OAKLAND -- Warriors forward Harrison Barnes left Thursday night's game late in the first half with a laceration over his right eye.
With 1:15 left in the second quarter, he went up to contest a shot by San Antonio big man Boris Diaw. Barnes landed on his right side, his head banging against the hardwood, after being undercut in the air by Diaw.
Barnes laid face down on the hardwood in obvious pain. Point guard Stephen Curry immediately signaled for the trainer to come onto the court.
After several minutes, with the entire team standing around him, Barnes got up and walked off under his own power. But he went straight for the locker room, with the trainer holding a bandage over his head. He received six stitches but started the second half.
Barnes left the game for good after playing all 12 minutes of the third quarter, suffering from a headache.
It was a scary sight for Golden State fans. Not only because it was the same area that swingman Brandon Rush went down with a season-ending knee injury, but because the Warriors had come to rely heavily on Barnes.
For Thursday's Game 6, coach Mark Jackson added to the rookie's load. Not only has he become one of the primary offensive options, but he was assigned to defend Spurs All-Star guard Tony Parker.
That role had previously been given to guard Klay Thompson, but Parker hurt the Warriors with his penetration in Game 5.
Barnes had 8 points in 19 first-half minutes before his injury. Parker had three points on 1 of 6 shooting in 18 first-half minutes.
Barnes has looked like a bona fide star in these playoffs, a long way from the up-and-down rookie struggling to find his footing. He came into Tuesday averaging 16.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 39.1 minutes.
Against the Spurs, Barnes has been relied upon heavily to exploit mismatches. He posted up Parker relentlessly. In Game 6, he had Tim Duncan on him out by the 3-point line. Barnes blew by him for the reverse layup.
"David Lee went down, and I needed to step up," Barnes said before the game. "What I've learned is that it's a lot about situation. Coach has had confidence in me and put me in this situation."
"Usually before I would do any media, I would make sure I was dressed a certain way. I brought one of my best suits," he said. "But looking down at this jersey, it's just a sense of pride I don't think I've ever felt as a professional.
"Nothing in my closet is better than what I have on now.
Jack, a first-year member of the team, had praise for everyone, but singled out CEO Joe Lacob.
"Everybody who booed Mr.
Asked if he expects to be back, the free-agent to be said, "I hope so, man. Obviously there are other things that go into seeing if that works -- we all know this is a business at the end of the day.
"If I could do it, if I could rearrange it, I would definitely be back at this same locker."
The other contribution was even less likely. Little-used center Andris Biedrins, who made an appearance in Game 4, got more action on Thursday. He played six minutes in the second quarter, getting four rebounds, an assist and three fouls.
Biedrins started the third quarter in place of Festus Ezeli. Center Andrew Bogut left the game to have his left ankle retaped. He returned to action.
Landry got seven shots and made six trips to the free-throw line, leading to his series-high of 16 points to go with six rebounds in 26 minutes. He made 8 of 12 free throws.
But Landry wasn't happy.
"I've got to make my free throws," said Landry. "Yeah, 8 of 12 is good for a big man, but not for me. I can't go from 80 percent in the regular season to 60 percent in the playoffs."
Staff writer Jeff Faraudo contributed to this report.