Livingston turned in just four points (1-4 FG, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and two assists across 17 minutes during the Warriors' 123-109 loss to the Raptors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday. Livingston drew the start for Klay Thompson (hamstring), but as his final line indicates, he failed to make much of an impact. The veteran guard is ideally suited for a reserve role that encompasses about the same amount of playing time he logged Wednesday, and if Thompson is able to return for Friday's Game 4 as expected, that's exactly the capacity Livingston should find himself in for that contest.
Livingston will start Game 3 on Wednesday, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports. The Warriors decided to role with Livingston in place of Klay Thompson, who won't play Wednesday due to a hamstring strain. Through two Finals games, Livingston's averaged 6.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 17.0 minutes. It appears likely that the veteran guard will see a heavy dose of minutes, however, expect coach Steve Kerr to tinker with his lineup if Livingston's unable to handle a large enough offensive role.
Livingston said Tuesday that he's feeling healthy as the Finals approach, Nick Friedell of ESPN reports. The veteran had been battling some nagging knee and hip issues throughout the playoffs, but with more than a full week of rest, he indicated Tuesday that the discomfort has subsided. Livingston played a playoffs-high -- and season-high -- 22 minutes in Golden State's Game 4 victory over Portland to clinch its fifth straight Finals berth.
Livingston (hip) will be available for Wednesday's Game 5 against Houston, Logan Murdock of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Livingston's been dealing with a minor hip issue throughout the series. He's healthy and should see around the 13.0 minutes he's averaged so far in Round 2.
Livingston (hip) went through shootaround Wednesday morning, Mark Medina of the Mercury News reports. Livingston is listed as questionable for Game 5, but his participation in shootaround certainly appears to be a step in the right direction. The veteran played only 14 minutes off the bench in Game 4, finishing with two points and two rebounds while going 1-of-4 from the field.
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