The Golden State Warriors are hoping to put their losing ways behind them. 2023 is over; it’s time for 2024, and hopefully a much-improved team. Will some of their issues be solved by a critical team meeting? Only time will tell.
Their first chance at starting 2024 on the right foot comes tonight, when they host the upstart Orlando Magic, surprising leaders of the NBA’s Southeast Division.
Thankfully for the Dubs, they’re mostly healthy going into the showing. Here’s the full injury report for the game.
Out — Draymond Green (league suspension)
Green remains indefinitely suspended while he gets counseling and further help following a string of violent episodes on the court. There’s no public timetable for his return and, as always, I can’t stress enough that this is bigger than basketball. Only come back when you’re ready, Dray.
And that’s the whole injury report for Golden State!
Out — Joe Ingles (left ankle sprain)
Ingles remains everyone’s favorite pizza delivery guy cosplaying as a quality NBA role player. The sharpshooter, playing his first season with Orlando, and shooting better than 40% from deep for the fifth time in his career, has been sidelined since spraining his ankle on December 15. He’s been a key veteran for a young Magic team.
Out — Jonathan Isaac (right hamstring strain)
Isaac remains, unfortunately, one of the most intriguing “what-ifs” in recent NBA seasons. The No. 6 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Isaac for a while look destined to be a multi-time Defensive Player of the Year award. But injuries limited him to just 34 games in the 2019-20 season, before an ACL injury cost him all of the following two years. Hamstring and adductor injuries kept him out for all but 11 games last year, meaning he entered this season with just 147 games in his six-year career. He was finally mostly healthy to start this year, and appeared in 21 of Orlando’s first 28 games. Unfortunately his hamstring injury flared up, and this will be his fifth consecutive absence.
Questionable — Markelle Fultz (left knee tendinitis)
I’ll proudly admit it: I remain a Fultz believer. Like his draftmate in Isaac, Fultz has struggled with injuries since being the top overall pick in 2017, but I think the 25 year old still has the talent to emerge as a quality starting point guard. But he’s only played in five games this year, and hasn’t suited up in nearly two months. He warmed up and was a game-time decision for Orlando’s New Year’s Eve game, so there’s a good chance he makes his return tonight at Chase Center.
Enjoy the action, Dub Nation!