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Draymond Green, Warriors ready for Raptors' box-and-1 scheme in Game 3

Draymond Green, Warriors ready for Raptors' box-and-1 scheme in Game 3

Programming note: Watch the NBA Finals pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders on Wednesday at 4 p.m., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Warriors were rolling offensively.

They scored 18 points in the first 6 minutes and 21 seconds of the frame, making 7 of 10 shots from the field.

After Bogut's layup above, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse called timeout. That's when he decided to have Toronto play a box-and-one defense against Steph Curry.

"In the timeout, I was like, 'I'm thinking about going box-and-one. What do you guys think?'" Nuse told reporters on Tuesday. "And they're like, 'Well what does that look like?' And I drew the box and who would be where ... and Kyle (Lowry) was kind of the one that said, 'Yeah, man. That'll work. Let's go.'

"We were having trouble getting our defense set up. We were having trouble at the basket a little bit. And we were having trouble with the rhythm of the game ... we've played some zone during the regular season and we usually do it when the game is funky and there's a bad rhythm -- maybe you can change it, right?

"Just by slowing them down or stopping some of their cutting. It seemed to protect the rim better for us and stopped some of their cutting. It was good. I don't know. I was just trying to come up with something to stop them."

And stop them they did:

After this turnover, the Warriors missed their next six shots and Draymond Green turned the ball over with just under 52 seconds remaining.

Fortunately for Golden State, Andre Iguodala saved the day with his dagger 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

If the Raptors use the box-and-one again in Game 3 -- which might depend on whether Klay Thompson suits up or not -- Draymond is confident the Dubs will get better results.

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"I think they'll probably throw more of that box-and-one -- or whatever they were doing with Steph -- out there," he told Allie LaForce on NBATV. "It was kind of a shocker when they threw that out there.

"We've seen it now so I plan on dicing it up if they throw it out there again."

Lastly, when it was brought to Nurse's attention that Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said that he had never seen anybody use the box-and-one in the NBA, Nurse responded by asking:

"Everybody's making fun of me for it, right?"

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Watch Warriors' Andrew Wiggins show off handle in offseason workout

Watch Warriors' Andrew Wiggins show off handle in offseason workout

The Warriors haven't played in an NBA game for five months, and they might not play for (at least) another two or so.

Andrew Wiggins is trying to make the most of that time, working out with trainer Chris Johnson in Los Angeles. Johnson posted a video on his Instagram on Wednesday of Wiggins flashing his handle on a slot pick-and-roll.

Steph Curry and Draymond Green figure to share the bulk of the ball-handling duties if and when the Warriors' projected starting lineup is fully healthy to start next season, so Wiggins might not get many chances to show off what he learned working with Johnson. Projected over a full season, Wiggins' 25.4 percent usage rate in his first 12 games with the Warriors would be the fourth-lowest of his career. Curry played in just one of those games, so that number almost certainly will drop in Wiggins' first full season with Golden State.

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Still, Wiggins initiating plays as a primary ballhandler would be an added bonus.  The Warriors are plenty high on him already, though.

Assistant coach Ron Adams said in June that the "sky's the limit" for the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, and head coach Steve Kerr said earlier this month that "[Wiggins] fights right in" on the wing.

Wednesday's video provided a brief glimpse of how Wiggins is trying to reward their faith.

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Why Klay Thompson thinks it's 'hard time to play' during NBA restart

Why Klay Thompson thinks it's 'hard time to play' during NBA restart

Klay Thompson said he can't blame any NBA players having trouble focusing on basketball right now.

The restarted season is occurring in a "bubble" at the Walt Disney World Resort amid a global pandemic that has killed nearly 170,000 Americans alone and within months of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor's deaths at the hands of police. The coronavirus' disparate impact on people of color, coupled with renewed attention on African Americans disproportionately dying in police custody, has laid bare the entrenched systemic inequalities within the United States. 

Around three-fourths of NBA players are Black, and Thompson said he empathizes with his peers on the 22 NBA teams still playing.

"Honestly, these last few months, it was like divine intervention happening for the world to see what is really going on to a lot of marginalized peoples in this country," Thompson told Brandon Williams in an interview for Bleacher Report. "So I feel for the players right now. It's a hard time to play."

Thompson marched in a protest against systemic racism organized by teammate Juan Toscano-Anderson back in June, and NBA players and coaches have maintained that focus in Orlando.

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Players are mentioning Taylor in their pre- and post-game press conferences, calling for the officers involved in her death to be arrested. Gregg Popovich's media availability routinely serve as history lessons about American injustice. League-approved social-justice messages adorn the backs of players' jerseys. The NBA announced it's committing $300 million over the next decade to spur economic growth in Black communities.

This all is happening as the NBA seeks to complete its season and crown a champion, with teams resuming for the first time in months in pursuit of the sport's ultimate prize. That's a tall order on its own, and an even taller one for players and coaches using their platforms in an effort to enact meaningful, systemic change.

It's understandable they're doing so with heavy hearts.

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