After missing about four months of action with a broken hand, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is set to return Sunday against the Washington Wizards, according to Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic.
The injury has limited Curry to just four games this season, leaving the Warriors with little chance to compete while Klay Thompson also recovers from a torn ACL.
Golden State entered Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA at 12-45.
The team's struggles likely helped the Warriors stay cautious with the two-time MVP, although the injury was more significant than simply a break.
"This was a serious one that had a lot of nuances to it with the two surgeries and the nerve damage and stuff I’m still dealing with," Curry said, per Anthony Slater of The Athletic. "Everything is new. If it was an ankle thing, I’d tell you everything every step of the way."
While he's been targeting March 1 as a return date, he's still apparently less than 100 percent.
"It is going to feel different," he said. "Anybody who has had surgery knows it takes a long time to get back to true normal."
Curry was averaging 24 points per game in his first three appearances before the injury cut his fourth game short. His added production will be invaluable to an offense that ranks dead last in the NBA in offensive efficiency, per Basketball Reference.
The team ranked first in the category last season with Curry and Thompson mostly healthy and Kevin Durant on the roster.
Though his return won't get the team back into playoff contention, he can spend the final 22 games getting back into a rhythm while preparing for next season. The Warriors can also evaluate the roster with their star guard playing alongside Andrew Wiggins for the first time.