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Golden State Warriors’ Moses Moody breaks free in G League return
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Moses Moody may have had limited opportunities with the Golden State Warriors in recent times, but the 20-year-old broke free with 26 shot attempts in his return to the NBA G League for Santa Cruz on Friday.
The second-year wing was assigned to the Warriors’ G League affiliate on Thursday, along with rookies Patrick Baldwin Jr. and Ryan Rollins. Moody spent no time spreading his wings with a game-high 26 points, enjoying the chance to take on a primary role.
Golden State Warriors’ Moses Moody led Santa Cruz to a hard-fought 119-117 win over the South Bay Lakers at UCLA Health Training Center on Friday.
Catching Up with Gui Santos - The Promise from Brazil
Gui Santos shines in Santa Cruz Warriors’ heartbreaking loss
On December 30th, most fans were watching the Golden State Warriors extend their home winning-streak to four games with a hard-fought 118-112 come-from-behind effort to beat the Portland Trail Blazers.
But at Kaiser Permanente Arena, 20-year-old second-round pick Gui Santos was having the breakout game of his career. The Brazilian had 31 points against the Stockton Kings, but it wasn’t enough for the Santa Cruz Warriors to record an important win.
Despite a career-high 31 points from Gui Santos, the Golden State Warriors’ G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, lost a heartbreaker to the Stockton Kings 113-112 in overtime.
Santa Cruz Warriors: Is James Wiseman starting to deliver
on his promise?
Struggling to find consistent, productive minutes in Kerr's second rotation, the Golden State Warriors sent the twenty-one-year-old to Santa Cruz to find his game. Wiseman accepted the challenge and promised to work hard and use his time in the G League as a positive experience. On Saturday Night, Wiseman played his best developmental game since being assigned for an extended visit to Surf City.
Improvements to his game were on display from the opening tip. His most notable improvement was the timing setting and slipping screens, without clogging driving lanes. Lingering to hold the screens and then slipping them on time was an adjustment pleasing to watch. JW was instantly rewarded when PBJ dropped a perfect pocket pass ending with his flush at the rim. His athleticism and foot speed was the most impressive part of this outing. With limited touches, his mid-range and floater game was outstanding. He finished the night perfect from the line with a double-double in the box score on 5-11 shooting, scoring 14 points, adding 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 block in 26 minutes. He still is a work in progress, remaining focused on not clogging driving lanes which contributed to the lack of offense in the fourth quarter and aided the Stockton Kings in their come-from-behind win.
Defensively, it was apparent that his focus was on box-out positioning and rebound angles allowing teammates’ easy rebounds. His drop defense still needs some work, but the guards must help him more when he must contain both the guard and the center. Remaining disciplined for most of the night, he did leave his feet twice, biting on pump fakes.
With the Golden State Warriors on a brief two-game road trip, Kerr's surging squad will stop in Minneapolis to play the Minnesota Timberwolves before visiting Dallas, Texas, for a game with the Dallas Mavericks. The visit will be the first opportunity for Luka Doncic and his teammates to face the Warriors since their loss in last season's division championship.
The Warriors will return home to play the Chicago Bulls on December 2nd at Chase Center. It’s unlikely we’ll see Wiseman in any of these games, with his next outings likely to be G League matchups on December 2nd and 3rd at Stockton Arena for back-to-back games against