The Golden State Warriors are reeling in all sorts of ways, and they’ll try and put that to a temporary halt tonight, when they travel to Southern California to visit the Los Angeles Clippers. The Dubs and Clippers have played twice this year, and the Warriors have looked excellent for six of the eight quarters ... but blowing a 22-point lead means they’ve split those games.
It won’t be an easy game for Golden State, as LA has started to find their rhythm. After a slow start to the season, the Clippers have now won 10 of their last 13 games, including five in a row. And the Dubs are making it even harder on themselves by missing a pair of key contributors.
Here’s the full injury report.
Out — Draymond Green (league suspension)
Green was suspended indefinitely after striking Jusuf Nurkić in the face. This will be his sixth game missed this year due to suspension, and his ninth total absence (not to mention the three games he’s been ejected from).
Out — Gary Payton II (right calf strain)
Still not sure when Payton will be back on the court, but probably not for a few weeks. Without GPII and Dray, the Dubs are missing two of their best defensive players.
Out — Mason Plumlee (left MCL sprain)
Plumlee was, unfortunately, injured in just the sixth game of the season. Knee injuries are never good, but he’s thankfully expected to return this season ... just not for a few months.
Out — Moussa Diabaté (left hip soreness)
Diabaté is still trying to find his role on the Clippers, and in the NBA. A second-round pick in 2022, he’s played in just 31 games in his two-year career.
Questionable — Paul George (left hip soreness)
It’s not everyday that you see two teammates on the injury report with left hip soreness; it’s not contagious, is it? George is having a strong season on the star-studded Clippers, averaging 22.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game, shooting 38.5% from deep, and playing quality defense. Most importantly, after missing significant time due to injuries in each of the last four seasons, he’s played in all 23 of LA’s games this year.
Questionable — Brandon Boston Jr. (illness)
Gotta feel sorry for Boston. He suffered a quad injury in preseason that kept him out of action for the first month and a half of the season. He finally was healthy enough to return and then he got sick. The third-year wing still hasn’t made his 2023-24 debut.
Enjoy the action, Dub Nation.