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The Road to Recovery: Gary Payton II’s Progress and Its Impact on the Golden State Warriors

A video on X surfaced on Sunday, December 10, revealing Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II’s progress in his recovery from a serious calf injury. San Francisco Chronicle’s Ron Kroichick posted the video of Payton II intensely working on a stationary bike. He added that Payton II will be re-evaluated later this week — a great sign of an imminent return.

The positive news came at a crucial juncture for the Warriors, who have gone two games below .500 after blowing another double-digit lead in an overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Payton II, who signed a $26 million, three-year deal with the Warriors, tore his right calf on a November 28 loss to the Sacramento Kings in a game they also squandered a 24-point lead. The Warriors have posted a 2-2 record since then. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported he will be out indefinitely on November 29.

Gary Payton II’s Impact on the Court

Payton II is averaging 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game this season. But his modest numbers do not paint the whole picture of how important his role is for the Warriors. The team is outscoring opponents by 4.7 points per 100 possessions when Payton II is on the floor. They are minus-0.7 worse without him.

Without Payton II, Warriors coach Steve Kerr had relied on Moses Moody, who averaged 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.8 steals since Payton II went down.

Steve Kerr’s Belief in Warriors’ Championship Potential

Amid the Warriors’ struggles, Kerr still believes in this roster. “We’re good enough to win a championship,” Kerr said after their overtime loss in Oklahoma City. “This team. I believe that. But if we are just going to turn it over and throw the ball to the other team and foul over and over, then we’re going to lose.”

“We know the formula. We just controlled that whole game on the road against a great team,” Kerr added. “That’s our game. So, yeah turnovers and fouls [were the reasons we lost].” The Warriors gave up a season-high 28 turnovers, the most they have committed in Kerr’s era. Their starters, who have been woeful to start the season, had 19 turnovers led by Andrew Wiggins’ six. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green had four errors each.

Stephen Curry’s Frustration

Dejected Warriors superstar Stephen Curry showed his frustration after the loss when asked what they needed to do to right the ship. “I don’t know man,” a dejected Curry told reporters after the loss. “We got to figure out how to stop talking about it and do it or else [we’ll] be into the new year with the same problem. So whatever it is, if it’s within our control, we got to do it if we’re going to be any type of a serious team. And yeah, I’m kind of sick of talking about it too. So [we] just got to go do it.”

Curry scored 34 points, hiking his scoring average to a league-seventh-best 29.4 per game. He’s been carrying the Warriors this season. But his inconsistent supporting cast and their erratic plays have wiped out the good vibes of their 6-2 start.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the road to recovery for Gary Payton II and the overall performance of the Golden State Warriors will play a crucial role in their bid for a championship this season. The team’s resilience in the face of injury setbacks and confidence in their abilities, especially from key players like Stephen Curry, will be essential in turning their season around and making a strong push towards success.

Written by Alder Almo, a basketball journalist covering the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Golden State Warriors for Heavy. With over 15 years of experience in local and international media, Alder provides comprehensive coverage of NBA teams and players.

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Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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