Golden State Warriors Player News: All Positions

News: Jones will come off the bench in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Jordan Bell is drawing the start in Jones' place. Jones has seen just seven minutes total over the first three games of the series, meaning he will likely continue to be a non-factor Monday.
News: Bell will start in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bell's move into the starting five comes at the expense of Damian Jones, who will come off the bench. In the past two games, Bell has contributed off the bench, playing 14 and 15 minutes respectively. It's unclear if this is just a one-time start, or if he will remain going forward, but he could see an increased role in his time with the starters.
News: McKinnie will draw the start in Monday's Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, ChrisChris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: With Andre Iguodala out with a strained left calf, McKinnie will draw the spot-start. McKinnie saw his postseason high with 21 minutes in Game 3, collecting five points and nine rebounds. Expect McKinnie to see a similar, if not larger, role Monday, and should continue to see a larger role if Iguodala is forced to miss any more time.
News: Iguodala (calf) has been ruled out of Monday's Game 4 against Portland, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Iguodala came into Monday listed as questionable with left calf tightness. His absence will leave a hole in the starting five, with Alfonzo McKinnie possibly replacing him after seeing an increased role in Game 3. It's unclear if Iguodala will be forced to miss any more time going forward, however the Warriors could have over a week off before Game 1 of the finals if they are able to finish off the sweep. More information on Iguodala's status should come out following Monday's game.
News: Iguodala (calf) is still listed as questionable for Monday's Game 4 against Portland, Mark Medina of the Mercury News reports.
Impact: Iguodala is still battling tightness in his left calf, and the Warriors will wait until after he goes through a pregame workout to issue an update. The veteran's workload has increased since entering the starting lineup to begin the Warriors' second-round series, and he'd played at least 31 minutes in seven of his last eight games prior to Saturday's Game 3, when he suffered the injury and was limited to just 18 minutes. With Iguodala hampered, Alfonzo McKinnie was the primary beneficiary, finishing with five points and nine boards in 21 minutes off the bench.
News: Iguodala (calf) is questionable for Monday's Game 4 against the Blazers,Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Impact: An MRI on Iguodala's calf came back negative, but the Warriors will continue to keep an eye on his status as the potential series-clinching game approaches.
News: McKinnie finished with five points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt), nine rebounds and a steal across 21 minutes in the Warriors' win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday.
Impact: McKinnie played his most minutes of the 2019 postseason in Saturday's Game 3 victory. With Andre Iguodala (calf) the latest Warrior to be sidelined, McKinnie earned additional playing time and turned it into five points and nine boards. If Iguodala is forced to miss additional time moving forward, McKinnie would be a likely candidate to see a bump in minutes.
News: Thompson totaled 19 points (8-20 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks across 40 minutes in the Warriors' win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday.
Impact: Thompson led the way for Golden State in the minutes department in Saturday's win, delivering a respectable all-around stat line despite his shooting struggles. He made just one of his five three-point attempts and finished with his lowest point total and lowest number of made threes in the last five games. Still, his work on defense and respectable rebound and assist totals made this a worthwhile performance.
News: Iguodala exited Saturday's Game 3 win over the Trail Blazers with left calf tightness, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports. According to Logan Murdock of The San Jose Mercury News, he will undergo an MRI on Sunday to determine the severity of the injury.
Impact: Iguodala went to the locker room multiple times during Saturday's game at Portland, ultimately playing only 18 minutes. The 35-year-old battled a knee issue in the latter stages of the series win over the Rockets, but the current injury appears to be a separate concern. He should be considered questionable for Monday's Game 4 until the results of the MRI are announced.
News: Curry finished with 36 points (11-26 FG, 6-16 3Pt, 8-9 FT), six rebounds and three assists across 37 minutes in the Warriors' win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday.
Impact: Curry finished with his fourth straight 30-point effort as the Warriors clawed back from a 13-point halftime deficit to get the win and go up 3-0 on the Blazers. The recent scoring outburst has unsurprisingly coincided with the absence of Kevin Durant (calf). Curry will continue to be the first option on offense while Durant sits, and with no timetable for the latter to return, it's safe to fire Curry up as a must-start in daily formats.
News: Green totaled 20 points (6-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 13 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals and a block across 38 minutes in the Warriors' win over the Trail Blazers on Saturday.
Impact: Green put on a show Saturday with a big triple-double. He orchestrated the offense beautifully, dishing 12 times and chipped in the second most points on his team behind Steph Curry's 36. Green provided some patented defense as well with 13 boards, four steals and a block. He'll continue to see heavier usage and increased production with Kevin Durant (calf) sidelined indefinitely.
News: Bogut will come off the bench for Saturday's Game 3 against the Trail Blazers, Logan Murdock of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: In a surprising move, coach Steve Kerr will start Damian Jones ahead of Bogut. Across the past two games, Bogut has seen a combined 12 minutes, but it's possible his workload will be reduced.
News: Jones will start Saturday's Game 3 against the Trail Blazers, Logan Murdock of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: In a surprising development, Jones will draw the nod over Andrew Bogut. Jones has played a combined four minutes across the first two games of this series, collecting three points and two rebounds. It's possible Bogut and Kevon Looney see a reduction in workload.
News: Bell compiled 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 FT), three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block across 14 minutes during the Warriors' 114-111 win over the Trail Blazers in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday.
Impact: Bell's postseason opportunities have bee sparse, as he's only seen action in seven games overall, and double-digit minutes in just three of those contests. The second-year big's workload Thursday was a playoff-high figure, as was his scoring tally. Bell's playing time has seen a slight bump since Kevin Durant's calf injury in Game 5 of the semifinal round against the Rockets, and with the latter already out for Saturday's Game 3, Bell is likely to see minutes in the teens once again.
News: Looney netted 14 points (6-6 FG, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 29 minutes during the Warriors' 114-111 win over the Trail Blazers in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday.
Impact: Looney was an invaluable source of offense off the bench, pacing the second unit and posting his second 14-point tally over the last three games. The big man has been generally solid on the boards as well, and with Kevin Durant (calf) out for the foreseeable future according to latest reports, Looney should continue seeing a workload of 20 minutes at minimum for the time being.
News: Green delivered 16 points (8-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 0-3 FT), 10 rebounds and seven assists across 33 minutes during the Warriors' 114-111 win over the Trail Blazers in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday.
Impact: Green delivered a double-double for the second time in as many games to open the series, and for the sixth time this postseason overall. The versatile veteran has encouragingly taken double-digit shot attempts in each of the first two games against the Trail Blazers, and with Kevin Durant (calf) reportedly nowhere close to a return, he should remain similarly involved on the road in Saturday's Game 3.
News: Thompson supplied 24 points (8-22 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 41 minutes during the Warriors' 114-111 win over the Trail Blazers in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday.
Impact: Thompson got off to a sluggish start Thursday before heating up in time to help lead a Warriors' second-half comeback. The veteran two-guard scored 13 of his 24 points in the third quarter, which helped salvage his final line despite poor shooting numbers overall. Thompson is averaging 25.0 points over the first two games despite shooting just 39.1 percent during that span, so he'll look to boost his efficiency in Game 3 on Saturday in Portland.
News: Curry totaled 37 points (11-22 FG, 4-14 3Pt, 11-11 FT), eight rebounds and eight assists across 39 minutes during the Warriors' 114-111 win over the Trail Blazers in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals Thursday.
Impact: As good as Curry was in Game 1, the perennial All-Star one-upped himself in Game 2. Curry scored an additional point, recorded two additional rebounds and upped his assist total by one as well as compared to the opening installment of the series Tuesday. Curry's contributions were particularly valuable to open the second half, when he jump-started the Warriors by scoring the first eight points of the third quarter. With an average of 36.5 points on 51.1 percent shooting through the first two games of the series, Curry will look to keep up his MVP-caliber numbers during Game 3 in Portland on Saturday.
News: Cousins (quad) has progressed to on-court workouts.
Impact: Cousins has missed the Warriors' last 11 games but the team is hopeful he'll be able to return yet this postseason. While he isn't yet ready for live action his transition to on-court work is encouraging. The Warriors announced that Cousins will be reevaluated in a week, meaning he'll likely not be able to return until Game 5 or Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at the very earliest, if the series goes that far.
News: Durant (calf) won't travel to Portland and will miss Game 3 and Game 4 against the Trail Blazers, Brian Witt of the Warriors' official site reports.
Impact: Durant was already ruled out of Game 2 but the team had held out hope he'd be able to return on the road in the Western Conference Finals. It's no guarantee he'll return for Game 5, should the series go that far, but that's the soonest he can play. For the time being look for Andre Iguodala, who's starting in Durant's place, to continue seeing extra minutes.
News: Durant (calf), as expected, is out for Thursday's Game 2 against the Trail Blazers, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Durant missing Game 2 was nearly a certainty, but this news officially ends speculation. He'll be re-evaluated later in the week with hopes of playing in Game 3, which is Saturday. It wouldn't be surprising if he's out until late in the series, or possibly the Finals.
News: Jones (pectoral) posted three points (1-1 FG, 1-2 FT) and one rebound across two minutes during Tuesday's 116-94 Game 1 win over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Game 1 marked Jones' first action since Dec. 1, as he's been sidelined with a torn pectoral. His appearance was surprising -- there wasn't any indication he would be available for Tuesday's game. It's likely that coach Steve Kerr will continue to use Kevon Looney and Draymond Green as the primary options at center, but it wouldn't be surprising if Jones saw some run here and there.
News: Green amassed 12 points (5-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and two steals in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 116-94 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Green was everywhere Tuesday, putting up numbers across the board in the 22 point victory. The game was much closer for the majority before the Warriors were able to pull away late. Green continues to switch between the center and the forward positions with great success. As long as both Kevin Durant (calf) and DeMarcus Cousins (quad) are out, Green is going to be more active, especially on the offensive end.
News: Thompson finished with 26 points (10-24 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three assists, three steals, two blocks, and one rebound in 37 minutes during Tuesday's 116-94 victory over Portland.
Impact: Thompson was a perfect complimentary piece for Steph Curry, pouring in 26 points including three triples. They put up a combined 62 points, almost outscoring the entire Trail Blazers starting unit. With Kevin Durant (calf) likely to miss at least one more game, Thompson will need to remain locked in on both ends of the floor, as evidenced here with a combined five steals and blocks. Game 2 will be on Thursday as the Warriors look to take a stranglehold on the series before heading to Portland.
News: Curry ended with 36 points (12-23 FG, 9-15 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven assists, six rebounds, and one steal in 35 minutes during Tuesday's 116-94 victory over the Trail Blazers.
Impact: Curry came to play Tuesday, drilling nine triples on his way to a game-high 36 points. The open looks were plentiful as the Trail Blazers defense struggled with a number of high ball-screens. Kevin Durant (calf) seems unlikely to play in Game 2 which will once again mean Curry is at the forefront of the Warriors offensive plans. The Trail Blazers are going to need to make some major changes heading into Game 2 if they are to steal homecourt advantage away.
News: Jones (pectoral) took part in 3-on-3 drills during Monday's practice, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Though Jones has been ruled out Tuesday for Game 1 of the Warriors' Western Conference Finals showdown with the Trail Blazers, Golden State maintains hope that the center might be ready to suit up at some point during the series. Sidelined since early December after undergoing surgery on his left pectoral, Jones would likely only play a bit role in the Warriors' frontcourt rotation if cleared before the team's postseason run concludes.
News: Durant (calf) will be re-evaluated later in the week but will almost certainly miss Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference Finals, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
Impact: The Warriors already ruled Durant out of Game 1 earlier Monday, but coach Steve Kerr provided more detail after practice, revealing that Durant is yet to step foot on the court since suffering the injury in Game 5 against Houston. Kerr noted that Durant is still experiencing pain in his right calf, and he's set to be evaluated later in the week. That implies he'll be held out of Games 1 (Tuesday) and 2 (Thursday), and his status from that point on will hinge on how well the calf responds to rehab.
News: Cousins (quad) is unlikely to return during the Western Conference Finals, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
Impact: Coach Steve Kerr spoke on Cousins' status at Monday's practice, telling reporters that not much has changed as the big man continues to be limited in his rehab work. Kerr stopped short of ruling Cousins out for the series against Portland, but it sounds as though if Cousins does get back on the floor at some point in the postseason, his return would come in the NBA Finals.
News: Durant (calf) will not play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, and he's "unlikely" to play in Thursday's Game 2, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.
Impact: While the Warriors haven't provided much in terms of detail on Durant's status, this doesn't come as much of a surprise considering he suffered the calf strain less than a week ago. The two-time reigning Finals MVP is set to be reevaluated on Thursday, so there's a slight chance he could be cleared for Game 2, but Shelburne's tweet intimates that it's much more likely Durant misses a third straight contest. Golden State was able to close out Houston in Game 6 without Durant's services, so expect Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to continue to handle a larger share of the offensive burden in Durant's absence. In Game 6, the Warriors started Andrew Bogut at center, shifting Draymond Green to power forward, with Andre Iguodala remaining in the lineup at at small forward.
News: Cousins (quad) is on course to return to the Warriors' active roster in the Western Conference Finals, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.
Impact: It remains to be seen what type of role Cousins would be ready to play if he could return in the WCF, but it continues the momentum of optimism regarding his status in the previous week. He was originally deemed highly unlikely to return in the playoffs, but reports have come out in the past few days which counter that original prognosis. While it still seems unlikely that he would play a significant role in the series should he ultimately return at some point, the Warriors could potentially be at full strength if they are able to secure a spot in the Finals.
News: Bogut had just three rebounds, one assist, and one block in 12 minutes during Friday's 118-113 victory over the Rockets.
Impact: Bogus moved into the starting lineup with Kevin Durant (calf) sidelined but failed to score during his 12 minutes on the floor. His role is unstable at best and looking ahead to the Conference Finals, he is unlikely to find himself in a more favorable position.
News: Iguodala managed 17 points (6-11 FG, 5-8 3Pt, 0-2 FT), five steals, three assists, and two rebounds in 38 minutes during Friday's 118-113 victory over Houston.
Impact: Iguodala stepped up once again Friday, pouring in another 17 points including five triples. With Steph Curry struggling early, Iguodala assumed more of a scoring role, somehow helping keep the Warriors close enough to make a late run. As Curry began to find his range, Iguodala then turned his focus to the defensive end where he racked up a game-high five steals. The Warriors will now head home to face either the Nuggets or the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals where the veteran will look to keep his strong recent form going.
News: Looney had 14 points (6-8 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 20 minutes during Friday's 118-113 victory over Houston.
Impact: Looney came off the bench with some vigor Friday, impacting the game on both ends of the floor. He has been a dominant force on the boards, especially on the offensive end, garnering many second-chance opportunities for the Warriors. With Kevin Durant (calf) likely to miss at least a couple of games moving forward, Looney is going to be called upon no matter the opposition. He will certainly not set the world on fire with his statistical production but provides instant energy and impacts the game by simply wanting the ball more than his opponent.
News: Thompson ended with 27 points (10-20 FG, 7-13 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 40 minutes during Friday's 118-113 victory over the Rockets.
Impact: Thompson almost single-handedly kept the Warriors close during the first half, scoring 19 of his 27 points across the first two quarters. He cooled off during the second half as Steph Curry came to life but was still able to nail a dagger three-pointer late in the contest. He has stepped up over the last two games and will need to continue his offensive aggressiveness as the Warriors head into their fifth consecutive Conference Finals. Kevin Durant (calf) is almost certainly going to miss time meaning both Thompson and Curry are going to be the focus when it comes to putting points on the board.
News: Curry finished with 33 points (9-20 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 11-11 FT), five rebounds, and four assists in 34 minutes during Friday's 118-113 victory over the Rockets.
Impact: Curry went scoreless in the first half Friday with foul trouble limiting him to just 12 minutes. The latter stages of the game were a different story, however, as he got going on the offensive end with 21 points in the final quarter. The fact the Warriors were even remotely close at the half speaks volumes about their role players and Curry certainly took advantage down the stretch. The victory advances the Warriors to the Conference finals for the fifth straight season where they will face either the Nuggets or the Trail Blazers. Kevin Durant (calf) will likely miss at least the first couple of games meaning Curry will once again need to come out firing as they look to make the NBA Finals once again.
News: Bogut will get the start at center for Friday's Game 6 matchup with the Rockets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Bogut will replace Kevin Durant (calf) in the starting lineup. Kevon Looney was considered another possible option to start, as he saw relatively healthy minutes after Durant went down in Game 5. However, the Warriors will opt for Bogut's defense and veteran presence.
News: Durant suffered a mild right calf strain in Wednesday's Game 5 against the Rockets and will be re-evaluated at some point next week, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: With Durant's calf strain being confirmed following additional testing and the superstar not being evaluated until next week, it's now confirmed that the Warriors will be without their top scorer if Game 7 against Houston becomes necessary. The good news for Durant is that it doesn't appear to be an injury that will require a long-term recovery, so there is still an optimistic outlook on his basketball future as a whole. For now, however, Golden State will have to ride its sharp-shooting backcourt through the weekend if the team wishes to advance to the Western Conference Finals.
News: Coach Steve Kerr ruled Durant out for the Warriors' Game 6 matchup Friday with the Rockets after the forward was diagnosed with a right calf strain following Wednesday's Game 5 victory, Tim Kawakami of The Athletic reports. "He's not going to play Game 6," Kerr said of Durant. "We can all pretend and just say he's doubtful. But he's not playing Game 6."
Impact: Durant initially looked like he may have suffered a significant Achilles injury when he landed awkwardly during a shot attempt in third quarter, resulting in his removal from the contest. Fortunately for the Warriors, the team's initial examinations revealed that he merely suffered a calf injury, which won't end his season but could put his availability at risk of the rest of the second round. Based on Kerr's comments, it's not expected that Durant will travel with the team to Houston, so the All-Star will presumably remain in Oakland to receive further treatment with the hope of returning for a potential Game 7. Durant is slated to undergo an MRI on Thursday, at which point a clearer timeline for his return may be established.
News: Iguodala tallied 11 points, five assists, and four rebounds in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 104-99 victory over Houston.
Impact: Iguodala played 33 minutes during the Game 5 victory, ending with a serviceable line. There had been some concern over a sore knee but he was removed from the injury report prior to the morning shootaround. If Kevin Durant (calf) misses any time, Iguodala would need to take on more responsibility at both ends of the floor, likely meaning an increase to both his playing time and production.
News: Curry produced 25 points (9-23 FG, 3-11 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds, and five assists in 44 minutes during Wednesday's 104-99 victory over Houston.
Impact: Curry came to life late in Game 5, helping the Warriors to a hard-fought five-point victory over the Rockets. Curry continues to struggle from the three-point line, managing just 3-of-11 from that range during the win. Kevin Durant (calf) is a chance to miss at least Game 6 and if that is the case, Curry is going to have to increase his overall production. Perhaps the extra pressure will bring out the best in Curry who is yet to put any sort of stamp on these playoffs.
News: Green totaled eight points (3-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt), 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and one steal in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 104-99 victory over the Rockets.
Impact: Green was quiet on the offensive end but still managed to finish with 12 rebounds and 11 assists before fouling out late in the Game 5 victory. Green also picked up his fourth technical foul of the playoffs and continues to show little respect for the officials. His constant questioning of calls could come back to bite him if the referees decide to take a stand against his somewhat aggressive approaches. Game 6 will be on Friday in Houston with the Warriors looking to wrap things up as opposed to rolling the dice in a Game 7.
News: Thompson finished with 27 points (11-20 FG, 5-10 3Pt), four rebounds, three steals, and one assist in 45 minutes during Wednesday's 104-99 victory over the Rockets.
Impact: Thompson had his best game of the series Wednesday, ending with a team-high 27 points including five triples. He was on fire to begin the game and despite cooling off, still managed to hit a number of clutch baskets including a game-sealing layup. Kevin Durant (calf) left the game early and has to be considered questionable for Game 6. If he is forced to sit out, Thompson will need to be at his best once again if the Warriors are to eliminate the Rockets on their home floor.
News: Durant will not rejoin the action during Wednesday's Game 5 due to a right calf strain.
Impact: Many surmised Durant's injury may have been serious, so a calf strain likely comes as a relief for the Warriors. Jonas Jerebko figures to see additional usage with the star forward sidelined the remainder of the night, while Durant should be considered questionable at best for Game 6 on Friday.
News: Durant limped to the locker room in the third quarter of Wednesday's Game 5 against the Rockets, Jenny Dial Creech of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Durant looked at the back of his leg as he attempted to return to the defensive end of the floor following a made jump shot. The team should update his status more following some tests, but a major injury could be a huge blow for a Warriors squad already without the services of Demarcus Cousins (quad). Jonas Jerebko may be in line for additional minutes if Durant is forced to miss time.
News: Livingston (hip) will be available for Wednesday's Game 5 against Houston, Logan Murdock of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Livingston's been dealing with a minor hip issue throughout the series. He's healthy and should see around the 13.0 minutes he's averaged so far in Round 2.
News: Iguodala (knee) is no longer listed on the Warriors' injury report and should be available for Wednesday's Game 5 matchup with the Rockets.
Impact: Viewed as probable heading into the day, Iguodala apparently erased any lingering concern about his status by taking part in morning shootaround without any discomfort. Don't expect Iguodala to have any formal minutes limit as the Warriors look to break a 2-2 series tie.
News: Livingston (hip) went through shootaround Wednesday morning, Mark Medina of the Mercury News reports.
Impact: Livingston is listed as questionable for Game 5, but his participation in shootaround certainly appears to be a step in the right direction. The veteran played only 14 minutes off the bench in Game 4, finishing with two points and two rebounds while going 1-of-4 from the field.
News: Iguodala (knee) went through shootaround Wednesday morning and stayed after for extra shooting, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Iguodala suffered a minor left knee hyperextension near the end of Game 4, but he's listed as probable on the injury report, and all indications are that the veteran will be available. Iguodala has taken on a larger workload since moving into the starting lineup to begin Round 2, and he's averaging 34.0 minutes per game for the series. After three straight double-digit scoring performances, Iguodala managed only seven points on 3-of-9 shooting in Monday's Game 4.
News: Iguodala (knee) is listed as probable for Game 5 versus the Rockets on Wednesday, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Iguodala hyperextended his left knee in Monday's Game 4 loss at Houston but apparently is on track to play Wednesday. The 35-year-old is averaging 13.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 61.8 percent from the field through the first four games of the series.
News: Iguodala appeared to tweak his left knee late in Monday's Game 4 loss to the Rockets, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Iguodala was battling with Chris Paul for a rebound off of a missed free throw late in the game, and Paul appeared to clip Iguodala's knee from behind. In real time, the contact was tough to spot, but Iguodala limped to the bench and Slater reports that the veteran, who was icing his knee postgame, believes he's dealing with a hyperextension. The Warriors are yet to comment on lguodala's status, but it's certainly something to keep an eye on with just one off day before Wednesday's pivotal Game 5 back in Oakland.
News: Green totaled 15 points (6-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-5 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals, and one block in 41 minutes during Monday's 112-108 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Green continues to have himself a very strong playoff showing, putting up another double-double in the Game 4 loss Monday. His scoring has seen a notable increase, coming at just the right time as Steph Curry's struggles continue, especially from beyond the arc. He will be looking to help guide the Warriors to a much-needed victory in Game 5, a matchup that could be pivotal in the outcome of the series.
News: Curry had 30 points (12-25 FG, 4-14 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 43 minutes during Monday's 112-108 loss to Houston.
Impact: Curry had a better night Monday, ending with 30 points on 12-of-25 shooting. On what was a solid performance on the surface, he did manage just two three-pointers despite attempting 14. He also got to the free-throw line just two times, both of these factors contributing to the loss. He will no doubt keep shooting the ball and will almost certainly find his range in the near future. If the Warriors are to maintain homecourt advantage, the hope will be that he turns things around in just 48 hours, with Game 5 just around the corner.
News: Durant tallied 34 points (12-22 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 8-10 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in 43 minutes during Monday's 112-108 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Durant led the way for the Warriors once again scoring a team-best 34 points on 12-of-22 shooting. Unfortunately, he was not able to pull out the victory, missing a shot late that would have tied the game. He is putting together a memorable run of performances but it will matter very little if the Warriors can't get the job done as they hunt for their third straight title. Game 5 will be on Wednesday and fans will be hoping the return to Oakland will be enough to spark the team back into the winners' circle.
News: Cousins (quad) indicated at Monday's shootaround that he expects to play again before the end of the postseason, Marc Spears of The Undefeated reports.
Impact: Cousins has been mostly silent since suffering a torn quad back in Game 2 of the Warriors' opening-round series against the Clippers, but he spoke at length about his progress Monday, saying he envisions a "very nice ending" to his first -- and likely only -- season in Golden State. "For me, my goal is I ain't planning on sitting," Cousins said. "I don't know the reality of it. But for me, that is not what I'm planning on doing... It's definitely some type of bad movie. But I think it will have a very nice ending. Just wait for it." It's unclear if Cousins' words are backed by any medical opinions, but the Warriors never officially ruled him out for the rest of the playoffs, stating only that he's sidelined "indefinitely." Taking it a step further, coach Steve Kerr commented Monday that Cousins is "coming along pretty well" in his rehab. "I'm taking it day by day," Cousins added. "I'm in better spirits, for sure. I kind of shut the world out. There are a lot of opinions out there. I shut the world out, went to my little zone and I'm taking it a day at a time." When pressed about the possibility that he could return before the end of the playoffs, Cousins simply answered: "We will see."
News: Jones (pectoral) is expected to be cleared for contact within a week, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This is a significant step in the right direction for Jones, who the Warriors initially expected to remain out through the end of the postseason. The big man will likely have to log a few practices before being cleared for any game action, but if the Warriors advance to the Western Conference Finals, and beyond, it now looks as though Jones could be back in the mix at some point.
News: Curry tallied 17 points (7-23 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 1-3 FT), four assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 45 minutes during Saturday's 126-121 loss to Houston.
Impact: Curry ended Saturday's Game 3 loss with just 17 points on 7-of-23 shooting. After putting together a strong first-round series, Curry has struggled across all three games against the Rockets. He is averaging just 18.3 points including 2.7 triples in the series, a far cry from what fans would have expected in such a marquee matchup. Lingering ankle and finger injuries could have something to do with it but if that is the case, it is certainly not obvious. He will look to bounce back in Game 4 Monday, hoping to propel the Warriors to a 3-1 series lead.
News: Iguodala ended with 16 points (6-9 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and one steal in 41 minutes during Saturday's 126-121 loss to Houston.
Impact: Iguodala played a whopping 41 minutes in Saturday's loss, contributing across the board in another vintage type performance. We have seen this played out before during previous playoff runs, with Iguodala appearing to flick a switch when it is needed the most. Both teams will get a night off before matching up again Monday in what could be a pivotal game in the series.
News: Green finished with 19 points (6-10 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and two blocks in 45 minutes during Saturday's 126-121 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Green left with a triple-double Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Rockets held on for a narrow overtime victory. Green has put together a fantastic post-season, increasing his production across the board. While he has managed to lift his production, the Warriors are going to need additional scoring from the likes of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson if they are to feel safe in what could be a very tight series.
News: Durant amassed 46 points (14-31 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 12-12 FT), six assists, and three rebounds in 50 minutes during Saturday's 126-121 loss to the Rockets.
Impact: Durant continued his amazing post-season, recording a game-high 46 points including six triples. It wasn't enough, however, as the Warriors fell in overtime with the home team now having won all three games in the series. With Steph Curry struggling, it has been up to Durant to carry the bulk of the offense and that will need to change if the Warriors are to advance. Game 4 will be in Houston on Monday and Durant will certainly be looking for some support as they push for a road victory.
News: Green compiled 15 points (6-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 12 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals in 39 minutes during Tuesday's 115-109 victory over the Rockets.
Impact: Green had another impressive performance Tuesday, continuing his return to form as seen across the playoffs thus far. As expected, Green has been able to increase his contributions all over the floor, in particular, the scoring department. Whether you love him or hate him, Green certainly brings the intensity every night and will have to maintain these kinds of numbers if the Warriors are to go all the way once again.
News: Iguodala amassed 16 points (6-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), five rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 32 minutes during Tuesday's 115-109 victory over Houston.
Impact: Iguodala started again Tuesday, essentially pushing Andrew Bogut out of the rotation. Predictably, Iguodala's playing time and subsequent production have both increased substantially over the playoffs. His starting role could be rescinded at any time but the minutes should remain no matter. Despite now being a veteran, Iguodala still has the ability to contribute across the stat sheet and will likely figure heavily if the Warriors are to indeed, win another championship.
News: Curry finished with 20 points (6-16 FG, 3-13 3Pt, 5-5 FT), five assists, three rebounds, two steals, and one block in 33 minutes during Tuesday's 115-109 victory over the Rockets.
Impact: Curry ended Tuesday's victory with 20 points on 6-of-16 shooting, perhaps as a result of a finger injury suffered during the first quarter. He appeared to suffer a dislocated finger but checked back in quite quickly and would seem ready to go for Saturday's Game 3. There is a chance the finger swells up and there will almost certainly be an element of pain, both of which could impact his shooting.
News: Durant ended with 29 points (9-22 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 8-10 FT), five rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal in 44 minutes during Tuesday's 115-109 victory over the Rockets.
Impact: Durant paced the Warriors with 29 points Tuesday, helping them to a 2-0 lead over the Rockets in their best of seven series. He continues to see big minutes which typically results in stellar production. He has been the man for the Warriors thus far and seems intent on guiding them to another shot at a championship. Both teams will now get a well-deserved rest before lining up for Game 3, to be held in Houston on Saturday.
News: Curry (finger) will check back into Tuesday's Game 2 against the Rockets, Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: Curry will return to the game with a wrap on his finger, which appeared to be dislocated. It seems unlikely the injury will put his status for Game 3 into jeopardy.
News: Curry went to the locker room during the first quarter of Tuesday's Game 2 against the Rockets with what seems to be a dislocated finger on his left hand, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Curry should be considered questionable to return. More information may arrive once the medical staff gets an opportunity to check things out.
News: Curry amassed 18 points (5-12 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 37 minutes during Sunday's 104-100 victory over Houston.
Impact: Curry was given the green light Sunday after suffering an ankle injury in Game 6 of their first-round series. He did not appear hampered by the injury but did only attempt 12 field-goals on what was certainly a quiet night for the sharpshooter. There is no word of a flare up and as of right now it would appear as though he will be good to go Tuesday for Game 2.
News: Thompson totaled 13 points (5-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 41 minutes during Sunday's 104-100 victory over the Rockets.
Impact: Thompson battled through an apparent ankle injury Sunday, ending the victory with 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting. It was certainly not his best performance but the fact he was out there and played 41 minutes bodes well for him moving forward. Both he and Steph Curry struggled from the field, coincidentally as both were coming in under injury clouds. Whether this remains a factor is unclear but at this stage, it would appear as though both will be ok for Game 2 Tuesday.
News: Durant finished with 35 points (11-25 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 12-15 FT), five rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 43 minutes during Sunday's 104-100 victory over the Rockets.
Impact: Durant led the way for the Warriors, pacing the team with 35 points in the narrow four-point victory. It would appear as though this series is going to be close all the way meaning Durant should see big minutes on a nightly basis. He has been spectacular since putting up a questionable performance in Game 2 of their first-round series and seems locked in on both ends of the floor. Game 2 will be on Tuesday and we should expect to see much of the same from Durant in what could be his swansong for the Warriors given the speculation around his future.
News: Iguodala is expected to remain in the starting lineup for Game 2 on Tuesday against Houston, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Iguodala drew the start in Game 1 and put up 14 points along with four rebounds and two assists over 34 minutes of action. Following the win, coach Steve Kerr stated that he'll likely roll with the same starting five for Tuesday's matchup, meaning Shaun Livingston will once again come off the bench.
News: Livingston has been replaced by Andre Iguodala in the starting lineup for Game 1 against the Rockets on Sunday, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Livingston was put into the starting lineup for the series-clinching win over the Clippers on Friday, but he'll return to his usual spot on the bench when the second round tips off against Houston. He played 12 minutes in each of the first round games in which he didn't start, averaging 2.4 points and 1.8 rebounds.
News: Iguodala will start Sunday's game against the Rockets, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: The Warriors have opted to start the second round of the NBA playoffs with their death lineup, removing Shaun Livingston from the starting five and replacing him with Iguodala. In their first round victory over the Clippers, Iguodala started all six games on the bench but averaged 10.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 25.7 minutes.
News: Thompson (ankle) has been cleared to play Sunday against the Rockets, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Thompson was battling an ankle injury and needed to go through pre-game warmups, but he's been cleared to go and will take his normal spot in the starting lineup. That gives the Warriors both of their guards available to start the second round of the playoffs after Stephen Curry was declared good to go from his ankle injury earlier Sunday.
News: Curry (ankle) has been cleared to play Sunday against Houston, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: The Warriors guaranteed themselves they'll have at least half of the Splash Brothers on Saturday against the Rockets, as Klay Thompson (ankle) will go through warmups before a decision is made regarding his availability. Curry is coming off a Round 1 victory over the LA Clippers in which he averaged 24.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists. In two regular season home games against Houston, he averaged 30.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.5 assists.
News: Thompson (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's Game 1 against Houston, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Thompson injured his ankle during the Warriors' Game 6 win over the Clippers on Friday, and while an MRI returned clean, he's still dealing with some soreness and discomfort. Look for a more definitive update within the next few hours, though it wouldn't be a surprise if the Warriors take the decision down to the final minutes.
News: Curry (ankle) is listed as questionable for Game 1 on Sunday, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impact: Curry, who played 38 minutes Friday against the Clippers, noticeably struggled at some points after rolling his ankle. While his workload and post game statements indicate that he's fine, Curry's listed as questionable going into Sunday and could see a reduced workload if the pain doesn't subside.
News: Thompson sprained his ankle during the third quarter of Friday's Game 6 win over the Clippers and sources indicate it's still in "pretty bad shape", Marcus Thompson of the Athletic reports. He is considered questionable for Sunday's Game 1 against the Rockets.
Impact: The Warriors will see how Thompson's ankle responds to treatment over the next 24 hours. Thompson himself expressed confidence, stating "I anticipate going fully on Sunday." Either way, it's a situation worth monitoring heading into Game 1. More information may arrive following the team's morning activities.
News: Thompson supplied nine points (3-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, three blocks and one steal across 38 minutes during the Warriors' 129-110 win over the Clippers in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday.
Impact: Thompson couldn't find the net consistently in the series-clinching win, turning in his sub-40-percent tally in the six-game set. Thompson actually failed to hit the 20-point mark in four contests overall versus the Clippers, even though he shot a serviceable 45.1 percent overall, including a blistering 45.0 percent from three-point range. He'll look to up his overall offensive production in what should be another highly competitive series against the Rockets in the semifinal round.
News: Iguodala turned in 15 points (7-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 0-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block across 27 minutes during the Warriors' 129-110 win over the Clippers in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday.
Impact: The ever-reliable veteran equaled his series high in scoring in the clincher, comfortably leading the second unit in points in the process. Iguodala averaged a rock-solid 10.0 points, 4.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 steals across 25.7 minutes in the six games against the Clippers, and his presence on both ends of the floor figures to play an important role once again versus the Rockets in the upcoming semifinal round.
News: Curry said his ankle feels "fine," and he plans to play in Game 1 of the Warriors' second round matchup with the Rockets, Mark Medina of the Mercury News reports.
Impact: Curry rolled his ankle in the Warriors' clinching Game 6 victory over the Clippers on Friday. As a result, he was forced to go back to the locker room for a brief period of time, and noticeably looked to be in some pain at times throughout the game. However, he was able to finish the contest while providing 24 points (8-14 FG, 2-5 3PT, 6-6 FT), six rebounds, six assists and one steal across 38 minutes. Still, the situation will be worth monitoring going forward, especially in the near future, as he has a history of chronic ankle issues.
News: Green furnished 16 points (8-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 14 rebounds, 10 assists and four blocks across 37 minutes during the Warrior's 129-110 win over the Clippers in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday.
Impact: Green's troublesome wrist was a distant memory Friday, as the energetic forward exploded for an outstanding all-around performance. The 29-year-old took a series-high 14 attempts and also set a new high-water mark with his rebounding total. Green actually scored in double digits in four of the six games against the Clippers, providing a tangible reminder of his ability to contribute offensively when called upon while still providing strong contributions across the rest of the stat sheet. He'll look to continue generating a similar caliber of production in the semifinal round versus the Rockets.
News: Curry delivered 24 points (8-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six rebounds, six assists and one steal across 38 minutes during the Warriors' 129-110 win over the Clippers in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday.
Impact: Curry once again played second fiddle to Kevin Durant, but he was encouragingly sharp from the field for the second straight game. The All-Star point guard enjoyed a strong series overall save for an outlier 12-point performance in Game 4, as he posted at least 21 points in the other five contests while shooting better than 57.0 percent in three of them. Curry will look to keep his momentum going in the semifinal-round series versus the Rockets, against which he averaged 28.0 points, 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 steal across three games during the regular season.
News: Durant compiled 50 points (15-26 FG, 6-14 3Pt, 14-15 FT), six rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block across 42 minutes during the Warriors' 129-110 win over the Clippers in Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Friday.
Impact: Durant single-handedly ensured that the Warriors wouldn't suffer a second consecutive upset, putting up a playoff career-high scoring total. The perennial All-Star scored 38 of his points in a spectacular first half, which set the tone for a blowout victory. Durant took his already impressive game to another level in the last two games of the series, averaging 47.5 points on 55.8 percent shooting. He'll look to carry over the hot hand into a semifinal-round series versus a Rockets team he averaged 25.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks against across four regular-season games this season.
News: Bogut will play a reserve role in Friday's Game 6 matchup with the Clippers, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Bogut has started at center since DeMarcus Cousins tore his quad in Game 2, but the Clippers recent success by going small with JaMychal Green at center likely forced the Warriors' hand here. Thus, Bogut will presumably be in line for a reduced workload off the bench.
News: Livingston will get the start at shooting guard for Friday's Game 6 matchup with the Clippers, Andrew Greif of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Livingston will replace Andrew Bogut in the starting lineup, as the Warriors will elect to go small. The move is likely a counter to the Clippers' success in starting JaMychal Green at center. The veteran guard has averaged just 2.4 points and 1.8 rebound across 11.9 minutes this series, but will now presumably in line for a bigger workload.
News: Green delivered seven points (3-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and two steals across 38 minutes during the Warriors' 129-121 loss to the Clippers in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday.
Impact: Green's wrist injury has been labeled as minor, but the fact remains he put up his fewest shot attempts of the series Wednesday. His slump from three-point range continued as well, as the 29-year-old is now 0-for-9 from distance over the last three games. Green's scoring contributions can't be counted on from game to game, but he's putting up trademark numbers elsewhere with 7.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals thus far in the series.
News: Thompson poured in 22 points (9-20 FG, 4-11 3Pt) and added three rebounds and two assists across 37 minutes during the Warriors' 129-121 loss to the Clippers in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday.
Impact: Thompson played his usual secondary role, but he did so with solid efficiency. The 28-year-old guard has picked up his contributions over the last two games of the series after scoring between 12 and 17 points in the first three contests against the Clippers. Thompson averaged 27.0 points on 52.5 percent shooting in Games 4 and 5, and he'll look to carry over his hot hand into Friday's critical Game 6 at Staples Center.
News: Curry finished with 24 points (7-15 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four assists, three rebounds and one block across 38 minutes during the Warriors' 129-121 loss to the Clippers in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday.
Impact: Curry was much more efficient from the field after a 3-for-14 showing in Game 4, but he once again ceded the lead role in the attack to Kevin Durant. Curry has averaged 14.8 shot attempts over the first five games of the series after putting up 19.4 per regular-season contest, but a 49.0 percent success rate from the floor, including a blistering 54.0 percent from three-point range, has helped helped him to an impressive average of 24.8 points per contest. He'll look to play an important role again as the Warriors try to clinch the series in enemy territory in Game 6 on Friday.
News: Durant totaled 45 points (14-26 FG, 5-12 3Pt, 12-12 FT), six rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block across 41 minutes during the Warriors' 129-121 loss to the Clippers in Game 5 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Wednesday.
Impact: Durant's spectacular efforts weren't enough to vault the Warriors into the second round, but he rewarded fantasy owners handsomely for the third consecutive game. The perennial All-Star forward passed the legendary John Havlicek for 12th place in the NBA's career postseason scoring hierarchy with his tally, which was also a game- and series-high figure. Durant has now scored 33 points or more in each of the last three contests while taking more than 20 shot attempts in each. He'll undoubtedly be heavily involved again when Golden State makes the short trip to Los Angeles for a pivotal Game 6 on Friday.
News: Coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday that it's "highly unlikely" Cousins (quad) will be able to return at any point during the postseason, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports.
Impact: Cousins went down with a torn quad in Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round series against the Clippers, and while he's without an official timeline, it doesn't sound as though there's much optimism that he'll be able to return at any point during the the team's playoff run, which could push into mid-June. Even without Cousins, the Warriors remain the favorite to win the NBA title, but the injury could have major ramifications for Cousins' future, as he'll be set to hit the open market for the second straight summer. The hope was that Cousins could recover at his own pace and show teams that he's fully healthy after tearing his Achilles in 2018, and while he looked mostly unbothered by that injury this season, this latest ailment may give potential free agent suitors some pause. The nine-year veteran, who averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.5 blocks in 30 regular season games for Golden State, will turn 29 in August.
News: Green underwent an MRI on his right wrist but was a full participant in Tuesday's practice and will play in Game 5 on Wednesday, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It appears Green came out of Game 4 with a minor wrist injury and an MRI was performed as a precautionary measure. However, it doesn't look like Green was or will be limited in any way, so expect him to be a full go Wednesday night.
News: Bogut amassed eight points (4-7 FG), 10 rebounds, and four assists in 21 minutes during Sunday's 113-105 victory over the Clippers.
Impact: Bogut managed just 21 minutes before fouling out Sunday but was still able to leave his mark on the game with eight points and 10 rebounds. He continues to thrive as the starting center and has certainly been a nice addition for the Warriors. He doesn't have the upside of a player like DeMarcus Cousins (quad) but is a perfect fit for the uptempo Warriors offense and should continue to see solid minutes for the remainder of the playoffs.
News: Durant totaled 33 points (12-21 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 38 minutes during Sunday's 113-105 victory over the Clippers.
Impact: Durant poured in a game-high 33 points Sunday, having his way with the Clippers as the Warriors took a stranglehold on the series. He has now dominated the last two games and has put the disappointing performance in Game 2 well and truly behind him. The Warriors will now head home where they will look to secure a place in the second round where they will meet either the Jazz or the Rockets, the later of which hold a 3-0 series lead.
News: Thompson finished with 32 points (12-20 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), and one rebound in 40 minutes during Sunday's 113-105 victory over the Clippers.
Impact: Thompson came out on fire Sunday, scoring 27 of his 32 points in the first half. Thompson is certainly able to light it up for long stretches and Sunday was a great example. He had been relatively quiet to begin the series but got things going here and will look to continue his hot shooting when the Warriors attempt to close out the series in Game 5 Wednesday.
News: Iguodala ended with 15 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three assists, two rebounds, and two blocks in 22 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 victory over the Clippers.
Impact: Iguodala was in fine form Thursday, bringing his A-game as the Warriors bounced back after an embarrassing loss in Game 2. This type of production is certainly not unexpected from the veteran who typically turns things on during the postseason.
News: Bogut totaled eight points (4-5 FG), 14 rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block in 25 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 victory over the Clippers.
Impact: Bogut moved into the starting lineup with DeMarcus Cousins (quad) expected to miss the rest of the post-season. He amassed just eight points but added a game-high 14 rebounds to go with five dimes. The addition of Bogus prior to the playoffs is looking like a masterstroke and he arguably allows the Warriors to function at a higher level, as opposed to having Cousins on the floor.
News: Durant finished with 38 points (14-23 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 7-8 FT), seven assists, four rebounds, one steal, and one block in 30 minutes during Thursday's 132-105 victory over the Clippers.
Impact: Durant was on a mission Thursday, atoning for his lackluster effort in the Game 2 loss. Durant appeared dialed in from the opening ti, ending with a game-high 38 points in 30 minutes. His line could have been much bigger had the game been even remotely close. The Warriors as a whole were certainly focused on getting the victory and will look to extend to a 3-1 victory in Game 4 on Sunday.
News: Jones (pectoral) is unlikely to return before season ends, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: There was hope that Jones would be able to return to the lineup sometime in May (if the Warriors were to make it that far), but for now, the hope seems highly unachievable. Coach Steve Kerr mentioned that he is happy with the way Jones has been progressing in rehab so far, but nevertheless, Jones has still not been cleared to resume contact drills yet. Jones hasn't played since putting up nine points back on Dec. 9.
News: Bogut, in the wake of DeMarcus Cousins' (quad) injury, will start at center moving forward, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Cousins is presumably lost for the remainder of the postseason, and coach Steve Kerr will put his faith in Bogut, who earned a title with the Warriors in 2014-15. Bogut started five games during the regular season, averaging 4.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 blocks in 19.0 minutes. Kevon Looney figures to see an uptick in workload as well.
News: Cousins was officially diagnosed with a torn left quadriceps tendon after undergoing an MRI on Tuesday and is likely out for the rest of the season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This is an unfortunate turn of events for Cousins, who was just coming into his own with the Warriors and likely would have been in line for a big payday in free agency following the team's postseason run. With Cousins' MRI revealing the news the Warriors feared, the big man's season is expected to come to a premature end for the second year in a row. On a more fortunate note, Cousins isn't expected to require surgery, though the Warriors will wait and see how he's feeling after two weeks of rehab before determining whether a potential return during the NBA Finals is even realistic. Golden State will now have to lean more heavily on both Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney to cover minutes at center.
News: The Warriors fear that Cousins suffered a torn left quadriceps tendon in the first quarter of Monday's 135-131 loss to the Clippers in Game 2 of the series, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: A formal diagnosis won't be established until Cousins undergoes an MRI on Tuesday, but a torn tendon would likely require surgery and sideline him for the remainder of the playoffs. The Warriors are holding out hope that Cousins is merely dealing with a strained quad, but all indications are that the big man's injury was of the non-contact variety, which would hint at a more severe setback. After missing nearly a full year of action while rehabbing a torn left Achilles' tendon, Cousins had started to round back into form late in the regular season, but the new lower-body injury could force him to settle for another short-term deal when he hits free agency this summer. As for Golden State's plan moving forward in the event Cousins is indeed out, the team will likely turn to Andrew Bogut and Kevon Looney to cover most of the minutes at center.