It was clear Curry was itching to get back on the court, and he played like it throughout.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) chats with his father Dell Curry before the start of an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets at Oracle Arena, Friday, Dec.
Charlotte, beginning a four-game road trip, arrived with a 2-12 record away from home. As Memphis struggled to corral a star with fresh legs, Golden State continued to feed the beast, allowing Curry to cap off the night with a season-high in three-point makes. "This is something we have to get better moving forward". I wouldn't want him to play on a back-to-back with his ankle healing. While winning two NBA championships out of three NBA Finals appearances, the Warriors finished in the top five in defensive efficiency.
Golden State just had no answer for Dwight Howard, who dominated to the tune of 29 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists.
Kerr is hopeful the extended rest for his star point guard now to get fully healthy will benefit Curry down the stretch and in the postseason for the defending champions.
The Warriors went 9-2 during Curry's absence. Kerr expressed more internal criticism when it came to handling double teams on Howard. "If all goes well, I expect him to play Saturday, but even if it goes well, I'm not expecting him to play tomorrow". Go ahead, give him the hockey assist.
"Turnovers. They got 32 points off our turnovers, 18 of them", he said. They built a double-digit lead in the third quarter.
"But we've missed Steph's ability to play the passing lanes, put pressure on the ball, cause some havoc with his speed and quickness".
"It'll be a little different, but Steph is a very good defender", Kerr said.
Jarrett Jack made two free throws with 9.1 seconds left and Kristaps Porzingis scored seven of his team-high 30 points in a critical late-game stretch to lift NY to a victory over New Orleans.
Klay Thompson added 21 points, Kevin Durant scored 20 and Zaza Pachulia chipped in 13 as the Warriors appeared untroubled by the second-quarter ejection of Draymond Green - who picked up two technical fouls after arguing about foul calls.
"We're trying to build something here", Gasol said after Memphis lost for the 13th time in 17 games since firing coach David Fizdale on Nov 27.
Nonetheless, Kerr has provided good coaching during his three-year span with the Warriors.
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