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Feb 13, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

Good Job EA.....as usual. If only you could have highlighted some of the little but important plays OPJ was able to make down the stretch

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Have to write a post it so I remember next time

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Why can't you just know which players are going to be crucial to victory ahead of time so that you can be paying attention to them all the way along???

Do better.

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I will say that I was extremely skeptical about Kuminga. It's really, really tough to be a star in today's NBA without a good to great jumpshot. It's basically Giannis, Lebron, and then like Simmons. All that said, I am now really excited about JoKu. In a redraft of this draft after .75 years, I might take him 2 after Mobely. And of our internal prospects, he's now #1, Poole #2.

Truly, an incredible development for the Warriors' future success.

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His jump shot is also showing flashes of promise recently -- he's shooting above league average from 3 in his last 19 games... okay you caught me cherry picking, just below league average in his last 20

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I agree that JK is our top prospect right now. I like Poole but I think both JW and Moody have more potential. Obviously Poole is much further along his development.

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Jimmy Butler is basically a star without a jumpshot too. Westbrook circa 2015 is also one. AD might well qualify to be one too. Then there's guys like Bam/Dray who are not traditional stars, but definitely have the impact of a star.

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All true. I do think the key for them has been to develop into high-level passers. But that is a skill that seems to get better as players age. And I don't think Kuminga can't pass, he just has learned when and where to yet.

I think Butler might be my favorite semi-comp to Kuminga so far. Butler hits his FTs in the 80s which is probably too high a goal for JoKu, but Kuminga also has better finishing ability than young Butler).

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AD had a jump shot in previous years. This year it's abandoned him and he's arguably not a star anymore because of it.

Agreed on the other guys.

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Is there any way to keep OPJ for next season assuming his foot holds up due to load management?

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Probably not but if OPJ gets paid it'll signal to other free agents that they can rehab their value with the Warriors as well. Not sure who the "buy low" candidates would be this summer, TJ Warren?

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Ricky Rubio and Joe Ingles feel no-brainers too (at least one of the 2). They'll miss most of the season through injury, so they'll be far more willing to take a vet min.

Gary Harris will also be highly sought after. Ibaka too might be available (though our offensive system is a terrible match for a guy with really slow processing capabilities).

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Feb 13, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

Loving that strong eye contact from Steph with the basketball gods.

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His final ‘look’ reminded me of mothers who are being pestered by, but tolerate, their small children.

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Klay is playing like a Legend scorned not #77 on that silly All-Time list

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Can you do a reel of every atrocious call and missed call of that game? It seems like the NBA officials have gotten the memo from the league office to make sure LeBron makes the play in game.

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I'm more concerned that the Dubs seem to have gotten the short shrift in pretty much every game. When was the last time we got a home whistle? I'm sure every fan says this about their team, but this is different, because I'm right.

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FWIW: 2 min report acknowledges curry foul prior to LeBron shot. https://official.nba.com/l2m/L2MReport.html?gameId=0022100854

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They can only acknowledge the mistake because it wouldn't have swung the outcome of the game. If the Lakers force overtime off those shots and win, suddenly that missed call becomes a lot more controversial. Wouldn't surprise me at all if the always-worthless 2-minute report had a different take in that situation.

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My favorite moment(s) of the game: Kuminga running down and making a huge stuff on D, then turning around and sprinting past the other 9 players to for the spectacular dunk. OH MY!

My least favorite moment(s) of the game: Looney, as much as I love him, trundling down to the basket on the roll, trying to make lay-ups, getting stuffed … frustrating.

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Looney has looked diminished the last couple of games, I think the Knicks game took a ton out of him

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Thigh bruises will do that to you… he looked a lot better last night than against the Knicks.

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It's ok, Loon does so many other irreplaceable things for us he gets a pass for stumbling at the rim sometimes lol

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Feb 13, 2022·edited Feb 13, 2022

The Warriors were lucky that they had OPJ and the Lakers didn't have Carmello. That said, I think with a Melo adjustment last nights game pretty much showed the Lakers at their best as they don't fit the profile of a championship team (where have I heard that before?). I can't see them being competitive with the full strength Suns, Warriors, Grizzlies, or Jazz. Assuming they get through the play-in, which is a big assumption, they get eliminated in the first round.

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Lakers were also lucky that the Warriors didn't have Iguodala who is probably still their best LeBron defender. Well, I don't know if we can call it luck since Iguodala being injured feels expected at this point, but still.

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Plus that Draymond Green guy.

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Draymond... yeah, I remember that guy. Haven't seen him in awhile but he's pretty good. Tell ya what, they can have Melo back if we can have Draymond back. Such a deal!

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Kuminga actually did a pretty nice job on LeBron which I think was part of the reason LeBron was out of gas in the 4th quarter. He got his points, but he had to work for them, other than the points that he got by convincing the refs to call a foul on GPII for egregiously touching him off ball. The audacity! But I guess working the refs is part of the game.

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Yeah Kuminga emerging as a LeBron defender is a welcome sight. Between Iguodala, Draymond, Kuminga, and Wiggins, they have a pretty good set of LeBron Defenders, at least for the current version of LeBron. GP2 gave a valiant effort, but a lot of GP2's on ball defensive value can be negated when guarding a guy who can just back him down to the post (like Doncic as well).

Warriors play the Bucks on March 12, I'm sure we'll see Kerr testing out Kuminga on Giannis as well.

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Cold coffee anyone? I am perfectly happy if we get to the finals or WCF regardless of the results. Lest we forget, we had the worst record in the league 2 years ago and got bounced, unceremoniously, from the Play In last year. In this age of the NBA, to go from last, to missed the playoffs, to the Chip seems fairly improbable, historically speaking. Honestly, was anyone considering a Chip this year? Personally, I have had my eyes on 2022-2023 from the get.

However, this year has that 2014-2015 vibe, like this version of the Warriors is arriving a little early to the party. We hate to admit it, but the Warriors were tremendously fortunate (hella lucky) that year. Could they win it this year? Absolutely. But if I'm being honest, it would be because they had some similar fortune to that 2014-2015 season. Whatever the results this year, I am already happy. Because next year, we are going to have to start using the word 'dominant' again.

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Anything less than a title this year is a absolutely a disappointment.

Wiggins is much better than 2016 Barnes, and the bench is sensationally deep, though obviously missing 2016 Iguodala hurts.

This is an historically elite team.

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I think that attitude does a bit of a disservice to how tough playoff NBA basketball really is. Things can go wrong and there are other really strong teams out there.

I think the championship is achievable this year, and yeah, I'll be personally disappointed if the team doesn't get there, but I won't treat it as a big shortfall or a mistake that demands major upheaval if we lose in the finals or maybe even the WCF depending on the circumstances.

Honestly I'm still more bummed that last year's team lost the play-in on a super-long fadeaway Lebron buzzer-beater and a collapse against Memphis. I really thought we could make it further than that with how the team was performing at the end there.

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"Honestly, was anyone considering a Chip this year?" Hell yes. I think Steph, Klay, and Draymond consider that a realistic goal. So should we.

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All the champions have some luck.

And the Cavs were lucky in 16 (Kiki) the Raptors were lucky in 19 (Durant+klay injury) the lakers were lucky in 20 (3m break to get healthy), and the bucks were lucky in 21 (Durant toe, Harden+Kyrie injury).

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Everyone on the floor with Klay needs to start adjusting their focus to getting him the ball in rhythm for the catch and shoot, Klay should not have to spend half his minutes hunting shots, Curry, Dray$, Loon and Iggy already know the drill

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Indeed. That's another example of where Dray and Dre being out really hurts.

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Honestly, I thought they could have won the title last year. This year I came in thinking it would be a failure if they didn’t.

Windows are small. Memphis could be the next great team next year, we will be a year older, OPJ might leave, who knows. But nothing is guaranteed. Just ask a certain Sea Captain...

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Health is so unpredictable

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Because we’re men and we show affection by light violence loooooool

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a Truth

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Feb 13, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

With my low BB IQ and heart stopping action and fireworks by Klay I confess to not clocking that OPJ kept being that guy that made play after play after play. Sweet E1P.

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He’s so plug and play

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It’s what I had hopes Bjelica would be, a David West clone who planted himself right above the paint and played center fielder, he’s trying to do way more and not succeeding

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Bjelica never saw the day when he was half the player David West was.

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Feb 13, 2022·edited Feb 13, 2022

During the game, JVG said he grew up in Bay Area, watching Nate Thurmond. So the question is: why he hates so much Golden State?

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He is defending his boyfriend's honor. Mark Jackson hates the Warriors because they are a constant reminder how much better of a coach Steve Kerr is. Plus Jackson suggested that JVG should be on that all time top 15 NBA coaches list instead of Kerr.

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Nah, Mark was calling him out for going too far in his “that’s not a foul on LeBron pushing Curry in the back!”

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Feb 13, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

You can see on the last James free throw that Westbrook has shoved Wiggins in the back. The refs missed a similar egregious shove on the prior Anthony Davis 2nd free throw that ended up in a scramble. One might argue that it is Wiggins job to use his "my legs are trees, my core is a giant boulder" martial arts skills to ward off the push, but the truth of the matter is that a shove that obvious should be called what it is - a foul. Nice shooting, Klay.

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Yeah, and that after refs called a foul on Poole for stepping in early on that 2nd Westbrook FT

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Look at Looney on that last play, he wraps his left arm completely around AD and wouldn't have even let AD go up with two hands if the ball had ricocheted their way. Not to mention Looney, Wiggins, and Westbrook all step into the lane before LeBron shot the FT.

There will always be cheating on those crunch time free throw rebound opportunities, Wiggins just needs to fight harder imo.

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He should jump early and scream so he tumbled tumbles over Westbrook and they have to call a foul, lol. Risks injury tho

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You are right that Wiggins needs to recognize that this type of shove is possible and be better prepared for it. I've seen lots of early stepping into the lane, and that is rarely called. Pushing and shoving happens all the time before the shot also. If you are an LA fan, you applaud Westbrook's aggressiveness, and his savvy in waiting until after the shot went up to push Wiggins in the back. Despite all that, the refs shouldn't ignore a blatant foul to confer advantage later in the game after calling touch fouls early on.

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L2M will flag a foul on Wiggins for pushing

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Not to steal from Eric's thunder on this excellent E1P, but what is everyone thinking about the rumors that the Warriors are pursuing Goran Dragic?

He certainly seems to be the best buyout candidate, but a big would certainly be nicer.

No bigs worth our time seem to be available at the moment.

And who would go? I'm assuming JTA.

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Hard pass. He's 35, has played in only 5 games all year, and has a career eFG of 0.518 (and hasn't been above league average in eFG since 16-17).

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Lack of size getting all the attention, but I do think the Warriors have been looking like they really need a backup floor general, or anybody that's good at pushing the pace in transition.

Coincidentally, Draymond Green addresses both those things.

So /shrug. Would be nice if the team could finally get fully healthy before the waiver deadline so they can really assess the needs.

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without a healthy Dray$ we’re toast, maybe not 1st Round but still toast

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We have a great backup floor general who can push the pace: Andre. Question is: can he play every game in the post season?

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Feb 13, 2022Liked by punk basketball

The choice is:

a. releasing a JTA or Belly and getting a marginally better player for 6-10 mil who has never played in the Warrior's system or

b. value chemistry and continuity, pay zero extra dollars, and hope that those guys at the back end of the bench will be more reliable when called upon BECAUSE they know the system, they've been playing together, etc.

This is just like in the movie Miracle, stick with the guys who have been together, and don't bring in an unknown with only x number of games left. For Kerr, if he needs 6 minutes from JTA, I think he's real comfortable knowing exactly what to expect from JTA. They have the 2nd best record in the league and they haven't even sniffed being at full strength, so it looks to me like they like their team and are gonna ride this team home.

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IDK, Belly has had moments but Robin Lopez feels like a HUGE upgrade in term of size, defense, etc. heading into the playoff.

We may have Wiseman by then and maybe it doesn't matter but IMO we are at least open to discussion about Lopez where as Dragic is noise.

Especially difficult to integrate a backup point guard/offensive initiator with 20 games left in a season where as a veteran big would be relatively easier.

As for JTA, every time I am willing to consign him to a bench for mop up duty he winds ups getting some critical minutes and makes a few game winning plays. That's all you can ask for from the end of the bench. Plus Steve really trusts him (like Damion) and this team is all about high BBIQ and energy.

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Even without Dragic JTA only sees one or two minutes a game (e.g for last 15 seconds of D at the end of a quarter) other than garbage time.

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Choice A, no question.

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I'll say I think Dragic is a much more useful player than JTA. Luxury tax bill not-withstanding, I would swap those roster spots in an instant.

Better question, would Dragic with like 20 games left to acclimate be able to take minutes away from Poole/GP2/Iguodala? Dragic certainly looks like the best backup point on paper between all of them.

Also, how much will they need a true backup Point once Draymond returns?

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They still need a backup point after Dray returns. I hope it’s Andre … but if he can’t go then who is it? I agree that Poole is not ideal and JTA isn’t the guy.

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Feb 13, 2022·edited Feb 13, 2022

Unfortunately "marginally better" is just not true when it comes to Dragic vs. JTA. The former is a much better option given as offenses don't just completely shut down when he is on the court, which has been the case with Anderson. I love the idea of the hometown hero getting underdogs minutes as much as anyone else in Dubnation, but this season has been a harsh reminder that there was a reason why no other team in the league ever had interest in JTA.

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Feb 13, 2022Liked by punk basketball

If he is bought out he probably doesn't cost $6-$8m and presumably would sign on for the pro-rated minimum. The big problem is that he has only played 90 minutes this year, they haven't been very good minutes and he doesn't solve the size issue.I can't see it.

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Dragic would go a long way toward the "Warriors are relying on Poole to be their secondary shot creator in the playoffs and it's not clear that he's up for the challenge" problem though.

They have two problems and Dragic would address one of them.

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as of today, it’s pretty obvious Poole’s not up to the challenge, that said I hope he comes out of the All Star break in the “something to prove” mode

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It’s a no brainer, send Poole down to the G league for two weeks.

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Seconded. Seems like a case where the Warriors "show interest " but nothing really happens. We don't need a Dragic type unless we are swapping out Chiozza

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Dragic has never been a two way player before, so he's eligible to be one.

That's how it works, right? Right???

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He has 4 years of NBA experience (and then some) so can't be signed to a 2-way.

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