Warriors Lose Bazemore
Golden State is also losing Bazemore to the league’s health and safety protocol, though he noted that it was not due to a positive test.
I do not have COVID and neither have I tested positive. Just so we are clear. https://t.co/6F3yNCbwNZ
— Baze (@24Bazemore) April 23, 2021
Before the setback, Bazemore had made his way into the starting lineup. As NBC Sports Bay Area noted, the veteran guard had been on a hot stretch, averaging 11.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals in the last nine games. He also connected on 54.5 percent of his three-pointers during that stretch. As the report noted, Kelly Oubre is expected to slide back into the starting lineup in Bazemore’s absence.
Kent Bazemore is out for Warriors-Nuggets tonight due to COVID-19 protocols https://t.co/iQXKkOe9Dz pic.twitter.com/QMGCGjcAAs
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) April 23, 2021
The setbacks come as the Warriors have been fighting for playoff positioning. Golden State is 29-30, putting them in 10th place in the Western Conference and holding onto the final playoff spot. Head coach Steve Kerr has floated a goal of reaching the No. 6 spot, which would allow the Warriors to avoid the play-in tournament. They are currently three-and-a-half games out, with the Portland Trail Blazers holding onto the sixth seed with a 32-26 record and a tie-breaker over the Dallas Mavericks.
The Warriors have already been hit by COVID-19 setbacks over the course of the year, including a positive test that kept rookie James Wiseman out of training camp for an extended stretch. The team has lost Wiseman again to a season-ending knee injury, and now will be even more short-handed for at least the next week until Bazemore can return from the health and safety protocol followed by Lee.
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