The NBA tends to catch the injury bug at this time of year. Some teams are tanking so they can shoot up in the lottery and others are resting players for the playoffs.
The Golden State Warriors are hobbled to say the least. Missing Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson, arguably their best players. On top of that they are also without Omri Casspi, Patrick McCaw and David West who has been a huge asset during his tenure with the team.
Curry’s injury is a curious one. He was seen dancing on his birthday only a few days ago and yet has been out the past couple weeks. Not to say you can’t dance and still be injured but it was almost like a message that he is just fine and will be ready for the final stretch approaching.
Klay Thompson, the rock of the Warriors is now missing time with a fractured right thumb. He has been available in 97.6 of the games thus far during his career.
Kevin Durant has fractured rib and is out two weeks.
This is nothing to worry about for Warriors fans, sure these injuries might appear serious, but could they have come at a better time? The Warriors all but solidified the second seed and are still winning with Draymond, Quinn Cook, Javale Mcgee, Nick Young and Zaza. Draymond put up a masterful 25 points 11 and 8 assists last night, nearly notching a triple double, and Quinn Cook scored 28 points.
One might argue this will mess with chemistry in the lineup and that it’s always good to have everyone healthy later on in the season. The truth is, Golden States roll players were underachieving all season and this is exactly what they needed to right the ship. Remember, Kevin Durant was injured for a month towards the end of their 2016-2017 campaign. These guys have been running ragged, playing 100 or so games a year for the past 3 seasons. It takes its toll. This is just Steve Kerr being a smart coach, masking minor injuries as a way to rest up and make another run for the crown. Look out NBA, Golden States best ball of the year is about to be served hot and ready for any and all takers.