Young forward questionable, veterans out for Golden State Warriors second preseason game

Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green, Jonathan Kuminga. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green, Jonathan Kuminga. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

Young Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga is questionable for the Golden State Warriors second preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Arena on Friday night.

After an impressive two-way performance against the Lakers last Saturday, Kuminga has been dealing with a slight injury issue after jamming his right thumb against the backboard at practice earlier in the week.

While Jonathan Kuminga’s availability is still up in the air, a trio of Golden State Warriors’ veterans will miss the team’s second preseason outing.

Although Kuminga’s status for the game is up in the air, the same can’t be said for a few of the franchise’s veteran players. Draymond Green continues to recover from his ankle injury, while Cory Joseph and Rodney McGruder have also been confirmed as out.

Joseph is nearing a return having joined in full practice following a back injury, with the newly-acquired point-guard previously stating that he’s going “day-by-day and going through the process.”

McGruder remains absent due to concussion protocols that he entered before Saturday’s game. It’s a poorly-timed issue for the 6’4″ wing, with McGruder in a training camp/preseason battle for the franchise’s 14th roster spot.

Golden State largely controlled the preseason opener against Los Angeles, producing a wire-to-wire 125-108 victory. They’ve now had a significant break prior to the second matchup, while the Lakers have played two further games in the meantime.

Los Angeles defeated the Brooklyn Nets 129-126 on Monday in Las Vegas, before producing a big third-quarter in a 109-101 against the Sacramento Kings at Honda Center on Wednesday.

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Friday’s game will begin a four-game in seven-day period for the Warriors, including two games against the Kings and a matchup with Victor Wembanyama and the San Antonio Spurs to conclude the preseason next Friday.