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Steve Kerr explains how Alfonzo McKinnie exploits rebounding loophole

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Steve Kerr explains how Alfonzo McKinnie exploits rebounding loophole

Alfonzo McKinnie is a really, really good rebounder.

One could even use the word "elite" when discussing that aspect of his game.

Per 36 minutes, McKinnie is averaging nine boards per contest -- good for second on the Warriors behind Kevon Looney (10.2).

"He's a tremdenous athlete. He's got good length and great leaping ability," Steve Kerr said Wednesday night on 95.7 The Game. "And he just has a knack for the ball, particularly on the offensive glass."

But is there something else that gives McKinnie an edge on the glass? Is there some secret sauce?

"He happens to be playing in an era, frankly, where nobody boxes out," Kerr explained. "Shot goes up -- and in every game that I watch on League Pass, our own games -- shot goes up and all the eyes just go up to the ball and follow the ball and nobody turns and boxes out.

"Alfonzo does a great job of just finding those seams and running right past people and going up and getting rebounds, getting us extra possessions."

Arguably the main reason McKinnie earned a roster spot with Golden State was because he did things like this during the exhibition season:

And here are some examples of McKinnie wreaking havoc on the offensive glass throughout the regular season:

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There will be playoff games in which McKinnie doesn't play a minute. And there will probably be some playoff games in which McKinnie outworks the opponent and grabs some huge rebounds in key moments.

"He's been a great, great story for us," Kerr said. "A great kid, wonderful to coach and getting better too. I couldn't be happier for him."

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NBA players 'enjoy' Steph Curry being out, Giannis Antetokounmpo says

NBA players 'enjoy' Steph Curry being out, Giannis Antetokounmpo says

Steph Curry and the Warriors ran roughshod over the NBA for five years, reaching five consecutive NBA Finals and putting together the league’s greatest regular season ever with 73 wins in 2015-16.

The 2019-20 season has not gone quite the same for Golden State, as Curry remains out since suffering a broken hand on Oct. 30. The Warriors now own the league’s worst record at the All-Star break.

It’s safe to say players around the NBA haven’t exactly sympathized with the organization’s precipitous downturn.

"Let me be honest with you," Giannis told reporters Saturday during NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago. "The players, we kind of enjoy that he's not playing -- not enjoy that he's hurt. We want him to be healthy, but he just makes it way, way tougher for the rest of the league."

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It’s not the first time players have publicly stated their appreciation for the Warriors no longer being the unstoppable force they became in the 2010s.

The guard definitely has made life more difficult for defenders over the years, as Curry owns four first-team All-NBA honors as well as the most 3-point field goals among active NBA players.

Curry is aiming to return to the court in early March, and the Warriors will play the Bucks on March 14. Antetokounmpo’s reprieve from facing the two-time MVP might not last much longer, then. 

Why Hawks star Trae Young doesn't mind hearing Steph Curry comparisons

Why Hawks star Trae Young doesn't mind hearing Steph Curry comparisons

If you had a dollar every time someone compared Steph Curry to Trae Young, you'd have a lot of dollars. 

It's an obvious comparison. The Warriors star and the face of the Atlanta Hawks are electric, undersized point guards who can drain shots from just about anywhere on the court. 

Young surely has heard of the similarities countless times, but that doesn't mean he minds the reminder. 

"Who wouldn't want to be compared to MVP and a guy like that," the 21-year-old told reporters Friday ahead of the NBA Rising Stars Challenge. "I don't necessarily get into all that. I don't mind it. I'm glad I'm getting compared to a guy like him than somebody else. It's not a bad thing."

Curry has missed all but four games this season after breaking his left hand a day before Halloween. The two-time MVP will be re-evaluated March 1, and he'll return to the court soon after. 

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard arguably has seized the reigns as the NBA's most ridiculous shot-maker in Curry's absence -- seriously, just look at the Oakland native's game logs since the start of 2020 -- but Young isn't far behind. Young is averaging 29.7 points per game and making 36.9 percent of his 3-point shots. 

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He's not quite Curry, of course. The three-time NBA champion has never shot worse than 40 percent from deep in a season in which he played at least 50 games. Curry could retire today as the NBA's fifth-most proficient 3-point shooter (43.5 percent), while Young didn't even cross the 40 percent threshold in his one year at the University of Oklahoma. 

Young's cabinets are missing the hardware that fills Curry's, too. But being mentioned in the same breath at this point in his career? That's more than enough for Young right now.