The Golden State Warriors will be without Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala on Thursday evening when they take on the Orlando Magic. With the Warriors on the second game of a back-to-back, Durant will take the day off for rest, while Iguodala is out due to illness, likely the same one that sidelined Jordan Bell on Monday.
Injury report for tonight’s game at Orlando: Jonas Jerebko (right quad contusion) is probable. Kevin Durant (rest), Andre Iguodala (illness) and Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) are out.— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) February 28, 2019
This marks the first time all year that Durant, a ten-time All-Star, has missed a game. Iguodala, on the other hand, will be sitting out for eighth time this season.
On the bright side, the Warriors will welcome back DeMarcus Cousins, who sat for Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat due to load management.
It will be curious to see who starts in Durant’s place, especially with Iguodala also out. Alfonzo McKinnie would be a logical choice, but Steve Kerr may opt to keep a strong wing option on the bench. Jonas Jerebko, who is probable due to a right quad contusion, is a strong option.
Then again, Golden State could opt to go big, to match the Magic, who start six-foot-nine athletic freak Aaron Gordon at the 3, alongside Jonathan Isaac and Nikola Vucevic, two physically imposing specimens. Kevon Looney, who started in place of Cousins last night, or Bell, who had a very strong showing against the Heat, could be options, which would move Draymond Green down a position.
We’ll find out soon enough, but in the meantime, prepare yourself for a Warriors game that won’t feature any Finals MVPs.