When the Golden State Warriors return to action, the Warriors have one main item on their wish list: that Jarrett Jack remain healthy.
On Tuesday, in a 116-107 loss to the Houston Rockets, the Warrior guard was back after a three-game absence from a right shoulder contusion, which ironically was sustained at Houston.
The Warriors struggled without him and were happy Jack returned on Tuesday. He had 22 points and five assists in a fine 32-minute show.
Of course, as the final score would indicate, Jack can’t carry the Warriors on his back. But, it was good for them to see him healthy and able to produce as he did before.
A healthy Jack should also mean a healthy Golden State Warriors team. Jack was 7 of 14 from the floor and 4 of 7 in triples. He dished out five assists and had a steal. In his seventh NBA season, he’s having a solid year with 13 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.8 assists a game. He’s also shooting the ball well at 47 percent.
His 13 points per game is higher than his career average of 11. That’s some evidence that this has been one of Jack’s best seasons and he’s hoping it will continue. Ironically, the last time Jack played against Houston, he was also 7 of 14 and had 20 points plus six assists. He’s doing just about everything for the Warriors.
So if Jack stays healthy the rest of the season, the Warriors will be grateful beneficiaries. If he misses additional games, that won’t be good news for Golden State.