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Jun 7, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

watching this, the Dubs definitely played good d, but also looks like the Celtics missed a few makable shots during that big third quarter run

then again, that is an inherent part of the game

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Jake LaRavia has come up in a mock draft for us for anyone interested

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z7ME0g8Pm0

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Jun 7, 2022·edited Jun 7, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

I can only laugh at the growing narrative about how Golden State is suddenly bullying Boston and the game is being unevenly officiated in their favor.

After nine years of teams beating up Golden State in the playoffs - and the overwhelming narrative that it is how you have to play to beat the Warriors - the sudden outrage when the Warriors actually rise to meet an opponent's physicality is just hilarious. Golden State isn't supposed to play that way. They're supposed to let the other team beat them up and not get calls for it but NOT adjust their style of play to rise to meet that physicality.

The Eastern Conference Finals were a case of two teams who genuinely loved each other and treated each other gently. No physicality there. Both teams weren't physical and it wasn't officiated that way at all. I'm shocked that the bullying Warriors are allowed to work the Celtics over while they're in their love circle singing Kumbaya!

SMH

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bob3339 from Celticsblog wants you to know that Draymond has never been punched in the face and that he could beat Draymond in a fight:

"Draymond acts like someone that has never been punched in the face. it's that one guy that is constantly running his mouth. Then, one day he gets knocked out and the constant bs talk stops then.

I've seen that type of person all the time. I grew up playing baseball (through HS, but threw out arm in college)... baseball players are the epitome of this. Big time bravado... because if a "fight" happens it's literally 30 guys on the field and they are protected."

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"I'd love to be on the Celtics right now. I'm 6'3" 255lbs. No, I'm not a big ball o muscle... nor am I a fat bastard. That said, if he were running his mouth, I sure as hell would talk crap back and if push came to shove, I would knock his butt out."

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Some very interesting data, especially in the player tracking section: https://www.nba.com/news/inside-the-box-score-2022-nba-finals-game-2

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Not sure if this lovely article of Klay's brother Mychel has been shared before?

$ https://www.sfchronicle.com/sports/annkillion/article/warriors-klay-thompson-brother-17218632.php#photo-22559243

But this just blows my mind!!!

"At one point, he and Seth Curry shared a backcourt with the Santa Cruz Warriors — “Santa Cruz Splash Brothers”

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Jun 7, 2022·edited Jun 7, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

I always love these videos, great job as always. The sequence from about 7:05, where Draymond basically just bulldozes White and Horford out of the play had me wondering how much of that is allowed. Eric called that screening, but Green's got his arms extended and is not holding position at all, he's moving furniture. Is this just a matter of what the refs let you get away with? Please explain to an ignorant fan in Sweden.

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Lot a talk about Klay but I'm not worried in the slightest, nor am i even surprised considering it seems to happen at the start of every series. Klay is like a Gatling gun, he's gotta work the crank a bit before he starts hitting everything in rapid fashion

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Been doing some deep dives into the DNHQ archives:

https://dubnationhq.com/p/did-the-warriors-ruin-the-dynasty?s=r

Looking forward to the update on the Looney file... Boy oh boy has he come a long way!

2015

#30. Kevon Looney. Very injury prone, didn’t play for two years, was almost cut, turned out to be a great smallball center, made key contributions in the 2018 and 2019 Playoffs.

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Jun 7, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

Great video. GP2 setting screens like he’s 6-8 265.

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I think in either game 3 or game 4, we will see one of wiggins or gp2 pressing their ball handler for whole court.

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Ham is really talking Westbrook up like they want to run it back with him. I really hope they do. I believe with a few personnel changes they'll surely be better defensively and should make the playoffs but I don't buy that big 3 in serious contention for a title.

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Damm if you take klays numbers out our team stats are pretty crazy against the supposed best defense

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That was one of the few games where I thought the refs let us play physical defense. Celtics fans will claim rigged, but teams have been doing that to us all the time.

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Dray getting Tech-ed out in the remaining games - that is my biggest worry besides when (not if) Klay will break out of his funk.

JVG on Lowe Post podcast mentioned that Celtics need to get under Green's skin from get go and push him into crossing the line more than once.

I hope Green takes the opposite tack in G3 - stay chill while Cs are distracted by trying to get rise out of him.

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