Looney's 2017-18 campaign was far and away his best season yet, which was only boosted by a solid postseason showing where he averaged 4.1 points and 4.2 rebounds across 21 games (five starts). While he's only a reserve for the Warriors, the fact that they got Looney back on a minimum contract was an outstanding deal. The Warriors picked up yet another All-Star in DeMarcus Cousins this offseason, who is set to start alongside Draymond Green. However, the Warriors already lost JaVale McGee in free agency and are also potentially set to let both Zaza Pachulia and David West walk as well, so there should be plenty of rotation minutes for Looney to soak up once again off the bench.
Looney will come off the bench for Sunday's Game 2 against the Cavaliers, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Looney played 25 minutes in Game 1, but coach Steve Kerr has elected to go with Javale McGee at center to start Sunday's contest. Looney will still likely get a fair share of minutes in the frontcourt Sunday even though he's not getting the start, but it could be more evenly split between him, McGee and rookie Jordan Bell.
Looney (toe) will be available for Monday's Game 7 against the Rockets, Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Looney has been dealing with a sore left toe of late but hasn't actually missed any time off the court with the injury. In fact, he's averaged just under 20 minutes per game across the six contest thus far. With everything on the line Monday, though, it's possible coach Steve Kerr will drastically shorten up his rotations, so there's no guarantee Looney will reach his series average in Game 7.
Looney will be a game-time decision for Monday's Game 7 matchup against the Rockets with a sore left toe, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
Looney has averaged 3.7 points and five rebounds through the first six games of the Western Conference Finals. His status for Game 7 will likely be determined in pre-game warmups leading up to Monday's matchup.
Looney mustered four points (2-2 FG), three rebounds, two assists and one steal across 22 minutes during Golden State's 98-94 loss to the Rockets in Game 5 of their Western Conference Finals playoff series.
Looney drew a second straight start for Andre Iguodala (knee), but he was understandably a bit player on offense yet again. The third-year forward has posted four consecutive four-point efforts, cementing his slotting as a cost-effective DFS punt play at most in postseason contests. Iguodala's status for Saturday's critical Game 6 remains firmly up in the air, leaving open the possibility of a third straight run with the first unit for Looney.
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