Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes will miss the first two games

October 5, 2013; Ontario, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes (40) goes in for a basket against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers center Chris Kaman (9) during the first half at Citizens Business Bank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

According to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Arena News Group, Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson says swingman Harrison Barnes will miss the first two games of the regular season.

Barnes has been bothered by left foot inflammation and it forced him to miss the last three weeks.

Barnes initially told reporters he planned to play in the season-opener, but the injury was obviously worse than the team thought.

The Warriors should be fine  to let Barnes get completely healthy. In the offseason, the Warriors signed veteran all-star Andre Iguodala.

Barnes was likely going to have to battle sharpshooting guard Klay Thompson for a spot on the wing. With Barnes out, Thompson kept his job. Barnes will likely be used as a backup at both wing spots and potentially as a four at times when he does return.

Barnes averaged 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 81 regular season games for the Warriors last season. In the postseason, Barnes exploded, taking his game to new heights. The former North Carolina Tar Heel averaged 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

The Warriors will start their season Wednesday night when they host the Los Angeles Lakers.

Topics: Golden State Warriors, Harrison Barnes

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