Warriors guard/forward Gary Payton II will reportedly miss an extended period of time after suffering a major calf injury during Tuesday night’s loss to the Sacramento Kings.
Payton suffered a torn right calf in the NBA Finals at Golden State, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Wednesday, citing sources, and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Payton limped off the court during the third quarter of the Warriors’ 124-123 loss to the Kings at Golden 1 Center and was ruled out for the rest of the game. He had seven points and five rebounds in 17 minutes of action before suffering the injury, which came right after Warriors veteran Chris Paul left the game with lower leg pain.
Shortly after Charania’s report was released, Payton shared an encouraging message to Dub Nation on social media.
Payton’s rookie teammate, Brandin Podzemski, made it clear that the team will do everything it can in his absence.
Injuries are the last thing the Warriors, who sit in 10th place in the Western Conference with an 8-10 record, need as they look to bounce back into the tournament. Payton is a huge key to this endeavor, and his defensive prowess will certainly be missed during his absence.
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