The return of superstar guard Stephen Curry to the Golden State Warriors roster on Saturday night against the Detroit Pistons did not end well for the defending NBA champion.
Curry struggled all game long against the Pistons as the visiting Warriors team were defeated by the home team 102-111. Despite his struggles Curry was still able to get 27 points, grabbed five rebounds, made three assists and had seven turnovers in almost 37 minutes.
Prior to the game, Curry missed the past 11 games because of a strained left groin.
Curry last played for the Warriors last Nov. 8 in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.The NBA superstar admitted to being a little “antsy” in his return to the floor.
“I’ve had great games after missing substantial time before,” Curry said. “Tonight was not like that. It was just more being really antsy in times when I got the ball in my hands, feeling like I had to make something happen. I didn’t really force much, it was just the timing was off. My teammates were doing a great job trying to find me and getting me going. I think a little bit of that kind of worked against us if I wasn’t able to finish possessions.
Everybody was doing a little bit too much sacrificing and that happens at times when your lineups change and things like that, but we’ll adjust back to how we normally play. Everybody will continue to be aggressive and confident and we’ll get back to Warrior basketball.”
Curry’s reappearance on the floor was a welcome sight for a Warriors group that has missed his presence on and off the court at times throughout the past few weeks. Curry said his wind was “fine” during the game, but his teammates and coaches understand he’s got some rust he’s still trying to knock off.
“He was up and down,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He got himself going after a little while, a slow start. It wasn’t his best game but I’m not at all worried about Steph.”