Draymond Green extended soundbite on the Warriors struggling defense, which he says comes down to the individual— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 16, 2024
“We can’t check”
“We can’t guard” pic.twitter.com/rrTL2I0vgY
"We got careless ... We have to understand where we are as a team. What our record is." -- Steve Kerr pic.twitter.com/9VjlknxLpz— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 16, 2024
If there’s any area that could be immediately impacted by Green’s return, it’s the Warriors’ defense. But even the former Defensive Player of the Year said his return won’t solve everything that ails this team.
“Nothing ever just flips,” Green told ESPN. “I don’t look at myself as some savior, like this is going to save our defense or anything like that. I think I can help with communication.
“‘And like with everything else, it’s contagious.”
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The general feeling around the league is that the Warriors are open for business and are willing to discuss a variety of different players to shake things up after a rough start to the season. However, Golden State is not enthusiastic about potentially moving youngsters Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. Neither is off the table if the right deal comes along, but it would be unfair to say they’re on the block at this stage, even as the Warriors look to alter their roster.
Head coach Steve Kerr trolls former Warriors’ assistant Mike Brown before Monday’s game vs. Grizzlies
"Raymond, would you bring the computer up here, please?"— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 15, 2024
Steve Kerr pokes fun at Mike Brown's postgame officiating breakdown pic.twitter.com/rgEHzaWFhD
San Antonio would be a dream fit for Young. Wembanyama and Young are both elite while being on opposite ends of the physical spectrum, making them a diverse duo that teams wouldn’t want to switch screens against. Trae is one of the league’s best at feeding easy shots to bigs, which would allow Wemby to score off of rolls and cuts on a regular basis. This season, Young has also embraced playing with more off-ball movement under Quin Snyder. If he was paired with a big with playmaking skills (like Wembanyama), then he could become even more potent in handoff and two-man actions. Together, they could be one of the league’s most powerful duos on offense. And on defense, Young is playing harder than ever; he’s small and will be targeted in the playoffs, but there’s no better antidote for a weaker defender than to have Wembanyama protecting the paint.
“I’ve already done it,” Embiid said. “If I have a chance to get a second one, I’ll do it. I’m not going to force myself or push for it. My game is always going to speak for itself. We’re winning. That’s the main thing. We’ve got to keep winning and you put in the stats to be in the [MVP] conversation that’s great, too. But at the end of the day, if there’s something going on, and I can’t meet the requirement for the amount of games played to qualify for that, then so be it.”
Utah Jazz forward Lauri Markkanen and Miami Heat forward-center Bam Adebayo have been named the NBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for Week 12 of the 2023-24 season (Jan. 8-14). pic.twitter.com/u5yMvPlyBq— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) January 15, 2024
In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:
Examining the correlation between the Warriors’ need to pack the paint vs. their penchant for giving up open threes
Despite all the troubles on defense this season, a quirky stat about the Warriors is that they are actually allowing the lowest rate of rim attempts from opponents this season. Per Cleaning The Glass, opponents attempt 26.1% of their total shot diet within the restricted area; the team ranked below the Warriors (Miami Heat) give up 3.3 percentage points more.
I was curious to see if there was any correlation between the Warriors’ need to wall off the paint/protect the rim and the number of shots they’re willing to give up from the perimeter as a result. Per Cleaning The Glass, Warriors’ opponents attempt 37.4% of their total shots from three-point range — 21st in the league.
When filtering for opponent three-point shots considered “open” (nearest defender 4-6 feet away) and “wide open” (nearest defender more than six feet away), the Warriors have given up a total of 1,241 of them this season, per the NBA’s tracking data. That is 11th most in the league — which isn’t bad, nor is it great.
The Warriors may be tempted to cite an excellent shooting night from the Grizzlies bench as the source of their demise. Memphis’s bench finished the game shooting 18-for-34 from the field and 11-for-20 from three for 57 points. GG Jackson was easily the standout from the group, needing just 9 field-goal attempts to rack up 23 points alongside 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and a game-high +23 plus/minus.
Yet, that would only tell a portion of the story. Yes, the Grizzlies made 20 threes, but their bench’s offensive efficiency was balanced out by a horrendous scoring night from their starting lineup. Jaren Jackson Jr., the Grizzlies lone usual core piece who was available, was an abysmal 4-for-20 from the field (3-for-14 from three).