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On Tuesday afternoon, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr announced that Kevon Looney would miss the remainder of the NBA Finals against the Raptors.
Then on Thursday morning, Tim Bontemps of ESPN broke the following news:
After undergoing further evaluation of the non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture he suffered in Game 2, Warriors forward Kevon Looney could potentially return during the NBA Finals, league sources told ESPN. More testing will determine next steps for Looney.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) June 6, 2019
During a radio appearance on 95.7 The Game on Thursday evening, Kerr was clear that Looney seriously could return.
"Real possibility," he said. "Basically, we got a second opinion. It's a tricky injury ... the original diagnosis we got was series-ending. But Loon is dying to play.
"We got a second opinion. He's going through some testing today and tomorrow, so I think there's a real chance he could be back out there."
This was a more optimistic update than what we heard Kerr say hours prior on Thursday afternoon.
"We're gathering information," he told the media at Oracle Arena. "Second-opinion type thing. It's sort of open. It's an open question. At this point, there's not really anything to report.
"But we are looking at all of our options."
It remains unclear if Looney's possible comeback is for Game 4 on Friday night, or not until Game 5 on Monday or a potential Game 6 next Thursday.
The Warriors certainly missed the 23-year old big man in their 123-109 Game 3 loss on Wednesday, as they could have used his defense and versatility.