The Golden State Warriors‘ recent struggle with injuries has been well-documented and is only becoming more of an issue for the 2-11 ball club. One of their few remaining healthy starters, guard D’Angelo Russell injured his thumb in the third quarter of their 105-100 loss to the Boston Celtics on Friday.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Russell suffered a sprained thumb and is set to be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Another Golden State All-Star is out: Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell will be re-evaluated with a sprained right thumb in two weeks.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 16, 2019
The Warriors have been hit with a barrage of injuries to begin their regular season and they continue to lose key contributors. The Warriors acquired D’Angelo Russell as part of the sign-and-trade that sent Kevin Durant to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Warriors’ string of injuries dates all the way back to last season when both Durant and Klay Thompson went down late in the playoffs. Just weeks ago Stephen Curry broke his left hand and is also still sidelined for at least the next couple of months.
Russell had been productive to start his career with Golden State, operating as one of their primary offensive options. Russell had been averaging a career-high 24.3 points per game on a relatively efficient 45.5% from the field.
With Russell out of the lineup, expect role players such as Glenn Robinson III, Eric Paschall and Alec Burks to get more opportunities on offense. With so many of their stars sidelined, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Warriors play it conservative with the returns of Thompson, Russell and Curry.