Kuminga “was hesitating a lot…Draymond told me just be who you are”
Wow, did the Warriors run a “pet play” for Jonathan Kuminga at the end of the third quarter, tic-tac-toe style, after Stephen Curry chose to give Klay Thompson the last-second heroics in the previous frame? Check our game notes way below.
I ran a poll at halftime to ask the audience if Curry should have delivered the ball to Kuminga instead, to end the half. JK actually got a screen set by Thompson, and Klay somehow dribbled through meaty the entire Atlanta defense to get a running banker off at the buzzer, which he missed.
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75% of the voters said yes (as did I), in favor of Kuminga getting that last shot. Even leading the team with 12 points at that time, my conclusion that it would be nearly impossible to break out of a ten-year habit of “get the ball to Steph (or Klay)” seemed to be reinforced, as I wrote more than two weeks ago:
And yet a mere twelve minutes of game time later, Klay found Draymond Green on the short roll, who then found a baseline-cutting JK, who then — oops! — fumbled the dish from Green 🤦🏻♂️ Okay, maybe it was just part of the usual Kerr System action, not a “pet play” per se, and Steph wasn’t on the floor as this was the second unit plus Klay (Draymond came off the bench) to close out Q3, but I’ll take it. Slowly, we are seeing the vets really warm up to getting JK the ball. Again, my first inkling of this was when Curry went out of his way to feed Jonathan in the post, in Chicago:
And according to Kuminga, one of those vets is going out of his way to encourage him:
I'm definitely getting confidence from everybody, mostly Draymond every single day, just telling me what I need to do. I remember a couple days ago in practice, I was hesitating a lot and it was like that used to happen to me a lot so if you gotta pass, just pass. If you gotta attack, attack. Don't overthink and I feel like that's stuck in my head, where every time I'm about to do something I remember Draymond told me just be who you are, don't overthink and that's kind of helping me. Even throughout the game he always talked to me and just explained to me what I need to do better. I really appreciate Draymond just doing that every single day.
Draymond’s name also came up in Klay’s podium visit, which unfortunately did not include paper airplane construction, possibly because it was “Brate Night” in honor of Dejan “Deki” Milojevic:
…We just miss his leadership and we miss his tenacity. It's been awesome and it's a little more empty when Draymond is not there. His voice carries so much weight and we're not the same, obviously, without him.
Dray went 2-for-3 on threes, all from the corner. If I had more time, I’d go check out those sets and do a breakdown video because it’s not often that you’ll find Green in the corner in Kerr System. That had to be part of the game plan. Draymond is now 21-for-46 on threes this season (45.7% 😱).
Finally, perhaps the best part of the postgame podium was Dario Saric’s thickly-accented rendition of a meeting he had with Deki, Ron Adams and Nenad Krstic:
…I get traded to OKC last season and it was kind of legendary night for the OKC Thunder and the Krstic. Nenad Kerstic kind of was in town. And we were playing together back in Turkey … And we were, ‘Okay, let's kind of meet, let's get a coffee.’ And that moment the Warriors kind of came in the city. The Warriors came in the city and then told me Deki’s in the town and Ron Adams is in the town. They're gonna come and say hello. I say okay, I come too and kind of we talk and that's when I meet Deki kind of again. We kind of sit, drink coffee and kind of talk about everything, about the same background. He was kind of give me advice in a way how to pay some details. So after that summer kind of came the free agency open and Deki was the first one, kind of send me a message, ‘We want, what you think about that and obviously after that, Steve kind of calls Chris, but that was the kind of first one, ‘Please come with Warriors, I think you're gonna play…
All transcripts and videos are below. I know I’ve been away for a bit, but actually I have ten pages of transcripts that I didn’t have time to post on this website yet — they all get posted when videos get uploaded to our YouTube channel, by the way.
Anyways, I’ve had a Steve Kerr article in waiting — his interviews with Tom Tolbert are so good — so I’ll get to that next and it was just good to finally have a game again. Because the transcripts are already part of the workflow for the main thing (YouTube), it shouldn’t be that difficult to get these types of posts on this website sooner than later, assuming it’s not too late (2:00AM as I type this). Thanks for your patience.
Oh, and I still haven’t met with Brandin Podziemski’s trainer yet. That will happen either tomorrow or Friday, meaning that Podziemski article will be available for paid subscribers on here probably by Sunday or Monday (probably).
JK/KLAY/SNYDER POSTGAME ATL-GSW
0:00 Hi Jonathan, Steve mentioned that with the emotions of the pregame ceremony, he had a message that just said, ‘Try to lose yourself in the game’ and ‘everybody just try to lose yourself by playing basketball again.’ How did you guys go about doing that, after everything and a prolonged break to just get out there and play again after all that?
“As Coach Steve said, it's been a tough week. Obviously we kind of regrouped within everything that was going on and just went out there and just enjoy and just have fun and just do what Deki would want us to do. Just go out there and have fun and just win the game. I'm excited to be here.”
0:55 Hey Jonathan you tied Chris Mullin tonight for most shots in a game without a miss, 11-for-11. How do you feel about your name being mentioned with someone like Chris?
“It feels great. It's crazy that Chris Mullin is really my guy and … it's a blessing and I'm really happy to happen.”
1:22 So Jonathan, you didn't take any threes tonight at all. Did you decide before the game that you were just going to be in attack mode?
“I really took what they gave me on defense and that's pretty much it. I only took what they gave me on defense and I wasn't even really thinking about taking any threes.”
1:51 What's this week been like for you?
“It's been a tough week. Obviously just had to stay professional. Just come in and get some work every single day and try to refresh my memory every single time. It's been a tough week. “
2:17 Jonathan, this four-game stretch that you've had, scoring 20 points every game ,tonight perfect from the field, do you start to feel internally that you're starting to prove to everybody what you've known, about what you can do in this league and how consistent you can be with that?
“I wouldn't say proving. I would just say I'm getting more comfortable and a lot of things just slowing down and I'm seeing the floor better than before.”
2:17 Do you think you're getting the confidence of your coaches more?
“I'm definitely getting confidence from everybody, mostly Draymond every single day, just telling me what I need to do. I remember a couple days ago in practice, I was hesitating a lot and it was like that used to happen to me a lot so if you gotta pass, just pass. If you gotta attack, attack. Don't overthink and I feel like that's stuck in my head, where every time I'm about to do something I remember Draymond told me just be who you are, don't overthink and that's kind of helping me. Even throughout the game he always talked to me and just explained to me what I need to do better. I really appreciate Draymond just doing that every single day.”
3:42 Maybe technically, where do you feel like you've improved most as a scorer, especially in the paint?
“I would say more of my finishing and touches. It's just not everything, not a dunk. It's just obviously finishing and just more of a touching.”
4:00 I'm from Hangzhou. It's very close to Shanghai.
KLAY THOMPSON: “Okay, cool. Love Shanghai.”
My question is, how's the feeling about the cold plunging? And you look like you very enjoy the cryotherapy and is that have any impact on your performance today? Yeah that's my question.
“The cold plunge I enjoy so much, especially jumping in the ocean and all that salt water. Anyone who loves the water would tell you that any day you can jump in the ocean is a great day. After that I was in a great mood all day, so hopefully I will continue this trend for as long as I can.”
5:01 How do you feel about you, Draymond and Steph getting your 400th win together tonight?
“That's very special. Anytime I'm on the court with those two, I'm just very grateful because I have friends in this league who tell me how lucky I am to play with my friends and experience that continuity of having teammates. We've been together for a decade and I never take it for granted being out there with Number 23 and 30 and I did not know that, but that's really cool to think about. It's a lot of wins and hopefully many more to come.”
5:41 What's this week been like for you and even pregame tonight what was that like?
“It was really hard. It was really hard for everyone in the organization. There's still a really big hole in our team and just feel so bad for Deki's children and his wife We miss him every day, think about him all the time and seeing that footage of him with the guys and with Loon and all the players from Europe gave me chills and a lot of emotions. Just sucks because he was such an awesome person and I'm going to miss him dearly.”
6:34 What's it been like having Draymond back?
“It's been amazing. We just miss his leadership and we miss his tenacity. It's been awesome and it's a little more empty when Draymond is not there. His voice carries so much weight and we're not the same, obviously, without him.”
6:57 You've always spoken so highly of Jonathan. Was tonight's game from him – 11-for-11 from the floor, not a single three, most of the shots coming in the paint.– kind of the prototypical game that you guys want for him, that's most effective for you guys?
“Oh, no question. We don't – I don't mind JK shooting threes at all. He's a good shooter especially when he's open. He's got time, knocks them down. But he's so athletic. He has a 40-inch vertical. When he gets to the paint, he's so hard to stop and he gives us, our team, a whole new dimension when he is attacking the rim and playing above the rim. He showed everything tonight and like I said before, sky's the limit for Jonathan and I'm so excited for his future. Sometimes he does things that makes you forget he's only 21 years old and looks like a seasoned vet and his pace was great tonight. It was great. Nice. Good day.”
8:02 Hey Coach, just when this game has so much emotion and there's a lot to think about just when you see guys not getting back in transition, particularly in the third quarter. Just what do you say to them to try and motivate them to play the right way?
QUIN SNYDER: “Yeah to be honest with you I didn't see us not getting back in transition. I saw a team that really competed and give effort and as you said, this game had significance beyond the game and obviously once the game starts, you're focused on that. But I felt like we competed and obviously their bench had a big night, particularly Kuminga. And we weren't able to get stops at certain times and that makes it hard for us, too. We were scoring a little bit in transition ourselves, but they played well and, like I said, I thought our guys worked and competed and weren't selfish.”
9:05 It did seem like they were trying to put some bodies onto people, disrupt shots, just when the defense is being a little bit more physical trying to speed things up. Just how do guys stay within themselves to play?
“Yeah I thought they put size on our ball-handlers. Kuminga and Wiggins both at 6’8 and really tried to press up the floor and I thought we did a good job handling the pressure in the first half and not that we did a poor job in the second half, but as I said we weren't able to get some of the same looks. But you really have to drive the ball and then when they collapse you have to look to kick out and we had some possessions that were really good where we did that. But they did put a lot of pressure on us with the pressure and the physicality.”
9:58 Patty (Mills) hitting three threes in the first half…
“Yeah both he and Garrison (Mathews) – obviously, the ball didn't go down for him tonight – but those guys are out there, they're playing minutes and they're both capable of doing that and giving us energy and toughness and we need to keep doing that.”
DARIO POSTGAME ATL-GSW
0:00 Hey Dario. I know you were in particular super close to Deki. Can you just talk a little bit about what he meant to you and what your relationship with him was like?
“He really had a great impact on me for such a short period of time. Just the way our conversation were heading, how we see the basketball maybe a little bit different way than actually here in the States. We were kind of go talk about that, we're kind of go against each other about some situations about videos. He was thinking I should this, I should do something this, or my opinion. I was thinking I should do it different. So we have some kind of relation. He was my older brother. He was kind of person. He could tell me in a way, in a positive way, ‘Dario you stupid,’ but we don't get that too hard. And I know because he wants me to do better, to do a situation better, because he's trusting in my ability to play basketball. So it's just such a positive person. Smiling always when I'm in bad mood. He was kind of bringing up and that kind of stuff, great mentor. We kind of came up from similar backgrounds, back in Europe. So having him was really blessed for me and I never had a coach like him in that short period have great impact on me mentally, to be able to play basketball, give me the details on the court, how to play, how to do some situation better, what's gonna keep me on the floor and that kind of stuff. So just amazing guy, amazing person, smiling always. He was kind of coach he got his own way of coaching. You just listen to him, sometimes guys have a situation, maybe they don't like the coach the way how he is approaching that kind of stuff. But Deki was kind of he got his own system of working. And for you, you just jump on that, just feel that way of working, how he is working. And he was just a great coach putting things on the details. Coming on the practice and you see the bigs kind of playing one-on-one sweating against each other bumping against each other and other guys was just shooting before practice. We were playing once almost every day when we got time. It's just his way of working. And we were just okay with that, Steve was okay with that. medical part was okay with that, because they know that's a way of coaching, that's a way of Deki’s coaching. So amazing person, just amazing family he got. Amazing family, amazing son, amazing daughter, amazing wife. I'm happy for them. They'll be able to go back home, stick with their own family. Yeah. Just sad that happened. But he was a great man.”
4:17 Dario, Steve mentioned before a couple days ago during practice how instrumental you have been as a support system for his family, his wife and children. Why was that just an important task for you to take on?
“I just kind of felt it similar kind of background. We know how the things go and family kind of felt and I kind of felt I can be there for them in this kind of moment, language-wise, culture-wise. So I don't want to take any credit for it or something it's just like what I felt the family kind of need and it was tough for me to kind of handle that mentally too, but I understand if I can help their family at least 1 percent that's kind of how I felt about how Deki means for me and I don't know really how to explain and say. It's just help them in which way is possible and great family, happy for them. They will be able to go home, kind of hang out with their own family and kind of go through that which is not easy.”
5:53 What was the mental transition for you tonight after the pregame tributes to that, just having to go and play a game? Did it take a second for everything to settle down for you, just emotionally?
“Yeah it is whole kind of weekend was for me emotionally roller-coaster. Sometimes I'm fine. Sometimes I'm going to cry. Sometimes you remember a good moment. Sometimes you remember and the emotions today was high of course for some guys, three years spending here. He was really big for them, but it was big for me. It was really hard to manage that in that moment. I think was really important for us kind of do that and start a game in a right way and try to win this game. Obviously, it was such emotional roller-coaster for all of us last couple days and the chair that he was sitting just hits you different. But that's how it is right now and I'm so happy we kind of find a way to win this game for Deki first of all, and now for us to stay in kind of playing playoff run and last week was hard for all of us, so we happy we get this win.”
5:53 Dario, did you do anything specific to honor Deki tonight?
“No, really I was going kind of through the routine, same routine we were doing before the game, what he would do to talk with other coaches about it, with some clip the last year how you would. Between (assistant coach Chris) DeMarco and Deki, some situation in Game Four against Sacramento when they kind of hugging each other and DeMarco throw the chair on Deki. So kind of a little smile before the game. But me, no, really I think just stick to the routine, what he taught me about how to play the game, to be brave and that kind of stuff was going through my mind. Most important thing was for me just kind of get routine back and Deki is gonna stay in my head for quite some time … because we were kind of every day together working out together… gonna need some time to settle in.”
9:08 Can you explain to us how much of an impact he had on you ending up here with the Warriors?
“Yeah we meet a couple times. I was playing for the Suns and I wasn't. I wasn't playing that much and I was thinking maybe just go back in Europe and that kind of stuff. In my mind obviously all European guys when they don't have a pretty much enough time on the court, they have that kind of mental struggle. I would say they want to kind of go back and play Euroleague And I know he was coming at me and … I never talked to him before and he just came to me and say, ‘I know you're not playing a lot, but you just need to kind of stick together. Don't try to tingle back in Europe, chance is going to come for you. That's for sure. You just be mentally ready, but he was coaching for other team.’ And I kind of say, ‘Okay, okay.’ And the next time I get traded to OKC last season and it was kind of legendary night for the OKC Thunder and the Krstic. Nenad Kerstic kind of was in town. And we were playing together back in Turkey … And we were, ‘Okay, let's kind of meet, let's get a coffee.’ And that moment the Warriors kind of came in the city. The Warriors came in the city and then told me Deki’s in the town and Ron Adams is in the town. They're gonna come and say hello. I say okay, I come too and kind of we talk and that's when I meet Deki kind of again. We kind of sit, drink coffee and kind of talk about everything, about the same background. He was kind of give me advice in a way how to pay some details. So after that summer kind of came the free agency open and Deki was the first one, kind of send me a message, ‘We want, what you think about that and obviously after that, Steve kind of calls Chris, but that was the kind of first one, ‘Please come with Warriors, I think you're gonna play. You’'re gonna have a good opportunity to hear.’ And talk on the phone a little bit. And obviously after a couple of days, you just make a decision to come to Warriors. I think he was the first kind of guy to reach me.”
STEVE POSTGAME ATL-GSW
0:00 Steve, that was a pretty emotional intro. How difficult was it to then transition to basketball?
STEVE KERR, POSTGAME ATL-GSW: “Yeah, it was not easy, but I thought our guys did a really good job of trying to make that transition and settle into the game. That was my main message before the game was just try to lose yourself in the game. It's getting out and playing is probably the very best thing the players can do to get their minds off of the sorrow that we've all felt this past week, so it's good to finally get out on the court. But we needed all that time over the last week to prepare for this. And the guys really came through and did a great job tonight.”
0:54 Steve, I know you guys within this organization try to create a family atmosphere and you guys were playing, obviously, for Deki tonight. How fitting was it that Dray, Steph and Klay got their 400th win at the end of this night? Guys were like pillars of this organization and you guys treat it as a family and just for them to get that milestone on a night. You guys are celebrating the life of your brother.
“Raymond always gives me any relevant stat. He did not give me that one. But we got another game tomorrow night. So be better tomorrow (jokes to Ridder). What these guys have done, Steph and Klay and Draymond, it just doesn't happen anymore for guys to play together for a decade, longer than a decade. It's pretty cool the connection that they have to each other and to our fans and vice-versa. It's just a pleasure to coach those guys and to have been part of this run. We all feel very lucky because they're special players and special people.”
2:26 Steve, the first half it looked like they were just trying to shake off some rust. Second half was so much better. Is that more what you're looking for?
“Yeah. Second half was really good. I thought the ball moved a lot better in the second half. First half the ball was sticking a little bit and we didn't close the half well at all. We had maybe an eight or nine point lead with four minutes left and then we just gave up some offensive boards and made some poor decisions at both ends of the floor. And so It was kind of disappointing to come in at halftime only up one, but the guys really responded really took off kind of the latter part of the third quarter and then the fourth, and as I said the ball moved better. We took care of it and the defense kicked in as well.”
3:15 How good has Draymond looked to you in his two games back?
“Yeah, he’s looked good. He's looked good. He was at 23 minutes tonight plus-19. You just feel him defensively when he's out in the pick-and-roll and Murray's coming off and Draymond 30 feet out from the hoop is making Murray have to retreat a step, that alone, so that Murray can't get downhill. That's such a huge boost to the defense. And so his aggressiveness at that end and his knowledge, his wisdom it's just huge for us.”
3:51 I know it's ultimately a Rick (Celebrini) choice, but even back to Memphis he was kind of indicating how good he felt physically. He thought he could kind of crank the minutes up pretty quickly. Are you seeing that? I know he's been in pretty good condition over the last nine days. But are you feeling like that? Maybe he can kind of really ramp it up for you guys quick.
“Yeah we have a lot of games coming up, obviously two in the next three nights, and so I'm glad nobody had to extend themselves too many minutes tonight. And that was kind of the plan for Draymond to be right in that range. And hopefully by next week we can get those minutes higher. But he looks really good and a lot of guys, JK was tremendous, just really attacking the rim. That's where we want him. We want him in the paint because you can't you can't stop him in there. He's so powerful and athletic and 11-for-11. I'm guessing eight or nine of those buckets were in the paint, and I thought he was fantastic. Nine boards and just was so under control. Just thrilled with JK’s progression, how much he's maturing and understanding what's going on. And it's beautiful to watch.”
5:03 Coach, I don't know if you saw it but Klay's emotion, Draymond's emotion... its emotion right before the game start. Perhaps I don't know if it made you wonder, ‘Okay should we be playing?’ But it also seemed like after Steph hit that jumper, nerves calmed down and everybody just got back to basketball. Would you say that’s accurate?
“Yeah it was very emotional and a lot of guys were in tears. As the ball was being tipped and I talked to Igor Kokoskov before the game who's on Atlanta's staff, he and Deki were really close and Bogdanovic came over and said hello and there's such a strong Serbian connection in this league, really the whole region – Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro – the whole region is such a basketball hotbed. There's so many players from that area and Deki knew them all. Every game part of his routine was he'd go out and he'd rebound for Dario and then he'd go and he's got a lot of them. And so there's just a lot of tears around the league because Deki was beloved by so many.”
6:34 Steve, you look down down the stat sheet and almost every guy who you played tonight had an assist or multiple assists and the scoring load was really balanced. That's kind of what you've been searching for at times where to get everybody sort of in a groove on the same night and do you look down and say, ‘Okay we did a lot of things really well tonight’?
“Yeah it was a really well played second half in particular, once we settled in and I thought Cory Joseph was fantastic coming off the bench and just getting us settled. We only had 10 turnovers the whole game. And as I said, hopefully we can get some momentum and get the season straightened out.”
7:23 Steve you went to lineups featuring Draymond several times tonight. What do you see from that group?
“Good speed and athleticism. And I think Wiggs and JK both did a really good job of attacking the basket. And I think when they're out there and you feel them defensively like we did tonight, it changes our team and allows us to get stops and get out and run and get to the rim, get fouled. Both Wiggs and JK got fouled several times going to the basket and those points really help us.”
STEVE PREGAME ATL-GSW
0:00 Good evening Steve. I wanted to ask you just about the good and the difficulty you have as a USA Basketball coach when you have to tell some of your players they made it and others that they did not. And the challenge of that and the joy of that but also specifically with Chris Paul and his injury if there's an update on him and as secondary and how did he end up what helped him get on the list?
STEVE KERR PREGAME BEFORE ATL-GSW: “Yeah so that's a difficult part of the job. There's so many worthy players throughout the league and obviously only 12 guys are going to make up the team. So Grant Hill and Sean Ford and I have been talking about this for months and putting together a list and the list includes a lot of really great players up and down. But there's part of it too is, there's a USA Basketball bent to it. So all of the guys on the World Cup team last year who've been in the program, we wanted them on that list. And former Olympians, gold medalists, people with FIBA experience, like we've wanted those guys on the list and we knew this as the list was being formed, no matter what we were going to do there were going to be omissions. It's almost impossible – it is impossible – to not have some people who are upset and we acknowledge that. But it's a difficult process, but it's made difficult because we have so many talented players in this league who are absolutely worthy of being on the national team but only so many spots.”
2:09 So how'd you tell Draymond and Klay?
“Yeah. Just conversations, told them about the process and how it was going to play out. And so I've talked to all three of those guys here in the last couple of weeks. And so they were aware of what was transpiring as the list came out.”
2:33 Steve you're kind of just looking over at the screen with Deki's face on it. And really for the past three days we've been asking – it’s two days – we've been asking you about how you expect the emotions to be tonight but now being here seeing the signage wearing the shirts knowing what how you guys are going to pay tribute to him, just what are you telling your guys and what are the emotions right now?
“Well, it's very emotional just to walk into the building for the first time on a game night without Deki. And obviously we're all wearing our shirts and there's images of him with his ever present smile. And it's very emotional because it's all still very very raw and surreal in a lot of ways. So we've been practicing the last few days and there's not a whole lot to say to prepare for something like this. You just dive in head first and stick together and go try to win a basketball game and honor our brother.”
3:44 There was so much going into this season prior to this incident with rotations, your record, playing time, all that. Did this potentially provide perspective within the team as far as the little things not maybe mattering as much as the bigger picture?
“Yeah we talk about perspective all the time here and you know how lucky we are to do what we do and how our problems aren't real problems. But something like this just hammers that point home. You can't really have perspective until you feel it personally. You can try. You can convince yourself. And we do that. And it's important to try to do that to recognize that people are struggling around the world and there's famine and wars going on. And we acknowledge all of that, but when you have a death in the family, in the group, yeah it definitely has a way of making everything seem miniscule and unimportant. At the same time this is what we do and so you're trying to find that balance, that good perspective. We should still go out and compete and do everything we can to win the game because that's what we do and. But you have the perspective that goes along with it.”
5:27 Kind of wanting the flip side that it is kind of a big week for you guys. You got four games in the next six nights, trade deadline coming up, standings race. How prepared do you feel like this team is to jump right back into what you know? It's a pretty vital stretch of the schedule.
“The guys are ready to get back on the floor and it's been a week and we would not have been ready those first two games that were postponed. So it's time to get back out there and our guys, they're going to be ready to play and we know we've got half the season left and still time to salvage the season and get things turned around and that's the plan.”
6:11 We all know this is a hard week. But what are your fondest memories with Coach Deki and any particular moment that when you think about him, that will warm your heart?
“A lot of great memories with Deki. He's been here two and a half years and winning that championship with him the first year and celebrating with him. And those are great memories. And when you're on a team, when you're on a staff, it's really an everyday thing where you're just together. You really do feel like family. And so the beauty of Deki, he was just the consistency of his approach. The smile is perfect. He was constantly smiling and laughing. Had a great outlook on life and he loved life. He loved the people around him. He loved his family, loved the team and I looked forward to seeing him every single day.”
7:18 A big change for you guys this season is that you're toward the very bottom of the league in both opponents turnover rate and then percentage of points scored via fast break. Are you guys looking to improve in those areas going forward or are they just more a reflection of your identity?
“You're talking about our turnovers?”
Opponents’ turnover rate and then points scored via fast break for you guys.
“For us, yeah. Yeah we have not turned people over. We have not generated easy baskets and that's been a big problem. We haven't been efficient when we are in transition which was also a problem last year. So yeah these are all things that we'd like to do better. And we're constantly trying to improve in a lot of the different areas where we've struggled for sure.”
ATL-GSW GAME NOTES
0:00 Austin Scott of KNBR joins us to give us the vibe from Chase, guys signing autographs more than usual during pregame
7:00 refs: Marc Davis (my top five), Kevin Cutler, Mousa Dagher
10:45 more Steve Kerr interviews with Tom Tolbert
and pregame, just uploaded
14:15 GP2 is wearing a Milojevic jersey No. 0 during Deki tribute
15:00 speech by Kerr (audio) -- That's awesome they are all wearing their jerseys with MILOJEVIC as their names!!!
23:00 crazy coincidence that first game back and tribute to Decky would have Bogdan Bogdanovic -- I truly believe there's some divine intelligence, it was part of the sacrifice that we don't have any toxicity on social media
30:45 tipoff! Looney
10m50 Q1 Wiggs no help vs Clint
10m35 Q1 Klay wanted a foul base miss
8m17 Q1 Wiggs finally scores low post banker righty left side
35:00 Draymond didn't start, will he still be on minutes restriction?
8m00 Q1 Klay catch n shoot screen by Dario
7m05 Q1 Steph should've had and1 but missed, Dray in for Loon
40:30 on trade talk:
6m46 Q1 doublepick Steph Dray for Wiggs down lane fouled by Capela
5m29 Q1 JK post up fade and 1
4m43 Q1 JK fade nice action
4m33 Q1 Okongwu charge into Dray
3m39 Q1 CoJo infor Wiggs
3m38 Q1 Mills 3 via pick on Steph, JK didn't help
3m08 Q1 Dray bad tov lead pass to JK, nice cut
51:45 @IHaveNoEnemies (BloomerVibes): The Curry, Podz, and Joseph guard lineup is interesting, is that more for offense and playmaking while JK and Dray are the defense lockdowns ? -- Generally speaking, just Kerr trying to find two-way combinations
1m55 Q1 JK hesi then attack wow vs
1m30 Q1 Klay 3 corner splash via JK laser deflected
1m10 Q1 zone fails, Dray my bad vs Jalen
1m00 Q1 Dray directs a Klay 3 heat check
0m46 Q1 Klay bad D switch, Bog 3
0m22 Q1 BP burns Mathews base
0m05 Q1 DPOY baits Okongwu
11m37 Q2 JK inside out dribble lefty fouled
11m15 Q2 Klay can't get around pick but miss by JJ, BP probe push shot good
10m56 Q2 TJD late to CoJo help
10m37 Q2 running hook by BP
10m25 Q2 Patty corner 3, Bogi designed pick on BP
10m05 Q2 JK fake up and under vs JJ
9m54 Q2 TJD too much hands vs O
9m38 Q2 Klay should go to the corner, but clogs up for JK, then bad fade J
1:02:00 on Deki telling Ron Adams to grow some balls, it's hard for coaches to change
7m49 Q2 2nd bad tov on BP
7m26 Q2 BP uses TJD for banker again
7m12 Q2 Mills past Steph
6m42 Q2 O wide open corner 3 (Steph?)
5m55 Q2 Wiggs avoids charge, BP good, Dray to the corner
5m30 Q2 Dray corner 3
4m29 Q2 Wiggs vs Capela how?
4m12 Q2 Dray corner 3
1:15:30 on not challenging the BP charge attempt, perhaps Jacob Rubin was scared to lose the challenge
1:17:00 wondering if there's analytics on challenge
3m30 Q2 JK and Klay got schemed on
2m55 Q2 Wiggs blocks
2m46 Q2 JK inside out downhill
2m31 Q2 Bogi curl over Klay, not close enough
2m05 Q2 Klay great D then Steph to Wiggs 94ft later
1:20:45 JK inside out dribble
1m05 Q2 Bey inside, wanted help Steph did
0m47 Q2 Steph doesn't body Jalen on reb
0m32 Q2 Steph tov
0m07 Q2 Klay got to the rim, could've gone to JK
1:26:15 Dean on transitioning from Duncan to Kawhi: Parker won Finals MVP 2007, outside game, Kawhi got his minutes through defense
1:30:15 on Kuminga up-and-coming, Dean: should we just start him? Get him 30 mins or more per night
1:38:45 poll: Steph should've passed to JK instead of Klay = 75%
11m43 Q3 Bey easy 3, Loon left him
11m28 Q3 good lead pass by Klay
11m08 Q3 Loon good help for Dario
10m50 Q3 Klay mad at foul vs Dejounte, is he mad at himself (body not responding to the mind)
9m33 Q3 Steph great help on Wiggs vs DJ
9m17 Q3 Dario hands off to Klay, Klay late to recognize
8m48 Q3 Wiggs 3 no good, settled
8m40 Q3 DJ owning elbow jump pass to Cap fouled
8m21 Q3 Wiggs no good base, blocked
8m09 Q3 Loon good box out Cap, foul
7m55 Q3 Klay leaves his feet tov
7m44 Q3 Steph good physicality vs DJM
7m33 Q3 Klay fake, stays on his feet corner 3, good find by Dario
1:48:00 on fans needing to respect the rotation process by NBA coaches
6m50 Q3 Dray backdoor, in early for Loon
6m38 Q3 Dray blocks Cap on inbound
6m29 Q3 Dario good help and got a steal!
5m47 Q3 Wiggs good D on DJM
5m30 Q3 Wiggs more good D
4m52 Q3 Steph fouled on reverse, late call by Marc Davis though
4m00 Q3 JK had Mathews and Steph was in the way
2m50 Q3 JK shoots elbow over JJ
2m27 Q3 Klay tic tac toe to Cojo
2:02:00 analyzing the last play: Klay sets pick for Dray, CoJo cuts to hole instead of stay in corner
1m42 Q3 CoJo 3 yeoman
1m00 Q3 JK vs Bogi elite 3
0m06 Q3 tic tac toe not caught by JK (went to JK!)
11m50 Q4 JK rip through and-1, Dray says they can't F-in stop you
11m10 Q4 Klay tells BP to go away, Klay base fade
10m30 Q4 JK loose ball, TJD dunk (should've gone with right hand)
9m26 Q4 JK steal and dunk
2:13:30 JK like he's been a caged animal
7m36 Q4 Steph laser to JK and1 -- JK should contain more
7m00 Q4 Steph no look to CoJo 3
5m00 Q4 Dray fakes DHO past Cap
4m40 Q4 Wiggs mad at himself for 2x oreb DJM
3m56 Q4 Steph gravity for Wiggs layup
3m30 Q4 play goes to JK post up (tied Mullin 11 straight)
2:33:45 my article on doing JK pet plays: https://www.letsgowarriors.com/p/should-steph-curry-ask-kerr-kuminga-pet-plays
2:40:00 STEPH ON-COURT POSTGAME AUDIO: says he loves setting screens, my celebration was "I'm glad that wasn't a turnover" (on laser pass to JK)
2:51:00 Steve yesterday on the podium said to not expect this to be a fairytale
2:56:00 just like Embiid surpassing Wilt Chamberlain, JK with Mullin for a Warriors record is hallowed ground
2:57:30 Dean: Splash Braca!
3:05:00 on Dejounte, the Lakers, observers still picking GSW over MIN or OKC in 7-game series, NBA cap going up, network rights coming up
3:08:45 on if we need to make a trade: CP won't be back for 8 weeks to 3 months? We like Wiggs off the bench
3:13:00 on Wiggs possibly being moved to clear space (with CP) for KAT
3:20:15 JK POSTGAME AUDIO
3:28:00 KERR POSTGAME AUDIO IN ENTIRETY
3:38:00 KLAY POSTGAME AUDIO SNIPPET
3:41:15 CP to re-evaluated in 3 weeks
3:43:00 400 wins as a trio, 399 wins during the five straight Finals, Dean Agan says TD Manu TP got 868 wins (maybe not altogether)
3:50:00 Iguodala didn't win Sixth Man (Lou Williams, EG, Jamal Crawford)
4:02:45 DARIO POSTGAME AUDIO
4:10:30 QUIN SNYDER POSTGAME VIDEO
4:16:00 Moody as a 2-guard vs a Swiss Army Knife poll ends in a tie (114 votes)
4:17:00 Cholo: Watched the highlights. You are right @Rich. when JK makes those jumpers, he looked like Jonathan Kahwi-minga.
4:21:30 ENTIRE DARIO POSTGAME AUDIO (13 MINS)
4:35:00 Dean on feeling how great Deki was, should be in Hall of Fame
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