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OT: Clippers lost by 3 to Spurs with PG out due to ankle issue. So Clippers may be hungry for a win. But with SEGABABA (Kawahi played 37 min), may be we Eke out a win especially if PG is not able to suit up.

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Kawhi won't play tomorrow since it's b2b

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I think Kerr found his preferred closing lineup with Poole and Mannion!

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Was it Poole Mannion Mulder Paschall Bazemore?

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No Paschall - it was an all guard lineup with those 4 and Wannamaker according to this. http://popcornmachine.net/gf?date=20210104&game=SACGSW

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Wait, isn’t blue on and yellow off the court? If so, Paschall was on with Wanamaker, Mulder, Mannion and Poole, right?

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You're right. I thought I was looking at it right ... and I was not. lol

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Warriors Curry-less unit was -1 in the second quarter, +7 to start the fourth (while the game was still semi-competitive). Overall with garbage time was +1, second game in a row. Paschall at center has been a gamechanger for the team so far.

http://popcornmachine.net/gf?date=20210104&game=SACGSW

The Warriors can still get better just by playing Draymond more as he gets back into shape, as he's currently not playing the full first or third quarter. But perhaps they will try to cut down his minutes a bit now that he's 30? That three pointer looked good to me, I wonder if all the time off helped his shoulder issues at all?

If Draymond is healthy, JTA being on the active roster or not is a tell on whether the Warriors take their opponent seriously. They did not take the Kings seriously.

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This is the sort of "best case" Warriors team that I think most people expected; decent defense, a lot of guys getting to the rim. They probably won't hit 53% of their 3s most nights (I know, going way out on a limb there). The Clippers should be a better test than the Kings or Blazers since they actually play defense.

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> They probably won't hit 53% of their 3s most nights (I know, going way out on a limb there)

Definitely not. On the other hand, I don't think they're anywhere near their defensive ceiling. I think "decent" defense is underselling what this squad will be capable of by season's end (health permitting of course).

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Yeah, other than the 3-point shooting, they still have some room left under the ceiling.

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Jan 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

For life of me, I can't hear Dray even on rewatch. Am I the only one? Dieter seems to indicate that one can hear him loud and clear. I wonder if that is because Dieter is in the arena, even if far up in the stands.

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Love this, thanks for the link. Can't wait to see if we can keep this up!

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Funny, Warriors attempted only 14 free throws to the Kangz’s 39. Knew they shot more, but not that it was that bad. That and the 41 assists, stellar D, and 23/43 from 3, make this a real throwback dynasty game.

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Remember when they used to say "If Draymond makes his threes, the Warriors win?" Well, he made his first three, and the rest is on the scoreboard.

I'm worried about Steph, though. He didn't even score half as much on the second night of the b2b, not even making it to his season average. He might need some more load management. I'm thinking we should play Mannion and/or Poole in the 4th quarter whenever possible. ;)

Continue to be surprised that Paschall as smallball 5 is working out as well as it is. Looks like he learned a thing about certified big dude Hassan Whiteside tonight, but overall his rebounding was much better and having him at center seems to negate his defensive weaknesses significantly. Despite what he gives up in height he has the strength to not get bullied for position so he's making that 2nd unit work more like the Rockets' favored "not tall but not small" Tuck Wagon unit.

Very happy Oubre finally had a good shooting night on top of continuing to play great defense nad hustling for boards, etc. It goes a long way to making this team competitive if he knocks down open looks. First time I've seen him miss a dunk, though.

Wiseman continues to come along. Starting to feel like this kid is something really special.

Wiggins had another game of looking exactly like the guy this team was hoping he would be: can get his own shot and knock it down at a decent rate, uses his length and quickness to be a terror on defense... best of all, his drive & kick game is a legitimate weapon. Past few games Wiggins vs. past few games D-Lo? That trade is starting to look light years after all.

Bazemore had some nice passes and definitely looked more under control again. He fits well on that Paschall-centric second-quarter unit.

Lee & Looney had quiet but solid games. They definitely brought the hustle, energy, and wisdom to keep Sac from getting back in it.

Wanamaker looked a little lackluster. He notched some assists but there were a few other times where I feel like he missed the open guy and didn't feed the hot hand, though half of that was in garbage time anyway.

Mulder crushed the 3-point line in garbage time, but looked a little outmatched when he got some spot minutes earlier. He did not look fast or crafty enough to keep up with, or get around, the Kings starters. Still, having a guy who shoots 100% on open threes is gas gas gas for Project 4Q Load Management.

Poole looked pretty OK in garbage time. This was his best shooting night in a while, but the Kangz bench did not look interested in bringing the competition by the time he got off the bench.

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The rebounding out of Paschall was definitely the most encouraging thing out of him these past two games. Still don't expect him to bring much defensively, but if he can at least keep his man from getting putbacks, and he continues to score points on the other end, it will be fine for the bench.

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Poole makes a great victory cigar!

Most games I could just watch Steph all game and be happy. Today Draymond was the apple of my eye. Sooo fun watching him kick the bucket of bolts parts into a functional offense and defense.

I hope Draymond and Steph play together all season because Paschall has really been great in that bench 5 role.

Guarding beyond the arc all night instead of dropping into the paint and behind screens was awesome to see on the second night of a back to back.

This season could be super fun.

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Jan 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

KD quarantine for a week. This season is very fragile. I wonder how long until we have a team outbreak or just contact tracing quarantines where a team doesn’t have enough bodies to compete. The rockets had 1 already

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We already had our first occurrence of it - Dray and Wiseman.

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Truth! the Warriors definitely could not compete against good teams without those two. Hopefully with them there’s a chance?

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Good news is KD already had it so it's less likely he'll get it again, better news is the NBA is being cautious about it anyway unlike some imbeciles in this country, bad news is this season will have still more blemishes on it before it's over.

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Has the NBA gone too far?

“Scientists are still unsure what degree of immunity antibodies provide against being infected again.”

Is this espn/cdc quote saying Scientists are still unsure that vaccines will work because their whole job is to get the body to create antibodies? Or is it a ridiculous attempt to use the inherent lack of 100% certainty in science for spin purposes?

I get not wanting to live in a Gattica style society. But not differentiating between people who have antibodies and those who don’t when it comes to risk assessment is just plain irrational. And living in a Fahrenheit 451 style society isn’t exactly better.

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There are several confirmed cases of people being re-infected, and many more that are suspected but can't be confirmed because either someone wasn't tested or the sample wasn't sequenced to confirm it wasn't just a recurrance of the same infection. There's still a lot of uncertainty around who's immune for how long, but there are enough proven exceptions that it's a good precaution to assume that someone *can* get reinfected rather than assume they can't. Also, there's some reason to believe that being vaccinated is actually more effective than having the disease for developing lasting, effective immunity.

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All true, but you missed the key point: antibodies

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You're right, it's a poorly worded statement that sounds dumb. But it's maybe not as wrong as it sounds.

There is such a thing as non-neutralizing antibodies. All antibodies are little particles that your body makes in response to a virus, that match up to certain particles of the virus. But a virus has multiple different particles/proteins, and the antibodies for some of those are not actually useful for stopping the virus from infecting you. So far, we have identified several types of antibodies that human immune systems make in response to the covid virus and the only type I know for sure are known to be neutralizing antibodies are the ones for the spike protein.

So it actually is possible to have enough antibodies for a virus to know that you were infected, but not enough of the important/right ones to actually fight off a future infection.

Also, T-cells (living cells, different from antibodies, much larger and harder to study) are definitely involved in the immune response, but we really don't know how much your long-term immunity depends on those instead of or in addition to antibodies.

So I think the statement was meant to say, there are enough weird edges and uncertainties in what part of the immune response actually stops covid (and how to test for that specific thing) that it's safer to have people quarantine again.

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I think this as much about avoiding public relations nightmare as it is about player/staff health.

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Jan 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

Final stats:

Kings:

38.2% shooting (34/89 FGs)

10/35 three pointers

28/39 FTs

51 rebounds (10 off.)

21 assists

15 turnovers

5 steals

6 blocks

Warriors:

52.0% shooting (51/98 FGs)

23/43 three pointers

12/14 FTs

49 rebounds (4 off.)

41 assists

11 turnovers

4 steals

6 blocks

Points in paint:

Kings: 40

Warriors: 50

Fastbreak points:

Kings: 19

Warriors: 21

Points off turnovers:

Kings: 10

Warriors: 19

Bench points:

Kings: 51

Warriors: 58

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Jan 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

I am still chuckling about Dray jumping up and down when he had enough with people being out of place. Loved it.

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Jan 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

I think a split with the clippers would be good.

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Let's hope today Spurs give clippers everything they got and more (double OT) but clippers win so they are not hungry for win in SEGABABA

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If by split you mean an all out mutiny, then heck yeah! Sink those clips!

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69-3

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62-10. (After clinching the 1st seed, they’ll rest Dray and Steph a bunch of games)

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Dammit! You just made me realize a 73 win season is out of the question.

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Jan 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

41 assists for the Dubs tonight. 7 guys with 3 or more. These guys are having a lot of fun on O and it's rubbing off on D (thanks Dray).

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The assists are huge, that shows we're back to moving the ball.

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Jan 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

I wish we had gifs here, because a Beeker (the muppet) clip would be great for Mannion’s first bucket

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Jan 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

Well that was fun. Nite boys & girls

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Actually, one moreSteph and Lee were our worst three point shooters by percentage tonight ( other than Mannion). What?!

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At 42% and 33% respectively, lol. Wow.

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Nico 0 pts 😢

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Our garbage time lineup beats the dynasty garbage lineup. True or false?

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Inconclusive?

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