Golden State Warriors: Pass Early, Pass Often…and Don’t Forget To Move

November 12th, 2009 by David Miers Leave a reply »
After only amassing 20 assists total in their game against the Sacramento Kings at ARCO Arena last Sunday night, the Golden State Warriors tallied 10 in the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Their first-half ball movement proved exemplary and carried into the second half in what amounted to an NBA season high 146 points (regulation time), but most importantly a much needed win. The Warriors accumulated 36 assists on only 12 turnovers, in which, out of the 10 players available to play on the Warriors injury-depleted bench, nine contributed to the assist column.

Prior to the game, the Warriors offense suffered from a lack of cohesion and direction, often opting for one-on-one situations that led to low-percentage outside shots and resulted in back-to-back drubbings to some of the Western Conference’s bottom feeders.

 However, Monday night against Minnesota, they got back to their run-and-gun style of offense, featuring quick passes on the break, getting 47 points off turnovers and 42 on fast breaks. Passing builds confidence because buckets are made on the end of them and it seemed like the Warriors could not get enough of it ag ...

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