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Feb 1, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

Nitpicking: This was Moody’s 2nd start. His other was 12/17/21 vs. Boston.

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Feb 1, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

Props on making the kind of content that's way more educational than just "holy shit Steph Curry" moments.

I thought Moody made a lot of good plays but I was concerned that the team seemed to lose ground in the score whenever he was in compared to how well they played when he was out. I think maybe he's just being cautious and trying not to make mistakes, but I get the feeling that every other player on this team has some "X-factor" where they can really impact the game in a unique way, and we didn't see Moody's X-factor this game.

I remember at least one amazing drive + dunk from the baseline that Moody pulled out of nowhere earlier this season though, so he probably has more to give than we saw this time.

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That Kuminga break away in the second half where he took on two defenders and lost got Kerr pretty angry, I was ok with it but I did notice that Kuminga never checked to see which Warriors might be trailing the play and that’s a no no, reminded me of last season when fast breaks were one man affairs and often ended without a basket

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Feb 1, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

By the way has anyone notice Wiggin's swagger on the court since being named an AS? Maybe it's just me but his movement and shot seems way more confident now. He's making it look easy

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Moody pls hurry up and get up to speed already we can't wait to see you play more

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Feb 1, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

I'm certainly not going to fault Moody for taking wide open shots but it will be interesting to see how he does when the closest defender isn't 10 feet away and there is an actual contest.

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Feb 1, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Houston's team culture is apparently to whine on nearly every call. even from guys I've never even heard of. Annoying.

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Feb 1, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

Thanks for the video. Interesting to see the differences between Moody and Kuminga. Moody seems much more attuned to his teammates. Good awareness offensively and defensively. Very nice stoke. On the other hand, he doesn’t have Kuminga’s basic athletic confidence. In a number of those situations Moody might have taken the ball to rim but he didn’t even try, looking instead to pass out of the lane. No question that JK would have simply attacked. Moody’s approach isn’t necessarily wrong, just different. Hopefully, they’ll both adjust as they gain experience.

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I really like how Kerr gives lots of players a chance to start, even if it's just for a game or two here or there. Starting is such a status symbol for the players. I think it's great for a. Kerr to show that trust in players further down the depth chart, and b. really working to instill the egalitarian mindset in the team. I mean, why are minutes 1-3 of the game any more important than 6-9 or 15-18, etc.? Look at how many players can now say they were a starter on a championship contending team? That's gotta feel good.

Pop quiz: Who are the only two players (not counting 2-way players) who have NOT started for the Warriors this season?

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Feb 1, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

Good video. Technically his second start, he started against Boston too.

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Feb 1, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

I see two things from this game/video:

1. Moody has the potential to become the 3-D player that we thought he could when he was drafted. That's essentially exactly what he gave us last night. Definitely a solid showing from a player who had hardly gotten any minutes thus far.

2. The success of using the G-league is evident. Despite the lack of minutes to date, Kerr was able to plug in Moody as a starter and have him not look completely lost. Sure he's a rookie, but his level of comfort level with the team schemes as compared to the start of the season is evident. Clearly that time with the Sea Dubs has done him a lot of good.

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Feb 1, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

Great video, nice to see a focus on Moody and I am sure @belilaugh will be delighted.

6:40 is one of two plays and the more obvious one I called out in the game thread where Moody missed a wide open cutter, I think due to just not quite being up to NBA speed yet. Passing windows close quickly and anticipation is a must. I think as he gets more familiar with the Warriors offense and players he'll start to make those reads more quickly and hit on those opportunities.

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