Warriors’ second-unit adjustments may continue to involve Draymond Green

12 days ago San Francisco Chronicle

The Golden State Warriors continue to experiment with their second unit 19 games into the season with hopes that eventually the non-Stephen Curry minutes can play out a little smoother.

Head coach Steve Kerr’s latest adjustment came in a 127-120 win over the Rockets in Houston on Sunday, where he chose to insert Draymond Green into the group. And there might be a lot more of it as the season continues.

“Yeah, we’ll try that again tonight,” Kerr said ahead of the Warriors’ Wednesday night game against the Los Angeles Clippers. “Just try to give that second unit another ball handler and a little more organization. We’ll see. They held together pretty well in the second half of that Houston game. We’ll shift to that rotation tonight.”

The Warriors’ second unit has struggled to maintain leads all season, and that was once again the story in the opening minutes of the second quarter against Houston. Golden State began the quarter with a 12-point lead only to have Jordan Poole, Donte DiVincenzo, Anthony Lamb, Jonathan Kuminga and Kevon Looney allow a 13-0 run over the first three minutes. Golden State wound up being outscored 37-21.

Golden State was up three points to start the fourth quarter and Kerr began the period with a lineup of Poole, DiVincenzo, Moses Moody, JaMychal Green and Draymond Green. When Andrew Wiggins subbed in for Draymond Green with 7:51 left, the Warriors still led by three.

Along with the luxury of an additional ball handler and veteran presence, having Draymond Green play with the second unit in stints could potentially help the team set a better tone defensively to begin quarters with Curry off the floor.

Houston shot 60% from the field in the second quarter without Draymond Green on the court compared to 34.6% in the fourth when he did.

Interactive

How Curry's 3-point shooting changed the game

Stephen Curry has not only led a Warriors resurgence since entering the league, he has changed the game with his long-distance shooting.

Looney’s just fine: Looney was the only Warriors starter to play in Monday’s lopsided loss to New Orleans despite being listed as questionable entering the night because of a left hand contusion. He wound up playing five minutes in the first quarter and didn’t return, which raised some concern.

Looney told reporters Wednesday that his body feels “really good” and although he wanted to play more minutes against the Pelicans, the coaches made the decision not to play him further. He also revealed that the contusion was suffered on a hard fall following a dunk attempt against Houston. His streak of consecutive regular-season games played extended to 130 Wednesday against the Clippers.

“Anytime I feel good and I feel like I’m capable of playing I’m always going to go out there,” he said. “I feel like I was good last game so I (played). If a game comes up and I don’t play, that means I’m really not feeling good.”

C.J. Holmes covers the Warriors for The San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @CjHolmes22


Continue reading...

Read On "San Francisco Chronicle"

More News On "San Francisco Chronicle"
BREAKING NEWS
40 minutes ago - SC asks high courts to decide PTI pleas in ECP contempt case at the earliest 41 minutes ago - PM to hold cabinet crisis talks after rail union adds more Christmas strikes 42 minutes ago - RBI MPC: What is it? Why is it important? What do analysts say? Here's all you need to know 43 minutes ago - Yes Bank revises FD interest rates; earn up to 7% on this FD tenure 45 minutes ago - His power secure at home, China’s Xi Jinping goes on a charm offensive abroad 45 minutes ago - Bentonite Market is Projected to Reach US$ 2.81 Billion in 2028 45 minutes ago - England fan who witnessed 1966 World Cup final win hopes for repeat in Qatar 46 minutes ago - When to Expect the Peripheral Season 2 Release Date? 51 minutes ago - Below Deck’s Fraser Olender shares 'struggle' of Chief Stew role: 'Not here to be friends' 52 minutes ago - Tom Brady throws for 2 late TDs, Bucs beat Saints 17-16 54 minutes ago - Scarlet Fever and invasive Group A strep 1 hour ago - Letters to the Editor | Dec. 6, 2022 1 hour ago - Opinion: In every Ukrainian kitchen, a secret weapon against Putin 1 hour ago - How Old Was Sandra Bullock in the Proposal? The Film Grossed Over $137 Million! 1 hour ago - Conservative SCOTUS majority under scrutiny in major ‘independent legislature’ elections case 1 hour ago - Grand Canyon National Park 1 hour ago - Rookie Nembhard has 31, leads Pacers past Warriors, 112-104 1 hour ago - Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) Price Target Cut to $225.00 1 hour ago - Transgender Journey: Mutability of Identity 1 hour ago - Commonwealth Bank of Australia : CBA announces rate changes 1 hour ago - Waterlooville pupil believed to have died from Strep A infection 1 hour ago - Sunburn — The morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics — 12.6.22 1 hour ago - Monday's Sports In Brief 2 hours ago - Kroo bank account: Is it better than Monzo or Starling? 2 hours ago - Elon Musk's brain-implant firm Neuralink under scanner over animal abuse 2 hours ago - A Disastrous Pre-Sale: Taylor Swift Fans Sued Ticketmaster 2 hours ago - Ronaldo eyes World Cup quarters as Morocco dare to dream 2 hours ago - Lawsuit alleges writer-director James Toback is a 'serial sexual predator' 2 hours ago - Innovation finance evidence pack (HTML) 2 hours ago - Brady throws for 2 late TDs, Buccaneers beat Saints 17-16 2 hours ago - How Cinema Audience Behavior Has Been Changed by COVID – CineAsia 2 hours ago - World Cup Viewer’s Guide: 2 Quarterfinals Places Left 2 hours ago - Rosenthal: MLB’s massive free agent spending is just beginning. Explanation of forces at work. 2 hours ago - Elon Musk fever in EU's poorest country Bulgaria in anticipation of his visit 2 hours ago - Neuralink: Elon Musk's plan to implant a chip in the human brain: Why? - 2 hours ago - Tom Brady and Bucs figure out how to beat Holy people on game-dominating TD in conclusive seconds 2 hours ago - What Consumer Duty means for smaller advice firms 2 hours ago - Brazil-Argentina semi-final moves another step closer 3 hours ago - James Harden returns as 76ers deliver another dud in loss to Rockets 3 hours ago - Hospitality: The growth of hospitality courses abroad: Here is what you should know, Hospitality News, ET HospitalityWorld 3 hours ago - Tatum Leads Celtics Over Raptors, Pacers Beat Warriors 3 hours ago - Attacks on Russian air bases put spotlight on new Ukrainian drone program 3 hours ago - Musk’s Neuralink faces federal probe over animal tests 3 hours ago - Morocco Dare To Dream: Cristiano Ronaldo Eyes World Cup Quarterfinals 3 hours ago - Tatum leads Celtics over Raptors; Curry struggles vs Pacers 3 hours ago - Tom Brady and the Bucs find a way to beat the Saints on a game-winning TD in the dying seconds 3 hours ago - Nelly & Ashanti Steamy Performance Has Fans Calling For The Former Couple To Reunite 3 hours ago - Kirstie Alley’s Kids: Everything To Know About The Late Star’s 2 Children 3 hours ago - Kirstie Alley: A mainstay of the screen in the 80s and 90s as Cheers propelled her to stardom 3 hours ago - Uddhav vs Eknath Shinde : Supreme Court To Hear Petitions Related To Shiv Sena Rift On January 13, 2023 3 hours ago - Cincinnati hires Louisville’s Satterfield to replace Fickell 4 hours ago - Was Kirstie Alley a scientologist? Beliefs explored as the actress passes away at 71 4 hours ago - India resumes e-visa service for UK travellers: What is it and how is it different from regular visas? 4 hours ago - Sixers Coach Doc Rivers Calls for Rule Change After Joel Embiid Mishap 4 hours ago - Odds, line, and spread for 76ers vs. Rockets:2022 NBA picks, Dec. 5 from a reputable computer model 4 hours ago - NBA roundup: Rockets outlast Sixers in double OT 4 hours ago - Rookie Nembhard scores 31, Pacers stun Warriors 112-104 4 hours ago - Kirstie Alley, ‘Cheers’ Star, Dies At 71- Cause Of Death Explained 4 hours ago - Salesforce (NYSE:CRM) Reaches New 1-Year Low Following Analyst Downgrade 4 hours ago - Yankees won’t make Aaron Judge wait as long for a decision as offseason
free geoip