Young Golden State Warriors forward won’t be limited after injury scare

Jonathan Kuminga of the Golden State Warriors.
Jonathan Kuminga of the Golden State Warriors. /

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has played down an injury issue for youngster Jonathan Kuminga, with the 21-year-old sending a scare through fans on Tuesday.

Monte Poole of NBC Sports Bay Area reported that Kuminga was wearing a heavy bandage on his right hand at practice, coming just days after an impressive performance against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Warriors’ preseason opener on Saturday.

Steve Kerr doesn’t expect Jonathan Kuminga or Chris Paul to “be limited” after different issues at Golden State Warriors practice on Tuesday.

Kerr revealed the young forward jammed his thumb but alleviated any concern of a major injury, while also detailing the reason for Chris Paul’s absence from practice.

"“He (Kuminga) missed the contact part of practice today, he jammed his thumb. Chris Paul also sat out, we had a tough back-to-back two days scrimmaging. We went pretty hard so it was more precautionary than anything… I don’t think JK or Chris will be limited in any way going forward,” Kerr said."

It’s positive news for Golden State who provided fans with plenty of optimism in a 125-108 win against the Lakers. That was led by Kuminga who posted 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks in less than 24 minutes of play.

Paul’s debut with the Warriors was just as impressive, blending well with the likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the starting lineup. The 38-year-old had six points, four rebounds and five assists in just under 13 minutes of play.

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Golden State will have had a significant break between their first and second preseason games, allowing them this period to practice and further their preparation. They’ll travel to Los Angeles and play the Lakers at Arena on Friday.