D’Angelo Russell Upgraded To Probable For Friday

The Golden State Warriors have upgraded offseason addition D’Angelo Russell’s status to ‘probable’ on their official injury report, which means that the franchise obliterated by injuries could actually welcome back one of its fallen stars just in time for tonight’s matchup with the Timberwolves.

Russell has spent the past three games on the sidelines for the Warriors while recovering from a sprained ankle and has yet to truly take the reins of the franchise as an offensive focal point.

Assuming injured forward Draymond Green remains shelved for the foreseeable future with a torn ligament in his thumb, Russell would get the opportunity carry much of the offensive load for the Warriors.

In the five games that he has played for the Warriors this season, Russell has averaged 19.0 points and 6.4 assists per game.

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Torn Ligament To Sideline Draymond Green

A torn ligament will sideline Draymond Green for the next few games, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports. The injured left index finger, however, doesn’t figure to be a long-term issue.

Green’s injury is the latest in a rush of setbacks for Golden State and it comes at a time when the once-consistently dominant Warriors are fielding their most inexperienced roster in years.

Prior to his own absence, Green was in position to shoulder more of the offensive load than he ever has for the Warriors. He, alongside D’Angelo Russell, had their work cut out for them salvaging a season that went south quickly when 2019-20 began.

The Warriors are 1-4 so far this season and will be eager to get Green back in the lineup as they attempt to adjust to life without Stephen Curry.

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Steph Curry Breaks Hand In Wednesday Night Contest

Stephen Curry has broken his hand, Marcus Thompson of the The Athletic reports. X-rays were performed on the 31-year-old’s hand and wrist after he injured it Wednesday night against the Phoenix Suns.

The Warriors themselves have since confirmed the break in an announcement of their own.

The veteran guard injured the hand after hitting the deck on a driving attempt in the third quarter, he lost balance in the air and came down bracing his fall with his arms.

According to Kerith Burke of NBC Sports, the next step for the Warriors will be to have Curry undergo a CT scan to assess the damage. That Dubs general manager Bob Myers tells them will determine whether or not the guard requires surgery.

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Willie Cauley-Stein Returns For Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have been without free agent addition Willie Cauley-Stein through training camp and the first few games of the 2019-20 campaign. No longer. Logan Murdock of NBC Sports reports that the Kentucky product himself says he’ll play tonight.

Cauley-Stein will join a Warriors team that has struggled to begin the season. While a high level of roster turnover is partly to blame, they’ve also had the misfortune of being woefully shorthanded in their frontcourt.

Although it’s not clear whether Cauley-Stein will debut in the starting lineup for the Warriors, his presence as an athletic, seven-footer will add a new dimension to the team’s rotation.

The 26-year-old bigman played a vital role on an upstart Sacramento Kings team last season and averaged 11.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while the franchise enjoyed its most successful finish in over a decade.

Cauley-Stein has spent the last month recovering from a strained left foot.

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Cavaliers Claim Alfonzo McKinnie Off Waivers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have claimed recently released swingman Alfonzo McKinnie, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. McKinnie was cut by the Golden State Warriors as they cleared space to accommodate Marquese Chriss.

McKinnie was a coveted waiver option given that he factored into the rotation of the Western Conference Champion Warriors. McKinnie even saw consistent playing time with the Dubs in the NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers will add McKinnie to the fold with ample room and the 27-year-old will set out to win over new Cavs coach John Beilein.

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Warriors To Release Alfonzo McKinnie, Make Room For Marquese Chriss

The Golden State Warriors are waiving swingman Alfonzo McKinnie in order to clear up funds for offseason addition Marquese Chriss on the regular season roster, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.

Chriss caught on with the Warriors after a season split between Houston and Cleveland and has established himself as an adequate rotation big at a time when the injury-depleted Dubs desperately need one.

Chriss has started for the club in the preseason and proven himself adept at setting screens and complementing the rest of the Warriors roster.

The decision to release McKinnie mustn’t have been easy for the franchise. As Charania writes, the 27-year-old will hit waivers as one of the more intriguing options available to teams needing wing depth. McKinnie saw just under 10 minutes per game for the Warriors in the NBA Finals, after all.

While the Dubs had to cut McKinnie in order to accommodate Chriss, it wasn’t because of the number of personnel on the roster. The Warriors only expect to carry 14 players into the regular season due to the hard-cap they face as a result of their sign-and-trade deal for D’Angelo Russell.

Chriss’ training camp deal won’t count toward the Warriors’ salary cap until the regular season begins, so that’s why the franchise needed to part ways with Alfonzo McKinnie prior to opening day. McKinnie’s deal was non-guaranteed.

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