The Golden State Warriors logged their fourth consecutive victory on Friday, as they came from behind to steal a win against the Phoenix Suns, 105-96. It was a collective effort from a banged up Dubs side, as they continued on their recent surge. Two players who have played important roles for the Warriors of late are Damion Lee and Ky Bowman. However, both guys are currently on two-way deals with Golden State, which means that they are both playing on borrowed time.
The Warriors have a roster issue descending on them quickly. Ky Bowman and Damion Lee, both two-way guys, are part of the current top-8 in their rotation. Lee starts, Bowman gets 20+ minutes. But after tonight (both will play), Bowman only has 11 days left and Lee only has 12.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 28, 2019
Lee had another noteworthy performance on Friday with 16 points (on 5-of-13 from the field, 5-of-5 from the line), a 3-pointer, eight rebounds, two assists, and three steals in 36 minutes. Since the 6-foot-5 shooting guard returned to the Warriors' lineup this month, he is currently averaging 14.5 points (on 43.0 percent shooting), 6.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.0 steals, while also knocking down 1.5 3-pointers per ballgame on a 36.4-percent clip.
For his part, Bowman logged 21 minutes of action against the Suns, accounting for five points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, five assists, and a block. His production rate of late has not been as impressive as Lee, but another injury to D'Angelo Russell would instantly propel Bowman to a starting role — something he has excelled in in the past with Russell on the sidelines.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr also spoke on the matter, saying that this is an important issue that the team are already looking into.
Steve Kerr says the team will continue to play Ky Bowman and Damion Lee despite the two-way limit. The team is playing well, so they will keep rolling as they continue to look for a way to convert one or both of them to standard contracts.
— Wes Goldberg (@wcgoldberg) December 28, 2019
The Warriors will be back in action on Saturday, as they hope to make it five straight against the Dallas Mavericks in a second night of a back-to-back set.