Why Paschall could be key in Warriors unlocking box-and-one

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The Warriors really missed Eric Paschall when they lost to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.

The 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie First-Team selection was averaging 13.5 points over the prior eight games, while shooting 58 percent overall and 43 percent from 3-point range.

The 6-foot-6 forward could have helped Golden State's offense attack the Pacers' box-and-one defense.

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Hey speaking of box-and-one -- NBC Sports Bay Area's Grant Liffmann and Dorell Wright discussed that topic on the most recent episode of the "Dubs Talk" podcast.

Liffmann: "I feel like Eric Paschall could be a very useful piece when beating that box-and-one. His midrange. You set a pick-and-roll with him, and he pops right there in the middle."

Wright: "Yeah, he does well shooting that 15 footer around the free throw line. He does a good job at getting the ball at the high post and being able to get around guys. You want to get in those lanes and get in those crevices -- take your shot. Eric Paschall does a great job at that. He was definitely missed that game."

Liffmann: "Paschall [also] is a willing passer. It's just adding another piece. If Steph is getting the box-and-one, maybe you run Paschall and Draymond [Green] out there together."

Against the Toronto Raptors' box-and-one last Sunday night, Paschall scored 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting. He did stuff like this:


The Warriors didn't face any box-and-one during Thursday's loss to the Denver Nuggets, and probably won't see it against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night.

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But don't be surprised if Gregg Popovich deploys the scheme when the Warriors host the San Antonio Spurs next Wednesday.

Fortunately for Steve Kerr and the rest of the coaching staff, they get two practices this weekend to work on exploiting it.

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