On Thursday, the Golden State Warriors faced the Oklahoma City Thunder, witnessing Gary Payton II’s unfortunate injury, sidelining him for the game.
With a meager contribution of one point, one rebound, one steal, and one block in eight minutes, Payton II’s absence added to the Warriors’ challenges.
Already missing Steph Curry (knee injury) and Draymond Green (suspension), the team struggled, succumbing to a four-game losing streak.
Payton II, a crucial defensive asset, had been averaging 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game.
Despite a 6-6 record in their first 12 games, the Warriors found themselves as the seventh seed in the competitive Western Conference.