Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will not play Saturday’s game against visiting Sacramento, a team source confirmed.
Clearly, his left toe inflammation still isn’t healed enough for action. Barnes hasn’t played since an Oct. 7 preseason game against the Kings. He hasn’t practiced with the team since either.
No timetable has been set for Barnes return. He’s listed as day-to-day. Coach Mark Jackson announced on Tuesday he would miss the first two games and be re-evaluated. Jackson said the goal is for the injury to completely heal so the issue doesn’t linger.
The team hasn’t revealed the details of Barnes’ injury — such as what’s causing the inflammation, how it happened, how its being treated or how long Barnes could be out — which is usually up to the player.
The Warriors’ bench could certainly use Barnes, who Jackson said will be the sixth man when he’s healthy. Golden State’s second unit has struggled to score the first two games.
Andrew Bogut has lost about 15 to 18 pounds. Draymond Green shed about 20. David Lee is now looking like he should be standing in front of Abercrombie & Fitch. Jermaine O’Neal is hardly looking like a guy entering his 18th season.
Clearly, the Warriors took advantage of the offseason. The improved conditioning has already impacted training camp. The pace is faster. The energy is high.
“They are in shape,” coach Mark Jackson said, “and now its just a question of developing chemistry and a sense of what we are trying to do on both ends of the court.”
He wants the Warriors to play at an even faster pace now that all are healthy and his big men are conditioned to run. Jackson said he isn’t content with just going small to pick up the pace. But he wants to run even with his big men in the game.
Jackson said since his guys – most of whom have been working out in Oakland since early September – came to camp in shape, he doesn’t have to worry about that. He said there’s no need to go “White Shadow” on them and have them running lines.
Instead, Jackson has already begun diving into the playbook.
Stephen Curry is the first Warrior on the cover of Sports Illustrated in more than 15 years.
The Warriors point guard is pictured on the popular magazine regionally this week, shooting a jumper with the Oracle Arena faithful in the background.
The last time Golden State was on the Sports Illustrated cover was December 1997, when All-Star guard Latrell Sprewell choked coach P.J. Carlesimo. The last time they were on the cover for on-court performance was in December 1980 when Lloyd “World B.” Free was featured.
So if Curry has a rough shooting night, would the SI jinx be to blame? The last time the Warriors were the cover, they went through a 16-year All-Star drought.