Steph Curry, the star point guard for the Golden State Warriors, injured his shoulder during a game last week against the Indiana Pacers and is going to be sidelined for about a month. It has not gone well for a…
Steph Curry, the star point guard for the Golden State Warriors, injured his shoulder during a game last week against the Indiana Pacers and is going to be sidelined for about a month. It has not gone well for a basketball team trying to defend its title this season.
Golden State has not done well on the road this season. This basketball team is currently on the outside of the play-in tournament for the NBA playoffs. NBA picks today had the Golden State Warriors as one of the favorites to win the 2023 NBA title, but it looks bleak. What does his absence mean for this basketball team moving forward?
A Team Struggling To Win On the Road
When playing on the road, Golden State might be the worst team in the NBA this season. They have already lost 15 games on the road this season, and most of those games were with Steph Curry. It feels like it isn’t going to get much better for them because they are a completely different basketball team at home, and it feels unexplainable.
Winning on the road is hard in the NBA, to begin with, but Curry can score 30 points a night there and still lose games. It may be the wear and tear of an older basketball team who won a title a season ago against the Boston Celtics in six games. Golden State hasn’t had the luxury of relying on the younger players to do a lot this season.
Jordan Poole Needing To Step Up
Golden State signed Jordan Poole to a contract extension over the summer, but he hasn’t played well this season. With Steph Curry being sidelined due to a shoulder injury, he will get many more opportunities to prove himself. Jordan Poole will be one of the key parts of this basketball team in the immediate future.
Curry will not be there forever, and he is on the verge of potential retirement sooner rather than later, maybe within the next 3-5 seasons, depending on how things go for him. The Warriors will need him long-term to score 20-25 points a night, and this would be a great place for him to start. Steph Curry has been a great mentor for Jordan Poole up to this point, and the training wheels need to come off eventually.
Missing Buckets Every Single Night
Steph Curry is Top 5-10 in this league. You know what you get every night Curry drives to the arena. He will score at least 25-30 and is an elite player. At the current moment, before he got injured, he was averaging 30.0 PPG, 6.6 RPG, and 6.8 APG. That is a lot of production this basketball team is missing.
Curry scored 30 or more points in three of his last five games before getting injured. This is the kind of scoring machine he is on a night-to-night basis. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green play better around him, and they seem to be different basketball players in a bad way when he is out of the lineup.
Well, that is what they said about Lebron James, and he isn’t slowing down anytime soon, and maybe Steph Curry may not slow down in the scoring department, either. At 34 years old, his body doesn’t seem to be slowing down scoring-wise, but he appears to be slowing down physically. At some point, he doesn’t have the juice to score like this on a night-to-night basis.
One of the things that can’t be taught when Steph Curry is absent is his leadership on and off the court. Steph Curry is one of the most unselfish players you’ll ever see. He was just a natural-born leader throughout his NBA career, and there seems to be something missing when he just doesn’t play.