Jonathan Kuminga of the Golden State Warriors is trying to step up with top stars Klay Thompson and Draymond Green struggling. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is trying to find a new mix and the Congolese basketball player can surely be one of the answers.
However, Kuminga admits that he is left wondering why he is taken out at some point during games. He admits that this has left him confused.
“Sometimes, I come out the game not knowing what I did. And that messes with my head. It’s like, ‘What they want me to do?’ I can pass and I can do different sh-t,” the 7th overall pick of the 2021 NBA Draft said.
Against the Nuggets, Kuminga finished with 13 points, five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes of action. While admitting he is a difference-maker, the 6-foot-7 forward admits that he can only do so much to help the Dubs.
“Yeah, I am a difference-maker,” Kuminga said. “I know I am. But it’s not up to me to do certain things. How can I say it? It’s not up to me to control my minutes. I feel like I’ve done that. But the last voice ain’t mine. And it’s not easy because I know how to score the basketball. I know how to pass. I know how to do different things on the floor. But it’s about putting all that together. With the people we have on the floor, it’s just tough to put it all together. I’m trying to figure out how to manage that.”
Kerr reacts to Kuminga’s comments
Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he doesn’t mind the comments of Kuminga. However, he stressed that he needs to make decisions and field in players depending on how he reads the game via NBC Sports Bay Area.
“Every guy wants to play, and JK’s a really talented guy. But every game, I have to read the game, and [Andrew Wiggin] was our best player. We decided to go with Wiggs down the stretch, and those are easy decisions for me. The game before, I think JK finished, and he was playing great. It’s just going to vary from game to game for everybody. That’s just where our team is right now. Where JK is, too,” the NBA champion coach said.
Warriors try to bounce back against Heat
The Golden State Warriors will try to bounce back from their 120-114 loss to the Nuggets on Thursday, December 28 when they face the Miami Heat.
The Warriors are 2-point spread favorites to prevail over the Heat. The Moneyline for this matchup is -130 for Golden State and +110 for Miami with the over/under at 224.5 per BetMGM Sportsbook via USA Today.
The Warriors host the Heat at the Chase Center with tip-off set for 10:00 p.m. E.T. The game will be streamed via NBA League Pass with TV coverage available via Bally Sports.