Curry’s come back is ruined by the Raptors
Stephen Curry makes his return to the hardwood from his hand injury he suffered back in October. Curry missed a total of 58 games before last night’s debut, but he did not look like he missed a step. The former league MVP played a solid game for the struggling Golden State Warriors (14-49) and made it a tight contest against the defending NBA Champions, Toronto Raptors(44-18), but they would fall to the Raptors 121-113.
This game was the first matchup between the two teams in the 2019 NBA Finals. Both teams lost key players from their championship runs. The Warriors lost two-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets, and the Raptors lost their two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Raptors have thrived without their former star player. They have earned the second seed in the Eastern Conference behind the stellar play of 2020 All-Stars Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry. Their defensive stalwart center Marc Gasol, has missed a substantial amount of time, but role players such as Serge Ibaka and Chris Boucher have stepped up in his place. Nick Nurse has coached this Raptors team well when some of their key players have been absent from the lineup.
The Warriors on the other hand are not seeing nearly the same results without Kevin Durant. Injuries have been detrimental to the team. All-Star guard and one half of the Splash Brothers, Klay Thompson, has not stepped foot on the court all season. Former Defensive Player of the Year and All-Star trash-talker, Draymond Green, has only played 43 games this season. In the off season they made received DeAngelo Russell in a sign and trade deal from the Brooklyn Nets to help replace Kevin Durant, but he did not pan out well. The Warriors traded him to the Timberwolves in exchange for forward Andrew Wiggins. The Warriors have been putting lineups on the floor with G-League players and they have been producing G-League results. They rank 27th in offense and 24th in defense compared to bing ranked 2nd in offense and 16th in defense.
Stephen Curry brought some life into the Chase Center that has not been there for a long time. He electrified the crowd with his flashy passes and last second threes. He ended the night with 23 points which tied the team high with rookie guard, Damion Lee. Curry also added seven rebounds and seven assists, attempting 12 threes but only making three. Andrew Wiggins finished with 21 points on 9-20 shooting.
The Raptors got a great surprise from one of their role players. Norman Powell received the start in replacement for the injured Fred VanVleet. He scored a career-high 37 points on 13-21 shooting. Kyle Lowry contributed 26 points and 10 assists and Serge Ibaka hustled on the glass with a game-high 13 rebounds.
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