The Golden State Warriors’ already-thin frontcourt depth just took another hit.
Center Damian Jones suffered a torn left pectoral muscle against the Pistons in Detroit on Saturday night and will be out indefinitely as a result of the injury, the Warriors announced on Sunday. The injury occurred at the end of the third quarter of the contest, as Jones got tangled up with Pistons center Andre Drummond.
Jones will undergo surgery to repair the injury, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It it not known at this point in time if Jones will be able to return later in the season or postseason.
The injury to Jones leaves the Warriors very thin at the center spot to start the final month of 2018, with Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell being the only two healthy big men, as Draymond Green is still out of action due to a sprained toe and DeMarcus Cousins hasn’t yet been cleared to return from a torn Achilles that he suffered last season as a member of the Pelicans.
On Sunday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr spoke to media members about Jones’ injury.
“He’s going to be out for a long time,” Kerr said. “We don’t know how long yet, but it’s going to be a matter of months. It’s a tough blow for him. He’s been playing so much, and progressing and learning so much, and we’ve been excited about his growth. It’s a big setback for him, and for us.”
You can see Kerr’s comments below, via Mark Medina of the Mercury News:
Steve Kerr details everything with Damian Jones’ injury pic.twitter.com/hrqs2iQgZx
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) December 2, 2018