(Game Thread) Curry back, more minutes for Klay, Payton upgraded to probable
Andre Iguodala downgraded to questionable, but Moody recalled from G League
For some of these game threads, there’s nothing much to update, but for today’s game against the Detroit Pistons, the Golden State Warriors handed out a full article’s worth of updates.
WHO: Golden State Warriors (31-12) vs. Detroit Pistons (10-32)
WHEN: Tuesday January 18, 2022 // 7:00pm PDT
The biggest news is that Stephen Curry is fully back from the hand injury scare that sent him home early from the team’s recent road trip. He’s not even listed at all on the Warriors’ most recent injury report, so the team is fully confident in Curry’s return. That’s great news.
Along the same lines of goodness, details are trickling in on Draymond Green’s tricky injury situation. Coach Steve Kerr implied last week that there was an element of caution in the team’s handling of the injury, and now General Manager Bob Myers provided some encouraging words on the radio this morning.
And another dollop of good news, it looks like Gary Payton is trending back towards availability as well. Payton, who has been out with back tightness after a fall against the Milwaukee Bucks, is being upgraded to “probable” for tonight’s game.
And finally, on to the second Splash Brother.
Klay Thompson has been out for so long that just having him back on the court has felt like a victory. But the truth is that Thompson’s first step into the starting lineup was just one amongst many steps that he’ll need to take prior to being back back.
So it’s fantastic news that there have been no setbacks of any kind. Thompson’s minutes are going to slowly continue to ramp up as the full power of this iteration of the Warriors comes back online over the next few months.