DDV is having a career year in Golden State.
All the possibilities in the West are spelled out in this article. No need for colorful [incomprehensible] charts.
But only 4 games have a bearing on the final standings in the West - NO@Minny, jazz@Lakers, Clippers@PHX and Dubs@Portland.
Kevon with b2b 82 game seasons is insane. Remember when this guy was an injury-riddled prospect whose hips capped his ceiling?
I noticed that all the East games are at the same time, and the West games are at the same time for this last day.
I assume they are taking a page out of the World Cup book, and trying to minimize opportunities for teams to throw the game to get a favorable matchup in the playoffs.
When did that come in? I have vague memories of marathon last days of the regular season in years gone by.
So no Dame or GP2 for Portland today? Yeah we got this.
Ok so clippers pay the suns tmrw who have nothing to play for. Clips also need to win to avoid play in bc if they lose and we and pets both win, they're 7th. We likewise need to win to avoid play in bc we somehow have no tie breaks. So unless something crazy happens tomorrow, we should be facing the kings in round one. I can handle that
I'm pretty sure the Warriors now have both the best backcourt AND the best backup backcourt in the league.
The championship hangover has manifested itself in weird ways this season but I'm feeling good about them going to the WCF at least. No one's really all that scary in a 7 game. With Steph healthy and playing well as ever and Klay pretty much all the way back and playoff Draymond on the horizon it's really hard for me to bet against them, regardless of context.
Sidenote: I think it's crazy that people by and large don't recognize what a generational postseason performer Draymond Green is. Last time I plugged players who have at least his postseason averages in PTS, REB, AST, STL, BLK into BB-Ref's Stathead tool (admittedly a few years back) it spat back names at me like Jordan, LeBron, Bird. Granted, they all did it with 15-20 more PPG, but still! I mean, the current factoid/ad for Stathead on his BB-Ref page is: "Draymond Green has twice averaged at least 10 RPG, 8 APG, 1 BPG & 1 SPG in the playoffs. Can you name the only other player to do it even once?" I can't, and I don't pay for it, but that's insane stuff.
I also have this lingering, admittedly optimistic, soon to be tested (provided they don't screw around and just beat the Blazers) theory that the rhythm, intensity, and looser whistle of the playoffs will mitigate whatever is going on with this team on the road, that their true talent is much closer to how they play at home, and they're going to repeat.
Just a theory, something I'd peg at like a 25% chance of happening. But those are super awesome odds for a repeat and so I choose to remain optimistic.
Seriously though, just beat the Blazers and stay the everloving hell out of the play-in, Warriors. If this team has proved anything this year it's that they are capable of losing a single game to anyone on any given night.
Q. Is it just me or do the vets look a bit tired, not moving in the tornado style of old, missing a step here, a back cut there, showing some age. To be clear, I'm not saying they are over the hill. What I am saying is this: when we are dealing with the top 400+ players in the world in the NBA, we are dealing with athletes playing on the edge of a knife. Draymond threw a backcut pass to Curry that bounced out of bounds as Curry opted not to make the cut, a cut that is textbook Dubs B-ball. I know it's the end of the season, but I have never seen Curry and Klay move as little on the court ever. I would love to see there avg miles run per/36 compared to prior years. The point being, I think Kerr is going to have to tweak the game plan moving forward. I don't think this team can play pedal to the metal for 48 minutes. I think they are going to have to learn to play in a lower gear for portions of the game so these guys have legs to close. The number of games we have lost in the late 4th quarter this year may be an indication of older legs. Obviously, we have missed the boat this season, and I will be watching the following: turnovers caused by pushing the pace too fast, bad shot selection as a product of a hurried pace, offense getting bogged down as player movement gets sluggish , late 4th quarter energy. On top of this, all our guards need to contend with gang rebounding because of our shortage of bigs. Are we going to face an energy crisis in the Offs? I'm a little nervous.
We are getting Wiggins back for the playoffs. Will he start? I seriously doubt it unless Kerr feels he is in game shape. Otherwise, he comes off the bench. Not a bad weapon off the bench giving our team added defense and scoring. This also brings to mind Iggy. Will he play? If not, we'll be seeing a lot more of Lamb, methinks.
Do you think our training facilities and staff specifically contribute to recovering players proving their worth with us?
What's better than having one GP2 on the roster? Having two GP2s on the roster. Need the Warriors to get (National DPOY) Jaylen Clark on a two-way contract next season:
Think there's a chance he doesn't get drafted because he suffered an Achilles injury late in the season that might have been a tear (UCLA never specified, just said he was out). Which is concerning, but also might make him available as a UDFA. A lot of teams might not have a place for a player who can't create his own shot or shoot very well, but the Warriors are not one of those teams.
Question about salaries. If Andrew Wiggins took 9 million less than he could have, and let’s pretend Draymond takes 9 million less than he could have, then that’s $18 million less than expected to pay salaries next year. Assuming that Joe Lacob is willing to keep paying so much money for talent, could some of that saved $18 million be used to pay DDV next year?
New, somewhat less confusing 16-row table of possible NBA playoff seedings after the results of today's games: https://twitter.com/NBAPR/status/1644868977674297344
Great Read - thank you!
I also love DDV - jack-of-many-traits that allows him to fit perfectly with the high level individual talents we have
What a finish in the WEST. If the Grizz beat the Thunder, and the Kings beat the Nuggets, we have a tie for 1st place on the 82nd game of the season for both. Don't know who owns the tiebreaker in those lofty heights, as I have been too focused on 6th and 3rd seed for nearly a month......
I got to love DDV as the season progressed. Never understood why the Bucks didn't hang with him; I guess it helps having 2 7 footers that make 3s....
OK, Daniel, the deal is in.
-DUBS ARE ARE SEEING THE FINISH LINE, BUT GOT 2 GUYS ONE STEP BEHIND THEM.
-ON THE LAST DAY, AND THE LAST GAME OF THE 2022-2023 SEASON FOR THE DUBS/NBA, 6TH IS THEIRS TO KEEP.
-IF THEY FALTER, EITHER ONE, OR, BOTH, OF THE GUYS HANGING BEHIND THEM WILL BEAT THEM.
-LOLAKERS WILL PLAY TO WIN. PELS OWN MINNESOTA, SO, THEY MAY HAVE AN EASY GO ALSO.
-NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD HAPPEN THIS WAY WHEN I SAID IT WILL GO DOWN THE WIRE FOR 6th.
-NEVER SAY NEVER...LOL
IF, THE DUBS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS, YES, IT IS ABOUT THE ''CORE'', THE ''CORE'', AND, ALWAYS, THE ''DYNASTIC CORE''...HOMEGROWN.
I really liked DDV in Milwaukee pre injury
I thought he was far more productive than Connaughton or Grayson Allen, only two steps less than Jrue.
I was very very happy when we got Nemanja Bjelica in 2021 summer and the same when we got DDV in 2022