Warriors revealed that X-rays were negative, and the team announced a bigger update on Saturday with an announcement that read the following: “Warriors guard Gary Payton II, who exited Thursday’s game with 9:30 remaining in the second quarter due to a left foot injury, underwent an MRI. The MRI did not show any structural damage and confirmed the injury as a strained muscle in his left foot. Payton will not play in tonight’s game against Oklahoma City and will be re-evaluated over the weekend.”
This is a major injury update from the team, and a very positive one, all things considered. While Payton has been ruled out of Saturday night’s game vs. OKC, a revaluation over the weekend means a return may not be too far down the line. With X-ray and MRI results both being encouraging, it seems that Payton has avoided a major injury.
This is great news for the Warriors, as Payton is a key player for them on both ends due to his unique skillset. A great defender and unique offensive player, Payton can play a lot of different roles for the Warriors, which is why he is so key to what they do.