Jones underwent surgery on his torn left pectoral muscle Saturday and will begin rehab in six weeks. With Jones not scheduled to begin rehab for another six weeks, it seems very unlikely that the big man will be able to make a return during the regular season. This is the second time that Jones has suffered a torn pectoral muscle, and the injury required a five-month recovery period the last time it happened. Kevin Looney and Jordan Bell will continue splitting minutes at center until DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) is able to make his Warriors debut.
Jones is expected to require surgery to address the torn left pectoral muscle he sustained in Saturday's 111-102 loss to the Pistons but will meet with a specialist in Chicago before a decision on that front is made, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Warriors haven't clarified a timeline for Jones' recovery beyond coach Steve Kerr indicating the center would be sidelined "for a long time." Jones previously suffered a torn right pectoral muscle during a workout prior to the 2016 NBA Draft, with the injury requiring surgery that required a five-month recovery period. If surgery is needed again and a similar timeline is required, Jones would be sidelined until at least May, ending any chance of returning before the end of the regular season. With Jones out indefinitely and Draymond Green (toe) on track to miss at least three more games, Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell should absorb most of the minutes at center. The 6-foot-10 Jonas Jerebko also offers a small-ball option at the position.
Jones was diagnosed with a torn left pectoral muscle and is expected to miss extended time. Jones left Saturday's game against the Pistons in the third quarter, and a subsequent MRI revealed the tear. The Warriors haven't provided a timetable, but the expectation is that Jones will miss multiple months, and he could be sidelined for the rest of the season. Without Jones, the Warriors will likely turn to Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell for most of the minutes at center when Draymond Green is off the floor or at the four.
Jones suffered a strained left shoulder during Saturday's game against the Pistons and will not return. The injury is enough to keep Jones out of Saturday's game, and it's not immediately clear if it will force an absence during Monday's game against the Hawks. Look for more information as gameday draws closer. If Jones misses the contest, Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell would presumably spend more time at center.
Jones will draw the start Friday against the Thunder, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports. It looks like the Warriors are playing Jones to be a better matchup against the Thunder's Steven Adams. Jones is averaging 17.2 minutes this season, but could see a larger role starting.
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