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Dub Hub, Daily Warriors Links for 2/23/23: Gary Payton II wasn’t surprised by failed physical, discusses Toradol situation

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Good Morning Dub Nation,

As the Golden State Warriors return to game action against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight, they will be without several key players including starters Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins. The team announced that Curry is making good progress but will continue to miss time for at least another week, while Wiggins will also miss tonight’s game due to an undisclosed personal reason.

In other injury news, newly acquired Gary Payton II spoke to the media for the first time since being traded to Golden State from the Portland Trail Blazers at the deadline. The Warriors were excited to welcome Payton back to the Bay, however he has yet to appear in any games for the team after it was revealed he was playing through a core injury with the help of the painkiller Toradol. When speaking to the media on Wednesday, Payton said he wasn’t surprised by the results of his physical as he has been fighting through pain since having offseason surgery in September of last year.

Payton also discussed what led to him using Toradol to play through injury. He cites his competitive spirit as the biggest motivation while also clarifying that the painkillers were not administered using a shot.

“That was me being a competitor, just wanting to get out there,” Payton told reporters on Wednesday. “No shots, though. Just had to get through it and get it done. The medical stuff wasn’t that big of a deal. I wanted to play and go out there and help my teammates and coaches. I was a bigger factor on the court than off the court. Me being 50% was better than nothing. I just had to get out there and help my team try to win.”

Here are some other notes from Payton’s media session.

The Warriors are hoping Payton will be able to make his debut before the start of the postseason as the team has put a greater emphasis on improving their point of attack defense — a skill in which Payton is among the elite in the NBA. He was crucial to the team’s playoff success last season and will hopefully plug right back in once he makes his eventual return to the team.

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