Warriors Notes: Klay Thompson shines in pre-season loss to Nuggets


SAN FRANCISCO – The defending NBA Warriors closed their preseason schedule Friday night with a 119-112 loss to the Denver Nuggets before a sell-out crowd at Chase Center.

On one night when the NBA website was down due to an East Coast power outage — forcing the game to go ahead with no official real-time stats — the Warriors traded in their great moments with ones where it looked like they could use a little more bootcamp.

The game was fairly close to the road before the veteran Denver reserve pulled out by capitalizing on some sloppy play by a team made up mostly of Golden State youths.

Here are three notes from the pre-season finale for both teams:

Clay’s shot shines in his first pre-season

Coach Steve Kerr said during his pre-match press conference that he expected Klay Thompson to play “15 to 16” minutes on his pre-season debut. He played 16, all in the first half.

It didn’t take long for Thompson to make waves, spraying a triple pointer off the right wing on his first game possession. He didn’t slow down, scoring 18 points, in an unofficial number of team position, from six shots from distance.

It will require more of that patience, with Kerr noting that it will take a few games in the regular season before Thompson can comfortably reach 34 to 36 minutes per game.

Golden State’s team and coaching, given his injury history, planned a slow ramp up for the shooting guard in his twelfth season in the NBA – although he missed all of his ninth and tenth seasons recovering from surgeries to his left anterior cruciate ligament and right Achilles tendon. .

Kuminga flashed more than he promised

Kerr spent much of pre-season praising Jonathan Kominga’s development, saying he adapts quickly to his surroundings on the field. That was evident tonight.

Cominga made two great passes – one of which surprised James Wiseman that by the time he got his hands on the ball, the ball was sailing out of bounds. Kuminga also advocated revenge and awareness and was selective about shot attempts.

And of course, he’s got a couple dunking hard. With the departure of the second Gary Payton, the team-appointed fraudster Gary Payton, Cominga looks like the heir apparent. At the same time, though, JK’s physique and physique give him the ability to fill in either of his front spots.

Kuminga also appears to be adjusting to his part-time role at the junior ball centre, where he can cash in on matches. While he struggled in defense of the 7-foot-tall Nikola Jokic, two-time MVP of the tournament, Joker also couldn’t keep up with JK.

Where has JK shown that it is still a work in progress? He made a mistake off the bench.

Draymond and Jordan, Safaa’s photo

If you’re looking for signs of discord between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole, there’s not much to worry about.

Draymond is back in the starting line-up after missing two pre-season games and three training sessions following a highly publicized right-hand punch to Paul’s face on October 5.

Paul, who had started shooting the goalkeeper in the previous four games while Thompson was sidelined, returned to the role of the sixth man and looked, as usual, fine. There were a few exciting moments and a few times when he kind of seemed like a little bit of a kind.

Most importantly, there was no sign of friction. They hit each other before the match, as usual, and seemed to have no problems during the minutes when they were on the field together.

This is of most significance as the Warriors prepare for their regular season opener against the Lakers on Tuesday night at Chase.


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