On paper, the Golden State Warriors have a solid team. They seem to be on the rise. Unfortunately, their stock has plummeted with news of Brandon Rush's injury. For the second time in his career, Rush has a torn knee. In 2007, he tore his right ACL. Now, it's his left. Rush was injured on Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Yesterday, the injury was confirmed as a full tear, and Rush will miss the entire season.
Been thru this before. Just gonna make me a all around better player #Warriors
— Brandon Rush (@KCsFinest4) November 3, 2012
Rush has was limited to watching the Warriors upset the Los Angeles Clippers in LA last night. Golden State led by three at the half and ultimately beat the Clippers by four - 114-110. The team knows that they need Rush, but they will do everything they can to win without him. That may include relying on rookie Harrison Barnes more than they had otherwise planned.
According to Marcus Thompson II of the San Jose Mercury News, Barnes could be the go-to guy in Golden State's offensive system. Barnes scored ten points in twenty minutes of action in last night's game. And we all know from his time at North Carolina that he can score.
Rush's absence means the loss of the team's leading bench scorer. In the two games he played this season, Rush averaged 7.0 points per game. In his career, he has averaged 9.1 points per game.
Golden State is 2-1 on the season, but will have to work incredibly hard if they want to remain competitive throughout an 82-game season without one of their best players. Guys like Andrew Bogut and Stephen Curry will have to step up.