Kevon Looney believes he’ll be on the floor Thursday.
The 23-year-old Warriors forward, who is dealing with an injury in his chest area, told reporters he “should be able to play” in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors.
“They’re comfortable with me going out there as long as I can tolerate the pain,” Looney said, via the Mercury News.
Looney suffered a fracture near his chest and ribcage in Game 2 against Toronto and was originally ruled out for the series. But, he surprisingly returned in Game 4 before re-aggravating the injury Monday in the Warriors’ 106-105 win.
“I’ll continue to rehab and get a lot of treatment and get a lot of ice. Usually that works pretty well for me with this injury,” Looney said. “I really don’t have too much control on how I feel. It heals on its own. There’s nothing I can do to make it better.
“So hopefully in the next couple of days, it responds well to treatment and the medical staff feels comfortable enough to let me play.”
Looney was removed in the third quarter of Game 5 and did not return. Warriors wing Andre Iguodala said he noticed him struggling on the floor.
“Kevon couldn’t play tonight (Monday),” Iguodala told reporters after the victory. “I had to tell him, ‘Don’t play anymore.’”
Looney has been a valuable contributor for the Warriors so far in the playoffs. He’s averaging 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 20 postseason games while making an impact defensively, as well.
Warriors star Kevin Durant also left Game 5 in the second quarter with an Achilles injury.
Golden State will host the Raptors in Game 6 on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.