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Dub Hub: Refs ruled Rudy Gobert a ‘peacemaker’ in Warriors-Timberwolves scuffle

Rounding up all Warriors and NBA related news for Wednesday, November 15th.

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Minnesota Timberwolves v Golden State Warriors Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Warriors News:

Official Pool Report from Tuesday’s Warriors-Timberwolves game

Steve Kerr shares his thoughts on the ejections of Klay Thompson and Draymond Green

Warriors’ observations: Full rundown of what went down in loss to the Timberwolves | The Athletic

Podziemski’s performance inspired Kerr to make a pretty bold declaration postgame that’ll have a domino effect down the roster.

“He’s going to play,” Kerr said of the rookie. “He’s going to play every night. He’s earned that. He was incredible tonight. He’s been great in practice. There’s something unique about him at that size to rebound the way he does. He had seven tonight. He’s always in the right spot. He’s fearless. He connects the game. He plays the way we want to play. The ball moves when he’s out there. He’s attacking at the right times, he’s cutting at the right times. Defensively he’s really good. He’s a damn good player so he’s going to play.”

Stephen Curry (knee) day-to-day as Warriors get ‘good news’ on MRI | ESPN

Curry did not play in Tuesday’s 104-101 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves due to right knee soreness. Curry took a hard fall in the second half of Sunday’s loss to Minnesota but immediately continued to play. However, he was seen rubbing his right knee.

Curry was ruled out for the game on Tuesday afternoon and underwent an MRI.

“Nothing alarming,” Kerr said of the Curry’s injury. “He is day-to-day and we will see. If he misses another game or two, it’s not going to be anything long-term.”

Rookie Brandin Podziemski discusses his role on the team following a breakout game against Minnesota

NBA News:

Bulls open to trading All-Star guard Zach Lavine

Zach LaVine trade destinations: Lakers, Sixers, Heat and Raptors among top landing spots for Bulls star | The Sporting News

Indiana Pacers

Why it makes sense

The Pacers have managed to create the best offense of all time. Why not lean into that even harder with LaVine?

LaVine hasn’t had a point guard like Tyrese Haliburton since his early days playing alongside Ricky Rubio in Minnesota. There is another level that he could potentially get to with someone setting him up rather than having him get everything himself the hard way.

The Pacers haven’t been able to attract star free agents, so trading for a player like LaVine is their best shot to pair high-end talent with Haliburton.

Potential trade

The Pacers have all of their own first-round picks to trade, plus an additional first-round pick in the 2024 draft.

Bruce Brown and Buddy Hield would get them to LaVine’s salary number, although Brown cannot be traded until Dec. 15. Both have trade value if the Bulls wanted to flip them again after acquiring them. Those two along with two first-round picks would be a good haul for the Bulls.

Zion Williamson’s comments hint at bigger problems he and Pelicans must solve | The Athletic

“Last year, we had a team meeting and we brought up some things I can do better, especially with buying into the program,” Williamson said. “Right now, it’s tough. I’m taking a little bit of a back seat right now. I’m trusting the process. I’m trying my best to buy in right now.”

There were a few lines that came straight from the “Unhappy Superstar” playbook.

“It’s tough” and “I’m trusting the process” are phrases heard from players stuck in a rut and struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s understandable to feel that way on a team that’s lost five consecutive games after a 4-1 start with four of those losses coming by double digits. “I’m trying my best to buy in” is another phrase that can scare fans. It indicates a certain level of frustration that needs to be dealt with adequately.

In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:

How Brandin Podziemski flashed rotation-ready skills against the Timberwolves

Two aspects of Podziemski’s offense that were highly touted coming into this season — but two that haven’t materialized prior to tonight’s game — were his touch on floaters and three-point shooting. The volume hasn’t been there because of the scant opportunities he has been given, but heavy minutes tonight dictated that Podziemski take those shot profiles, especially with the Wolves playing Gobert in their base drop coverage scheme.

It was clear that the Warriors intended to weaponize Podziemski by running half-court sets that got him downhill — not to attack the drop head on against a supreme rim protector in Gobert, but to get to his in-between sweet spots in the paint that a drop-back scheme naturally gives up.

Player grades: Warriors vs. Wolves

Trayce Jackson-Davis

12 minutes, 2 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 fouls, 0-for-1 shooting, 2-for-2 free throws, 53.2% TS, -2

I think it’s pretty clear that we’re going to see more and more of TJD as the season goes on, but this game also was a reminder that rookies are not always going to play great. Jackson-Davis flashed some mighty impressive skills in this game, and his timing and athleticism rolling to the rim are huge assets for the Dubs. And I am loving seeing the assists.

He also showed some inexperience with the turnovers, fouls, and getting bodied a bit on the glass.

Grade: B-

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