Looney sprains ankle, out for Dubs' 'next couple of games'

Warriors' Kevon Looney

The Warriors' depleted frontcourt depth just got even thinner.

Kevon Looney, Golden State's only healthy center, rolled his left ankle at the end of the first half of Tuesday's 111-107 loss to the Boston Celtics at Chase Center. Looney returned to the locker room just before halftime, and the Warriors ruled him out of the start of the second half with a left ankle sprain.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters in a postgame video conference that he expected Looney would miss Golden State's "next couple of games." The Warriors open a four-game road trip through Texas on Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks.

Looney's injury couldn't have come at a worse time. Rookie center James Wiseman is out for the next seven-to-10 days with a sprained wrist, while Marquese Chriss was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a broken right leg. Alen Smailagic, Golden State's 2019 second-round pick, is with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League bubble in Orlando, Fla.

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It's likely the Warriors will turn to smaller lineups for the foreseeable future. Draymond Green and Eric Paschall both have lined up as small-ball centers, and it would be nearly a week before a free agent could join the team.

Were the Warriors to sign a center, the player would need to test negative for COVID-19 for six consecutive days under the NBA's health and safety protocols. Even if Looney missed the entirety of the Texas trip, a free-agent center signed Wednesday could play, at most, one game out of the next four.


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