Warriors hoping Barnes will be ready by opening night

Noah Graham/Getty Images file photoHarrison Barnes has been dealing with inflammation in his left foot since Oct. 7

OAKLAND — Harrison Barnes took shots at the Warriors' practice facility on Monday and coach Mark Jackson expects him to be on the floor for the team's season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 30.

Barnes has been sidelined since Oct. 7 because of inflammation in his left foot and he will likely sit out the rest of the preseason.

But Jackson said Barnes' status for opening night isn't “too much of a concern.”

“We're taking steps toward him getting on the floor,” Jackson said. “Today, it's shooting the basketball. We'll see how his body responds and we'll make a decision moving forward.”

Jackson said Barnes wants to be on the floor, but the second-year forward's health is a greater priority than getting him playing time before the season.

“I'm not concerned about getting him game reps,” Jackson said. “He's a young player, he works extremely hard, he's in great condition. The question is, physically, being healthy and whole.”

Bogut's A-OK: Center Andrew Bogut said his back is feeling good and he plans to be on the floor for the Warriors' preseason game against the Kings in Sacramento on Wednesday.

Bogut left Friday's preseason game in China against the Lakers less than three minutes into the first quarter after feeling a pinch in his hip. He said his early exit was a precautionary measure.

“If that happens the first game of the season — I'm not coming out,” Bogut said. “But you have a little bit of house money to play with in preseason and, like I said, I just didn't want to do anything stupid.”

Jet lag: The Warriors returned from China over the weekend and Jackson said he is still feeling the effects of the 16-hour trip and 15-hour time difference.

“I'm tired. The guys looked at me like I needed a day off,” Jackson said. “It's just tough recovering. You wake up in the middle of the night, you're trying to get your sleep and it takes its toll, so it's now about trying to regroup and making sure we're ready when it matters most. If I feel this way, I can only imagine how my guys feel.”

Bogut said the trip allowed the team to develop “chemistry and cohesion” before the grind of an 82-game schedule gets underway.

“That's the one positive of the China trip, driving to the Great Wall there's no cell [service],” he said. “Guys were forced to talk to each other, so I talked to Klay [Thompson] more than I've talked to him in the last two years.”

But does the team have enough time to shake off the jet lag before the regular season tips off next week?

“We're a no excuse basketball team,” Jackson said. “If there was a game today, I'm ready to play.”

pgackle@sfexaminer.com

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