The Golden State Warriors will likely have two of their big men available for the season opener Thursday, along with one of their wings.
Warriors center Kevon Looney (hamstring), forward Marquese Chriss (left toe infection) and wing Alec Burks (ankle) are reportedly probable for the opener, per Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area. Golden State opens its season at home against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Looney spoke to reporters about the status of his hamstring. He said he had initially tweaked it during the summer, but he re-aggravated it during training camp. Looney didn’t play in the preseason, but he said he feels good now.
“Last couple days, getting a lot of work in. Been able to play some 5-on-5, so feeling good,” Looney told reporters. “I tweaked my hamstring — second time doing it in a couple weeks — so just wanted to play it safe, and make sure I was 100 percent before I got back out there and play.
“Feel great now, feel comfortable on the court — trying to get my wind under me.”
Chriss is on a non-guaranteed deal, and he officially made the roster after the Warriors waived Alfonzo McKinnie; McKinnie was picked up off waivers by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. With Looney and Chriss likely coming back, the Warriors will have players to help defend the paint and play around the rim on offense.
Burks signed in free agency with the Warriors in July. He had an ankle sprain during the preseason, and he missed all of the team’s games.
If Burks plays in the opener, he gives the Warriors a veteran scoring option. Burks has scored 9.5 points per game on 42.3% shooting from the field during his career. He has also grabbed 3.0 rebounds a game and shot 35.5% from three.