Warriors Overcome Chris Paul Injury In Victory Over Pistons

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The Golden State Warriors are facing a significant challenge as veteran leader Chris Paul sustained a left hand fracture during their 113-109 victory against the Detroit Pistons during Friday night’s NBA action.

Paul, who has been a pivotal figure for the Warriors, will undergo surgery next week, with expectations of his return later in the season. Despite the setback, rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis emphasized the team’s “next man up” mentality and noted Paul’s continued influence through his leadership and communication from the bench.

“I feel for him but at the same time it’s next man up,” Davis said. “Chris never loses his voice and so being on the bench, being able to talk to us, that’s one of his biggest attributes and that’s something that he won’t lose. He’ll still be invested in the game.”

The Warriors clinched the win with Stephen Curry’s 26-point performance, including crucial 3-pointers in the game’s final moments. Curry’s effort was essential in countering Bojan Bogdanovic’s late go-ahead 3-pointer for the Pistons. The injury to Paul occurred in the third quarter when he attempted to retrieve a rebound and collided with Detroit’s Jaden Ivey.

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Curry, acknowledging the unfortunate nature of Paul’s injury, expressed hope that Paul can still contribute from the sidelines with his motivational presence. Paul had been starting recently but also played a key role in guiding the reserve players.

“I guess in the short term hopefully he can be on the bench and be vocal,” Curry said.

With Paul’s absence, players like guard Brandin Podziemski may see increased roles. The Pistons, despite their struggles, kept the game competitive, led by Cade Cunningham’s 30 points.

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Klay Thompson and Dario Saric also contributed significantly for the Warriors, with Thompson scoring 19 points and Saric adding 17 off the bench. Jonathan Kuminga, on a 12-game starting streak, contributed 11 points and six rebounds amidst Draymond Green’s suspension.

The Warriors’ victory came after a tough loss to the Denver Nuggets, where they surrendered a late lead and lost to a last-second shot by Nikola Jokic. Coach Steve Kerr expressed the difficulty in moving past such a dramatic loss.

“There wasn’t a whole lot of sleep last night I can tell you that,” Kerr said. “That’s about as tough a loss as I can remember since I’ve been here. But it’s part of the NBA, you go through the 82 and there’s just nights like this where you can’t believe what just happened.”

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In a sentimental moment, former Warrior James Wiseman received a warm reception upon his return to Chase Center with the Pistons. Additionally, guard Moses Moody was welcomed enthusiastically by the fans, anticipating an increased role in Paul’s absence.

Looking ahead, the Pistons will face the Denver Nuggets next, while the Warriors are set to host the Toronto Raptors.

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