By Shayna Rubin
SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors say Anthony Lamb’s status with the team remains unchanged in the wake of a civil lawsuit filed earlier this week in which Lamb was named.
Lamb practiced with the team on Friday and is expected to be active on Saturday for the Warriors’ Finals rematch against the Boston Celtics.
Lamb, 24, has not been charged with a crime and is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit, but he is named the suit which alleges that he raped a fellow University of Vermont student in 2019 and that the university failed to investigate properly. Coach Steve Kerr and Draymond Green spoke Friday about the situation.
Kerr reiterated the Warriors’ previously released statement regarding the lawsuit.
“Anthony is not a defendant in this recent lawsuit and, to our knowledge, he has never been charged with any wrongdoing in any legal case,” the Warriors said in a written statement on Thursday. “Prior to signing Anthony in September, we did our due diligence with the NBA and his prior teams, as we do with all players. If any new information comes to light, we will certainly evaluate it and act accordingly.”
Friday, Kerr said, “I think that captures everything that we believe and I will stand behind that statement.”
Green said the team is giving Lamb his space.
“I think we live in a world where everybody wants to know your business and wants to be all up in what you got going on,” Green said. “I try to find that balance and give a guy enough space to where, I’m sure there’s enough coming from a bunch of different angles and you can get overwhelmed.”
Curry, Green set to return vs. Celtics
Green and Steph Curry will be active for the Finals rematch on Saturday after missing Wednesday’s game with injuries. Curry (ankle) and Green (hip) watched the Warriors’ bizarre loss to the Utah Jazz from home in the Bay Area.
Green came to practice on Friday with plenty of words of encouragement and defensive tips for Jonathan Kuminga, who had a strong defensive showing against the Jazz, particularly their best scorer in Jordan Clarkson. Kuminga’s stop of Clarkson was key to preserving a four-point lead within the final 30 seconds of the game — a lead they blew with Klay Thompson’s missed defensive assignment and Jordan Poole’s turnover in the final 13 seconds.
Clarkson was ejected from the game after committing a Flagrant 2 foul on Kuminga after the defensive stop, prompting a scuffle. All the hubbub distracted from Kuminga’s strong performance that provided Green an opportunity to point out some of the nuances that could transform Kuminga’s point of attack defense from good to great.
“That stop was a byproduct of the way he’s been defending the last week and a half,” Green said. “That stop is confidence. That stop wasn’t technique-based. He let the guy get middle, you don’t want to give up the middle drive.”
Andrew Wiggins’ status
Wiggins had a breakout performance in the Finals defending Jayson Tatum, but won’t be available for the rematch as he deals with an adductor strain.
The 27-year-old will be re-evaluated on Monday before the Warriors embark on a six-game East Coast road trip to play the Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.
Source: Paradise Post