was returning to his former self, finishing with 29 points, five rebounds, and a steal. Jordan Poole also had a stellar performance. He had 27 points, six assists, and five rebounds in the loss.
The Warriors are now on a three-game losing streak.
The Suns are now 21-21, with the Golden State trailing behind with 20-21.
Curry Returns but…
Curry was already practicing his shots earlier during the team’s practice last Monday. During his absence, the Warriors had a five-game winning streak.
Unfortunately, their matchup against the Suns showed that Wiggins is still not 100% completely proficient. On the defensive side, he was dominant, recording five steals and two blocks.
However, he had a terrible shooting performance. Out of his 16 field goal attempts, he only made five. He was a -15 that game and had only ten points.
Although the Warriors took care of the ball, unlike the Suns, who had 22 turnovers, they were annihilated defensively. Bridges, Torrey Craig, and Bismack Biyombo had a total of seven blocks that game.
The ‘21-’22 NBA champion was also not shooting very well from the perimeter and long distance. They only had 38.5% field goals and 37.5% on 3s. Meanwhile, their opponent finished with 45.6% and 45.2%.
Since the Suns’ game is the last of the eight-game homestand for the Warriors, OKBET players knew that they were the clear underdogs once they face the San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, and Washington Wizards. They will also face the No. 1 Boston Celtics and the No. 5 Cleveland Cavaliers before returning home to meet the Brooklyn Nets.
In this five-game road trip, Curry returns to the Warriors and, hopefully, gives them a win. But what do you think so far?