May 9, 2016, 11:06 pm
Stephen Curry returned from his knee sprain in Monday’s Game 4 win over the Blazers, scoring 40 points on 16-of-32 shooting (5-of-16 3PTs, 3-of-3 FTs) with nine rebounds and eight assists in 37 minutes off the bench.
Curry started off rusty but finished with a 17-point hammer in overtime that left most of the NBA world speechless. The Warriors were in trouble in this game and a loss could have made things pretty interesting given Curry’s injury, their lackluster play and the way the Blazers match up well. Now the series shifts back to Oakland and the chances of the Blazers picking up three wins in a row is probably impossible.
Steph’s return shifted everybody’s stat-sets back to pre-injury levels, so Harrison Barnes (10 points, five boards) and Shaun Livingston (four points, three boards, one steal, 12 minutes, ejection) are no longer DFS targets. Draymond Green (21 points, nine boards, five assists, four steals, career-high seven blocks) and Klay Thompson (23 points, four rebounds, two steals, five threes) are still DFS targets but they might not have the ROI unless the salaries reflect the new reality of Steph’s return.