After leaving Game 2 of the 2019 NBA Finals with an injury, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweeted that Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney is out indefinitely with a fractured collar bone.
Looney suffered his injury in the first half in a collision that resulted in what the Warriors initially called “a left chest contusion.” After an x-ray reportedly came back clean earlier today, Wojnarowski dropped his latest bomb this evening. However, Woj’s wording of his initial tweet is important here: he’s clearly leaving open the possibility that Looney could in fact return during the Finals.
Further detail on Looney injury, per sources: non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture. 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. https://t.co/acW7PnWQzm— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 4, 2019
And the possibility that Looney could return is pretty important here.
With Kevin Durant already out, Klay Thompson also having suffered an injury in Game 2, and a number of other players just banged up, this news is somewhat deflating after an inspiring win on the road in Toronto. DeMarcus Cousins stepped up big in Game 2 and Jordan Bell started in a competitive Game 1, but foul trouble or fatigue could become an even bigger problem moving forward.
Reality is that the Warriors do have what it takes to win games at home even without Looney (and Durant). But as the Warriors get deeper into this series and the Toronto Raptors continue to play as hard as they have in the first two games, all of these ailments could become a bigger problem.
Warriors' Game 2 ailments...— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 3, 2019
- Kevin Durant (leg)
- Stephen Curry (dehydration)
- Klay Thompson (hamstring)
- Andre Iguodala (leg)
- DeMarcus Cousins (leg)
- Kevon Looney (chest)
Let’s hope for a speedy recovery for Looney and all the other guys who are dealing with various forms of injury right now.