Confident JK says didn't struggle at any point in Dubs' loss originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
As a result, it allowed some of the team's young players to play more minutes. Jonathan Kuminga was one of the players hoping to impress coach Steve Kerr during an extended look against the Pelicans.
The 20-year-old played 38 minutes for the Golden State, scoring 18 points while chipping in with four rebounds and two assists. Despite the loss to New Orleans, Kuminga is encouraged with his play.
"I wouldn't say I struggled with anything," Kuminga told reporters postgame. "Growing up to here, I feel like I've been working hard every single day to make sure I build up everything in my game. Even if it's not perfect at this time, but just knowing that I'm capable of doing pretty much everything on the floor, I'm just going to keep building on it.
"There wasn't really anything that I'd look back and be like 'I struggled doing this and that.' I know myself way better than anybody. I know things that I work on every single day so I wouldn't say I struggled with anything. It's just the beginning. It's just going back, going and watching film and knowing where I need to correct just the little things."
If the Warriors are going to dig themselves out of the 3-7 hole they currently find themselves in, Kuminga is one of the players who will need to improve and perform consistently.
Before his performance against the Pelicans, Kuminga averaged 2.7 points in six games this season. So Golden State hopes that this is a step in the right direction for the forward.
The Warriors return to the Bay Area and attempt to put the road trip behind them when they face off against their Northern California neighbor, the Kings, on Monday at Chase Center.