Golden State Warriors’ F Harrison Barnes expects to play in opener

May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) is helped off the court after an injury during the second quarter in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

May 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) is helped off the court after an injury during the second quarter in game six of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes is expected to be back in the lineup for the Warriors’ season-opener next week.

Barnes has not participated in practice since October 7 because of an inflammation in his foot.

“I don’t think it’s too much of a concern, right now, of him not playing opening night,” Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said, through CSNBayArea.com. “We have some time left.”

Barnes hasn’t practiced yet, but has been shooting with the team.

“We’re taking steps toward him getting on the floor,” Jackson told reporters. “Today, it’s shooting the basketball. We’ll see how his body responds and we’ll make a decision moving forward.”

Barnes was a key contributor as a rookie for one of the surprises of the league.

In 81 regular season games, Barnes averaged 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. He took his game to another level in the postseason, averaging 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

The Warriors will start the regular season on October 30 when they host the Los Angeles Lakers.

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