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Paschall making progress, could practice when Dubs come home

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Eric Paschall hasn't played in a game since April 2, and the Warriors don't exactly know when he will return to the court, but the team did provide a positive update on the second-year pro.

Paschall, who has missed the last seven games due to a left hip flexor strain, has been in the Bay Area rehabbing while the team is on the East Coast.

The Warriors announced Saturday that Paschall is taking part in controlled on-court workouts and could begin practicing with the team when they return home from the current road trip, which ends on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Paschall sustained the hip injury in the Warriors' 53-point loss to the Toronto Raptors on April 2 and the team initially announced he would be re-evaluated after two weeks.

When talking to reporters on Monday, Paschall admitted he had a difficult time walking after first suffering the injury.

"It was in the Toronto game. Went up to block a pass -- came down, felt it, could barely walk after it initially happened," Paschall explained. "It feels fine now, though. I can walk without a limp. I'm good."

While the Warriors didn't provide a specific timeframe for Paschall's return to game action, it's a positive sign that he could practice within the next week.

With rookie James Wiseman out for the season and Marquese Chriss no longer on the roster, the Warriors are lacking in size. Draymond Green and Kevon Looney are absorbing most of the minutes at center in the small-ball lineups.

 
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While Paschall isn't a true center, the 6-foot-6 forward can play the small-ball five for small stretches and ease the burden on Green and Looney.

In 39 games this season, Paschall is averaging 9.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.3 minutes. All of those numbers are down from his breakout rookie season.

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