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With Curry back, Golden State Warriors ready to attack in 2018 playoffs

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Stephen Curry hits his first shot Tuesday in Game 2 and scores 28 points in 27 minutes off the bench. Photo Courtesy of Ezra Shaw, Getty Images.

Stephen Curry hits his first shot Tuesday in Game 2 and scores 28 points in 27 minutes off the bench. Photo Courtesy of Ezra Shaw, Getty Images.

Stephen Curry hits his first shot Tuesday in Game 2 and scores 28 points in 27 minutes off the bench. Photo Courtesy of Ezra Shaw, Getty Images.

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After a sprained left knee left Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry out for nearly six weeks, Curry returned to action Tuesday.

His return was just in time for game two of the second round of the NBA playoffs against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Already leading 1-0 in the series against the Pelicans, the Warriors were seeking to add yet another victory to their record.

Curry’s past has shown a renewed sense of energy and determination on the court upon return from injury. This time was no different.

Only playing 27 minutes and coming off the bench, Curry managed to score almost immediately after being put in 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the first period. Curry racked up 28 points while shooting 8-of-15 on 3-pointers. On top of his impressive shooting, he also accrued seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. These stats are not uncommon for Curry, even in the regular season.

The Warriors were able to secure a 121-116 victory against the Pelicans, giving them a 2-0 series lead.

Before his injury, Curry was averaging about 23 points per game. His performance being back on the court has renewed the fans’ beliefs that he is one of the main driving forces behind the Warriors offense.

Curry being back also makes things exponentially harder for any team in the NBA to win four of seven games in a series due to the sheer talent of Curry, Durant, Green and Thompson.

Just in postseason stats alone, Curry is second in scoring underneath Kevin Durant. Keeping in mind that Durant has played seven games to Curry’s one, we can see just how much Curry being back could potentially launch the Warriors to the Finals once again.

Although Durant may be leading in scoring for the postseason, Curry still holds the highest numbers on the team in 3-point field goals made per game. He averages 5-of-10 from the 3-point line.

Game three of the Warriors and Pelicans is set to begin at 5 p.m. Friday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Courtney Chapman can be reached at [email protected] or @courtneychaps on Twitter.

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