Warriors lose key role player with long-term injury

The Golden State Warriors are expected to be without Gary Payton II for the foreseeable future as the dynamic guard will miss a big chunk of the rest of the regular season, The Athletic and Shams Charania reports.

Payton limped out of the floor during the third quarter of the Tuesday’s loss to the Sacramento Kings. The guard did not come back and the Warriors are expected to run more tests to determine a timeline.

Payton was averaging 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game on 47.9 percent shooting from the floor. The Warriors are 8-10 after falling to the Kings Tuesday and they are going through a bad slump after starting the NBA season 4-1.

Payton was the second player to go out during Tuesday’s loss as Chris Paul was also ruled out with knee soreness and timeline on the veteran guard is still unknown.

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That said, Moses Moody who scored 11 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter of the loss to Sacramento despite being out of the rotation to start the game will likely see more minutes. Meanwhile, the same goes for Jonathan Kuminga and rookie Brandin Podziemski who might see an uptick in minutes.

The Warriors return to action on Thursday for a big matchup against the Clippers, who are coming off a strong performance and a huge win over the Sacramento Kings.

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