In addition to Leandro Barbosa and Harrison Barnes staying in the Bay Area for this trip, Festus Ezeli has been ruled out and Stephen Curry will be taking a day of rest — that's almost a full lineup out for at least tonight's game and possibly tomorrow night's against the Houston Rockets.
Injuries piling up
Ezeli was ruled out due to a sore right toe suffered during Monday night's game against the Sacramento Kings.
No Festus Ezeli, per Warriors PR, out with a sore right toe for tonights contest in Dallas— Tim Roye (@warriorsvox) December 30, 2015
Curry was also limping around the locker room after that Kings game, according to reports by our own Andy Liu and others, but wasn't ruled out until this afternoon after undergoing a MRI. But even before the MRI, Luke Walton told media that chances of Curry playing were "slim".
Stephen Curry is currently getting an MRI right now and is a game time decision for tonight— Tim Roye (@warriorsvox) December 30, 2015
Luke Walton said the "chances are pretty slim" that Stephen Curry plays tonight vs. Dallas.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) December 30, 2015
Stephen Curry has bruising and swelling on his left shin, according to Bob Myers on 95.7 The Game.— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) December 30, 2015
In Curry's place, Walton has said that Shaun Livingston will start in his place.
Luke Walton said Shaun Livingston will start, if Steph Curry can't play. Mo Speights will likely get the first shot at Festus Ezeli's time.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) December 30, 2015
With Barbosa also out, this means that Ian Clark will probably be playing big meaningful minutes tonight.
Let's just hope to escape Texas — and 2015 — without any more injuries.
would be cool to win without Steph out but 29-2 isn't the worst record ever— Joe (@joebw11) December 30, 2015
Anyway, with so many players out, Klay Thompson can really reinforce his case that he deserves to be an All-Star with a big performance tonight. Speaking of which, while you're waiting for the game, let's help Klay move up the charts in All-Star voting (or at least keep him ahead of James Harden).
Here's all you have to do:
1. There's a "Tweet" button not far under the photo of this post. Next to that button is one that says "Share" for Facebook.
2. Click either button depending on which social media platform you choose to year.
3. They both already have the text to vote for Klay Thompson in there so you don't have to type a thing.
4. Click the button to tweet/share you post.
And boom: you've voted.
Hopefully looking ahead will help us stay positive through all these injuries.