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Los Angeles (AFP)
Golden State Warriors center Marquese Chriss broke his right leg in training in Chicago and will require surgery, the NBA team said on Sunday.
The Warriors said Chriss suffered a right ankle injury and a fractured fibula in practice on Saturday as the team prepared for their Sunday game against the Bulls.
“He will undergo surgery in the next few days and a schedule for his return will be determined thereafter,” the Warriors said in a statement.
Chriss, the number eight pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, played for three teams in his first three seasons before signing with the Warriors in training camp last year.
At the end of the season, he was the starting center for the Warriors, averaging 9.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 59 games. So far this season, he’s established himself as a replacement behind rookie James Wiseman, the second overall pick in the November draft.
His absence will put more responsibility on the shoulders of the 19-year-old Wiseman.
The Warriors lost All-Star Klay Thompson five times throughout the season when he suffered an Achilles tendon tear during a practice session in November.
Thompson was a key part of the Warriors team that dominated the league with five consecutive races to the finals and NBA titles in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
The Warriors had hoped Thompson would play a key role in a resurgence after missing the entire 2019-20 season with a knee injury sustained in the 2019 NBA Finals.
With Thompson sidelined and his teammate Stephen Curry missing four months with a broken hand, the Warriors finished last in the Western Conference in 2020.
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