Warriors forward Harrison Barnes took part in shootaround. He even got some one-on-one action in. Now the plan is to see how his inflamed left toe will respond.
Barnes has been ruled out for tonight’s game against the 76ers. He is expected to participate fully in Tuesday’s practice. It’s looking like he could suit up for Wednesday’s game at Minnesota. The question is whether he can get into game shape in the games. If he can, he’ll take the court sooner. Otherwise, he’ll need more practices and more private work to get ready.
Step one, though, is seeing how his toe responds.
On the other hand, Jermaine O’Neal, who missed Saturday’s game against Sacramento, will be available tonight. O’Neal said the game against the Clippers, someone fell directly on O’Neal’s foot and bruised it. It was still sore Saturday, but he said he just needed one more day.
While he is available, his limits may be limited. Philadelphia’s rotation might prompt Mark Jackson to go with a small lineup. Spencer Hawes, the 76ers starting center, spends a lot of time on the perimeter. The only true inside man in their rotation is Lavoy Allen, but he’s averaging just 18 minutes off the bench.
With an outside shooting center and a slashing power forward in Thaddeus Young, you might see more David Lee at center and Draymond Green at power forward.
Michael Carter-Williams has taken the NBA by storm. He’s led Philadelphia to a 3-0 start with some crazy numbers: 20.7 points on 46.8 percent shooting (including 8 of 17 from 3) with 9.0 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
He’s got an offensive rating of 122 and a defensive rating of 99.
“He’s a big-time talent,” Jackson said. “His size. He’s shooting the basketball much better than he did in college. I liked him in college. He’s off to an outstanding start in his career.”