Wiggins wakes up offensively, Kuminga continues to improve
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I would like to audition for head coach of the Golden State Warriors. I have specific plans. 1. Cory Joseph will not play except for garbage time or if the rest of the team is injured. 2. Klay Thompson is benched immediately and must earn his minutes from off the bench. 3. Moses Moody will start in his place. 4. In Draymond Green's absence, Jonathan Kuminga will start. 5. If Andrew Wiggins can retain his improved shooting, he will start over Kuminga. Otherwise Kuminga will start. 6. Both Kuminga and Moody will, regardless of starting position, play 25+ minutes. 7. Crunch time minutes will be allocated on the basis of who is playing well, not who is oldest. 8. I will install new schemes on offense. I can't tell you what those are, as that would make my secrets open. Suffice it to say that my offensive coach hire would be Eric Apricot. 9. We will foul immediately when up three with less than ten seconds on the clock. 10. Steph Curry will continue to be a focus of our attack. 11. I will discuss openly in post game interviews the mistakes I made in any game. 12. I will not play lineups of three small guards. Only two on the floor ever of Steph CP GPII Podz. 13. I will give TJD a lot of space to earn more minutes. I need to see more. 14. I will play Podz as much as Kerr is, off the bench. 15. I will run more Saric-Steph two man game. The most fluid scoring small and the most fluid big should be working together, not being ships in the night. 16. The standard split cut with no energy is hereby shelved for a while. Opponents are no longer upset and seem ready to take care of it. 17. They hype man who screams during timeouts will be fired, I hate that shit.
Thank you for the opportunity to interview with your team. Please let me know by Tuesday if possible, I am weighing other offers. 18. No kiss or other cams. Don't make me explain how cringe this is.
Another reason it'll be nice to get Draymond back is so we can stop seeing Podziemski being played against a team like the Thunder and get more length out on the court. He's playing too much for my liking at the moment but I get why Kerr's doing it, he typically wants two ballhandlers on the floor at all times and other than Draymond the team's ballhandlers are exclusively guards which means the lineups are smaller. That's why the starting lineup is Curry+CP3 whenever Draymond is out and Podz jumps Moody and Kuminga in the rotation.
The ending of 4th quarter could've gone differently in so many ways:
A. Chet catches the ball and makes the turnaround 3. (What happened last night)
B. Chet catches the ball and either doesn't have time to shoot or misses the 3.
C. Wiggins is close enough to foul Chet when he catches the ball.
D. Wiggins or someone on the Warriors accidentally foul the Thunder too early. OKC gets awarded with a FT and gets sideline out of bounds.
E. Chet catches the ball and Wiggins fouls him, but the officials don't call the foul. Chet goes up to take a shot, and Chet makes the shot anyway.
F. Chet catches the ball and Wiggins fouls him, but the officials don't call the foul. Chet goes up to take a shot, but he misses.
G. Giddey holds on to the ball for too long, and the Thunder commit a 5-sec turnover.
H. Chet catches the ball and Wiggins fouls him, but the officials don't call the foul. Wiggins holds onto Chet for too long, and the officials call a shooting foul on Wiggins when Chet takes the shot. Chet doesn't make the shot, but he is awarded 3 FTAs.
I. Chet catches the ball and Wiggins fouls him, but the officials don't call the foul. Wiggins holds onto Chet for too long, and the officials call a shooting foul on Wiggins when Chet takes the shot. Chet makes the shot, and Chet hits the FT to win the game.
J. Giddey throws the ball onto someone wide open on the other corner, and that player proceeds to hit the three to send the game to OT.
K. Giddey throws the ball to the wrong player, and the Warriors get the ball and win the game.
L. Thunder commits an offensive foul on the Warriors, and the Warriors win the game.
Did Kerr address why CO was on the court to begin with? He is NOT one of the five best defensive players on the team.
I think we should look on the bright side. In the appalling endings pantheon of games where the Dubs snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. This game pales in comparison to the Utah game of last season where JP personally coughed up a 4 pt lead with seconds remaining.
When I think about it, we've actually sucked more often than not since 2020; 15 wins, then miss the playoffs, then win a championship, then a rollercoaster of a season and now a repeat of last year but in a stacked West
I got to watch the first half and listen to the last 10 minutes on the radio. I wanted to come in on the side of that being a exciting and fun to watch game. Steph back! So many positives with Wiggins! Nice plays from Kuminga.
Continue to be grateful for our Warriors. All the elements that I love about the NBA. It is cool to see our old guard face the next up and coming group: OKC is such a fun and talented team these days.
It hurts to lose - before the play I was super anxious about Chet getting the ball on the inbounds and making the three. He is a really good 3 point shooter and he is taller than everybody else on our team so hard to defend.
Could it be that Kerr is playing Klay so many minutes early in the season to help Klay see that he's no longer who he thinks he is? Perhaps this is a genius move--as painful as it is to us fans--so that Klay hopefully recognizes that he needs to step back and let the younger guys play. Unless Klay has a large enough sample size, with losses this year and the playoff series vs the Lakers, he's not going to go to the coaches and see that what's best for the team is reduced minutes for him. Then Kerr can bring Klay in off the bench for a reduced role (and not have him in closing lineups), and Klay can be a more efficient role player. If that happens, maybe the Warriors can really take off and go on a winning stretch.
On the other hand, the danger behind this strategy is that Klay never gets it (Klay was the one who apparently doesn't remember Kerr's meeting with the 6 "starters" about everybody supporting decisions around playing time for the sake of the team). So the question is, will Kerr ever step in and make the decision for Klay, or will the whole season be like this, especially due to it being a contract year for Klay? If that's the case, Klay might not get more than a vet min.
That ending was unspeakable. We are all bound now in the appalled, awkward fellowship known to people who have collectively witnessed an atrocity. It's for the best that this site uses written text only, because I don't know how we'd look each other in the eye after that.
16 pts on 5-13 shooting and negligible everything else is Good Klay. That’s sad. Are his minutes ever gonna get reduced? Or is the rest of our precious Steph time gonna have this lead weight around it’s neck?
The LAL series should’ve been the last straw. Spinning wheels at this point.
How is it possible that the schedule was made in a way that the warriors have played 4 more games than the rockets? Theres gotta be a better way.
Any word on Moses’ injury? Just a wrist smack? Or I heard somebody say something about his prior shoulder subluxation?
Alright… Rockets coming to town Monday on a SEGABABA after playing @ LAL tonight. Should be a win…
Kerr’s getting roasted for not fouling on the final shot in regulation, but it seems pretty clear that was the plan, but they failed in the execution. Given that Wiggins has looked so confidence-shaken until last night, I’m convinced he didn’t want to throw Wiggins under the bus after he finally put it all together, otherwise.
Just like with Klay, there’s an ego management aspect to coaching that’s easy to understate.
For some weird reason, that game does not really hurt the day after.
I think I'm getting to que c'era, c'era. And, not necessarily in a bad way. I still think we're going to make the playoffs. Do I think we're a top-tier contender this year? Not unless something changes dramatically.
Wiggins is probably going to sort himself out. Klay, hoo boy ... don't know. The defense has fallen off so badly, we'd really need him to be a splash brother 80% of the time, instead of when ... 1 game in 12?
We need a couple of other dominos to fall to get back to top tier contender status. Kuminga needs to get a lot better (but the needle is trending up). We need Paul not to be the only option that Kerr feels he has at the end of games if someone is out. We either need Klay to not be a shell of himself, or for Kerr to put Moods in the starting lineup.
All that said, last night was a very fun game until it wasn't, and a lot of the complaints I had went away. We looked like a competent basketball team (and without 1/2 of our big-man rotation and our best on-ball defender).
I'll take that for now, and hope we have fun games until/if we are ready to compete.