The Warriors have fallen on some rough times, with injuries (see Klay Thompson) and regression (see Draymond Green) robbing them of any semblance to their glory years.
But as long as Stephen Curry is around, they remain a team to watch. Curry had been near the top of the MVP discussion for much of the season after he led the Warriors to an unlikely 19-15 start.
Since then, the Warriors have been in a freefall (they’ve lost 12 of their past 17 games), partly because Curry has missed time with an inflamed tailbone.
Now that he has returned, Curry is back to being Curry. He scored 41 points on 14-of-21 shooting to lead the Warriors to a 122-121 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday that stopped a three-game slide.
“He’s playing with a ton of confidence,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “But it’s hard to say more than ever before because he’s always, ever since the day I got here, I’ve never seen him not play with confidence. I think the biggest thing for me watching him is he just looks stronger, physically stronger than ever. ... I just think his body, his mind, everything is, it has really sort of peaked this season.”
Curry, who has splashed at least 200 3-pointers for an NBA-record eight different seasons, is averaging 29.7 points per game, his highest mark since 2015-16 when he won MVP. Now that LeBron James and Joel Embiid have missed time due to injury, it could be a two-man MVP race between Curry and frontrunner Nikola Jokic.