The Golden State Warriors have been dealt a surprising and painful blow, as news broke on Sunday morning that center Marquese Chriss had broken his leg and would miss the remainder of the season. The news was first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Warriors center Marquese Chriss has suffered a broken right leg (fibula) and will miss remainder of the season, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 27, 2020
Update: The Warriors have announced the news, but have not said that Chriss will miss the entire season.
Marquese Chriss Injury Update: pic.twitter.com/MRgDA7PybJ— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) December 27, 2020
It’s a huge blow to the Warriors, who have had just three centers active this season: rookie James Wiseman, the oft-injured Kevon Looney, and Chriss. The team will now have to add another center to the roster, or rely on Alen Smailagić as the third-string center.
And it’s obviously a huge blow to Chriss, who finally started to find his groove last season, and was turning himself from a lottery bust to a high quality NBA player. His season ends with averages of 6.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks per game in 13.5 minutes. The Warriors have been pretty high on him, so it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see him back on the roster next season.
For now it’s unclear what happened to Chriss, who didn’t leave Friday’s game with any known injuries. He did, however, post this on Saturday:
Marquese Chriss posted this 18 hours ago. Now we find out he has a broken leg.— Ali Thanawalla (@Ali_Thanawalla) December 27, 2020
(Via Marquese Chriss' IG story) pic.twitter.com/ep9Eqc8bf1
Heal up, ‘Quese. Hopefully this isn’t the end of your Warriors journey.