Kelly Oubre Jr. seemed to be in the middle of every play in the first half of Wednesday night’s contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Against the backdrop of Tuesday’s trade rumors that linked him to the New Orleans Pelicans, Oubre busted out with a game-high 16 points in the first half, shooting 5-of-5 from the field, 2-of-2 from 3-point land and 4-of-4 from the line. He also added four rebounds, three assists, two steals, a block and a push-up.
Following a hard foul by Minnesota forward Jake Layman on a screen in the second quarter, Oubre found himself on the floor. So he made the most of his time and got a couple quick push-ups in before running back down the floor.
A little extra pump for the triceps never hurt nobody.
Credit Oubre for showing the Warriors what type of impact he can make in a game, just 24 hours removed from hearing his name whipped around the rumor mill. He was a force on both ends in 13 first-half minutes with his tough, high-energy style of play.
The Warriors will certainly have some playing time issues on the wing to figure out when Klay Thompson returns for the 2021-22 season. But Oubre brings a solid complimentary skillset to Steph Curry and the Warriors that could make him key to the squad’s chances of reaching the playoffs this season.