OAKLAND — Harrison Barnes will miss at least the first two games of the regular season for the Warriors with a left foot injury.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson told reporters following Tuesday's practice that shooting guard Klay Thompson will start in the season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight. Jackson also said that Thompson already had earned the nod and will start even when Barnes returns.
Barnes has not played since the team's second preseason game Oct. 7. The Warriors have said Barnes has “left foot inflammation.”
Barnes started every game he played as a rookie last season, including the playoffs.
He averaged 9.2 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game in the regular season, but those numbers skyrocketed to 16.1 ppg and 6.4 rpg in the playoffs.
With all five starters back from last season, Barnes and Thompson were competing to remain starters after the Warriors signed swingman Andre Iguodala this summer.