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FYI game thread scheduled for 3pm Pacific.

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It’s 7:30 ET, so 4:30 PT.

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Feb 29Liked by Eric Apricot

"...calculated." ❤️

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Dubs now closer to the #5 spot (3.5 games) than they are to the #11 spot (4 games).

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Feb 29Liked by Eric Apricot

Incredibly informative video. Sympathetic Air Dunking (SAD) is something that has been a mystery to me for decades. The insight given into this kind of esoteric technical basketball knowledge is what keeps me glued to DNHQ. Love your work EA.

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Nice video.

In my humble opinion, I see no reason why they need 4 guys standing around watching JK and making it so easy for the defense to help.

They get in trouble when they stop moving.

They need to attack in transition and keep their motion going. They are deep and playing a lot of guys so they can also wear down the defense by not letting them stand around and also create better offensive rebounding possibilities by constantly moving.

They are the smallest team in the NBA and they need to be different.

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Feb 29·edited Feb 29

Anyone know if the Warriors WNBA get a pick in this draft or...?

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/sports/caitlin-clark-wnba-draft-iowa-hawkeye-rcna141257

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Not sure if you were kidding, but sadly, no, Indiana has the first pick this year. Warriors wnba team will likely get the 4th or 5th pick next year.

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/wnba/news/wnba-draft-order-2024-caitlin-clark-indiana-fever-no-1-pick/633f6bb09b6e4775fc3501db

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I honestly had no idea how it worked.

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They don't start playing until next year, so that will be the first year they draft. The previous expansion, the new team picked just after the lottery teams, which was 4 at the time but would be 5 next year if they follow that same approach

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Feb 29Liked by Eric Apricot

I think there are some opportunities to have some weak side actions, like a hammer screen, to take advantage of the weak side defender's early rotation and focus.

If you've got JK in the post, a strong side split cut keeps 2 strong side defenders occupied, and it's the goalie and one other weak side defender guarding half the floor. Can/should easily be able to get a good shooter an open 3pt shot on the wing or even the corner.

Another option is to go for the full 5-out experience with Dray at the top of the key, Moody in the strong corner, Podz in the weak corner, and Steph on the weak wing.

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The 5-out option only works in the first half when Dray is capable of making an open 3 :)

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This is complete fire!

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Feb 29Liked by Eric Apricot

One of your best E1Ps! And it addressed a question I have been musing about lately. I could see the defenses were adapting because JK was having trouble getting those "easy" (for him) paths to the rim, but I didn't have a clear picture of why until now. Huge thanks, EA!

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Feb 29Liked by Eric Apricot

Excellent analysis. The defensive changes were most obvious from Charlotte (Warriors really need to hire defensive coach Steve Clifford) which really junked up the Warriors offense. We will surely see this in New York tonight. Why don't the Warriors use it against powerful drivers such as Kuzma, or even (cough) Lebron. Might keep Podz from putting his health at risk taking charges ?

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GSW has indeed historically used a goalie vs LeBron, but I don't remember consistent use of a middle wall.

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I think Bron would pick this level of overloaded coverage apart with his passing vision

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Feb 29Liked by Eric Apricot

Great E1P. The mid-range fall-away is really falling nicely for JK, and great to see how he's learning to pass when defenses are keyed on him. Still, I think he needs another counter - a sneaky scoop shot or pump fake when the open pass out isn't there.

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Apparently, Wiggins is out indefinitely for personal reasons. Saddle up Moody, it's time to see if you can scale up your production with more minutes.

Its time to nut up or shut up.

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Feb 29·edited Feb 29

So far in his career, his efficiency is always better when he gets actual minutes (see tweet). Which makes sense, despite the Warriors constantly messaging that Moody's whole thing is that they can throw him into any situation cold and he'll be ready (as if that would actually be the case for a 21 year old).

https://twitter.com/BBall_Archives/status/1762666471170154821

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I'm highly suspicious of these stats because Moody would get more minutes in instances where he's playing/shooting well.

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I haven't really seen that apply to Moody. There's also the info we've gotten this year where we've had reports multiple times where Kerr will tell a player they're not going to play in a game. I think Kerr knows ahead of time if Moody will play a decent chunk of minutes or not.

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He always does.

Moses 54 point MSG coming out party incoming…

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Feb 29Liked by Eric Apricot

Loved this E1P, best of the year so far! Really great to see that even though Kuminga has made the scouting report it hasn't slowed him down too much, that shows a lot of growth!

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Feb 29·edited Feb 29Liked by Eric Apricot

Really great job, EA! Are these solutions similar to how Milwaukee responded to the Giannis wall?

I have an idea for what I think would be a great (and timely) video: Can Moses fill Wiggs’ shoes? It would interesting to compare their strengths/weaknesses and see MM in the Wiggins role in offensive sets.

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Moses can easily fill Wiggins "pre-not-sucking" minutes. He's going to be a discount version of "actually good" Wiggins minutes. But I think this is his natural fit and it's going to give him an opportunity to do what Kuminga did last year when Wiggins was out for an extended period. (If he is; I'm still holding out hope this won't be a long-term thing like last year, because ugh).

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So you think Moody can replace 21-22 Wiggs, who was the 2nd best player on a championship team?

I’m skeptical.

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Feb 29Liked by Eric Apricot

That's a great breakdown. My view in past couple of years is that Warriors could take better advantage of Kuminga's ability to score, but I never claimed he was Charles Barkley as a passer out of the post. When he makes the right read at right pace it looks great, but it's definitely a work in progress. The mad-dash downcourt can yield dramatic benefits but is also risky. Going one on three and missing with no offensive rebound available is an all or nothing proposition. To be used with care.

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Feb 29·edited Feb 29

Didn’t really want to mention it prior bc I’ve seen no further evidence to support but since it’s come up… I’m assuming the Reddit person heard it from one of the Locked On Warrior podcasters who swears it to be true. (Was stated a few weeks ago.)

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Someone on Reddit now trying to say Wiggins has a drinking problem. 🙄😤 I guess it's better than the wild ass rumors that his girls weren't his. What will they come up with next?

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I don't know if he drinks or doesn't. But let's agree that even less so than some broadcasting blowhard on a morning hot-take show, a rando on Reddit never has to be held accountable for coming up with random or scurrilous info. It would be so lovely if the internet automatically kicked people out for half an hour if they say something so fucking stu ---

<THIS ACCOUNT TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FOR VIOLATION OF TERMS OF AGREEMENT, RESUMPTION 10:51 PST

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He drinks, everybody drinks. Maybe he doesn't drink alcohol, but he drinks.

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I'm telling you, water is highly addictive. Orange juice is almost as bad. The man plainly needs help.

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Don't get me started on milk... it's, like, the only thing my kid ate or drank for almost a whole year!

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So you see what I mean. If Wiggs has a drinking problem, just don't let it be Gatorade... that stuff is nasty.

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LOL

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Airplane style drinking problem

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