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Why Paschall more comfortable playing with Dubs' second unit

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Eric Paschall started the Warriors' first two games at power forward, but came off the bench in Golden State's wins over the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons.

The second-year pro vs. the Bulls knocked down a 3-pointer, drilled a couple midrange jumpers and got to the free throw line a bunch -- making six of his seven attempts.

"I liked the rotation better because the way we played tonight allowed Eric to get going offensively and be more aggressive with the ball," Steve Kerr told the media last Sunday night. "Playing with the second unit -- we can run some things through him.

"We need Eric with the ball in his hands, and with that first group, it's tough to get the ball to him."

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In about 13 minutes vs. the Pistons, Paschall recorded 10 points on 3-for-4 shooting, and went 4-for-6 from the charity stripe.

Is he more comfortable with that second unit? Is that a better fit for him?

"Yeah. I'm allowed to just play the game," Paschall said Tuesday night. "Having the ball in my hands and trying to make plays for everybody and myself. More aggressive, more opportunity with the second unit.

"Just trying to get comfortable in that position."

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Now this doesn't mean that the 2019-20 First-Team All-Rookie selection never will get the opportunity to share the court with Steph Curry. In fact, those two periodically could form a nice duo.

 

But you should expect to see Paschall get the bulk of his playing time moving forward at the beginning of the second and fourth quarters when the two-time NBA MVP is resting.

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