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Dub Hub: Steve Kerr praises Andrew Wiggins for ‘competing’ past his early struggles

Rounding up all Warriors and NBA related news for Wednesday, January 17th.

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Warriors News:

Steve Kerr addresses Wiggins’ play, whether Warriors can still win with big 3 | 95.7 The Game

“I can tell you that watching the tape from last night, watching him in Chicago, watching him over the previous month, I think he’s much different now than where he was in the beginning of the season,” Kerr said. “I think he was out of rhythm to start the year after missing so much of last year. I think he got off to a slow start and it kind of snowballed on him.

“But I think over the last month or so he’s played a lot better. He’s had a couple games where obviously, he’s struggled with his shot, but he’s competing. He was into the ball all night last night, spreading the floor, attacking the rim. So I think Wiggs is playing a lot better, personally. I know it’s not showing as much and I know our fans are frustrated.”

Woj: The Warriors CANNOT go forward with the salary level they are at | NBA Today

NBA Rumors: Latest Intel on Pascal Siakam, Dejounte Murray, Zach LaVine and More | Bleacher Report

Siakam may land elsewhere in the end, with some pointing to the Golden State Warriors as a real option. The buzz all year has the Warriors minding their budget, but the team is struggling and still wants to keep the Steph Curry era competitive.

With Chris Paul’s expiring contract (technically $30 million non-guaranteed for 2024-25) and pieces like Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, the Warriors could make a credible run at Siakam. Golden State is high on rookie Brandin Podziemski, so leave him out of “fake trades,” per one source.

Draymond points out irony of Grizzlies fans’ boos in Warriors return | NBC Sports Bay Area

It was, however, a bit comical to Green for a very specific reason, as he explained on the latest episode of “The Draymond Green Show.

“It also felt good to boo the crowd back because they were booing like always in Memphis,” Green said. “Which is quite crazy that the Memphis fans hate me so much, being that they wanted me in free agency. Would have been really funny if I ended up in Memphis. I just wonder what the reception would have been if I actually ended up in Memphis.”

Draymond Green explains why Monday’s game was ‘very personal’ for Grizzlies’ rookie GG Jackson

NBA News:

Raptors, Pacers engaged in Pascal Siakam trade talks involving Bruce Brown Jr., draft picks: Sources | The Athletic

The Raptors and Pacers are actively engaged in trade talks centered around two-time All-Star forward Pascal Siakam that would send him to Indiana for a package that includes Bruce Brown Jr., other salaries and three first-round draft picks, league sources tell The Athletic.

The Raptors have been engaged in discussions with several teams on a potential Siakam deal, but conversations with the Pacers have gained steam in recent days, those sources say. Sources briefed on the talks between the two teams say that there have been several back-and-forth proposals made. While the two sides have been described as being far along in the process, according to those sources, they have yet to finalize or agree to a deal.

Suns storm back from 22 down in 4th quarter to beat Kings | ESPN

Grayson Allen tied a franchise record with nine 3-pointers and scored 29 points for the Suns, who trailed 113-96 before closing the game with a 23-4 run. Durant finished with 27 points, then tried to explain how the Suns rallied.

“I have no clue,” Durant said. “I usually know how the game is flowing, but I felt like this was a blur. Everything happened so fast. I guess we were all in a zone and locked in.

“They are a team that likes to play a free-flowing movement offense, so when you can disrupt that they turn into a different team. We pressured (Domantas) Sabonis a little bit more. We switched so many screens and made them play 1-on-1.”

Joel Embiid commends fellow big man Nikola Jokic after 76ers beat Nuggets 126-121

In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:

We’re all waiting to see if Draymond Green can fix the Warriors

But the Warriors can hope that Green’s presence can help them solve their free-falling defense, which has been at the heart of their free-falling record. During Green’s time away from the team, the Dubs posted a garbage-time adjust defensive rating of 124.1, which ranked 28th in the NBA in that period, per Cleaning The Glass; only the Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Pistons had worse marks.

Examining the correlation between the Warriors’ need to pack the paint vs. their penchant for giving up open threes

One problem that has stood out is the Warriors’ transition defense, or lack thereof. When they miss shots or turn the ball over, they are often forced into unfavorable crossmatches — a small against a big, or a big against a small. The former seems to occur with more frequency; when there’s a mismatch on the defensive end, someone else is compelled to sink into the paint to show help.

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