Kurtenbach: Benching James Wiseman is going to change the Warriors’ season

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 25: Golden State Warriors’ Kevon Looney #5 and James Wiseman #33 greet as they warm up before their NBA game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Chase Center in San Francisco, Calif., on Monday, Jan. 25, 2020. (Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)

Something had to give.

It turned out, it was the rookie.

The Warriors finally, mercifully made a change to the worst lineup in the NBA — their starting lineup — on Monday. Out was center James Wiseman, in was Kevon Looney.

And the change immediately paid dividends.

It worked for Steph Curry, who had 36 points.

It worked for Draymond Green, who was a plus-19 on the night, anchoring a strong defensive performance in a win over the Timberwolves.

It worked for Andrew Wiggins, who exacted revenge on his old team with a 23-point, three-steal, three-block night.

It worked for Kelly Oubre, who had 14 points and looked like a different player Monday night.

It even worked for Wiseman, who saw fewer rotational minutes, but found success in the first game in his new bench role, going 4-of-5 from the field in just shy of 16 minutes played.

And that kind of success won’t be short-lived. Yes, this big-man change is going to have a big impact for the Warriors moving forward.

There will certainly be tougher tests than the Timberwolves — boy do they stink — in the days and weeks to…

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