Warriors

Steph eager for additional chances with Wiseman in offense

Warriors

The Warriors' present and the organization's future will be spending a lot more time on the court together, starting with Monday night's matchup against the Chicago Bulls.

Now that James Wiseman is a consistent member of the Warriors' starting lineup following a three-game absence due to health and safety protocols, he'll be joined by Steph Curry, who returns Monday night after missing the last five games due to a tailbone contusion.

Curry was asked after shootaround Monday about whether he and Wiseman will be running more pick-and-rolls together going forward, and the star guard opened up on what he and the rookie have been working on to prepare for additional minutes on the floor.

"He's playing more minutes so there's more opportunity, we're working on getting some reps together even in practice, so he can understand angles and my pace and how I see those reads," Curry said. "How teams are going to defend me and how to make those subtle adjustments, to be able to set good screens and roll and find the right angles to attack, maybe just that chemistry on the passes that I make.

"The more time you're out there that's a big part of what we do, obviously me and Draymond are gonna continue to get a lot of pick and roll reps and that's our bread and butter, but you gotta be able to take advantage of other fives on the other side trying to guard the pick and roll over the course of the game and we'll definitely get those reps."

 

During Steve Kerr's press conference prior to Monday night's game, the Warriors' head coach spoke about how Wiseman is adapting to operating within an NBA offense.

"It's a work in progress, we're just trying to get James as many reps as possible," Kerr said. "Not just in pick and roll but in every aspect of the game, these young guys who come in with very little experience, there's no substitute for game action, game experience, so it'll be good to get Steph and James together, and Draymond.

"You'll see a variety of pick and rolls, sometimes James will be on the backside of the play when Draymond is in the pick and roll, but sometimes James will be directly in it, but he has to learn all of those nuances as he gets more and more experience here."

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Familiarity and on-court chemistry are integral parts of success within an NBA offense, and with Wiseman missing time over several different instances this season and Curry being out recently, hopefully for the Warriors the duo can maximize their work together and operate in sync.

The Warriors enter Monday night's game 22-24 and at 10th place in the Western Conference standings, will need not just a Herculean effort from Curry coming off the tailbone injury, but Wiseman to learn on the fly in order to climb up the ladder and avoid landing in a play-in game.

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