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Watch Looney make huge impact for Warriors in win over Wolves

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Steve Kerr elected to make a change in the starting lineup Monday night, inserting Kevon Looney in place of James Wiseman.

And in the Warriors' win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Looney showed exactly why Golden State's coach loves him.

The 24-year-old big man didn't put up big numbers -- two points, five rebounds, four assists and one block in 19 minutes.

But he was a plus-21 and was a stabilizing force on both ends of the floor.

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"Looney's just rock solid," Kerr told the media after the 130-108 victory. "He knows how to play. He's always making the right screen, the right pass, the right box out. He's got a great feel for the game.

"It's never gonna show up in the box score ... he just seems to make the group whole when he's out there. It's why he played so many important minutes for us over the years.

"It's why I wanted to start him tonight -- get some direction and continuity defensively to start the game."

Let's take a look at how Looney impacted the game offensively:

 

He keeps things moving and flowing, and understands exactly what he needs to do to help the Warriors manufacture great shots.

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As for defense, Looney almost always is in the right place at the right time.

That clip helps explain why Minnesota went 6-for-16 from the field when Looney was the closest defender.

"It's really interesting -- some players just feel it and see it, and some don't," Kerr explained. "And Looney really sees it."

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