Looney suffered the injury late within the first half of Tuesday’s 111-107 loss to the Boston Celtics and had an MRI late Tuesday night that confirmed the sprain. He will be re-evaluated in two weeks as he continues to rehab.
“This was a fluke,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated after the game. “He caught his foot on the ground and rolled the ankle. Simply the best way it goes. I really feel dangerous for him as a result of he is labored so exhausting to get again to this house and he is actually been taking part in properly for us, so it is a huge blow.”
Looney’s injury comes at a foul time for the 11-10 Warriors. They’re already playing without rookie heart James Wiseman, who sprained his left wrist in final Saturday’s win over the Detroit Pistons and will be reevaluated per week. Backup big man Marquese Chriss has been out since the first week of the season after suffering a serious ankle injury throughout a follow in Chicago. It stays unclear if he’ll return this season.
In the quick time period, Kerr noted that Eric Paschall, Draymond Green, and two-way participant Juan Toscano-Anderson will all get minutes on the 5 spot.
“Eric Paschall turns into a bigger part of what we’re doing and so does Juan,” Kerr stated. “I suppose Juan form of qualifies as a big man, type of. Eric definitely does. So we’ll be short-handed. Draymond will play a lot of 5 and Eric will get extra minutes, and we’ll see what occurs from there.“
Warriors star guard Stephen Curry is hopeful that the Warriors can use the small-ball lineup to their benefit as they get set for a four-game highway swing to Dallas and San Antonio over the following week.
“You kind of must flip it on its head,” Curry said after Tuesday’s loss. “Everyone’s going to speak about what we will not do with a small-ball lineup, but we will focus on what we will do and that plays quick, get everybody involved, the ball could be moving. Create chaos on each end of the floor and then figure out the way you rebound and how you [shore] up the paint on the defensive finish. So with Dallas and San Antonio, it will be interesting as a result of they do — [Kristaps] Porzingis is large, but they do play a lot of small balls, too, so maybe that will match up well for us.”