Warriors’ ball-handling options on display in blowout win vs. Blazers

SAN FRANCISCO — Ron Adams, with a life-time of basketball wisdom, walked down the steps to the Warriors’ locker room Tuesday evening, grew to become to Steve Kerr and had a message for the Warriors trainer: These guys can play. 

That used to be the response after the Warriors’ 131-98 dominant blowout preseason win over the Portland Trail Blazers at Chase Center. That used to be the perception in a sport the place the Warriors had been with out Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Kevon Looney. 

“Beautiful night of basketball. Really fun to watch,” Kerr mentioned.

Without their engine that ignites the offense (Green) and their most sensible two playmakers (Curry and Poole), the Warriors endured to show off what has been obtrusive right through coaching camp and the offseason. This is a bunch filled with playmakers and filled with high-IQ guys, one that includes a couple of ball handlers and now not many ball-stoppers. 

During the common season and playoffs, the Warriors’ magic quantity with regards to assists is 30. Against the Blazers, they dished out 33. It used to be the primary time the Warriors hit the 30-assist mark this preseason, and the unselfishness used to be spearheaded via a newcomer who continues to seem like the easiest have compatibility. 

Donte DiVincenzo used to be given the beginning at level guard, along Moses Moody, Jonathan Kuminga, JaMychal Green and James Wiseman. The Warriors’ first two issues of the sport, a nifty end via Wiseman, had been assisted via DiVincenzo. So used to be their 3rd. In the primary quarter by myself, DiVincenzo had 4 assists. 


He completed the evening with a game-high 10 assists. DiVincenzo is getting into his 5th yr as a professional. In his fourth preseason sport and primary get started as a Warrior, he reached double-digit assists. Previously, he by no means racked up that many in an NBA sport. 

“You look out there tonight and boy, Donte DiVincenzo can play,” Kerr mentioned as he raved in regards to the Warriors’ intensity. 

The newcomer wasn’t by myself, although. All however two gamers — Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Anthony Lamb — recorded an help for the Warriors. Behind DiVincenzo’s 10 dimes had been 5 allotted via rookie Ryan Rollins. Tuesday evening used to be via some distance probably the most run that the second-rounder has gained in the preseason, and he stepped up with a larger alternative. 

Rollins performed 16 mins, and along side his 5 assists, he additionally scored 12 issues whilst going 5-for-7 from the sector and swiped two steals. His plus-15 in plus-minus led the bench. 

One of the primary causes the Warriors introduced Ty Jerome in after waiving Mac McClung is that Jerome is a lot more of some extent guard and ball mover than McClung’s highlight-reel taste. Jerome in his moment preseason sport added 3 assists off the bench and made two of his 5 pictures from lengthy distance. 

Quinndary Weatherspoon, who owns probably the most Warriors’ two two-way contracts and is a franchise favourite, totaled 3 assists and used to be a plus-14. 

“The ball was moving, players were moving — just beautiful basketball,” Kerr mentioned. 

Every yr it feels just like the Warriors are in search of ball handlers at the back of Curry and the ones on the most sensible of the pyramid. Kerr do not need to do an excessive amount of scavenging this season. 

The Warriors’ device is the nearest to Villanova’s that DiVincenzo has been part of, and he is all in favour of having extra tasks with the ball in his palms. Poole after all will cling that function as Golden State’s Sixth Man and number one playmaker off the bench, however he is proceeding to learn to play off the ball like Curry. He and DiVincenzo must be capable to supplement each and every different extraordinarily smartly with their offensive versatility. 

Prior to Tuesday evening, Rollins appeared uncooked in the alternatives he used to be given, and that is the reason comprehensible. He grew to become two decades previous this previous July and he all the time used to be observed as a long-term play when the Warriors traded up in the draft to choose him. But with extra freedom to function, Rollins gave us a glimpse of what he can develop into. 

Baldwin, nonetheless 19, is some distance from the ground of the checklist with regards to basketball intelligence on the Warriors. His offensive sport naturally leans against scoring, although he is nowhere with regards to a ball-stopper. The Warriors’ greatest wrongdoer of that crime is Kuminga, who grew to become 20 previous this month and whose total ability set nonetheless resulted in him being a game-high plus-31 vs. the Blazers, regardless of going 3-for-9 total and 1-for-5 on threes. 


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On any given evening, Kerr can flip to Curry, Green, Poole, DiVincenzo or Iguodala to start up the offense. Moody can to find himself in that spot too. Rollins must in the future, and others glance as much as the duty. 

From most sensible to backside, from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, the Warriors have surrounded themselves with playmakers, shot creators and unselfish play. That used to be on display in their greatest win of the preseason, one the place the celebrities may just sit down again on the sidelines and leap out in their seats for his or her teammates.

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