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Warriors' Kevon Looney Collarbone Injury Diagnosed as Fracture; Out Indefinitely

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2019

TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 02:  Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors is defended by Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors in the first half during Game Two of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 02, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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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.

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

MRI on Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson confirmed a hamstring strain and he will likely be questionable for Game 3, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Thompson will test body over next two days with hope to play Wednesday night.

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.

Dan Devine @YourManDevine

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

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

Huge blow to the Warriors, as Looney has been one of their most consistent pieces this season. DeMarcus Cousins is going to have to replicate the way he played in Game 2, and then some, going forward. https://t.co/XWKmlAuhoW

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:

Jeff Siegel @jgsiegel

Well that's really bad. Such a great year for Looney, too. Hoping he gets what's coming to him in free agency (in a good way). https://t.co/7y5GsNTtxL

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42

Looney will become an unrestricted free agent in July. The forward has bird rights (GSW has the ability to exceed the cap) and has proved that he is not a minimum player by his on-court value this season. https://t.co/Z4Fi3qFjvI

Dieter Kurtenbach @dkurtenbach

Don't stress for Looney as it pertains to this summer: the Warriors have his bird rights and they intend to use them.

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.