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SFGate May 23, 2018

Warriors’ Looney prepared for prominent playoff role

HOUSTON — Kevon Looney understands his place in this crazy Warriors galaxy. As teammates Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were engulfed by media after Wednesday’s practice, Looney chatted with one reporter off to the side. But make no mistake: Looney could play a prominent role in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night, with Golden State’s season twisting in doubt. Andre Iguodala’s knee injury pushed Looney into the lineup in Game 4, the first playoff start of his NBA career. Now, with Iguodala listed as questionable...
ClutchPoints May 23, 2018
Steve Kerr hopeful Kevon Looney will stay in Golden State

Steve Kerr hopeful Kevon Looney will stay in Golden State

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr didn’t underrate his young frontcourt player prior to inserting Kevon Looney in the starting lineup for the injured Andre Iguodala. “He’s going to have a long career,” Kerr said of Looney prior to a Game 4 loss, according to Logan Murdock of the San Jose Mercury News. “Hopefully […] The post Steve Kerr hopeful Kevon Looney will stay in Golden State appeared first on ClutchPoints.
ClutchPoints May 22, 2018
Kevon Looney a better fit with starters than Andre Iguodala

Kevon Looney a better fit with starters than Andre Iguodala

The Hamptons Five lineup could come to a sudden halt tonight, as forward Andre Iguodala is questionable to play after knocking knees in Game 3, forcing his exit from the game. Yet the Warriors could be in even better hands, even without their sixth man, as his possible replacement, Kevon Looney, boasts superior numbers playing […] The post Kevon Looney a better fit with starters than Andre Iguodala appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Golden State Of Mind May 22, 2018
Preview: Iguodala questionable for Game 4 against the Rockets but Warriors undaunted

Preview: Iguodala questionable for Game 4 against the Rockets but Warriors undaunted

Yet another injury opens up an opportunity for Kevon Looney to further prove himself. No, of course this wasn’t going to be easy. After a heartening win in Game 1, followed by an equally disheartening loss in Game 2, the Golden State Warriors reasserted their dominance by absolutely crushing the Houston Rockets in Game 3. Now, it’s time for a pivotal Game 4. Win, and the Warriors have a commanding control of the series; lose, and the Rockets have effectively taken their home court advantage back. Game Details WHAT: Warriors vs. Rockets Game 4 (Warriors lead series 2-1) WHEN: Tuesday,...
The Mercury News May 21, 2018
Why Warriors’ big man Kevon Looney might play his way out of town

Why Warriors’ big man Kevon Looney might play his way out of town

Want Warriors news in your inbox? Sign up for the free DubsDaily newsletter. OAKLAND – Kevon Looney continues to show his value to the Golden State Warriors. During the first quarter of Sunday’s 126-85 Game 3 win over the Rockets, Looney blocked Rockets forward Mbah a Moute at the rim on one possession, then stays […]
Golden State Of Mind May 20, 2018
Warriors toy with, destroy Rockets 126-85

Warriors toy with, destroy Rockets 126-85

Steph Curry was perfect in the third quarter, and Houston never stood a chance. Stephen Curry started the game struggling. He shot just 1-7 from beyond the arc in the first half, pushing his series total to 3-20 from deep. Yet despite that, the Golden State Warriors were in control. Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala had strong offensive games, while Draymond Green and Kevon Looney led a dominant defense charge. The Warriors led the Houston Rockets at the half by 11. And then the third quarter came, and it was like a kid on Christmas morning unwrapping a present. And that present was Steph...
Golden State Of Mind May 20, 2018
First half highlight: Kevon Looney shuts down the Rockets

First half highlight: Kevon Looney shuts down the Rockets

The first half was full of highlights for the Warriors. NOTE: This is the game thread for the second half. The first half was an exciting one at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors used some stellar defense to limit Chris Paul, James Harden, and the Houston Rockets. Stephen Curry struggled shooting the ball, but it didn’t matter much, as the Warriors take a double digit lead to the locker room, 54-43. The biggest highlight of the first half came courtesy of Kevon Looney, who played stellar defense, especially on one play: That sequence was Looney! pic.twitter.com/HXjN5h8tMq—...
Golden State Of Mind May 16, 2018
Adjustments for Game 2: The Warriors can do even better

Adjustments for Game 2: The Warriors can do even better

If the Warriors win Game 2, the series is effectively over. The Golden State Warriors have to be happy with their win in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. On the road, they won by double digits playing the game the Houston Rockets wanted to play. But a series is long, and the Warriors will need to adjust to whatever the Rockets change in order to come out on top. I think the Warriors still have quite a few more cards to play. Defense: Trust in Looney: Looney looked silly guarding James Harden and Chris Paul in isolation a few times in Game 1, but he accomplished his job well. He...
The Mercury News May 16, 2018
NBA playoffs: How Kevon Looney embraced challenge of defending James Harden

NBA playoffs: How Kevon Looney embraced challenge of defending James Harden

The Warriors liked how Kevon Looney's effort in Game 1 against Houston in defending Rockets guard James Harden on isolation plays.
SFGate May 15, 2018

Is Kevon Looney the Warriors’ X-factor on defense against the Rockets?

HOUSTON — In riding 65 wins to the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed, the Rockets came to master the art of hunting mismatches along the three-point arc. In Game 1 of the conference finals Monday night, James Harden and Chris Paul stuck to the game plan, repeatedly attacking Warriors reserve Kevon Looney on an island. In 25 minutes of Golden State’s 119-106 win at Toyota Center, Looney contested 19 shots. No one else contested more than 10. Harden and Paul combined for 64 points, sure, but Warriors head coach Steve Kerr sees no need to draw anything up for Game 2...
Golden State Of Mind May 15, 2018
Explain One Play: Steph Counters the Rockets

Explain One Play: Steph Counters the Rockets

Watch Stephen Curry and Draymond Green use a Spurs play to come back in Game 1 against the Rockets. Then when the Rockets try to bust the play, Steph and Dray change it up to counter the Rockets defense. Co-starring Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, Trevor Ariza and James Harden. From Game 1, May 14 2018. Random notes from the Warriors-Rockets game before jumping to the video. If the Houston Rockets crack psychologically, of course this is over. But that game was very close halfway through the 4th. It looks to me they can tighten up their D -- those back cuts and open Klay Thompson 3s -- and...
Golden State Of Mind May 14, 2018
Gamethread: Warriors and Rockets clash in Game 1

Gamethread: Warriors and Rockets clash in Game 1

The Western Conference Finals are finally here. It’s finally here. After a lengthy wait, the Western Conference Finals have arrived. At long last, it’s time for Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. Get pumped. Much of the discussion has been about who will start for the Warriors, but Steve Kerr is holding his cards close to his chest. It looks like we won’t find out until tip-off who is taking the floor as the fifth starter next to the All-Stars. Could it be JaVale McGee again? Kevon Looney? Andre Iguodala? Reporter: “can you tell us your starting...
The Mercury News May 11, 2018
Warriors’ Kevin Looney poised to cash in on playoff breakthrough

Warriors’ Kevin Looney poised to cash in on playoff breakthrough

Warriors declined his $2.2 million option, but now Kevon Looney could be a free-agent prize
The Mercury News May 10, 2018
How summer pickup games help Kevon Looney prepare for Chris Paul and James Harden

How summer pickup games help Kevon Looney prepare for Chris Paul and James Harden

OAKLAND – Entering Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, Warriors forward Kevon Looney provides a necessary X-factor against the formidable Houston Rockets. For the Warriors, Looney’s ability to switch, combined with his defensive basketball IQ makes him the perfect big man to combat against the iso-heavy tandem of Chris Paul and James Harden. Last […]
SFGate May 10, 2018

Kevon Looney on looming free agency: ‘If I play well, good things will happen’

As he prepares for what figures to be a key role in the Western Conference finals against Houston, Warriors forward Kevon Looney is trying not to think about his strange circumstances: the better he plays, the less likely he is to return to Golden State next season. "I know if I play well, good things will happen," Looney, an unrestricted free agent this summer, said after practice Thursday. "So, I just keep working hard. The goal is to win a championship, so that’s all I’ve been focusing on." In October, when the Warriors decided not to exercise his...

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