Add news
March 2010April 2010May 2010June 2010July 2010
August 2010
September 2010October 2010
November 2010
December 2010
January 2011
February 2011March 2011April 2011May 2011June 2011July 2011August 2011September 2011October 2011November 2011December 2011January 2012February 2012March 2012April 2012May 2012June 2012July 2012August 2012September 2012October 2012November 2012December 2012January 2013February 2013March 2013April 2013May 2013June 2013July 2013August 2013September 2013October 2013November 2013December 2013January 2014February 2014March 2014April 2014May 2014June 2014July 2014August 2014September 2014October 2014November 2014December 2014January 2015February 2015March 2015April 2015May 2015June 2015July 2015August 2015September 2015October 2015November 2015December 2015January 2016February 2016March 2016April 2016May 2016June 2016July 2016August 2016September 2016October 2016November 2016December 2016January 2017February 2017March 2017April 2017May 2017June 2017July 2017August 2017September 2017October 2017November 2017December 2017January 2018February 2018March 2018April 2018May 2018June 2018July 2018August 2018September 2018October 2018November 2018December 2018January 2019February 2019March 2019April 2019May 2019June 2019July 2019August 2019September 2019October 2019November 2019December 2019January 2020February 2020March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020November 2020December 2020January 2021February 2021March 2021April 2021May 2021June 2021July 2021August 2021September 2021October 2021November 2021December 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022April 2022May 2022June 2022July 2022August 2022September 2022October 2022November 2022December 2022January 2023February 2023
News Every Day |

Warriors give their young players a much-needed boost of confidence

San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors
Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

With struggles and lack of playing time abound, the team gives its youth movement an injection of needed playing time

Let’s get the obvious caveat out of the way: the San Antonio Spurs are far from being world beaters. They’re a rebuilding team gunning for a favorable lottery spot — and are probably one French phenom away from kickstarting their rebuild with a prized possession.

They’re 22nd on offense, 28th on defense, 26th in net rating, and are lacking in consistent advantage creation. They have promising young pieces in Devin Vassell and Keldon Johnson, with a veteran center in Jakob Poeltl who could find himself on another team before the trade deadline passes by.

In short, the Golden State Warriors were supposed to blow out this team.

On the other hand, there were many other teams the Warriors were supposed to win against: the Detroit Pistons, the Charlotte Hornets, and the Orlando Magic, to name a few. But for a variety of reasons, they weren’t able to do the job.

This isn’t to play down the quality of those teams, who are, after all, still NBA caliber and can beat other NBA teams on any given day. But as the defending champions with a top-heavy roster, the Warriors were highly favored in those matchups but failed to live up to such expectations.

You can take this win against the Spurs as one of two ways: you can appreciate it as a confidence builder of sorts for everyone, most especially for the young guys who have found it hard to garner a consistent rhythm due to inconsistent playing time; or you can take this win for what it is — an expected win against an opponent of inferior quality.

I choose to take the former viewpoint because of things that I loved seeing from the Warriors’ young players. The opponent being of a lower quality may have helped, but what the youth needs right now is that boost of confidence that can be highly transmissible toward future games, especially against more dangerous opponents.

Jordan Poole being in the starting lineup helped; being surrounded by players with high basketball IQ and veteran leadership unlocks his game and unloads a considerable amount of pressure off of him. He finished with 36 points on 20 shots against the Spurs, including a 5-of-10 clip from beyond the arc.

Poole is virtually a Steph Curry doppelganger when he’s on the floor, a whirling dervish off the ball and a dynamic on-ball creator. At his idealized form, he can be another Curry-like threat that presents a conundrum for defenses whenever both he and Curry share the court.

At best, he’s a poison defenses will have to live with should they choose to pay more heed to Curry:

The numbers would tell you otherwise about the Curry-Poole pairing: opponents are outscoring the Warriors by 2.3 points per 100 possessions in their 186 minutes together. Part of that is the untenability of playing two small guards — one who’s been a defensive liability — as a backcourt pairing.

But credit must be given where it’s due. Poole had one of his better defensive performances against the Spurs. His screen navigation was noticeably improved compared to his difficulties against the Sacramento Kings.

Even when he falls behind on this screen-and-roll possession, he shows enough tenacity to recover toward his man and block the shot from behind, which translates into points on the other end:

But the thing that was arguably more impressive was his denial of screen usage, directing ball handlers away from the screen and toward their weak hand (“Weak” pick-and-roll coverage) and/or directing them toward the sideline and away from the middle (“ICE” pick-and-roll coverage).

Jonathan Kuminga also had himself a night: 15 points on 8 shots, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists in nearly 25 minutes of action. One of the biggest knocks on Kuminga has been his decision making and processing. As someone expected to spend time shuffling up and down frontcourt positions — particularly as a 4 in small lineups and as a 3 in conventional configurations — Kuminga is expected to develop as a reliable cog in the Warriors’ read-and-react system.

The dunks were impressive; the defense —already showing signs of promise — continued to be there. Even the threes were going down (3-of-4). But the thing that arguably impressed the most was from this possession:

With the possession quickly turning into a stagnant mess, one would think that Kuminga would isolate against his man and attempt to create something out of nothing. Instead, he directs positioning on the floor by telling Kevon Looney to post up on the left block for split action — and then proceeds to set a split-cut screen for Anthony Lamb, only to slip the screen and dive toward the rim, which garners him a trip to the line.

It’s these flashes of sound decision making that will not only earn Kuminga minutes — it’ll compel Steve Kerr to keep him on the floor as a viable part of the rotation.

Moses Moody had a more modest stat line of 11 points on 9 shots, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists — which did not make his contributions any less impressive than his fellow youth. He has always been considered the “headiest” of the players’ recent draft acquisitions of the past two years, showing flashes of veteran poise and steadiness.

However, the recent string of DNPs for reasons unknown to the public has baffled observers and fans alike. With Klay Thompson resting and Poole starting, this was an opportunity for Moody to show he deserves rotation consideration from Kerr.

He’s a league average shooter as of the moment (36%), with the potential to become a 38-39 percenter in the future — as long as he takes shots within the flow of the offense and feasts on open catch-and-shoot looks created by his teammates.

This was a needed bounce-back win for the Warriors for a variety of reasons. Every non-starting-lineup configuration was suffering (outscored by nearly 9 points per 100 possessions, per Cleaning The Glass), with Kerr having to scramble for viable combinations and having to deduce who can be a reliable rotation piece and who needed to be shelved.

This game may have helped Kerr in determining who he can trust moving forward — but more importantly, it provided confidence for those who may have taken morale hits while being relegated to mere spectators on the bench.

Новости 24 часа

Профессор из САР объяснил, что значат сказанные в Волгограде слова Путина

Intel Arc A770: 3 Month Performance Check-In

The Sad Death Of Lisa Loring, The Original Wednesday Addams

The Colors of the Desert - The Yellow Sahara Nature Documentary

The Bermuda Triangle Explained

Read also

Govt borrows almost five times more from banks in July-January

Exclusive: Barcelona have list of transfer targets to replace Busquets + another Barca star has 3-4 months to fight for future

Fairfax battle escalates over tenant protection rules

News, articles, comments, with a minute-by-minute update, now on

News Every Day

The Bermuda Triangle Explained — latest news 24/7. You can add your news instantly now — here

News Every Day

The Colors of the Desert - The Yellow Sahara Nature Documentary

Sports today

Новости тенниса
Кубок Дэвиса

"Кубок Дэвиса". Сборные Франции и Венгрии обменялись победами в стартовый день противостояния

Спорт в России и мире


All sports news today

Sports in Russia today


ФК «Оренбург» на сборах в Турции сыграл вничью с ЦСКА (Москва) – 1:1

Новости России

Game News

Wordle hint and answer today: Let's solve #595, February 4


Мишустин утвердил график выпуска и распределения жилищных сертификатов

Губернаторы России
Бато Багдаев

Минкультуры Бурятии - В ошеломительных трюках и в грациозных изгибах гимнастов вы увидите историю о проматери Лебеде – «Хун-Шубуун», о птице-оборотне – «Муу шубуун!


«Прикольно!»: москвич рассказал, почему назвал сына Авокадием

Организация и проведение Фестиваля.

Егор Летов, "Автографы", все три тома, 12000р, Москва

Под аккомпанемент Вадима Самойлова ХК «Автомобилист» уступил в Екатеринбурге «Трактору»

«Таких дружб очень мало»: Ратуша приняла пьесу «Два огромных человека. Шаляпин и Горький»

Анастасия Волочкова намекнула на расставание Наташи Королевой и Тарзана

Моргенштерн назвал умершего в 27 лет рэпера Yung Trappa "трушным отморозком"

"Кубок Дэвиса". Александр Зверев обыграл Стэна Вавринку и сравнял счёт в противостоянии Германии и Швейцарии

Каспер Рууд ответил на критику стадиона, где проходит матч сборных Узбекистана и США в "Кубке Дэвиса"

Сбежавший в Норвегию экс-командир ЧВК «Вагнер» Андрей Медведев заговорил — и называет Пригожина «дьяволом»

Марион Бартоли: Рууд знал, что рано вылетит на Australian Open и будет готовиться к сезону потом. Считаю такой подход странным

Выдача загранпаспорта нового образца в России приостановлена: в какие страны россиян без него не пустят


Егор Летов, "Автографы", все три тома, 12000р, Москва

Онколог Черемушкин рассказал, как не допустить развития рака

Провести свой Большой Концерт. Тариф Большой Концерт.

Собянин рассказал о создании поезда метро нового поколения

Профессор из САР объяснил, что значат сказанные в Волгограде слова Путина

Профессор Абдалла: речь Путина в Волгограде доказывает наличие у России современного оружия

Более сотни участников собрал в Луховицах открытый турнир по настольному теннису памяти Геннадия Солонина

Воскресенье в Подмосковье будет сопровождаться небольшим снегом и северным ветром

Московские старшеклассники получат профессии до окончания школы

Екатерина Климова высказалась о пластической хирургии

Путин в России и мире

Персональные новости


Анастасия Решетова рассказала о воссоединении с сыном от Тимати

News Every Day

Intel Arc A770: 3 Month Performance Check-In

Friends of Today24

Музыкальные новости

Персональные новости