Gary Payton II suffers yet another injury

In his second game back from a right calf strain, Warriors guard Gary Payton II left the game against Orlando on Tuesday in the third quarter due to a strained left hamstring. The injury happened while defending Magic guard Cole Anthony, as Payton fell awkwardly while trying to avoid a screen set by Paolo Banchero. Unfortunately, he didn’t return to the game.

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Warriors head coach Steve Kerr expressed uncertainty about the severity of Gary Payton II’s strained left hamstring after the game, and it’s not clear how many games he might miss. However, Anthony Slater of The Athletic suggests that Payton will be sidelined for a significant period.

While Payton doesn’t contribute much offensively, his impact is substantial on the defensive end, making him a crucial part of the Warriors’ wing rotation. The team has a significantly better net rating (+5.3) in the minutes Payton has played this season compared to when he hasn’t (-0.5). His absence will be felt, especially in relieving defensive pressure.

Teammates like Chris Paul emphasize the consistency and energy Payton brings to the team, hoping for a swift recovery. Klay Thompson acknowledges the void Payton’s absence will create but underscores the team’s priority of staying healthy.





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