Golden State Warriors
Few games more entertaining than a Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers can be ordered to go giving march to the preseason of the NBA. After several months without action in the best league in the world, see Stephen Curry confront Damian Lillard It has a good dessert flavor and this Monday the two cracks, two players whom, for example, Allen Iverson has distinguished in his top 5 of “killers” in the current NBA, will be face to face at the Trail Blazers stadium from 9:00 p.m. CDMX and 11:00 p.m. in Argentina (with transmission through the NBA League Pass streaming platform).
It is simply a preparation match, yes, on top of it the first to get into rhythm two weeks after starting the official part of 2021-2022, but there are some focuses in which to pay attention beyond the highlights that Steph and Dame can give us.
Mainly everything will go for him Chauncey Billups’ first meeting as head coach, not just of the Portland Trail Blazers but in his career. The 2004 Finals MVP comes to take charge of some Blazers who row year after year in the Playoffs to end up shipwrecked before reaching the shore, suffering almost always from the same problem: a shaky defense. In this key they have made some additions of players more defense than attack, although without someone who attracts much attention or even who is to start: Tony Snell, Larry Nance Jr., Patrick Patterson … Cody Zeller, Ben McLemore and a former Warriors like Quinn Cook also arrived, to enhance the scoring options of a second unit that lost to Carmelo Anthony and Enes Kanter.
From what is said, the first thing Billups seeks to change is that defensive problem. And the way, more than with new personnel, is with a different defensive scheme when it comes to protecting themselves from the pick and roll rival. According to The Athletic’s Jason Quick, at training camp the Blazers have been practicing more aggressive coverage, with the big player defending at screen height to deny the ball handler the way to the basket instead of waiting for him to define before him, something that did not end up being very successful: for example, Curry scored 62 points for them in early 2021. Both Lillard and Nurkic were widely in favor of the new defense. It will be a matter of time to see if it works.
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Except for Tony Snell, with a sore foot, all the rest of the Blazers players are available for this game and almost the same thing happens in Warriors: the only casualties are Klay Thompson, James Wiseman and Gary Payton II, all injured. The minutes of the most recognized players will be in a trickle, but it will still be enough for see Andre Iguodala wear Golden State gear for the first time since the 2019 Finals and other players to debut in the franchise, such as Otto Porter Jr, Nemanja Bjelica or rookies Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody.
In the Warriors there is a big competition for a place on the roster and Juan Toscano-Anderson, who is starting his third year in the NBA, should be relieved because this time he can watch her calmly: for the Mexican representative there is already a guaranteed place in 2021-2022 and his part in this preseason goes through continue to offer themselves as a useful alternative to Steve Kerr from the bank, competing with the mentioned forwards that Golden State signed.
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The duel that Toscano does not seem to be part of is very interesting and the performance in these preseason matches will define the winner: entre Avery Bradley, Langston Galloway, Mychal Mulder, Jordan Bell y el lesionado Payton (the only one of them who won’t have minutes today according to Kerr) they dispute the last available place on the roster (Mulder is the only one of them who is eligible to sign a dual contract and remain in Golden State without being within 15, although receiving less money). Will Kerr prefer Payton’s defensive perimeter work, Bradley’s extensive experience, Mulder’s outside shooting, Galloway’s offensive imbalance, or Bell’s size and knowledge of the system? The game starts today.
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