Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday evening that Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will miss his third straight game when the Dubs host the Sacramento Kings at Oracle Arena.
Barnes, who missed just one game as a rookie last season, is nursing inflammation in his left foot and hasn’t played since Oct. 7.
Veteran center Jermaine O’Neal, meanwhile, is also out Saturday with a right foot injury, per Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group via Twitter:
Jermaine O’Neal is out tonight with a right foot contusion
— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) November 3, 2013
Coach Mark Jackson said Saturday that Barnes is, however, getting closer to returning.
“He’s doing more and more,” Jackson said. “He’s gotten up and down the floor. He’s getting closer. Now, it’s a question of him getting into game shape. It’s certainly a bright spot, seeing him on the floor in uniform.”
Jackson said the team will monitor Barnes from day-to-day.
“He’ll continue to do more and we’ll see how he’s doing physically the next day,” Jackson said. “We’ll move forward when he’s ready to play, but we’re going to be smart with him.”
Barnes averaged 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in 25.4 minutes a night last season as a rookie, with his numbers rising to 16.1 points and 6.4 rebounds in 38.4 minutes per game in the postseason, when he shifted to power forward in place of the injured David Lee.
Barnes was Golden State’s first round pick, seventh overall, in the 2012 draft out of North Carolina. The Warriors, meanwhile, have played their first three games in California—two of them at home—but play the first of a four-game road trip Monday night in Philadelphia before going on to Minnesota, San Antonio and Memphis.