Warriors’ under-the-radar moves pay off

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May 17, 2017 - 6:44pm
Outside the Bay Area, it’s easy for NBA fans to resent the greatest show on hardwood. Start with Draymond Green’s wayward kicks last postseason. [...] add Zaza Pachulia’s closeout heard ’round the world, even if it wasn’t nearly as grievous as Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich suggested. Look at Tuesday night’s rout of San Antonio, when rookie Patrick McCaw scored 18 points and played terrific defense in place of injured Andre Iguodala. JaVale McGee, an injury-prone punch line the past three years, dominated in stretches during the first-round sweep of Portland. Minnesota drafted two point guards in 2009 (Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn) rather than take a risk on skinny Stephen Curry from unheralded Davidson College. The front office preferred to pair Curry with Klay Thompson — who, incidentally, was chosen one spot after Jimmer Fredette in the 2011 draft.

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