First-rounder Looney makes Warriors debut: 'It was surreal'


First-rounder Looney makes Warriors debut: 'It was surreal'

OAKLAND –- After summertime surgery and five months of recovery and rehabilitation, rookie forward Kevon Looney made his Warriors debut Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.

Looney, who underwent hip surgery in August, played six minutes, finishing with 2 points and two rebounds.

He entered the game with 5:47 remaining the second quarter of a 127-107 victory over the Mavericks to a warm ovation. Exactly 31 seconds later, the 6-foot-9 forward was whistled for a foul on Dallas forward Chandler Parsons, who converted a 3-point play.

Looney, who spent one season at UCLA before declaring himself eligible for the NBA, was just pleased to be playing in the NBA. He made his debut with the D-League Warriors on Jan. 12 and played five games for Santa Cruz.

“It was surreal,” he said of NBA debut. “I’ve never played in front of crowd like that.

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“To be in front of Oracle for the first time, playing on the court, it was amazing. I never even got to play with Steph (Curry) and all the guys at practice in the full scrimmage, so being on the court with those guys was a lot of fun.”

Kerr said the sidelining of center Festus Ezeli (knee soreness) meant there was an increased likelihood Looney would play.

“It was good to get him out there,” Kerr said. “He’s done a nice job in Santa Cruz, but he’s still not where he needs to be conditioning-wise, coming off all the surgery and inactivity.”

Looney in the postgame locker room was given a game ball, after which he gave a brief speech.

“It was amazing, man,” Draymond Green said of the speech. “He got put on the spot, and he come up with something like that (snaps his fingers). I think he had it planned already. It was good, though, kind of touched my heart a little bit.”

Looney for the foreseeable future will continue play for both the NBA Warriors and the D-League affiliate, according to Jonnie West, the associate general manager in Santa Cruz.

“He’s going to play for Santa Cruz Friday (in Bakersfield) and then join the team later on the road trip,” West said.

The Warriors leave Friday morning for a three-game road trip on the East Coast, beginning Saturday in Philadelphia.

Steph Curry out at least 10 more days for Warriors with groin injury

Steph Curry out at least 10 more days for Warriors with groin injury

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Steph Curry is Houston bound.

The two-time NBA MVP is traveling with the Warriors to Texas for the three-game road trip, but he will not play in any of the contests, the team announced Wednesday.

The Warriors will face the Rockets on Thursday, the Mavericks on Saturday and the Spurs on Sunday.

Curry will be re-evaluated in 10 days, which means he's scheduled to also miss next week's games against the Thunder (Wednesday) and the Trail Blazers (Friday). Golden State will host the Kings next Saturday, which is 10 days from now.

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The three-time NBA champion has missed the Warriors' last three games -- wins over the Nets and Hawks, and a loss to the Clippers. He is averaging 29.5 points, 6.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds this season, while shooting 51.5 percent from the field and over 49 percent from 3-point range.

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Positives, negatives from Warriors' back-to-back vs. Clippers, Hawks

Positives, negatives from Warriors' back-to-back vs. Clippers, Hawks

OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Tuesday completed the third of 12 back-to-back sets that they will have this season, and this one might have a lasting impact.

There are few moments to remember and many to regret, most notably the blow-up between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green on Monday night.

Here are two positives and two negatives culled from splitting the two games, a loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles and a win over the Hawks in Oakland:


The bench didn’t waver

With Stephen Curry missing both games and Green missing the second while on suspension, the Warriors needed a boost from their reserves. They generally got what they wanted.

The bench scored 39 points on 68.2 percent shooting against the Clippers. It was the starters' 77 points on 40.3 percent shooting that failed the test.

Against the Hawks, the bench didn’t shoot as well, perhaps because two reserves -- Quinn Cook and Jonas Jerebko -- were in the starting lineup. Cook and Jerebko combined for 32 points (46.4 percent), 17 rebounds and eight assists.

If Cook and Jerebko keep making shots and stretching the floor, the Warriors will benefit.

Iguodala’s shot looks niiice

If there is a sense the Oracle Arena crowd holds its collective breath every time Andre Iguodala hoists a 3-pointer, it’s because it does.

When he misses, and sometimes badly, there is a groan.

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When they go in, there is plenty of extra hearty in the cheer.

These days, they’ve been going in. Iguodala, the team’s multi-skilled Sixth Man, scored 22 points, on 8-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep, over the last two games.

Since missing his first eight shots from beyond the arc, Iguodala is 8 of 14. That’s 57.1 percent. He won’t maintain that pace -- nobody does -- but that scoring boost is particularly timely with Curry out.


The Green-Durant quarrel

The Warriors can’t hide this one. They can’t deny it. Durant and Green squabbled in plain sight Monday night, with teammates trying to soothe each of them.

With the score tied and about five seconds remaining in regulation, Green yanked down a rebound. Durant was a few feet away pleading for the ball. Green ignored him and went dribbling up the court. He committed a turnover, the Warriors did not get off a shot, and the game went into overtime, with Durant fouling out and Golden State fading over the final minutes.

That led to the dispute on the bench that carried over into the locker room. It also prompted the Warriors to suspend Green for conduct detrimental to the team.

This might be the biggest tiff yet involving Green, a firebrand that injects energy and enthusiasm but in this instance might have become too abrasive for the general good.

Will it have any lasting effect? If comments made by players and coaches are any indication, it possibly will.

Young bigs struggling on the glass

The Warriors determined this was the year they’d go away from a veteran center rotation and turn things over to the three youngsters: Jordan Bell, Damian Jones and Kevon Looney. Results have been mixed.

One element that has been fairly consistently disappointing is rebounding. Bell played just 13 minutes over the last two games and grabbed three. Looney played 45 minutes and grabbed seven. He has been the best rebounder of the group.

Jones has started every game. In 32 minutes over last two games, he had six rebounds. His season high is six. He has had eight games with three or fewer boards.

The Warriors need them to be better.