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What Happened To Draymond Green & Klay Thompson? Warriors Injury Report vs Portland Sparks Concern Online

Published 04/11/2024, 8:50 PM EDT

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The Golden State Warriors were only going to be down one man – Draymond Green. And while that was a big downer, they were going against the 14th-seeded Portland Trail Blazers. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and the rest of the squad were more than enough to get the party going. But in a somewhat shocking update, two more players have joined the injury report as the Dubs get ready to face a short-handed Blazers team. Green, who was questionable yesterday, is ‘Out’ due to right knee contusion.

Thompson, who wasn’t even on the injury report, joined DrayMagic with right knee tendonitis and will be sidelined. Anthony Slater also listed Gary Payton II as ‘questionable’ with calf tightness. Shockingly, there was more.

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And in the latest update by NBC Sports reporter Dalton Johnson, GP II is also ‘Out,’ as per Steve Kerr. The Warriors are now down to two key starters.

While their opponents aren’t the biggest threat, the situation that the GSW find themselves in right now can be the undoing of a win tonight. At halftime, the Warriors led by three points at 46-49 and managed to win the game 100-92.

That was exactly what Coach Kerr would be hoping that his shorthanded crew would defeat the Portland Trail Blazers so he can play with a full team against the New Orleans Pelicans next. A tougher team than Blazers for sure, as they are barely hanging on to their sixth position. Given that they would do anything to avoid a play-in situation, the Pelicans will fight tooth and nail.

But it would also be desperate. If the Warriors can find the chink in the armor and a healthy team in tow, the chances that they can improve their current standing could be an achievable feat. But is that all the Pelicans are capable of?

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The Pelicans can be the godmother the Warriors need to climb as high as 8

Interestingly, New Orleans’ final three games can impact the GSW’s seeding to a great extent. They won the Sacramento matchup 135-123. Of course, with the Dubs beating the Blazers and the rest of their coming opponents, they will be ahead of the Lakers.

But if both the Kings and Suns lose, it will be in the best interests of Steph and Co. Unfortunately, the said teams face off tomorrow. Since both of them cannot lose, there isn’t much the Dubs can bank on there. And this is where the Pelicans come into the picture again.

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Besides their loss to the Warriors, New Orleans’ victory over the LA Lakers in the final game of the season will be the cherry on top. An added incentive is that the Pelicans can get the Purple & Gold’s first-round picks this year. So, the win is also in their own self-interest, when it comes down to the wire.

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Geisha Pulimoottil Don

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Geisha, serving as an NBA Writer at EssentiallySports, actively engages in the coverage of breaking news, specializing particularly in injury reports. Demonstrating a notable proficiency in beat reporting, she is currently advancing her scope to include events, focusing specifically on refining her skills in play-by-play commentary through Live Blogs. Moreover, she maintains a vigilant watch on BTS narratives, recognizing their potential to shape or disrupt the NBA landscape.
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Daniel D'Cruz