Warriors center Kevon Looney will be re-evaluated in two weeks after suffering a sprained left ankle in Tuesday night’s loss to the Celtics, a source confirmed with Bay Area News Group.
Looney suffered the injury planting his left foot with little more than two minutes left in the second quarter. He left the court and, shortly after, walked to the locker room. The Warriors announced at halftime that Looney wouldn’t return.
It’s unclear how long Looney will be out, but it seems he’ll miss at least seven games, and possibly more after he’s re-evaluated. Looney had started the last five games for the Warriors at center, and averaged 3.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 14.7 minutes per game.
This leaves Golden State with no true centers available. Two games into the season, Marquese Chriss suffered a high right ankle sprain with a fractured right fibula that has a recovery process of at least three months. Then, in Saturday’s win over the Pistons, rookie James Wiseman suffered a sprained left wrist that will sideline him at least a week. The Warriors are hopeful Wiseman may return sooner than Looney.
Even if the Warriors decided to sign a center, that player would need to register six straight days of negative coronavirus tests before being cleared.
For the next few games, at least, head coach Steve Kerr will be forced to go small, cycling through 6-foot-6 forwards Draymond Green, Eric Paschall and Juan Toscano-Anderson in the front court.
Contributed by local news sources