Of course, this is no reason to panic — the Warriors are still in first place in the Western Conference and I’d prefer a healthy Thompson heading into the playoffs. However, in terms of tonight’s matchups, Thompson’s absence means that the Warriors will need to find another way to guard ball handling phenom — and familiar foe — Kyrie Irving.
With Thompson out, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle noted earlier today that Thompson’s “...absence Tuesday should free up more opportunity for Damion Lee, Quinn Cook, Alfonzo McKinnie, Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala.”
Mark Medina pf the Bay Area News Group broke down players who could possibly see more minutes due to Thompson’s absence as well as options to replace reserve big man Kevon Looney’s minutes:
McKinnie started in Thompson’s absence against Philadelphia, though he played only seven minutes before suffering his own injury. Damion Lee is also expected to receive increased playing time after scoring 12 points and going 4-of-5 from 3 in 26 minutes against the Sixers. With Looney’s absence, second-year forward Jordan Bell is expected to log significant playing time while Draymond Green and Jonas Jerebko will likely have occasional spot minutes at center.
So who do you think will take the role of guarding Irving most often? Vote in our poll below and offer up your thoughts in the comments.
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