Very notable: Warriors listing Willie Cauley-Stein and Alec Burks as probable tomorrow at home vs Suns. Set to make their debuts. Jacob Evans (adductor strain) and Kevon Looney are out.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 30, 2019
Neither Cauley-Stein nor Burks - who were both signed in the offseason - have played for the Warriors this year, either in the preseason, or in the team’s first three regular season games. Their return is a welcome sign for a team that has dealt with a lot of injuries already this year.
Joining those two on the injury list are Kevon Looney and Jacob Evans III. Those young players are both listed as out. Looney re-aggravated a hamstring injury in the season opener last week, while Evans exited Monday’s win over the New Orleans Pelicans after suffering an adductor (groin) strain. It’s unclear what the timeline is for those two, but the injuries are certainly concerning.
With Cauley-Stein potentially returning, the Warriors can get back to something of a normal center rotation. The fifth-year big was expected to receive half of the team’s center minutes this year, with Looney receiving the rest. With both injured, the Warriors have been scrambling. They were forced to start camp invite Marquese Chriss in the second game of the year, before going small and inserting rookie guard Jordan Poole into the starting lineup on Monday.
At this point, having two healthy centers will feel like a luxury.