Golden State Warriors starting small forward Harrison Barnes suffered a sprained ankle in the Warriors’ 135-116 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, and it’s unclear just how much time Barnes will miss with the injury. He missed the 120-101 win over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, and Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton said Barnes could miss a few weeks, according to ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss:
“He’s being evaluated [Saturday]. We haven’t gotten the results back yet,” interim head coach Luke Walton told reporters before Saturday’s game. “It’s all speculation. It could be a few weeks. It could be a week.
“We’re not going to rush him back because we want to be healthy for later in the season and we don’t want lingering injures, so we’ll have him take his time.”
The rarely used Brandon Rush got the start in place of Barnes against the Kings, and he delivered with 16 points in 19 minutes. Those 16 points were the most he’s scored since the 2011-12 season.
Of course, even with Rush and Andre Iguodala in place, the Barnes injury makes the Warriors a bit less dangerous. The 23-year-old has played well this season, and he’s a part of the infamous “death” lineup that’s been used to close out tight games. For Golden State’s sake, hopefully the youngster isn’t out too long.