All-star Scottie Barnes breaks left hand in Raptors’ loss to Warriors

In Friday’s home loss to the Golden State Warriors, Raptors forward Scottie Barnes broke his left hand and will be out indefinitely.

With 1:56 remaining in the first half, Barnes was injured when he attempted to block a shot and his hand struck the rim.

After the game, the team declared that he had broken his third metacarpal bone.

Prior to Friday, Barnes had been on a career-high five-game streak of double-doubles. In 16 minutes, he finished the game with 10 points and 6 rebounds as the Raptors lost 120-105.

Toronto head coach Darko Rajakovic stated, “Obviously, when you lose an all-star player in the game, that definitely changes a lot of things.” “We tried with different lineups, different players tonight, gave multiple players opportunities there.”

This season, Barnes has averaged 19.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 6.1 assists in 60 games (all starts). For Barnes, the 2021–22 rookie of the year who was chosen as an all-star for the first time this season, the numbers are all career highs.

Barnes, the fourth overall choice in the 2021 draft, has averaged 16.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in 211 career games (210 starts) with the Raptors.

Following the game, Barnes’s former Warriors player Draymond Green remarked of him, “He’s shooting the ball a lot better.” He is reading aloud. quite hostile. He’s improving the guys around him.

“Scottie is the brand’s spokesperson. He’s a very exceptional skill indeed. I predict that Scottie will accomplish far more than I did during my career.”

Westbrook injured trying to poke ball away

In the first half of the Los Angeles Clippers’ 140-115 victory against the visiting Washington Wizards on Friday night, Russell Westbrook suffered a fracture to his left hand.

With 10:01 remaining in the second, Westbrook, 35, looked to have hurt himself while attempting to pry the ball away from Jordan Poole. With 8:10 left in the second quarter, he walked out and never came back.

Tyronn Lue, the head coach of the Clippers, did not provide an estimated duration of Westbrook’s absence.

Lue remarked, “I just feel horrible for Russ right now.” “You never want to witness an injury to a player. He’s now out, so I’m not sure if he needs surgery or anything else, but I’m just trying to figure it out.”

Within ten minutes off the bench, Westbrook finished with six points and one assist.

Raptors forward dribbles to the outside past a Warriors opponent during an NBA game on March 1, 2024 in Toronto.

Throughout the season, he has participated in every Clippers game and averaged 11.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in 23 minutes. After being traded for James Harden on November 1st, he was demoted to the bench, but he was still a vital member of the starting lineup.

The squad will miss Westbrook, according to Harden, who expressed particular regret at the loss of “his athleticism, his energy, his playmaking ability, and leadership.”


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