Warriors takeaways: What we learned from 143-123 win over Timberwolves


Warriors takeaways: What we learned from 143-123 win over Timberwolves


SAN FRANCISCO -- Five days after an uneven performance in the preseason opener, the Warriors looked like a team starting to become familiar with its parts.

With Steph Curry scoring 40 points and the Warriors moving the ball with much more precision, totaling 34 assists, they coasted to a 143-123 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves before a sellout crowd (18,064) Thursday night at Chase Center.

Here are three quick takeaways from Game 2 of the preseason:

Curry is ready ... sort of

Based on Curry’s showing in this game, he’s ready for the season and only needs the remaining preseason games to become better acquainted with his new teammates.

He owned the first quarter, scoring 17 of the team’s 35 points while playing all 12 minutes.

He also owned the third quarter scoring 16 points in fewer than seven minutes, with coach Steve Kerr summoning him to the bench with 4:43 left in the quarter. Curry was done for the night.

He finished with 40 points -- in 25 minutes -- on 14-of-19 shooting from the field, including 6-of-9 from deep and 6-of-6 from the line. He added six assists, six rebounds, two steals and a block. He was plus-18.

Curry was atrocious in one area: turnovers. He committed five, including a couple so reckless he slapped his own temples almost immediately, suggesting getting in sync with his teammates is a work in progress and will be for a while.

Triplets might be small, but they can score

I asked Steve Kerr on Tuesday if he might use a lineup in which D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Poole both join Curry.

“We’d be extremely small, and we’d be vulnerable defensively,” he said. “But we’d be pretty explosive offensively. So, I have no idea. We’ll see.”

We saw. The three guards, none taller than 6-foot-5, shared the court with Draymond Green and Marquese Chriss. That quintet played the final 3:12 of the first half and outscored Minnesota 12-11 over that span.

The trio combined for all 12 of those points, with Curry scoring seven points, Russell three and Poole two. The Timberwolves managed two field goals during that same stretch.

With Curry and Russell (16 points) as proven scorers, and Poole (19 points) looking as he’ll be fine on offense, there is a good chance we’ll see more of that lineup.

Glenn Robinson III takes his turn

The Warriors’ search for a starter at small forward began with Alfonzo McKinnie in the preseason opener and moved on to Glenn Robinson III against the Timberwolves.

This doesn’t mean McKinnie is out of the competition. Rather, it indicates coach Kerr is giving both men a chance. Alec Burks, the third candidate, also will get an opportunity, assuming he heals from a sprained right ankle sustained in practice last week.

Robinson did OK, scoring 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 1-of-2 from deep. He added four rebounds and two assists. Playing 20 minutes, he looked confident and decisive in his movements on offense, though less so on defense.

If you’re looking for a highlight, he provided one in the fourth quarter. Robinson anticipated a Noah Vonleh passed near midcourt, swiping it and racing in for a dunk that fired up the crowd and prompted a Minnesota timeout.

What Warriors do with their two-way players when held out of practice

What Warriors do with their two-way players when held out of practice

Warriors guards Ky Bowman and Damion Lee are on two-way contracts. By rule, they are allowed to be with Golden State for a maximum of 45 days.

Only games and official practices count against the limit, as travel days are not included.

The Warriors have been so banged up this season the team has had to be strategic with both players in order to squeeze as many games as possible out of them. 

For instance, the Dubs didn't practice in Houston about a month ago to preserve a day. On Thursday, coach Steve Kerr revealed that Bowman simply did not participate with the squad.

"He can't take part in team practice activity. So he can be in the building but he can't be out on the floor watching," Kerr explained Thursday evening on 95.7 The Game. "So what we do is we will have him come to the gym either before or after the team practice -- and we're doing the same thing with Damion Lee -- with one of our developmental coaches and get an individual workout.

"But they can't do the team workout or it costs us one of those 45 days."

The rules are quite strict.

"They have to watch the film separately from the team," Kerr said. "That's why we have individual coaches and developmental coaches assigned to every player."

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Bowman already has used up 28 days -- 23 games plus five practices.

Lee only has played in 11 games (plus one practice), as he hasn't taken the floor since sustaining a non-displaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal in his right hand on Nov. 11.

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Warriors' Eric Paschall shocked by how nice everybody is in Bay Area

Warriors' Eric Paschall shocked by how nice everybody is in Bay Area

Despite being the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 draft, Warriors forward Eric Paschall might just be the front-runner for NBA Rookie of the Year.

The 22-year-old is averaging 17.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting just under 51 percent from the field.

But when he's not working on his game, what's he up to?

"I'm on Instagram, or I'm on Twitter, or looking at memes, or on Youtube just watching anything, or just playing video games," Paschall recently told Warriors radio play-by-play man Tim Roye. "I'm a really simple guy. Or I'm watching Netflix."

And how is the New York native adjusting to life in the Bay Area?

"One thing I definitely like about it is the weather -- it's not too cold," he said. "I've realized everybody is a lot nicer out here. Everybody says hello. I remember in my apartment building, people were just like, 'How was your day?'

"I'm like whoa. This is weird for me, especially (being) from the East Coast because everybody is so uptight. But it's really cool. I like the Bay a lot in terms of the atmosphere.

"The support the Warriors get -- it's all over the place. I like the Bay."

Well said, rook. When it isn't snowing and/or freezing cold, people tend to be in a better mood.

While Paschall seems to have found a rhythm and is comfortable in his NBA routine, his parents still are figuring things out.

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"It's wild now because I've had a few good games and now for them, they're getting a lot of attention back at home," the Villanova product explained. "Everybody knows who my parents are.

"They get questions. They kind of don't even have their own identity. (People) say, 'Oh, that's Eric's dad, Eric's mom.' That's something that they're getting used to.

"But they're enjoying it. They're super proud of me, just seeing how I'm becoming a man and a basketball player."

They should be very proud.

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