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It was a full day of NBA preseason action with 18 teams on court. The Warriors looked good in Portland but Stephen Curry may need a new trick after a new rule was firmly enforced.
The Golden State Warriors wasted no time getting shots up in their 121-107 preseason win over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Warriors attempted 69 3-pointers, just one shy of the Houston Rockets’ 2019 in-game record for shots beyond the arc. Golden State never shot more than 54 treys in a game last season. Coach Steve Kerr confirmed: “We’re going to take a ton of threes this year.”
Warriors guard Andrew Wiggins spoke for the first time after getting vaccinated. He received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and experienced body aches and chills. Wiggins claims that “the only options were to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA. It was a tough decision.” The vaccine didn’t appear to impact his performance as he finished with 13 points in 16 minutes against the Blazers.
Detroit Pistons fans may have to wait a little longer before seeing Cade Cunningham in action. This year’s first overall draft pick rolled his ankle in training camp and the Pistons aren’t taking any risks. Head coach Dwayne Casey indicated “we’re going to be cautious” before revealing there is no timetable for the rookie’s return.
Stephen Curry got caught testing the NBA’s new foul hunting rule.
Derrick Rose’s birthday proved a timely opportunity to share this meme.
Jayson Tatum rose up for a power poster dunk over Wendell Carter Jr.
Best of r/NBA
Whilst people around the world panicked about the Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp outage, Bulls big man Nikola Vucevic was enjoying the serenity. He took to Twitter to ask “Wouldn’t it be great if Instagram just stayed down forever so we could go to events without people recording every second of it for their stories?”
Stephen Curry’s experience with the NBA’s new foul hunting rule also got some Reddit attention. The new rule aims to stop players from jumping into defenders for fouls. u/JasonDavidWongPargin commented that “without the whistle it just looks ridiculous. I love it.” Meanwhile, u/Perry655 believes the rule is “good for the league”.
News that coaches will continue to wear casual attire instead of suits was well received by r/NBA. OP u/urfaselol suggested that David Stern is “rolling over his gran rn (sic).” The former commissioner was responsible for introducing a player dress code in 2005.
Performance of the Night
Andre Drummond: 19 points (6-9 FG, 7-8 FT), 14 rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 assists.
The Philadelphia 76ers backup center put up an impressive first half, notching 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks. He didn’t get much playing time in the second half as the 76ers went down to the Toronto Raptors 123-107.
Play of the Day
Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes came up with two highlight plays in the second quarter. His thunderous dunk and no-look pass get the honor of being The Daily Swish Play of the Day.