On paper, the Golden State Warriors were nearly at full strength during Wednesday night’s overtime victory against the Los Angeles Lakers. David West missed the game due to knee soreness, but all of the Dubs’ top players were good to go.
The reality, unfortunately, was a little bit more grim. Stephen Curry, who returned from a one-game absence due to a hand contusion, played with a wrap on his shooting hand. He struggled with his shot for much of the game (before lighting overtime on fire), and looked uncomfortable handling the ball.
Kevin Durant (who has missed a handful of games this year due to injury) and Klay Thompson both dealt with ankle issues, and Andre Iguodala’s knee bothered him. All around, the Dubs are banged up.
Officially, all four players, plus West, are questionable for Friday night’s game against the Orlando Magic.
Stephen Curry (right hand contusion), Kevin Durant (sprained left ankle), Andre Iguodala (sore left knee), Klay Thompson (sprained left ankle) & David West (left lateral knee soreness) are questionable for tomorrow night's game at Orlando.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) November 30, 2017
It would be shocking if all of them played. The Warriors’ number one priority right now should be getting healthy, and they’ll happily sacrifice some wins if it avoids the risk of aggravating injuries.
Unfortunately, that may mean it’s a while before we see the full squad again. On the bright side though, none of the injuries appear serious.
Orlando is stop two on a six-game road trip. There will be a lot of fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the Warriors’ stars on the road, so hopefully these guys can get on the court sooner rather than later, but health will come first.