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Kerr praises Dubs rookie

Golden State coach Steve Kerr says rookie Jonathan Kuminga is "getting better every single day" after a strong performance in Thursday's blowout win at Portland Trail Blazers.

The Warriors returned from the All-Star break with a convincing 132-95 win at Portland and they are 9/2 to go all the way and win the NBA Championship outright.

Kuminga earns Kerr praise

The Dubs produced a clinical team performance with nine players reaching double figures in points at the Moda Center.  Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson led the scoring for the visitors with 18 points each, while Curry had a game-high 14 assists.

Kuminga had 17 points, eight rebounds and an assist in 27 minutes from the bench.  The 19-year-old forward showed his composure by making 10 of his 12 free throw attempts, and Kerr feels Kuminga will have a huge role to play with the team in the years ahead.

The Warriors selected the Congolese youngster with the seventh overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft and Kerr feels his athleticism adds a different dimension to the Dubs roster.

Boss sees Kuminga progress

"JK is getting better every single day," Kerr said of rookie Kuminga. "One of the reasons Bob [Myers, Golden State's president of basketball operations] drafted him is because of that athleticism and that power. It's something we haven't really had a lot of on our roster. 

"We've obviously had great talent and great skill, but to have that kind of power and explosiveness, it's added a different dimension to our team."

Kuminga has featured in 47 games for the Warriors this season and is averaging 8.0 points-per-game, 2.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists. Over the nine games he has played this month, Kuminga is averaging 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

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