The Golden State Warriors are preparing to host the New Orleans Pelicans, with hopes of adding a small glimmer of light at the end of a highly-disappointing seven-game home stand. It’s been ugly, folks. But the Pelicans are a good team, so while the potential for continued ugliness is high, there’s also a chance for the Warriors to start to get things back on track.
They’re starting out behind the eight-ball, though, as the Dubs are missing more key contributors than the Pels are. Here’s the full injury report.
Out — Draymond Green (return to competition reconditioning)
Green’s indefinite suspension ended over the weekend, with the four-time All-Star returning to the bench on Sunday to watch the team get booed off the court against the Toronto Raptors. Neither Green nor the Warriors are giving a timeline for when he’ll actually start playing again, though.
Out — Chris Paul (left hand fracture)
Paul suffered a huge blow on Friday, when he fractured his hand and had to undergo surgery. Thankfully it seems to be a relatively mild injury, as CP3 is expected to return in February.
Out — Gary Payton II (left hamstring strain)
The Dubs could definitely use GPII’s defense and athleticism in this matchup, but he’s out for a while, unfortunately. Heal up, Gary!
Out — Matt Ryan (right elbow surgery)
Ryan was playing a key role for the Pelicans off the bench early this year, averaging 22.9 minutes and shooting 47.1% from three-point range on high volume. After bouncing between three teams in his first two seasons, and playing sparingly, he looked to have found a home. Unfortunately he had to undergo arthroscopic surgery for his elbow about a month ago, and has no timetable for a return yet.
Zion Williamson (right quad contusion)
Jose Alvarado (non-COVID illness)
Both Williamson and Alvarado are listed as “questionable” on the official injury report, but Pelicans head coach — and former Warriors assistant coach — Willie Green announced that both players will be available.
Both Zion and Jose Alvarado are available for the Pels tonight, per Willie Green.— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) January 11, 2024
Enjoy the action, Dub Nation!