I will be looking at two injuries. The first is less severe but carries the most important piece to the team. First, is Draymond Green (ankle). The second is surprising player Dante Cunningham (knee).
With just over three minutes left in the third quarter, Ian Clark bumped into a Los Angeles Lakers defender going for a rebound and fell to the ground. Seconds later, Draymond Green going after the same rebound kicked Clark in the head and collapsed to the floor. He immediately grabbed his ankle in obvious pain. Reports noted later that Clark didn’t suffer a concussion but kicked in the throat.
Even though the Clark seemed to be okay, he is also on the injury report by the Golden State Warriors as questionable. He has been playing well. He is averaging 13 minutes on the court and has 6.4 points per game while shooting .500 percent from the floor and grabbing 1.4 rebounds.
For Green, he immediately left the game and had x-rays done on the ankle. The results were clean. However, he told reporters last night that he still felt some soreness, even though he felt he could play tonight. The official word won’t come till just before game time, however.
More than likely, Green will rest tonight, there is no reason to push their star forward into action and risk further damage to the ankle. He is averaging 10.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.6 blocks per game for the Warriors this season.
Golden State has only lost two games this season (14-2) and their defense is in the top-10 while their offense ranks number one by a wide margin. They have the best record in the NBA but are battling division foe the Los Angeles Clippers (14-3).
The New Orleans Pelicans have stated that forward/center Dante Cunningham (knee) has been diagnosed with a non-displaced right proximal fibula fracture and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. He became injured after playing just twelve minutes into the second quarter remaining on Wednesday. The Pelicans went on to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 117-96 at the Smoothie King Center.
For the Pelicans it’s a huge blow as the 6-8 and the 230-pound athlete out of Villanova has started 10 of the first 15 games, averaging 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds while playing just under 24 minutes a game and it began reaching around the 30-minute mark. New Orleans will now have to learn how to play not only without Cunningham but also Quincy Pondexter, who is recovering from knee surgery.
Cunningham has bounced around the NBA in his five seasons playing in four different cities in five years, but he seems to have found his place in New Orleans. The 29-year-old is in his third season with the Pelicans. He was not named the starter to start the season but wrestled the job away from Solomon Hill as the season wore on.
Hill started the second half of the game against the Timberwolves and is likely to be starting going forward. They also used a lot of three-guard lineups with Jrue Holiday, Tim Frazier and Langston Galloway.
Solomon Hill has not done much in the last game and a half. He finished with just two points, and five rebounds against Minnesota and on Friday scored five points and added six rebounds in 27 minutes.