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David West has a cyst on his right arm

David West

The Golden State Warriors will be shorthanded on Tuesday when they face the Brooklyn Nets, as their reserve big man, David West, will not be able to suit up for them on the night.

It has been reported by Anthony Slater of The Athletic that West has a cyst on his right arm, and is unclear when he can return to action.

The exact extent of his injury is unknown but it can be expected that the veteran will undergo a series of tests in the coming days to find out more about it. A timetable should be given once all tests are done, which will reveal how soon he can re-join his teammates on the floor again.

Despite not being the same player that he was earlier in his career, West continues to be solid contributor for the defending champions off the bench. In the 59 games he’s appeared in so far this season, he is averaging decent numbers of 7.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in only 13.6 minutes per game. He is also considered one of their veteran locker leaders.

JaVale McGee and Zaza Pachulia should see an uptick in their usage on the night, with Andre Iguodala also possibly receiving more playing time in West’s absence, depending on matchups.

If there’s any good news for the Warriors at this point, the injury doesn’t look very serious as West was even able to join the team during shootaround and was seen moving normally, including when dribbling the ball and shooting a short jumper, in a video from LetsGoWarriors.