The Golden State Warriors have been plagued with injuries all season, but help could be on the way. Team owner Joe Lacob provided encouraging updates on All-Star guards Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
It was known before the season started that Thompson would miss an extended period of time due to a torn ACL. As for Curry, the two-time MVP fractured his hand back in October. He only appeared in four games this season.
Golden State owns the worst record in the NBA at the moment. On the bright side, the team should have a very high draft pick in June. Well that’s if the return of Curry and Thompson doesn’t dramatically change the Warriors’ record.
Since there are still two months left in the regular season, the Warriors are expecting Curry to return very soon. As for Thompson, the sharpshooting guard could also return from his injury at some point this year.
Lacob provided updates to Mark Medina of USA Today on Curry and Thompson.
“Steph is coming back. That’s not even a discussion internally,” Lacob said. “He’s ready to play so he should play. By the way, we’ll try to win every game. I’m not really about, ‘Let’s lose every game so we can get the best pick.’ You try to do that, you’re messing with the basketball gods. So we don’t believe in that.”
“Klay might come back for a few games at the end. He might not,” Lacob said. “That doesn’t matter so much. Maybe we’ll err on the cautious side. Maybe. That’s up to him.”
The Warriors should have the opportunity to see how Andrew Wiggins fits alongside Curry and Thompson.
It’ll be interesting to see when Curry finally suits up for Golden State since Lacob said the three-time champion is ready to play.
Golden State will face Houston this Thursday in its first game since the All-Star break.