Warriors 5 observations: Moses Moody’s rotation chance, Gary Payton II’s debut in win over Lakers

LOS ANGELES — Here are five observations from the Warriors’ 111-99 win over the Lakers in Staples Center on Tuesday night.

1. Moody’s first rotation chance

The Moses Moody momentum was real leading into Tuesday night. He’d picked up concepts quickly in camp, pushed past the initial rookie whirlwind and impressed in his previous two preseason games, hitting five fourth-quarter 3s and making several other glue plays in mop-up duty. The coaches and veterans noticed his readiness for the physicality and the moment.

“You quickly see tendencies,” Draymond Green said. “You quickly see Moses Moody in there fucking arm-checking Dwight Howard. That gives you a sense of who he is.”

The decision-makers felt it was time to plug Moody into some first-half rotation minutes. He wouldn’t be able to play with Green and Steph Curry — they rested against the Lakers — but Moody would get some needed reps against LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Lakers regulars.

It didn’t go well. Moody took some rushed shots in the first half, struggled to finish over bigger defenders and finished 0 of 7 from the field, showing that inexperience for the first time. But all lessons are helpful, like the one below.


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