Warriors’ Kevon Looney out for remainder of NBA Finals Game 5 vs. Raptors
Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney will miss the remainder of Game 5 of the NBA Finals because of a reaggravated rib injury.
Golden State center Kevon Looney re-aggravated his right 1st costal cartilage non-displaced fracture injury and will not return tonight.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 11, 2019
Kevon Looney got the injury in Game 2 of the NBA Finals series against the Toronto Raptors. He missed the following contest but then he returned in Game 4 after being informed by the team’s athletic trainers that he will not get worse if he decides to play.
However, in the first three quarters of Game 5, it was pretty obvious that Looney was trying to endure the pain. He was seen on multiple occasions holding onto his ribs, and his facial expressions suggest that it’s not something that’s not getting worse.
That is when the Warriors decided to sit him out for the rest of Game 5.
He played a total of 18 minutes and finished with four points and three boards.
Kevon Looney is the second Warriors player who suffered an injury in Game 5. All-Star forward Kevin Durant, who played his first game since suffering a right calf strain in Game 5 of the Western Conference semi-finals, had to be helped out of the floor after injuring his right leg. The 10-time All-Star left Scotiabank Arena earlier on crutches and wearing a walking boot.
As of this writing, the Warriors and Kevon Looney are in danger of losing the game and the series. They trail 103-100 to the Raptors with 2:09 left in the fourth quarter. Toronto erased a 14-point fourth quarter lead that was sparked by the impressive shooting of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
Kevon Looney and Durant might have just played their final game of the season.