Steph is back, baby! Two-time MVP Stephen Curry will return to the lineup for the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night at home against the Toronto Raptors. Curry has been sidelined for the past 58 games due to a fractured hand he suffered early in the season. The six-time All-Star will return to a Warriors team that has had a season we aren’t accustomed to seeing. Golden State is 14-48 and have very little hopes to make the postseason. Still, it’s nice that we get at least 20 or so games of Steph before the playoffs.
Here, we’ll be tracking Curry’s stats and highlights throughout his return to the lineup vs. the Raptors:
Stephen Curry return recap
The Warriors weren’t able to pick up the win over the Raptors, but Stephen Curry sure did put on a show for the fans in Oakland. He finished with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in 26 minutes in his first game back from the hand injury. He almost reached his minutes limit of 28 and made a bunch of highlights in the process. At $8,000 on DraftKings, he managed to put up 43.25 fantasy points, which was respectable enough. At low ownership, Curry wasn’t a bad tournament option. Check out the rest of the feed for highlights from the game.
1:05 a.m. — Steph was able to hit a couple of free throws to make it a two-point game, but then the Raptors came right back. They lead by four points and this is looking out of reach for the Dubs.
1:02 a.m. — Curry is up to 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and the Warriors are down by five, 113-108.
12:55 a.m. — Steph checks back in late in the fourth with the Dubs trailing. Does he have enough left to lift ‘em to a win?
With the Warriors trailing 109-102 and 3:51 remaining, Stephen Curry reenters the lineup.— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) March 6, 2020
12:41 a.m. — Steph checks out in the fourth quarter after 23 minutes so far. He’s still at 19 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds. Chances are he’ll get back into the game for crunch time.
Steph checks back out. He looks gassed. I guess he'll come back in with about 4 minutes left— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) March 6, 2020
12:18 a.m. — Curry is up to 19 minutes and has 19 points with 6 assists and 5 rebounds in the third quarter. The Dubs are making it a game so far, but Curry is coming up on his minutes limit of around 24-28. If Kerr stretches Steph out, he could play most of the fourth quarter. We’ll see.
12:11 a.m. — Steph crazy pass. Check. Steph long-range, circus 3-pointer. Check. Steph 4-point play. Check.
12:05 a.m. — The third quarter is underway and Curry is scoreless but he’s now got 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Can you say triple-double in first game back from injury?
11:45 p.m. — The Warriors and Raptors are at halftime and Toronto went on a late run to pull away again. The Raptors lead 62-55 but we have gotten a few solid highlights from Curry in the first half, including a behind the back pass and circus turnaround 3-pointer. Here’s an update on Steph’s stat line at half:
Stephen Curry stats — 3-for-9 from the floor, 2-of-7 from 3-point range, 11 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds in 14 minutes.
11:41 p.m. — Curry is back in the game and we have splash down TO BEAT THE SHOT CLOCK. Curry is up to nine points on the night and the Dubs are actually back in the game. Could we get a big second half for Steph?
First name: Stephen— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 6, 2020
Last name: Curry pic.twitter.com/Cy9P5RD4mg
11:31 p.m. — Steph just banged his first triple in his return. He’s back on the bench and has 6 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds through 10 minutes in the first half. The Dubs are getting worked by the Raptors, though, so we may not see a ton of Curry the rest of the game.
Stephen Curry drills his first triple of the night, L wing, 7:38 left in the half. Heads to the bench seconds later, taking a breather.— Monte Poole (@MontePooleNBCS) March 6, 2020
11:22 p.m. — Curry is on the board! Steph now has one field goal and went to the line, so he’s up to 3 points after an and-1 and has three dimes and two rebounds in the second quarter.
11:13 p.m. — The Raptors lead 32-27 after the first quarter and here’s Curry’s stat line so far:
Stephen Curry stats — 0-for-2 from 3-point range, 0 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound
11:02 p.m. — Curry goes to the bench in the first quarter of his first game back. So that’s six minutes for Curry, who is only expected to play around 24-28 minutes in this game.
With 6:11 left in the first quarter, Steph Curry goes to the bench. In his first 6 minute spurt of the night, he had two assists and went 0-for-2 shooting -- both 3s.— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) March 6, 2020
10:57 p.m. — We’re almost halfway through the first quarter and we’re still waiting for Curry’s first bucket of the game. He’s got a few assists and a rebound. No buckets, though. Stay tuned.
10:53 p.m. — Steph with the set up for Andrew Wiggins early on. He’s officially, officially back now! Check out the highlight via @gswchris:
10:50 p.m. — Warriors fans getting amped for Curry’s return.
10:11 p.m. — The Warriors announced their starting lineup for tonight and hey, there’s Curry!
Warriors starting lineup: Stephen Curry, Damion Lee, Marquese Chriss, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Andrew Wiggins.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) March 6, 2020
10:00 p.m. — God, I missed this ....