Kevin Durant's calf will keep him out of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, and quite possibly beyond. DeMarcus Cousins is fervently trying to work his way back from a torn quad. And let's not forget, Steph Curry dislocated his finger in the second round.
Yes, the Warriors have endured some significant injuries to some critical members of their team on their way to a fifth consecutive Finals berth, but when you play as many playoff games as they do, that's bound to happen.
And, they're not alone.
The Raptors have suffered their fair share of injuries to important players over the course of their path to the Finals. Kawhi Leonard has been dealing with a knee injury, and was seen limping on multiple occasions during the Eastern Conference finals. Swingman OG Anunoby, who was upgraded to questionable for Game 1, has yet to appear in the postseason after undergoing an appendectomy. And, on Wednesday at Finals Media Day, point guard Kyle Lowry gave an update on his banged-up thumb.
During a segment on ESPN's "The Jump" with Rachel Nichols and Tracy McGrady, Lowry clued viewers in on just how significant an injury it is.
"During the game, I can't feel my thumb," Lowry said.
Lowry originally suffered the injury in Game 7 of the second round against the 76ers.
Lowry says his thumb popped out, he popped it back in. "Doesn't matter, I'm fine, I played, we won the game."— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) May 13, 2019
While he clearly didn't want to make his injury a focus, Lowry is quite possibly the second most important player to the Raptors' success, and if he's hampered by his thumb in any way, that could have a drastic impact on the outcome of the series.
Of course, the Warriors aren't about to feel sorry for Lowry and the Raptors. Not with what they're dealing with at the moment.