The Warriors are headed towards the postseason, albeit not the actual playoffs. Clinching a spot in the NBA's play-in tournament, the Warriors have punched their ticket for a chance to make a playoff run. As the season comes to a close -- and injuries begin to pile up -- the Warriors are hoping for the return of one important player.
Coach Steve Kerr joined Damon, Ratto & Kolsky on 95.7 The Game to discuss the current state of the Warriors and their health heading into the final two games of the regular season.
Kerr was asked specifically about small forward Kelly Oubre Jr., who has been sidelined with a torn ligament and avulsion fracture in his left wrist. If the Warriors make it through the play-in tournament, will Oubre return to the court?
“I hope so. I hope so, we’ll see," Kerr said. "It’s just one of those injuries that has been lingering and he hasn’t been able to practice. It’s been a real shame because I know how much he wants to be out here with his teammates. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Oubre has missed the Warriors' previous eight games. Despite Oubre's big role on offense and defense, the Warriors have not only stayed afloat but thrived in his absence. That's more or less a testament to their depth, as players such as Juan Toscano-Anderson, Jordan Poole, and Kent Bazemore have stepped up big time.
For now, the Warriors are on a roll as they look to claim the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference with a win over the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday. If Oubre is able to return for any potential playoff series, that would be a huge boost for the Dubs.