Worried or not, Curry's slump is the talk of the town
Off topic, are we using Belly right? At this point, he's either shooting a 3 or pump faking a defender (who is usually 6 feet away) and trying to drive and either make a play at the rim or pass out to a shooter with mixed results. The Warriors always had success with guys like Bogut, West & Zaza running DHOs and passing out of the high post, or more precisely, the elbow. Belly can pass and he's big enough to set a decent screen. What this does is put him inside the 3 point line, allowing for player movement, and 3 point threats, on the top side (vs. him catching 3 feet outside the line which impedes player movement over the top). He is closer to the the rim for a roll should the lane open up (vs. him making a rim run from 26 ft out). And he closes the gap for making an interior pass for a cutter (vs. finding a cutter and making a good pass from 26 ft out). Point is, by thinking of him solely as a Stretch Big whose value is based mostly on his 3 point shooting, I feel like we are taking him out of actions that were part of the Warriors DNA. And he has the size and passing skills to do the job. We never really had a stretch big, but did well enough without one. In Belly's case, in half court sets, I think he should move inside the 3 point line, play that traditional cog in the machine that our centers always have, and get his 3s by moving out from inside, rather than always starting from outside which really isn't working. Anywho, just an observation.
crazy chart work Duby!
Great analysis D-Cube. Did you chart 3-game or 7-game rolling 3pt FG% average as well? Just curious to know what that looks like (removing the noise).
Season starting to go sideways… hope it turns back around after the ASB, but I’m expecting a bunch more scuffling through then. If they go 7-5, they’ll be at 41-18, which is still a 57 win pace… get Steph right, Dray back, and Klay up to speed, and go use those last 23 games to gel. And heck, maybe Wiseman plays!
So desperate was I on a night when the Dubs weren't playing that I watched Utah's reserves play Phoenix. Incredibly entertaining, so very -- I got to see Bismack Biyombo and Hassan Whiteside exchange missed free throws and Chris Paul do two successful rip-throughs. If you don't like that, you like NBA basketball.
Go Jazz go. Up 2 with 3 min left in the third...
Settle down everyone… this is the equivalent of no nut November. Steph has been saving his load and the sky had to heal up some after the last ravaging.
As a one-day fan (actually two-day) of the Jazz (when they play the Suns) I am horrified by their B-list lineup yet they are only two points down at halftime. Go Rudy Gay sure you're incredibly old but I've been a big fan since your ABA days.
Marc Spears saying Draymond's absence could probably be extended past his reevaluation next week
Pretty discouraging seeing Curry brick that many shots in practice without a defender on the court. Something is definitely not right.
I'm not really a person of faith, not very religious or even particularly spiritual. I do believe in Threezus though, and will gladly proselytize on his behalf. I get that watching our MVP and the greatest shooter of all time go through this tough stretch has been hard to watch and leaves fans wanting for answers. The recent hand injury stuff aside (which I hope is not serious), I just can't say that I'm terribly worried about him regaining his regular Steph form. He's given us far more reasons to believe in him than doubt him. If it's fatigue-related, Kerr and the coaching staff will adjust. If it's something mechanical, that will be worked out by Steph and his trainers. Just take a deep breath and let's remember who we are talking about here... a man who the Chinese call Sky fucker. A man made of magic and gold.
I said this in the last thread but since it was around the time of its obsolescence, I'm repeating it here:
I do not believe the sky is falling. Aside from nerves related to Klay whom I hope is okay, I feel very peaceful about this season and Steph and Dray and everything else. Maybe I'm the nuts one.