SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors will receive a huge boost at just the right time.
Having lost five straight games, Golden State has struggled offensively without its catalyst Steph Curry, who has missed the previous two contests with a right knee sprain.
However, Curry is back in the Warriors’ starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chase Center.
Curry will start alongside Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters during his pregame press conference that Curry, barring a setback in pregame warmups, would return to the court against the Thunder.
Clearly Curry passed all his pregame tests.
Kerr didn’t mention if Curry will be on a minutes restriction in his first game since last Sunday.
Curry was playing at an MVP level prior to sustaining the injury in a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. In 11 games, the Warriors’ sharpshooter was averaging 30.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists on 48.8-percent shooting from the field and 44.6 percent from 3-point range.
The Warriors’ offense in two games without Curry was averaging just 105 points per game in losses to Minnesota and Oklahoma City this week.
Golden State did not lose six straight games at all last season and with Curry back in the fold, the Warriors will look to end their current skid on Saturday against the Thunder.