Oubre has a career high 40; Steph throws in an efficient 28
I just ran across this 538 article about Draymond's season.
I'm SO GLAD someone in the mainstream media is writing this, it's been absolutely killing me: https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/02/05/kurtenbach-its-time-to-recognize-that-steph-curry-is-playing-at-an-mvp-level/
OT but did anyone else catch "The Peoples Court" yesterday? A Wiggins was the topic of one case, not in it mind you but two guys betting on how good he would be coming out of college.
Games like these are why I had hoped the Dubs drafted Haliburton. Dray at center has always been what unleashes this team
Damion Lee’s 3pt% is now over 44%! Can we start a petition to legally change his name to Trey-mion Three?
Safe to say we can run with any team in the league, and are (still) one of the very best small ball teams when Kerr allows it. Makes perfect sense of course, given Steph may have the best stamina in the NBA and Dray has always been the GOAT small ball 5. Hope a lot of this sticks when our Cs get healthy, e.g. more Oubre at the 4. Time to sweep Big D!
Slaters article in the athletic was interesting, making the point that Oubre’s game was really opened up by not having a center on the warriors clogging the paint, and also getting the Mavs center out to the perimeter. Allowed for better lanes and less challenge at the rim. It also just felt like he was locked in all game and making his shots, but sometimes hard to tell which part came first. I’m excited for game 2 of the series.
Box score stat that jumped out at me today: 37 assists and only 8 turnovers.
You'd have to think game two will be closer. Would be nice to see the Warriors take another from the Mavs before heading to San Antonio.
FYI, "Playoff teams, sorted by record, are assigned picks 15-30 - playoff seeds and outcomes have no impact." Oubre keeps having great games, this fact becomes very relevant.
Whoa... 3rd best 5-man lineup in the league by net rating (with min 10 games)?
S. Curry, .D. Green, .A. Wiggins, .K. Oubre Jr., .K. Looney @ +31
It's also the 5th best defensively.
Other aside: 538's player ratings for this season (min 400 minutes played) are currently rather... idiosyncratic. For example, top players by total RAPTOR are:
5. ... Jakob Poeltl??
It thinks VanVleet is slightly better than Durant on offense and notably better on defense, Lillard has simultaneously the worst defense and best offense in the league (actually, that's plausible), and former DPOY Antetokounmpo is just a little above average on D. If you expand it to include the whole roster it thinks Our Guy Juan is the best defender on the Warriors and Paschall is the worst overall.
Like, it's obviously not all wrong and I imagine that some of the surprising numbers actually are more accurate than the conventional wisdom (e.g. people tend to assume height = defense) but there are so many parts of the system that are so obviously wrong it's hard to tease those out.
Who are the West playoff teams? I think the current 1-7 right now looks about right. Dallas will probably bounce back at some point to fight for a spot? Think the 8th spot might come down to the Spurs, Dallas and Memphis
Man I’m full from all that Crow Oubre made me eat today. Loved this game! Everyone was moving and working together on both sides of the ball. It was awesome even when they were behind in the first half. Can this be the plan every game until the other team forces a change?
No new virus cases in over a week. I’m thinking many players got the vaccine already. There is to much money involved to not jump the line even if they say they wont
Dr. Nirav Pandya, MD
If you simply look at Kelly Oubre's performance from his meniscus standpoint, data from pro's after meniscectomy demonstrate return to prior level around 9 - 10 months post surgery. This is right where #Oubre is now. Expect more great performances from him.
Hate to judge based on one game and a current losing stream, but if any team looks like it needs to be blown up it is the Mavericks, not the Warriors. They allegedly had a good draft last year, and they could probably get something for Hardaway Jr and Josh Richardson who are OK players, but old enough that you wouldn't expect any improvement. It just seems like the pieces they have don't fit.