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Game 12: GSW vs Minnesota. NBA TOURNAMENT CONTINUES! Plus open thread.
Update: Steph out, time for everyone else to step up
Update from Dalton Johnson: Official on the injury report: Steph Curry is OUT tonight against the Timberwolves with right knee soreness
The Tourney is OK
I don’t get some people’s taking offense to the NBA In-Game Tournament. No one’s making you pay extra money, or even to pay special attention. But they’re putting up a bunch of prize money to make some otherwise less-important games be more fun, and this prize money is a lot for the players and coaches that don’t make mega bucks.
And if you think it’s offensive to throw out money and advertising to manufacture hype around an artificial event with ten people running after a ball, well I hate to break it to you but that’s the entire NBA. Every feeling you have about the Tournament is stuff people said about how trashy pro basketball was compared to the pure competition of college basketball (or at least its self-styled ideal).
I do personally love the idea of special courts, but I hate the execution. I am all about design having a function and the pattern just obscures important parts of the court.
And the early returns are that the NBA Cup games have been more intense and closer than the average game. So in the end, am I a rabid supporter of the NBA Cup? Of course not. But for me, more things to compete for = more fun.
Inspirational verse from Steve Kerr 2023-11-03 pregame
Steve, with tonight being the first in-season tournament game, are you sort of looking forward to see if it has any sort of different feel to it, or if the idea kind of catches on and kind of does what the NBA is hoping for?
Yeah, I'm excited for it. We went out for a shoot-around today and the court looks drastically different. And the players see that and feel that. I think the fans will feel it when they turn the game on, or if they're here in the arena.
And our players are just naturally competitive. That's why they made it to the NBA in the first place. So, you know, you put something in front of them to play for, they're gonna play for it. And I know our guys, they wanna win. They wanna win the tournament. So, doesn't mean I'm playing everybody 45 minutes, but we're gonna compete and we're gonna get after it.
Warriors 2023 In-Season Tournament Schedule and Details
Friday, Nov. 3 | 5 p.m. (PDT)
at Oklahoma City Thunder
GSW 141, OKC 139
Tuesday, Nov. 14 | 7 p.m. (PST)
vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Friday, Nov. 24 | 7 p.m. (PST)
vs. San Antonio Spurs
Tuesday, Nov. 28 | 7 p.m. (PST)
at Sacramento Kings
Eight teams will advance to the Knockout Rounds: the team with the best standing in Group Play games in each of the six groups and two “wild cards” (the team from each conference with the best record in Group Play games that finished second in its group). The Knockout Rounds will consist of single-elimination games in the Quarterfinals (played in NBA team markets on Monday, Dec. 4 and Tuesday, Dec. 5) and Semifinals and Championship (played in Las Vegas on Dec. 7 and Dec. 9, respectively). The Knockout teams will compete for a prize pool and the new In-Season Tournament trophy, the NBA Cup.
Each of the 22 teams that do not advance to the Quarterfinals of the In-Season Tournament will be assigned two regular-season games (one home game and one away game) that will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 8.
Also there is prize money:
The players on the winning team will each get $500,000, while the runners-up will get $200,000. The losing players of the semifinals will each get $100,000, and the losing players of the quarterfinals will each get $50,000.
ESPN Sources: As the NBA pushes to accelerate the competitive environment of the new In-Season Tournament, the league’s coaches are joining the players in getting paid a financial prize pool for advancing into the final stages of event
WATCH: NBCSN Bay Area
WHEN: 2023-11-14 7:00 PM Pacific
WHO: Golden State Warriors vs Minnesota
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