Prior to the start of the Golden State Warriors’ three-game road swing, Eric Paschall and James Wiseman entered the NBA’s health and safety protocol, ruling both players out for seven days for contact tracing. On Saturday, another member of the Warriors will enter the league’s health and safety protocol.
Via @ThompsonScribe on Twitter:
Kevon Looney has entered health and safety protocols and is out for tonight’s game at Memphis, sources tell myself and @AnthonyVSlater.
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) March 20, 2021
According to Slater, the expectation is Looney will only have a short stint in the health and safety protocol.
Via @amthonyVslater on Twitter:
The expectation within the Warriors is that it’ll be a short stay in the health and safety protocols for Kevon Looney. One day, one missed game is likely. Circumstances can always change, but that’s how it’s trending.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 20, 2021
On Friday, Looney played a key role in Golden State’s 116-103, scoring 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor. The UCLA product showed off some range, drilling a triple against the Grizzlies. Looney added four boards, three steals and three assists on Friday.
Without Looney, Wiseman and Paschall, the Warriors will feature a small-ball lineup with Draymond Green and Juan Toscano-Anderson playing significant roles in the frontcourt. Second-year big Alen Smailagic could also be an option off the bench in the frontcourt.