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Warriors vs. Nuggets injury report: The usual suspects

Draymond Green and Gary Payton II are the only Warriors listed.

Draymond Green and Gary Payton II standing next to each other. Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors are primed for a Thursday night showdown, as they host the defending-champion Denver Nuggets in a rematch of a very exciting Christmas day game.

It should be a very fun game, featuring two of the best players alive: Steph Curry and Nikola Jokić. And it’s a pretty important game for the Western Conference standings, too. But there will be a few players missing from both sides.

Here’s the complete injury report.

Warriors

Out — Draymond Green (league suspension)

Green remains indefinitely suspended, though reports Thursday morning mentioned that he’s preparing to ramp up his activities and return to the facilities. That’s good news!

Out — Gary Payton II (left hamstring strain)

Sigh. After missing 13 games with a right calf strain, GPII was injured in just his second game back on the court. According to reports, Payton is expected to be sidelined for several weeks as he works through his third injury of the season.

Nuggets

Out — Vlatko Čančar (left knee surgery)

Čančar was dealt a rough blow towards the end of the offseason, when he suffered an ACL tear at the FIBA World Cup preliminary games. He’s out indefinitely, and the Nuggets applied for a salary exception, which suggests that they believe he won’t play this season.

Probable — Reggie Jackson (left calf tightness)

Jackson has played a pivotal role in his first full season with the Nuggets. He’s a critical part of their bench, and has filled in as the starting point guard when Jamal Murray has been sidelined. He’s averaging 12.3 points per game and shooting 38.4% from three-point range, so the Nuggets are certainly hoping he’ll be good to go.

Enjoy the game, Dub Nation!

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