In a crucial matchup against the Sacramento Kings, the Golden State Warriors found themselves on the wrong side of a 124-123 scoreline, missing out on a chance to advance in the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament.
Head coach Steve Kerr’s decisions, particularly substituting Moses Moody with Andrew Wiggins in the fourth quarter, have come under scrutiny.
As the Warriors led for a significant part of the game, the need to secure a victory by 12 points or more for a spot in the knockout stage was evident.
However, Kerr’s move to replace a performing Moody with Wiggins has become a focal point of post-game discussions.
Defending his choice, Kerr highlighted the team’s defensive strategy against the Kings’ De’Aaron Fox, who scored 29 points.
Opting for the experience and defensive prowess of Wiggins and Klay Thompson, Kerr explained (h/t Jedd Pagaduan of ClutchPoints), “We needed to get Wiggs on the floor for defense against Fox. And we decided to go with Klay and our vets. We thought about keeping [Moses Moody] out there, but we made the move that we made.”