Last summer offseason, Kevon Rooney (27, 206cm) signed a three-year, $25.5 million contract with the Golden State Warriors. He has a weakness in offensive power, but his long-term rebound alone has allowed him to continue to play as a member of the Golden Warriors Corps.
And Rooney dominated the series again with his long-term rebound in this playoff stage.
Rooney played in all 82 regular season games, averaging 9.3 rebounds and 3.3 offensive rebounds. He also proved his steel stamina by setting a record for all game appearances for two consecutive seasons.
He averaged 15.1 rebounds in the PO first round series against the Sacramento Kings. The point to note here is the offensive rebound. He’s averaging 5.3 shots per game and has made Sacramento’s under-the-goal his playground.
In the 4 games Golden State won, Rooney’s performance was even more brilliant. In the four games Golden State won, Rooney averaged 6.2 points (FG 53.3%), 19.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists, overwhelming Sacramento’s goal and leading the team to victory.
In fact, Rooney grabbed a total of 21 rebounds, including 10 offensive rebounds in Game 7 against Sacramento on the 1st, making a great contribution to Golden State’s end to the long game 7 and advancing to the 2nd round.
Above all, he did not lose control under the goal against Domantas Sabonis, who is considered the best rebounder in the league this season. Rooney averaged 15.1 rebounds in the series, far ahead of Sabonis (11.0). (*Rooney played an average of 30.1 minutes in this series. On the other hand, Sabonis recorded an average playing time of 34.1 minutes.) * Kevon Rooney PO Round 1
Game 1: 32 minutes, 13 seconds, 8 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block shot
Game 2: 22 minutes, 56 seconds, 6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block shot Game
3: 30 minutes, 56 seconds, 4 points, 20 rebounds (OR 9) 9 assists, 1 steal Game
4: 32:01, 8 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 blocked shot
Game 5: 34:32, 4 points, 22 rebounds (OR 7) 7 assists, 1 block,
Game 6 : 27 minutes 25 seconds, 7 points, 13 rebounds (OR 6) 1 assist, 2 blocked shots
Game 7: 30 minutes 52 seconds, 11 points, 21 rebounds (OR 10) 4 assists
Golden State grabbed 55 rebounds in Game 7 thanks to the performance of other players, including Rooney, who emerged as the X-Factor of this series. On this day, Sacramento only had 49. In particular, in the 3rd quarter rebound, which began to bend to the Golden State side of the game, they had an overwhelming advantage with a 23-9 score. The double offensive rebounds included 13. (*This is a record equivalent to a team offensive rebound tie in a quarter across the regular league and PO) Golden State concluded the game with Stephen Curry’s scoring shot exploding along with the rebound.
Although Golden State was slightly inferior to Sacramento in average rebounds for the entire series, 46.4 to 47.7, Rooney was credited with being able to hold on so easily against a team that boasts the best board control in the league. .
“I think Rooney is one of the best centers in the league,” Golden State manager Steve Kerr said in an interview after the game. He was determined to live and die for the team, and it’s like a rebound machine. Without him, we wouldn’t be here,” praising Rooney’s performance.
“It all started with Rooney,” said Draymond Green. It allowed me to get more offensive possession.”
After Game 7, Rooney said, “(Naughty work) This kind of play is fun. It feels good to see the flow of the game change as I push and struggle with the opponent, doing dirty work to gain additional possession, and other teammates making shots through it. He expressed his desire to dedicate himself to the team.크크크벳
The spotlight in Game 7 went to Curry, who broke the record for the most points in Game 7 of the playoffs by exploding 50 points. However, when looking at the entire series, Rooney’s invisible dedication and fighting are also indispensable elements.
It was a tough game from the first series to Game 7, but Golden State and Rooney, who successfully filled the first button of the playoffs in the 2022-2023 season toward a back-to-back victory anyway, face the LA Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals. Local fans are already showing a lot of interest in this match-up, and I am curious to see how Rooney, the ‘rebounder’, will perform against the Lakers’ big man line, which includes Anthony Davis and LeBron James.
# Kevon Rooney Profile
: Born in the United States on February 6, 1996, 206cm 100kg, power forward/center, from UCLA University:
2015 NBA Draft 1st round 30th pick Golden State Warriors Joined
: NBA Champion 3 times (2017, 2018, 2022)