The once-dominant Golden State Warriors will undoubtedly suffer a string of losses after Monday’s devastating home setback to the depleted Indiana Pacers. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins will all miss Wednesday’s game against the Utah Jazz due to minor injuries, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Curry’s left ankle is still bothering him after he tweaked it late in the Warriors’ victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday. Curry played against Indiana, but he wasn’t himself. He struggled to overcome the Pacers’ tenacious defense at the point of attack and when he was in the backcourt, scoring a season-low 12 points on 3-of-17 shooting. Additionally, Curry’s defense was occasionally abused as second-round rookie Andrew Nembhard attacked him one-on-one.
Due to discomfort in his left hip, Green is out. It’s unclear whether a specific event caused his suffering or when he first started experiencing agony. Green missed games in December and January of the previous season due to right hip troubles, but he entered 2022–23 with a clear physical after a thorough offseason of treating degenerative back problems that finally resulted in him missing 29 games in the previous season.
Meanwhile, Wiggins will miss the contest for the second time in a row due to a right adductor issue. Prior to Monday’s competition, Steve Kerr emphasized that Wiggins was “fine,” inspiring hope that he would be able to return to Salt Lake City. Do not anticipate Wiggins to be out for an extended period of time, whether or not his condition is directly related to Curry and Green’s absence from the game.
Curry is possibly the front-runner to win league MVP. The key to Golden State’s exceptional two-way performance is Green. After the young, athletic Pacers exhausted the Warriors at Chase Center on Monday, Wiggins’ importance to the Warriors doesn’t require any greater justification. It shouldn’t come as a surprise if Kerr starts a large portion of his bench against Utah, including James Wiseman, who was called up from the G League on Tuesday.
The Jazz will likely defeat Golden State on Wednesday, leaving Salt Lake City with a 13-13 record and back at.500. the following match for the reigning champions? The Warriors’ only remaining game is a repeat of the Finals against the league-leading Boston Celtics on Saturday at Chase Center, a matchup for which they undoubtedly want and need to be at their best.