For the Warriors, reinforcements have finally arrived. While Kevin Durant remains sidelined with a calf injury, two key players who missed Game 3 are ready to go.
After the Warriors offense was stagnant for much of Wednesday, sharpshooter Klay Thompson will return to the court. He has no limits restriction.
And after the Warriors defense was very poor in Game 3’s loss, Kevon Looney - the team’s best defensive center, and one of their greatest defensive players - is good to go. Looney’s return is a bit surprising, after Steve Kerr appeared to rule him out for the rest of the year after Sunday’s Game 2.
Kevon Looney will play tonight, per Steve Kerr.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) June 7, 2019
Steve Kerr on Kevon Looney: “The injury is in an area where it allows him to move well enough to play.”— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) June 7, 2019
While Looney is still in pain, the injury is such that he can continue to play. It’s just a matter of pain tolerance, and whether or not that impacts his mobility.
With a win, the Warriors tie the series at two games apiece. They’ll be in a decent position going forward.
With a loss, they’ll fall behind three games to one, and be tasked with winning three in a row, with two on the road. An incredibly difficult task.
In other words, this is one important Warriors game.