The Golden State Warriors have taken a significant step back this season, falling to one of the worst records in the league. However, it has primarily been due to injury that has seen their All-Star backcourt unable to take the court together this campaign. It has been a rough year for the franchise, but it’s one that won’t entirely go down as a disappointing campaign. With Stephen Curry set to return to the court in the coming weeks, could Klay Thompson not be far behind him in that regard?
Stephen Curry’s expected return
The Warriors had begun the 2019-20 season with Curry leading the charge in the backcourt with then-fellow teammate D’Angelo Russell.
However, things changed drastically early on as the two-time league MVP suffered a fractured wrist in the fourth game of the season. Curry has been sidelined over the last few months recovering from the injury, which has continued to make progress in the rehab work.
That has led to the discussion of him being back in the fold potentially on March 1 or some point early next month. Despite the Warriors being all but out of the playoff picture, Curry still appears to be headed back in the mix this season.
It has shifted the attention towards Thompson‘s recovery from the torn ACL he suffered in last year’s playoffs. With that in mind, team owner Joe Lacob has thrown an interesting proposition into the chatter.
Joe Lacob discusses Klay Thompson’s possible return
Before the start of the season, there were mixed messages sent regarding Thompson’s recovery timetable from a torn ACL. The initial thought process at their media day was that the All-Star guard could make a return around the All-Star break.
That was followed shortly by head coach Steve Kerr voicing that Thompson may miss the entire 2019-20 season altogether. However, Lacob has thrown another scenario into the mix as he expressed that the 30-year-old could return to play in the last few games of the regular season, according to Mark Medina of USA TODAY Sports.
“Klay might come back for a few games at the end. He might not,” Lacob said. “That doesn’t matter so much. Maybe we’ll err on the cautious side. Maybe. That’s up to him.”
That is the first time Lacob commented on the situation in some time, as well as any timetable placed. Thompson has continued to stay on the right path with his recovery, and this at the very least suggests he’s making some significant progress.
There will need to be some major marker points hit in the recovery process, but it puts on the table the chance that the Warriors’ star backcourt can suit up together this season.
Will Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson suit up together this season?
That is the biggest question throughout this process as any hope of them playing together lies squarely on Thompson’s recovery.
Curry will be back in the mix at some point next month, which leaves just over a month from that for him to return. Although the Warriors would love to pair their star backcourt together in what has turned out to be a disappointing campaign, the team will err on the side of caution.
There is no reason to risk any setbacks or mishaps just to get them on the floor together this season. It’s all but certain that they will miss the playoffs, while both their star players will still be working their back into form. That will more so be the case for Thompson in that matter.
Only time will tell if this situation will present itself as the rest of the regular season unfolds, but it’s hard to believe at this point that Golden State will be short-sighted in this matter.