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    DENVER – Andrew Wiggins has been an unsung hero in the Warriors’ success in the first three games of the playoffs. He hasn’t lit up the box score or made highlight reel-worthy shots like some of the Warriors’ flashy guards. But don’t get it wrong — Wiggins has been impacting the games in ways that can often be overlooked by the casual fan. The 27-year-old forward has kept his head on a swivel on both ends of the court and is doing everything the Warriors need of him. “Wiggins has been playing incredible basketball on both ends of the floor,” Draymond Green said. “He’s been doing the little stuff all three games this series and no one really talks about it, but we as his teammates, we see it, we appreciate it, and we need him to continue doing those things.” Wiggins has embraced his role as being a defensive stalwart and aggressive rebounder. He’s also effectively shooting the ball, too. In Golden State’s Game 3 win in Denver Thursday, Wiggins made a corner 3 to give the Warriors a...
    Jordan Poole had Miami’s Kyle Lowry on an island in transition. In Poole’s mind, he was going to cook Lowry on the Heat’s FTX Arena floor. Poole hit Lowry with a nasty in-and-out dribble that sent him spiraling to the baseline. The third-year Warriors guard snatched the ball back, then drained a stepback three. In high-energy minutes off the bench, Juan Toscano-Anderson dived to retrieve a loose ball, slashed through the paint and launched himself off the Chase Center floor, defying gravity and daring Suns center JaVale McGee to meet him at the rim. Toscano-Anderson powered through the air and McGee’s outstretched hands and threw down a brutal one-handed posterizing jam. Both moments were signature highlight plays by the Warriors’ supporting players (though Poole has made a star turn this month), and both showed growth cultivated in Santa Cruz with Warriors’ G League affiliate. Twenty-nine of the NBA’s 30 teams have G League affiliates. Raptors 905 and the Oklahoma City Blue are two teams known to have a close bond with their NBA counterparts, but the bond between Santa Cruz...
    CHICAGO — In a strange turn of events, the Warriors’ worst offensive funk of the season has coincided with Klay Thompson’s first games back in more than two years. And, even stranger, they broke out of it with Thompson on the bench. So, what went right in a 138-96 win Friday against the Chicago Bulls? “Well,” coach Steve Kerr said, cheekily, “That orange ball that we play with, it went into the orange ring and stayed in through the net that’s hanging.” In some ways, it was that simple. Even against the Bucks, Golden State’s internal analytics showed that by expected field goal percentage, the Warriors should have won by six points in what was a 19-point defeat. Upon reviewing the film, Kerr said the offense had performed better than he originally thought, despite a season-worst shooting game (34.7% from the field). It’s no secret the Warriors offense, which was once humming along like their NBA-best defense, has experienced some hiccups, even prior to getting Thompson back. They had gone four of the past five games without...
    For more than a decade, opposing teams have become accustomed to watching Warriors guards take and make a high volume of 3-pointers and assert control over games with 30-plus-point efforts. They just aren’t conditioned to expect Jordan Poole to be Golden State’s most dangerous shooter. With Stephen Curry continuing to struggle from beyond the arc and Klay Thompson still days away from his long-awaited return from ACL and Achilles injuries, Poole came off the bench on Monday against the Miami Heat and poured in 32 points in a 115-108 Warriors victory. Yes, even the Warriors bench now has a Splash Brother in the making. “We needed all of his 32 points and the early foul trouble with Steph, it changed our rotations,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “What a luxury to be able to come off the bench with a guy who has just started the first 35 games or whatever it was. Jordan has turned into a critical player for us and he will remain to be critical with all of the guys coming back.”...
    Don’t take this success for granted, Warriors fans. What this team is doing is anything but normal. Now, I’m not saying that the Warriors’ success is going to be short-lived. Far from it, in fact: the Dubs’ best might be yet to come. But having the best record in the NBA after 25 games, with Steph Curry again in the MVP conversation, Draymond Green in the running for Defensive Player of the Year, and Steve Kerr a top candidate for Coach of the Year, all without Klay Thompson or former No. 2 pick James Wiseman in the fold? That’s ridiculous. The Warriors were in the wilderness for the last two years. The first season, post-Kevin Durant, was a catastrophe. Last year, the Warriors had to work hard all season to simply find one effective brand of winning basketball. The Warriors’ days as the league’s top dog were over, it seemed. Such a decline would have been natural and expected. What’s not expected is a team with the same core — in fact, less...
    Getty Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry looks on during a 2019 playoff game. The Golden State Warriors were always going to be better this year than last, but an NBA-best record prior to the return of Klay Thompson and James Wiseman is beyond just about anyone’s expectations. So how did it happen? Or perhaps a better question: Why did it happen? NBA analyst Bill Simmons, founder of The Ringer, posed an explanation fascinating in its simplicity last week on his self-titled podcast: This season, the Warriors can win even when their All-NBA point guard Steph Curry plays poorly — or, at least, poorly by his ridiculously high standards. Last season, they couldn’t. It’s that simple. “This is a team that already looks really good and really finished and really complete, and I think they can actually get better, because Curry hasn’t played that great this season,” Simmons said during a podcast episode that aired Thursday, November 4. “He’s had some good games. He’s also had games like (Wednesday night, November 3) where he didn’t shoot well and...
    It might be impossible to find an elite athlete who plays with more joy than Stephen Curry. It might also be difficult to look beyond Curry’s playful smile and childlike enthusiasm on the court to see what really drives the Warriors’ star. It’s tempting to view him as just a hard-working, gifted man chasing exuberance with every sprint around a teammate’s screen or launching of a difficult shot. His coach, though, can tell you there’s a lot less innocence to Curry’s game than most imagine. Turns out there’s a good reason why they still call Curry “The Baby-faced Assassin.” “Steph’s competitive on a lot of different levels,” Kerr said during an interview on 95.7 The Game. “It’s one of the reasons Steph is as great as he is. It goes so far beyond just the skill. It’s the competitive desire. And the belief in himself that can follow through on that competitiveness.” Although Curry didn’t say it, there was an unspoken challenge that probably spurred him to another eye-popping performance in the Warriors’ 127-113 victory...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Kerr’s thoughts before the Warriors’ extended homestand could be summed up into two words: “Too long.” But halfway through, there hasn’t been any struggle to keep players engaged, Kerr said Sunday before Golden State tipped off against Houston in the fifth of eight straight at home. “So far, so good,” Kerr said. “I think everybody’s in a good spot. It’s been a pretty good schedule for us. We haven’t overworked our guys. We’ve had some days off. Everybody’s in a good mood because we’re playing well and we’re having some fun.” Winning cures all, and the Warriors have been winning — by a lot. After starting the home stretch on a sour note with an overtime loss to Memphis, the Warriors have won their past three games entering Sunday by at least 20 points. Including Houston, however, Golden State’s opponents since their lone loss have a combined winning percentage of .282. How much weight can be put in a 7-1 record that features only one win against a team above .500? ...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Kerr had a message for his team before their first competitive game in front of a full house at Chase Center in almost 600 days. “Steve said we’ve got to dominate the home court this year,” Juan Toscano-Anderson said Thursday before the Warriors tipped off against the Clippers. “He didn’t specifically state any numbers. In a perfect world we want to go undefeated at home, but it’s hard to win in the NBA.” The Warriors’ trademark home success — flowing from the crowd that earned the moniker “Roaracle” — hasn’t followed them to their billion-dollar crown jewel on the opposite side of the San Francisco Bay. But after a rebuilding season, followed by a pandemic-stricken year last season, Kerr believes the Warriors’ truly began to christen their new home Thursday night. “It feels like this is how it should have opened in the first place,” Kerr said. “That first year, we didn’t even know where we were going to find our way around. It’s good to have our bearings, but now we...
    Getty OG Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors handles the ball as Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics. The Golden State Warriors feel like they have at least one big player transaction yet to make in preparation for the return of shooting guard Klay Thompson, who will bring with him the promise of the team’s first postseason success in three years. Zach Buckley, NBA writer with Bleacher Report, thinks the deal to make involves three players with the Toronto Raptors. In an article published Friday, October 15, Buckley laid out the particulars of a trade proposal that would move several big names between the two teams. The Warriors would bid farewell to sophomore big man James Wiseman and wing starter Andrew Wiggins, along with a first-round and second-round pick in the 2022 NBA draft. In return, they would receive small forward OG Anunoby, guard Goran Dragic and shot-blocking big man Chris Broucher. “Golden State could use another impact player and better depth to support the stars. This swap would check both boxes,” Buckley wrote. “Anunoby might be...
    There are two ways to rank the Western Conference: Expected regular-season success and post-season success. Either way, injuries to several stars will play an outsized role in who emerges from the West this season. At the top, the Clippers are dealing with the injury to Kawhi Leonard. A partially torn ACL will sideline the 2019 Finals MVP for an unknown amount of time. There’s also Jamal Murray, Denver’s combustible point guard who tore his ACL and missed the playoffs last season. Then, of course, there’s the Warriors, who eagerly await the return of Klay Thompson after a torn ACL and Achilles sidelined him for two straight seasons. When and how these players return is anyone’s guess, and will determine if their respective teams are championship contenders. But injuries can also impact anyone, at any time. The Lakers faced the bug last season as nagging injuries to LeBron James and Anthony Davis submarined their season. Utah and Phoenix were mostly healthy most of the season, but will that trend hold in 2021-22? Without knowing how the regular...
    This Tuesday begins a new NBA season. The best basketball competition in the world returns renewed, with the signing of LeBron by the Lakers, the arrival of Kawhi Leonard in Toronto, but, above all, with the Golden state warriors as top favorites. The Bay franchise has dominated the NBA in recent years by winning three titles almost in a row if it weren’t for the ring achieved by the Cavaliers in 2016. His is a hegemony that is beginning to be compared with the best times of the Lakers, the Celtics or the Jordan Bulls. However, in the history of the Warriors there is a ‘milestone’ that we had overlooked, and that is the Alcántara family, the protagonists of ‘Tell me how it happened’, followed them long before their current success … even if this was due to a set error. The Twitter user Álvaro González (@ alvaro11GA) has discovered a small flaw in one of the recoveries of old chapters that are broadcast Clan. He tells how seeing a chapter set in 1969, several seasons before the one that...
    With less than a month left in the regular season, the Warriors have finally settled on a group to anchor the second unit. This was a development caused mostly by necessity, as it appears guards Damion Lee and Kelly Oubre Jr. will miss the rest of the regular season, and forward Eric Paschall does not yet have a timetable for his return from a hip injury. All three, at various points this season, have been key members of the group that tries to keep Golden State in the game in the minutes Stephen Curry and Draymond Green rest. As it turns out, the Warriors’ newest bench trio consisting of guards Jordan Poole and Mychal Mulder and forward Juan Toscano-Anderson has found success in trying to emulate what makes Curry and Green such an effective team. “Nobody compares to Draymond and Steph,” Toscano-Anderson said, “but (we are) trying to mimic their style of play and just get some good continuity going, get some easy buckets.” Toscano-Anderson — a 6-foot-6 playmaking forward — is Draymond Green Lite. Averaging...
    On Friday morning, Warriors GM Bob Myers texted head coach Steve Kerr acknowledging the difficulty of balancing developing young players and trying to win games during this playoff push. “This is tough, man,” Myers recalled texting Kerr who, together, led the Warriors to five straight Finals from 2014-2019. “This is hard but, in the same breath, we’ve seen the other side of the coin, too, with a roster that didn’t need much refining.” As has been made apparent in the last two seasons, this roster does need refining. Thursday’s trade deadline marked another important juncture in a rebuild the Warriors hope will end next season when Klay Thompson returns from an Achilles injury and rookie James Wiseman will be another year into his development. The biggest decision at the trade deadline was a move that wasn’t made. Though they fielded several offers for guard Kelly Oubre Jr., the Warriors decided not to trade him despite the risk of him leaving as an unrestricted free agent after the season. “We value him, too,” Myers said during his...
    Getty The Golden State Warriors are surging. Since their 127-108 loss to the Utah Jazz, the team has gone 4-2 including a blowout against the Dallas Mavericks winning 147-116. The primary reason for that win was a career night from starting forward Kelly Oubre Jr. Their swingman had been struggling to find his rhythm this season but opened the floodgates in Dallas scoring 40 points while shooting 14-21 from the field and grabbing 8 rebounds. Another reason for the Warriors’ stand-out performance was their star defensive forward Draymond Green. On the night, he handed out a career-high number of assists with 15 and only recorded one turnover early in the first quarter. His play was recently commented on by a former Golden State Warrior All-Star and father of a current Dallas Mavericks player. Follow the Heavy on Warriors Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content!Hardaway Compliments Green’s Moxy GettyDraymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts alongside teammate Andrew Bogut #12 in the second half against the Houston Rockets. Hardway has always been...
    After pulling on his warmups, lacing up his sneakers and walking out of the tunnel, Kelly Oubre Jr. will take a seat on the sideline, lock his gaze on the lines of the court and channel his inner “chi.” This is how Oubre, in the throes of an inconsistent season, tunes out the noise and stays present. As the chatter around him raises after each disappointing shooting performance, it’s this steadiness that teammates, including Stephen Curry, admire. “The one thing he can control is his energy and effort, and that’s always present when he’s out there on the floor,” Curry said after Oubre scored a career-high 40 points to help lead the injury-depleted Warriors to a 147-116 road win over the Mavericks on Thursday. “I’ve got a lot of respect for a guy like that.” Twenty-two games into the season, Oubre has struggled to find consistency, vacillating from supposed-breakout performances to dramatic slumps. Needing to string together wins to establish themselves as a playoff team, the Warriors hope Oubre’s career night is a sign of things...
    Even Stephen Curry wanted to know the answer. When asked if Andrew Wiggins showed “extra emotion” playing his former team Monday night, Curry deferred to his teammate. “You’ll have to ask him in a moment,” Curry said of Wiggins, who had 23 points, six rebounds, three blocks and three steals in the Warriors’ 130-108 win over the Timberwolves at Chase Center. “I’m actually interested to hear his answer.” After fielding a few more questions, Curry left the podium and Wiggins sat down. He was the last Warriors player in the postgame interview session, talking to reporters after franchise stars Curry and Draymond Green, as well as No. 2 pick James Wiseman. He was asked the same question: Did it feel good to beat his former team, the one that traded him 5 ½ seasons after ticketing him as the franchise savior. “It’s all love for those guys,” said Wiggins, smiling. “But I feel like it takes the competitiveness to the next level. I feel like we did our job and I’m happy we got the win, most...
    Getty The Golden State Warriors are now 8-8 for the season. Just when it seemed like the Warriors had established a rhythm, struggles with the starting lineup plague the team and they’re right back where they started. Through it all, it seems that no one has the answer to help solve this problem just yet. After a loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday, Warriors’ star forward Draymond Green reveals what is frustrating him about the team currently.Green Has No Answer Getty Sluggish playing and no chemistry has been the issue with the Warriors’ starting lineup so far this season, and Saturday night against the Jazz was no different. The Jazz started off the game leading 19-2 in the first quarter. After the game when Green was asked if he knew why the starting lineup wasn’t working, he simply responded, “I don’t know.” “If I had an answer, I’d give it to our squad,” said Green. “I don’t know. We just got to figure it out.” With their dynasty days becoming more of a distant memory, Green...
    More On: new york knicks Knicks set to face emerging rookie they passed on in draft Knicks star continuing to make All-Star push Beating Stephen Curry latest positive sign for Knicks Knicks whack Warriors to reach .500 The Knicks continued to build their reputation as road Warriors on Thursday night against Golden State.  With their latest defensively responsible victory, a 119-104 win over Stephen Curry and the Warriors, the Knicks evened their overall record at 8-8 and improved to 5-4 on the road this season entering Friday night’s visit to Sacramento at Golden 1 Center.  “We’re just trying to work hard and grind every day. That’s really what we’re trying to do. We’re really focused, we’ve been giving it our all and we’re going to continue to do that throughout the season,” RJ Barrett said after scoring a career-high 28 points against Golden State. “It’s tough to win on the road, and I just think we’re coming in focused and getting mentally prepared. It’s been good and hope to continue that throughout the rest of the road trip.”  The...
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