Since Steve Kerr took over as Warriors coach in the 2014-15 season, ball movement has been a major point of emphasis. Kerr had to like what he saw in the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
Center Damian Jones slammed home an alley-oop to cap off an eight-pass possession that surely made Kerr smile.
By our inexact count, the Warriors only dribbled nine times during the sequence, and at no point in the final three passes. Draymond Green took two dribbles the entire possession -- immediately after the ball was in-bounded, and then when he had to corall Stephen Curry's errant pass in the half-court. Green finished it off when he lobbed to Jones for the slam dunk, and brought Oracle Arena to its feet.
Entering Friday, the Warriors ranked 13th in passes made per game (298.4), according to NBA.com. More possessions like this, and shooting up the leaderboard is a distinct possibility.