"You want me to bench me?"— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) November 28, 2023
Klay Thompson got spicy when asked about Steve Kerr's patience sticking with the same starters pic.twitter.com/1Qb4GaSy9l
As for Wiggins, sources told ESPN that after missing two months last season over a still undisclosed personal matter, he didn’t take the time necessary during the summer to get back into shape ahead of this season. His lack of physical conditioning annoyed some within the organization, a team source added.
Wiggins ranks last in effective field goal percentage on jumpers among players with at least 75 attempts, per Second Spectrum, and second-worst in free throw percentage among qualified players, ahead of only Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon.
Tom Haberstroh dug up the numbers. CP3’s teams are 3-17 (.150 win percentage) in the playoffs when Foster officiates, dating back to 2007. Bad luck? Maybe. An ax to grind? Considering Paul’s squads are 73-56 (.565 win percentage) in the playoffs without Foster reffing, I’d say so.
Commissioner Silver has to address something when it’s becoming personal enough for referees to allegedly mention a player’s family. Some teams or players have bad luck with certain officials, but Foster seems to be infamous for all the wrong reasons.
When NBA executive vice president Joe Dumars suspended Green last postseason, he said the decision came down to “excessive and over-the-top actions, conduct detrimental and a repeat offender.” And when referee Tyler Ford ejected Green against the Timberwolves, he said it was due to “unnecessary and excessive conduct.”
Notice how the word “excessive” keeps popping up.
The NBA is sending a message that couldn’t be more clear. It is not going to tolerate Green crossing the line. Dumars ostensibly said as much after the recent suspension, telling reporters: “This was not some snap-of-the-finger decision to do this. There was much discussion, and back and forth, looking at the play itself over and over. And then ultimately we came to the decision that the act itself, and repeat offenses, actually did warrant a suspension.”
That’s the reality of a coaching battle between Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich. Anything can happen, even 6-foot-3 Curry trying to beat 7-foot-4 Wembanyama in a contest of jumping to the ball first. The idea for one hilarious visual came from Kerr first and foremost.
“You get Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr in a room and some funny stuff’s going to happen,” Curry told NBC Sports Bay Area on the “Dubs Talk” podcast. “They have obviously a lot of history. It came from Coach [Kerr].
“I don’t know if he told Coach Popovich or not, but the look on everybody’s face when I got in there — I tried to keep it deadpan. I was laughing on the inside because I knew I had no chance.”
With 30 seconds remaining and the Nuggets up 113-102, the Clippers inbounded the ball as Westbrook stood at midcourt and talked back to a fan who was sitting behind the courtside sea
“I mean, it’s unfortunate,” Westbrook said after the Clippers suffered a frustrating loss to a Nuggets team that played without Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Aaron Gordon. “Fans think they can say whatever they want. I’m not going to say [what was said] now because it’s not appropriate, but I’m just protecting myself.
“It’s just unfortunate fans think they can get away with saying anything and, personally, I won’t allow it. I’ve [taken] a lot of people saying anything and getting away with it, but I won’t stand for it.”
In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:
The Golden State Warriors are back at it again, fighting to get back over a .500 record. This season has already had more ups-and-downs than a Six Flags rollercoaster, with Stephen Curry battling through injuries, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins finding their grooves, and Draymond Green returning from being persecuted for defending his teammate suspension.
10. Golden State Warriors — 8-9 record, +0.4 net rating (18th in the NBA)
I remain far less worried about the Dubs than most people, but it’s safe to say that anything remotely close to this record, net rating, or playoff standing at the end of the year will be a massive failure.