Surprises can be disappointing, but can disappointments be surprising? Basketball Insiders looks at three unexpectedly slow starts within the Pacific Division.
Injury update: Warriors guard Damion Lee suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand during last night’s game against the Utah Jazz, an MRI revealed this morning. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Injury update: Warriors guard Damion Lee suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right […]
Stephen Curry “definitely” plans to return this season, targeting a date at “some point in the early spring.”
Curry, 31, underwent surgery Nov. 1 to repair a broken left hand and says he needs to go under the knife again on his non-shooting hand.
The Golden State Warriors initially announced the two-time MVP would be re-evaluated three months following surgery.
Per The AP:
″(Managing the) swelling is something that’s going to be of the utmost priority early in the rehab process,” Curry said, “to get me a chance to come back and get my range of motion back pretty quickly.”
Curry referred to himself and injured teammate Klay Thompson as “caged animals right now, wanting to be unleashed.”
For now, Curry is working out his lower body and doing whatever training is permitted by the team’s medical staff, saying he’s using this three-month period without basketball as a “mini offseason” to fine-tune his body.
“Just to understand the chemistry with the young guys,” he said. “We can play around with rotations and just get a vibe of what the following season, when we’re all healthy, looks like.”
Klay vs. Steph | 2014 / 2019
Andrew Wiggins (season-high 40 points along with 7 assists and 3 blocks) led the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 125-119 win over the Golden State Warriors. D’Angelo Russell exploded for a career-high 52 points for the Warriors, adding 9 rebounds and 7 3PM.
Wiggins and the Timberwolves trailed 110-106 with 29 seconds left in regulation. But after two free throws by Karl-Anthony Towns and a forced jump ball by Covington, Wiggins tied it on a drive with 5.6 seconds left. Russell’s 3-pointer at the buzzer missed. Warriors’ poor rebounding is becoming a pattern and cost them another game. They were outrebounded 59-49 by the Timberwolves.
D’Angelo Russell becomes the 4th player in NBA history to score 50 points in 1 of his first 10 games with a team, joining Kyrie Irving (this season), Brandon Jennings (2009, rookie season), and Wilt Chamberlain (1959, rookie).
In the other game, Spencer Dinwiddie (34 points) and Kyrie Irving (33 points) combined for 67 PTS and 10 3PM in the Brooklyn Nets 119-115 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard erupted for 60 points, his career-high, and the most points scored in the NBA this season.
The Trail Blazers as a whole are now 3-6 on the season despite Lillard averaging more than 32 points per game. Their best player’s excellence hasn’t been enough to save them, and that proved especially true on Friday.
D’Angelo Russell scored 52 PTS while Damian Lillard poured in 60 PTS in last night’s action. This is the first time two players scored 50+ points on the same night since Vince Carter and Allen Iverson on Dec. 23, 2005.
This is also the second time in NBA history when multiple players scored 50-points and both lost – D’Angelo Russell and Damian Lillard last night.
The other was April 9, 1978: David Thompson (73) & George Gervin (63) in their famous last-day duel for the scoring title.