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GP2 has been excluded from the Warriors-Kings NBA Play-In tournament

GP2 ruled out of Warriors-Kings NBA Play-In Tournament clash originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

The Warriors’ path to a first-round playoff series continues without a key player.

Gary Payton II will miss Tuesday’s do-or-die NBA Play-In Tournament game with the Sacramento Kings at Golden 1 Center, Warriors coach Steve Kerr confirmed to reporters Monday. And if Golden State beats Sacramento and advances to the second play-in game against the loser of the No. 7 vs. No. 8 seed game, Payton II will miss that game as well.

Payton II missed the last three games of the regular season due to a calf injury.

The winner of Tuesday’s play-in game will face the loser of the Los Angeles Lakers-New Orleans Pelicans game on Friday for a final shot at the playoffs.

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Kerr said if the Warriors are still alive last Friday, Payton II will be reevaluated this weekend.

“If we go forward, we’re hopeful he can play in the first round,” Kerr said.

Payton II played in just 44 games this season, averaging 5.5 points on 56.3 percent shooting with 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists. His impact goes beyond a stat sheet, however, as his defensive prowess and high-flying athleticism will certainly be missed for the Warriors this week.

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