Quinn Cook

Positives, negatives from Warriors' back-to-back vs. Clippers, Hawks

Positives, negatives from Warriors' back-to-back vs. Clippers, Hawks

OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Tuesday completed the third of 12 back-to-back sets that they will have this season, and this one might have a lasting impact.

There are few moments to remember and many to regret, most notably the blow-up between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green on Monday night.

Here are two positives and two negatives culled from splitting the two games, a loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles and a win over the Hawks in Oakland:

POSITIVES

The bench didn’t waver

With Stephen Curry missing both games and Green missing the second while on suspension, the Warriors needed a boost from their reserves. They generally got what they wanted.

The bench scored 39 points on 68.2 percent shooting against the Clippers. It was the starters' 77 points on 40.3 percent shooting that failed the test.

Against the Hawks, the bench didn’t shoot as well, perhaps because two reserves -- Quinn Cook and Jonas Jerebko -- were in the starting lineup. Cook and Jerebko combined for 32 points (46.4 percent), 17 rebounds and eight assists.

If Cook and Jerebko keep making shots and stretching the floor, the Warriors will benefit.

Iguodala’s shot looks niiice

If there is a sense the Oracle Arena crowd holds its collective breath every time Andre Iguodala hoists a 3-pointer, it’s because it does.

When he misses, and sometimes badly, there is a groan.

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When they go in, there is plenty of extra hearty in the cheer.

These days, they’ve been going in. Iguodala, the team’s multi-skilled Sixth Man, scored 22 points, on 8-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep, over the last two games.

Since missing his first eight shots from beyond the arc, Iguodala is 8 of 14. That’s 57.1 percent. He won’t maintain that pace -- nobody does -- but that scoring boost is particularly timely with Curry out.

NEGATIVES

The Green-Durant quarrel

The Warriors can’t hide this one. They can’t deny it. Durant and Green squabbled in plain sight Monday night, with teammates trying to soothe each of them.

With the score tied and about five seconds remaining in regulation, Green yanked down a rebound. Durant was a few feet away pleading for the ball. Green ignored him and went dribbling up the court. He committed a turnover, the Warriors did not get off a shot, and the game went into overtime, with Durant fouling out and Golden State fading over the final minutes.

That led to the dispute on the bench that carried over into the locker room. It also prompted the Warriors to suspend Green for conduct detrimental to the team.

This might be the biggest tiff yet involving Green, a firebrand that injects energy and enthusiasm but in this instance might have become too abrasive for the general good.

Will it have any lasting effect? If comments made by players and coaches are any indication, it possibly will.

Young bigs struggling on the glass

The Warriors determined this was the year they’d go away from a veteran center rotation and turn things over to the three youngsters: Jordan Bell, Damian Jones and Kevon Looney. Results have been mixed.

One element that has been fairly consistently disappointing is rebounding. Bell played just 13 minutes over the last two games and grabbed three. Looney played 45 minutes and grabbed seven. He has been the best rebounder of the group.

Jones has started every game. In 32 minutes over last two games, he had six rebounds. His season high is six. He has had eight games with three or fewer boards.

The Warriors need them to be better.

Quinn Cook, Jordan Bell, Damian Jones reveal career paths if not for NBA

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Quinn Cook, Jordan Bell, Damian Jones reveal career paths if not for NBA

Quinn Cook, Jordan Bell and Damian Jones all have pretty cool jobs. They probably want to play professional basketball until their bodies no longer allow them to handle the rigors of suiting up on a daily basis.

But what would they be doing with their careers if the NBA didn't exist? What if playing hoops for a living wasn't an option? 

Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype asked that question, and all three Warriors players provided an answer:

Damian Jones
“The career I would be working toward is engineering manager. My major was engineering science, so I have some background there. If I wasn’t playing basketball, I think I would’ve finished school and then got a job doing that. Basically, I’d be managing the expenses on a job, putting together different teams for different projects, scheduling them and things like that. It’s a lot of project management.”

Jordan Bell
“I actually wanted to be a dentist. I never did (any work toward it). It was just something I was always interested in. I didn’t want a job, I wanted a career. That was something I used to think of as an alternative to basketball.”

Quinn Cook
“I would’ve pursued something in the movie industry. I’m into producing and editing movies and stuff like that. I majored in theater when I was at Duke. I’m making a documentary right now. I edit a lot of videos, too. I use the program Splice and a little bit of iMovie, but mainly Splice. At Duke, I didn’t put on any actual productions, but I took a class, and I was in two plays. I was in The Outsiders -- that’s my favorite book. I wasn’t a main character, I was just one of the Socs. It was just part of that class, it was cool.”

Well, Quinn, if the whole basketball thing doesn't work out, there's always room for you on Warriors Outsiders with myself and Grant Liffmann ...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors' Quinn Cook can hold it down during Steph Curry's groin injury

Warriors' Quinn Cook can hold it down during Steph Curry's groin injury

OAKLAND -- The Warriors have a uniquely fortunate situation that perhaps no other NBA team has ever been able to claim: Their third-string point guard is so effective he’ll start over the second-string point guard.

They have that luxury because they were lucky enough to find Quinn Cook 13 months ago and wise enough to sign him to a contract six months after that.

Called upon Saturday to replace Stephen Curry (out with a groin strain), Cook made his first start this season and was crucial to a 116-100 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

“It didn’t shock me,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Cook made his first seven shots in scoring 19 first-half points. He finished with 27, on 11-of-16 shooting and 3 of 5 from deep. The 6-foot Duke product added three rebounds and five assists without committing a turnover.

“It’s no surprise that he can do this,” said Kevin Durant, who has known Cook, a fellow Washington D.C.-area native, for about 12 years.

That Cook was able to play a season-high 30 minutes and finish plus-16 is quite a feat considering he did not leave the bench in three of the last seven games.

“Quinn just thinks he’s supposed to always be ready, no matter what,” Durant said. “He doesn’t feel entitled or feel like he has to play. So when he’s not playing -- obviously, he wants to be out there -- he’s still working on his game. He’s still looking and staying engaged in the game and thinking the game.

“So when his number is called, he’s able to go out there and produce. That’s because of the work he puts in every day.”

When Klay Thompson, having scored 2 points on 1-of-4 shooting, picked up two fouls inside the first six minutes, the scoring lead fell to Durant and Cook. They combined for 22 first-quarter points, with Durant totaling 13 and Cook 9.

When Thompson returned in the second quarter and found his offensive rhythm, scoring eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, Cook still managed to drop in 10.

Cook looked comfortable because he is comfortable, after starting 18 games last season and earning his way onto the Warriors.

“Our guys do great job of always making you feel important, making you feel like a part of the team, even when you’re not playing,” Cook said. “When you are playing, they just do a great job of making you feel like a part of the team.”

There is no knowing when Curry will return. It may be a few days, maybe a couple weeks. And even though Curry’s primary backup, Shaun Livingston, is scheduled to return Monday after missing the last seven games, Cook likely will start against the Clippers in Los Angeles.

It’s not that Livingston isn’t capable. He is. But his versatility broadens his role, giving the coaching staff flexibility in using him.

Don’t be surprised if Cook and Livingston are on the court together at times, with Livingston at the point and Cook sliding to shooting guard, where his shooting range allow him to stretch the floor in ways Livingston does not.

“We are not a team that has seven or eight 3-point shooters,” Kerr said. “We have great shooters at the top, but we need, when Steph is out in particular, that shooting Quinn can provide. And we want him to be aggressive.”

Cook is a nice option to turn to at the point. It showed Saturday night.

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