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Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney are probable for Friday’s game

The Warriors may be getting reinforcements back for a key conference showdown.

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Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, and Shaun Livingston have all been upgraded to probable when the Golden State Warriors host the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

While this is good short-term news for the Warriors, it’s really good long-term news. When Thompson’s knee was revealed to be inflamed, people were justifiably worried. And when Looney was determined to have a strained groin, many feared he wouldn’t be back for some time.

Now they’re both back, after missing only two games. Joining them is Livingston, who was a late scratch on Tuesday due to neck spasms.

And the Warriors are stoked to have them back, especially after the beatdown the team suffered at the hands of the Boston Celtics. The Warriors had a lot of issues in that game, but two stood out strongest: The lack of efficient shooting, and the Celtics repeatedly targeting DeMarcus Cousins’ poor defense.

Getting back one of the best shooters in NBA history, and the team’s strongest defensive option at the center position certainly helps with that.

Friday’s game is a big one, as the Warriors have just a one-game lead over the Nuggets in the Western Conference. With a loss, they would fall to the second seed in the west.

The game takes place at 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN.