The Golden State Warriors guard missed 11 games after a partial left shoulder dislocation sustained in December. The two-time league MVP was off to another tremendous start prior to his injury, averaging 30 points, 6.8 assists and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting 50% from the floor and 43.4% from 3-point distance.
Curry's performance wasn't translating to wins for the defending champions, who started 14-15 prior to his injury. They've gone 6-5 in his absence and enter Tuesday's action in sixth place in the Western Conference at 20-20.
Curry's backcourt mate, Klay Thompson, has caught fire in recent games in Curry's absence. In his last four games, Thompson averaged 36 points while shooting 25 of 58 (43.1%) from 3-point distance, showing flashes of his former All-NBA self before Achilles and ACL injuries stunted his career.
Curry's return arrives at an opportune time as Golden State embarks on a five-game road trip after hosting the Suns on Tuesday. The Warriors' woes have largely come on the road this season as they enter Tuesday with a league-worst 3-16 record away from home.