Why Kevon Looney started over Andrew Bogut in third quarter of Game 2

Drew Shiller
NBC Sports BayArea

Why Kevon Looney started over Andrew Bogut in third quarter of Game 2 originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

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Warriors center Andrew Bogut started Games 1 and 2 of the Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers. But on Thursday night, he didn't take the floor at the start of the third quarter, as coach Steve Kerr instead went with Kevon Looney.

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It turned out to be a very smart move.

"Just to be a little more aggressive on their pick-and-rolls," Kerr explained Friday about his decision. "They were hurting us in the first half, and we needed a spark, so we just decided to go to Looney right away."

Over the first 6 minutes and 17 seconds of the third quarter, Looney was incredible. Let's look at his contributions:

The soon-to-be unrestricted free agent didn't score a single point during the third-quarter surge, but he found a way to have a massive impact. Then, over the final 8 minutes and 4 seconds of the fourth quarter, he registered seven points and three rebounds.

"We wanted to be the aggressor," Kerr told reporters. "That was the main message at halftime. They were putting us on our heels, and we needed to do that to them, and sometimes that means getting out and trapping and blitzing and flying around.

"We have our game plan that we want to execute, but sometimes the best adjustment is just playing harder. And I think that's what we did in the second half."

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All told, it was a special night for Looney.

But you should expect him to come off the bench in Game 3 on Saturday night in Portland, and for Bogut to get the start again.

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