Warriors recall Looney, McCaw from Santa Cruz before Cavs game

Warriors recall Looney, McCaw from Santa Cruz before Cavs game

OAKLAND – The Golden State Warriors have recalled forward Kevon Looney and guard Patrick McCaw from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced Saturday.

Looney, who was assigned Friday, tallied 18 points and a Santa Cruz season-high 20 rebounds to go with two steals and two blocks in 24 minutes of play last night in the Santa Cruz Warriors’ 113-104 home win against the Salt Lake City Stars.

McCaw, who was also assigned Friday, finished the game with 10 points and five assists in 32 minutes. 

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Warriors assign Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney to Santa Cruz

Warriors assign Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney to Santa Cruz

The Warriors assigned forward Kevon Looney and guard Patrick McCaw to the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced on Friday morning.

Looney and McCaw will join Golden State center Damian Jones, who was assigned on Jan. 5, and the trio will be in uniform for tonight’s home game against the Salt Lake City Stars, which tips off at 7:00 p.m. (PST) at Kaiser Permanente Arena.

Looney has appeared in 30 games (three starts) with Golden State this season, averaging 2.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 8.5 minutes of play.

McCaw, who was previously assigned to Santa Cruz for one game earlier this season, has appeared in 30 games (one start) with Golden State this season, averaging 2.6 points and 1.0 rebound in 11.5 minutes.

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No Klay, no problem for Warriors after several key adjustments

No Klay, no problem for Warriors after several key adjustments

OAKLAND -- No Klay, no problem.

The Warriors eventually put away the pesky Miami Heat, 107-95, Tuesday night. But it took some time Tuesday to adjust to the absence of All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson, and that was particularly true of Kevin Durant.

“I was rushing early on,” said Durant, who took 10 shots in the first quarter. “I rushed five shots. My first five shots were terrible looks. I was just throwing the ball up there. It was bad to watch, I’m sure.

“But I settled in and told myself I don’t have to make up for Klay being out. Just play my game. We’re going to do it as a group, and it started to come to me a bit.”

Durant missed his first five shots before roaring in for a dunk with 3:49 left in the first quarter. He made his next three shots before missing a layup inside the final minute.

“They were keying in on Kevin a little bit,” Andre Iguodala said. “When Klay is out there, they’re not able to. KD started (0-for-5) and on a lot of those drives, they were collapsing on him a little bit and he had to take tough shots.”

Durant made 10 of his final 16 shots, finishing with a team-high 28 points.

With Thompson sitting out to rest, and rookie Pat McCaw starting in his place, Warriors coach Steve Kerr made several unusual moves. Most notably, he kept Stephen Curry and Durant on the floor for the entire first quarter.

The two combined for 52 points, carrying the offense on a night when the floor spacing was very different without Thompson’s constant movement and long-range shooting threat.

“We just got settled in,” Curry said. “We didn’t have to really force anything. It was a little different with certain possessions when we had Klay coming off screens and you keep the ball moving. He can obviously finish a lot of possessions shooting the ball.”

The Warriors trailed 54-53 at the half, but outscored the Heat 54-41 after intermission.

“We just made small adjustments and figured it out,” Iguodala said. “That’s the good thing about our team and our depth. We can adjust to any style and make it work.”

Thompson is expected back Thursday night, when the Warriors face Detroit at Oracle Arena.