Damion Lee (shoulder), Toscano-Anderson (ankle) are questionable against OKC - but maybe we see Kuminga!
Tonight would be a great night for Poole to score like he did in preseason....
So I’m a big fan of GPII, mainly because I like defenders that pick up full court and also because I like small guys that dunk on big guys. But he won’t be a major piece on this team if he can’t shoot the three. Looking at his G league stats and his previous NBA stats it appears he is a sub 30% 3 pt shooter. But in the Warriors games last year and this year he has put down a couple shots with confidence. Any chance he’s learned how to shoot and he can be an impactful player at the perimeter? Any shot mechanics gurus with an opinion on this?
Does anybody have a link to highlights for Moodys G League game?
We had a thread in the game thread regarding turnovers. The topic was the challenge of telling a team to constantly keep the ball moving, and to play fast, yet not commit turnovers. I think it was mduo13 who made what I think is a very valid and useful distinction: some turnovers are "The cost of doing business" and some are just lack of focus, Draymond's 8 second violation.
I can't imagine that the cost-of-doing-business ones are going to go down much unless we change style of play -- or personnel. You can't whip the ball around the perimeter, have actions off of two screens and sudden back-cuts, and never have the opponent shoot the gap on a pass or intercept a pass. It also drives everyone crazy when a player steps backward and out of bounds to shoot a 3.
Klay never does that, so among a million other reasons we want him back instantly is that he doesn't turn it over much, both because of his style of play and skill set. When the first thing you do after catching the ball is shoot it, not a lot of error creeps in. But this brings up the question of personnel. The Warriors want to integrate young players, but Poole is definitely destined to make poor decisions for a while to come. And the announcement that Kuminga might play does not make me think "Oh good we won't have turnovers." But it's not just young guys, it's also integrating new guys. Bjelly, Porter and Iggy are all about as reliable as anyone you could bring in, but they don't always have the timing down.
Still what seems to be the biggest problem involves the way Warriors often start plays: a throw ahead off a miss, or a Curry/Green action of some kind. Both of these lead to lethal outcomes, but are predicated on high skill levels. Chuck it ahead a bit off and it gets picked off. And failing to set the second or third screen just right can mean Steph isn't there yet, or is double teamed into trouble. That last bit is also very common. Steph doesn't just turn the ball over randomly. He gets pressured a ton. He also reaps the benefit of sudden one-handed no-look hook passes, or behind the back -- when those work they are great at surprising the offense, when they get picked off it's a massive groan.
So if I were Kerr I'd isolate only 5-8 turnovers from the Memphis game and break down what went wrong, and then show 5 more and go "Hey, cost of doing business, we're going to keep running that type of risk."
"Exacerbate" not "exasperate". People get exasperated, while situations get exacerbated (made worse).
Memphis deserved credit for upping its defensive intensity and blocking shots. Stuff that worked in the first quarter didn't work as well after.
19.6 assists per turnover.
It does seem like the right time to get Moody and GP2 more minutes not to mention OPJ and Bjelli. I see no reason not to slow it all down a bit, not halfcourt plays, but just better planned playmaking and execution. Bjelli can score both inside and out. Let's see more of this! Frantic ball movement looks pretty but I'm more concerned with shots going in and we do need to get Poole going in the right direction not to mention Curry's shooting % back on track.
Would be lovely to see Kuminga out there but I think they have no reason to rush him if he's not close to 100%.
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