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Warrior’s rookie gets into a fight with Ja Morant after being taunted after the game

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Jonathan Kuminga had no impact on the court as the Golden State Warriors ended their streak with the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 but managed to make waves on social media after the game.

The Warriors rookie was pulled from the starting lineup when acting head coach Mike Brown decided to counter the Grizzlies’ size with veteran Kevon Looney, a move that worked perfectly for the Warriors. Kuminga didn’t make it off the bench at all in Friday’s win but had a chance to taunt some after the game – which earned him a reprimand from Grizzlies star Ja Morant.

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After the Warriors took a 3-game-to-1 lead in the series, Steph Curry was poised to end the Grizzlies in Game 5 on May 11, predicting before the game they would “Whoop That Trick” would do – a nod to the song by Memphis rapper Al Kapone, which has become the Grizzlies’ rallying cry. Curry’s prediction was more than a little off as the Grizzlies won in a 134-95 loss.

The Warriors got a second chance to take out the Grizzlies on Friday and didn’t waste it. They finished the game on a 23-7 run and turned an 89-87 deficit into a 110-96 win in the fourth quarter. As the game drew to a close, some Warriors fans at the Chase Center handed it back to the Grizzlies and chanted “Whoop That Trick” as Golden State put the finishing touches on the game and advanced to the Western Conference Finals.

After the game, Kuminga also joined and took to Twitter to repeat the text.

But his taunt didn’t sit well with Morant, who felt Kuminga didn’t have the stature to rub it in just yet.

“I gotta earn some stripes first thing kid,” Morant joked with the Warriors rookie.

While he was able to get into the starting lineup against the Grizzlies after injuries to Gary Payton II and Andre Iguodala, Kuminga struggled at times in the Western Conference semifinals. Kuminga started Game 4 but came out after five. He scored 17 points in 24 minutes in Game 5 but missed all five of his three-point attempts.

The Grizzlies opted to make it big after Morant went down with a knee injury and moved Steven Adams off the bench to the starting lineup. The Warriors countered by taking Kuminga off the starting lineup for Game 6 in favor of Looney, a move that paid off as the veteran big man had a career-high 22 rebounds, including 11 on offense.

Still, Kuminga’s teammates see big things ahead for him. Speaking to NBA insider Marc J. Spears for Andscape, Draymond Green said Kuminga has the potential to be an All-Star.

“He’s going to be really good,” Green said. “He can be a perpetual All-Star in this league. “It’s because of him and the work he’s doing. But he has the skills, the tools, he can see the ground, he has the opportunity if he puts in the work to be an all-star forever.”

CONTINUE READING: Draymond Green Says Warriors Rookie Can Become ‘Consistent All-Star’

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