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Mark Jackson & Mike Malone's Warriors: doing the things good teams do.

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I can count the number of no-pass or one-pass possessions (outside of fast break situations) from Saturday’s game on one hand. The ball moved quickly and crisply in the Warriors new-look offense, and the results were impressive. Gone was the clear-out-and-let-Ellis-pound-it approach that dominated much of Smart’s offensive system. In its place were a series of cutters and inside-out passes, designed to create space for Ellis and Curry to operate. Both did so with impressive efficiency (Ellis 8-11, Curry 9-17). The Warriors overall shooting percentage (49.4%) and basketball-to-assist ratio (43 to 25) reflect just how effective the team was at getting high-quality looks. The Kings may not be a defensive powerhouse, but I didn’t get the feeling that the Warriors were settling for looks — an all-too-common frustration these past few years.

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