If you have two working thumbs and can orchestrate an offense, please send your resume to the Golden State Warriors.
Yet another key piece will be sidelined, as an MRI confirmed D’Angelo Russell’s right thumb sprain on Saturday. The All-Star point guard will be reevaluted in two weeks and won’t travel with the team on its four-game road trip, the Warriors announced.
Russell got hurt in the third quarter of Golden State’s loss to the Celtics on Friday, the latest blow to a team that is without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, Damion Lee, Jacob Evans and Alen Smailagic. Eric Paschall wore an ice pack on his right hand after Friday’s game, but said he would be OK.
Russell has established himself as the Warriors’ go-to scorer, averaging 34 points per game in the four tilts leading up to Friday, including a 52-point explosion. Without him, Ky Bowman will see more minutes, as he did in Friday’s second half.
“[Bowman] gave us a big left after D-Lo came out. We’ll keep playing, I’m really proud of the [team’s] effort,” Steve Kerr said after the Warriors’ sixth straight loss.
Beyond Bowman, the Warriors don’t really have another point guard. Add that to the enormous list of needs.