Despite admitting being nervous, Stephen Curry didn’t miss a beat upon his return from an ankle injury as he scored 38 points, including 10-13 from rainbow country.
More importantly, the team came out with a win as the Warriors defeated the Grizzlies on a score of 141-128 on Saturday night.
Talking to reporters afterwards, the two-time MVP said he was anxious about his return after missing 11 games due to an injury. He said watching from the sidelines while he was injured gave him a nervous energy going into the match with the Grizzlies.
If he had to make an analogy, he said going back in felt like being on the first day of school once again.
Going into the game, the Warriors point guard said he didn’t know what to expect.
“I just wanted to get some good reps, get up and down, see how my wind was and, surprisingly, I think my body felt way better than I expected,” he said.
Steve Kerr said he stopped second-guessing Curry a long time ago. The coach said that with other players, it will take some time for them to adjust and find their rhythm after a long layoff. Not Curry, however.
“You don’t say that about Steph,” he said, “because all it takes is one and he can be feeling it.”
During his absence, the Warriors went 9-2 but it’s not right to say they are better without Curry. Kerr explained that the players buckled down defensively because they found themselves without their safety net: the point guard’s shooting prowess.
In that 11-game span, the Warriors held opponents to just 41.7% shooting while also leading the league in blocks and defensive rebounds. For the season, the team is just a little above average in defense allowing 105.2, which is good for 13th in the league.
The Warriors still trail the top-ranked Houston Rockets in the Western Conference.