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Warriors Injury Report: Uncertainty Surrounds 2 Stars After Draymond Green’s Warning To Rockets Intensifies Stakes

Published 04/04/2024, 7:46 AM EDT

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The Golden State Warriors are soon set to face off against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Texas. The Warriors are currently on a five-win streak as they make a last-ditch effort to secure a spot in the play-in series. With the Rockets occupying the 11 seed and positioned just below them, the seven-time championship winners know that they are in a strong position to prevent their rivals from making it to the tournament’s next stage.

This led the team’s power forward Draymond Green to put out a statement and claim that the upcoming game would be “an opportunity to end their (Rockets) season and their playoff hopes.” Looking at the recent details from a newly released Injury Report, Green’s words may end up very well becoming a reality.

A few hours ago, ‘The Athletic’ reporter Anthony Slater took to his official X account to highlight details from the Injury Report released by the Warriors. The reporter stated that the team’s power forward, Jonathan Kuminga, has been “officially listed as questionable for the Warriors tomorrow in Houston”. He also highlighted that shooting guard Gary Payton II has been listed as “probable”. Both updates are probably the best news that the franchise could have hoped for considering it helps them to put up a strong offensive front going into the matchup.

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Jonathan Kuminga had been declared “out” for the last four games after the player developed ‘bilateral knee tendonitis’ on both his knees. His absence was a blow to the Warriors since Kuminga, averaging 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists, is the third-highest average scorer for them, right behind Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. By being listed as ‘questionable’, the report highlights that the 21-year-old is on a clear path to recovery. While his chances of appearing against Houston still stand at 50/50 odds, the update is nevertheless a welcoming one for his fans and teammates.

Gary Payton II, who has been dealing with minor ankle soreness, has fortunately been making an appearance during the previous games and is very well likely to be present to take on Jalen Green and Co.

The Houston Rockets are yet to release their Injury Report. With two prominent scorers including Draymond Green expected to be present, it would probably be in the best interest of the Rockets to also have their best players available during the upcoming game.

Draymond Green against the Houston Rockets

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Having played for the NBA for over 12 years now, Draymond Green has had his fair share of bouts with the Houston Rockets. Out of the 808 regular season games that the athlete has played for the Warriors, 35 of them have been against the two-time championship winners. While his team as a whole managed to secure a W/L record of 23-12 against them, the power forward seldom failed in making a valuable contribution during the same.

During his 35 games, Green recorded an average score of 8.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists. The average almost remained the same during the last 10 games as well. While the player seldom scored in the double digits, his defensive skills placed him as a valuable contributor.

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Similar to the score, Draymond Green’s shooting skills were also a mixed bag during his last 10 matchups with the Rockets. While his field throw percentage stands at an impressive 71.6%, his field goal attempts are shown to have had a success rate of 47.8%. Green’s three-pointer percentage is even lower, currently standing at 25.9%. With that, it remains to see if Green overturns his stats and helps the Warriors actualize his words.

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Ashmit Kumar

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Ashmit is an NBA Content Analyst at EssentiallySports. Having started as a writer, he specializes in writing captivating stories that include the elements of in-depth coverage of teams, players and more. Due to his knowledge of the technicalities of the sport, Ashmit writes perspective pieces that provide well-researched analysis.
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Shivatmika Manvi