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Explain One Play: Quinn Cook scores two ways

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Watch Quinn Cook show the Spurs that they can force him left but he can score off the dribble going left or right, and with floaters or pulling up from long distance. The newest Warrior is making it very hard to leave him off the playoff roster.

NBA: Golden State Warriors at San Antonio Spurs
“No no don’t force me left, don’t give me the midrange jumper ... PSYCH”
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Sure, Quinn Cook broke out against the Kings and Suns. Sure, he showed he could spot up and play a role off-ball as mini Klay Thompson (see last E1P). But the Warriors had that in Ian Clark last year and (erratically) with Nick Young this year. But Cook really opened eyes with his dribble drives and pull-up jumpers. His off the dribble 3s gave hope that GSW might have actually found a backup point guard after searching for years.

The only question was: can Cook deliver against a serious NBA defense? Luckily, the Warriors played the Spurs without any All-Stars, so we got a nice look at what Cook can do against a defense that’s keying in on him.

And he delivered! Overall, his three-point shot was off (2-8) but he shot 6-10 from two-point range, and he showed off the same nice shot-making off-the-dribble that he displayed against the Kings and Suns.

The Spurs played a vanilla ICE defense against Cook’s high pick and roll. They overplayed him to push him to drive to the left, his assumed weaker hand. And yet, Cook persisted. Here’s the video evidence.

Quinn Cook Scores Two Ways

Watch Quinn Cook show the Spurs that they can force him left but he can score off the dribble going left or right, and with floaters or pulling up from long distance. The newest Warrior is making it very hard to leave him off the playoff roster! Other videos and full articles: http://tinyurl.com/ericapricot Also, in case you missed it, our last video on how Quinn can play off-ball as well: https://www.facebook.com/GoldenStateofMind/videos/10155209047646176/

Posted by Golden State of Mind on Wednesday, March 21, 2018

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And for completeness, here is part 1 of the Quinn Cook analysis (focusing on his off-ball play).

Quinn Cook as mini-Klay-Thompson

QUINNSANITY! Watch Quinn Cook light up the Suns while doing his version of Klay’s most famous shots. Cook shows he can play off-ball like Klay Thompson, making him a potentially important piece if he can make the playoff roster. Co-starring Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Jordan Bell and Zaza Pachulia. By @EricApricot. Full story and more videos at http://tinyurl.com/ericapricot.

Posted by Golden State of Mind on Monday, March 19, 2018

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And it’s not too late to vote a Warrior off the island...

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Which Warrior should get waived to get Cook on the playoff roster?

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  • 36%
    Casspi
    (1026 votes)
  • 38%
    Jones
    (1083 votes)
  • 10%
    McCaw
    (307 votes)
  • 4%
    Looney
    (136 votes)
  • 5%
    another Warrior
    (162 votes)
  • 4%
    nobody, Quinn misses the playoffs
    (130 votes)
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