Warriors big man Kevon Looney is officially out for the rest of the 2019 NBA Finals against the Raptors, coach Steve Kerr announced on Tuesday.
Looney suffered a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture Sunday night in the Warriors' 109-104 Game 2 win in Toronto.
Klay Thompson & Kevon Looney injury update: pic.twitter.com/TTwO4rWEVU— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) June 4, 2019
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news.
In his fourth NBA season, Looney had emerged as a key contributor for Golden State. He set career highs in points (6.3), rebounds (5.2), assists (1.5) and minutes (18.5) per game. The 23-year-old upped his scoring average by nearly a point (7.2 per game) in 18 games during the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
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Looney left the first half of the Warriors' win on Sunday after taking a hard fall. With the best-of-seven series shifting to Oakland tied at a game apiece, Looney told NBC Sports Bay Area he was hopeful he could play in Wednesday night's Game 3.
That, however, will not happen.
Now, the ailing Warriors will have to make due without him.