After aggravating a left shin contusion that kept him out of two games last week, Golden State Warriors (31-2) point guard Stephen Curry is questionable to return to the lineup for Monday’s home matchup with the Charlotte Hornets.
According to the Oakland Tribune, Curry’s status is “up in the air” as Golden State tries to extend its 34-game home winning streak at Oracle Arena before embarking on a three-game road trip over the subsequent four days.
The reigning MVP, who’s tops in the league with 29.7 points per game, originally suffered the injury during a 122-103 victory over Sacramento on Dec. 28 and sat out the next two contests. The Warriors split their two games with a loss at Dallas and a win at Houston. The Warriors managed to beat Denver 111-108 in overtime on Saturday despite Curry playing just 14 minutes and leaving in the second quarter.
Netting five points, four assists, and two steals on 2-for-6 shooting, Curry said after the Denver game that he got kicked in the shin, which now opens the possibility of him missing his third game of the season.
Curry missed 40 games in the deadlock shortened 2011-2012 season due to a serious ankle injury. However, since then, Curry hasn’t sat out more than four contests.
The Warriors have won their last two games, but it’s clear they are different team without the sharpshooter on the floor. According to ESPN, Golden State slips from 117.1 points per 100 possessions to 100.9, and 94.1 points allowed to 107.3, contorting the net difference from +23.0 points to -6.4 points.
Golden State is expected to bring forwards Harrison Barnes and Brandon Rush back from injury against Charlotte, and they still have stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green to rely on, but the Warriors may have some depth issues against one of the NBA’s most potent and deep benches.
With guard Jeremy Lin enjoying rejuvenate season, guard Jeremy Lamb and center Cody Zeller working inside and out, Charlotte’s bench is putting 32.2 points per game though its field-goal percentage has dropped to 39.1 overall.
Still, the Hornets may be shorthanded as well. Lin is dealing with a sprained right ankle that kept him out of two games, but he did come back and play 34 minutes in a 109-90 home loss to Oklahoma City.