Looney to start, as Warriors pay tribute to Durant
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 14, 2019 09:09 AM
FILE - Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, greets Alfonzo McKinnie (28) and Kevon Looney, center, during the second half of Game 3 of the team's NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Warriors are going with yet another new starting lineup.
Golden State is trying its 11th different starting five of this postseason, adding Kevon Looney at center to the first-string unit for Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The 11 lineups extends Golden State's NBA record for a single playoffs, at least since such things started being tracked nearly 50 years ago.
Looney will join Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry in Golden State's first five.
Toronto's starters are unchanged: Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard.
The 6'9" Looney re-aggravated a cartilage fracture in his right collarbone area during Game 5.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said, "Kevon just warmed up on the court with Chris DeMarco. He's doing decently I think he'll give it a go. We'll see how he holds up."
The Warriors will also be honoring injured star Kevin Durant and paying tribute to Oracle Arena with yellow rally towels given to fans for Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
PLAY FOR K: Tonight the #Dubs take on the #Raptors in the last game ever at #Roaracle - and they're doing it all for fellow Warrior Kevin Durant. This is what fans will be seeing on tonight's rally towel for #Game 6. GO DUBS! ????????????#PLAYFORK #doitforKD #dubnation pic.twitter.com/I2E4UFGzLP— KRON4 News (@kron4news) June 13, 2019
One line on the towel reads FOR OAK and the next line says LAND (FOR OAKLAND) with the "K'' and "D'' lined up in white for Durant's initials and nickname, "KD."
In the 2,070th game at Oracle, the Warriors were set to sell out their 343rd consecutive game and say farewell at last to the place they called home for 47 years. Golden State will move its games, practices and day-to-day operations to new Chase Center in San Francisco beginning next season.
Oracle held its first game on Nov. 29, 1966 against Chicago.