Thompson, Curry Questionable for Game 1, Kanter May be Out for Round
While the path to the second round did not present many challenges for the top four teams in the Eastern Conference, the first round of the Western Conference was a dog fight.
Now, as the second round tips off, the Golden State Warriors journey to a three-peat has hit another snag. With DeMarcus Cousins already out for the remainder of the postseason with a torn quad, both Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are ruled questionable for Game 1 against the Houston Rockets with ankle injuries. Both sharpshooters sprained their ankles in Game 6 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Thompson in particular has been diagnosed with a “significant sprain” according to head coach Steve Kerr.
“Let’s just call it questionable…They both came in today and got some work and we’ll see how they’re doing tomorrow,” added Kerr.
The Warriors will begin their second round series against a healthy Houston Rockets squad on Sunday night.
Elsewhere, the Portland Trailblazers took a big hit in their final game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. As they prepare to take on the Denver Nuggets, the Blazers will more than likely be without centre Enes Kanter who suffered a separated shoulder in Game 5. Already without Jusuf Nurkic, the loss is a crucial one as the Blazers were relying heavily on Kanter in their matchup against Nikola Jokic.
“I think the Blazers are doing a very good job taking care of it. But, I mean obviously, I’m not going to lie, it hurts pretty bad. I mean I’m having a hard time changing my shirt or eating food. So it’s a process. We’re just taking it day by day, see how it feels,” said Kanter.
Kanter also stated that he may need to push through the pain and play.
“They just said it’s a separation, it’s normally around a month to just heal it. But I mean, you don’t have a month to take off, so I’m just going to push through it.”
Game 1 of the Nuggets-Blazers series will take place on Monday night at 10:30 pm.