Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has missed the last four games with a sprained ankle, and the Warriors announced Sunday that Barnes will miss the next four games and then be reevaluated next Sunday after the team’s seven-game road trip is over.
Barnes initially suffered the injury against the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 27. Golden State hasn’t missed a beat without the young forward, going 4-0 in the games he’s missed thus far, although there were two closes calls in Utah and Toronto.
Prior to the injury, Barnes was playing some of the best basketball of his career. He’s third on the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game, and he’s shooting an efficient 50 percent overall and 38.9 percent from three in 30.1 minutes per game.
Barnes is a member of the notorious “death” lineup that also features Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala.
Brandon Rush has taken the open spot in the starting lineup, which allows Iguodala to stay in his role as a dynamic sixth man. Rush has done an admirable job filling in, as he’s shot 8-of-11 from three over the last four games.