NBA notebook: Warriors' Looney returns to action in Game 4
Golden State reserve forward Kevon Looney returned from injury to play in Friday's Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif.
Looney entered the game as the Warriors' first substitution off the bench with
6:45 remaining in the first quarter.
Looney was injured in Game 2 with what the team termed a non-displaced first
costal cartilage fracture on his right side. He was expected to miss the rest
of the series but apparently has made a swift recovery. "We're going to try to
give him a go," Kerr told reporters on Friday after Looney was made available
Looney entered averaging 7.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 18 postseason games.
He averaged 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in 80 regular-season games.
--General manager Jon Horst signed a multi-year contract extension to remain
with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks did not specify the contract length, but ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski
reported it is three years.
Horst, 36, has held the job for two years, and the Bucks have posted a 104-60
(.634) record in that time. In the 2018-19 season, the Bucks had their first
60-win season (60-22) since 1980-81.
The San Antonio Spurs will meet the Phoenix Suns two days later in the second
game. It's the fourth consecutive season in which two NBA games will be played
in Mexico City, all at Arena Ciudad de Mexico. It's the first time four
different teams will play in Mexico in the same season, however.
Both games will be televised on ESPN Deportes, Televisa and NBA League Pass
International. This year's games will be the 29th and 30th in Mexico since
1992, representing the most NBA games played in one country outside of the
U.S. and Canada.
--As part of a promotional partnership between the fast-food chain and the
team, McDonald's locations in Eastern Canada give away orders of free medium
french fries whenever the Raptors hit at least 12 3-pointers in a game.
According to The Financial Post, McDonald's estimated 700,000 orders, but with
the team playing so well, that number has ballooned to nearly three times the
original estimate, resulting in approximately $5.4 million (just over $4
million USD) worth of fries.
Chuck Coolen, head of marketing for McDonald's in Eastern Canada, explained
that the marketing plan's initial forecast was based on a previous promotion
with the NHL's Montreal Canadiens and was finalized nearly a year ago -- just
18 days before Demar DeRozan was traded for Kawhi Leonard last summer.
--Field Level Media