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You can forgive second-year guard Quinn Cook if he started the Warriors’ game against the Charlotte Hornets a bit skittish — he hasn’t seen much first-quarter action in his short NBA career.

But on Wednesday, the Duke prospect was pressed into starting duty, replacing the injured Patrick McCaw, who would have been the replacement for the injured Stephen Curry, had he not injured his nose in Golden State’s last game.

With limited options at guard and with the desire to continue to play veteran Shaun Livingston with the Warriors’ second unit, Warriors coach Steve Kerr turned to Cook — who has spent most of the year playing with the Warriors’ minor league affiliate in Santa Cruz — to play 22 minutes Wednesday.

He didn’t start strong, but before the end of the first quarter, Cook was able to match his teammates’ rhythms and help the Warriors win 101-87.

Cook had eight points, three assists, three rebounds, and only one turnover Wednesday while chipping in some solid defense.

It was hardly a performance that jumped off the box score, and you didn’t exactly notice Cook all that often while he was on the court Wednesday.

The latter statement — that’s good. It showed that Cook, who is on his fourth NBA team since going undrafted in 2015, belongs in the NBA.

Frankly, it’s incredible that the Warriors have a player like Cook playing G-League minutes. Even before Wednesday, there was no doubt in my mind that Cook could be a viable second point guard in this league, just based off his limited time at the NBA level, both in the preseason and regular season — have you seen how poor backup point guard play is around the league?

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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