Stephen Curry and the Warriors Nearly Suffered a Huge Blow to Their Playoff Aspirations After Getting Embarrassed by the Nets
Stephen Curry is having an outstanding season for the Golden State Warriors. However, the Warriors are just barely in the Western Conference playoff picture. So, because of that, they need all the firepower they can get to lock up a playoff spot by the end of the 2020-21 NBA season. Well, while recently getting embarrassed by Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets, Curry and the Warriors actually caught a huge break when finding out about Draymond Green‘s injury situation.
Stephen Curry and the Warriors got embarassed by the Nets
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors played their old friend Kevin Durant on Saturday. The game was not close from the very beginning, either.
Durant and the Nets took a 37-28 lead after the first quarter before widening that margin even further in the second and third quarters. The Nets led 66-51 at halftime, and then by a brutal 108-82 at the end of the third quarter. This ultimately helped them win the game 134-117.
It was a joint effort by Durant and his teammates to get the win, too, as he had 20 points, five rebounds, and six assists, while Kyrie Irving had 23 points, five rebounds, and four assists. James Harden, on the other hand, also recorded 19 points, eight rebounds, and a remarkable 16 assists while Bruce Brown scored 18 points to go with seven rebounds. Joe Harris additionally added 15 points and four rebounds for the Nets.
For the Warriors, Stephen Curry had 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field. He struggled from long range, though, only shooting 2-of-9 from deep. Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr. also scored 17 for the Warriors, while Eric Paschall had 16.
The Warriors certainly looked horrible in the game, but they did catch a big break.
Draymond Green’s knee injury isn’t serious
During the game, Draymond Green left in the first half due to a scary knee injury. However, he ultimately came back and played in the second half.
“He tweaked his knee and he was in a lot of pain,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, according to NBC Sports. “When I went out to see him, he said ‘I’ll be fine.’ He said he had done it before. I don’t know exactly how to describe what happened, but when I got out there, he was in a lot of pain, but he said ‘I’ll be fine.’ So [Director of Sports Medicine and Performance] Rick [Celebrini] worked on him at halftime and he was good to go.”
Additionally, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Green said, “I got this little weird thing that happens from time to time. … It just locked up. It was sore. But after that, I was fine.” Green also said that he will be fine for the team’s next game.
No, Green has not been playing as well for the Warriors as he has in past seasons. He is only averaging 5.2 points per game, 5.5 rebounds, and eight assists. But his ability to share the ball and his leadership on the floor will be crucial for the Warriors to make the playoffs.
Golden State is currently 14-13 and in eighth place in the Western Conference. They are just one game ahead of the ninth-seeded Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, and Memphis Grizzlies. So, to keep pace with those teams, the Warriors must keep everyone healthy, especially with Klay Thompson out for the year again.
One player the Warriors must especially keep healthy for a potential playoff run is, of course, Stephen Curry. So far this year, Curry is having an absolutely remarkable season, too.
Stephen Curry looks to lead the Warriors to the playoffs
In addition to staying healthy, the Warriors just need Stephen Curry to continue to play the way he has been playing all season. The two-time MVP has put himself in the MVP conversation yet again this year.
He is averaging 29.9 points per game, 5.9 assists, and 5.4 rebounds. Curry is also shooting 49.3% from the field, which is the third-highest mark of his career. This is in addition to 42.9% from 3-point range on 11.5 long-range attempts per game. His 11.5 long-range shots per game are also the second-highest in a season in his career, and his third-highest 3-point attempt average came when he won the league MVP award in 2015-16.
Stephen Curry has been truly remarkable for the Warriors this season. If he continues to play the way he has played, and if players like Draymond Green can stay healthy, the Warriors could find themselves in the playoffs yet again.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference