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Ask Kerith: Will Kerr move Oubre to bench if slump continues?

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Welcome to the Ask Kerith mailbag!

The Warriors are 6-4 heading into the game against the Indiana Pacers. Quick stat check with numbers as of Monday night:

Steph Curry is second in the NBA in scoring, averaging 28.6 points per game. Bradley Beal is first with 34.9.

As it stands before the Warriors-Pacers game, Kelly Oubre Jr. is shooting 7-for-51 from three, which is 14 percent. He’s a frequent target of, let’s say, fan curiosity. 

Oubre had a dozen points in the last game, plus he’s leading the team in offensive rebounds and steals. So as long as he’s defending with enthusiasm, I doubt Steve Kerr will remove Oubre from the starting lineup. Kerr said Kelly’s rhythm and confidence on offense will come. 

Kerr is sticking up for Oubre publicly so Oubre knows where he stands. 

As for Curry and Wiseman pick-and-rolls, they’re happening. The offense is flowing. And you’ll notice a shooter like Damian Lee is on the court at the end of the game.

The Warriors are still figuring out rotations and which player combinations work well together. That takes time and patience. 

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Andrew Wiggins and Eric Paschall came to mind right away, but I wonder if “improvement” is simply settling into their roles. The impact of time and patience is coming into play now for guys who were with the team last season! 

 

Wiggins has been a star on defense, guarding the likes of Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Damian Lillard, and Pascal Siakam. He has 15 blocks, tied with James Wiseman for the team lead. On offense, he’s giving the Dubs 17.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. 

He said “for sure” when I asked him if this is the happiest he has been in his career. Fit and culture are factors. 

For Paschall, his time in the second unit as a small-ball center has been good for an average of 12.1 points per game. Paschall downplays his new role, frequently saying he’s happy to do whatever gets him on the court to help his team, but the strength of his his performances are warming up the Sixth Man of the Year talk. 

I can’t tell if this is a joke, but I want to be playful. This question feels like wondering if The Monkees influenced The Beatles. “I’m A Believer” that Steph doesn’t need to model his game after anyone. 

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I recruited Franco Finn, the Warriors’ hype man, for help with this question. Here’s what he said: 

“Our game experience team controls the crowd noise at Chase. They cue the audio team in the control room for all (basketball) noise and built-in fan noise you hear. The Warriors invested in these “enhanced” sounds for the home games to make it feel real for the players.” 

“They use this cool layering sound technology where the sounds you hear simulate the actual fans and the sounds are all unique and sound different slightly throughout the game," Finn continued. "Each crowd noise is a unique blend to give it that real feel. Lots of enhancements in audio this year due to our no-fan situation. It’s pretty amazing I think!”

I’ll close on a video answer for Michele, who wanted to know about Leandro Barbosa. 

Have a great week everyone. After Tuesday, the Warriors hit the road for games against the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers.

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