Steve Kerr Reveals 1 Warriors Player As Major Playoff X-Factor

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Trayce Jackson-Davis has secured his place in Steve Kerr‘s NBA playoff considerations thanks to an outstanding performance in the Golden State Warriors victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

Jackson-Davis concluded the contest with four blocks and 15 points against the Bucks, demonstrating his significant contributions on both ends of the court. The versatility he provides has encouraged Golden State, with added viability in the postseason.

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Kerr conveyed his plans to allocate more playing time to Jackson-Davis in the weeks ahead. The goal is to prepare the rookie center for the high-stakes environment of the postseason by consistently incorporating him into the team’s second unit.

“We’re gonna need Loon in the playoffs,” Kerr told reporters. “There’s gonna be matchups where we need him. I know I can trust him. But, we’re gonna need to get Trayce more minutes to get him ready for the playoffs. He needs reps. He needs more time. You can see what he did tonight. He has an ability to finish and to block shots, that gives us a different look. So, we’ve decided to ramp up his minutes and slide Moses into a bigger role as well.”

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Over the season, Jackson-Davis has participated in 48 games, averaging 6.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 69.7% from the field. He’s provided an intriguing option as a small ball center throughout the season.

Given that postseason basketball presents a unique challenge, the Warriors recognize the value of giving Jackson-Davis ample opportunities to familiarize himself with the team’s system and to continue his progression.

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With the Warriors next slated to play against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday, in a back-to-back set for both teams, Jackson-Davis is expected to persist in his role coming off the bench. This approach by Kerr is aimed at developing a more cohesive and effective second-unit rotation as the playoffs approach.

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