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Kevon Looney, out for at least two weeks due to sprained ankle

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SAN FRANCISCO – Golden State Warriors center Kevon Looney will be out for at least the next two weeks as he continues to recover from a sprained left ankle, the team announced Wednesday.

Looney suffered the injury late in the first half of Tuesday’s loss to the Boston Celtics and had an MRI Tuesday night that confirmed the sprain. He will be reevaluated in two weeks while he continues with rehab.

“It was a fluke,” said the Warriors coach, Steve Kerr, after Tuesday’s game. “He hit his foot on the ground and bent his ankle. It happened. I feel bad for him because he has worked so hard to get back into this space and he has really been playing well for us, so it’s a great hit.”

Looney’s injury comes at a bad time for the Warriors 11-10. They’re already playing without rookie center James Wiseman, who sprained his left wrist in Saturday’s win over the Detroit Pistons and will be reevaluated in a week. The great backup Marquese Chriss has also been out since the first week of the season after sustaining a serious ankle injury during practice in Chicago. It is unclear if he will return this season.

In the short term, Kerr noted that Eric Paschall, Draymond Green and two-way Juan Toscano-Anderson will get minutes at No. 5.

“Eric Paschall becomes a more important part of what we’re doing and so does Juan,” Kerr said. “I guess Juan qualifies as a great man, something like that. Eric definitely does. So we’ll be short-staffed. Draymond will play a lot of fives and Eric will have more minutes and we’ll see what happens from there.”

Warriors star guard Stephen Curry is hopeful the Warriors can use the small ball lineup to their advantage as they prepare for a four-game swing against the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs over the next week.

“You have to turn it around,” Curry said after Tuesday’s loss. “Everybody is going to talk about what we can’t do with a small ball lineup, but we can focus on what we can do and that’s playing fast, getting everyone involved, the ball can move. Create chaos on both ends of the line. court and then find out how it bounces and how it secures the paint on the defensive end. So with Dallas and San Antonio it will be interesting because they do it – (Kristaps) Porzingis is huge but they also play a lot of small ball. so maybe we’ll go well “.

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