Seems apparent depth an issue for Warriors

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Seems apparent depth an issue for Warriors

OAKLAND Sitting courtside before Saturdays exhibition season opener between the Warriors and Kings at Oracle Arena, onething is standing out: Sacramento has more depth than Golden State.Lookingdown at the Warriors end of the court, you see a starting five of StephenCurry, Monta Ellis, Dorell Wright, David Lee and Andris Biedrins. But afterthat, you see a roster littered with question marks.The teamsfirst two players off the bench are likely to be rookie Klay Thompson andcenter Kwame Brown. Asking each of those players to be consistent over thecourse of a season might be asking a lot.
After youget past the seventh man on Golden State, youre looking at Ekpe Udoh, LouAmundson, Ish Smith, Charles Jenkins and Dominic McGuire.As for theKings, theyve got DeMarcus Cousins, Tyreke Evans, Marcus Thornton, JohnSalmons, Jason Thompson and Chuck Hayes (out with heart condition). Inaddition, the Kings have Francisco Garcia, Donte Greene, J.J. Hickson andTravis Outlaw. Plus, dont forget Jimmer Fredette.In otherwords, preseason Game No. 1 hasnt even started yet, but its not too early tosay that overcoming a thin roster is going to be a big challenge for new coachMark Jackson and his staff.

Kevin Durant suffers Grade 2 MCL sprain, tibial bone bruise

Kevin Durant suffers Grade 2 MCL sprain, tibial bone bruise

Programming note: Log on to the CSN Bay Area Facebook page Wednesday morning at 10 a.m when Warriors analyst Kelenna Azubuike joins "Warriors Outsiders" Drew Shiller and Grant Liffmann to bring you the latest on the Kevin Durant injury.

Kevin Durant will be out a minimum of four weeks after sustaining a medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain and bone bruise in his left knee, the Warriors announced Wednesday morning.

The team’s leading scorer incurred the injury in the opening minute of the Warriors-Wizards game Tuesday night at Verizon Center in Washington.

The extent of the injury was revealed after the All-Star forward underwent an MRI late Tuesday night at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Though there is no turntable for his return, but Durant is scheduled for reevaluation in the final week of March.

The playoffs begin April 15.

Meanwhile, the Warriors have agreed to sign free agent forward Matt Barnes in hopes of filling some of the void left by Durant’s absence.

The injury occurred 57 seconds into the game, when Wizards center Marcin Gortat grabbed Warriors center Zaza Pachulia and flung him to the floor. As Pachulia stumbled backward, he fell into Durant’s left knee, which was stationary. Durant’s immediate response was to grab his knee and hop away.

Durant continued for another 36 seconds, before signaling to the bench that a timeout was needed. He left the game and did not return.

Durant is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 25.3 points per game. He also leads the team in rebounding at 8.2 per game and blocks at 1.64 per game. Durant’s 53.7-percent field goal shooting ranks 12th in the league, and second among the NBA’s top 40 scorers.  

Report: Warriors expect 'tough news,' fear Durant 'out months'

Report: Warriors expect 'tough news,' fear Durant 'out months'

Programming note: Log on to the CSN Bay Area Facebook page Wednesday morning at 10 a.m when Warriors analyst Kelenna Azubuike joins "Warriors Outsiders" Drew Shiller and Grant Liffmann to bring you the latest on the Kevin Durant injury and the reported signing of Matt Barnes

The 2016-17 regular season could be in jeopardy for Kevin Durant.

The Warriors and Durant's inner-circle are preparing themselves for bad news, according to Yahoo Sports.

According to the report, the fear is that Durant will be out for months, not weeks.

The playoffs start in six weeks, meaning Durant could miss some playoff games.

Durant injured his left knee just 57 seconds into Tuesday's game in Washington. The Warriors announced that their star forward hyperextended his left knee and would undergo an MRI. The results of the test are expected to be revealed Wednesday.

In the wake of the Durant injury, the Warriors intend to sign veteran forward Matt Barnes, a league source confirmed to CSNBayArea.com late Tuesday night.

Stay tuned to CSNBayArea.com for the latest on Kevin Durant's injury...