The Golden State Warriors are set to host the Toronto Raptors in their first meeting since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals last season.
Although the Warriors hold a 14-48 record - the worst in the NBA - this game bares more significance than you'd expect, as superstar guard Stephen Curry is set to return to action following a 58-game absence with a broken hand.
Curry has been out since Oct. 30 and although he was originally supposed to return over the weekend, Golden State's medical staff decided to keep the two-time MVP sidelined a little longer to assure he was completely healed and ready to compete.
"I mean, it sucks when you get so close and have your mind set on what return day it is. ... Obviously I understood the thought process," Curry told the media before the game.
As for how his hand feels, the six-time All-Star just hopes he can play without thinking about it.
"Hopefully there aren't any thoughts and I get to play my game the way I see it, react and make plays without hesitation. If I need to make a left-handed pass or finish with my left or defend and get a deflection or take a hit with it."
Prior to the injury, Curry averaged 20.3 points, 6.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game shooting 40.9% from the field and 24.3% from 3 in the four games he participated in.
He had plenty of praise for his opponent, too.
The Raptors have been a plesant surprise this season and Curry acknowledged that.
"(They're) a great team, a lot better than people said they'd be," he preached to the media. He also said he's "ready for anything" that Toronto throws at him, and claimed he and Kyle Lowry cracked a few jokes about the Raptors breaking out another box-and-1 against him, just like last year's Finals.
You can watch Curry's first game back against the Raptors at 10:30 p.m. ET on TSN.