Klay Thompson is itching to get back into an NBA game. But all indications are that he will sit out the entire 2019-20 season to ensure his surgically repaired ACL heals.
But Warriors general manager Bob Myers left the door open slightly with his comments during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.
"I think there's a chance," Myers told ABC's Lisa Salters when asked if Klay could play this season. "We're going to have an update probably around All-Star break. But like Steph, if they're healthy and they're cleared, they'll play. But if they're not, obviously we're not going to play them.
"They both love basketball. Klay has had the hardest time being away from it. It's like he's thirsty and can't drink water. And Steph as well. But Steph is closer than Klay. You can ask him yourself. But it feels like Klay hasn't played in a long, long time. So it'll be exciting when we got all those guys back."
Curry spoke to Salters later in the game and indicated that he's targeting the first week of March for his long-awaited return to the Warriors' lineup.
As for Thompson, he's been seen on several occasions around the Warriors' facility in San Francisco shooting in full uniform. You can tell he desperately wants to get back on the court.
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But with the Warriors now sitting at 12-41 after their loss to the Lakers, Thompson should just shut it down for the season. As much as Warriors fans want to see him back on the court, it would be wise for him to give his left knee as much time to heal as possible.
Someday, Steph Curry will hold most NBA 3-point records.
But Buddy Hield might be coming for any and all records Curry ends up with.
During the Kings-Spurs game Saturday at Golden 1 Center, Hield made his 800th career 3-pointer, becoming the fastest player in NBA history to reach that mark.
While Curry needed 305 games to reach 800 3-pointers, Hield did it in just his 296th game.
"Thank God for the opportunity, man," Hield told reporters in Sacramento after the Kings' 122-102 win over San Antonio. "Where I came from, you never paint a picture like this that I would be the fastest to get there, but I've been blessed. God has blessed me so tremendously. I can't thank him [enough] and I just got to stay humble and keep working, and on to the next game for sure."
Curry is just shy of his 32nd birthday and is third all-time with 2,492 career 3-pointers. Hield is just under five years younger but has a long way to go to catch Curry.
With his nine 3-pointers against the Spurs on Saturday, Hield now has 802 career 3-pointers.
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When it's all said and done, Curry could set the bar at over 3,000 career 3-pointers. Can Hield catch him someday? We'll find out.
Steph Curry is so close to returning from injury that he has a week on the calendar circled.
The Warriors point guard will have his left hand re-evaluated March 1, and he hopes to play shortly after that.
When asked by ABC's Lisa Salters during Saturday's Warriors-Lakers game if he plans to return to the lineup sometime in early March, Curry had this to say.
"That's the plan," Curry said. "It's been the plan since the surgery, knowing the timeline with the injury, as severe as it was. So I'm not rushing, but I'm setting a goal that hopefully I can meet first week of March to get back on the floor and join my teammates, and hopefully end the season on a strong note."
Curry has played in just four games this season, and he broke his left hand Oct. 30 against the Phoenix Suns.
The Warriors are scheduled to play March 1, and with Curry's re-evaluation coming on that day, it's safe to assume he won't return against the Washington Wizards.
Golden State travels to Denver for a game on Tuesday, March 3, and comes home for an NBA Finals rematch against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, March 5. They close out the week with a game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, March 7.
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So, based on Curry's comments, we can narrow his return to one of those three games.
You can start counting down the days.