Steve Kerr jokes that Shaun Livingston is the only healthy Warriors player left
The Golden State Warriors have endured a slew of injuries throughout this playoff run and nearly everyone in the starting lineup, for the exception of Draymond Green, has suffered an injury in these 18 postseason games. Shaun Livingston, a veteran likely counting the days before his imminent retirement, is perhaps one of the few fully-healthy players at this stretch of the NBA Finals, according to coach Steve Kerr.
“I asked Shaun how it felt to be the healthiest guy left on the team right now. He said ‘yeah I did not see that coming,'” Kerr told Kerith Burke of NBC Sports Bay Area. “It’s a long haul getting to The Finals five years in a row, there’s so many games, so much wear and tear. I couldn’t be more proud of the group to keep fighting and keep going no matter who’s out there.”
In Game 2, not only did Andre Iguodala go down for a third straight game with lingering lower-body issues, but trusty bench cog Kevon Looney did as well, sustaining chest and collarbone injuries before being sidelined for the rest of the game after half time.
To make matters worse, Klay Thompson, who led the way with 25 points, suffered a pulled hamstring, keeping him out for most of the fourth quarter, as the Warriors struggled to keep afloat.
The Warriors got a big boost from their previously injured center DeMarcus Cousins, who posted 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists in two blocks in 28 minutes of playing time after missing six weeks of action.
Golden State’s zombie army has risen from the dead before, and they’re doing so again now, only three games away from their third straight NBA title.