Jacob Evans

Warriors send Jacob Evans down to G League in order to regain rhythm

Warriors send Jacob Evans down to G League in order to regain rhythm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jacob Evans has held out hope for improvement for much of the season. For the time being, he'll try to reach the goal in the G League.

The Warriors guard's latest odyssey to Santa Cruz is expected to last until Sunday, providing Evans an opportunity to get more on-court time during an injury-plagued season. 

"This will give him a chance to play bigger minutes," Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "To develop a rhythm."

With the demotion, Evans will miss Friday's matchup against the Indiana Pacers in San Francisco. Instead, he will play Friday evening against the Wisconsin Herd at Kaiser Permanente Arena and Sunday's matchup against the South Bay Lakers. He'll then rejoin the Warriors on the team's upcoming five-game road trip, which starts Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Evans' second season in the NBA has been marred by injury.  A week into the season, he strained his left adductor, costing him 21 games. Last week, he missed three more games after suffering a concussion. All the while, he's shooting just 31 percent from the field and has been supplanted in the rotation by rookie Jordan Poole.

"These last few weeks have been tough, even before injury," Kerr said. He hasn't really been able to get himself going, we haven't been able to help him get going. We feel like this is a perfect time for him to get some playing time."

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Evans was drafted in 2018 for his defensive acumen. He's struggled to find offensive success this season, averaging just four points despite averaging 10 more minutes per game. However, Kerr remains confident in Evans' long-term development. 

"He's a big, strong, smart defender. He's picked up a lot in his year and a half in the league," Kerr said. "So he's a guy I can trust and count on defensively. But like everybody in this disjointed season, it's been tough for him to find a niche." 

Warriors guard Jacob Evans diagnosed with concussion, broken nose

Warriors guard Jacob Evans diagnosed with concussion, broken nose

Jacob Evans will be sidelined indefinitely.

The Warriors guard suffered a concussion and a broken nose against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

Evans will not return to game action until he clears the NBA's concussion protocol.

Here's what happened in the second quarter vs. the Mavs:

Evans was forced to go to the hospital for evaluation.

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There is no word yet on how his status might impact guard Ky Bowman, who missed Golden State's last two games as the Warriors seek to preserve the remaining four days on his two-way contract.

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Warriors' Jacob Evans elbowed in face vs. Mavericks, taken to hospital

Warriors' Jacob Evans elbowed in face vs. Mavericks, taken to hospital

Warriors guard Jacob Evans left Tuesday's game against the Dallas Mavericks and was taken to a nearby hospital for testing after he was elbowed in the face in the second quarter. 

Mavericks big man Dwight Powell's right elbow caught Evans in the face as Powell went up for an alley-oop. Evans needed assistance off the court and to the locker room. 

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Evans, 22, is in his second NBA season. The 2018 first-round pick entered the night averaging 4.7 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in a little over 15 minutes per game. 

Warriors coach Steve Kerr did not offer an update after the game.