Kevin Durant’s heroics were unable to prevent the Warriors falling to defeat against the Raptors Thursday night, and he says the team is excited to have Stephen Curry back in the fold this weekend.
Durant put up 51 points, including a stunning clutch corner 3-pointer to take the contest into overtime, but the Warriors were beaten 131-128 to slip to 15-8 for the season.
It marks the first time in his career that Durant has totaled more than 40 points in three consecutive games and with Curry to come back Saturday following a groin strain sustained in a defeat to the Bucks on Nov. 8 the Warriors will be looking to become more consistent.
And Durant, who feels the Warriors have learned different ways to play in Curry’s absence, is confident they can do that when the two-time NBA MVP returns against the Pistons.
“There’s going to be some games where we’ve got a great team game going, we can beat people with our offense from moving our bodies, moving the ball and there’s going to be some games where I’ve got to go and get buckets,” he said. “We were down early and down big and I just tried to be aggressive and go and get a bucket.
“I just can’t describe it [what it means to have Curry back] to be honest. I know everybody’s going to be excited, but nobody’s going to be more excited than he is. He wanted to play, you see him all on the bench and we talked and he’s just chomping at the bit to get out there, especially having a matchup like Kyle Lowry, someone he respects, and someone we all respect.
“He believed that would have been a great test for him but Steph’s one of those guys that trust the training staff. He trusts the organisation, they got his best interests and next game we’re looking forward to having him back.
“Obviously we’d like to win more games but we got a lot of experience through this time, we learned a lot about ourselves. Each guy individually I think, we found a couple of lineups that can work, even when Steph gets back off the bench.”
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Coach Steve Kerr added that life in general, not just the Warriors’ performances, is better with a fit Curry.
“Everything gets better,” Kerr said. “Food tastes better. You guys’ questions get better!
“Obviously we’ve been looking forward to getting him back but again, I’m proud of the way the guys have fought without him and hopefully Draymond [Green] won’t be too far behind him and we’ll have a better flow and a better feel for who our team really is, but in the meantime we’re doing a good job of holding down the fort.”