Golden State Warriors' small forward Harrison Barnes, who had a good rookie season last year and blossomed in the playoffs with a scoring average of 16.1 points per game, injured his left foot on Tuesday and is likely out tonight against the Utah Jazz.
As posted by Rusty Simmons of The San Francisco Chronicle on his Twitter account,
Mark Jackson said Harrison Barnes played only six mins bc of left foot inflammation and probably won't play tomorrow in Utah.The process of meshing with Andre Iguodala who plays the same position as him, as well as showing overall improvement to his game will have to be put on hold for a few days. Being that it's the preseason, there is no rush to get Barnes back on the court, as long as he is ready by the start of the season.
— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) October 8, 2013
The Warriors have much depth in the backcourt and small forward, should an injury occur to Barnes during the season. They have Iguodal, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who could all start. But Barnes is a key component to the team's success this season.
Barnes started all 81 games last season and averaged 9.2 points and a little more than 4 rebounds per game. He shot 44 percent from the floor, 36 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free throw line.