Moses Moody impresses in Warriors’ final California Classic game

SAN FRANCISCO — Moses Moody has a championship ring at the ripe age of 20, but he has plenty of room to grow as his responsibilities expand next season.

He’s shown a knack for playmaking and ball handling in his first two Summer League games, including in a strong first half of the Warriors’ 94-79 loss to the Miami Heat to close out the California Classic on Tuesday afternoon in a fan-less Chase Center. The Warriors lost all three of their California Classic games.

Moody rocked a Band-Aid over his left eye, there to protect the two stitches he got from getting slashed in the face during Sunday’s game. Bruised up, Moody scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting with a 3-pointer on five attempts. His three assists don’t do justice his ability to make plays for his teammates.

He shined most in the first quarter, gliding past Miami’s defenders to the rim. He showed his strength and length in back-to-back possessions, first fighting through foul contact for a bucket and, minutes later, he split two defenders for a breezy lay-up.

He was disruptive on defense, too. On one play, he got his hands on a pass to Miami’s back-door cutter and found Gui Santos in transition, who sought out a re-locating Moody in the corner for a 3-pointer. A defensive and offensive sequence that was signature Warriors basketball.

Quinndary Weatherspoon’s had a sloppy game, statistically — six personal fouls, five turnovers. But he made some impressive plays, including a steal and and-1 in transition in the third quarter. He also showed some chemistry with Moody, finding him cutting for a flashy dunk in the third quarter. Weatherspoon finished with 14 points on 4-of-10 shooting and three rebounds.

Warriors’ second-round pick Gui Santos continued his strong showing with an efficient nine points, including going 3-for-4 from 3, and four assists. He nut-megged a defender, passing between his legs, to Weatherspoon for his flashiest assist.

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