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Wiggins 'having fun' playing in Warriors' defensive system

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Andrew Wiggins continues to forge a new path for his career with the Warriors.

In Tuesday night’s 104-95 loss to the Indiana Pacers, Wiggins set a new career high with five blocks. The effort came about 48 hours after he tied his personal best with four blocks in a stellar defensive contest against the Toronto Raptors.

Nine blocks in two games? Not bad.

"I feel like I'm getting after it, defensively," Wiggins said in a video conference call with reporters Tuesday. "Aggressive, pressuring, having fun doing it. The system we got defensively, I feel like it works and it favors me. I'm just trying to do the best I can."

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Wiggins’ defensive versatility has been on display lately as he has flourished since a shaky start. He has fared well in matchups this season against some of the game’s elite offensive players like Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam.

Wiggins flashed his athletic ability during a stout defensive sequence Tuesday. He started off this second-quarter possession by holding his own in the paint against 6-foot-11 Myles Turner. Wiggins stuck with the play, forced a pass from 6-foot-11 Domantas Sabonis and then blocked 6-foot-4 guard Edmond Sumner, who was trying to slash to the hoop.

“Wiggins has shown he’s a great defender,” Kevon Looney said. “I think he’s been capable of doing that for years. This year he’s been taking on the challenge. I ain’t surprised by him blocking shots. I see it in practice all the time. Me and Eric Paschall play one-on-one with him and he finds ways to get blocks.”

 

Wiggins finished Tuesday night as the Warriors’ top scorer with 22 points, adding seven rebounds and three assists. For the season, he is averaging 17.9 points per game on 43.1 percent shooting from the field and a career-best 39.3 percent from beyond the arc.

It looks like Wiggins is finally unlocking his potential in his second season on the Warriors. He’s contributing on both ends of the floor, rewriting his narrative and bringing his career to new heights.

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