Explain One Play: how Gary Payton II (and Steph Curry and Otto and Juan and Dray) closed out the Grizzlies
Complete team effort down the stretch
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Let's have a look at the closing two-minutes, featuring a 7-0 run that put away the 2021.12.23.MEM-GSW game. The Warriors had a six point lead a minute ago, but then gave up three straight turnovers that were pretty bad and just coughed up the lead completely. But the team settled down after a time out, and this great run featured contributions from every single player in the lineup.
Co-starring Gary Payton II, Stephen Curry, Otto Porter Jr, Juan Toscano-anders, and Draymond Green. With Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr, Dillon Brooks, and Desmond Bane.
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Moses Moody cloned himself during that celebration!
There are the usual ways to go about building a Championship squad: found money in the Draft, build a Banana Boat, Dynasty care and feeding, generational player. But what we might be seeing from the Warriors Org is “ come for the Joy, stay for the Parade”, of course it started with some drafts and a generational player but The Chef has added that elusive ingredient of Joy, without it you don’t get OPJ, Bjelly, and maybe even Iguodala signing up practically for free. You also wind up freeing players like JTA and GP2 from a weight of expectation that they will fit as cogs in the machine. I believe Kerr has been wise enough and humble enough to give joy its rightful place alongside the Xs and 0s.