The Golden State Warriors have been struggling inexplicably this season, and to add injury to insult, they have had to deal with their franchise player missing stretches of action.
Stephen Curry had missed 11 straight games earlier in the season, and he has been out since early February with a leg injury.
Although his return is not imminent, the Warriors released an official statement in which they said Curry is “making good progress.”
Stephen Curry injury update: pic.twitter.com/5a8Euai9IX
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) February 22, 2023
After winning their fourth NBA championship in eight years last season, many expected them to be, at the very least, one of the favorites to win it all again this season.
But they got off to a 3-7 start, and although they have had a couple of stretches in which it looked like they were playing somewhat better ball, they have never regained their old form.
Golden State currently has a 29-29 record, which puts them in ninth place in the Western Conference.
However, they are just 3.5 games behind the Sacramento Kings, who are in third place.
A curious aspect of the Warriors’ struggles is the fact that while they’re a very poor 7-22 on the road, they’ve been strong at home, as they possess a 22-7 record at Chase Center in San Francisco.
When Curry has played, he has been magnificent, averaging 29.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game while shooting 49.5 percent overall and 42.7 percent from 3-point range.
If he returns soon enough and the Warriors get hot for the remainder of the regular season, they would have to be considered one of the favorites to reach the NBA Finals given how wide-open and uncertain the Western Conference is right now.NEXT: A Warriors Duo Has Repeatedly Made NBA History