The Golden State Warriors visit Los Angeles on Wednesday for another important game against the Clippers at Crypto.com Arena. With both teams entering the matchup at 36-33, this projects as a game that could well decide the standings come the conclusion of the regular season.
Battling for fifth-spot in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers are sure to provide an intense contest on Wednesday.
After perhaps his best performance of the season in the 123-112 win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday, veteran Andre Iguodala will miss the clash with the Clippers due to left wrist soreness. The 39-year-old looked sprightly with six points, two rebounds and three assists against the Suns, including a reverse dunk during the second-quarter that brought flashbacks to his athletic prime.
It’s better news for a player on the other end of the age spectrum, with 20-year-old Jonathan Kuminga probable to return against the Clippers after dealing with an ankle injury. The second-year forward was originally questionable against the Suns, but was eventually ruled out in what was his third-straight game on the sidelines.
It’s a fairly health injury report for the Warriors otherwise, aside from the ongoing absence of Andrew Wiggins and Gary Payton II. Golden State announced on Monday that the latter was making good progress from injury and would be re-evaluated in 10 days, but there’s no timeline on Wiggins’ return as he deals with personal matters.
The Clippers still have the advantage with player availability — only one key player is out with microwave scorer Norman Powell to miss with a shoulder injury. Los Angeles have bounced back from five-straight losses with three-straight wins, including a last start double-digit win over the New York Knicks.
The Warriors have won two of the teams’ three matchups this season, though both came at Chase Center. Golden State outscored Los Angeles 70-35 in the second-half to claim a remarkable 115-91 victory in their last meeting earlier this month.