Kelly Oubre Jr. off the bench? Steve Kerr reacts to potentially shuffling starters
Golden State Warriors swingman Kelly Oubre Jr. is currently going through a slow start to his first campaign with his new team this season. Despite his evident struggles from the field, head coach Steve Kerr remains confident in Oubre’s capabilities and will continue to entrust him a starting role moving forward, per The Athletic‘s Anthony Slater.
Steve Kerr said "I don't anticipate" changing the starting lineup: "It's so early in the season. I want Kelly (Oubre) to gain some rhythm and some confidence. He's a proven player. He's been doing this for years. He'll get going."
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 9, 2021
Oubre has managed to land a starting spot with the team, especially since Klay Thompson went down with a season-ending Achilles injury during the offseason. As a regular starter for the Warriors, Oubre has been showing his versatility and athleticism on the defensive side but still lacks the momentum that he needs to consistently produce on offense. He failed to find the end of his struggles as he came out with another lackluster performance in their most recent tilt against the Los Angeles Clippers. Oubre only recorded six points on 2/7 shooting from the field along with five rebounds in 21 minutes.
Main man Stephen Curry eventually picked up the slack and topped the team in scoring with 38 points and 11 assists. The two-time NBA MVP led the Warriors to a 34-point explosion in the fourth quarter to snag a come-from-behind win against the Clippers for a 115-105 victory.
After a string of early losses, the Warriors managed to find a way to turn things around en route to a 5-4 record while the Clippers slid to 6-4.
Like his team, Oubre needs to find his momentum on the floor and take advantage of the opportunities that Kerr is giving him. He will be tested once again as the Warriors aim for their second consecutive win as they host the Toronto Raptors next.