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How James Wiseman had big defensive impact in Warriors’ win vs. Pistons


#When you first glance at the box score from the #Warriors’ win over the #Detroit #Pistons on #Tuesday night, you might think that #James #Wiseman didn’t have a very good game.

The rookie registered six points (3-for-9 from the field, 0-for-2 on 3s), six rebounds, two blocks and two turnovers, and fouled out in just under 22 minutes. #But then you realize that he was a team-best plus-23, and made some major strides defensively in the second half.

“I thought #James had a really good stretch in the fourth, where his size and his presence in paint — for the first time really — it looked like he sort of knew what his job was,” #Steve #Kerr told the media. “#To protect the rim, not foul, use his size and athleticism.

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“#And of course his #Giannis [Antetokounmpo] play was pretty impressive, too.”

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#Wiseman’s strong defense actually appeared before the fourth quarter started.

#And yes, #Wiseman looked like the “#Greek #Freak” midway through the final frame.

The #No. 2 overall pick in last month’s NBA draft still is just scratching the surface, and has so much room to grow.

The #Warriors coaching staff is very aware that it’s a work in progress, and understands there will be some growing pains.

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“#He’s just a kid. #He’s just learning,” #Kerr said. “#It’s amazing to watch someone that young — so little experience at the college level, no summer league, no training camp — to see how poised he is, how much he wants to learn, how much he listens without feeling criticized or judged.

“#He’s beyond his years from a maturity standpoint.”

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#Wiseman through four games vastly has exceeded expectations, and his game immediately should be elevated when he starts sharing the floor with #Draymond #Green.

“There’s no substitute for game experience,” #Kerr added. “#He just has to feel it. A lot of the fouls are coming because he’s a step slow in rotation. #We can show him on film, but until you actually feel the speed and power of an NBA game, there’s no way anybody could adapt to that.

“#It’s a matter of figuring out those details through game experience.”

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