Warriors forward Eric Paschall will return Friday against the Pelicans from a hip injury that has sidelined him more than a month.
Paschall, 24, has spent the past couple of weeks getting back into game shape. Friday will mark his first appearance since he strained his hip flexor in an April 2 loss to the Raptors, an absence that has spanned 19 games.
With Paschall back and center Jordan Bell expected to play his first game Friday since signing a two-way contract with the Warriors, Golden State will have its deepest frontcourt in more than a month. Both Paschall and Bell can back up center Kevon Looney, with Draymond Green and Juan Toscano-Anderson filling in at that spot as well when necessary.
This represents a big opportunity for Paschall, who was out of the Warriors’ regular rotation when he suffered the hip injury. His hope is to show he can be helpful as a forward, not just a small-ball center, down the stretch of the season.
Green (knee) and guard Stephen Curry (tailbone) sat out practice Thursday with minor ailments, and forward Andrew Wiggins (knee) was limited. All three are listed as questionable on the injury report, but head coach Steve Kerr said he’s hopeful they’ll be available against the Pelicans.
Their status could depend on whether the Grizzlies beat the Kings on Thursday night. If Memphis wins that game, the Warriors’ chances at the eighth spot in the Western…