Once again, Golden State rolled out the small lineup, and rolled over Denver
how about "cannonball run"?
I like Fast Five or, better yet, I saw Flash Five somewhere. Those would be great
Howsa bout “Run 3&D”? Ode to the Run TMC era, and they all run, make threes and play D. (Even Dray hits the occasional 3, and Poole’s defense is improving 🤷🏽♀️)
Draymond's brilliance in statistics. Obviously, these matchup stats aren't perfect but I wouldn't be surprised if they were given Dray's play in the first two games.
Jokic guarded by Draymond: 6-15 fg, 0-4 from 3, 0 assists, 1 TO
Jokic not guarded by Draymond: 6-10 fg, 0-0 from 3, 6 assists, 2 TO
Draymond vs All Nuggets players: 11-28 fg, 1-7 from 3, 3 blocks
Jokic guarded by Draymond: 3-13 fg, 0-4 from 3, 3 assists, 2 TO
Jokic not guarded by Draymond: 6-7 fg, 0-0 from 3, 1 assist, 1 TO
Draymond vs All Nuggets players: 5-18 fg, 2-7 from 3, 6 assists, 4 TO, 3 steals, 1 block
Look at the difference between Dray's defense/Loon or Bjelica's defense. This isn't a fair comparison obviously but even the height/weight/length advantage that the other two have makes no difference between who is (by far) the better defender on a very big, very skilled man. The only thing that even moderately matters is whether Draymond can stay healthy enough because he is absolutely OWNING the MVP.
About garbage time - why don't Payton, DLee, JTA, JK and Moody practice together and design a handful of plays to use in the future? We're going to have a lot more of those minutes. If they put some structure on a couple of simple Kerr plays and a PNR or two, this group could look pretty darn good. Especially since they will be playing against the opposing team's bottom of the order.
The Deep Space 5 (for all you Trekkies)
Another Steph note: after going 0-5 to start in game one, he's gone 9-12 from two and 8-13 from three (17-25 overall).
Aaron gordon is completely shook, he has no clue what to do when we aren't doubling jokic and giving him an easy cut to the rim
For all of Bill Simmons's occasionally dumb takes and his Boston homerism, he voted Jordan Poole MiP this year. FWIW.
I don't have a good nickname but I will point out the big negative of the series so far; The Nuggets garbage time line up is much better than the Warriors garbage time lineup. JTA looks like he is holding up his end playing with his normal hustle, but Kuminga hasn't looked good and Lee is still having problems with his 3pt shot. This is making the games look closer than they actually are which will give the Nuggets and future opponents hope. The Warriors need to tighten that up.
Really interesting Ringer article about two big man lineups: https://www.theringer.com/2022/4/19/23030857/nba-twin-towers-memphis-grizzlies-milwaukee-bucks
I've got the name. Shock & Awe. Shocked at the offensive firepower and awed by the fierce defense.
I promised I wouldn't get caught up in the naming thing, but I've been thinking Kerrberus.
You know, after Cerberus? Three heads=our three guards, and it was a defensive-minded creature ... anyone?
Yeah, okay, I'll stop.
I was kind of inspired by Curry's spinning layup move when the announcer called it a tornado.
How about "Hurricane Dub" lineup? I think it captures the speed, the chaotic nature, the making it rain, and the waves/surges as it makes landfall...
Last night was Steph's 41st time having >= 30 in the playoffs. Wilt and Bird have 42 and 43 such games for people who don't think Steph is an ATG playoff performer.
Additionally, Steph's done it in about 50 less games.
As for lineup names, I'm quite partial to Danny Leroux's suggestion of Mjölnir (Thor's Hammer).