Kevon Looney: Falling to 30th in the draft put a chip on my shoulder

Kevon Looney: Falling to 30th in the draft put a chip on my shoulder

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Kevon Looney: Falling to 30th in the draft put a chip on my shoulder

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Dave McMenamin @mcten
New video: My @sportscenter report from Game 2 of the Western Conference finals where Kevon Looney busted out to turn the game around for the Dubs. pic.twitter.com/a4vh5hZgM81:48 PM

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
Your Game 2 episode of All-82, which probably should be renamed The Kevon Looney podcast at this point.
@Anthony Slater @Tim Kawakami
Apple: https://t.co/hOs7nQAGgM
Spotify: https://t.co/1r6Z8VdRH0
TA: https://t.co/qv4BVG5XYJ pic.twitter.com/H1ouFLVUg212:52 PM

Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Enjoyed this column from @annkillion on Kevon Looney, who received M-V-P chants last night: sfchronicle.com/sports/annkill…11:50 AM
Trey Kerby @treykerby
It looked like the torch may have been passed, but Connor McDavid and Kevon Looney are still the best players left in the playoffs. – 9:25 AM
Tania Ganguli @taniaganguli
Kevon Looney was once a wide-eyed rookie intimidated by joining the Warriors mid-dynasty. “They used to joke that I didn’t talk for the first 6 months,” he said. He’s now a critical part of the team’s next championship attempt, as he showed Friday night. nytimes.com/2022/05/21/spo…4:55 AM
Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
“MVP” chants rained down for Kevon Looney Friday night – an experience he called “nerve wracking.”
He became the first Warrior center with a 20 & 10 playoff game since the 70s as he led the charge in the Warriors’ comeback over the Mavs: espn.com/nba/story/_/id…2:37 AM
Matt Steinmetz @SteinmetzNBA
Two questions: Is Maxi Kleber’s box score line among most pathetic ever … and is Kevon Looney poised to win first-ever Magic Johnson award? – 1:56 AM
Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Kevon Looney had a career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds as the Golden State Warriors rallied past the Dallas Mavericks 126-117 on Friday for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
“I feel honored just to be a part of the ride,” Looney said. https://t.co/qco2mEtHWy pic.twitter.com/sdB5D40dC012:55 AM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Jordan Poole isn’t surprised by how Kevon Looney played tonight.
“Loon is a dog. He’s always been a dog.” – 12:37 AM
Ric Bucher @RicBucher
Jordan Poole just got emotional talking about seeing Kevon Looney have the game he had tonight. GSW chemistry is truly something special. – 12:34 AM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Jordan Poole on him and Kevon Looney, coming from the same city, and watching Looney play well:
“The little kid in me is so excited…I’m so happy for him, and I’m happy to be a part of it. Shoutout to big bro Loon.” – 12:32 AM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Kevon Looney’s sister, Summer, graduated today. He made sure to shout her out while leaving the podium tonight. – 12:25 AM
Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Just a couple of years ago, Kevon Looney’s NBA career was on life support. Now, he’s a key difference-maker for a title contender. Feels like a good time to revisit this story I wrote in January: sfchronicle.com/sports/warrior…12:24 AM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Kevon Looney on the Warriors’ dominance in the paint tonight: pic.twitter.com/yg9ary6T9q12:20 AM

Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Kevon Looney on the crowd chanting MVP while he was shooting free throws:
“It was nerve-racking. I haven’t shot a free throw in like three weeks.” – 12:16 AM
Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
More of Steve Kerr on Kevon Looney: “I don’t know where we’d be without him, frankly. He’s just been a huge part of our team.” – 12:01 AM
Trey Kerby @treykerby
Connor McDavid looking like Kevon Looney out there. – 12:00 AM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Steve Kerr on Kevon Looney:
“Loon is everybody’s favorite guy…He gives us a lot of stability that we need.” – 11:59 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Steve Kerr says Kevon Looney is “incredibly underrated by everybody” and was “brilliant” tonight. In the 2nd half, Looney held the Mavericks to 0-7 FG as a primary defender, including holding Luka Doncic to 0-3 FG as his primary defender. Looney had 21 points and 12 rebounds. – 11:57 PM
CJ Holmes @CjHolmes22
Steve Kerr: “I thought Kevon Looney was brilliant tonight… He’s had a fantastic playoff run… He’s underrated by everybody.” – 11:56 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Kevon Looney over last 2 games vs Mavericks
15.5 points
8.5 rebounds
3 assists
78% FG
+12
#GoldBlooded11:53 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Radio Roulette is LIVE @UnderdogFantasy
– Game 2(s)
– Scoring variance
– Jordan Poole roller coaster
– Mavs bench, how rule should apply
– Kevon Looney MVP
– Draymond rules
– Targeting Steph
– I fulfilled my promise, an update
– $100 giveaway
Join us!⬇️
youtube.com/watch?v=h3_MHo…11:38 PM
Michael Gallagher @MikeSGallagher
Kevon Looney post game interview.
He’s about to get that cheese like the Antonellis. – 11:37 PM
Melissa Rohlin @melissarohlin
The Warriors stormed back from a 19-point deficit to beat the Mavs in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals, 126-117. The night belonged to Kevon Looney, who scored the most points ever in his career, regular season or postseason (21) on 10-for-14 shooting and grabbed 12 boards – 11:37 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Warriors go up 2-0 on the Mavericks.
-Kevon Looney: 21 points, 12 rebounds, 32 more gigantic minutes
-Jordan Poole: 23 bench points
-Otto Porter: 11-7-4-1-1 stat line off the bench
-Steph Curry: 32 points, closed it out late – 11:37 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kevon Looney in Game 2:
21 PTS (career high)
12 REB
10-14 FG
MVP of the series. pic.twitter.com/wqbTX38B2a11:36 PM

Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Kevon Looney is younger than Karl-Anthony Towns, Christian Wood and Patrick McCaw – 11:25 PM
Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
I honestly thought Kevon Looney wouldn’t play big minutes in this series, just because it seemed to have the makings of a small-ball-centric matchup. The fact that Looney has even had the chance to have a night like this speaks to how much Kerr trusts and values him. – 11:17 PM
Kerith Burke @KerithBurke
Kevon Looney currently has more made FGs than Luka Doncic – 11:13 PM
Ric Bucher @RicBucher
Have yourself a game, Kevon Looney (21 & 10 and counting)… – 11:13 PM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Kevon Looney has a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds to go with those points. – 11:09 PM
Kendra Andrews @kendra__andrews
This is the first 20-point game in Kevon Looney’s career, including regular season and playoffs. H/t @ESPNStatsInfo
He has 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 10 rebonds in 29 minutes. 7:48 left in the game. – 11:09 PM
Chris Fedor @ChrisFedor
Who is paying Kevon Looney this summer?! – 11:09 PM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Jordan Poole and Kevon Looney have the Chase Center going crazy in the fourth quarter. Yes, you read that right, Poole and Looney. Warriors lead 97-92 with 7:48 left. – 11:08 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Warriors center Kevon Looney has a career-high 21 points (playoffs and regular season) on 10-of-14 from the field to go with 10 rebounds, his second career postseason double-double (first in 2022 Playoffs). Via @Golden State Warriors PR11:08 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Kevon Looney is the first Warriors center with a 20/10 playoff game since Robert Parish in 1977. pic.twitter.com/LOBecakSy011:07 PM

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
That’s 21 points and 10 rebounds for Kevon Looney. First time he’s scored 20 points in his career, regular season or playoffs. – 11:07 PM
Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Kevon Looney with 21 points and 10 rebounds midway through the fourth quarter. Wow. – 11:07 PM
Gerald Bourguet @GeraldBourguet
Kevon Looney has been terrific to start this series. Dominating his role by doing the little things on both ends, and the Mavs are struggling to attack him defensively – 11:05 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Fully prepared for the Warriors to win the NBA title and Steph to lose out on Finals MVP to Kevon Looney. – 11:05 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Mavericks scored 13 3rd quarter points
Kevon Looney *created* 14 3rd quarter points (11 scored, assist to Wiggins 3) – 11:04 PM
Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS
Every time I see Kevon Looney’s mother at a game, she has a standard line: ‘Hi! . . . Now write and say something good about my son. Not just that he’s a good guy.’ – 11:00 PM
Law Murray @LawMurrayTheNU
Only player in this game for either team with more FGs than Kevon Looney (17 points, 8/11 FGs) through three quarters is Luka Doncic (28 points, 9/17 FGs) – 11:00 PM
Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
We’ve talked a lot about the Warriors trying to sign Jordan Poole to an extension this summer. Guess what? Kevon Looney will be a free agent. Bringing him back will be a huge priority for Golden State. 17 points and 10 rebounds so far tonight. Been sensational yet again. – 10:59 PM
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Kevon Looney was nothing short of remarkable in that 3rd Q. He scored 11 pts on 5-of-6 shooting and held the Mavs to 0-of-5 shooting with a turnover on the defensive end. Mavs up 85-83 heading into the 4th. Here we go. – 10:58 PM
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Warriors center Kevon Looney scored 14 points in the third quarter. @ESPNStatsInfo10:58 PM
Shaun Powell @Powell2daPeople
Maxi Kleber letting Kevon Looney look like Olajuwon. – 10:57 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
kevon looney needs to renegotiate his contract during the commercial break – 10:56 PM
Mark Haynes @markhaynesnba
Kevon Looney is having another big game. The Warriors center has 15 points, 7 rebounds, and some MVP chants at the free-throw line. – 10:48 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
not even kidding when i say Kevon Looney has a legit chance of winning the first Western Conference Finals MVP. – 10:47 PM
Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Kevon Looney just stepped to the foul line to “M-V-P” chants. This crowd is showing its love for one of the Warriors’ unsung heroes. – 10:47 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Kevon Looney is actually older than Robert Parish. – 10:46 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Kevon Looney playing his ass off again: 15 points, 7 rebounds, holding up well on switches, handling the interior with Draymond Green on the bench with five fouls. – 10:46 PM
Connor Letourneau @Con_Chron
Kevon Looney (12 points, six rebounds) is quietly putting together his third really solid performance in a row. His re-emergence has been key for the Warriors. – 10:42 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Kevon Looney is proof that you shouldn’t pay Deandre Ayton the bag. – 10:33 PM
Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater
Kevon Looney getting his lower back wrapped on the bench. His workload has been upped way more than normal lately — 35 minutes in Game 6 vs Memphis, 28 minutes in G1 and 13 first half minutes tonight. – 10:07 PM

More on this storyline

Payton II: Also, for the record: There’s no bad blood between me and Dillon Brooks. After we closed out Game 6, I got word that he wanted to talk outside the locker room, and when I got there he apologized. I give Dillon a lot of credit for that — no text, no social media, nothing indirect. He came in person, and we talked like grown men. He told me he didn’t mean to hurt me. I believe him. -via The Players’ Tribune / May 21, 2022
Payton II: So, no, I’m not mad. I feel like maybe the whole world thought I was mad, though. Because once that game ended, my phone started blowing up — everyone tapping in and checking on me, making sure I wasn’t too upset or too down or whatever. And of course everyone with the Warriors, they’re all such good people and had my back, no question. I had a lot of people pissed on my behalf. And I love them for that. But I was good. -via The Players’ Tribune / May 21, 2022

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