Against the Clippers, the undermanned Golden State Warriors needed a victory, and they got it. While Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Steph Curry all made contributions, Jonathan Kuminga stood out as a rookie player.
Steph Curry praised Kuminga’s play after the game, referring to him as a “dog on defense.”
“He’s just a dog on defense, and when he’s communicating and physical on the ball, using his athleticism, he can be a real disruption out there,” Curry said. “Offensively, we had a certain gameplan based on how the Clippers like to guard us and he knocked down shots that were right there for him, ball-swinging and taking the open ones.”
Draymond Green was among many who praised Kuminga, in addition to Steph Curry. It’s one thing to hear compliments from Steph Curry, but it’s quite another to hear them from the team’s defensive vocal leader of the previous ten years.
“We need him to just compete on the defensive end,” Green said. “His physical attributes can be overbearing on the defensive end as it is. You add the effort and the want to play defense, and it turns into a monster. He was incredibly tonight, on both ends of the floor.”
Every night, the younger players on the Warriors will need to contribute and grow if they are to have any hope of being a respectable team. The blueprint was what Jonathan Kuminga presented yesterday night.