The Warriors are hopeful center Kevon Looney, who has missed the last seven games with a sprained left ankle, can return at some point during the team’s upcoming four-game trip.
Looney was re-evaluated before Golden State’s game against the Miami Heat Wednesday for the injury he suffered in a Feb. 2 loss to the Celtics. The Warriors say he’s “making good progress” and could return during the latter stage of a road trip that starts Friday in Orlando, then goes through Charlotte, New York and Indiana.
After coming off the bench to begin the season, Looney had started five straight games prior to the injury. Head coach Steve Kerr, whose team has recently found success playing smaller lineups, said it’s unclear what Looney’s role will be upon his return.
“What we have figured out is which combinations we like and which ones we don’t like,” Kerr said. “So that will factor into our decision-making as to how we go about it. But between Looney and James (Wiseman) coming back relatively soon, we’ve got several decisions to make.”
Both Looney and Wiseman, who will be re-evaluated Thursday for a left wrist sprain, will travel with the team and could return to the lineup at some point during the trip.
In 21 games (five starts), Looney averaged 3.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 14.7 minutes per game.
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