Warriors center Kevon Looney played through considerable pain during Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night.
Looney's first costal cartilage fracture originally had the Warriors rule the big man out for the remainder of The Finals, but he suited up for Golden State's 105-92 loss to the Toronto Raptors once it was determined he couldn't make the injury worse.
The UCLA product finished the night with 10 points, six rebounds, an assist and the respect of his coach, even as the Warriors fell into a three-games-to-one hole in the best-of-seven series.
"The ultimate competitor," Steve Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock after Game 4. "He has some fractured cartilage in his chest, and he's out there battling ... playing his tail off. I have so much respect for that guy. He's amazing."
Looney scored eight of his 10 points in the first half, but he and the rest of the Warriors struggled as the Raptors seized control of the game in the second half. The four-year veteran was minus-7 in the second half, while eight of his teammates also posted minues over the final two quarters.
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Fellow injured big man DeMarcus Cousins (torn quadriceps) played just 14:48 and visibly labored for his second consecutive game. Reserve center Andrew Bogut, meanwhile, was a plus-6 in 10:47 off the bench for the Warriors.
It's hard to imagine Looney playing more than 20:24 in the Warriors' loss, but it was difficult to envision him playing at all as recently as Thursday morning. Kerr believes the fact that Looney did is a testament to his young center, and the Warriors will need him to play through pain (at least) once more.
Kevin Durant. Andre Iguodala. DeMarcus Cousins. Shaun Livingston. What do they have in common?
None of them play for the Warriors anymore.
Klay Thompson is expected to miss a large portion of the season as he recovers from a torn left ACL. Combine all of this with the fact the Western Conference is insanely loaded, and you got people who believe the Dubs will either struggle to make the playoffs or miss the postseason altogether.
Steph Curry played in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe over the weekend, and had the following interaction with Marcus Thompson of The Athletic:
The break in the action on the 16th hole was coming to an end. Curry’s turn was near, leaving time for one final question.
Are the Warriors making the playoffs?
He was almost through the word “facts” when he realized it was a question and not a statement. Suddenly, his calm expression disappeared. His face scrunched and his voice elevated above a whisper, adding a shriek for emphasis.
“What?!” he said, playfully agitated by the sheer audacity of the question. “What?!”
The Warriors have reached the playoffs seven straight years. They've appeared in five consecutive NBA Finals, winning three titles.
Curry is a two-time MVP and is on the short list of best players in the NBA. Draymond Green is incredible and always will be underrated.
Golden State added 23-year old D'Angelo Russell, who averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists last season en route to making his first All-Star Game.
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Head coach Steve Kerr and general manager Bob Myers still are onboard.
Be careful doubting the Dubs.
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Who is the best player in the NBA?
If you asked five different people, you might get five different answers. But where's the fun in that?
Enter the NBA2K video game series.
The ratings for the top 20 players in the new NBA2K20 game were unveiled Monday, and while it's hard to argue with the players that were included, there's naturally plenty of controversy regarding their respective rankings.
For instance, Warriors fans might feel like Steph Curry belongs in the top five. NBA2K20 disagrees.
Curry came in as the No. 6 ranked players in NBA2K20 with an overall rating of 95, just behind Houston's James Harden and Brooklyn's Kevin Durant (both 96 overall).
Rounding out the top three: reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounpo (96 overall), reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard (97 overall), and finally, the Lakers' LeBron James (97 overall).
Just like his fellow backcourt mate, one could make the case Golden State's Klay Thompson is underrated as well. With an overall rating of 89, Thompson comes in at No. 14 in the player rankings.
While you can quibble with the Splash Brothers' overall rankings, you can't when it comes to their specialized skill sets. Out of all the players in NBA2K20, Curry and Thompson are ranked as the two best 3-point shooters, respectively. Curry has the maximum 3-point shooting rating possible (99), while Thompson isn't far behind at 97.
Now, the most pressing NBA2K20 ratings question remaining: Where the heck is Draymond Green?