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Well, there were a few moments that were just a little bit nerve-wracking, but the start of the game was not one of them. Klay and Poole both looked good in the first quarter, and to some extent all game long. Definitely saw the same thing with Klay being better at using his opportunities to pass into a bigger advantage rather than forcing up a shot; I didn't see the stuff highlighted here with Steph directing the offense. That's cool!

More generally, I think Poole's off-ball defense is coming along: he's getting better at knowing when to help and when to stick to his guy, and getting hands in the passing lanes. Actually the defense in general seems to be doing more and better including bringing back some zone looks.

Room for improvement: Lamb was over-helping off shooters in the corner a little during the stretch where New York threatened to come back, and I'm still not all that impressed with JMG's rebounding or much else really. I didn't think I'd so desperately wish for Bjelica back but here we are. Once again in the 4th I was wishing for us to bring Looney back for J. Green and this time Kerr did it... just in time for Loon to get called for some and-1 fouls under the basket. Oops.

I'm not looking forward to Fitz and Buike saying "defend without fouling" every game this season...

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Nov 19, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

On that break where Steph pointed for Klay to spot up, four Knicks followed Steph anyway. As of this writing, none were fired for doing so.

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Nov 19, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

Just here to say thank you to Eric for the explain one play per the usual…

Now constantly hitting refresh on dnhq for a Gold Blooded King article!

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It’s up!

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Wootwoot!

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Nov 19, 2022·edited Nov 19, 2022

Also, not really sure about big trades (though the Wiseman status quo seems shaky), but I think even minor roster adds around the margins would be really good for us right now.

There are FAs like Favors and RHJ who can probably play rotation minutes for us right now. RHJ especially could be a useful smallball 5 for us. Early season returns on JMG have been very rough, though last night seems to have been better.

And we really really cannot withstand any injury to Dray/Loon right now (Steph obvs too, but we're really short in the front-court).

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The hot start was so huge last season, gave them a coushin to survive Steph's injury without tumbling down into the bottom half of the bracket. Don't think we have that luxury this year, so make as many sacrifices to the injury gods as you can

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Nov 19, 2022·edited Nov 19, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

6 game sample size so pretty tiny, but our DRTG in the last 6 games since we basically said "fuck dem kids" has been 107.3 which is the 5th best in that span. And while this includes the game against the Spurs, it also includes:

1. 2 games against the Kings (a top 5 offense in the league imo - #2 right now early in the season)

2. 1 game against the Suns (just behind the Kings at #3)

3. 1 game against the Cavs (#7 offense in the league right now)

Teams have shot 35.3% from 3 in that span, so don't think it is shooting luck.

Haven't been great on offense in that span though (113.7 ORTG), but we have Steph Curry so we'll be fine on that end. JP needs to improve though.

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The offenses we’ve played in those 6 games have a weighted 116.5 rating, so holding them to 107.3 is pretty impressive.

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The way I see it if JK can take over JMG’s role and Moody take over Lambs minutes by shadowing what he does by the end of the season we’ll have a very satisfied team and fans.

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The other thing I noticed about Klay last night was that he made a lot of good passes after faking a shot attempt - guys were generally open as the D expected Klay to shoot. If he is respected a little more as a passer, it's likely that he'll have even more space to operate in.

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Good to see Klay being more Klay-like last night. As I have been told more than once by my child: "Calm your shit." And that's exactly what Klay needed to do.

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“Kids say the darnest things!”

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Thats a wise child

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Yes. Wise far beyond years. [Probably comes from losing mother at 10 - 22 years ago now.]

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Ah damn, Dilly. Sorry to hear that. Sounds like they were raised right though.

I tend to get my best advice from my daughter. When she was 5, she told me "Dad, you know you can't fold a giraffe in half." I thought about that when I was sitting in a difficult board meeting at work one time. I spoke up and said, "Hey, remember, you can't fold a giraffe in half." Everyone nodded as if they understood...

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Thanks. Great advice from your daughter. I'll never look at a giraffe the same way again.

My lined in a board meeting, when I was asked what I thought about something that really pissed me off: "You don't WANT to know what I think."

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Nov 19, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

I think it's only premature celebration if the shooter hasn't started his upward motion yet. The league codified that a few seasons ago.

You get a side out of bounds and goggle eyes.

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