Looney drew the start for Andre Iguodala (knee) and supplied just four points (2-6 FG), five rebounds, one assist and one block across 26 minutes during Golden State's 95-92 loss to the Rockets in Game 4 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series Tuesday.
The fourth-year big man's line ultimately wasn't any different from those he'd produced off the bench during the prior two games when he came off the bench and logged under 20 minutes. Looney's lack of production wasn't necessarily due to poor shooting as much as it was to modest usage, as his six shot attempts were easily the fewest among the first unit. With Iguodala having been upgraded to questionable prior to Tuesday's contest before ultimately sitting out, it's certainly conceivable -- but still uncertain -- that he returns for Thursday's Game 5, a development that would presumably push Looney back to the bench.
Looney will pick up the start in place of the injured Andre Iguodala (knee) for Game 4 against the Rockets on Tuesday, Chris Haynes of ESPN reports.
Iguodala suffered a knee-to-knee collision in Game 3 on Sunday and after testing it out during pregame warmups, decided the discomfort was too much to play through. As a result, Looney will get the call to jump into the top unit, joining Kevin Durant and Draymond Green in the frontcourt. Since the start of the playoffs, Looney has averaged 20.2 minutes across 13 games, but could push for 30-plus now that he's entered the starting five.
Looney had 12 points (6-9 FG, 0-1 FT), five rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes during Tuesday's 119-79 loss to the Jazz.
Looney was relevant yet again Tuesday, finishing with 12 points to go with a pair of steals. He has played well down the stretch for the Warriors and has certainly put himself on the fantasy radar for next season. How high he goes in drafts is dependant on how the off-season unfolds, so just keep an eye on the situation.
Looney will come off the bench for Sunday's game against the Suns, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
In what is a somewhat surprising move, Looney will head back to his role off the bench while Zaza Pachulia returns to the starting five after not playing a single minute Saturday. However, even with the change, Looney should still see a sizable role off the bench with the Warriors electing to use Pachulia in a very limited fashion this season.
Looney contributed 10 points (5-7 FG), six rebounds and two assists across 28 minutes in Saturday's 126-120 loss to the Pelicans.
It was Looney's turn to run with the starters at center Saturday, and he responded with his first double-digit scoring effort since March 19. The third-year big man has been seeing a steady allotment of playing time since early March irrespective of where he's slotted on the depth chart, although his offensive usage naturally fluctuates given the high usage of some of his teammates. It remains to be seen if Looney will draw another starting opportunity when the Warriors tangle with the Suns on Sunday.
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