Stephen Curry cleared to return to action against Hawks

By Jon Becker of Bay Area News Group

Stephen Curry’s tailbone is apparently feeling well enough for him to play in Atlanta Sunday night. 

That’s welcome news for a Warriors team that repeatedly found itself on the downside during a 53-point loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday.

Curry was not listed on the team’s injury report on Saturday, a clear indication the Warriors’ star is available to help prevent a winless three-game road trip.

The Warriors suffered their third-worst loss in team history when they got blitzed 130-77 by the Raptors in Tampa, Fla. Golden State once trailed by 60 points during its lopsided loss. 

For skeptics wondering how much difference Curry makes for the Warriors (23-26), consider he has the highest net rating in the league among regulars — the Warriors’ point differential is +16.6 with him on the floor. Rudy Gay (+15.9) and LeBron James (+14.2) are the next best team boosters this season.

In fact, when Curry isn’t on the floor this season, the Warriors have the seventh-worst offense in NBA history. When he does play, the Warriors have the 13th-best offense in the league this season. 

The 33-year-old Curry, who’s averaging 29.2 points this season, has missed six of the Warriors’ last eight games with a tailbone contusion. He hasn’t played in a game against the Hawks since December 2018.

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