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SportReport: Kevon Looney could return during NBA Finals

02:35  07 june  2019
02:35  07 june  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

NBA Finals 2019: Warriors’ Klay Thompson leaves Game 2 vs. Raptors with leg injury

NBA Finals 2019: Warriors’ Klay Thompson leaves Game 2 vs. Raptors with leg injury Thompson appeared to suffer the injury with a little more than eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter. He landed awkwardly after attempting a 3-pointer, began limping and was taken back to the Golden State locker room. Thompson recorded 25 points, five rebounds and five assists before the injury. He knocked down 4 of his 6 3-point attempts, as well. Klay Thompson limped off the floor and into the locker room with an apparent leg injury after landing awkwardly on a shot attempt. pic.twitter.com/SNT3dEe5U9— ESPN (@espn) June 3, 2019 Warriors center Kevon Looney also left Game 2 with a chest bruise.

Golden State Warriors' Kevon Looney (5) smiles while being interviewed during a practice session before Game 2 of the NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto Thursday’s updated report didn’t include a timetable for Looney ’s possible return , but Game 7, if necessary, is scheduled for 10 days

Basketball Insiders | NBA Rumors And Basketball News. After undergoing further evaluation of the non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture he suffered in Game 2, Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney could potentially return during the NBA Finals .

Report: Kevon Looney could return during NBA Finals© Getty ImagesOAKLAND — Watching DeMarcus Cousins struggle to defend in space as he got attacked off pick-and-rolls in Game 3 (then take bad angles to recover, or on rotations) made it obvious how much the Warriors missed Kevon Looney in these Finals.

However, Looney is out for the playoffs with a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture of the collar bone.

Or is he?

Via Tim Bontemps of ESPN:

Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney could potentially return during the NBA Finals, league sources told ESPN. More testing will determine Looney’s next steps and whether he does, in fact, make a return to the league’s championship round.

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Report : Warriors F Kevon Looney Could Return to NBA Finals . More testing will determine Looney 's next steps and whether he does indeed return . Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney could potentially return during the NBA Finals , ESPN's Tim Bontemps reported on Thursday.

Tim Bontemps of ESPN reported Kevon Looney could return at some point in the Finals despite previously being ruled out for the remainder of the Looney suffered the injury in the Warriors' Game 2 victory over the Toronto Raptors. "I think it's closer to the breastbone. It is part of the collarbone, from

Kerr said two days ago, “it’s going to keep him out for the rest of the series, which is obviously a big blow for us and for him.” However, as the Warriors feel a new sense of urgency in this series — call it mild desperation, if you prefer, being down 2-1 — the calculations change. That’s why Klay Thompson will play in Game 4 on Friday and Kevin Durant could, depending on his workout at the Warriors’ facility Thursday afternoon.

Looney, even in limited minutes, would be a big boost for the Warriors’ front line.

“He’s a really good defensive player,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “I mean, first of all, he’s just a good player, but he’s a problem defensively because he can switch and guard just about anybody out there. And that’s a big-time luxury. That takes you out of — that keeps people in front. That takes you out of having to play weak side on the roller, right, and tagging and rotating and X’ing out and all those things that we — terminology we have to cover screen and roll defense. He’s a good rebounder, and he’s capable on offense to face up and knock one down or keep balls alive and get an offensive rebound.”

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Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors sustains an injury as he falls to the floor against the Toronto Raptors in the second half during Game Two of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 02, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. less.

Kevon Looney injury update: Warriors center could return during NBA Finals . After undergoing further evaluation of the non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture he suffered in Game 2, Warriors forward Kevon Looney could potentially return during the NBA Finals , league sources told ESPN.

Looney injured his collar bone after a first-quarter collision with Kawhi Leonard in Game 2.

Looney’s value as a defender and role player for the Warriors has become more evident during the postseason, with Steve Kerr saying Looney was a big part of the Warriors’ future.

If they can keep him, Looney is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Two seasons ago the Warriors declined an option year on his rookie contract, then signed him as a free agent at the minimum. After this season Looney will make more than that, the Warriors have said bringing him back will be a priority, but they have a lot of other priorities this summer as well (Thompson and Durant top the list).

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Although Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney re-aggravated injuries in the contest and left the game, the Warriors held on. The Warriors will head back to Oracle Arena for Game 6 in hopes of forcing a Game 7. Here are three takeaways from Golden State's season-saving victory: The Warriors were hot from deep Golden State made five straight 3-pointers early in the first quarter, and its efficient shooting carried it throughout the game. The Warriors finished with 20 made 3-pointers compared to Toronto's eight. Despite this large margin, the Raptors kept things close, so a cold night could tip the scales moving forward.

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