Warriors’ Kelly Oubre Jr. injury timeline revealed ahead of playoffs
Golden State Warriors forward Kelly Oubre will not undergo surgery but will instead miss one to two weeks after suffering a torn ligament in his wrist last week.
Oubre can still make it for the last couple of games left in the Warriors’ regular season and if anything, the play-in tournament where the team will most likely end up.
Golden State Warriors swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. will not require surgery on his ailing left wrist and is expected to be sidelined 1-2 weeks, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
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Oubre, whom the Warriors traded for last offseason, is averaging 15.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game this season.
He’s been severely missed because the Warriors lack another scoring option. Even if Steph Curry plays lights out, there’s only so much he can do especially when the defense focuses on him. Oubre is an ideal option especially when you need a bucket in the paint.
Oubre was one of if not the best bench scorers for the Warriors this season. He’s a long, athletic wing that can also put a body on the opponents 3-and-D guy. He’s thrived coming off the bench where he shoots 43.9 percent from the field and 30.8 percent for the three point line.
He still provides spacing and is a threat on offense, which the Warriors need in a very Curry-focused and motion offense.
The Warriors have a couple of important games coming up. They’ll be going up against the Thunder twice on Thursday and Saturday followed by the Utah Jazz on Monday. In the past couple of games, Jordan Poole and forward Juan Toscano-Anderson have filled in the void that Oubre left.
Meanwhile, Kent Bazemore and Mychal Mulder have started at shooting guard for the Warriors. The Dubs are 33-33 and have their final six regular-season games at home. Golden State needs to go at least 4-2 in the six-game sequence to feel good about its chances of finishing eighth in the Western Conference. Finishing eighth would enable Golden State to have two chances to play its way into the regular playoffs. Finishing ninth would subject the Warriors to instant elimination if they were to lose to the 10th-place team in the conference.