Stephen Curry's sparkling return to action has Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr hoping his team's struggles are at an end.

Curry played his first game since October against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, having been sidelined with a broken left hand.

In his absence, the Warriors have slumped to the league's worst record and are now 14-49 after the Raptors prevailed 121-113 at Chase Center.

However, Curry offered a dazzling reminder of his considerable qualities with 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds during 27 minutes on the court.

"To me, it feels like it's on again," Kerr, whose men will miss out on the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12, told reporters.

"We're now through the woods, as I said before the game. We can start looking ahead and using these games to prepare ourselves for trying to reach a higher level of play."

Kerr understandably decided to proceed cautiously with the amount of minutes granted to Curry but pledged to step up his star point guard's workload over the coming weeks.

"I thought he looked great, moved well," he said. "It was not the ideal set of circumstances for him - we were taking him in and out of the lineup to keep his minutes down and to keep his stints shorter. He's not used to that.

"But he obviously gave us a huge lift, and he changes the whole game when he's out there.

"Our fans could see it, they could feel it. We're a different team, obviously, when he's on the court.

"So, great to have him back, and it'll be fun the next week or so to continue to build up his minutes and get him back into the groove."

The Warriors' problems this season have extended far beyond being without Curry for an extended period, with Klay Thompson missing all of 2019-20 due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Kerr currently has Draymond Green and Kevon Looney nursing respective knee and hip complaints.

Although an MRI scan on Green has come back clear, the Warriors coach conceded Looney's status is a cause of consternation.

"That's a concern and we'll have an update [on Friday]," he added. "He had some momentum and he was playing really well for us.

"So this is a bump in the road, hopefully, but we'll have an update when he has a chance to be evaluated by our doctors."

Stephen Curry said he was back in his "happy place" as he made up for lost time on his long-awaited Golden State Warriors return in a defeat to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.

The two-time NBA MVP had been sidelined since suffering a broken left hand during a clash with the Phoenix Suns last October.

Curry scored 23 points in his first match for just over four months but was unable to prevent the Warriors from slumping to a 121-113 loss against the defending champions at Chase Center.

The superstar guard was just pleased to be back on court following such a lengthy absence in a season to forget for injury-hit Golden State.

Asked how he coped with being out for so long, Curry replied: "You kind of deal with the new reality as it comes.

"Coming into the season, obviously four games in I was excited about trying to help lead the team where we wanted to go, chase the playoffs and all that but it was taken away.

"You've got to be productive in all aspects while you are out, with the rehab and the opportunity to appreciate life outside of basketball as well. I'm happy to be back in my happy place, for sure, but a lot of good happened over these last four months."

Curry said he felt comfortable as he hit the ground running, having not known quite what to expect in his comeback.

"It felt great, it was a lot of energy, anticipation for tonight and just getting back out there on the floor and seeing what was going to happen." said the three-time NBA champion.

"It was kind of a cool moment, just the excitement and energy in the building and I didn't really know what to expect, how to handle the minute restriction and all that, I just tried to get my first shot and just get comfortable out there.

"But throughout the 27 minutes I felt good, so I'm excited to be back out there.

"We had some good moments, obviously Toronto is a championship team that has a lot of chemistry and they know how to win, so for us it was a good step in the right direction. Everybody just competing and we can build off of this."

Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry will make his long-awaited NBA return against defending champions the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.

Curry has been sidelined since October due to a broken hand, however, the two-time MVP was cleared to play on Wednesday.

The three-time NBA champion trained with the Santa Cruz Warriors – Golden State's G League affiliate – on Monday as he closed in on a comeback.

Warriors guard Curry is averaging 20.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 rebounds per game this season.

The injury-ravaged Warriors have struggled in 2019-20 – their 14-48 win-loss record the worst in the Western Conference and NBA.

Steve Kerr says Stephen Curry could make his Golden State Warriors comeback against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.

The two-time NBA MVP has been out of action since October due to a broken hand.

Curry trained with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State's G League affiliate, on Monday as he closes in on a return.

Warriors head coach Kerr on Tuesday revealed that the superstar guard may come up against the NBA champions at Chase Center.

Kerr said: "I heard everything [in Santa Cruz] went well, I'm happy that he got a really good scrimmage in.

"The physicality was the main thing for him - to go up and down and feel the screens, the bumps, the bruises ... all that stuff.

"I haven't talked with Steph yet, but talking with [Warriors director of sports medicine Dr.] Rick [Celebrini], everything went really well and so it's all good signs.

"Thursday is definitely a possibility."

The injury-hit Warriors (13-48) are bottom of the Western Conference, while the Raptors sit second in the Eastern Conference at 42-18, but have lost three in a row.

The Golden State Warriors recalled Stephen Curry from the team's G League affiliate after the superstar stepped up his injury comeback.

Curry, who has been sidelined since October due to a broken hand, trained with the Santa Clara Warriors on Monday.

The two-time NBA MVP participated fully in practice ahead of a possible return against defending champions the Toronto Raptors in San Francisco on Thursday.

Curry, who has played just four NBA games this season, had the chance to hit the scrimmage winner in Santa Clara but missed as time expired.

"We actually ran a play that I think [Golden State coach] Steve Kerr drew up in the last Finals series against Toronto," G League Warriors head coach Kris Weems said.

"Try to get him a look. And of course all the attention went to him. So we got a shot off, but maybe not the best shot we could have gotten."

Weems added: "You always worry about that [conditioning] when you haven't had any game experience or game live action. But he's been doing conditioning, clearly.

"The real thing is getting bumped around, the physicality of the game, setting screens, fighting over screens. Maybe jamming that wrist or that hand on a fall.

"You have to have those things to feel like you're ready to go, and so hopefully we gave him that in that three quarters that we played. And so he'll be able to bring that experience. ... Whenever they deem him fit to be able to play, he'll be ready to go."

The Golden State Warriors are hoping Stephen Curry makes his return from injury against the Washington Wizards on Sunday.

Curry has played just four games this season, sidelined since October due to a broken hand.

The two-time MVP is targeting a return against the Wizards and head coach Steve Kerr is hopeful about the 31-year-old's availability for the clash at the Chase Center.

"That is the hope," Kerr told a news conference on Tuesday.

"I think we're going to re-evaluate on Saturday so he won't come back before that date, but I know he's had that date in his mind.

"He'll continue to work this week and then we'll make that determination on Saturday whether he'll play or not on Sunday."

The Warriors have struggled without Curry and amid an injury-ravaged season, having gone into Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA at 12-45.

Stephen Curry was back at practice with the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, with Steve Kerr admitting the two-time MVP got the Tom Brady treatment from his team-mates.

Warriors guard Curry has been sidelined since October having twice undergone surgery on a broken hand, but he recently said he remained on course to return next month.

Golden State were boosted by Curry's involvement in their defensive drills and shooting practice in their first practice since the All-Star break. 

However, given Curry's status as the team's star and the nature of his injury, Kerr joked he ordered players not to make contact with the 31-year-old as if he were a red-shirted NFL quarterback in practice.

"We're calling him Tom Brady today. Don't touch Steph," Kerr told reporters, referencing the six-time Super Bowl champion.

"I think it was more for fun than anything. He took part in everything apart other than our scrimmage. Our scrimmage at the end, he didn't do that.

"He's looking great. He cannot be touched!"

Reports suggest Curry's return could come on March 1 against the Washington Wizards, with the Warriors having five games on the schedule before then.

Kerr insisted there was no definitive timeframe for Curry's comeback but added he was impressed by his conditioning.

"I don't know when he's going to be allowed to scrimmage. It's not this week or anything," he said.

"He looks really good. He's gaining strength, gaining confidence.

"He's been putting himself through some brutal workouts so his conditioning is about as good as it can possibly be because of somebody who hasn't been able to scrimmage because of how he goes about his work."

The Warriors have made the NBA Finals in each of the previous five years but this season they are bottom of the Western Conference with an NBA-worst 12-43 record.

As well as Curry's lengthy absence, they have had to content with five-time All-Star Klay Thompson being sidelined by a torn anterior cruciate ligament that is expected to keep him out for the entire campaign.

"It's easy to look and say, 'In a couple of weeks, Steph's going to be ready to play', but Klay's a long way from that," Kerr added.

"I don't even entertain any thoughts of Klay playing this year."

Andre Iguodala felt like he was returning "home" when he lined up against the Golden State Warriors for the Miami Heat on Monday.

The veteran was a three-time NBA champion with the Warriors and won the 2015 Final MVP award, cementing his legacy as a Golden State legend.

Speaking before featuring against his old side for the first time since his departure last July, Iguodala thanked the fans at Chase Center, where the likes of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry paid tribute to the 36-year-old.

"From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everybody that supported us, supported me my entire time here," Iguodala – who had two points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench – said as he addressed the crowd before a 113-101 victory for the Heat.

"It definitely feels like home every time. I just left, but it feels like home. Really appreciate you guys and appreciate you being loyal Bay Area fans.

"My brothers will be back in action, full squad next year, to wreak havoc on the league for 80 games. Love y'all."

Thompson hailed Iguodala as one of the Warriors' all-time greats, with Curry readily echoing those sentiments.

"We've got one of the greatest Warriors in the history of the organisation back," said Thompson. "We call him the Swiss Army knife. One of my favourite team-mates of all time.

"He made me, Steph [Curry], Draymond [Green] and [Kevon] Looney's job much easier, as well as coach [Steve] Kerr and all the coaching staff. So we're indebted to this man for what he gave us."

Curry added: "The respect that he has from the entire fan base out here you just have to step back and tip your hat to greatness."

LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were among the 44 finalists for a place in the United States men's basketball team for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Three-time Olympic medallist James and nine of the players from the successful 2016 campaign in Rio were included on the list announced by USA Basketball on Monday.

Should the Los Angeles Lakers star make the final 12-man roster, he will join Carmelo Anthony as the second player to represent Team USA at four separate Games.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson won gold in Brazil four years ago and have made the cut despite being yet to play a minute in the NBA this season due to respective Achilles and knee injuries.

Curry was named despite being sidelined since October with a broken left hand.

All 12 members of the USA's 2019 FIBA World Cup team remain in the running, with 21 NBA franchises represented in the 44-man list.

Head coach Gregg Popovich said: "I'm looking forward to coaching the U.S. Olympic Team, and I'm excited about the potential and possibilities this team has.

"Anyone who follows international basketball knows there are many really good players from all around the world, and therefore there are many excellent national teams.

"International basketball has improved so much from the days of the 'Dream Team'. The Olympics in 2020 will be a true competition, and there are many teams that will have a legitimate shot at capturing gold."

 

Finalists for the USA's Tokyo 2020 team:

Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs), Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns), Malcolm Brogdon (Indiana Pacers), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Jimmy Butler (Miami Heat), Mike Conley (Utah Jazz), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs), Andre Drummond (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers), Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Montrezl Harrell (Los Angeles Clippers), Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets), Tobias Harris (Philadelphia 76ers), Gordon Hayward (Boston Celtics), Dwight Howard (Los Angeles Lakers), Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans), Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets), LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers), Kyle Kuzma (Los Angeles Lakers), Kawhi Leonard (Los Angeles Clippers), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors), JaVale McGee (Los Angeles Lakers), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers), Chris Paul (Oklahoma City Thunder), Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics), Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers), Kemba Walker (Boston Celtics), Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets), Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs).

Stephen Curry is planning on making a return to action at the start of March, even though the Golden State Warriors will not be involved in the NBA playoffs this season.

The two-time MVP continues to go through rehabilitation work after twice undergoing surgery on the broken hand he suffered in October.

Interviewed by ESPN during the Warriors’ game with the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, Curry revealed he is back working on the court but still needs to build up his strength before he returns to the court.

The 31-year-old played in just four regular-season games before the injury against the Phoenix Suns, averaging 20.3 points and 6.5 assists.

"It's a work in progress, it’s getting better every day," Curry told ESPN. "I know it's a long process from the time it happened and the surgeries.

"I'm excited about hopefully getting back on the floor sooner than later.

"I don't have much strength – I can get shots up and can kind of do my basketball skill work, but I just got to get the strength right so I can deal with contact."

Asked if he was on target to be back in March, the point guard replied: "That's the plan. It's been the plan since surgery knowing the timeline with the injury, as severe as it was.

"I'm not rushing, but I'm setting a goal that hopefully I can meet in the first week of March to get back out on the floor, help my team-mates and hopefully end the season on a strong note."

Having seen Kevin Durant depart during the offseason and with starting guards Curry and Klay Thompson both sidelined with long-term injuries, the Warriors have endured a tough campaign.

After a 125-120 home loss to the Lakers, Golden State – who won the NBA title in 2015, 2017 and 2018 before losing to the Toronto Raptors in last year's finals - have a 12-41 record.

Andrew Wiggins made his debut in the team's latest defeat, scoring 24 points following his arrival from the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a trade that saw D'Angelo Russell move in the opposite direction.

"We understand he's an amazing talent," Curry said of Wiggins, who also recorded five steals against the Lakers. "He fills a need for us at the three spot and we are going to have to build chemistry and understand exactly what the line-up is going to look like, but excited about the opportunity."

Stephen Curry "has made good strides" but will not return to action before March, Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors said on Saturday.

Two-time MVP Curry continues to undergo rehabilitation on the left hand he broke during the October 30 game against the Phoenix Suns.

The star guard will be assessed again next month with a view to getting him fully fit for the remainder of the season.

"He will be re-evaluated again in four weeks and we are hopeful, based on continued progress, that he will return to action at some point in March," the Warriors confirmed in a statement.

Golden State have struggled badly in the absence of Curry and fellow 'Splash Brother' Klay Thompson, who suffered an ACL injury during last season's NBA Finals.

The reigning Western Conference champions own the worst record in the league at 11-39 despite snapping a five-game losing streak with a 131-112 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday.

Head coach Kerr was asked about Curry's progress and said: "He's putting in a lot of time with our coaches. More and more conditioning, trying to build his conditioning up. A lot of shots, a lot of ball handling.

"He's made some good strides. The word is [he is] a month away from having another evaluation. We're really hopeful around that time he'll be in play, but we'll determine that March 1.

"Right now he's doing a lot of non-contact stuff, it's all individual work. He needs to progress over the next month to live action – one-on-one, three-on-three, five-on-five. That's all part of the plan." 

Giannis Antetokounmpo wished Stephen Curry well in his injury recovery and backed the Golden State Warriors to be an NBA force once again when their star man returns.

Antetokounmpo continued his phenomenal season with 30 points and 13 rebounds as the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks improved to 33-6 with a 107-98 win on their maiden outing at the Chase Center.

By contrast, the Warriors slumped to 9-30 in the ongoing absence of injured All-Stars Curry and Klay Thompson.

"It's weird. I've never seen this," Antetokounmpo told reporters when discussing the demise of a team that collected three NBA titles after being crowned Western Conference champions in each of the past five seasons.

"I've been in the league for seven years now and I've never seen a team go from being in an NBA Final to… not as good.

"Once they come back, they'll be right up there. The up and down is going to be crazy.

"I talked to Steph and wished him a fast recovery. He's going to be back, he's going to be helping his team win and doing what he did the previous years."

If the Bucks' record suggests they are the team primed for glory this time around, Antetokounmpo knows they must improve upon some uneven shooting displays.

After Tuesday's 126-104 loss at the San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee were forced to grind their way past the embattled Warriors.

"We found a way to win, a way to grind it out. In San Antonio we didn't do that," Antetokounmpo said.

"Obviously we can play way better basketball than we did tonight, but it's going to come.

"We've been playing great basketball, there are going to be days when it's not there. So long as you have a winning culture and it's all about how, at the end of the game, you can put yourselves in a position to win, that's good.

"We got the win, it's not pretty. Go back to the tape, see what we did right. We want to play the best we can play, but our main focus is to keep improving.

"Then when it matters the most – in April, May and June – all our habits that we did all season long, we can do it then."

Having the man with 32 double-doubles to his name already this season in their ranks, however, will do the Bucks no harm.

"He's such a threat at the rim, such a great playmaker and passer," Khris Middleton – who weighed in with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists – said of Antetokounmpo.

"If you put him on top of the key or on the wing and he starts shooting those threes, you have to come up a little bit more on him. Now there's just more room."

Milwaukee are back in action at the Sacramento Kings on Friday.

Luka Doncic may have enhanced his MVP credentials with another brilliant display at the Golden State Warriors, but the Dallas Mavericks star does not believe he is at Stephen Curry's level yet.

The 20-year-old had his ninth triple-double of the season in the Mavs' 141-121 victory over the Curry-less Warriors, Doncic scoring 31 points while claiming 12 rebounds and 15 assists.

Dallas broke a franchise record by making 24 three-pointers, with Doncic sinking five of his eight attempts - a stat that surely would have impressed two-time MVP Curry, who remains sidelined with a hand injury.

Should Doncic's form continue, he may be named himself MVP himself, though the Slovenian feels comparisons with Curry are unfair at this stage.

"He's shooting way better than me," Doncic said, as quoted by ESPN.

"He's a better player. He's been in the league a long time, he's somebody that everybody looks up [to], everybody wants to play like him.

"I remember last year after the draft, I practiced once with him and it was crazy. He couldn't miss. He can't miss. And that was like something I'll always remember, practice with him."

Dallas' coach Rick Carlisle is in no doubt over Doncic's importance, though, pointing out how he led the way on a night when the Mavericks improved to 21-10.

"Doncic was amazing tonight, absolutely amazing," Carlisle added.

"[He had] a 30-point triple-double in three quarters, and really made it look easy.

"That's a phenomenal performance and he set the table for everybody that was out there."

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is completing "basketball movements" after re-joining the team as he continues to rehabilitate a broken hand, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

Warriors guard Curry is recovering from a broken left hand, which required surgery following the incident against the Phoenix Suns on October 30.

The Warriors have planned to re-evaluate the injury in February and Kerr provided an update on the two-time NBA MVP on Sunday.

"He's been doing basketball movements," Kerr told reporters. "He hasn't been shooting the ball, but he's been out on the floor doing a lot of lateral movement, jumping, that kind of stuff. And it's nice to have him in the gym; it just feels better when he's around.

"We'd like to have him with the team as much as possible. I haven't talked to him about our next trip, but I'm sure he'll be around the team more and more now that he's allowed to be up here with our staff.

"He's been here now the last few days, every day working with our training staff. He's present again, so I imagine that will stay the same."

Curry made just four appearances prior to the injury this season, averaging 20.3 points, 6.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds for the Warriors.

With Curry and fellow All-Star Klay Thompson sidelined through injury, the Warriors have struggled as they hold a 6-24 record following last season's trip to the NBA Finals.

Golden State Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a sprained right thumb.

The Warriors confirmed the thumb sprain on Saturday following an MRI, with Russell to be re-evaluated in a fortnight.

Russell hurt his thumb in the third quarter of Friday's 105-100 NBA loss to the in-form Boston Celtics.

It is another blow for the Warriors, who have been ravaged by injuries during their woeful 2-11 start to the season.

Stephen Curry broke his hand in October, while fellow All-Star Klay Thompson is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained during last season's NBA Finals.

The Warriors acquired Russell from the Brooklyn Nets in a sign-and-trade after Kevin Durant's departure in free agency.

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