Kuminga to be handed more minutes after making 'Big strides'

Congolese, 6 feet 8 inches, Jonathan Kuminga got the most extensive playing minute of his young career in the NBA in the Golden State Warriors' 119-93 victory over the Bulls on Friday night. In 16 minutes of action, he was a plus-seven, over which he had eight points on 4-of-6 shooting from the court with best Australian online casinos putting odds ahead of the game for the star.

Though the matchup resulted in a major blowout, a significant portion of Kuminga's playing time came when the match was still very much open. He first checked into the match late in the first quarter of the game, and constantly was matched up against Chicago Bulls veteran DeMar DeRozan.

In the last few minutes of the 3rd quarter, the teenager had a layup attempt blocked by Chicago Bulls shooting guard Lonzo Ball. Draymond Green then pulled the African to the side before the teenage rookie went back out to the court the entirety of the fourth quarter.

The rookie was a lot more aggressive in the final frame and played with more energy. He had two key highlights, both dunks:
After the encounter, Draymond Green explained what he told Jonathan Kuminga in between quarters.

Green told Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike following the victory, "Every time he comes into the game, I'm just telling him to make an impact, whatever that means if that's defensive if that's getting to the rim, making good passes. I thought he was great when he had the ball in his hands. Just take what the defense is giving you, but make an impact. And when he's getting down to the rim -- I told him on that block that Lonzo Ball got in the transition play, 'He can't get that. You've got to finish that dunk.' -- and he finished everyone after that, and it's great to see.

"But if this team is going to continue to go to new levels, we need him to grow fast and bring something to this team that we don't necessarily have, which is a 6-foot-8 guy who's probably one of the best athletes in the league already."

That's very high praise from Draymond Green, but it surely seems to be accurate. The Congolese's athleticism jumps off the screen, and already there is proof of the growth in Kuminga’s game play according to He greatly impressed coach Steve Kerr against the Chicago Bulls and proved himself worthy of more minutes moving forward.

Kerr said, "It was really exciting, he's really earned the minutes he's getting. He had a great scrimmage yesterday in our 4-on-4 that we played with the young guys. His attitude, his approach over the last week -- you have to remember he missed three weeks, so he basically missed most of camp and so he was swimming upstream a little bit. And I think over the last week, he's made huge strides and we wanted to reward him."

"As long as he goes out there and runs the floor, plays defense, takes care of the ball, and passes like he did tonight, and we're going to continue to give him opportunities," Kerr concluded.

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