Warriors’ Kevon Looney fractures collarbone, out indefinitely
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The Warriors’ frontcourt depth reportedly took a hit Monday night.
Big man Kevon Looney fractured his collarbone in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported, citing league sources. Looney is out indefinitely, according to Wojnarowski.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney suffered a fracture in his collar bone and will be out indefinitely in the NBA Finals, league sources tell ESPN. Looney underwent an MRI on Monday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 4, 2019
In his fourth NBA season, Looney had emerged as a key contributor for Golden State. He set career highs in points (6.3), rebounds (5.2), assists (1.5) and minutes (18.5) per game. The 23-year-old upped his scoring average by nearly a point (7.2 per game) in 18 games during the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
Looney left the first half of the Warriors’ 109-104 win over the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday. With the best-of-seven series shifting to Oakland tied at a game apiece, Looney told NBC Sports Bay Area he was hopeful he could play in Wednesday night’s Game 3.
Now, the ailing Warriors will have to make do without him.
Klay Thompson questionable for Game 3 with hamstring strain
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After a bit of bad news about Kevon Looney to start Monday night, the Warriors got a glimmer of hope with regards to Klay Thompson’s health.
Thompson’s MRI reportedly confirmed that the Warriors star strained his left hamstring, The Athletic/Stadium’s Shams Charania reported citing league sources.
Thompson likely will be questionable for Game 3 on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena, according to Charania.
With about 10:40 left in the fourth quarter, Klay missed a left-wing 3-pointer and landed awkwardly. He stayed in the game and didn’t show any real signs of discomfort.
But right after Quinn Cook hit a 3-pointer with just under 8:20 remaining, something went wrong. Klay began limping badly and had to head to the locker room.
He did not return.
“Klay said he’ll be fine,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters after the game. “But Klay could be half dead and he would say he would be fine. We’ll see.
“He pulled his hamstring. He thinks it is minor, so I don’t know what that means going forward.”
The Warriors will practice on Tuesday, so you can expect another update on Klay’s status when Kerr speaks to the media that afternoon.
Because he exited early and Andre Iguodala stole the show with his dagger 3-pointer in the closing seconds, Klay didn’t get the praise he deserved for his on-court production in Game 2.
The five-time All-Star scored the Dubs’ first nine points and racked up 18 points in the first half. He finished with a team-high 25 (his most since he scored 26 in Game 1 of the West finals against Portland), and also registered five rebounds and five assists.
Rest up, Klay.