Wiseman improves D and rebounding, Kuminga goes Kobe mode, Moody plays mostly solid
Sum Dubs almost storm back from 23 down
Apricot In-Game Notes
Injuries suck but I think they are about equally likely at any time (even poor Klay got his last big injury during practice or pickup). For this reason, it's better to just get in the work as soon as possible. An injury in summer league might be recovered by the season; an injury in preseason will likely affect the season.
They run the same opening play as last time, flows nicely into a Wise post up. Unlike the big team, instead of flowing into a split cut, Wise fires up a contested shot.
SL team has installed the Game 1 Finals D from GSW, giving up two straight weak side open 3s
JW trying a lot harder on the boards. McClung seems to think an off balance shot is better than a direct pass to the rolling JW. That’s 2 or 3 times in a row.
That was actually great, JW in the high Delay passing spot, Moody/JK split cut, JK springs free and JW hits him with the pass, JK dunk. That would absolutely translate.
I think we’ll see more later
Gah, it hurts to watch Trevion in that green uniform
Ugh Trevion with two dazzling passes. He was my big guilty pleasure for our 2nd round pick. A couple of us have been fans of his in the comments
I admit my guy Trevion had stone feet on that Kuminga drive by him
(secret Trevion Army handshake)
Moody with the spin move. That’s kind of a new part of his game.
Well… the on-ball defense wasn’t bad from JK, MM, JW. The team defense was complete butt and the offense was 95% iso drives into a contested layup or a chucked three. Wiseman looks a bit improved on the boards and was intimidating around the rim. So, some good things. Not expecting much else in a scrimmage like this.
Damn, they just faded Ron Adams mid-sentence.
If BOS ever cools off shooting, and if GSW ever throws a pass for an assist instead of all this iso driving, then the game might actually get closer. Yeah, Mac threw that lob, but it was clearly a wired play called from the bench…
Wise has really been intimidating at the rim, and *many* fewer fouls today.
Feel like Mac was less of a ball hog in the beginning of SL. But now… I just want to see one pass to the roller, ONE. Okay, there was one, I think to Santos, but muffed the layup
Wow, that Moody pass to JK for the dunk. And that Santos chuck into the third row had a lot of flair
Santos hucks a very heavy brick off the iso step back 3, but good hustle to break up the Trevion layup. Don’t know why BOS has Trevion creating off the dribble, but Dub Nation appreciates it. Trevion Army files a malpractice claim
Full marks for the guy trying the 360 dunk.
The coaches Wired would be fantastic if we could see the actual play. Otherwise it’s just “good job good job JK”.
Wiseman has been so much more patient this game than before. I thought for sure he was going for that ball fake, but he stayed down
GREAT OREB from JW. We don’t talk about the shot
As I said, once BOS stopped its unsustainably hot 3 pt shooting, GSW would get back into it. Feels so much like the Finals in this one very narrow aspect
Kuminga reverse engineered his game from Kobe YouTube videos and he has no fear down the stretch
All in all, very encouraging game from Wise. Solid force defensively, worked on the boards. That’s all you really need to make him playable. Still needs to work on the screen and the roll… Moody similarly, is a calming steady connector player who can chip in points and play solid defense. (For the sake of this paragraph, please ignore the two cowabunga dunk attempts thx) Kuminga, I’m not sure I learned anything. Exciting alpha player, not much more to prove as a clutch scorer against Summer League defenses. So what does he do when the defenses are better and he has to play in the Warriors team context?
As for Trevion Williams, he looked like a magical passing genius passing out of the post. Off the dribble, he obviously looked like a potato. His defense was hard to analyze in this muck, but he did have traffic cone moments.
Nate In-Game Notes
[On Wiseman’s minimalist interview] I came here to say the same thing lol Good job, good effort, sideline reporter. Lol
WISEMAN WITH AN OBOARD PUTBACK DUNK
Love that Wiseman is attacking the boards today on offense.
[On McClung] This is more what I expect from him though — he’s a scorer, not a facilitator and I just haven’t thought he could make a NBA roster like that... but I guess we’ll see …
Wiseman more patient at the top of the key than Kuminga lol
Quinones has a nice shot off one dribble — I can see what the Dubs imagine him becoming in the league. I just wonder whether he can do that outside the chaos of summer league defenses.
Don’t forget Jeremy Tyler and Ognen Kuzmic Lol I *do* think it might be good as an extended rehab process for Wiseman though just to find his rhythm and confidence in the knee. One of those deals where he starts the season getting limited minutes with the big club and then gets assigned to the GLeague as a full-time player until they feel he’s ready for rotation level minutes. But I could also see the argument for just throwing him in the fire …
I hated JJ as a college player … but he’s really good at this.
Totally agree with JJ about Kuminga using size vs avoiding contact with the spin. I sorta see the other side of it in that he might not be able to plow through NBA players … but that’s one of those instinct things you want to see him work on.
No I agree, but I see what JJ was saying on that play — the spin was the less efficient choice to make there. He needed to recognize the advantage he had over the guy in front of him.
I love how we’ve just decided to punt on defense again lol
I’ve been kinda indifferent to Weatherspoon this summer league, but he looks really solid tonight. Picking his spots well, seems more under control
People have spent every minute since the previous game dogging Wiseman for his rebounding … so the fact that he has looked more assertive there is encouraging. I still think he has a tendency to stand and watch when he’s not RIGHT at the rim already, but what’s important is he showed a little more toughness/strength in fighting for the ball. I really think it’s mostly mental for him right now … and tonight just reinforces that belief.
Agreed — he needs to realize that with his length just putting his arms straight up is enough to distract a driving guard.
I really think they should just keep McClung in Santa Cruz and basically say “you can be the man here forever or decide to play within a team concept consistently and come to the big club. Figure it out.” Lol
I know some people want Santos to get a two-way — or a roster spot — but I really think they should take advantage of the domestic draft and stash with Santa Cruz. It’s so clear he sees the game well, but he just hasn’t figured out what he can get away with at this level of competition. A year in Santa Cruz to just adjust his game and add a few pet moves that work at this level could really help him — he’s got the decision making potential as a wing, but just needs some refining to get the execution down to me.
JJ Redick said what I’ve been trying to articulate to people about Wiseman: his balance is just all off. When he gets sped up, he just seems like he can’t also maintain balance. And that’s *typically* a core strength issue. It just looks like he’s still growing into his basketball body a bit and I think balance sort of sums up a lot of the criticism of his (offensive) game.
(BTW JJ’s commentary on Wiseman has been incredible for a summer league commentator. If someone could just splice together what he has said tonight, I think it could help the Warriors community heal their divisions lol)
Was thinking “draft rights player” — same deal as if he played internationally, but just with Santa Cruz. The key is that they’d retain his rights and no other team could sign him. https://gleague.nba.com/nba-draft-rights-players/
Here’s my only gripe with that: I feel with them out, things will get worse for Wiseman. As it is, there’s no spacing and the offense looks … not great. Take those two out and suddenly Mac McClung has free reign.
I kinda wonder if these guys just too hyped up about finally having a chance to play together. I get wanting to see Moody and Kuminga sit, but I’d also like to see them get a second shot at playing together because there was a lot of good in the second half that you’d like to see over a full game. If Wiseman can just protect the rim and keep crashing the oboards while not fading on his jumpers, I’d be happy.
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Ayton is in an interesting spot.
One way to look a this if you are the Suns, he needs to ball out and prove he is worth trading for. It could motivate him to play well and get a good trade for him. Otherwise, he is on the Suns the next 3-4 years.
I’m quite sick of hearing crazy chat about roster-destroying trades for Durant. I make my point:
- all the trumpets that play that song seem to be all the ‘experts’ that were baffled by ‘23 Dubs title and now work together to ensure that next title is remote enough to save partially their reputation.
- NOONE knows what Curry thinks, except metempsychotics, and I don’t believe there are many between said experts.
- such a trade would be bad for economy (forces BM to refill bench with players with 7x, 8x luxury), bad for the team (simply sum the main stats one side and the other), bad for the fans (they certainly love Poole, Wiggins, Kuminga, Wiseman more than Durant), bad for the future (all our young core for a 34yr old with the last few years riddled of injuries.
I say: stop LISTENING TO THEM