Kevin Durant was diagnosed with an incomplete rib cartilage fracture which will take about two weeks to heal.
It couldn’t have come at a worst time when almost everybody in a Warriors uniform are injured. Only Draymond Green is the remaining all-star in the lineup as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are also in civilian clothes.
“It’s just irritating because you just want to hoop,” the 7-0 sweet-shooting forward told reporters. “As far as playoffs and all that stuff, I don’t think anybody is thinking that far down the line. Just taking it day by day.”
Of course, it’s a given that the Warriors (52-17) will make the playoffs. They are currently second in rankings behind only the Houston Rockets (55-14). It’s not even likely that the third-ranked Portland Trailblazers (42-26), one of the hottest teams on the league and winners of 11 straight games, will be able to eclipse the Warriors record.
“Hopefully it gets better in the next week or so and see what happens,” he added. “Just recovery, no procedure and see how it feels. It’s a different type of pain than I’ve felt before so I didn’t really know what it was and I’m just glad I got it looked at.”
The loss against the Sacramento Kings on Friday proved that Green won’t be enough to ward off the challengers.
Apart from Curry, Durant and Thompson, the Warriors also missed the services of Omri Casspi and Patrick McCaw.
“To lose another one of our wings, we’re literally running out of bodies. It’s a shame,” the coach said. “The timing is strange. Everybody seems to be going down at the same time.”
Green on the other hand feels he’s one lucky guy to be free from any injuries. “It’s more shots for me, baby,” he jokingly said.