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Paschall credits Warriors' staff for success as small-ball big

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Warriors' Eric Paschall drives for layup

Eric Paschall was perhaps the Warriors' biggest catalyst off the bench in their 115-105 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at Chase Center.

Paschall was one of five second-unit players with whom the Warriors outscored the Clippers by double digits in their minutes. The Warriors were plus-21 in Paschall's 20 minutes, as the second-year pro scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds. Paschall led all bench players in both categories, knocking down 2-of-3 3-pointers to boot.

His biggest shot, a 25-footer with a hair over 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, gave the Warriors their first lead of the second half.

"I felt good," Paschall told Warriors TV broadcasters Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike after the game. "I had a little rhythm going, my teammates found me and I just had a rhythm. The 3s felt good, and I just let it go, shooting with confidence."

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Paschall continued to thrive playing center with the Warriors' second unit, as he has since Marquese Chriss sustained a season-ending injury last month. Since Chriss went down, Paschall is averaging 13.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists off the bench. He has made 41.7 percent of his 3-pointers during his last seven games, and the Warriors are plus-23 in his bench minutes.

They've also won five of those seven games.

 

"I give some of that credit to [player development coach Theo Robertson] and [director of player development] Chris DeMarco, but also [coach Steve Kerr]," Paschall told Myers and Azubuike. "It's fun. They let me do what I do. Coach Kerr gives me a lot of freedom [at center] in attacking, so it's a lot of fun."

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Paschall, who was First Team All-Rookie last season, also caught the attention of one of his peers in the league with his performance against the Clippers. Portland Trail Blazers star CJ McCollum, a four-year player in college like Paschall, tweeted his admiration Friday night.

The 24-year-old probably wasn't aware of the compliment heading into his post-game interview. Even if he was, he likely still would've been happiest the Warriors got back in the win column.

"We just kept rallying [and] we just played hard," Paschall said of the Warriors' 22-point comeback in the second half. "[The Clippers] are a hell of a team. They have some talented players, but we just played hard. We never gave up. That fourth quarter, we got a little lead and, of course, Steph Curry doing Steph Curry things, and we played a hell of a game."