The Golden State Warriors have gone with a center by committee for the last few months, letting the opponent and the matchup dictate the starting center for any given game. Now the decision may be taken out of their hands.
JaVale McGee, who has started the first two games of the Dubs’ first round series against the San Antonio Spurs, was mildly injured during Monday’s victory. He is officially listed as questionable for Wednesday’s game with a left quad contusion.
Injury report for tomorrow night's game at San Antonio: JaVale McGee (left quad contusion) is questionable. Stephen Curry (left MCL sprain) & Patrick McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) are out.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) April 18, 2018
If you’re wondering where the injury occurred, Anthony Slater found a video of the play:
The play it seems JaVale McGee suffered that thigh contusion. He was limping a bit the next few plays. pic.twitter.com/lhNdMF65eL— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 18, 2018
McGee has been playing well in the playoffs, and is averaging 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game in the series. The Warriors have outscored the Spurs by 19 points when McGee has been on the court, and, with the exception of Monday’s first half, his defense has been fairly strong.
The bright news is that David West, who went to the locker room after twisting his ankle on Monday, is not on the injury report, which means that he should be good to go for game three. If McGee is unable to play, it is likely that either West or Kevon Looney will start in his place.
With all that said, the Warriors have been very liberal with disclosing injuries this season. McGee’s appearance on the injury report certainly doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed to be out.