Last Night’s Scores:
Atlanta Hawks: 105 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: 127
Performance of the Game: T. Young (27 pts, 12 asts)
Detroit Pistons: 112 vs. Orlando Magic: 116
Performance of the Game: A. Gordon (25 pts, 9 asts, 9 rebs)
Toronto Raptors: 91 vs. Brooklyn Nets: 101
Performance of the Game: S. Ibaka (28 pts, 9 rebs)
Milwaukee Bucks: 111 pts vs. Indiana Pacers: 118
Performance of the Game: T. Warren (35 pts, 7 rebs)
Washington Wizards: 114 vs. New York Knicks: 96
Performance of the Game: B. Beal (30 pts)
Portland Trail Blazers: 104 vs. Memphis Grizzlies: 111
Performance of the Game: B. Clarke (27 pts, 6 rebs)
Charlotte Hornets: 115 vs. Minnesotta Timberwolves: 108
Performance of the Game: D. Russell (26 pts, 11 assists)
Sacramento Kings: 111 vs. Dallas Mavericks: 130
Performance of the Game: L. Doncic (33 pts, 12 rebs, 8 asts)
Golden State Warriors: 106 vs. Phoenix Suns: 112
Performance of the Game: A. Wiggins (27 pts, 5 rebs, 3 blks)
Miami Heat: 101 vs. Utah Jazz: 116
Performance of the Game: R. Gobert (16 pts, 20 rebs, 2 blks)
Los Angeles Lakers: 120 vs. Denver Nuggets: 116
Performance of the Game: L. James (33 pts, 12 rebs, 14 asts)
Latest News in the NBA:
- Damian Lillard will miss the All-Star game due to groin injury.
- The Raptors lost for the first time in 15 games.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo did not play in last night’s game due to birth of his child.
- Karl Anthony-Towns missed last night’s game due to a wrist injury.
- Kevin Love did not play because of hamstring injury.
- Check out this insane Luka Doncic shot!
Opinion of the Day:
After a couple games in a new jersey, we are starting to get a sense of what Andrew Wiggins will be like as a Warrior. So far, he has performed at a high level, arguably surpassing expectations given to him during his disappointing time at Minnesota. However, the question still remains: how will Wiggins fit in when Curry and Thompson return from injury? In my opinion, he will work perfectly with the Warriors.
Throughout his time at Minnesota, pressure to succeed clearly impacted Wiggins’ confidence. Due to the fact that he was taken with the number one pick, Timberwolves fans had high expectations for Wiggins’ career. But after a promising third year in the league, in which he averaged over 23 points per game, Wiggins seemed to only be getting worse. Whether it was due to the pressure, or a lack of drive to succeed, something was off. However, in his new situation with the Warriors, I believe that these previous issues are now a non-factor. He no longer has earth-shattering expectations on him, and can play without constant media attention.
Another thing which I believe will help Andrew Wiggins is that he will be the third option for the Warriors. Instead of the Timberwolves, where Wiggins was supposed to be the main scoring option, or at absolute worst, a sidekick to Karl Anthony-Towns, on the Warriors, Wiggins’ role will be much smaller. As the third option, Wiggins will be able to find more open shots, because the defense will be so focused on stopping Curry and Thompson. Therefore allowing Wiggins to improve his shooting percentages and boost his confidence when it comes to shooting.
Lastly, I believe that Andrew Wiggins will be a good fit for the Warriors, because his style of play matches well with the Splash-Bros. While he will never be a replacement for Kevin Durant, Andrew Wiggins does not need to have that large of an impact for the Warriors to succeed. Because of this, Wiggins current skill-set: an athletic, solid shooting forward, will match well with both Curry and Klay.
With all of these things being said, I believe that Wiggins is a very solid fit on the Warriors, and this relationship will help both parties: Wiggins and the Warriors. I am excited to see what next season brings for the Golden State Warriors, and if they are able to figure out this combination of talent.
Damon is the CEO and Founder of At the Buzzer. He is a student at the College Preparatory School. Damon has been a sports writer for over one year. He is a NBA, NFL, and NCAAM analyst, fan, and writer.