Jonathan Kuminga

Kuminga downgraded, ruled out for Warriors-Rockets showdown

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In a rapid turn of events, Jonathan Kuminga will miss his fifth consecutive Warriors game Thursday night when they face the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center.

Earlier this week, Kuminga was ruled out of Golden State's big matchup with the Dallas Mavericks, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr assured reporters he would return in Houston after the young forward was upgraded to questionable for Thursday's pivotal matchup.

But a surprising update in Thursday's injury report less than three hours before tip-off officially downgraded the young forward to out.

Kuminga has been sidelined for the past week with knee tendinitis. Before Thursday's game in Houston, Kerr noted the Warriors are "hopeful" Kumings will return Friday against the Mavericks in Dallas.

He is averaging 16.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this season, and he has played a crucial role in keeping Golden State's playoff hopes alive.

Dario Šarić (knee) also was ruled out of Thursday's game, while Gary Payton II was listed as probable.

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