The Golden State Warriors‘ starting lineup looked a little different in Monday night’s 130-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ahead of the matchup, head coach Steve Kerr placed rookie James Wiseman on the bench and instead started veteran center, Kevon Looney, in his place with the hopes of avoiding another slow start for the Warriors.
After another disappointing loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday, Kerr finally decided to make changes to his starting five. The team was in desperate need of a switch up to hopefully boost their momentum. Although Kerr has previously expressed his faith in the 19-year-old No.2 overall pick, Kerr decided to experiment in giving him a bench role that still allowed him to play an ample amount of minutes. Instead, Looney would get to start.
Looney has made an appearance in all 17 games so far this season and has made a major impact on the defensive side, which is what the Warriors lineup is struggling with the most. The effort that Looney has put forth this season by being an enforcer in the paint is mostly the reason why Kerr placed him in this position.