Steph Curry Fires a Warning to the NBA After Return From Injury

Steph Curry Fires a Warning to the NBA After Return From Injury

Edwin Kiplagat
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:27 PM
  • Stephen Curry has warned the rest of the NBA that the Golden State Warriors are a tough team to beat
  • The defending NBA champions have struggled for consistency this season and have a 34-31 record
  • Curry just returned from injury and will be tasked with leading his team to the playoffs

Stephen Curry returned from a leg injury, but the Golden State Warriors suffered another defeat on the road, this time a 105-113 defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Curry missed 11 games since February 4 with a lower leg injury. Speaking after the game on Sunday, the two-time MVP said his team is still a tough nut to crack in the playoffs.

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Steph Curry returns at a crucial period for the Warriors. Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE.
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The 34-year-old finished with 27 points. He failed to score in the first and third quarters but scored eight in the second and 19 in the fourth, the most he's scored in the fourth quarter this season.

The four-time NBA champion has struggled with injuries this season. A shoulder injury ruled him out in December and January. The Warriors are fifth in the Western Conference with a 34-31 record, per ESPN.

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Given how things are tight in the West, they'll need to step up to solidify an automatic playoff spot

Curry's warning to NBA

The Warriors won their fourth NBA title in eight years last season, beating the Celtics in six games, with Curry winning the Finals MVP.

This season, things will be tougher for Steve Kerr's team. Phoenix's addition of Kevin Durant has made them an immediate favorite. Dallas have added Kyrie Irving, making them a contender.

Denver Nuggets have been the best team in the West all season. Can the Warriors cope in the playoffs? Curry is confident.

"There's just a lot that we're trying to deal with and still stay optimistic about where we're headed, because until we get beat, we still feel like we're a tough matchup for anybody. And that's the confidence we have to have down the stretch and headed to the postseason," via SI.

The Warriors have proven that when Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are healthy, they're tough to beat.

Thompson on Curry's return

Sports Brief earlier reported on Thompson warning Warriors players that they'll need to play with the same effort even with Curry back from injury.

"Just because Steph is coming back, we can't slouch our shoulders and expect him to save us," Thompson said. "We gotta keep playing with the same mindset and the same effort."

Thompson was phenomenal in Curry's absence, keeping the team afloat before they lost to the Lakers.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.