Just over 24 hours after announcing rookies Brandin Podziemski and Trayce Jackson-Davis were assigned to their G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, the Golden State Warriors have recalled the pair ahead of their upcoming back-to-back.
The duo have played sparingly through the Warriors opening 10 days of the season, but did impress in Monday’s win in New Orleans. That did leave their assignment to Santa Cruz as a surprise to some, particularly in regard to Jackson-Davis who had 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks against the Pelicans in less than 20 minutes.
The Golden State Warriors have recalled Brandin Podziemski and Trayce Jackson-Davis for their back-to-back in Cleveland and Detroit.
Warrior forward Draymond Green let his thoughts be known in the aftermath of the Warriors thrilling 141-139 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. The 33-year-old believed Golden State missed the youngster’s energy as the Thunder shot over 60% from the floor in the high-scoring affair.
"“I also think our young fellas not being here, Trayce and BP and Lester (Quinones), the energy that they bring to this team. We missed that. Next time we have an In-Season Tournament game, we need those guys here,” Green said in the postgame."
Head coach Steve Kerr perhaps could have utilized Jackson-Davis on Friday, with starting center Kevon Looney picking up a third foul early in the second-quarter and a fourth early in the third. Talented OKC big man Chet Holmgren proved a tough challenge for the Warriors, finishing with 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists on 7-9 shooting.
Backup big Dario Saric had a season-high 20 points against the Thunder, including 11 in the first-quarter. Still, Kerr went to Green as the small-ball five down the stretch for the second consecutive game.
Podziemski’s recall may have much to do with Klay Thompson’s presence on the injury report — the 33-year-old shooting-guard is questionable with adductor tightness. Podziemski played over 20 minutes in Thompson’s absence against the Pelicans, recording five points, eight rebounds and two assists in his NBA debut.
The Warriors will face the 2-4 Cavaliers in Cleveland on Sunday, before travelling to Detroit to meet the Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on Monday.