Chris Paul says a ‘personal’ situation involving his son is the root of his bad relationship with Scott Foster
"It's personal."— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 23, 2023
— Chris Paul on his issue with Scott Foster pic.twitter.com/iHDecyIW0f
Warriors guard Stephen Curry said that Foster exchanged works with Paul during the interaction. Kerr said Foster crossed a line when he handed out the second technical foul. Curry and Paul echoed that sentiment.
“If you are going to pop your s---, don’t use a tech to get your point across,” Paul said. “We have these conversations all of the time. There are some officials who will talk back to you, which sometimes it’s healthy. It’s an intense game. ... But he’s got power because he can call a tech.”
Curry added, “When both player and ref engage in conversation, that has to stay there. I told Scott that after he ejected him. There are certain situations where players overstep. There are times when you know you have to back off. But when both are engaging, I don’t like that.”
There were a handful of times Kerr could have called for Curry or Thompson or Wiggins or Looney. He didn’t. The Warriors closed with Joseph, Podziemski, Jonathan Kuminga, Saric and rookie Trayce Jackson-Davis for the final six minutes. They shortened the Suns’ lead to nine points with two-plus minutes left, six points with one minute to go and three points all the way down to 12 seconds.
The same players remained on the court, earning the right to do so, and outscoring the Suns 24-14.
“There was consideration,” Kerr said of possibly bringing Curry or others back late in the game. “But it’s one of those games where the bench goes out and plays great, much better than the starters played, and they get you back in it. And you reward them and you stick with it.
Everybody always asks, ‘Brad, are you and Draymond cool?’ Draymond and I are damn near best friends. That moment in the  game was definitely immature on my behalf because I got frustrated at some things he was saying and doing in the game. But nonetheless it was a respect thing from him because he knew I wasn’t no punk and I wasn’t backing down from him. We were cool after that situation. I respected him. He respected me. And every time we’ve seen each other, it was nothing but laughs, hugs. We go on vacation together now. Our wives are cool. And we’re in the same draft class so it’s always been love with. He’s super competitive when we are playing the game. And rightfully so it should be that way.
We’re going to need an X-rated film for [his trash-talking]. Anything Draymond say we got to have to blurt it out. He can’t go two words without cussing.
Kerr pissed lol: "In this building, you can't hear anything... It's like a South Beach club out there. What are we doing?... I couldn't hear anything out there. It's just the whole game, it's thumping techno club music. Can we just have a basketball game anymore? What the hell?"— Steve Berman (@BASportsGuy) November 23, 2023
Steve Kerr was not a fan of the blaring club music in the Suns' arena pic.twitter.com/kkhP02Fbj8— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 23, 2023
BOSTON — Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and coach Adrian Griffin appeared to have a heated exchange when Antetokounmpo checked out of Wednesday’s game midway through the third quarter, but neither had much to say about it following the Bucks’ 119-116 loss to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.
“He wanted to stay in, I wanted to give him a breather. That’s all it was,” Griffin said afterward. “And then I told him to stay at the table for one possession, and he got right back out there.”
Antetokounmpo gave a one-word response when asked for an explanation of what took place:
The in-season tournament is a success because it’s engaging fans. It’s really that simple.
The NBA has been lucky to have some really great games like Hawks-Pacers happen on tournament nights. Maybe there really is something to the intensity being raised for these games. If nothing else, the Pacers can always say they were the first team ever to win their group in the in-season tournament.
The real upside for the in-season tournament always rested in its second phase, when the bracket was populated and teams moved onto knockout play. That’s still ahead of us in Dec., and it should be captivating, especially when the final four teams go onto Las Vegas.
In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:
The coverages against the Suns — particularly against Durant — were sound early on. Their choice of pick-and-roll coverage against the former Warriors was a “high” drop that occasionally turned into a screen-level step up/soft hedge.
The aim: take away decision-making responsibilities from Durant as much as possible and let another Sun try to score or make the decision. With Dario Šarić in high drop coverage, Durant makes the pass to the rolling Jusuf Nurkić. As the low man, Moses Moody pinches in early to help on the roll and does just enough to force the tough angle.
22 minutes, 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover, 4 fouls, 6-for-9 shooting, 2-for-3 threes, 3-for-5 free throws, 75.9% TS, +12
When the Warriors waived the pseudo-white flag, they turned to an energetic young bench lineup, with Šarić the lone veteran. And he not only thrived with the group, but led them.
Šarić has had a lovely debut season with the Dubs, but his scoring output has mostly relied on the team’s motion offense and the quarterbacking of Paul. In this game, he shouldered a heavier load, and did so brilliantly. He put his dribbling skills on display, bullied his way to the hoop, and Euro-stepped his way around defenders. The Warriors have been looking for Jonathan Kuminga to fill the role of isolation scorer off the bench, but Šarić put in one hell of an audition to get some of those chances as well.
The other day I was talking with my colleague, Paul Hudrick, who runs our sister site for the Philadelphia 76ers. He was gushing about how good Šarić is, and how people forget that he’s so much more than just a tall shooter. That’s been on full display lately, and Šarić now has per-minute stats that paint the picture of not just a starter, but a high-level one, too.
He is very good. And if the Warriors can get back to the point where the bench doesn’t need to bail out the starters, he’ll be an asset that could swing a season.