Steph Curry injury: Warriors star returns to lineup as Celtics matchup looms

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Curry returning to Warriors lineup vs. Suns as Celtics matchup looms originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics host the defending champion Golden State Warriors at TD Garden in nine days, and it looks like the Dubs should have their best player back in time for that much-anticipated showdown.

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has missed the last 11 games with a left shoulder subluxation suffered on Dec. 14, but he is returning to Golden State's lineup and will start Tuesday night versus the Phoenix Suns, per ESPN's Kendra Andrews.

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The Warriors went 6-5 without Curry, and with a 20-20 record they enter Tuesday's action in seventh place in the Western Conference standings.

Barring some sort of injury setback, Curry figures to be ready when the Warriors travel to Boston for a 2022 NBA Finals rematch on Jan. 19. These two teams played on Dec. 7 in Golden State and the Warriors earned a 123-107 victory over the Celtics. Curry scored 32 points with seven assists and six rebounds. He made six of his 11 3-point attempts.

Curry coming back in time for Warriors-Celtics next week is great for both teams. It makes the matchup a much better measuring stick for each side as the trade deadline approaches and the playoff races intensify.