As top NBA teams hit the home stretch of the regular season, they like to use the games as a tune-up for the playoffs. For the Golden State Warriors, they’re just trying to get healthy.
The team has announced that superstar forward Kevin Durant is questionable for Friday night’s tilt against the Sacramento Kings. Even though he practiced yesterday, the Warriors said he suffered a rib injury in the previous game. The injury is not considered serious and the team will likely proceed with caution in order to get healthy before the start of the postseason.
Golden State has also dealt with recent injuries to Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. Green could return against the Kings, while the starting backcourt is expected to miss the next three games.
Quinn Cook, David West, and Jordan Bell, who have all missed time recently, are deemed probable.
In all likelihood, the Warriors will finish No. 2 in the Western Conference. They are currently two games behind the Houston Rockets for first place, but the Rockets also hold the season tiebreaker. The Warriors would need to make up a three-game disparity in their remaining 14 games to leapfrog into first place.
Golden State does have a favorable stretch to close out March and April, as six of its 14 remaining games will come against teams that have already been eliminated from playoff contention.
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