The already-wounded Golden State Warriors are set to play on in the NBA Finals without yet another important player.
Kevon Looney, the Warriors’ backup center, is set to miss the rest of the Finals with a chest injury.
The specific injury suffered by Golden State’s young center is a costal cartilage fracture, which is a structure that connects the sternum with the rib cage.
Looney went down during the Warriors’ Game 2 win over the Raptors in Toronto and initially played through the pain. However, after a few minutes on the court, the injury became too painful and Looney retired to the bench for the rest of the matchup.
The UCLA graduate had done an effective job on both ends of the court in the Warriors’ frontcourt. He did well replacing the injured DeMarcus Cousins during much of the regular season and playoffs.
Looney’s injury means that Cousins becomes even more important for the Warriors. The star center returned from injury during Game 2 of the Finals.
Golden State will have to carry on without their young center, hoping that his absence will not affect them too severely.