Report: Warriors’ Kevon Looney may actually be able to return in NBA Finals
Though he was initially ruled out, Golden State Warriors big man Kevon Looney could be cleared for action before the end of this year’s NBA Finals, according to a report from ESPN’s Tim Bontemps:
After undergoing further evaluation of the non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture he suffered in Game 2, Warriors forward Kevon Looney could potentially return during the NBA Finals, league sources told ESPN. More testing will determine next steps for Looney.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 6, 2019
Looney took an awkward fall during Game 2 while defending Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard. At first, the Warriors thought Looney’s injury may have been a chest contusion, but X-rays later revealed a collarbone fracture. Now, after further examination from the team’s medical staff, the Warriors are hoping he’ll be able to make a return at some point. As of Thursday, though, he has not been cleared to play in Game 4.
Looney has made 18 appearances with the Warriors during their 2018-19 playoff run, racking up averages of 7.2 points on 73.0 percent shooting from the field and 4.6 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per outing.
The Warriors — now making a fifth straight appearance in the NBA Finals — are dealing with several injuries. As a result, they’re now trailing the Raptors by a score of two games to one. Klay Thompson is listed as day-to-day with a hamstring issue, and Kevin Durant has been dealing with a calf ailment. However, there is a chance that Durant and Thompson will be cleared to play in Game 4.
The Warriors and Raptors will meet for Game 4 on Friday night. Tip-off inside Oracle Arena is set for 9:00 p.m. ET, with ABC having live broadcast coverage.