Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was pleased with how his team played in a 118-92 destruction of the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night. He was especially glad to see his starting point guard Stephen Curry finally make strides after coming back from a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Game 2 after missing six weeks with the injury.
“I though Steph turned a corner tonight,” Kerr said, according to Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News. “Where I really saw it was on the defensive end. I thought he was really moving well defensively. He was anticipating things and getting over screens.”
Despite not having any minute limitations for his star point guard, Kerr limited Curry’s minutes in Game 2 (27 minutes) and Game 3 (29 minutes) to account for potential fatigue after he missed the team’s last 16 games.
In Game 4, Kerr played Curry even after the game was well out of reach, further testing his conditioning
“My lungs feel really good. It’s my third game back and keep pushing,” Curry said. “After five weeks, the adrenaline rush is crazy the first game. You ride that. The second game is a little different. Tonight felt good. As long as I’m out there playing hard, the timing and endurance will come back. I’ve been working hard on that.”
Curry played off the ball for the majority of the game while Kevin Durant and Draymond Green took on the ball-handling duties, finishing with 23 points on 8-of-17 from the floor and 4-of-9 from deep.