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Warriors gave Shaun Livingston a standing ovation when he returned after his wife gave birth

Shaun Livingston, Warriors

Shaun Livingston isn’t the player he once was for the Golden State Warriors. During his first two years in the Bay, Livingston was a cog of the Warriors “Strength In Numbers” ethos, using his 6-foot-7 frame as a point guard to further exploit the team’s unsurpassed malleability on both sides of the ball.

Age has taken its toll on the 2004 lottery pick more recently, though, as he struggles to live up to his previously earned reputation as one of the league’s most impactful bench players.

But don’t think the Warriors are any less appreciative of Livingston’s efforts over the years just because he’s finally past a prime that many assumed would never come. On Friday, the team apparently gave the 33-year-old a standing ovation at practice after he missed Golden State’s past two games due to the birth of his child.

Livingston is averaging 4.4 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 15.3 minutes per game, all career low numbers since he signed with the Warriors in 2015. He’s also shooting just 40.4 percent from mid-range this season, a totally acceptable mark for most players, but hardly one who’s made a career out of knocking down high-release jumpers from inside the arc. Livingston shot 43.8 percent from that part of the floor last season, and 43.9 percent in 2015-16.

Golden State, 17-2 over the last 19 games, are now two games ahead of the Denver Nuggets for first place in the Western Conference and two games back in the loss column of the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks.