Golden State Warriors Steve Kerr said on Sunday that their guard Gary Payton II might be able to come back, but it seems unlikely. "We're not ruling him out for the whole conference finals, but we're not saying he's going to play, either," Kerr said, via ESPN "It would be a long shot for him to play, but I think it's a possibility."
Payton suffered an injury on his left elbow against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2, when Dillion Brooks hit him. Players have spoken to each other since the incident, and this is what Payton had to say. "It's all good," Payton said.
"It's a basketball play. I know he didn't mean it. No hard feelings, no bad blood." "NBA playoff foul, that's about it. It is what it is. It happened. Just didn't catch me and things happened. But it's past me.
It's behind me. I'm just trying to work and continue to strengthen my arm and get back, get ready to come back and help my team."
The only thing Payton now needs is time.
"I'm getting better every day, feeling better every day, but it's going to take time," Payton said.
"We're not trying to set a date on when I can or when I can't [come back] or whatever. So just take it one day at a time." He underwent an MRI scan that confirmed it was a fracture and not just a hyperextended elbow.
"He won't play to start out the series but the good thing with it being an elbow, he is able to do a lot of things on the court," Kerr said. "He is able to work his conditioning and his movement. If it was a knee or a foot and you can't do anything on the court, it takes a lot longer to recover."
"All in all, Gary is doing well, we just don't know his availability. But, he is able to maintain his conditioning and do some things out on the court, which is important." Kerr added.