Eric Paschall's friends and family missed the memo that nobody likes you when you're 23.
The Warriors rookie turned 23 on Monday morning and said he woke up to a lot of text messages. That's a good thing because Paschall said he wouldn't have known otherwise.
"I woke up this morning and forgot it was my birthday," Paschall told reporters Monday morning, hours before the Warriors' game against the Portland Trail Blazers. "I looked at my phone, I was like, 'Why is my phone going off?' And I see all these text messages, and I was like, 'Oh, snap.' Especially now, because it's early in the season, I forget sometimes that it's my birthday."
Paschall is part of the Warriors' young core pressed into bigger roles after Stephen Curry (broken left hand), Draymond Green (torn ligament in left index finger) and D'Angelo Russell (sprained right ankle) all injured themselves last week. He took advantage of the opportunity in Saturday's loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, scoring 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting.
That's still a lot of responsibility to be foisted upon a player who could've expected to be, at best, a reliable depth contributor this season. You can understand why someone in those shoes would forget their birthday, but Paschall made it clear he likely wouldn't have remembered no matter the circumstances.
"I'm not a big birthday person," Paschall continued. "I just go on with the days and if it's my birthday, it's my birthday."
That's a good mindset, considering the state of the Warriors' roster compared to the Trail Blazers' going into Monday night's game at Chase Center.