Warriors out of the woods with Curry return, says Kerr
- Golden State Warriors have laboured in Stephen Curry's absence and the two-time NBA MVP offered a reminder of his class against Toronto.
Stephen Curry's sparkling return to action has Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr hoping his team's struggles are at an end.
Curry played his first game since October against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, having been sidelined with a broken left hand.
In his absence, the Warriors have slumped to the league's worst record and are now 14-49 after the Raptors prevailed 121-113 at Chase Center.
However, Curry offered a dazzling reminder of his considerable qualities with 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds during 27 minutes on the court.
"To me, it feels like it's on again," Kerr, whose men will miss out on the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12, told reporters.
"We're now through the woods, as I said before the game. We can start looking ahead and using these games to prepare ourselves for trying to reach a higher level of play."
Kerr understandably decided to proceed cautiously with the amount of minutes granted to Curry but pledged to step up his star point guard's workload over the coming weeks.
"I thought he looked great, moved well," he said. "It was not the ideal set of circumstances for him - we were taking him in and out of the lineup to keep his minutes down and to keep his stints shorter. He's not used to that.
"But he obviously gave us a huge lift, and he changes the whole game when he's out there.
"Our fans could see it, they could feel it. We're a different team, obviously, when he's on the court.
"So, great to have him back, and it'll be fun the next week or so to continue to build up his minutes and get him back into the groove."
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The Warriors' problems this season have extended far beyond being without Curry for an extended period, with Klay Thompson missing all of 2019-20 due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Kerr currently has Draymond Green and Kevon Looney nursing respective knee and hip complaints.
Although an MRI scan on Green has come back clear, the Warriors coach conceded Looney's status is a cause of consternation.
"That's a concern and we'll have an update [on Friday]," he added. "He had some momentum and he was playing really well for us.
"So this is a bump in the road, hopefully, but we'll have an update when he has a chance to be evaluated by our doctors."Published 06 Mar 2020, 13:48 IST