In Wednesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson excelled amidst incredibly difficult circumstances.
Thompson’s paternal grand father sadly passed away before the game, but Klay pushed through his heavy heart to put up an inspirational 26 points with four three-pointers. He won’t play in Friday’s tilt against the Cleveland Cavaliers, as he will be traveling to the Bahamas for the funeral.
Thompson will return for the Warriors’ next game, which is on Sunday, but what happens for Friday’s important game against the Cleveland?
As far as I see it, the Warriors have four options to fill Thompson’s starting role and minutes.
Now, only coach Mark Jackson knows what he will be doing with the starting lineup at this stage and shocking as it may seem, he hasn’t let me in on his secret just yet (I’m working on it!)
But as with all fantasy basketball, it’s not who starts that matters, but who gets the most minutes. Over the last two weeks, the minutes have broken down as such for the four reserves — Barnes (24), Green (21), Blake (22) and Crawford (14). Thompson had been averaging 28 minutes per contest, so those minutes will be split among those four players, but I see Draymond Green being the most fantasy relevant.
Even in only 21 minutes a game, Green is the most important fantasy contributor out of that quartet. He is averaging 7.6 points, 1.1 three-pointers, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.6 blocks in the last eight games and while hey don’t look spectacular, his ability to hit threes, grab boards, swipe steals and swat shots is very valuable.
If I was going to put money down on who will start, I’d go with Steve Blake next to Stephen Curry, but that doesn’t necessarily predict the best fantasy night. When Green has received starter-type minutes, he’s been excellent, notching his first two career double doubles.
Coach Jackson seemingly likes what Green brings to the table, so he could conceivably slip into the three position, moving Andre Iguodala down to shooting guard.
All of this is speculation, but by looking at past performances, Green looks like the guy to add if you need some defensive numbers for Friday.