The Golden State Warriors will enter their season opener against the Phoenix Suns without Draymond Green. The All-Star forward has been ruled out as he recovers from the ankle sprain that sidelined him throughout the Warriors preseason. Without Green in the starting lineup, there’s an open spot up for grabs.
Yet, according to Shams Charania, Steve Kerr is unlikely to unleash a small-ball lineup that includes Chris Paul in the starting five. Charania believes Golden State will insert additional size into their rotation, allowing Paul to come off the bench and organize the second unit. Of course, Paul will likely have his minutes staggered, so he sometimes shares the court with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Golden State won’t be the only team missing one of their star talents. Phoenix will be without Bradley Beal (back) and are sweating on the availability of Devin Booker (toe) as they gear up for their first game of the new season.
You can watch Charania’s thoughts on Golden State’s opening night lineup in the embedded clip above.