With an already-depleted bench, the Golden State Warriors cannot afford to lose any more depth. On Tuesday, they learned that they will be without center Ognjen Kuzmic for at least six weeks after he underwent surgery on his broken right hand. The earliest Kuzmic is expected to return will be in early January.
The team announced that Kuzmic had surgery to repair a metacarpal fracture on his hand that he suffered on Nov. 20 in a game against the Grizzlies. In the first quarter, Kuzmic smacked his hand against the backboard while going up for a rebound. He left for the locker room at the end of the quarter and has not played since.
Kuzmic, 23, was drafted in the second round in 2012 by the Warriors, but this is his first season in the NBA after spending last year overseas. He has seen limited action in four games, averaging 0.5 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.4 blocks per game.
It is a night like tonight where they could really use Kuzmic, as the Warriors begin a four-game road trip against the Pelicans in New Orleans. Starting center Andrew Bogut is serving a one-game suspension, and backup Jermaine O’Neal, nursing a bruised knee and strained groin, will be a gametime decision. The Warriors are also without Festus Ezeli, who is out until at least December after undergoing knee surgery during the offseason. Ezeli was Bogut’s backup last season.
Suffice it to say, the Warriors’ frontcourt depth will be extremely thin tonight in New Orleans.