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I am wanting to watch the replay. Did game 7 not air on Bay Area sports? Was it only national? Did they end the broadcast season with that dud Game 6?

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abc or espn

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Since I matched perfectly the forecast for the first round series, up to game 7, daring homecourt advantage ping-pong included, I think you will be pleased to read my one for the SF:

Game 1 LAL W

Game 2 Dubs W

Game 3 LAL W

Game 4 LAL W - all the commentators recite the De Profundis for us

Game 5 Dubs W

Game 6 Dubs W

Game 7 Dubs W

Even more daring!

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Lotto numbers, plz!

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What’re you trying to do, kill us?

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I hope I’m wrong and we sweep the swampers, but that’s how I feel.

Ask your cardiologist to check your pacemaker settings.

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Steph was in psycho-killer mode, you could see it, but the 3rd quarter stretch that broke the game open belongs to Kevon Looney. He got 10 rebounds in one 7-minute stretch! Plus he was huge in holding Sactown to just 2/10 from the field during that stretch.

Props also to Moody for his part in holding things together that it was still close up to that point, for Dray, Klay, and Wiggins with big defensive stops (including boards) during that run and the following one in the 4th that sealed it. Even Steph's crazy game doesn't win this one if the Kings come alive for their season average 121 points. But the champs' defense was there.

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GP2 had 4 blocks in 16 mins PT....

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He was great in Q3 but a disaster in the second quarter, 3 super quick fouls contributing to Sac being in the bonus early, and he was a -6 on the game while poor-shooting Klay was +30.

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He also had that missed open layup underneath the hoop, and shortly after had the offensive interference on a shot that appeared to be going in. That was 4 points we lost right there when the game was so close. He definitely made up for it though after halftime. He was visibly frustrated with himself when he picked up that 3rd foul and walked to the tunnel by himself. Glad he didn't punch anything back there like McDaniels.

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When you think about how many eggs have been wasted on the faces of people who’ve doubted Curry, Draymond and Klay over the years, it’s probably enough to feed the world.

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May 1, 2023·edited May 1, 2023

I think this next series goes 7 and I still believe Steph/Klay/Dray are better than LeBron/AD at the end of the day.

I just hope Poole at least shows up this series - because I don't think we can win this series with him repeating his Kings performances. Bench minutes are going to be crucial against the Lakers - we can't get totally nuked during non Steph minutes. JP needs to find some pride, play up to his upcoming contract, and at least match Austin Reeves impact on the floor. I'm sure he's heard all the noise about his play. Well he can do something about all that starting Tuesday.

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If Poole, Klay and Wiggs can bring their shooting efficiency up to normal levels we should be fine.

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Everyone is going to play this series. If for no other reason than absorbing all the extra fouls calls the Lakers are going to get.

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Indeed, starting Tuesday the Lakers will mercilessly target Poole whenever he is on the floor. He has to provide meaningful minutes at the offensive end to compensate for being the Warriors biggest liability on defense.

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May 1, 2023·edited May 1, 2023

Dray’s podcast is must-watch https://youtu.be/iu17VjsNP4k

Draymond told the Steph’s “If you get on that bus…” speech

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“It’s the Lakers, it’s Los Angeles and it’s the mutherfukin’ Dubs”

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May 1, 2023·edited May 1, 2023

Well I can see why JK got nearly 0 minutes this series. My man really shouldn’t have that attitude though. If I was Kerr i’d lock him on the bench too if he acting funny, year two in the league, just shut up and listen.

Poole I mean dude is a clown at this point. I don’t know what he does well besides dribble the ball in circle and do spin arounds at the perimeter to kill clock, homie’s career 3pt percentage is at best average. He really just acts immature from the stories we hear and from his mannerisms. I guess his FT percentage is high but that aint worth 30mill a year bucko. Court Vision average or below average. Defense is trash. Layups maybe average for a guard. BBIQ below average. Ball protection down the stretch sus at best. I get it he works hard to improve, however his bonehead mistakes and lack of effort during games is very infuriating. This guy really needs to prove his worth. He plays like a 2-5 mill player at most rn. He has youth on his side that’s for sure. I just really don’t think he’ll ever become the 1st option on a championship team, he isn’t made like that, that ain't him. Nothing he’s shown me has proved me otherwise. It’s the truth, I’m still upset that (he has been sucking) tbf.

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I appreciate this jinx for the upcoming series 😀🤞🏻

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Maybe it works and we can see my reverse jinx jitsu in action

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May 1, 2023·edited May 1, 2023

I'm annoyed by the immaturity and entitlement of the young guys in the midst of a playoff run, but thankfully Steph is Steph.

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They want to be contributing… JMG was frustrated on the bench once too… it is tough. But these guys all need to accept their limitations and roles.

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They're human after all. Put myself in their shoes, at that age, I'd feel pretty entitled too especially being around greatness everyday fresh off a title run this early in my career.

JK and Poole are super lucky they have Steph as their leader, if they recognize that, especially after that game 7 masterpiece, they're gonna be extra motivated to get more minutes the right way, And I have faith in them

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The legend is growing, if that's possible.

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With Steph, all things are possible

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Totally made me cry, actually. What more can one say about Steph? The glory, the glory....

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We get to see at least 4 more games of Steph/Dray/Klay. That's enough to celebrate. Also, the Kings were the 11th different West team the Steph Dubs have beaten in a playoffs series. The three teams they haven't beaten are the Wolves, Suns, and the Lakers. Well, that's convenient. Time to get to work, fellas.

This Lakers team is a polar opposite of the Kings. Old vs young, small vs big, offense oriented vs defense. Should be a fascinating switch to flip. See you Tuesday.

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Warriors lakers might be the most watched playoff series of all time lol

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Pretty quick turnaround from now and Game 1. Any predictions? I think we split the first two at home, not sure how the middle of the series will play out but I think we close out on the road again game 6

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May 1, 2023·edited May 1, 2023

Gentleman’s Sweep. Dubs win in 5, losing the first road game at Crypto. Loon makes AD disappear on Offense, and the Dubs rain threes down on the Lakers.

Oh, and Steph outscores LeBron in every win.

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For a Gentleman’s Sweep, Dubs would have to win the first game at Crypto and then lose the 2nd game, then win game 5 at home. A gentleman's sweep is not just any 4-1 victory in a 7 game series.

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Really? LOL. Didn't know that.

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I don't understand why the league schedules it that way. Seems like it makes for an inferior product. But whatever. Glad the Ws are in the next round. Time to send LBJ home again for old times' sake.

Any chance Iguodala is able to come back for this one?

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I have no idea, but I welcome back Andre any day if he's healthy enough to play, because more often than not, the guys a plus on the court

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Yeah I'm expecting game 1 to be a massive struggle with such little preparation time. AD is gonna do to Draymond/Loon what Draymond/Loon did to Sabonis. He's gonna sag way off and dare them to make shots while chasing all our shooters around screens. Gonna need to shoot well because the paint is gonna be clogged.

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OTOH, they won’t have the speed of Fox and Monk to deal with. I think Wiggs and GP2, and even Kuminga will be more effective on ball.

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Draymond/Loon rarely receive the ball at the free throw line area. If they are handling the ball, it's up at the 3pt line and if AD sinks down that is an uncontested 3 for Steph/Klay/Poole.

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This. I don’t see how AD can remain in drop effectively. Dubs are too good at screening and the shooters only need a sliver of daylight.

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May 1, 2023·edited May 1, 2023

I think Dray is going to need to be assertive offensively and at least take a few of those wide open 3s. Also, Steph can take advantage of those exaggerated sagging defenses on ball screens. This might sound crazy, but I hope Steph takes some time to hunt LeBron on switches. The guy still is great, but he's not a great individual on ball defender anymore. He's old and he'd rather save his energy for offense. Steph should be able to cook him when he wants.

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He could never guard Steph even in his MIA/CLE years so yea, tire the old king out

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It's also psychological warfare if he beats him repeatedly. Of course, LeBron might be looking for payback on the other end....

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Definitely gonna be tough getting to the rim so Klay/Poole/DDV are going to have to shoot better, which I have faith they will. Curious to see what role Kuminga plays in this series

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Lakers will probably game plan to guard the 3pt line while AD roams the paint. That means our role players need to be willing to take mid range shots and make them at a high clip. We saw how Fox killed us all series in the mid range. I hope our dudes were taking notes.

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May 1, 2023·edited May 1, 2023

Taking a ton of shots from the mid-range is bad offense and a good way to lose games, tho.

Fox — cool as he is — put up a miserable .524 TS over seven games; and the Kings were -8.3 pts 100 possessions worse with him on the floor than on the bench. So I think he’s the one who probably needs to have taken some notes from the efficient offense of Steph and the Warriors.

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I'm not too optimistic Kuminga will get much play time as others here have suggested. Yes, he is one of the few guys on our team that can probably survive on defence against Lebron, but the regular season matchups showed that he's not really that good of a matchup on offence. AD is just too good of a rim protector and Kuminga is still too inexperienced to finish around such a solid defender.

If the coaching staff can draw something up for Kuminga on offence then I think he'll play a key role in the series, but based on past experiences I think he might be stuck on the bench yet again.

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That's what I'm curious to see, will he rise to the occasion and carve himself a role these playoffs like he did late in the season or not? I'm always optimistic even if it doesn't make any logical sense considering how shaky he looked against Sac but I have faith in JK

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Had to watch via replay so very late to the party. My first and last Steven A quote "Steph Curry was awe dropping"!

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Best thing about us advancing is we get to see more Warrior's basketball. I am confident JK and DDV will have a bounce back series against the Lakers.

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Holy cow Klay and Wiggins combined for 9/37 o_O

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thank GOD STEPH was 20/38

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Moody playing 15 minutes and contributing in a Game 7 win ... who would have thought after seeing his DNP-CDs not even 2 months ago

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The play that stood out to me was in the fourth, when he had half a step on the defense and could have tried to score, but Curry was cooking and time was our friend, so he pulled it back out.

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He's figuring it out. Never looked out of place with whoever he was playing with.

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Harrison Barnes will be a free agent in the upcoming offseason. Will the Kings re-sign him or let him walk?

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Oh right. Naz Reid is going to be a free agent this summer as well. I bet the Kings will throw a ton of money at him.

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Isn't he badly damaged or broken?

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Broke his wrist about a month ago. He should be fine by now. Team are gonna throw a ton of money at him in the upcoming offseason. Hopefully it's a team in the East.

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I wouldn’t mind seeing him on the Dubs for MLE.

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We won’t have the MLE or TPMLE to play with, unfortunately.

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I'd seen that they wanted to resign him - but after this series, I think he's gone.

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Yeah, I think this is his 'Blake Griffin goes to Detroit' year. Sign with a bad team to make a few more bucks.

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MLE from MKE or something like that, I'd think.

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May 1, 2023Liked by Eric Apricot

[MTII] "Steph Curry’s 50-point masterpiece started well before Game 7, with a speech and a promise to his Warriors"

https://theathletic.com/4475672/2023/04/30/stephen-curry-50-point-speech-warriors-kings/

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"This is how it is. Anybody doesn't wanna fly with me anymore, this is your port of harbor. There's a lot of fine ways to die. I ain't waiting for the Alliance to choose mine. I mean to confound these bungers. Take my shot at getting to Miranda. Maybe find something I can use to get clear of this. So I hear a word out of any of you that ain't helping me out or taking your leave, I will shoot you down."

--Malcolm Reynolds

Obviously Steph is a huge Browncoat!

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May 1, 2023·edited May 1, 2023

I don't find this a particularly moving story. In fact I find it kind of off-putting and it puts a damper on an otherwise awesome Warrior day.

Not trying to be contrarian. But Steph was motivating everyone, supposedly. Yet if everyone was so motivated, maybe they would have ... played better. The only guy who brought an extraordinary game was Steph himself. And arguably Looney. THe guys who said they were inspired, Poole, Wiggins, Draymond, didn't play inspired. And the whole "don't get on the bus unless you mean it" thing I find obnoxious. It's a gimmicky threat. It's not very Steph-like. He's a welcoming dude usually. What's his argument, that no one had really wanted to play hard, that they didn't know the stakes? I don't see it. Yes they all played poorly in Game 6, but that doesn't mean they needed a Knute Rockne speech. Ew.

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When your team is facing elimination on the road and you have just played an awful game, it’s your responsibility as the team captain to rally the troops. Steph was just doing his job.

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I dunno man, I actually think they needed verbal assurance. I'm a big believer in the power of words. I get "actions speak louder than words" and "practice what you preach", but there's something different when someone says "You can trust me to hang 50 on them" and proceeds to do so than simply doing the act itself.

Besides, I see that as something similar to an automation prompt, to those who are familiar with business and marketing. You don't want to keep doing something just for the system to produce the same output everytime, you want to say a word or push a button and let the system automatically respond the way you like it to. I see this as like Steph telling the bogged down GSW team that "You can trust me when I say I'll do something special. You can trust me. I'll provide proof. So that next time I say 'do this' or 'follow Dray' or 'follow Steve', you can trust me on it too."

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Wiggs, Klay, and Poole all played extremely inspired, imo — they just didn’t *shoot* inspired.

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I think you are way undervaluing the defensive contributions of everyone involved. Steph was the offense but defense was a team effort and it was a Masterclass.

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It's not about the value of the contributions, it's about whether any of that was because Steph said win one for the gipper. Moses Moody has spent years and years honing his craft and sacrificing. Do we really think he needs Steph to tell him this is a big deal, focus? It's insulting.

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This sounds almost like sarcasm, you realize? Since Moody is only 20?

The team allowed 42 points in the second half. Kerr said this was one of the best executed game plans he's ever seen them play. There was a degree of focus, execution, determination, and will that they displayed which was clearly absent in game 6 and even earlier in the series.

In game 6, there was a clear degree of divisiveness among the players, visible even courtside and caught by the cameras.

To what do you attribute this massive shift in demeanor? It wasn't just Steph.

On defense, it was teamwide. You could say "NBA professionalism," but I don't buy it. You could say "Championship DNA," but it was the same team in game 6, and the same team that couldn't buy a road win all season - and Championship DNA is in large part due to Steph's leadership. The emotional vicissitudes of a playoff series are wild as can be seen over and over again across the league as some players simply disappear and others show up more than they ever have before. To believe that Steph, who rarely ever gives speeches, who is arguably the top point guard to ever play the game, could affect the emotional state of his team and help them focus and rally behind him with a speech after a heart-rending loss, may be Hollywood-cliche, but it's also very human - very emotional - and very much a storyline that is told throughout sports' history. Finally, given the player interviews coming out after the game, it's very much a storyline the players themselves believe.

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I don’t feel like getting into a back and forth. I am not in the least being sarcastic. It shocks me that others here don’t see what I see in the same way, but I guess I’ll leave it at that.

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May 1, 2023·edited May 1, 2023Author

I feel the complete opposite of each sentence you wrote. He’s not threatening to kick people off the team, he’s saying that they have to commit fully to each other and embrace their roles, particularly Poole and Kuminga and anyone else unhappy with their role.

The team played with great energy and togetherness and followed the game plan, and supported each other on the bench. The things the players could control they controlled with poise and unity. Shot making is up to randomness.

We don’t have to agree. The most important thing is that the team reportedly took it as great inspiration.

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We've heard it a million times: Guys who aren't playing *shouldn't* be happy about it. They shouldn't constantly complain, but they should wish for more. It's a good sign.

Shot making is certainly not up to randomness. It's up to practice. And that's the bulk of what won the game: Steph Curry shot practice.

Sure, it takes a bit extra mentally to win a tough road game. But I'm with Klay, who heard the whole speech and according to Draymond, had no interest in replying.

The whole rah rah speech narrative would maybe make sense if the Warriors had never won anything before. Klay's thinking "Yeah yeah I wonder if the dog-sitter is taking good care of Rocco. Steph, can I go now?"

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May 1, 2023·edited May 1, 2023

Such a bizarre take. Klay could not stop gushing about Steph in the post game presser and waxing philosophical about what a joy it’s been to share a back court with him.

And yes, shotmaking in a one-game sample is (largely) up to randomness. The things players can control are effort and focus; and Klay and Wiggs were both aces last night in that regard.

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Long run? Practice. But short run, like individual game? Shot making is kind of random but also composure, mentality, confidence, and comfort.

Also, you really think Klay is tuning out his Splash Bro in a moment like that? It's not just the content of the speech, it's the context that matters. When Steph, who doesn't normally do this, says things before a game 7? There's more meaning there than just in the literal words that are said.

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Yes, I think Klay is tuning him out. Dray said that he set up a three way late night thread before the speech and Steph responded eagerly but Klay had nothing to say. He's played a trillion big games, he doesn't need Steph to tell him "Go win one for the gipper!" It's embarrassing.

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Nah. It obviously worked since they won by 20. Steph knows what he needs to do motivate his team, we just need to sit back and bare witness

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What he needs to do is drop 50 on 50%+ shooting. Which he did. Which is why they won. The rest is embarrassing, to me.

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Such a weird take, but I respect it

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May 1, 2023·edited May 1, 2023

If you watch Draymond's podcast, you might have a different take. Also I'd say Draymond played pretty damn well. Wiggs didn't shoot well but he defended well. Yeah, Poole not so much, nuff sed about that, we said it during the game. "Arguably Loon?" Really? Man, there's no argument, Loon was an effing beast, he broke the Kings spirit with his rebounding and defense. The defense overall was good, Klay too. The game felt totally different from game 6, even when we were down. I don't know how much Steph's speech had to do it with it but he carried the team in every respect; whatever he did, it worked.

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I watched the podcast. Looney was a beast without the speech. It's just kind of embarrasing to think that his speech was anything important. Kerr has said it before when asked what he said at halftime of some win. "I don't do motivational speeches. We have Steph Curry."

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Whew, I’m getting pumped up just reading about the speech

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You don't run through a wall when Steph Curry speaks, you slay Kings for him

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but today he just said F**k it and did it himself

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He said - "if your committed, get on the bus, or else stay home, and if you get on the bus, I will get you there" !

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