Overshadowed by Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury, the Warriors had another player leave Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Unlike Durant, however, Kevon Looney expects to return to the series.
Looney reaggravated his right 1st costal cartilage non-displaced fracture injury in the third quarter of the game, fighting for a rebound with the Raptors Kyle Lowery. He did not return to the game.
Looney was injured in Game 2 of the finals on a drive from Kawhi Leonard. After being ruled out of the series, he received a second opinion that he could not make the injury worse by playing, but may feel pain and discomfort out on the court.
Throughout the playoffs, Looney has been important for the Warriors playing strong defense and grabbing timely rebounds. He returned to play 20 minutes in Game 4, contributing ten points and six rebounds. In Game 5 he managed four points and four rebounds in eighteen minutes before coming out.
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“They were more scared than I was,” Looney joked about his injury with ESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne after the game.
“They’re comfortable with me going out there as long as I can tolerate the pain,” Looney told the San Jose Mercury News. “I feel like I should be able to play in Game 6.”
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