Originally scheduled for a three-game road trip, the Warriors’ game in Phoenix on Friday was postponed after there was COVID-19 contact tracing surrounding the Suns.
The Suns’ previous game against the Washington Wizards was postponed for a similar coronavirus contact tracing issue.
The situation surround the Wizards and Suns created a domino effect, but it did give the Warriors a couple of extra days to practice -- something they’re not used to in a regular season.
They’re trying to take advantage of it by fine-tuning their fundamentals.
“Just better execution, get better -- obviously this season we’re not going to get much practice time,” Eric Paschall told reporters on Saturday. “So again, it’s just really good for us to get in, get some more chemistry, and get better every day. I feel like these two days are very important and down the road, it’s going to help us.”
Paschall had a coronavirus scare of his own after he had a false positive test result this week. He quarantined for 24 hours and was forced to miss Tuesday's game against the Indiana Pacers before being cleared to rejoin the team Wednesday.
Paschall knows this season will continue to be tough, especially with contract tracing being consistently implemented.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr appeared enthusiastic about the opportunity to sharpen a few things, as well as have a quick scrimmage.
“We got a lot accomplished today," Kerr said. “We went through our details that need to be cleaned up at both ends of the floor and then we scrimmaged for 12 minutes so we could put all those details to work -- to use, to see if we recognize them. It’s good to have another one tomorrow so that we can continue to try and build on our base of fundamentals and what we’re trying to accomplish as a team.”
Kelly Oubre Jr.'s goals for the last-minute extra practices were just to improve on what the Warriors already have been emphasizing.
“Just to get better,” Oubre said. “That’s what they’re for. Tomorrow will be a better one than today, fine-tune and grow closer together as a unit. That’s what I hope to get out of it.”