The Golden State Warriors will be resting a number of key players when they travel to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Friday.
After a 121-118 overtime loss against the Boston Celtics on Thursday, the Warriors have rejected the desire to pull desperately back to .500 by taking a full-strength unit to Cleveland.
Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors will be without veteran quartet Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green against the Cavaliers.
Curry played over 43 minutes against Boston, while Wiggins logged nearly 40 and Green just over 37. Thompson fouled out from the contest with a minute left in overtime, having scored 24 points in 36 minutes.
However, Golden State will be boosted by the likely return of exciting second-year forward Jonathan Kuminga, and veteran JaMychal Green, who are both ‘probable’ for the matchup. It leaves the Warriors with what will likely be an nine-man rotation, though it will be vastly different to what we saw on Thursday.
Kerr may choose to start Jordan Poole, Donte DiVincenzo, Moses Moody, Anthony Lamb and Kevon Looney, with Kuminga, Green, Ty Jerome and Patrick Baldwin Jr. to come off the bench. The reigning champions have also recalled Ryan Rollins from Santa Cruz, but it’s unlikely he’d see action until garbage time assuming Jerome is activated on his two-way deal.
Cleveland may be missing one of their own stars with boom offseason recruit Donovan Mitchell currently questionable with a groin strain. The Cavaliers will also be without Dean Wade, Ricky Rubio and Dylan Windler.
It’s going to be a tough challenge with the starting quartet out, along with another veteran in Andre Iguodala and third-year center James Wiseman. The Cavaliers have an imposing 19-4 home record, and will be looking to send the Warriors further down the Western Conference standings.