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Kevon Looney sprains left ankle

Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney will miss at least the “next couple games” after spraining his left ankle during the first half of Tuesday’s 111-107 loss to the Boston Celtics, head coach Steve Kerr said. An MRI late Tuesday confirmed the sprain, according to the Warriors. “I don’t expect him to play the next couple of games,” Kerr said in a video conference with reporters after the game. “It was a significant enough sprain where it looks like he’ll be out for a little bit.”

Kevon Looney to miss significant time?

The Warriors center rotation took another hit Saturday, as Kevon Looney will miss the next two games, and probably more, with further complications with his hamstring. Looney, who did not play in the second half of Thursday’s game against the Clippers due to right hamstring tightness, has been ruled out for the team’s current two-game road trip to Oklahoma City and New Orleans as he deals with a condition that has delayed his recovery. He sat out the entire preseason with a strain to the same hamstring.

“It’s not really his hamstring,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “It’s kind of a neuropathic condition that he’s had for a couple years. It’s something he’s been able to play through, but in this particular case, the condition is affecting his hamstring. His hamstring is sound, the MRI is clean, but it makes it trickier actually that it’s a neuropathic condition. That’s really all I’m going to say on it because I have no idea what I’m talking about when it comes to these matters.”

According to the American Chronic Pain Association, neuropathic pain is a chronic condition that occurs when nerves become injured or damaged. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Looney has had the condition for “a couple years, and it’s something that he’s been able to play through. But in this particular case, the condition is affecting his hamstring. “The hamstring is sound. The MRI is clean, but it makes it trickier that it’s a neuropathic issue.”

Meanwhile, big man Kevon Looney (costal cartilage fracture) might not be done for in this series after all. Thompson’s return was the most foreseeable, given the shooting guard’s durability and stubbornness against missing games. He was straining at Kerr’s and the medical staff’s leash Wednesday, even as he understood their safe-rather-than-sorry approach. “It just sucks missing a Finals game,” Thompson said. “It’s the NBA Finals and this is what we work our whole lives for. But I would rather miss one game than an entire series. So, it wasn’t the end of the world.”

Kevon Looney ready for training camp?

Less than five months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum on his left hip, Looney is on track to return for the start of training camp Sept. 27. The preseason will be his audition to crack the rotation. Minutes could be fleeting in a frontcourt that recently added Kevin Durant, David West and Zaza Pachulia to a group that returns Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Anderson Varejao and James Michael McAdoo. JaVale McGee will compete for the final roster spot, and rookie Damian Jones (torn pectoral muscle) hopes to join the fray before the regular season. “I’m really eager,” Looney said. “I’ve been watching, running and doing drills now for what feels like two years. To be able to get on the court and actually be healthy, I’m really excited for that.”

While many of his teammates rest, Looney, 20, is training twice a day five times a week. He has added 20 pounds of muscle to his 6-foot-9 frame. Looney, who was cleared for contact two weeks ago, played a two-on-two game Thursday, his first since his latest surgery. With a 7-3 wingspan and ball-handling that belies his size, he has a chance to help round out the Warriors’ rotation. Another season spent largely watching from the bench, however, would bring its own benefits. “I have an opportunity to come in, learn from these guys and be on this team where we’re looking to make history,” Looney said. “I don’t think any better situation could’ve happened to me.”

And you mentioned Looney there. We haven’t heard much during the Playoffs since his second surgery. Are you hearing anything on the recovery since his second hip surgery? FORD: I haven’t yet. I know that hip surgery is a tough surgery and that obviously required a second surgery, so obviously there’s long-term issues there. The only thing that I’ve heard out of Golden State is that the surgery was successful and they’re confident that eventually he’s going to come back to full strength. But details, I don’t have any more.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney underwent a successful left hip arthroscopy this morning to repair a torn labrum, the team announced today. The procedure was performed by renowned Steadman Clinic orthopaedic surgeon and hip specialist Dr. Marc Philippon at the Vail Valley Surgery Center in Vail, Colorado. Looney will begin rehabilitation from the surgery immediately and is expected to be out a minimum of four-to-six months before returning to basketball activity. The rookie forward previously underwent surgery on August 20, 2015, to repair a torn labrum in his right hip.
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