The Warriors' backcourt could soon get a boost.
Guards D'Angelo Russell (right thumb sprain) and Jacob Evans (left abductor strain) won't suit up Sunday against the Orlando Magic or Monday against the Atlanta Hawks, but coach Steve Kerr said both players return for the final two games of Golden State's road trip.
D'Angelo Russell is "making progress" he's not going to play in Orlando or Atlanta but the team is targeting a return during the trip, Warriors say.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) November 30, 2019
Jacob Evans will also be out for the games in Orlando and Atlanta. Evans practiced today in Miami.— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) November 30, 2019
Russell has not played since Nov. 15, while Evans has not played since the Warriors' third game of the season on Oct. 28. Their absences -- as well as those of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Damion Lee -- have opened up lots of minutes for the likes of Ky Bowman and Jordan Poole. Draymond Green has even deputized at point guard with Russell out of the lineup.
The Warriors (4-16) will benefit from having both players back, but the two won't be enough to help Golden State climb out of the NBA's cellar. Russell and Evans' presumptive return is a big opportunity for both players, however, as the former will try to prove he can be a long-term fit in the Bay and the latter will try to stay on the court for an extended period of time. Evans has only played 33 NBA games since the Warriors drafted him No. 28 overall in the 2018 NBA Draft.
After losing 13 of 16 games in November, the Warriors will take all the reinforcements they can get.