In the absence of Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga may start in Kerr's playoff rotation
Jonathan Kuminga has strengthened his case for replacing Andrew Wiggins, the All-Star forward, in the starting lineup. Wiggins' absence has provided the 7th pick of the 2021 draft the opportunity to contribute meaningful minutes over the last five games, and the emerging star has been a joy to watch, while earning Kerr's trust and his staff's.
Golden State Warriors' Head Coach, Steve Kerr, may start Jonathan Kuminga for the remaining eight games of the regular season in preparation for the playoffs.
After the win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Kerr jokingly described the Warriors as “hot.” Kuminga is on fire.
“Probably the best five-game stretch of his career,” Kerr told reporters in Dallas, “because the game is looking like it’s becoming simpler for him. And easier somehow. He’s more at ease with himself on the floor at both ends, so it’s fun to watch.”
Steve Kerr and his staff have started 6'-4" guard Donte DiVincenzo in place of Andrew Wiggins who can defend three positions while 6'-7" Jonathan Kuminga can defend four as Wiggins does. Kerr will use the remaining eight games to test the rotations he will use to defend the Golden State Warriors Championship Title, and Stephen Curry's quest for his fifth Larry O'Brien trophy.
The team from the bay returns home with a two game road winning streak, going 2-3 for their five games away from Chase Center. Kerr and his staff received welcoming news, Gary Payton II has been cleared to practice on Saturday, and maybe available to return to the bench in time to face Karl-Anthony Towns, and the Minnesota Timberwolves for a national televised Sunday afternoon matinee with payoff implication for both Western Division Teams.
The Warriors begin a four game homestand greeting Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday, and San Antonio on Friday of next Week before heading back on the road to face the Western Division leading Denver Nuggets.
With Phoenix Suns struggling on the road, Durant still sidelined from a high-ankle sprain, and Los Angeles Clippers,' Paul George, injured as well; the Dubs with the next four games at home have the fourth seat in the postseason as their goal.