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GameThread: Beat up Warriors hope to shine vs. Suns

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Missing a LOT of stars, and playing the second night of a back to back, all the Warriors can hope for is to escape without another injury.

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So, in case you’ve been living under a rock, the Warriors have been dealing with a veritable rockslide of injuries. Stephen Curry is still out with the ankle injury, Klay Thompson’s thumb is fractured and will be reevaluated in two weeks, Kevin Durant’s ribs are fractured and will be reevaluated in two weeks, Omri Casspi injured his ankle and is out at least a week. The list seemingly goes on and on.

I mean, at this point, let’s get Steve Kerr to suit up and give it a go. It seems like he’s still frisky and lithe enough to chase some dudes around screens and put up five or six shots, right??

So, what can we hope for tonight? As Duby said in his preview:

This is another meaningless game and one that neither team would be especially concerned about losing. The only thing that matters is health.

The Suns are actively tanking. The Warriors are locked into the second seed in the Western Conference with little to no hope of regaining the number one seed. Even as the Suns sprint towards the bottom of the standings, their star guard Devin Booker might not even play, as he is dealing with a hand injury. On a night chock-full of high energy college basketball games, this one might not, uh, live up to expectations. But, hey, it’s March. Let’s do this.

The playoffs are around the corner. While it’s not time to freak out — all the Warriors’ injured players are expected back in due time, with plenty of running room to get up and reintegrated before the playoffs — these past few weeks have still been unsettling.

As we’ve all said, hopefully the Warriors can escape the desert without another injury.

UPDATE:

“This is going to be a fun one.” lol