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Draymond Green out against the Mavericks, Warriors to start game with NBA-minimum eight available players

Golden State just got more short-handed. It’s like a T-Rex of a roster now. Oh, and tail end of a back-to-back? Tanks a lot!

Golden State Warriors v Memphis Grizzlies
It’s uhh... [flips notes]... um, Glenn Robinson’s team now

A half-hour before tipoff, the Golden State Warriors announced that the lone remaining healthy veteran from the NBA Finals team of just 6 months ago is no longer healthy. The NBA mandatory minimum for teams is that they suit up eight players - and that’s precisely how many are available for tonight’s game in Dallas.

Oddly, it’s not the elbow that Green banged hard on the floor multiple times. Nor is it his finger with a torn ligament. Apparently Green could have played through that.

Hahahahahaha!! Ok, Universe. You got us Warriors fans. You really got us.

With just eight players now available, there isn’t a lot of mystery for rotations: everyone who can play, will play. The Warriors just finished a thriller in Memphis less than 24 hours ago, so losing another player for this second game of a back-to-back is comical.

And this is why we’ve embraced the tank around here.

There is no option.

Can rookie Eric Paschall, and a resurgent Alec Burks carry this team to a win? Maybe. If nothing else, this can be looked on as a great opportunity to get plenty of on-court learning.

Here’s hoping the young Dubs dish out a few lessons as well tonight.