Warriors Rotation Takes Major Hit After COVID-19 Setbacks

Warriors Rotation Takes Major Hit After COVID-19 Setbacks

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.

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.

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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