Jordan Bell doubtful against OKC, expected to return for road trip

Rookie has been out with ankle injury since Jan. 17

February 23, 2018 - 2:30 pm

By Mohamed Bafakih

Jordan Bell is on the verge of rejoining the Warriors after more than a month out. Head coach Steve Kerr said the 6-foot-9 rookie is doubtful for Saturday night’s showdown against the Oklahoma City Thunder, but likely to be part of the rotation during the upcoming East Coast road trip.

“He’s getting better, he’s close,” Kerr said after practice on Friday afternoon. “But my feeling is I’ll probably wait until the trip.”

Bell sustained a left ankle sprain against the Chicago Bulls 24 seconds into the game on Jan. 17, which forced him to miss the last 13 contests.

He was averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per contest in 14.4 minutes of action.

Bell was held out of Thursday’s game against the Clippers (left ankle inflammation) but participated in 3-on-3 drills Friday. Bell is expected to return to a prominent role when he rejoins the rotation.

“You got to have guys who can guard multiple spots, protect the rim, get out and challenge 3-point shooters and everything in between,” Kerr said before Golden State’s 134-127 win over the Clippers.

“Jordan can do that. He’s got the athleticism to do that. We want to get him more reps so he can be more and more comfortable with the concepts that he’s seeing.”

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