Golden State Warriors’ Kelly Oubre Jr. hurts wrist on dunk attempt during practice

March 4, 2021 7:14 am by Web Desk

Golden State Warriors swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. will not play in Wednesday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers because of a sprained left wrist.

The injury took place during Tuesday’s practice in Los Angeles after Oubre went up for a dunk and landed awkwardly after falling from the rim.

“He’s just out tonight and then we’ll see [Thursday],” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before Wednesday’s game. “But we scrimmaged [Tuesday] and he went in for a dunk and he had momentum going in, he tried to hang onto the rim and he slipped off. And when he landed he banged both elbows pretty good. It was scary, but fortunately no long term damage or anything. But he’s pretty sore today so we’ll give him a rest, we’ll see about [Thursday].”

Kerr, who noted that it was still unclear whether Oubre would get an MRI on the wrist, said Oubre landed on his back after trying to brace himself with his elbows during the fall. The Warriors will start veteran Kent Bazemore in Oubre’s place in the starting lineup.

Oubre is averaging 15.5 points and 5.9 rebounds a game this season. The Warriors play the Phoenix Suns, Oubre’s former team, Thursday night on the second night of a back-to-back.

“He’s been great for us,” Kerr said of Oubre. “Just his scoring, his athleticism, his defense, we’ll miss all that.”

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