Warriors' Kevon Looney Collarbone Injury Diagnosed as Fracture; Out IndefinitelyJune 4, 2019
The Golden State Warriors announced Monday that center Kevon Looney will be out indefinitely after he suffered a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture in Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN: "There could be more evaluation, but there isn't great optimism on a return this season. DeMarcus Cousins' emergence in Game 2 looms even bigger for the Warriors."
It's the latest injury in what has been a postseason defined by them for the Warriors.
Cousins missed almost the entirety of these playoffs with a torn quad, though he returned in Game 1 and in Game 2 offered a crucial 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots. Kevin Durant remains out of action with a strained calf. And Klay Thompson is questionable for Game 3 with a strained hamstring.
Looney, 23, was in the midst of a breakout postseason, averaging 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game while shooting a ridiculous 73 percent from the field. His best performance came in Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers during the Western Conference Finals, as he scored 12 points and added 14 rebounds, a block and a steal in 29 minutes.
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Brutal for Looney, who has been excellent all postseason, to the point that Steve Kerr recently described him as a "foundational piece" of the Warriors. And, as I wrote last night, it makes DeMarcus Cousins even more important to Golden State's chances: https://t.co/WqHkkCKIBl https://t.co/6YA47lRJlt
The return of Cousins—and the presence of Andrew Bogut off the bench—will soften the blow of Looney's absence, especially if Cousins can impact the game on both sides of the floor like he did in Game 2.
Regardless of his status for these NBA Finals, it seems unlikely Looney has played his last game for the Warriors:
No injury looms larger for this year's Finals than Durant's strained calf, however. If Durant returns, the Warriors will be tough to stop. But if he doesn't return, the Raptors will like their chances, especially with Looney likely done for the year and Thompson not at 100 percent.
Stephen Curry has worked his magic on more than one occasion this postseason. But at some point, the Warriors won't be able to overcome all the injuries to significant players. Game 2 offered proof Golden State hasn't hit that point yet, but it's veering dangerously close.