Dray says this group still needs to "figure out how to win" pic.twitter.com/xbFNxwxq0M— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 3, 2023
“It’s way easier to accept a loss as a coach and as a team when you don’t feel like you handed them the game,” Kerr said. “The Sacramento game, we handed them the game. … This is different. Our guys were poised, stuck together. Every guy who came off the bench had great energy. You see Klay and Draymond playing the way they’re playing. And we were connected tonight and that’s what I expect going forward. We have 60 games left. I expect our guys to be connected and energized and take care of the ball and not foul. Simple as that. They do that, then they’ll be a really good team.”
Aging process: Four of their most important players are 33, 33, 35 and 38. Time was always the biggest battle this roster would face. Klay Thompson opened the season frigid and frustrated. He’s trying to regenerate his past production and prove worthy of another big contract. That’s led to some detrimental shot selection, inefficient nights and uncomfortable rotation choices, especially with Moses Moody ready for an increased opportunity. Draymond Green’s reputation (gathered over time) and unwillingness to change how he operates has led to two ejections and a five-game suspension. Chris Paul looked great but is now battling an injury. Steph Curry, the second oldest of the bunch, needs more help as he attempts to elongate his prime It’s a race against the clock, with the clock out in front. — Anthony Slater
Warriors’ Steph Curry mentors Brandin Podziemski, his ‘annoying little brother’ | San Francisco Chronicle
All the while Podziemski peppers Curry with questions, a promising rookie trying to accelerate his NBA education by soaking in knowledge from a future Hall of Famer. Why do you take shots in that order during workouts? What do you think about my floaters in the lane? Why did you use this move on that defender?
“He is kind of the annoying little brother who asks questions all the time, and he’s always talking,” Curry said in a Chronicle interview. “But I love that about him and tell him to tap into it more because his energy is infectious. We know the care factor is there, and I know he listens.”
Draymond Green missed the game-winner on Saturday, but was otherwise 8-for-15 from 3-point range, with half of those makes coming in the first quarter in L.A. He has more 3-pointers (17-for-36, 47%) in 12 games this season than he did in 46 games two seasons ago (16-for-54, 30%).
GSW’s Moses Moody was assessed a postgame Flopping fine of $2,000 upon league office review for https://t.co/Y3UVYwS5gZ on Dec. 2 vs. LAC.— NBA Official (@NBAOfficial) December 3, 2023
The league’s initial discussions surrounding the in-season tournament once involved having only teams that advanced to the knockout-round play games this week, leaving the 22 franchises eliminated from contention with just 80 regular-season contests. But that would have presented both business and basketball issues. Team personnel provided plenty of pushback that eight days off and a week without games during the season could have been detrimental to players’ rhythms. And no team is gung ho about losing a home night of gate revenue, plus other lanes of in-stadium profits.
“It’s a long journey to be up there, mentioned with the greats,” Durant said. “It takes a lot of work, a lot of preparation, a lot of people helping me get to this point.”
Durant hit the mark by driving the baseline for two points with 50.3 seconds left before halftime. He needed 17 points to pass Malone coming into the game, the 1,003rd of his career.
Rockets coach, Ime Udoka gets ejected after trash-talking LeBron, a breakdown pic.twitter.com/TL0VXD8Z8v— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) December 4, 2023
In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:
The set: a variation of a staple baseline out-of-bounds (BLOB) set they call “Rub.” Typically, “Rub” has two outcomes.
The first: A layup for the inbounder, who receives a screen underneath the rim after inbounding the ball. The screener is usually the most dangerous shooter on the floor (e.g., Steph Curry):
The second: A three for the screener after setting the screen. This screen-the-screener action involves someone — typically the five — in the short corner setting an “exit” screen for the initial screener:
Out of a timeout, Podziemski in-bounded the ball to Curry, who was guarded by Kawhi Leonard. Curry drove inside, kicked the ball out to Green in the corner who missed the would-be game winner.
Green had been effective throughout the night, but it’s hard not to think the Warriors wanted someone else to take a shot with the game on the line.