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Kevon Looney ‘hopefully’ ready to play in Warriors’ opener on Thursday

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors are lacking length at the center position. Injuries to Kevon Looney (hamstring) and Willie Cauley-Stein (ankle) robbed the pair of the Warriors’ entire camp.

But the Warriors may get one of those centers back for Opening Night; Looney participated in his first full scrimmage of the year on Sunday. Coach Steve Kerr said he could be on track to play on Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers — and maybe even start.

“I talked to him and he said he felt good,” Kerr said. “He’ll continue to get more work in as the week goes on and hopefully he’ll be ready to go on Thursday.”

Looney should play Thursday, but if he’ll start is more up in the air. They’ll see how he feels coming out of Sunday’s scrimmage, if he starts will depend on matchups.

“We lack size, obviously, with Willie and Loon out,” Kerr said. “So if we get Loon back, probably look at the other team’s lineups and see what makes most sense.”

Cauley-Stein, on the other hand, participated in non-contact practice. He won’t play on Thursday, Kerr said.

There is a small chance that Alec Burks — out with a right ankle sprain — could see action on Thursday.

A few more days before regular season tipoff is beneficial for this ailing team. While the Warriors collect a few more days to practice, the Clippers will open up their season against the Lakers on Tuesday.

“Very helpful,” Kerr said. “We’ll get to see the Clippers on tape a bit. They get the advantage of a game under their belt. But we get a few extra practices and a chance to see them play live and on tape.”

 


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