Stephen Curry has missed the last 10 games with a sprained right ankle, but it hasn't really mattered.
His Golden State Warriors have managed to go 9-1 without him.
Clearly benefitting from having three other All-Stars (Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green) on the roster, the Warriors have managed to thrive without their two-time MVP, taking advantage of a generally-weak schedule excluding their Christmas Day victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After participating in 5-on-0 drills in Thursday's practice and then taking part in 3-on-3 scrimmages, Curry appeared to be back to full health, per ESPN's Chris Haynes.
As a result, he will be returning to action very shortly.
"I doubt he'll play tomorrow with a back-to-back," coach Steve Kerr told reporters after practice on Thursday. "I don't think it would make much sense, but I think he's probably going to want to. But it's more likely he plays Saturday. If all goes well, I expect him to play Saturday, but even if it goes well, I'm not expecting him to play tomorrow."
Therefore, he will miss Friday's game against the Charlotte Hornets, his 11th-straight, before returning to the court against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday.
Kerr credited his team's strong defensive play for their success without Curry. He believes the newfound tenacity on that end of the floor will continue with him back on the court.
"It will be a little different," the coach said. "Steph is a very good defender. I think what's been different is that we've been able to consistently put a whole bunch of 6-7 guys out there. So when we do switch, there's not a height disadvantage. But we've missed Steph's ability to play the passing lanes, put pressure on the ball, cause some havoc with his speed and quickness."
He continued, "It will be a little different, but I think the attention to detail defensively has been good in part because we knew without Steph, we weren't going to have that [offensive] explosiveness game in and game out."
Although Curry's perceived overall value has taken a hit due to his supporting cast despite averaging 26.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.6 assists in 32.6 minutes over 23 games played, he has quietly put up an incredibly-efficient start to the year, ranking towards the top in a number of advanced statistics:
It appears as though Curry will be returning in a favorable situation. The Grizzlies are 11-24 and hold one of the worst records in the entire NBA. If healthy, the Warriors will remain the favorites to win their third championship in four years.