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Warriors’ Marquese Chriss starting at center with Kevon Looney out

Marquese Chriss, Kevon Looney, Warriors

The Golden State Warriors were embarrassed in their season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers, and now they’re going to be without Kevon Looney for at least the next two games. With Looney sidelined, Warriors coach Steve Kerr is going with Marquese Chriss as the starting center against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, per ESPN’s Nick Friedell.

Chriss saw time in the starting lineup in the preseason when Looney was out with a hamstring injury. Willie Cauley-Stein is also still sidelined as he recovers with a foot injury.

The Warriors brought in Chriss on a non-guaranteed contract in the offseason, but he impressed so much in training camp that he earned the final spot on the roster. Golden State even waived Alfonzo McKinnie in order to keep Chriss.

The 22-year-old struggled along with the rest of the Warriors against the Clippers, scoring eight points but picking up four fouls in just 14 minutes in a 141-122 loss. Staying out of foul trouble will be important because of Golden State’s thin frontcourt, but that’s something Chriss has struggled with in his NBA career.

The Warriors will also look to Omari Spellman and Eric Paschall for help in the frontcourt. Draymond Green is the main man there, but he can’t do it alone, especially since he’s banged up with an arm injury.

Steven Adams will pose a large challenge for Golden State’s beat-up frontcourt.