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Warriors vs. Rockets, Game 1: Klay Thompson will play, Andre Iguodala will start

After an intense seven-game series in the Western Conference Finals last year, the Warriors and Rockets begin another series this year. Yet as is common in battles between these two, the health of one of the Warriors’ stars is still in doubt.

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Health has been a defining feature of recent games between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets games dating back to last season.

As Brady Klopfer noted on Twitter, the two teams haven’t face each other at full health since Game 3 of the 2018 Western Conference Finals. Prior to that series, the teams hadn’t faced each other at full health at all during the regular season.

Sadly, absences have become routine in this series and today’s Game 1 of the second round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs was shaping up to be no different.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle tweeted out that Austin Rivers would be out for the Rockets.

On the Warriors’ end, things have been a bit murkier.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr announced earlier this morning that Steph Curry would be available to play after suffering a right ankle sprain in the first round.

Kerr addressed the rumors around Klay Thompson’s health yesterday and joked that the media has better sources than he does.

Shockingly, Kerr does know more than the media — Connor Letourneau tweeted out that not only will Thompson be available and starting, but that Andre Iguodala will start as well.

Anyway, feel free to offer your thoughts on the possible lineup adjustments the Warriors would have to make as a result of the Hamptons 5 starting and share your observations of the game itself in the comments below.