How Moody and Weatherspoon played to end California Classic

SAN FRANCISCO — Sunday night in Moses Moody’s 2022 California Classic debut was the second quarter Moody began to warm up offensively after leaving early in the first to receive two stitches in his left eye. Two days later, Moody was still bandaged up at Chase Center but wasted no time scoring points Tuesday in the Warriors’ 94-70 loss to the Miami Heat.

Moody scored eight points in the first quarter and finished with 13. After going 3-for-4 from the field after one period, Moody finished the day 5-for-15 and made just one of seven attempts at 3 points. His only triple came after finding Gui Santos, moving into the right corner, catching a wide pass from Santos and immediately letting it fly.

After scoring just one point in the second quarter, Moody scored four in the third and none in the fourth. He also added three assists, three steals, two rebounds and returned the ball twice.

The Warriors make sure the ball is in Moody’s hands over the summer. The 6-foot-6 guard/wing is given the responsibilities that are usually assumed by a natural playmaker. His basketball IQ and maturity are already highly valued by the franchise at age 20, and Golden State wants to make sure he’s more used to making quick decisions and putting his teammates in the right place.

“We know Moses can really shoot the ball,” Warriors California Classic coach Seth Cooper said after the loss. “Someone who can shoot the ball and has size and defenses has to keep it, it opens up defenses and angles a little easier than some of the smaller guards who can’t see over it, or guys who can’t shoot and teams go under and stay ahead.

“Overall, I think you see his ability to do a lot of different things and remember how young he is. It’s going to be something that will continue to evolve as he gets older.”

Although he didn’t shoot long-range lights, Moody had strong urges and knew how to find openings for easy buckets.

Quinndary Weatherspoon joined Moody in the Warriors starting backcourt. Tuesday was Weatherspoon’s first game of the summer, and the first since playing four minutes in the Warriors’ regular-season finale on April 10, nearly three months ago. He was also absent from the Warriors’ summer league squad for a few practices while attending to a family business.

There were flashes where Weatherspoon looked like someone trying to dust off the rust, and at other times he showed why he was pushing for a spot on the Warriors roster.

Weatherspoon, 25, played 25 minutes and scored a team-high 14 points. He went 4 for 10 and missed both of his 3-point tries. But he also scored six of his points from the free-throw line and missed just one attempt. The 6-foot-3 guard uses his athleticism to his advantage, and while Gui Santos stole the show on a high point with a dirty pass between his defender’s legs, Weatherspoon showed his ability to finish on the edge.

In the third quarter, Weatherspoon had an impressive streak that started with him intercepting an errant pass, going the distance down the field and absorbing contact for a three-point play.

Along with his 14 points, Weatherspoon also had three rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block on a 3-point corner attempt. But he also returned the ball five times and was penalized for six fouls – the limit is 10 in the summer league.

Cooper, who coached Weatherspoon last season for Warriors’ G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, is looking for Weatherspoon to make plays that translate to Golden State’s system, show he can make choices as quick as a snap. of finger and also be an effective screener.

“If he can become a better screener and decision-maker, I think those are things that really translate to being a productive player for the Warriors,” Cooper said.

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Every player is looking to improve all aspects of their game in the offseason, especially one who may be fighting for a spot on the roster. Weatherspoon is no different. Finding his outside shot would be a big boost.

In 11 games with the Warriors, Weatherspoon went 1 for 5 on 3-pointers and 3 for 16 deep in his NBA career. He shot 28.2% there in 20 G League games last season.

The Warriors finished 0-3 in the California Classic, but there’s a lot of intrigue left with James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Patrick Baldwin Jr. all possibly playing in the Las Vegas Summer League. Players and coaches depart for Las Vegas later Tuesday, with their first game July 8.

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