Steph Curry Expected to Return Saturday

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With his parents, wife and two daughters in attendance, Curry got his first points on a layup at 10:27 that put the Warriors out front 7-0 and led to a Memphis timeout. "Not just the point total". After averaging under 99 possessions per 48 minutes in the 11 games without Curry (they were at 103.94 before the injury and even faster with Curry), Golden State played at a pace of 106.73 in his almost eight first-quarter minutes against a team that prefers to slow things down.

Durant's arrival perhaps gave Golden State the highest ceiling of any team in National Basketball Association history. "This is something we have to get better moving forward". Curry could still be a bit rusty following his layoff and will likely be on a minutes restriction, but just having him back should be a big boost because even his mere presence on the court drastically changes how the Warriors offense works.

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Golden State just had no answer for Dwight Howard, who dominated to the tune of 29 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists. Kerr said late Wednesday night.

The Warriors went 9-2 during Curry's absence. "We're going to definitely be a different team when he comes back".

Draymond Green struggled with his shot, but handed out 16 assists with 11 rebounds to go with his eight points. They built a double-digit lead in the third quarter.

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"Turnovers. They got 32 points off our turnovers, 18 of them", he said. "We've got to just make simple passes and plays".

Curry scored 35 points in 23 minutes through three quarters. "If all goes well, I expect him to play Saturday, but even if it goes well, I'm not expecting him to play tomorrow".

Playing in his first game since suffering a sprained ankle on December 4, Curry hit a season-high 10 three-pointers and shot 76.5 percent overall in just 26 minutes.

Curry already has been ruled out of Friday's contest against the Charlotte Hornets, the two-time MVP's hometown team.

"Ideally four of those bursts sounds about right to me, but this is not an exact science, so we've discussed it with Chelsea (Lane) and with Steph about it", Kerr said. Curry's return should take some of the offensive burden from Thompson this time around and could free him up to focus more on shutting Evans down on the defensive end once more.

Nonetheless, Kerr has provided good coaching during his three-year span with the Warriors.

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