What Kevon Looney’s move to Warriors bench means

When Warriors head coach Steve Kerr announced on Tuesday that Stephen Curry’s minutes restriction was lifted, center Kevon Looney already knew what that potentially meant for him, especially when considering the recent success of third-year guard Jordan Poole in a starting role.

“The writing was on the wall that somebody was going to have to come off the bench, and I knew it wasn’t going to be Steph,” he said.

Looney, 26, started 80 regular-season games and each of the first four playoff games. But ahead of Game 5 on Wednesday at Chase Center, Golden State revealed that it would be going with a starting lineup of Curry, Poole, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Green — the Warriors’ three-guard, small-ball lineup that devastated the Nuggets’ defense in spurts throughout the opening round of the playoffs.

Looney told reporters on Friday following Warriors practice that he didn’t mind being the odd man out. Coming off the bench wasn’t a foreign concept to him, as he’s done so 217 times in 367 career regular-season games with Golden State.

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