Warriors’ Stephen Curry praises Quinn Cook for huge Game 6 minutes after Curry got in foul trouble
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry got himself in foul trouble again in the Warriors’ 118-113 Game 6 victory over the Houston Rockets. Curry picked up his second foul with 6:40 remaining in the first quarter, and Steve Kerr decided to go deep into his bench by bringing in Quinn Cook.
Cook saw limited minutes in the first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers, but he hadn’t played at all against the Rockets prior to Game 6. While Curry didn’t like Kerr’s decision to take him out, he respected the decision and praised Cook for being ready to contribute in such a pressure-packed situation, per The Athletic’s Anthony Slater:
“Quinn was ready,” Curry said. “Obviously I didn’t like (the decision). But (Kerr and I) have a strong relationship where he knows I’m not going to lose confidence in that moment and whenever I get back on the floor, good things will happen. That’s built over time. Him and his entire staff, it’s just a great vibe. They bring the best out of us. That’s why we are who we are.”
Cook wound up playing 16 minutes in the victory, his most in the playoffs. While he only had two points on 1-of-5 shooting, he did have three assists, two rebounds and a steal. The Warriors were outscored by four points in Cook’s 16 minutes, but the young point guard managed to not be a disaster, which was a huge win for the depending champions.
Golden State getting big minutes from its bench was a major theme of Game 6. Kevon Looney and Shaun Livingston were both terrific off the pine, while the rarely used Jordan Bell and Jonas Jerebko both played double-digit minutes and made some important plays.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were the heroes in the end, but the Warriors wouldn’t have won Game 6 without their strength in numbers, which included Quinn Cook.