Explain One Play: Andrew Wiggins (with Steph Curry) closes out his Timberwolves revenge game
With a helping hand from a smart GSW defense
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Let’s have a close look at the last five minutes of the 2021.11.11.MIN-GSW game, where Andrew Wiggins wreaked havoc on his old team from Minnesota, and even threw down a dunk on his friend Karl-Anthony Towns’s head. The Wolves had brought the game to within five, but one last burst from the Warriors put them away for good.
Co-starring Stephen Curry with fancy feet, Andre Iguodala with fancy plans, Kevon Looney with fancy hands, Karl-Anthony Towns with a dunkable head and D’Angelo Russell who didn’t have nearly the same satisfaction in his revenge game against GSW.
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"In every season since his rookie campaign, Green has taken at least 32 percent of his shots from 3-point range—until this season, when he’s cut his rate by more than half, to just 15 percent. Put another way: Ever since his rookie season, Green has averaged at least two 3-pointers per game—until this season, when he’s down below one per game.
Instead of 3s, Green is taking a career-high percentage of shots at the rim this season, leading to his highest effective field goal percentage since 2015-16. He’s also just as creative a playmaker for others as ever. With the Warriors offense humming along, there’s no reason for Green to venture back out beyond the arc at the same rate he used to—especially once Klay Thompson returns and adds another knockdown shooter to the rotation."
More at the link: "https://www.theringer.com/nba/2021/11/12/22777235/shot-charts-takeaways-carmelo-anthony-trae-young-chris-paul
Last night the Clippers beat the Heat, and the Warriors SoS from BBallRef.... got worse?
The other teams in action were the Pacers, Jazz, Raptors, and Sixers, none of whom the Warriors have played.
I know it's early yet and the stats likely aren't "connected" as not all teams have played one another, but there are some really fishy second-order effects here if a team the Warriors played has a win against a Heat team the BBallRef algorithm still has ranked second (!) behind us in SRS and our SOS gets worse.