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This is such a strange season. All season long, up until the trade deadline, this team has struggled, and it seemed they were missing multiple pieces if they wanted to contend. Then, all of a sudden, they not only don’t need any additional pieces via trade but are suddenly playing incredible basketball, incredible defense, and coming together.

12-2 February baby!

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Feb 9Liked by Eric Apricot

The surprising thing for me in this game was not the Warriors shooting 55% tonight. It was the Warriors holding the Pacers to 48% shooting. Pacers have the #2 offense in the league (#1 is Celtics), and the fact that we held a team with really good offense to below their average shooting tonight was pretty darn impressive. The Warriors were also playing their 5th game in 7 nights straight as well! They looked like the team with more energy tonight.

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Yeah they are really surging and it's amazing to see. Especially with all the reliance on young guys.

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Meanwhile, Utah and Memphis both lost tonight 👍. Hopefully, Lakers follow the same fate (they’re down 8 right now). Mavs lucked out with a decimated Knicks team.

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Other stats:

Quinones: (+12)

6 points, 2/7 FGs, 0/3 threes, 2/2 FTs

5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 block

Moody: (+8)

5 points, 2/3 FGs, 1/1 htree

3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 2 steals, 1 block

Jackson-Davis: (+4)

6 points, 2/3 FGs, 2/2 FTs

2 rebounds (1 off.), 1 turnover, 1 block

Nembhard: (-9)

10 points, 4/8 FGs, 2/4 threes

1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 turnovers, 1 steal, 1 block

Haliburton: (-9)

5 points, 2/7 FGs, 1/4 threes

1 rebound, 11 assists, 3 turnovers, 1 steal, 1 block

Toppin: (-8)

7 points, 3/5 FGs, 1/3 threes

1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 turnover

Mathurin: (-13)

11 points, 2/11 FGs, 0/3 threes, 7/8 FTs

1 assist, 1 turnover

Sheppard: (-11)

8 points, 3/5 FGs, 1/3 threes, 1/1 FT

1 turnover, 1 block

McConnell: (-13)

6 points, 3/7 FGs

8 assists, 1 turnover, 1 steal

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Notable stats:


Curry: (+13)

42 points, 15/22 FGs, 11/16 threes, 1/2 FTs

2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 1 block

Kuminga: (+20)

18 points, 9/16 FGs, 0/2 threes

2 rebounds (1 off.), 4 assists, 3 turnovers, 2 blocks

Santos: (+5)

13 points, 5/8 FGs, 2/2 threes, 1/2 FTs

8 rebounds (2 off.), 1 assist

Saric: (+12)

11 points, 4/6 FGs, 2/3 threes, 1/1 FT

7 rebounds (2 off.), 3 assists, 2 turnovers

Wiggins: (+9)

11 points, 5/10 FGs, 1/3 threes

4 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal

Green: (+13)

8 points, 4/8 FGs, 0/1 three

8 rebounds (2 off.), 5 assists, 5 turnovers, 2 steals

Podziemski: (+23)

9 points, 3/9 FGs, 0/1 three, 3/4 FTs

7 rebounds (1 off.), 7 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 steals, 1 block


Smith: (+3)

14 points, 6/6 FGs, 2/2 threes

5 rebounds (3 off.), 1 steal

Siakam: (-16)

16 points, 6/11 FGs, 2/4 threes, 2/4 FTs

8 rebounds (2 off.), 2 assists, 2 turnovers, 1 steal, 1 block

Nesmith: (-9)

13 points, 4/7 FGs, 1/3 threes, 4/6 FTs

4 rebounds (1 off.), 1 assist, 2 turnovers, 5 steals, 1 block

Turner: (-13)

15 points, 5/12 FGs, 2/5 threes, 3/6 FTs

7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 turnover, 1 block

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Man, they really missed out when they didn’t trade kuminga for siakam.

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Final stats:


55.9% shooting (52/93 FGs), 17/32 threes, 10/13 FTs

49 rebounds (10 off.), 33 assists, 17 turnovers, 7 steals, 7 blocks


48.1% shooting (39/81 FGs), 12/31 threes, 19/27 FTs

30 rebounds (7 off.), 31 assists, 14 turnovers, 11 steals, 6 blocks

Points in paint:

Warriors: 64

Pacers: 44

Fastbreak points:

Warriors: 9

Pacers: 15

Points off turnovers:

Warriors: 12

Pacers: 26

Bench points:

Warriors: 43

Pacers: 50


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Big advantage in rebounds and points in paint, huh, I thought the Dubs were too small.

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The Pacers are what Chuck thought those Warriors teams were tbh

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Moody doesn't always show up on the stat sheet, but I always feel good about the team when he's out there. He's long and moves his feet well on defense, doesn't get lost, moves the ball around, and can hit the corner 3 when he's called upon.

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Such a satisfying game. Indiana is fun to watch. But the Warriors having so many games compressed together forcing them to play all their guys is the best thing for this team. Kerr now playing Podz and Gui real rookie minutes?

Steph doing Steph MVP version.

Beating the Pacers at their own game?

Bring it on!

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Guess I'll post the postgame stats here.

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Who wants to pick up a game on Utah and the Lakers tonight? Because whether you wanna or not, it's coming. And with it, the dreaded *virtual tie* with Utah, one of the more peculiar phrases in sports. It's the ONLY correct way to say "Same number of games behind the leader but we haven't played the same number of games as each other." Don't say "tie," don't say "comparable record," don't say "even," say "virtual tie."

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"comparable virtual even"

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Man, they've been building some monster mercenary teams in the West to try and keep us out of the Finals....a lot of TALL hired guns have moved West....Dubs still mostly homegrown to shoot them down....

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Feb 9·edited Feb 9

Wiseman getting minutes tonight. 100% from the field so far (5 minutes played).

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Called it :)

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Somewhere, John Hollinger is not watching basketball games and thinking up more clickbaity garbage headlines.

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Wrong, you said “thinking”

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Well played, sir!

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Since the restart, the Warriors are 6-3 with a point differential of +11.22. According to this site which uses an exponent of 16.5, the Warriors expected winning percentage is 82%, which means they've been on a 67 win pace over this stretch.

To be fair though, I think part of the current run is that the Warriors got a long break in the middle of the season whereas a lot of teams are probably sputtering toward the All-Star break.

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Dubs now with +1.3 point differential - 7th in the west. Wouldn't be surprised to see them finish in that position when the regular season concludes.

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Feb 9·edited Feb 9

No. There’s an offensive POY and a defensive POY and an MVP.

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Okay. Thanks.

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