Golden State Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton said Monday that forward Harrison Barnes will miss at least another week with a sprained left ankle, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Barnes has missed the last eight games after suffering the injury on Nov. 27 against the Phoenix Suns. While he’s out another week, the good news is the Warriors only play two games this upcoming week after just finishing up a seven-game road trip that ended with their first loss of the season against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday.
Prior to the Bucks loss, Golden State was able to survive without Barnes, who’d been playing some of the best basketball of his career before he got hurt. The 23-year-old is averaging 13.4 points and 5.0 rebounds on the year while shooting 50 percent overall and 38.9 percent from three.
The Warriors will surely be careful with Barnes, and they can afford to be given their record and the rest of the talent on the roster. Walton said there’s still no timetable for the forward’s return, so it remains unclear when he’ll be back. Perhaps Christmas against the Cleveland Cavaliers?