Brandon Rush Sustains Serious Left Knee Injury

Warriors forward Brandon Rush left Friday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies with a serious injury to his left knee.

On a play with 4:09 left in the first quarter, Rush came down the left side on a semi fastbreak and went up for a one-handed tomahawk dunk. He was fouled in the air by Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph and landed awkwardly. Per the replays, it seemed Rush dislocated his left knee.

Rush, 27, immediately grabbed his left knee. The fifth-year swingman tried to get up and walk off but was in obvious pain. Clearly distraught, Rush was helped up by his teammates and headed straight for the locker room. The seriousness of the injury was apparent when Rush didn’t even bother to attempt his free throws, which disqualifies him for the rest of the game. The rest of the Warriors huddled in what looked like a team prayer. The Warriors announced, when the second quarter began, that Rush was getting x-rays on his left knee and he will have an MRI on Saturday.

Since Rush — who had checked in for the first time Friday at the six-minute mark of the opening quarter — did not attempt his free throws, which disqualifies him for the rest of the game. But from the looks of it, the Warriors may have lost one of their key players for an extended period. If he tore his patellar tendon, as was the case with former Warriors swingman Kelenna Azubuike in 2009, Rush’s career could be in jeopardy.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson had come to rely on Rush, who had 14 points off the bench in Golden State’s season-opening win at Phoenix. He was in the running to be the starting small forward, but Jackson preferred having Rush come off the bench.

The Warriors signed Rush to a two-year, $8 million contract this offseason. Rush has a player option for next season.
As for this season, the Warriors will be without, at least for the near future, their best perimeter defender and one of their most efficient scorers.

Marcus Thompson

  • commish

    That is so sad. Terrible for him, team and fans. Hopefully won’t be as bad as it looked. Maybe Green will get to step up

  • Man, I hope you are wrong.

  • Nigel Tufnel

    If Rush is out for the season, Warriors are headed for the lottery again, Bogut or no Bogut. Let’s hope it’s not as bad as it looked. Dude is still going to miss games regardless, no way you pop back up from that and play the next day.

  • theOracle

    I felt really bad for him. this did not look like your standard ACL tear. looked like something more serious unfortunately. we’ve seen more gruesome injuries but cant remember seeing a guy in worse immediate pain. he was thrashing about. for sure some degree of dislocation. I wish him a full recovery

  • Derek

    Harrison Barnes needs to man up and start attacking the basket on occassion. The guy currently plays like a wuss. Scared to attack the rim. Curry is the slowest starting PG in the league. When the W’s need to push the ball and run, Jack should be runnng the offense. If Rush is done for awhile, the team needs to call McGuire

  • Marlon

    Warriors losing a key player but not one of their stars doesn’t mean they’re heading to the lottery again. Pessimist smh. They should call McGuire, but no guarantee they go that route. They’ll rely on SF ccommittee lead by Barnes, Jefferson, & time for rookie Draymond Money Green to get PT.

  • Marlon

    Too late to call Dom…he’s with the Raptors

  • Smokey

    Good vibes to Rush. I hope all works out for him.

    Curry seem more like a shooting guard to me. His one handed passes and lack of control of the offense are not good point guard qualities.

  • Harp’s Dubs

    I posted here in the summer that we should sign and trade Rush, in combination with Biedrins for someone in the last year of a big contract, like Maggette. I wish that would have happened.
    It’s a shame he went down. He’s a good kid and a really nice ball player. Now, this might open the door for Kent Bazemore, a lock-down defender with offensive skills. We’ll see if he gets to suit up, as I think he’s probably our best option at the back-up SG spot now.
    Get well, BRush!

  • Stan

    Tim Kawakami’s slide as columnist continues to homerdom. His Warrior write-ups..just terrible. He cant embrace being a cynic..so he puts out garbage like today. From one extreme to another.
    You guys warn me if I ever decide I want to be beloved. WARN ME!

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  • Ron

    Why is Biedrens dressing? Just a waste of a roster spot. He is a goner after this season. Dress someone who may actually contribute and have a future with the team.

  • Stan

    Beidrens spent his offseason on working out his hooker moves. Free throws?..when you have Daddy Lacob and Daddy Jackson constantly giving you the kid gloves treatment for the fans money..Him worry?