Steve Kerr: Kevon Looney “gave us fantastic minutes” in win over Bucks


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MILWAUKEE — Traces of Kevon Looney’s childhood played out in front of him.

As soon as the Warriors landed here on Thursday night, the Warriors’ third-year forward caught up with family and hometown friends. Nearly 24 hours later, those same people saw Looney step on the court and show what has made him so valuable. In the Warriors’ 108-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, Looney provided nine points on 3-of-3 shooting while adding eight rebounds, three assists and a block in a career-high 23 minutes off the bench.

“As a kid, I dreamed about this,” Looney said. “It was pretty sweet.”

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Not all of Looney’s dreams have gone true. He faced his first two NBA seasons nursing injuries to his hips. He faced his third NBA season with questions about his future after the Warriors declined to exercise his option because his $2.2 million salary would have increased the team’s luxury tax bill. He faced uncertainty with his playing time this season amid Kerr’s preference to adjust his lineups both to chase matchups and to maximize his team’s depth.

Yet, there was Looney playing significant minutes before his hometown friends and family, while Warriors rookie forward Jordan Bell and veteran center JaVale McGee received healthy scratches.

“I wanted to get him in the game since he’s from here. But it was much more that he was a fit with all the switching we’re going to do,” Kerr said. “You have to protect the rim at the same time. I thought Looney gave us fantastic minutes.”

Those minutes became significant in ensuring the Warriors’ 11th consecutive victory. After allowing Milwaukee (22-19) to shoot 11-of-22 from 3-point range through …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

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