Stephen Curry, James Wiseman and Kevon Looney all returning for Warriors for Knicks matchup
The Golden State Warriors played their last game on Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets without Stephen Curry. He was ruled out due to illness but will return for Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. The good news keeps coming for the Warriors: Kevon Looney and James Wiseman will also make their return to action in New York.
Stephen Curry, James Wiseman and Kevon Looney return tonight for Golden State at Madison Square Garden, Warriors coach Steve Kerr says
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 23, 2021
This is a welcome sign for Warriors fans and for head coach Steve Kerr after a two-point loss to the Hornets on Saturday, one that would’ve likely ended in a victory if Curry was able to suit up.
The return of Curry isn’t exactly a surprise, as the All-Star starter for the West returned to the team’s practice on Monday, which is a telling sign. He’s averaging 29.9 points with 5.4 boards and 6.2 assists and is garnering some MVP attention with the Warriors headed for a potential playoff spot.
As for Looney and Wiseman, their return has been a long time coming for the Warriors. Wiseman missed the past 11 games due to a sprained wrist and Looney was absent for the past 10 games due to a sprained ankle.
While Wiseman hasn’t exactly jumped out of the gates as everybody had hoped, he’s still averaging 12.2 points with 6.1 rebounds in his first year in the league. Looney was thrust into the starting lineup for the Warriors, replacing Wiseman, due to Kerr’s insistence that Looney plays better on the defensive end.
Juan Toscano-Anderson was a regular in the starting five with the absence of the two Warriors’ bigs and Mychal Mulder stepped in and took Curry’s spot in the game against the Hornets.
The Warriors will once again be at full strength and it will be interesting to see if Kerr decides to start Wiseman or Looney, or neither. The Warriors have not yet created a prolonged winning streak this season. Let’s see if these roster developments create a spark.