For most of the two seasons, the Warriors have been looking for a way to strengthen their bank unit.
21 months ago, they spent a total of $ 7 million on Nick Young and Omri Cbadpi. At the end of the season, Young's minutes decreased and Cbadpi dropped to make way for Quinn Cook.
Last summer, Jonas Jerebko signed, pairing the striker with a lot of young, but untested players, which resulted in the iteration of this season's bench unit that ranks 29th in points per game when entering Tuesday night.
However, after a decisive performance in Tuesday's 112-103 victory over the Pelicans, a game in which the bank scored 65 points, with Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant resting and injured Stephen Curry, Golden State could have found a Unexpected momentum on the road to the postseason
While it did not end with the biggest figure of the night, rookie guard Jacob Evans, who finished with 11 points, five rebounds and three blocks, could have had the most important performance of his career.
Ten months ago, Warriors general manager Bob Myers selected Evans in the 28th general election in part because he thought Evans could contribute immediately. Instead, Evans played a total of 142 minutes entering on Tuesday, spending most of his time in the G League, averaging 11.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, with the Warriors of Santa Cruz.
When he was with the big club, the measure of his action was with Golden State badistant Willie Green, shooting in empty sands two hours before the start of the game, working to get more arc in his flat jersey. On Tuesday, Evans received the news that he was starting after a shooting training by badistant Jaron Collins. Evans managed to keep the news of the 15-20 family members who attended from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the hometown of Evans, which is more than 81 miles away from New Orleans.
"I was a little nervous, but I was like, just go outside and leave it on the floor," Evans said. "Just try to play as hard as you can and come out and do what I've been working all year and just play the ball."
"He has earned it," Cook added. "He has earned everything he is getting, he was ready and he contributed immediately and I am very happy for him".
While Evans' party apparently put his season in motion, Cook's 19 points, two rebounds and three badists continued his run in recent weeks. In his last 11 games, Cook is averaging 10.5 points with 48.7 percent from the field, rectifying an approximate start to the season.
"I just keep my pace," Cook said. "Working before and after practice, we have a great pace in these playoffs, so for me, it's just being aggressive and trying to be a great leader for everyone and it's been a fun stretch."
Cook's game on Tuesday night coincided with the best performance of the season by two-way guard Damion Lee.
Lee, who entered on Tuesday with an average of 4.3 points and 1.7 rebounds, finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and one badist. Last season, Lee spent much of his time in Santa Cruz before signing a pair of 10-day contracts with the Atlanta Hawks, and finally signed a two-way deal with the Warriors last summer. Before the season, he married Curry's sister, Sydell, joining the patriarch of the Curry shooters.
After Tuesday's victory, during a post-game interview with Kerith Burke, Lee was badaulted by badistant Mike Brown, who told Lee, and the camera in front of him, "that Curry can shoot." " Lee, faking a smile, proclaimed "I'm a Lee", a sign of the guard's hope of finding his niche in the league.
"For me to start this year, was to know that I have two ways and understand that if I become, I do, but if someone is picked up, I will not, but I will simply be there, collecting all this knowledge, this experience," said Lee. "I hope to try to make a deep career in the playoffs, it's something I can appreciate forever and also, with this pedestal that allows me to show myself at the level of the NBA."
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In the last two seasons, the Golden State Bank has never averaged more than 32 points per game, reaching no higher than 23 in the league. Entering Tuesday, they were ranked No. 29 in the NBA. But, four hours later, the second unit of the Warriors, young and untested, had overtaken Oklahoma City at number 28. At the right time, the bank unit showed some life.
"They were great," said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "It was really fun to see Jacob (Evans) play tonight, he has worked a lot in the G League and he has had many family members here tonight, so it felt good to start and I thought he took advantage of him to have a good game Damion Lee had another great game for us, he has done a great job, Quinn (Cook) is still in a good rhythm, it is good to see So (we received) a lot of good production from our young people ".