Damian Jones returns from injury absence in Warriors' win vs. Blazers

Brian Witt
NBC Sports BayArea

Damian Jones returns from injury absence in Warriors' win vs. Blazers originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

The Warriors' 116-94 victory over the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals was in hand with still several minutes remaining in the final quarter, giving head coach Steve Kerr an opportunity to play someone who had been waiting a very long time to get back out on the court.

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With Golden State leading 111-94 with 1:42 left in the fourth frame, Damian Jones checked into a game for the first time since Dec. 1.

Jones was cleared for contact last week, prompting the final stage of his recovery from a torn pectoral muscle. He participated in some 3-on-3 games over the weekend, and sure enough, got a chance to appear in a Warriors' playoff victory Tuesday night.

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In his limited playing time, Jones scored three points, made the only field goal he attempted and hauled in a rebound.

Jones' return to game action can only deepen Golden State's playoff rotation, but more than anything, it was a tremendous development for a player who has endured more than his fair share of poor injury luck throughout his young career.

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