Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Warriors Prospect ignites Steph & Dub Nation with violent throwdown

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The Golden State Warriors roster for opening night of the 2022-23 season may be more or less settled, but that doesn’t mean the preseason lacked intrigue. The players at the back of the training camp crew do their best to impress with their game, whether it’s on the dubs or one of the other 29 teams in the NBA.

That includes combo guard Pat Spencer, who has transitioned from being an elite-level lacrosse player to rocking the hardwood with his rough-and-tumble style.

During Tuesday’s Golden State fight with the Portland Trail Blazers, Spencer definitely managed to raise some eyebrows. In 22 minutes off the bench, the 26-year-old had 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting while adding five rebounds, three assists and a steal.

However, it was his hammer dunk late in the third quarter that really got the crowds talking.

With just under two minutes to go and the dubs driving to a blowout win, Spencer received the ball over the break and quickly left his defender in the dust with a hard punch down the middle. And while three Portland players considered helping, they were left with little when Spencer dropped a fierce right-handed flush.

Meanwhile, Warriors star Stephen Curry – who had joined the NBC Sports Bay Area show – went wild for the game in the booth.

“He had one two games ago and he got this one!” Curry exclaimed while putting on the headset. “That’s what I’m talking about! Do you have lacrosse references for basketball? I don’t even know how to do that!”

Needless to say, the reaction on social media struck the same chord as Steph’s.

I need Pat Spencer to be that organization this season,” explained KRON4’s Jason Dumas. “Big time lax brah. But seriously, big fan of his.

“Pat Spencer is my new favorite warrior,” added BuzzFeed Zia Thompson.

“Every time Pat Spencer does something great in basketball, I cry a little inside.” tweeted someone who identifies as a lacrosse coach. “I feel so robbed. Lacrosse gets robbed!!!”

Pat Spencer may look like my Dunkin’ Donuts cashier, but he can bruh HOOP.” Read another tweet.

According to The Athletic’s Anthony Slater, Spencer actually has a shot at snagging a two-way roster spot with the Dubs. Whether or not he beats the competition for a deal is determined by the team’s decision makers. However, he obviously has a fan in head coach Steve Kerr.

Earlier this week, the Dubs play caller had this to say about the baller (via duma):

“Big fan of Pat. Great competitor, great athletics in terms of his balance and coordination and core strength. Jumps with more explosiveness than I thought. He had the game in Tokyo where he tried to dunk the entire team and he was fouled. I love that he’s a lacrosse guy. I think sports like soccer and hockey and lacrosse create a kind of vision that you need in basketball…

“So I think all of those things are really helpful for Pat… he’s a really fascinating prospect.”

“So I think all of those things are really helpful for Pat… he’s a really fascinating prospect.”

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