The Golden State Warriors will attempt to stop the bleeding on Friday night when they kick off a four-game road trip with a game against the Chicago Bulls. Unfortunately, the Dubs have been dealt a blow before the game even starts: third-year guard Moses Moody will not be playing in the game.
Moody injured his calf during Wednesday’s embarrassing blowout loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, and had an MRI after the game. Coach Steve Kerr assured reporters that Moody told him the injury wasn’t serious, but when Thursday’s injury report came out, Moody was already listed as not available (hat tip to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater for first noticing this).
It’s a tough blow for the Warriors and for Moody. While the bulk of the team played horribly on Wednesday, Moody was one of the lone bright spots. He came off the bench to score 21 points and was one of the few players interested in playing defense, and his contributions were good enough that he was inserted into the starting lineup for the second half. He seemed likely to start on Friday if healthy, and in his last two games — after spending four games out of the rotation — has tallied 42 points on 15-for-27 shooting (including 8-for-14 from deep), with just one turnover and four fouls. The Warriors have been outscored by nine points when Moody has been on the court during those two games ... and they’ve been outscored by 42 points when he’s been on the bench.
Moody’s absence makes an already thin Warriors team thinner still. Chris Paul and Gary Payton II remain sidelined for the foreseeable future with injuries, while Draymond Green will miss another game as he works his way back into the fold following his league suspension.
The Warriors play a back-to-back, as they head to Milwaukee to take on the Bucks on Saturday night. Let’s hope that Moody is able to play in that game.