The Golden State Warriors are looking to stop the bleeding tonight at 5:30 p.m. against the Charlotte Hornets, in a game televised on NBC Sports Bay Area. And for the Warriors, the injuries are piling up. Even more than before.
Former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green will miss multiple games due to a finger injury. The three-time All-Star tore a ligament in his left index finger during Friday night’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Prior to tonight’s game, coach Steve Kerr revealed that Green will not only sit for the second game of a back to back, but that he’ll miss “a few games.” Kerr clarified that the injury is not considered serious.
Steve Kerr says Draymond Green has a torn ligament in his left index finger and he will be out “the next few games.”— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) November 2, 2019
On top of that, All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell will sit, after spraining his ankle on Friday. He’ll be replaced by undrafted rookie Ky Bowman, who is on a two-way contract.
Warriors Steve Kerr said Russell sprained his ankle pretty good and it got worse overnight. Tough times in Golden State. https://t.co/yIxvBYrc5K— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) November 2, 2019
So, to recap, the Warriors are out Green, Russell, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, and Jacob Evans III. And that’s after losing Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston in the offseason. Or, put another way . . .
The Warriors will have one active player tonight who was on the roster last year. That player (Damion Lee) was 14th in minutes on last year’s squad.— Brady Klopfer (@BradyKlopferNBA) November 2, 2019
Put a second way . . .
Combined salary of the Warriors seven currently inactive players: $125.9 million.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 2, 2019
Combined salary of the nine remaining active players: $12.5 million (plus two two-way contracts)
For better or for worse, the Warriors are playing the Hornets, who are . . . uhh . . . bad. So that increases the chances of a win, while also meaning a loss would be that much more depressing.
But here we are.
Let’s Go Warriors? Let’s Go Warriors!