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.
Kevon Looney didn’t start the second half and is currently not on the bench. Missed the entire preseason with a hamstring issue.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 25, 2019
Halfway through the quarter, the team announced that Looney would not return, due to hamstring tightness. The Warriors listed it as a precautionary move.
Kevon Looney has right hamstring tightness and will not return tonight. Precautionary.— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) October 25, 2019
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.