Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes missed his second consecutive game with a left ankle sprain on Monday night, and will miss the rest of the week — if not longer.
The Warriors plan on re-evaluating Barnes on Sunday, meaning he'll miss Wednesday game at Charlotte and Saturday's at Toronto at the very least, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
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When Barnes landed on Markieff Morris' foot and fell in Phoenix on Friday, he clutched the area above his sock, indicating a “severe” high ankle sprain.
“It’s been pretty well established that high ankle sprains take a longer recovery period,” said Dr. Ken Jung, a foot and ankle surgeon at Kerland-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, who spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle. Jung said that type of injury usually has a six-week recovery.
Six weeks from last Friday would put Barnes at a Jan. 8 return date for the Warriors' game in Portland against the Trail Blazers, and have him missing 18 total games.
For those claiming that the 19-0 Warriors didn't deal with much adversity last season, they have some now with Barnes out and head coach Steve Kerr still recovering from several offseason back surgeries.