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D'Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans nearing return for struggling Warriors

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D'Angelo Russell, Jacob Evans nearing return for struggling Warriors

The Warriors' backcourt could soon get a boost. 

Guards D'Angelo Russell (right thumb sprain) and Jacob Evans (left abductor strain) won't suit up Sunday against the Orlando Magic or Monday against the Atlanta Hawks, but coach Steve Kerr said both players could return for the final two games of Golden State's road trip. 

Russell has not played since Nov. 15, while Evans has not played since the Warriors' third game of the season on Oct. 28. Their absences -- as well as those of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Damion Lee -- have opened up lots of minutes for the likes of Ky Bowman and Jordan Poole. Draymond Green has even deputized at point guard with Russell out of the lineup. 

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The Warriors (4-16) will benefit from having both players back, but the two won't be enough to help Golden State climb out of the NBA's cellar. Russell and Evans' presumptive return is a big opportunity for both players, however, as the former will try to prove he can be a long-term fit in the Bay and the latter will try to stay on the court for an extended period of time. Evans has only played 33 NBA games since the Warriors drafted him No. 28 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft. 

After losing 13 of 16 games in November, the Warriors will take all the reinforcements they can get.

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Ayesha Curry describes Steph Curry's broken hand as 'really, really bad'

Ayesha Curry describes Steph Curry's broken hand as 'really, really bad'

Warriors superstar Steph Curry broke the second metacarpal in his left hand during Golden State's loss to the Suns on Oct. 30.

He underwent surgery on Nov. 1, and then had a second procedure last Friday.

Why did he go under the knife twice? 

"Because it was really really bad. Not a normal regular 'I fell off my bike' break. He just doesn't complain. My silent slayer," Curry's wife, Ayesha, said Wednesday afternoon on Instagram.

The follow-up surgery was to remove pins that were inserted during the initial incision, which helps explain the longer rehab process.

As ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski noted last month:

Curry is out until at least February, which is when Golden State will provide another update on the two-time NBA MVP's status.

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Let's end this on a positive note:

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Eric Paschall believes he'll play in Warriors-Knicks despite hip issue

Eric Paschall believes he'll play in Warriors-Knicks despite hip issue

SAN FRANCISCO -- Despite being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, Warriors rookie Eric Paschall believes he will be available for tip-off.

"Yeah, I think so," Paschall said after shootaround Wednesday morning. "I'm pretty sure I'm playing but I feel like I'm fine."

In an injury-ravaged season for the Warriors, the rookie has been a rare bright spot for Golden State. In 24 appearances, he's averaging 16.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 31 minutes. 

Entering Wednesday, Paschall -- who missed a 114-108 loss to the Thunder on Nov. 9 with a hip injury -- was listed as questionable for Wednesday with soreness in his left hip. Still, Paschall believes he will be in the lineup after a brief rehab schedule. 

"Got treatment on it all yesterday and I got treatment this morning," he said. "It's all good and I feel like I should be able to play tonight."

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If Paschall has to miss the game, there will be more minutes available for big men Marquese Chriss, Willie Cauley-Stein and newly-recalled Alen Smailagic.