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Warriors Opting to Rest Curry, Green Ahead of Crucial Playoff Decision

Published April 14, 2024 at 2:35 PM
BY KEVIN BARREAU
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The Golden State Warriors aim to enhance their chances of moving past the play-in tournament with a victory in their last game of the 2023-24 season. Recognizing the demanding postseason ahead, they prioritize rest ahead of their regular-season finale victory. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green will be sidelined for the team's clash against the Utah Jazz on Sunday at Chase Center for rest, as reported by Anthony Slater of The Athletic.

The Warriors' injury report lists six players: Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Chris Paul, Gary Payton II, and Klay Thompson. Curry is questionable with a right ankle sprain, Green with a right knee contusion, Kuminga with a right pelvic contusion, Paul with left hamstring tightness, Payton II out due to a left calf strain, and Thompson questionable with right knee tendonitis. Should the Lakers and Kings secure wins, it's unlikely these players will take the court for the Warriors.

Curry and Green's absence isn't unexpected, given coach Steve Kerr's remarks after the Warriors' critical loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The defeat significantly reduced their chances of securing a position higher than ninth or 10th in the Western Conference. What's more surprising than Golden State's top duo being sidelined against Utah is the readiness of the team's other veteran stars, Thompson and Paul.

''Oh, hell yeah,'' Kerr responded Friday when asked if he was considering resting players vs. the Jazz. ''I mean, you prefer to stay at home, but if you look at what we're facing, it's a gauntlet. You got two play-in games, and then if you win those two, you got a Game 1 48 hours after that. I'm much more interested in our ability to be ready for next week, but we've gotta wait and see how everything shakes out.''



Thompson and Paul, along with Kuminga, remain questionable on the latest injury report from Golden State. Despite their designations, both Thompson and Paul are expected to take the court on Sunday, as reported by The Athletic. Kuminga will assess his readiness before the game due to a right pelvic contusion, and his status will be determined afterward. Gary Payton II has been confirmed to be out due to a left calf strain.

Source Cluthpoints: Warriors resting Stephen Curry, Draymond Green vs. Jazz as postseason fate awaits
Source Sports Illustrated: Injury Report: Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz
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