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Jan 10, 2023Liked by punk basketball

It's basically a Play-In Season at this point

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Spurs are celebrating their 50th anniversary at the Alamodome on Jan 13 when they will play the Warriors. Oh boy, they are going to have an extra incentive to beat the crap out of us. That’ll be our first road game this year. I hope we don’t get embarrassed in front of a HUGE crowd on national TV. We get Steph back and Wiggins going on his third game, so maybe we win a road game?

Incidentally, the first-ever NBA game played in the Alamodome was between the Spurs and the Warriors on Nov. 5, 1993.

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Our big 3 loves the spotlight. Look for them to try to put on a show as well.

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The Dubs are tied for 6th place in the West.

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Other fun facts:

1. The Thunder are in 13th place, only 2 games back.

2. The Dubs have the best Vegas odds of all West teams

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Not surprised with the Vegas odds...they do not want to lose money this year....lol

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Jan 10, 2023·edited Jan 10, 2023

'Tis not the Season to be Jolly about Winning on the Road....No, I am not talking about the Dubs, only. In the ENTIRE NBA, that's 30 teams, only 4 TEAMS HAVE WINNING ROAD RECORDS, and, ALL 4 are in the EAST. Not a single team in the WEST has a winning ROAD record midway through this SEASON...talk about PARITY.... I love this edit feature in here....lol

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Beat you to it with an edit....lol

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Oh, come on, Orlando. They shot over 50% on threes when they faced us, and they are now 4/20 threes against the Kings tonight.

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The Dubs just can't defend threes. There's been way too many mediocre 3-pt shooting teams having historic shooting nights when playing the Warriors for this to be just plain bad luck.

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Are you sure about that? Believe it or not, Warriors have 35.6% opponent three point %age, which is #14 in the league.

https://www.nba.com/stats/teams/opponent?dir=A&sort=OPP_FG3_PCT

Blazers, Suns, Kings, Heat, and even good teams like the Nets and the Cavs have higher opponent three point %age than the Warriors do.

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Interesting. They hold their opponents to a semi-respectable 3pt%, but it looks like they also let the other team bomb away... the Dubs are 25th in opponent 3PM at 13.0 games and 24th in opponent attempts at 36.5. Is there a way to show GSW 3pt stats for opponents in wins vs losses?

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I wonder if/how much teams take regression to the mean as factors going into the game?

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Kings prolly played a game of basketball against them, we played a game of crap the bed.

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Nothing in the NBA makes sense this season. Watch the OKC Thunder win the championship.

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Without KD and Westbrook? Damn, they were being held back all those years.

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Jan 10, 2023Liked by punk basketball

Oh, Kerr’s presser is just here

https://www.nba.com/warriors/

Scroll down a bit to the “Warriors Talk” section.

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The Closed Captioning for that video was hilarious. “Dreamin’, Stuff, Loom and Clay” that’s a hell of a team there.

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Jan 10, 2023Liked by punk basketball

I watched Kerr’s post practice press conference. Good news: Klay is fine, should play tomorrow. Andre feels good. Steph scrimmaged with the team today, but Kerr didn’t say whether Curry would play tomorrow.

Bad news: JK, Wise and JMG didn’t participate in the practice. And nobody asked about their injuries, recovery, or timeline. Grrr, I wanted that info!

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Better get your press badge.

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Does anybody know what the rules for buying somebody out of the Chinese basketball league are? I notice that Greg Monroe is putting up 40p, 17r, 5a/36

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I'm not sure but I wouldn't put any stock into someone dominating the Chinese league. Isn't Jimmer Fredette like god over there?

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Yes, I don't put too much stock in it but he did play 14 games for 4 different NBA teams last season and when he was healthy enough to get on the court, he put up good numbers. Of course the big problem is that he hasn't been able to stay healthy for most of his career.

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And he's a turnstyle who can't stay on the floor when he is healthy.

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Yes, there are several temples bearing his name.

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Jan 10, 2023Liked by Eric Apricot, punk basketball

Conan! What is best in life?

Crush your enemies

See them driven before you

And hear your comment make the comments of the week!

(Possible other non-related basketball musings: is it strange that I come to dnhq for validation? Arm chair psychologists welcome to chime in)

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How about the real psychologists?

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Theyre a little less welcome to chime in 😃

(Is there more than one?)

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One who's out, probably at least one more who hasn't de-cloaked.

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The longest 11 game stretch ever. We went 6-5 without him but I think we have enough data here. Now let's get JK and JMG back so we can find some rest games for Draymond here and there.

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Warriors have two road B2Bs in their upcoming road trip, so I have a feeling the starters will rest in at least one or two of those games.

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Yep, 7 total B2B dates the second half of season...we had 8 the 1st half...your comment/rest/health is going to be critical as we have to win as many as possible going into the last run at playoffs/seeding.

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''Miracles and Dubs'', methinks, Eric....we have no duds in here....lol....I am laughing a lot these days, as, thanks to that miraculous little 5-game winning streak, we have managed to improbably survive and be where we need to be with our top guns about to return. Sure would be great though, to add one more win vs phoenix...

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https://twitter.com/daltonj_johnson/status/1612551756176564255

Steve Kerr: "I'm concerned about Draymond and Loon right now, they've just played such heavy minutes."

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Is this an open letter to Myers, Lacob, and Guber politely requesting that they fill the empty roster spot with another big as that would be one way to solve the problem. Lamb has been fine as a 2-way but at 6'6", he isn't really all that big and doesn't have the defensive chops that Draymond has that allow Dray to play much bigger than his listed size.

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Jan 9, 2023Liked by punk basketball

True, and I would add Klay's nearly 40 min/g to that...

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This is true... hopefully these next 6 days with only 2 games help them recover a bit...

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Jan 9, 2023Liked by punk basketball

So … are Steph and KD now the same person?

Player A: 34 years old, 30.0 ppg on .668 TS, 6.6 rpg, +7.1 pts per 100 possessions on court

Player B: 34 years old, 29.7 ppg on .673 TS, 6.7 rpg, +6.7 pts per 100 possessions on court

Player A magically reappears just as Player B goes down. Hmmmm….

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Jan 9, 2023·edited Jan 9, 2023

Whoa. Steph now probable for the Suns game? Even 25 minutes of him (as at the start of the ‘22 playoffs) would be FAB.

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Jan 10, 2023·edited Jan 10, 2023

The second half of the season can't officially start until Steph's first one-handed over-the-head pass into the stands.

It's in the NBA by-laws.

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I’d be happy just to have him in the last minute of each quarter, TBH.

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Jan 9, 2023·edited Jan 9, 2023Liked by Eric Apricot, punk basketball

I want to share a Warriors-adjacent tale with everyone.

My girlfriend Corine had bought us tickets to the 1/7 game against the Magic for my bday, so we were staying in the city on Saturday night. Before the game, she called an Uber. I was pretty excited that it turned out to be an electric vehicle, as that has been my jam ever since my biodiesel company folded in 2014.

Me and the driver, Mark, got to talking about EVs and at some point he mentioned that he's testing out various models to see which is best for transporting his drum set. Turns out he's a professional musician going back a few decades. We talked about drummers, and Carter Beauford of Dave Matthews Band came up. That is my gf's favorite band of all-time, and it turns out that Mark's band had a little moment in the spotlight for a year or two a couple decades ago.

They were signed to Polygram and Dave Matthews saw them at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley and liked them enough to have them as an opener on their tour around the year 2000. He shared a story of Dave ("an incredibly sweet man") losing his rental car and getting drunk on tequila with him. I asked him the name of his old band, and it was Box Set. Amazingly enough, I was a big fan of Box Set back in the 90s, as they fit my acoustic jam-band ways back then.

Just a crazy amazing ride to the game that turned out to be a highlight of the trip. As a side note, Mark told me that the Box Set album I was most familiar with that I used to own, their self-titled debut, was not his favorite and recommended I check out the album Lemonade. Here's a song from that album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsy1ncNiwqU

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Ok, so I missed this when you posted, but I have a different question than everyone else : I'd like to hear about the Biodiesel company ...

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Ahh, it was called Yokayo Biofuels, based out of Ukiah. I started it in 2001 and it (and many other small biodiesel companies) folded in 2014. We had a production plant and were collecting used restaurant fryer oil from 1100 restaurants and turning it into biodiesel fuel which we delivered to customers. It was pretty awesome.

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Yeah, i remember you guys. I was involved with biofuel in the early 2000's. I even had a little diesel Scout Traveller I ran on it. It was cool. I was sorry it didn't catch on more. I was particularly interested in the concept of recycling all the used fryer oil and turning it into fuel.

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this is awesome!

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Thanks!

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I like that story. Hope the cab ride made up for the game.

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Jan 10, 2023·edited Jan 10, 2023

Yes indeed. If I rank the thrills of the trip down to the city:

1) Pre-game stuff (she had never seen indoor fireworks, etc)

**2) cab ride to game**

3) Corine ordering delivery to our hotel room of all the important things following the game: food, booze, cake

4) The game

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>3) Corine ordering delivery to our hotel room of all the important things following the game: food, booze, cake

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*4,192) The game

*(fixed it for you)

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food, booze, cake, handcuffs, cat-o-nine-tails, nipple clamps etc.

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HahahhahHha my thoughts exactly

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How did you get ahold of the original draft of my comment?!

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*4,191) safe word

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Great story, and, Happy B-day. Your GF must be a real cool lady, 'cause without her, none of this would've happened...

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Also funny enough Happy Birthday to Dave Matthews.

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Jan 9, 2023·edited Jan 9, 2023

Thanks! Fellow capricorn. Nice.

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Dang, went to hear the song, got the perennial ''Video Unavailable''...I get a lot of that overseas...

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Boo. The song is Ramona, off Lemonade by Box Set and is in spotify and all the other streaming places.

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THX....

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Jan 9, 2023·edited Jan 9, 2023

This story has got to be the canonical example of "when life hands you lemons, make Lemonade."

(And happy birthday!)

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Thanks! Oh I forgot a fun little detail: Mark jokingly referred to Box Set as "The Indigo Boys" and damn if it isn't the most dead-on accurate term for their style of music.

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I’m an old jam band guy myself and remember seeing them at least once.

Indigo Boys! Love it.

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Fun story!

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😁

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