1) Patrick McCaw’s newfound aggressiveness
After missing 13 games, McCaw looked for his shot way more than at any other time this season. He nailed his first midrange jumper then proceeded to miss a mix of three-pointers and midrange pull-ups and, for good measure, get blocked once again at the rim. He ended up 1-7 from the field, but I’ll take it.
Knowing that there are shots to be had, I’m glad he’s taking advantage of his minutes. He’s got to work through the rust and the bad shots. As long as he keeps attacking and stays aggressive, he’ll get better. As we’ve seen, it won’t help him or the team if he constantly plays it safe.
Maybe seeing Quinn Cook boldly taking and making his shots has inspired McCaw to go get his.
It also looks like Pat has a new Jesus tattoo on his left deltoid, and there’s probably more under his arm sleeve. Hopefully it helps keep his guide hand steady. (That was a joke.) See below:
2) Jordan Bell: hesitant on the low-block
I’ve mentioned how Bell needs to work on his post-up moves, and that void in his game was highlighted several times tonight. He tried a couple awkward looking jump-hooks, but they weren’t even close. One might have been an airball.
However, I have to remind myself how relatively little people expected from him after he was drafted and that having him already contributing as much as he does is found money.
Hopefully the Warriors player development staff gets Bell on a solid offseason program because next year, barring lingering ankle issues, he has a chance to be nice.
3) ‘90s flashback
This game took me back to the moral victory games those awful ’90s Warriors teams used to lose. They’d hang around then simply get outclassed by their opponent in the final six minutes or so. (As a matter of fact, the Warriors have been doing this constantly to teams for the past four seasons.)
Those Chris Cohan years were rough. He literally destroyed the basketball dreams of a whole generation of Bay Area hoops fans.
So once again, let’s just remember that nothing lasts forever and we should savor every moment with this team while we can.
4) Quinn Cook > Omri Casspi
While I like Omri Casspi, it’s pretty clear Quinn Cook fills a greater need on this team — a scoring backup point guard. They tried to find one last year in Briante Weber (and for 30 minutes, Jose Calderon), but because of Kevin Durant’s knee injury they had to move on and sign Matt Barnes.
Since Omri Casspi essentially took Barnes’ place on the roster as a backup small forward this year, and since Durant (knock on wood) should be healthy going into the playoffs, shouldn’t the Warriors hold onto their newly discovered diamond-in-the-rough backup point guard?
Cook would be a defensive liability because of his size and shortish arms, but Casspi isn’t necessarily a lockdown defender either.
And outside of some freakish injury, what’s more likely to happen: KD reinjuring his ribs or Steph rolling his ankle again? I think the latter.
It’s unfortunate that Casspi is hurt and can’t take advantage of the available shots, but he’s had all year to show his value to the team.
The Warriors have another month or so to figure it out and make the final judgement for themselves.