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UPDATE RE: KLAY

Ok here we go. First game out of next ten is a stinker. Create metrics and then measure them. Keeps you honest.

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Dinwiddie's first game as a Laker: (31 minutes)

6 points, 2/6 FGs, 1/5 threes, 1/1 FT

2 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 turnovers, 2 steals, 2 fouls

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Doesn’t seem too bad. How was he on defense?

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Wiseman's stats vs. Lakers: (23 minutes)

18 points, 8/12 FGs, 2/3 FT

9 rebounds (5 off.), 2 assists, 1 turnover, 1 block, 4 fouls

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Suns beat the Kings 130-125. Suns move to 32-22 while the Kings fall to 30-23. Season series between them is 2-2. Both teams will play against each other one last time on 4/12.

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So, why do teams that lost in the first round of the IST play an extra game against each other?

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Apparently, Allen committed a flagrant foul type 1 on Fox. However, when he realized that he messed up, he immediately ran towards Fox and tried to soften his fall. Fox didn't suffer any injuries, but he missed both of the flagrant FTs.

https://streamable.com/tekzmt

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That feels more F2 to me, I don't get how that isn't excessive considering G. Allen both pulled Fox down and then had a wind up slap to the face. I don't think he was trying to intentionally hurt Fox, but still.

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Disagree on Allen pulling Fox down. At the 0:09 mark, Allen's face went 😲 when he realized what he did and tried to soften Fox's fall.

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Booker isn't shooting well, but Allen, Durant, and Gordon are. As for the Kings, Sabonis and Monk are playing well, and Fox is having a good (but not great) game.

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MEMO RE: KLAY.

TO THE DNHQ-O-SPHERE.

FROM FAN FULL OF DOUBT.

I feel bad about it, but I’m not a believer in Klay. Yes, a good game last night. But in the next 10, do we get 2 good games, 2 or 3 ok ones, and 5 stinkers in which he tries to shoot us out of games? I don’t need Klay to hit every shot, just take mostly high quality shots. Show me that Klay in 8 out of the next 10 games, and limit the pouting , and maybe I’ll come around.

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Agree with this 100%. Kept help but remembering how he shot us out of the Lakers series last year. He needs to be taking like 8-14 shots per game, and 2/3 of those should be wide open catch and shoot 3s, layups, or open mid range, no more off the dribble 3s, tough running 2s, etc. Sorry Klay

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Your memo has been received and is on file.

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Feb 14Liked by Eric Apricot

Best yt comment on this video:

“I pray

Everyday

For a video

By you”

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My first reaction was “what a jerk”. But then, maybe, Klay said that to give Steph added incentive to prove him wrong.

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Its just Klay needling Steph. Draymond mentioned in his podcast that Klay always does so, just a little gentle nudging between friends.

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#11 picking Sabrina 😁

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Feb 14·edited Feb 14

Beal played for only 4.5 minutes tonight. He went to the locker room in the 1st Q to check on his left hamstring injury.

Edit: He will not return tonight. Man, this guy can't stay healthy.

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67-64 kings up at half over the suns

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Suns have played 6 guys. 4 of them are 2/2 and 1/1 from 3. The other two are both 1/3 and haven’t taken a three pointer. I have no idea why, but this oddity is amusing to me

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Feb 14Liked by Eric Apricot

"It was wonderful to be in Belgrade with [Deki's] family. Everything was beautiful. So important for us to be there with them. Deki meant so much and did so much for us...We needed to be there."

- Steve Kerr on his trip to Serbia for Coach Deki's funeral

https://twitter.com/957thegame/status/1757576003164266817

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Kawhi out tomorrow. Now let’s not get complacent!

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Oooooooh this is exciting. I never complain when an opponent has an injury. I'm not a monster, I feel sorry for them, but I love it when they are not there.

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I understand that because it helps our chances but at the same time I like to see the top players contend. They're a treat to watch. So I want to demolish Denver with Jokic and Murray, whip the Wolves with Ant Man and KAT, clobber the Clips with Kawhi and PG, larrup the Lakers with LBJ and AD, and maul the Mavs with Luka and Kyrie.

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We've got Gui ... I wasn't worried about Kawhi.

< that might be a fib >

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IMO, we should be rooting for the Suns to beat the Kings tonight. We can't win the tiebreaker over the Suns but we still can over the Kings. And if Kings lose tonight and then again tomorrow at Denver on the back to back, they'll be at 24 losses

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Lol! Dray totally dissing Nurkic for 10-15 minutes and then KD as well for a minute. I am glad we don't have anymore games left against Suns. Some snippets (paraphrased):

- "Little guy"

- "Clown"

- Got traded so that Jokic can be what he can be; Let's get him out of the way of the MVP Jokic

- Traded multiple times (while Dray is 4 time NBA champion and 4 time All-star)

- Getting only 6-4-6 stats in the game including not being able to post-up Steph Curry

- Rolled KD into "clowns" (both these clowns questioning his character)

- Both of them are whack; Questioning his character, costing him his money

- Stands by he said to KD during clipper games years go. "I said we will win championship game w/o you and we did"

I think bit over the top. Giving fodder to folks out there to hate him. But I rather have him let it all out on a podcast then during the game.

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This is why Draymond loses me a lot - would be great to just talk basketball instead of taking cheap shots Ir any shots at other active players

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Before all that, he talked a LOT of basketball. He talked about Steph calling for the Oklahoma play, described it sort of detail, then talked about how a Wiggs and JK don’t know the play, so they told them to just go to the corners.

He also talked about Kuminga and how he’s raised expectations for himself.

TL;DR: There was a lot of great hoops talk and inside the game stuff.

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Now that the dubs are starting to roll draymond is feeling himself.

I could do without it and can't bring myself to listen to his podcast for the most part.

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It's a continuation of the on court trash talk. It's whatever, imo... we're not really the intended audience for that stuff, it's more for bravado within the NBA player circle...

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The nurkic part is fine but going after kd is stupid

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Feb 14·edited Feb 14

The KD one I understand. Dude who you think you have an amicable relationship with goes to the media and says “I hope he gets the help he needs” without bothering to ever reach out to you personally? That’s not cool. Makes KD’s statement an attack rather than a get well wish. Dray’s within his rights to go back after him for that. I wouldn’t have personally, but I don’t fault him for doing so.

Nurkic deserved everything Draymond said. Got flat out dominated in the game and in response goes to the media trying to further harm your reputation and call for you to be kicked out of the NBA? Unacceptable.

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Yeah, I normally don’t care for trash talk, but if someone questions my character, I’ll verbally destroy them with all the intellectual firepower at my disposal.

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The thing that's iffy for me is that they weren't questioning his character, they were questioning whether he'd lose it in different levels of shitty statements. I'm personally fine with talking ish to people.you felt aren't supportive, but this isn't a character or morals question.

Dray's been good since he came back, and has played under control or had people intercede quicker to diffuse. To his merit, he's showing he can change and grow! Someone rudely stating that he was acting erratically beforehand just highlights why he's making those changes.

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Feb 14·edited Feb 14

From my armchair psychologist perspective, draymond inability to acknowledge past actions as mistakes and that's OK is his downfall.

He dissed KD so he "actually" has to "stand on it".

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I still think KD was 100% the problem in that famous dust up.

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I mean… it’s all stupid. There was clearly some back and forth between Dray and KD during the game, too.

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I prefer to listen to Draymond talking about basketball.

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Fun. As if either team needed any more fuel if they meet in the playoffs. :(

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Knicks filing a protest over their loss to the Rockets.

https://www.threads.net/@wojespn/post/C3TmYz0t1n-?hl=en

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What do teams hope to accomplish by filing these protests? Even if the refs say mea culpa, nothing changes with respect to the outcome of the game.

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There was a previous instance of a protest being successful and then having to play a minute of basketball at a later date.

It was a December 19, 2007 game between the Hawks and Heat where the scorekeeper wrongly attributed a foul to Shaq giving him 6 fouls. The Heat successfully protested and they replayed the last 51.9 seconds on March 8, 2008.

The Hawks went on to win the game again, but I'd imagine in this tied game between the Knicks and Rockets, the outcome could be different.

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Yes, that's a totally different situation...

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Thnx

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GTFO you fools. Can the Dubs file a protest for the incorrect 5 second call against the Thunder? How about sending LeBron to the FT line against the Celtics last year? Refs said they wouldn’t be able to sleep for a week after failing to give the King his FTs…

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