Loon jokingly won't share rebounding secret after big Game 3


Steph Curry will grab the headlines with his 36-point performance. However, Kevon Looney's fingerprints are all over the Warriors' 114-97 Game 3 win over the Kings in their first-round NBA playoff series Thursday night at Chase Center.

Looney scored four points, but his influence on the result came on the boards as he grabbed 20 rebounds and dished out nine assists. It was the second time in his playoff career that Looney recorded at least 20 rebounds.

Afterward, the Warriors' big man hesitated to reveal his methods on the glass, leading to a big rebounding night. 

"I can't tell you the secrets to rebounding," Looney jokingly told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike on "Warriors Postgame Live" shortly after the game. "I don't want anybody stealing, but using my size, my length, being able to know where the ball is going to be at. I know where my shooters are shooting from. I know where they tend to miss that. 

"I do a lot of studying ... I do a lot of using your hands, using your body, and last few games, I had a lot of more offensive fouls. So today, I want to be more careful, use my body, and less hands."

While anyone seeing the box score and seeing that Looney not only led the Warriors in rebounds but also assists would be shocked, Coach Steve Kerr wouldn't be one of them.

Kerr noted that these type of performances are what he expects from the 27-year-old center. 

"This is who Loon is," Kerr told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke. "He's done this in so many playoff games. He's always locked into the game plan. He's one of the smartest players I've ever been around. 

"He just never makes mistakes and he's become one of the best rebounders in the league. But his defense, his attention to detail, his connection with his teammates, it's pretty incredible."

Looney revealed before Game 3 that he's a fan of the pushing and shoving between big men below the rim. As a result, it's no surprise that the next game, the UCLA product had a big night on the boards. 

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The Warriors will need another Game 3-performance from Looney to tie the series 2-2 when Game 4 tips off at 12:30 p.m. PT on Sunday at Chase Center.

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