After showing off his offensive repertoire and on-ball defense on Saturday, Patrick McCaw showed how disruptive he can be on the defensive end tonight.
But what might have been even more encouraging was his passing. In the second half, McCaw began showing off his passing ability in transition, in half court sets from the wing and once in a nice pick and roll. His placement, touch and timing in every situation were outstanding, but more importantly was that he just sees the angles on the floor so well -- his feel for the game on both ends is just a huge asset along with his athleticism and physical attributes.
In the first half, McCaw got off to a solid start while alternately guarding 2016 lottery pick Brandon Ingram and 2015 lottery pick D'Angelo Russell, making things tough on both when he drew them. He started out on Russell and did a solid job before Russell just went off. In the box score, you'll note he had three steals in the first quarter showing just how disruptive his length and athleticism can be on that end. He got another steal in the second half and then a deflection that didn't show up in the box score.
Mostly, McCaw just fits the mold of a Warriors player right now: a smart, potentially versatile player on both ends.
If you're wondering about whether McCaw's rather slight frame could be a weakness, there might have been signs of that in the first half: there were a couple of times when he got hung up on screens and fell behind the action. But you have to love that the guy has shown no fear of contact: he's shown no signs of fear in going to the bucket, which is refreshing.
- Robert Carter, Jr. had a better showing tonight than he did in the first game, showing some of the skills that made him such a highly regarded undrafted player. He definitely has the tools to become a stretch four or small ball five in this league, showing a solid shot as well as comfort and composure handling the ball. Defensively, there were moments when he seemed to lose focus, but I'll take the improvement.
- Thomas Walkup didn't make a huge impression on the box score, but he had a play in the first half where he was able to stop a Brandon Ingram drive. So that was a highlight for him.
- Ognjen Kuzmic still looked like he's finding his way. As a Wolves blogger told me, "I've seen a lot of big with bigs with bad hands, but Kuzmic...he's on another level."
- MAMADOU NDIAYE played. He is tall! But he runs the floor really well for a human that size. Would love to see the guy play more.
- Keifer Sykes was once again aggressive enough to be the leading scorer.