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Kevon Looney exits season opener with hamstring tightness

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It appears that Looney’s hamstring injury resurfaced.

2019 Las Vegas Summer League - Day 1 - Charlotte Hornets v Golden State Warriors Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

Kevon Looney left the Golden State Warriors season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night due to hamstring tightness.

Looney did not play in the preseason due to a nagging hamstring injury that he first sustained in the summer. Despite the lack of preseason, the fifth-year center started Thursday’s game. But when the second half rolled around, it was Marquese Chriss getting the nod at center, and Looney was still back in the locker room.

Halfway through the quarter, the team announced that Looney would not return, due to hamstring tightness. The Warriors listed it as a precautionary move.

Hopefully this is truly just precautionary for Looney, who is poised to have a big role, and a big year. It would certainly be a bummer to see that get derailed early on, especially since the Warriors are currently without fellow center Willie Cauley-Stein.

If Looney misses time, you can expect to see a lot of minutes from Chriss and Omari Spellman.