The rookie had himself a game without the Big 3 in Golden State's fourth straight L.
New thread. https://dubnationhq.com/p/explain-warriors-rookie-brandin-podziemski
JP tonight in loss to Mavericks: 32 minutes, 6/17 (2/7 from 3), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 turnovers, -10.
25k fine for The Peacemaker but got rewarded 2 free throws plus possession in a game where it really came down to one possession...
My favorite part:
> "Behold of the Tube of You: ..."
I couldn't believe the Warriors decided not to sign a center in the offseason (Jevale Mcgee?). And now my fears are coming to fruition. Warriors have no chance against these bigger teams. Its pretty obvious. They can't get any good looks. And they can't stop them down low. If we don't acquire a center this year, we can kiss our championship hopes goodbye. And note to Kerr. Please play these young guys more minutes. Just look at their +/-. There is more to basketball than just shooting well from the outside. The level of hustle and energy they inject when they're in the game not only causes turnovers but it clearly boosts the older guys level of play, which is badly needed. Waiting until the game is almost out of hand is too late. Yet each time he does it, they start a comeback.
The NBA is suspending Golden State’s Draymond Green for five games, source tells ESPN.
I'm pretty irked that we didn't come away with the win here, because the bragging rights would have been incredible. (Also, our in-season tournament and overall record could use another W.) As it is, we have to settle for another moral victory that's overshadowed by the moral defeat of Draymond's over-the-top behavior stealing headlines.
But hey, our guy Brandin currently has the 7th highest-scoring game by a rookie this season, after Wemby (2x), Hawkins (2x), Sasser, and Holmgren. He's 16th among rookies in total scoring for the season despite, or 15th on a per-game basis, as well as 10th in rebounds per game, 9th in assists per game, and 2nd to only Holmgren in total +/-. I'm looking forward to seeing him make a legit run at the rookie of the year conversation; with Steph and Draymond out a bit, we could conceivably see both Podz and TJD in the rising stars game during all-star weekend. They've certainly been playing well enough to justify rotation minutes.
Podz plays with this extreme confidence in his game but at the same time he plays within the system and doesn’t do outlandish stuff. Plenty of room for improvement but if this is what we have to start with I’m good with that. Hopefully he adds a pull up and master that floater in the future.
Apparently surveillance footage does not support KOJ's account of where and how things occurred, and it was *not* a hit and run. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
R/NBA is pure comedy right now.
FYI, past GSW Coach Mark Jackson was set to do some work as announcer for Knicks MSG Network. However, he just got fired from that apparently because Darren Erman is an assistant coach for the Knicks.
Serious Dub Nation nerds will remember Erman as the defensive assistant coach under Coach Mark Jackson in 2014 for GSW. However, Mark Jackson had cultivated a highly tense and paranoid climate at the management level and Erman was trying to get proof that MJax was trash talking him behind his back to the players and others, and he unwisely decided to secretly record the locker room. Erman lost his job and never forgave MJax. And so that feud sat until today, when apparently Erman got his revenge, a dish best served cold.
So what will the rotation be like without Steph and Green? I think it'll be:
CP3, Klay, Wiggins, Kuminga, Saric
GP2, Podz, Moody, Looney, TJD
No CoJo, please.
So after the craziness of the beginning, I have to report that the game was a blast to be at. Up until the end, everyone there believed we had a shot to win, and a win in that particular game would have felt as cathartic as a thing can. I have been to many amazing sporting events over the years, and I have *never* felt a crowded as perfectly united as when we all chanted "Refs you suck" last night. My boy got his basketball fan baptism. He is adamant that we actually won that game. I love him.
I am expecting 5 to 10 game suspension. Not only would that mean it's going to be tough to win those games (especially if Steph is also out) but also it resets Dray's conditioning. So a third of the season may be over by the time the erstwhile vaunted 5 man lineup is in sync and that is assuming rest of the four guys stay healthy.
Steph ruled out tomorrow. Will be reevaluated later this week. #RampUpSeason
I have a sinking feeling that the punishment the league gives to Draymond will be precedent-setting and surprisingly horrible. Like, nothing would surprise me at this point. 20 games? 25? 50? The season? They have targeted him, just like teams target him.