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Gary Payton II was listed as available for Game 1 of the NBA Finals but the Warriors head coach Steve Kerr decided to keep him on the bench as his team lost the game 120-108.

According to Kerr, the 28-year-old point guard feels better and he expects to use him in Game 2 against the Celtics. “The other night I would have put him in in special circumstances, maybe a late game stop,” he said.

“I didn’t feel comfortable playing him significant minutes yet I thought and the training staff felt like he needed a little more time. I anticipate that he will be available for more than that tomorrow because the last couple of days have gone pretty well and he’s feeling better.”