Juan Toscano-Anderson not holding back in Warriors’ playoff push
JTA not holding anything back in Warriors’ playoff pursuit initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Juan Toscano-Anderson’s distinct journey to the NBA has actually been well-chronicled, and his determination to put his body on the line each and every night has actually been at the heart of the Warriors’ durability through what has actually been a rollercoaster of a season.
Missing out on simply 2 video games after needing upwards of 35 stitches following a nasty fall in Boston 6 days earlier, Toscano-Anderson published a team-high plus-29 in plus-minus, scoring 9 points and getting 8 boards in the Warriors’ 118-97 win over the Denver Nuggets at Chase Center on Friday.
After the triumph, Toscano-Anderson spoke about how plays like that unsafe, concussion-inducing fall versus the Celtics are what fuel the forward.
“I want my teammates to know that I’m gonna die trying to win, that’s what I wanna do, that’s what I play this game for, I play this game to win championships,” Toscano-Anderson informed press reporters. “And I don’t mean literally, but I’m gonna do whatever it takes to win, and so I’ll make that play 10 times out of 10.
“That’s where my gratitude originates from though male. I enjoy this video game, it’s the very best job on the planet, I would not trade it for absolutely nothing. If I needed to end everything today, I would enjoy with where I’m at and what I have actually achieved in my life. I’d enjoy with the name I have actually produced myself so far in the NBA and simply among my peers. That’s where I’m at with it, I’m simply pleased to be here.”
Whether it has been getting a start at center when the Warriors’ big men are sidelined, match up defensively against some of the game’s most talented offensive players on the wing or act as an enforcer in chippy games, Toscano-Anderson has done it all and then some.
“The important things with Juan is, he was a plus-29 tonight in 25 minutes. He constantly affects the video game favorably, simply makes shots, has a nose for the ball, a fantastic feel for the video game, the ball moves well when he’s on the flooring, and he’s a flexible protector. So Juan has actually truly strengthened an area in the rotation,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr included after the win.
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Friday night’s win was the 11th time Toscano-Anderson has finished with a double-digit plus-minus figure, a testament to his consistency in maximizing the Warriors’ production when he is on the floor.
JTA clearly would do anything for each and every one of his Warriors teammates, and they seem to be on the same wavelength, as both Draymond Green and Kent Bazemore shouted out Toscano-Anderson’s toughness after the hard-fought loss in Boston.
As the Warriors try to maintain their spot in the postseason picture, Toscano-Anderson’s role has become even more critical down the stretch of the season. With Bazemore and Damion Lee both dealing with stints in the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, JTA’s value on the wing has been magnified.
Steph Curry is playing like an MVP, and the rest of the Warriors will need to back that up as every game going forward will feel like a playoff matchup. Especially now that fans are allowed back inside Chase Center for home games, the intensity will be ratcheted up even more.
Toscano-Anderson’s fearlessness and zeal for doing the dirty work haven’t waned even as he now over 50 NBA appearances under his belt.
Even after splitting his head open just a few games ago, don’t be surprised if you see Toscano-Anderson go careening over the scorer’s table again trying to save a loose ball.
He won’t be holding anything back down the stretch, and if the Warriors want to make it back to the postseason, the rest of Toscano-Anderson’s teammates can’t either.
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