GP2 suffers another calf injury in Warriors’ win vs. Magic

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GP2 suffers another calf injury in Warriors’ win vs. Magic originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO — Playing in just his second game back after missing a month with a right calf injury, Gary Payton II was hurt again in the Warriors’ 121-115 win over the Orlando Magic on Tuesday at Chase Center.

This time, it’s Payton’s left calf that forced him out of the game.

Payton was defending down low underneath the Orlando basket when he appeared to get hurt. He grimaced and ripped off his headband then threw it into the crowd as he walked into the locker room.

“I feel bad for him more than anything,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game. “I feel bad for us, too, but mainly for him. Worked hard to get back to this point. He makes such a big impact for us.

“Fingers crossed that he’s not out too long.”

Before getting injured, Payton was a plus-10 with two points and four rebounds.

Any extended absence will be a big blow to the Warriors, who were counting on Payton to inject life into a defense that has had all sorts of problems this season.

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