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Warriors Injury Updates: Brandon Rush probably for season opener, Shaun Livingston unlikely

By on 10/27/2014 07:00:00 AM

The Golden State Warriors enter the 2014-2015 season opener against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday coming off a preseason record of 6-2. Following a 51-win season, the Warriors will most likely start the season without the services of veteran point guard Shaun Livingston, who is still not completely recovered from toe surgery. Should Livingston be unable to play, expect Leandro Barbosa to see additional playing time behind Stephen Curry.

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I reported on October 19 that Rush left the previous Friday's game after scoring four points in nine minutes due to back spasms. There was no word how much time Rush will miss. I also noted that Livingston was recovering nicely from off season toe surgery but would likely not play in any preseason games. 

Rusty Simmons, who covers the Warriors for the San Francisco Chronicle, tweeted the following update on Rush and Livingston.

Rush, in his seventh NBA season, averaged 2.1 points and 1.2 rebounds in just 38 games last season with the Utah Jazz. Rush enjoyed his best season was during his first tour of duty with the Warriors in 2011-2012 when he averaged 9.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Rush has career averages of 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds in 329 games.

Livingston has played for nine different teams during his nine-year NBA career.  Last season with the Nets, he averaged 8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. In 466 career games, Livingston is averaging seven points, 3.4 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. 

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