When he arrived at the arena for the Warriors' game at Miami on March 2, swingman Reggie Williams, just signed from the NBA Development League, realized his Ritz Carlton mini-bar key was in his pocket.
He immediately paused, fearing he had made a mistake. He laughed when he was told it was no big deal.
"I didn't know," said Williams, who hadn't stayed in a hotel with a mini-bar before.
Williams should get used to fancy hotels with mini-bars, the way he's been playing. So should Anthony Tolliver, the Warriors' other D-League call-up.
Williams is averaging 14.2 points on 54.3 percent shooting with 3.6 rebounds in March. Over the same 12 games, Tolliver is averaging 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds. Their play of late has the Warriors thinking they can be contributors next season.
"If you put them in the same situation next year, they're gonna do the same thing," said point guard Stephen Curry. "You always have to think about the fact that with a full roster, they might not get as many minutes. But if they get that opportunity, they'll be able to do it."
Tolliver has served as the team's resident big man with centers Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf out, and center Chris Hunter playing through tendinitis in his right knee and a sprained left ankle. A 6-foot-9, 243-pound forward in his second season, Tolliver has spent the past three games tangling with All-Stars Tim Duncan (San Antonio), Zach Randolph (Memphis) and Amare Stoudemire
All three had success against Tolliver, who is closer to being a small forward than an elite power forward. But what his teammates and coach Don Nelson love about him is how he went at them. In Monday's loss to the Suns, Tolliver put up 25 points, 12 rebounds and five assists against Stoudemire.
"The confidence doesn't come from looking at the stats," Tolliver said. "It comes from being out there. As long as I play hard and help my team be competitive, I'm satisfied."
In Williams' past two home games, he has 51 points on 18-for-27 shooting. He had 18 points in the fourth quarter of each game, one a comeback win over New Orleans a week ago, the other a close loss to Phoenix on Monday.
"You have good games, you have bad games, you have solid games," Williams said. "You just have to continue to be consistent and successful. All that means is you've got to work hard. We work hard to prepare for this. Coming from the D-League, we're trying to get jobs. We don't have four-year guaranteed contracts or big buzz coming into the league. We have to stay hungry."
Tolliver sent the crowd into a frenzy against the Suns by blocking a dunk attempt by forward Grant Hill at the rim. Later in the game, he tried to do the same to Stoudemire on a fast break. Oops. The dunk is now being talked about as a candidate for dunk of the year.
"I'm sure it would be on 'SportsCenter' and all that stuff," Tolliver said with a smile. "I don't really care. You're never going to block a shot you don't jump at."
With that philosophy, Tolliver may end up on "SportsCenter" now and then. Because it's looking like he's going to be around awhile.