The Golden State Warriors advanced to the Western Conference playoffs with a comfortable 120-100 away victory against the Sacramento Kings in Game 7 after an inconsistent, injury-plagued season.
After scoring 50 points and leading his team’s offense, Stephen Curry had pretty much all of the focus.
Kevon Looney, a big man, was also very important as he pulled down 21 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass.
After the game, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr praised him incredibly, calling him one of the NBA’s top centers.
Steve Kerr: I think (Kevon) Looney is one of the best centers in the league. pic.twitter.com/j3ODtAWFjx
Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) April 30, 2023
Looney is a mainstay who has been around for a while, along with Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.
Looney, who was a bench player on Golden State’s championship teams in 2017 and 2018, unlike important players like Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole, played on those squads. Since then, his game has only improved.
Over the past two seasons, he has established himself as a regular starter. In the regular season, he averaged 9.3 rebounds per game and shot 63.0 percent from the field, which was a career high.
Looney consistently stood out throughout the Kings series, pulling down at least 20 rebounds three times, over 10 rebounds in five games, and even nine assists in the Warriors’ victory in Game 3.
They will face the resurgent Los Angeles Lakers in the next round, which means Looney will have to guard Anthony Davis, at least for a while. However, it appears like he is up for the job.