The Golden State Warriors are in town to face the Washington Wizards today, and I’ll be keeping you all updated with a live Q+A. I’ll be answering questions on Twitter and updating this thread with each question. Twitter is the best place to ask, but I will also respond to all questions in the comments of this thread.
Feel free to ask about anything — this game, the teams involved, the players or anything NBA-related in general. Ask away!
The Q+A is live— Marco Gacina (@MarcoGacina) January 16, 2023
I'll be answering all your questions about today's Warriors-Wizards game, both teams, and anything NBA-related! Reply below to join the conversation, and turn on Tweet notifications to stay in the loop. Ask away!#DCAboveAll #DubNation
Will Poole drop 50? I would certainly bet against it.
Do you think Jordan Poole will score 50 points— Miguel Cadena (@181597Cadena) January 16, 2023
I think if anyone in this game is gonna bless us with a 50-bomb, it's gonna be Steph. But Poole might be second. Him or Porzingis. (Klay is out)— Marco Gacina (@MarcoGacina) January 16, 2023
Will the Wizards trade Kuz or Rui?
Do you think the Wizards are gonna entertain trading Kuz and Hachimura in return for assets and young talent or still fight to get into the play-in?— Leonard Mbulle-Nziege (@LennyMbulle) January 16, 2023
I think they will accept a marginal trade involving one of Kuzma/Hachimura/Avdija in hopes to improve play-in chances. I really think they should make bigger swings than that, but that is my prediction.— Marco Gacina (@MarcoGacina) January 16, 2023
What do these teams have to do to make the playoffs?
is it too late in the season for either team to turn things around and become a lock for the post season?— Isabella Dougherty (@Izziedougherty) January 16, 2023
Wizards — I don't even think they were a lock to make the play-in before the season started, and that is ringing true so far. If they want to make the playoffs, they have to take a huge swing and can't continue to be complacent.— Marco Gacina (@MarcoGacina) January 16, 2023
Warriors — Absolutely not, but I think their season depends on moving Wiseman and at least one of Kuminga and Moody for whatever win-now pieces they can get.— Marco Gacina (@MarcoGacina) January 16, 2023
Second half adjustments
Feed the hot hands! Porzingis is 8 for 11 from the field and has 28 points. He's also 3 for 5 from three. Take some of Kuzma's shots and instead run plays for Porzingis to get good looks from three.— Marco Gacina (@MarcoGacina) January 16, 2023
Also, Deni has been bad and refs clearly are not liking something he's doing, so I think they're doing a good job sitting him to start the second half.— Marco Gacina (@MarcoGacina) January 16, 2023
Another thing, and this kind of goes off of what @matkinson_bball said. It feels like the Wizards are defending all five Warriors on the court equally, which is allowing Steph+Poole to feast. Focu more defensive energy on those two and dare the other guys to beat them instead— Marco Gacina (@MarcoGacina) January 16, 2023