Good Morning Dub Nation,
The Golden State Warriors followed up a promising 5-0 homestand with a disappointing 0-3 road trip after losing to the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night 131-110. In addition to the sting of yet another road failure, the Warriors received more frustrating news in the injury department as second year forward Jonathan Kuminga appeared to roll his ankle during pregame warmups.
Jonathan Kuminga is out tonight against the Grizzlies after rolling his ankle in pregame warm-ups pic.twitter.com/5ZOuhEIdNe— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 9, 2023
The injury occurred as Kuminga was practicing a routine drive to the rim before Thursday’s game. He put all his body weight onto his right ankle which appears to turn as he subsequently collapses on the floor.
Pregame footage of Jonathan Kuminga ankle injury! pic.twitter.com/IZmnsp0Vo8— hoops bot (@hoops_bot) March 10, 2023
Kuminga was a late scratch against the Grizzlies, but the good news is that his x-rays came back negative. The bad news, however, was that he was reportedly seen leaving the arena in a walking boot with currently no timetable for his return.
Per the @NBCSWarriors postgame show Jonathan Kuminga left the arena in a walking boot. His x-rays were negative but no word on a recovery timeline after JK sprained his ankle during warmups ahead of tonight's game. The dubs just can't catch a break. #DubNation— Kylen Mills (@KylenMills) March 10, 2023
Strangely enough, this is the second consecutive day that a player injured their ankle during pregame warmups. On Wednesday night, Phoenix Suns superstar Kevin Durant also rolled his ankle before their matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans and will reportedly be out for two to three weeks.
The team really could’ve used Kuminga on Thursday night. His absence — along with Andrew Wiggins missing his 10th game in a row — left the Warriors very thin on athletic wings available to play against Memphis. Because of this, head coach Steve Kerr was forced into playing lineups in which he even admits he got “too cute” with at times.
Steve Kerr admits the Warriors got "a little too cute" by starting four guards pic.twitter.com/94heo3BFtT— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 10, 2023
Golden State looked prime to go on a big run down the stretch of the season, but their road woes and their overall lack of effort have brought them back down to a record of 34-33. Now tied with the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves for 6th in the West, the Warriors find themselves once again jockeying for position as they fight to avoid the play-in games.
Here are the rest of today’s stories:
In case you missed it from Golden State of Mind:
- The Warriors’ defense is coming undone on the road
- Player grades: Warriors vs. Grizzlies
- Warriors deliver abysmal performance in 131-110 loss to Grizzlies
- Injuries to Kevin Durant and Luka Doncic intensify West playoff chase
- Mailbag: The broken Warriors
Other Warriors News:
- Warriors find little to embrace after search for best selves on road trip (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Steve Kerr admits Warriors got ‘too cute’ starting four guards vs. Grizzlies (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Draymond Green says Dillon Brooks tried to ‘bait’ him into technical foul (ESPN)
- Dillon Brooks unloads on Draymond Green, even Steph Curry in latest Grizzlies vs Warriors (Yahoo Sports)
- Curry is the 29th-highest earning athlete in history (Sportico)
- Kevin Durant (ankle) expected to miss 2-3 weeks, sources say (ESPN)
- Greg Oden’s Long Walk Home (The Ringer)
- Ja Morant’s Curse of the Powerful (House of Strauss)
- Lonzo Ball is broken, and the Bulls are, too (SB Nation)
- ‘I can never say thank you enough’: How Kevin Love’s openness about mental health changed lives (SB Nation)
Some tweets to end the week:
There was a lot of drama leading up to Thursday’s game, setting the stage for a highly emotional atmosphere in Memphis. This was exactly what happened as trash talk was exchanged throughout the game and during the postgame interviews. Both teams are set to play again in Memphis next Saturday.
“OH they’re talking! they’re discussing the podcast!” is such a hilarious call pic.twitter.com/YEZt7wDpmg— Molly Morrison (@mollyhannahm) March 10, 2023
Draymond and Dillon Brooks getting chippy pic.twitter.com/a3QCKBUzhl— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 10, 2023
Steph’s face after the three pic.twitter.com/SB25vI5eYZ— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 10, 2023
Draymond on not taking Brooks' bait: "I decide when I get a technical foul...that's probably the difference between me and him. I do that to him? Double tech because he'd respond. But it's not a double tech because I didn't respond. One of us are baitable, one of us aren't."— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) March 10, 2023
Dillon Brooks was asked if Draymond Green’s comments offended him:— Damichael Cole (@DamichaelC) March 10, 2023
“No, because I know I’m a better player than him.”
"The fact that he was trying to pin my teammates against me. That was a low blow. That's the type of player he is… I ain't out there getting into physical altercations with my teammates."— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 10, 2023
Dillon Brooks on Draymond Green saying his Grizzlies pic.twitter.com/NE9cosgqnj… https://t.co/Y2FQmtEEKh