That’s the word of warning from Curry’s team-mate Klay Thompson.
Curry has not played since March 23 due to a knee injury but could make his long-awaited comeback at the Oracle Arena (3.30am UK time) as the Warriors look to move 2-0 in the Western Conference semi-finals.
Golden State eased past the San Antonio Spurs, winning their first-round series 4-1 despite Curry’s absence, before earning a 123-101 win in their opener against New Orleans.
And with the defending NBA champions having been in such electric form, three-point specialist Thompson has warned the Warriors that they must think Game 2 will be easy just because they’ll have star man Curry back.
“It’s exciting. I’m excited. I feel like a fan, I can’t wait to see him out there,” Thompson told the media about Curry’s return to the court.
“Especially knowing Steph, I know it’s been killing him. He’s great holding his emotions but I know he’s been dying to get out there.
“He’s as ready as ever and the mindset is about not relaxing and just staying locked in. I mean it’s the playoffs, it’s easier said than done but just cause Steph’s coming back doesn’t mean we can relax.
“We’ve been playing on the edge since he’s been gone because you can’t really make up for his production and you’ve got to be even tighter because he can’t bail us out.
“That’s great. It’s hard to retain that but just don’t relax, it’s that simple.”
Thompson hailed Curry’s mental strength as he hailed the two-time MVP’s ability to toughen it out through a difficult period on the sidelines.
“When he is hurt, it’s not like he’s relaxing. He still attacks the workouts, he still does all the stuff that sucks which is conditioning, laying on a train table and being there for hours having work done,” the 28-year-old revealed.
“Just because the camera’s aren’t on him doesn’t mean he isn’t working hard. He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever been around.
“He has one of the best mental make-ups I’ve been around too. He’s always looking forward to the future and how he can improve.”