Steph Curry to return, start in Warriors-Suns after 11-game absence

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Steph set to return, start vs. Suns after 11-game absence originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

He's back.

Steph Curry is set to return Tuesday night when the Warriors host the Phoenix Suns at Chase Center, Steve Kerr confirmed to reporters before the game.

ESPN's Kendra Andrews first reported the news Tuesday morning, citing sources.

The Warriors superstar will start and won't be on a hard minutes restriction, although he isn't expected to see a heavy workload in his first game back since the injury.

Curry has missed the last 11 games after sustaining a left shoulder subluxation against the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 14. He has been practicing with the team over the past few days with a sleeve over his left arm and shoulder.

The two-time MVP was listed on the injury report as questionable after reporters originally were told Monday that he was probable. The hope was for Curry to play sometime this week, with Warriors general manager Bob Myers previously saying they were targeting Friday's game against the San Antonio Spurs for his return date.

But it appears Dub Nation can look forward to Curry's return even sooner than expected. And it came at the perfect time.

Golden State will host the Suns on Tuesday before hitting the road for five games in San Antonio, Chicago, Washington, Boston and finally Cleveland.

The Warriors haven't had the best success away from Chase Center, posting a 3-16 away record so far this season. They'll need to figure out their road woes if they want any chance to repeat as NBA champions, and they'll get to work through it with their reigning NBA Finals MVP back in the mix.

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In the 11 games Curry has missed, the Warriors went 6-5, including winning the first five games of their current homestand. They begin the week 20-20 and are in seventh place in the Western Conference.

Curry is averaging 30.0 points, 6.8 assists and 6.6 rebounds in 26 games this season. He's shooting an impressive 50 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from 3-point range.

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