The Golden State Warriors are set to be without two of their key reserve players, with both Chris Paul and Gary Payton II being sidelined after they both sustained injuries.
Paul was injured during the Warriors narrow 124-123 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night, leaving the court with 19 seconds remaining in the first quarter. With the exact moment of his injury unclear, Paul has been diagnosed with a lower left leg nerve contusion and is expected to miss Thursday’s game against the LA Clippers. He is expected to be day-to-day going forward.
Also injured during the Kings’ game, Payton went down in the third quarter with a non-contact injury. It was later determined that he tore his right calf. He is expected to miss the next several weeks, with no exact return date given as of yet. Losing these two players is a major setback for the Warriors given that the team is looking to recover from their difficult start to the season. At 8-10, the Warriors are 11th in the Western Conference standings.