Golden State Warriors are likely to be without centre Damian Jones for the rest of the regular season after it was confirmed he tore his left pectoral muscle during Saturday’s loss at the Detroit Pistons.
The 23-year-old sustained the injury late in the third quarter of the Warriors 111-102 loss at the Little Caesars Arena and he will see a specialist to determine the extent of the problem later this week, although initial reports suggest he will not be back until the postseason at least.
Jones suffered a similar injury to his right pectoral muscle in 2016 and was forced to miss six months of action as a result, with the suggestions being a similar period on the sidelines could be on the cards this time around as well, particularly if he needs to undergo surgery.
Golden State already have injury concerns at center, as DeMarcus Cousins, who moved to the Oracle Arena from the New Orleans Pelicans during the off-season, is yet to make an appearance for the Warriors due to an Achilles problem, although he is closing in on a return.
Draymond Green, who can also operate at center when required, has been struggling with a toe injury over recent weeks, an issue that has seen him miss 11 of the Warriors last 13 games.
The defending NBA champions will certainly be hoping their injury concerns ease sooner rather than later, as they have four matches to come over the next eight days, starting with Monday night’s trip to the Atlanta Hawks.
Steve Kerr’s team are priced at 1.15 to win that contest, while the struggling Hawks are available at 6.00.