01.10.2018

Curry's effect on Warriors even more apparent since injury

Curry's effect on Warriors even more apparent since injury (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Stephen Curry pumped his fists and flexed his biceps. He dangled that signature mouthpiece from his teeth in sheer delight.

Oh, and he knocked down some of those familiar way-back 3-pointers, too.

Yes, Golden State's sharp-shooting star is feeling it again, and he's proud to be, in his words, "that presence that kind of gets us going."

In a 32-point, nine-assist performance against Denver on Monday, Curry wound up 9 for 17 overall while making 5 of 10 3-pointers. But he's a menace for opposing defenses even without his best shot.

Curry's mere existence on the court makes every Warrior better. Teammate Draymond Green shot 42.1 percent from the field while Curry missed 11 games with a sprained right ankle. In the five games since Curry's return, Green has hit 55.6 percent. Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala have also shot better since Curry came back.

"That's why he's a two-time MVP in this league, that's why we have two championships," Green said. "He's become the superstar that he has even on a night where it wasn't quite his night, he filled the stat sheet up like that and impacted the game. Even if he didn't have 32 points and nine assists, what he brings to our offense and all the attention that he draws that gets me open shots ... he creates a lot of mismatches on the floor for the defense."

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