Warriors Reveal Update On Gary Payton II's Status

When Gary Payton II fractured his elbow after a hard foul early in the team's second-round series, the Golden State Warriors announced he'd be out for 3-for-5 weeks. Yet here we are just 10 days later, and the team might be changing its tune just a bit. 

Calling it a "possibility", head coach Steve Kerr said "We're not ruling him out of the whole conference finals. We're not saying he's going to play either." He also called it a "longshot". But Payton has been keeping up his conditioning, and is no longer wearing a brace.

He said today that it's feeling "better and better", and hopes to "squeeze out a bit more time" to let it heal even more. And he has no hard feelings for the Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks, who committed the flagrant foul that sent crashing to the floor on his elbow.

"We talked. It's all good. Basketball play. I know he didn't mean it," said Payton.

The 29-year-old son of former all-time great Gary Payton had worked himself into a critical role with the Warriors, particularly at the defensive end (like father, like son). 

In 71 games for the Warriors this season, he averaged 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals in just under 18 minutes a game. 

The Warriors open the Conference Finals against either the Dallas Mavericks or Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.