The Golden State Warriors are getting ready to face the Phoenix Suns for the third time this year, and we’re all hoping that it goes better for the Dubs than it did the first two times. The game will feature a few new faces, as the first two matchups were lacking both Draymond Green and Bradley Beal. With the former long-since recovered from his offseason injury, and having played out his suspension, and the latter returning from a back injury tonight, we were all set for a matchup with all the stars.
But alas. That won’t happen, though I can’t imagine the Dubs are complaining, as all-world scorer Kevin Durant has been sidelined.
Here’s the full injury report.
Out — Gary Payton II (right calf strain)
Still not sure when we’ll get GPII back, but he’ll certainly be missed against a team with Beal and Devin Booker in the backcourt. Thankfully, he’s the only name on the injury report for Golden State.
Out — Kevin Durant (left ankle sprain)
KD is day-to-day, so there was hope that he might be able to play in this game. Unfortunately that’s not the case, and he’ll miss his second-straight contest. The former Warrior is averaging 31.0 points per game in his first full season with Phoenix, and shooting a staggering 50.0% from deep.
Out — Damion Lee (right meniscus surgery)
Lee, a Forever Warrior, has been out the whole year. Unfortunately, he’ll be out quite a while longer, too.
Out — Grayson Allen (right groin strain)
Allen was a sneaky good pickup for Phoenix, as he gives them perimeter scoring off the bench and plays quality defense. That’s all in theory though, as Beal and Booker’s injuries mean that Allen has started all 19 games that he’s played this year. He’s made an impact in those games, scoring 12.3 points and shooting 46.8% from deep. He’s not expected to be out very long.
Out — Nassir Little (concussion protocol)
Little, a former first-round pick, is in his first year in the desert, after coming over with Jusuf Nurkić in the trade that sent Deandre Ayton to Portland. Hopefully he’s OK, as concussions are nothing to mess with.
Enjoy the action, Dub Nation!