“Good to great” & “Bad idea, buddy” are the result of extra passes

Kerr, Otto, Loon & Beli from postgame Nuggets

Here are notes & quotes from postgame Warriors-Nuggets. Remember that there are likely typos, context can be lost sometimes with the ellipses, and the main topics of the interviews will be grouped together as best as we can on our YouTube channel…

Steve Kerr

Kerr joking about Dodgers win: “very happy with the victory…no further comment.”

Poole: “…he’s earned this like I’ve said so many times…Chris DeMarco, I wanna give Chris (credit)…two of them together kind of forged their way to this point…”

Otto: “There’s a reason Otto has done what he’s done in this league…signed that big contract…moved the ball out of the pocket, when he gets doubled he sees the open man…great fit for us.”

Kuminga: “I think he tweaked his knee so the training staff is checking him out.”

Preseason becomes dress rehearsal: “probably the last two…”

Steph Wiggs Dray: “good half for them. It’s all about conditioning…they extended their runs a little bit longer. I loved the way we closed that second quarter…highlight of the game for me, I think we had Otto with that group…next stretch of the game.”

Juan minutes this year, took a jersey to Mrs. Attles: “love his passion…commitment to the Bay…”

Wiggs to Otto to Steph end Q2: “the extra pass, good to great, we talk about the all the time…shooter at the 4 or the 5 (Beli Otto)…it’s fun to watch.”

“Had a harder time…second half…too much on the perimeter…27 assists which is a good number but I’m not worried about this group at all…”

Dray flagrant: “still working his way into shape…needs more conditioning, but he’s in a good place.”

Deliberate 3pt add of Beli and Otto: “…both been very good NBA players…we needed some vets…both…they’re both really good signings…”

Avery Bradley: “…a lot like Otto and Nemanja in terms of just being seasoned and understanding g the league…have a need for a ball-hawking defensive guard…good cutter…give him a long look…”

Always had great 3pt shooting at the top of our roster…we took 46 threes tonight, made 21. It didn’t feel like a particularly good shooting night either…if Otto can continue to build his conditioning, his health…the guy knows how to play and shoots the hell out of the ball…”

Otto Porter

Fun? “Still a work in progress, but still finding my ways. Still preseason…”

Corner 3 money shot: “that’s what I’m here for. I take pride in that…shot that you gotta have esp on this team…ball movement…just gotta knock it down.”

Ever questioned shot? “I wouldn’t say I questioned…got to the point where…I’ll be good.”

Years with 43-44%: “just working on it…practice…put in a lot of hours…just knocking it down.”

Extra pass: “great drive by Wiggs…two guys actually came to me. I looked they left Steph wide open…bad idea, buddy…our job to get the ball to the next man that’s open”

Steph: “it’s amazing to see his work ethic…he’s been the leader on and off the court…knock down our shots with confidence.”

Threes: “first game we really didn’t talk much about it, it just kinda happened…cutting down on turnovers…we don’t want to make the home run pass…”

Ball movement: “it was okay…make sure we limit our turnovers…we’re gonna make the ball pop…”

Avoid injuries: “all the work I put in this summer…having fun…positive energy…continue to do the things that got me here…”

Change 3ptr? “Just reps…a second instinct of just shooting it from range…be able to hit from anywhere…that’s gonna help further my career.”

Chemistry farther along? “Yes…we’re taking one game at a time…learning more about each other…identity…”

GSW culture: “it’s very hard to move around and guard those guys…the way the ball moves…amazing to play in this style because you’re always moving. That’s hard to guard…”

Christos was asking a question on Zoom but Otto left the room.

Kevon Looney

“Having new personnel…the paint is way more open, guys are driving…we’re moving the ball really well.”

Surprising? “It’s not easy picking up our system…guys like Otto, Beli, they just fill right in…everybody in the bench kinda knows what’s going on…”

Poole behind the scenes: “even the start of training camp last year he was really aggressive…made better decisions…confidence was sky high…this off-season…he looked amazing…I take pride…he was giving me a lot of problems…seeing these first two games is not surprising…killing in the summer time.”

Otto: “he has a high IQ…reputation as a great shooter…”

Otto and Beli: “spaces the floor a lot more, gives Steph more space to operate…Jordan…even for me, rolling…”

Juan: “last year he really solidified himself as an NBA player…becoming a better playmaker and even a better shooter…”

“He’s fun to be in the gym every day…” (?people talking in my room?)

“…Jokic is a tough player to prepare for…by the time Opening Night comes…Top Five defense…we have the personnel to do that.”

“When you have guys like Steph and Draymond, offense is gonna take care of itself…(Dray) always hold us accountable…gonna have a great defense this year.”

Shoot threes: “…we got 69 so I might as well shoot the 70th.”

??? (missed the question)

Iguodala: “just his leadership and his voice is needed in the locker room…he just brings that culture back…that void that we were missing…that joy we used to play with…”

Nemanja Bjelica

“…still preseason…great fit for me…the way how we play it’s really simple, you just have to read…so much fun but it’s so easy to play…we look good so far.”

Threes: “everybody has the green light here. I need to get used to it…Coach, he don’t mind for me if I’m taking a few more shots…so far everything’s looking good. I’ve never been in this type of organization to play simple basketball…”

Ball movement: “we didn’t have enough time to work…everybody knows how to play, we’re a very unselfish team. We have so many weapons. It’s only like two games…we’re gonna be ready…as long as we are healthy, our chemistry, our energy is amazing.”

We can call you “belly”? Yes, but spelled “B-E-L-I”

Deep threes: “sometimes I like to put the ball on the floor…I can take more shots but that will come…everybody can stretch the floor. Me and Otto when we play together it was really hard for them to adjust…esp when Steph is in the game. It’s way easier…”

Draymond: “he’s like our vocal leader. He’s our power forward he’s our point guard…Avery Bradley too. You feel pretty much safe there.”

GSW: “…everybody wants to win. We’re on the same page. Everyone knows their own role. I know it’s still early but this is a very special team…”

[Prcatice is at 11:00AM with media availability at 11:45AM on Thursday. The Warriors next face the Los Angeles Lakers for their third preseason game of five on Friday.]