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So one thing about ACL and Achilles injuries is that players usually look a lot better in their second year back. Based on that we can expect Klay to look even more like himself next year. As a counterpoint, Klay is getting up there in years (in basketball terms only) so I don't know if that will mitigate the effect of more time but I am pretty optimistic that Klay's play will level up next season.

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I think going forward klay is going to have to become a SF. I don’t think he has the lateral quickness to stay in front of guards anymore, but hopefully he proves me wrong!

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Maybe. 2 points. 1) we'll see what he looks like next year and 2) positions are a lot more fluid than us fans tend to think. on O he will likely do all the same things. does that make him still a guard? I mean a wing could also do the same things on O. On D they already make defensive assignments based on matchups not position so if he defends the opponent's 3rd tallest player is he a small forward or is Wiggins just a better matchup for their 4th tallest player ... etc.

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I'm definitely rooting for the Celtics today, perhaps if Middleton was never coming back I'd root for the Bucks but they are playing the Celtics even without their second best player who should be back for a theoretical Warrior matchup plus it's not 100% clear that Robert Williams would be good to go for a Finals series. Either way though, I'd hope that Miami could beat the winner of this game.

Suns/Mavericks is trickier for me, would have said Mavericks a week ago but if CP3 is really this worn out right now, how is he going to look in the WCF where it's a game every other day until it's decided? And I don't think the Suns are anything special if CP3 is mortal. But I don't know, the prospect of homecourt advantage against the Mavericks is pretty nice too.

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Since we can't control it and I really can't tell who would be the tougher match up, I mostly don't worry about it, but here are 3 reasons for wanting the Mavs (a serious one and 2 not so serious ones):

1) Home court advantage ('nuff said)

2) Chris Paul would lose - always fun to watch

3) The Warriors have .500 or better record against every team in the league this season ... except Denver, Memphis and Dallas. they went 1-3 against each of those 3 opponents. There would be some fun symmetry to beating the only 3 teams they lost the regular season against on the way to the finals.

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I'm rooting for the Bucks because the Celtics are a defensive nightmare matchup for the Dubs. Marcus Smart, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are pretty much exactly who we don't want anywhere near Steph, Klay, and the third scoring threat like Wiggins or Poole. I also just hate the Celtics on a purely irrational decades-long grudge dating to being a Laker fan up until the 80s. Meanwhile I have to really admire the Bucks, meaning really Giannis and Jrue Holiday. They're both likeable people, which helps. But Giannis is also the best player in the world, has been for several years, and when I think as an NBA fan rather than Warrior fan, he's just the most joy for me to watch. Astonishing skill, talent, work ethic. We may never see his like again.

By that same metric, I also like Luka. He's no Giannis but he is an extraordinary talent, and similarly, I hate the Suns. CP3 is a dirty player and my mortal enemy and I need him to never win a championship. No more swipe throughs for you, sir. Not to mention I think the Warriors match up well with Dallas -- no intense defenders to deal with. Put Draymond or Wiggins on Luka, cut off the head of the snake, and I think we can outrun them.

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Fair enough. I strictly root for things based on how it affects the Warriors' chances of a title at this point. The Bucks are certainly a likable team who I rooted for last season and will root for if the Warriors lose in the WCF but I care about Curry's legacy a lot more than Giannis' legacy.

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But if Curry defeats Giannis wouldn’t that improve Stephs legacy?

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Absolutely, but at this point all Curry's narrative really needs is a title (and a FMVP wouldn't hurt), the degree of difficulty would not overshadow the overall arc of his career imo. If he wins one before KD and after KD, the main talking point keeping him from being in the conversation for top 5 all time is gone imo. And when I say in the conversation for top 5, I mean that in the same way that there are always like 10 players in the NBA who are in the "conversation" for top 5 currently.

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Yea but he wants the "easier" matchup in his mind. I personally don't care, I'll take whatever team is next, the warriors aren't scared of anybody

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Hate the Cs, like Giannis. If we lose in the finals to the bucks, I will accept it. If we lose to the Cs, I will throw things. Go Bucks.

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Really enjoying Steph’s response to Brooks’ postgame comments:

> “He’s said a lot of crazy things,” Curry told The Athletic. “He called himself a dynasty already, so you’ve got to figure. On to the next round. Western Conference finals, we’re back. Let’s goooo!”

🤣

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Btw totally random but is there any way to get notified when people respond to your post/comment? For me at least the notifications section of the profile page shows nothing and I don’t get any emails, which I feel like used to happen…

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You can always check and see if there’s an orange circle next to your avatar which tells you if you’ve gotten responses.

I imagine getting emails for every like or comment on a post started to annoy a lot of users, so maybe they change that recently.

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Huh, I have never seen an orange circle next to my avi and even now, your reply didn't show up anywhere. Oh well *shrug*

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I still get notifications on my laptop. It used to let me click on them to see what the comment was but hasn't let me do that for 2-3 months. I have to go to my email inbox to do that now.

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I’m viewing from my phone right now — but when I click on my profile icon in the top right corner, there’s an “activity” page. Also, I think I still get email notifications, so not sure what happened there.

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Yeah, nothing has even shown up for me there. Dunno

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May 15, 2022·edited May 15, 2022Liked by punk basketball

The best part of yesterday's win and how it happened is that I don't need to rewatch the 37 point quarter every three hours now. It has sustained me through many a cold winter's eve, but right now I'm good.

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I think right now, we’re all good.

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May 15, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

On pairing Looney & Green. Yes, I have been very clear about splitting up Dray and Looney and have desired to see OPJ or Beli or JK in the starting lineup. I still believe that moving forward, but Memphis was a different animal in terms of matchups. In most cases, when Dray moves to the 5, he puts himself in a position to defend a scoring big: Jokic, Ayton, Embiid, AD, etc. But Steven Adams isn't a scoring big. He is just a massive human being. What's the point of Dray defending him if Adams isn't looking to score. In fact, that would work great for Memphis to have our best defender guarding their worst scorer. And they have JJJ as a great scoring big. This is why Memphis was such a difficult matchup and the move to put in Loon had more to do with freeing Dray up to guard JJJ than it was to have someone big on Adams. Credit to Dray and Steph for seeing a better way to counter their lineup and having to faith in Loon to hold up his end of the job. Years ago Dray and Steph met in a restaurant to save their playoff lives. This time around, they are concocting their strategy for G6 on the bench in Memphis while getting blitzed. Funny, as the Grizzlies and their fans celebrated, little did they know Steph and Dray were planting the seeds for their ultimate demise. How sweet it is.

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May 15, 2022·edited May 15, 2022

Nice take. I also noticed how this impacted the other end of the court - in the first handful of offenses Dray dragged JJJ out of the key/ switch actions by standing in the corner on the baseline. I have never seen that before. A massive offensive adjustment that freed up Steph and Klay to get off shots

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Well, Draymond sometimes boxing out Adams in order to get rebounds was useful. Yes?

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May 15, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

you were mentioned in Daniel Hardee article!

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May 15, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

Final thoughts on the Houston Grizzlies as they all pack their bags for Sandals.

Yes, you are the new Houston. Dillon Brooks and this Wal-Mart manager Mr. Jenkins never made worthy amends for their transgressions. Like Dwight "I'm still a Champion" Howard, they still believe they are the better team. They still believe they should have and would have and could have won but for Jordan Poole's reckless play. They believe they are a dynasty while amassing a grand total of 2 wins in the 2nd round. At the start of the season, I was excited for a new budding rivalry between these two talented teams. Now the Grizzlies are just the new Rockets. The team I have no respect for. The team I will love sending on vacation for the next 5 years.

The first rule of playoff basketball: Be the last one standing. Thus endith the lesson.

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If we are able to send this Memphis team home for the next 5 years I will be F&#king pumped. They are good already and if they stay together and continue to build, they will be a handful.

And yes, Brooks is a dope. Doubt we will see the same stupidity from Jenkins in the future.

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I don’t see any reason to diss Walmart managers, many of whom locally are people of color. Working hard to make a living with low pay. Just working folk. Everybody loves Amazon/Whole Foods. I do not. In the realm of humongous companies driving many retailers out of business, I give Walmart credit for a business model that allows many low to moderate income people to feed their families.

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I love the Walmart reference

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May 15, 2022·edited May 15, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Checking now. My ‘usual’ favorite seat in 109 or 110 rows7-9 behind the basket is around $900. One of the top seats in the 210 section is ~$500. Think I’ll take four of my favorites, two for me and a friend and two for some five year olds. In case you were wondering in the 2019 to 2020 season those lower seats were under $100. Only times I ever went to a basketball game and in a mysterious reversal of all ongoing trends, they won both times. Since I am so powerful, somebody should take me to the WCF games.

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The Warriors are 8-1 when I don’t watch and 0-2 when I have so far this postseason. That’s my claim to fame quite the opposite of yours

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Easy Peezy, you can spend all your time with your new best friend DVR.

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Yah....I have decided I might be a jinx as the times I turned away when they were losing and stopped watching the Dubs have won. I am going to burn some sage or something (more likely a dark coffee scented candle) and start over with the WCF and see how it goes.

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Easy Peezy, just keep turning your back and stop watching when they are losing.

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Not sure if a repost but this had some really good insights into The Value of:

- Klay's Audacity

- Swing Factors in a game/series

- Live ball turn overs

- Steph knowing how to win

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xm2T7VMb4t8

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I hate these people they try to sound smart by doing game theory math, and then doing it wrong. A half court live ball turnover is not a 2.5 point swing. It may be 1pt scoring opportunity lost, but the 1.35ppp given up is only .35 better than Memphis would have otherwise. Like ball turnovers are bad, a little worse than a missed shot, but they’re not thaaaaaat bad

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May 15, 2022·edited May 15, 2022

Wow that was an electric performance by Jermell Charlo man. That was a fight of the year before Castaño got knocked out.

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I’ve spent the day just enjoying that GSW made it back to the conference finals. I don’t want the team to be satisfied with that, but as a fan, I can appreciate it and not take it for granted.

Even skipping over the Lost Year 2020, and then the Discombobulated Year 2021 which ended with GSW finally catching fire, and then the huge ups and downs of this year…

Even as recently as Apr 1, the team had just dropped 7 out of 8 games in ugly fashion, people were calculating if GSW could fall all the way into the play-in and bomb out of the playoffs.

Even as recently as Apr 16, when the playoffs started, we didn’t know what we would get out of Poole (no data), Klay (long road back from injury and not looking great), Dray (looking eh), Steph (just back from injury). We didn’t know if Jokic would just steamroll our tiny team.

Then I won’t recount all the wild drama and swings of the MEM series, since they are fresh.

In short, it’s been a wild, exhausting ride and I’m taking a moment to just appreciate.

Ahhhhh

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May 15, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

Fantastic re-framing. You’re such a good role model. Then again so is my 86 year old landlady.

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All the MEM drama was generated solely by them, to try and stir the pot. They knew that they were on tilt...all out of pure desperation....as evidenced by their coach pounding the table leading the charge and fueling the fire

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Nothing more pleasurable as a fan than putting your feet up and watching two rivals go through the desperation of a game 7 when your team has already punched their ticket

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Meditating to get my blood pressure and heart rate back down. Can Steph really do that? Asked my cardiologist and he said absolutely. He cited TM. Shocked because he is a very, very medically conservative cardiologist (which is just fine with me).

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Do it twice a day - or 10 x a week for the best long-term results. I have been practicing TM for almost 50 years. It really works.

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You are a commitment and consistency hero.

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Yes, just brought my systolic down by 10 points doing MM. Exactly what the doctor ordered. Stopped doing it for a while, but now again looking forward to the cumulative effect. Thanks.

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Commitment to routine has been particularly challenging during Covid. But I know it works and I need it these days. Thanks for reminding me.

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Since we have a few days, I'll ask a question that's been bugging me for a while.

I'm anti-Laker, but:

I have never quite understood why the 2000's Lakers don't seem to get the respect that the other multiple title winners get.

When you hear about superteams, you mostly hear about the 90s Bulls (6 titles), the Showtime Lakers (4), the Celtics of the 60's (lots), or even the Celtic 80s teams (3), and now the Dubs (if you need the number of titles, stop reading right now).

I hear a lot of individual accolades for Kobe, but hardly ever hear the 2000 Lakers even mentioned. They won 5 titles, including a back-to-back-to-back run! Plus two other Finals appearances that they did not win.

Anyone know why they are not held in the same regard? I realize Shaq was gone for the second brace of championships, and I think Pau and Odom were the other stars for that iteration, but still.

Is there any more to it than that Shaq wasn't around later on?

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Interesting question... part of it could be that there were two iterations of the dynasty, at both ends of the decade with a few less successful years in between and quite an overhaul of the roster. So there wasn't really a single narrative around the 2000's Lakers, it was more like a succession of fractured storylines - the Shaq & Kobe years, their feuding, the failed superteam experiment with Malone and Payton, and the somewhat slow rebuilding around Kobe towards the two later championships. The only constant player between the two iterations was Kobe unless you count the return of Derek Fisher or you take Phil Jackson into account.

Now why the early 2000s Shaq-Kobe three-peating Lakers by themselves are rarely mentioned in the same breath as other dynasties, I'm not quite sure. I think part of it has to do with Shaq himself - he was just so much bigger and stronger than everyone else, so his Hulk-will-smash-I'ma-toss-Chris-Dudley-aside-like-a-rag-doll dominance is just not compelling enough, no matter how good Kobe was. Personally, I'd rather watch Kareem or Hakeem play than Shaq.

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May 15, 2022·edited May 15, 2022

By SRS, a basic measure of historical dominance (basically PD adjusted for strength of competition), the Kerr Warriors had three of the top 11 teams of all time (#4, #8, #11).

https://www.basketball-reference.com/tools/share.fcgi?id=k3YK6

The Shaq Lakers don’t show up till #25 on the list (the 1999-2000 team). The 2001-02 team (the one that was gifted a finals appearance by David Stern in that absurd WCF v Sacramento) ranks #68; and the 2000-01 team, with a meh +3.74 SRS, doesn’t even rank in the top 100. That team got their crap together and kicked ass in the playoffs, but were only the #6 rated team in the league in the regular season.

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Those teams, mostly due to Shaq, were pretty uninterested in the regular season. So any regular season metrics might underrate their true strength. I would probably rate the 00-01 team that went 15-1 in the playoffs as the top Kobe-Shaq Laker performance. It's a lot easier to win 60 games in the regular season than to go 15-1 in the playoffs. Only 3 teams in history have dropped just 1 game on the way to a championship.

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Of course, if you believe win loss in a small sample size like playoffs is a bit fluky, I would agree. Here's best playoff point differential:

https://www.statmuse.com/nba/ask/best-nba-playoff-point-differential-in-a-season

I think you'll like who's #1 in both that and the wins chart:

https://www.statmuse.com/nba/ask/best-nba-playoff-record-in-a-season

😎

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Also I think those 90's Bulls teams suffer here because more possessions can inflate point differential. IDK though, it would be interesting to look at point differential/possession to take pace out of it.

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Thanks, Sleepy ... this makes a lot of sense. Your knowledge of these advanced stats is impressive. I didn't realize anyone had tried to compare teams across years.

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This is kinda puzzling too. I'd argue that 2001 Lakers squad was one of the greatest EVER, and could beat the 2017 Warriors in a hypothetical 6 games

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Not a chance, imo.

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Well then I'll take your word for it because fuck the Lakers

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I regard the Shaq-Kobe Lakers right up there with those other dynasties, so… who is someone who doesn’t? In fact they three-peated which only the Bulls and the ancient Celts managed to do

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No I don’t. Didn’t like Shaq, didn’t like Kobe, so there. Stopped watching basketball.

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May 15, 2022·edited May 15, 2022

It's just you never hear about them. The only thing I've heard about them in the last few years is actually negative ... that the first Shaq-Kobe team had a very meh regular season record (56 wins in 2000-2001) and caught fire in the playoffs.

Compare that with the Bulls or Showtime Lakers ... those guys are mentioned regularly.

Or compare the number of times you hear about Kobe as an individual as opposed to the team and it's accomplishments.

Edit: That said, I'm prepared to believe I'm wrong, and they are held in higher regard than I know. Could be confirmation bias (I hate them, ergo avoid coverage of them).

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May 15, 2022·edited May 15, 2022

I get misty-eyed thinking about Klay’s return from the NBA wilderness, and his fantastic, potentially season-saving performance last night. But since I’m somewhat suspicious by nature of NBA myths and catch-phrases (and outright lies, like Fitz’ oft-repeated claims that Draymond has a 7-3 wingspan or that Will Barton is a Warrior killer), I ran the career numbers of Klay in Game 6 (in 12 games since 2013):

21.3 ppg on .617 ts / 4.5 reb / 1.4 ast

Quite good, but not that much better than his overall career playoff numbers. I think it’s basically the 41 point game v OKC and the 35 and 27 pointers that he dropped on Houston that gave rise to the legend, which is understandable. But he’s also had four Game Sixes in which he was held to single digits.

By way of comparison:

Game 6 Steph (12 games):

26.8 ppg on .575 ts / 5.2 reb / 6.6 ast

That dude is pretty great, too. :-)

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Klay was having a game six game against Toronto when dirty Danny struck. Cut short what was promising to be an epic performance….

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For sure. He had 30 points in 32 minutes **on 12 fga** when disaster struck. And was on an absolute burner. Sigh.

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I always considered in my head that Game 6 Klay started with the 41pt OKC game. Did you parse the numbers from there thru current day? If not, please do?

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May 15, 2022·edited May 15, 2022

Yeah, the overall number is definitely dragged down by some meh/bad Game 6s early in his career (e.g. 7 points v DEN in 2013, 10 pts v SA in 2013, 9 pts v LAC in 2014, and 5 points v CLE in the 2015 Finals).

But he also had a 9-pointer in Game 6 v LAC in 2019 (which was fine, since it was a blowout in which KD dropped 50 and Steph had 24).

Fwiw: 28.1 ppg in seven Game 6s since (and inclusive of) the 41-pointer v OKC.

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Yea that's definitely Game 6 Klay, our eyes aren't lying to us

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May 15, 2022·edited May 15, 2022

Indeed.

One great Game 6 that flies under the radar a bit is Dray’s Game 6 of the 2019 Finals:

11 pts, 19 reb, 13 ast, 3 stl, 2 blk

He put up 14 pts, 16 reb, 8 ast, and 1 stl last night — his first Game 6 since the ‘19 Finals — so maybe “Game 6 Dray” is a bit of a thing as well.

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Dray is in the same class as Steph for me, don't really care for their stats, I just expect them to make winning plays as the series goes

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Dray had an amazing 2016 Finals Game 7 performance as well - 32 points on 15 shots (6-8 from 3), 15 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals. Gets lost in the aftermath of the disastrous finish. Game 7 Dray?

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May 15, 2022·edited May 15, 2022

To me one elephant in the room, literally, is James Wiseman. What’s going on with his leg/knee? It happened like 13 months ago? I feel so terrible for him.

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I'm really excited to see him play next year. Even though we're still in the playoffs, I find myself thinking about next season a lot just because of him.

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All I know is in 2k22 he’s a beast. I only hope he’ll be the same next year.

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May 15, 2022·edited May 15, 2022

Thinking about JP, JK, and Moody with another year under their belts is pretty exciting, too.

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Agreed. I’ve always thought we had a decent shot at a championship this year, but that next year might be our best shot. I think it might be the sweet spot in terms of Steph/Klay/Dray still as elite players, but with JP/Kuminga/Moody all outplaying their contracts.

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Oh for sure but that goes without saying. Wiseman is such a question mark that I'm more interested in that.

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It's like, what does this guy look like with some reps of ANY sort, right?

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May 15, 2022·edited May 15, 2022

*Figuratively

“What’s going on” (s/o Marvin Gaye) is no mystery: he opted to have a complex meniscal repair surgery, which has a better long term prognosis than simple removal (the traditional approach), but a much lengthier and less predictable recovery time. A year is not unheard of: it took Jaren Jackson Jr. 10 months after his procedure to get back on the court, then probably another 6 months + to start looking like the JJJ we see now.

It took Wiseman a year to get back, and he looked quite good physically when he did, if predictably rusty in terms of hoops skill. Then he had a bit of a setback — swelling in the knee — at which point is was so late in the season that trying to rush him back in the midst of a serious playoff run would have been folly.

So here we are, hoping he recovers fully by Summer and is able to get in his first full NBA training camp in advance of next season.

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May 15, 2022·edited May 15, 2022

Get outta here with your Figuratively- I am quite pleased with the assertion that Wiseman is not only in the room, but is an elephant.

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Sincerely hoping that he is getting good emotional support, though - as a (now transplanted) Portlander, I watched Oden spiral - yep, figuratively - as he not only dealt with the frustration of injuries, but the whispers as others in his draft class excelled.

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As I recall he had a surgical procedure for the swelling in the knee. That's why they couldn't rush him back.

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I think I’ve been confused/concerned because first they said he would likely be there for training camp in the fall, that he would be back for the season, then he’d be back in December, and then he had a setback, then he’d be back into the G league. Then he had another setback. So they had a whole different set of expectations, at least what they told to the press ( us). Now we hear..hoping he will be back for summer league. A hope, not a projection. And for a good part of the year when I watched him on the bench he looked like a black cloud. Can definitely understand that.

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Yeah, if the playoffs weren't starting so soon I wonder what the time table would have been for him to get back out there. As it was, shutting him down for the season made the most sense.

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Yes, and now they are saying he may be able to join the summer league. Not that he will be able to join summer league, but that he may. Was it February when he played in the G League and experienced soreness? We don’t hear what he’s doing in practice, or what he’s capable of doing, but that he might be able to play mid summer. Is this usual? I would think the uncertainty would be driving him nuts.

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Can we afford the “Wiseman” experiment going forward? As the second pick doesn’t his salary scale up quickly?

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Magic eight ball says: answer unclear, please ask again later.

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Yeah, it was honest questioning on my part and not in the worried about what the owners have to pay kind of way but more in the vein of who do we not sign because we’re hanging onto him.

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May 15, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

This felt like a mile race where we started off with a very fast pace and said, "Let's see if you can keep up with us for 4 laps/Q's?". Seems like it was all part of the plan even though it was hella frustrating to watch with all the unforced TO's. And then when we took over in the 4th, it was like a kick from a supreme champion with 250m to go. I like how Steph said we still haven't peaked yet... "You don't want to see us next year"

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May 14, 2022·edited May 14, 2022Liked by Daniel Hardee

To Daniel's query: Before the season, I was excited about what could be with the Klay coming back. I was concerned that they not push him too hard, too soon, for fear that another catastrophic injury would be... well, a catastrophe and might end his career. I was relieved when they didn't rush him back.

I was expecting Wiseman to be ready much sooner. I hoped he would thrive in a simplified role on offense and learn to eat space and intimidate on defense. I lost hope for that as the season progressed. I was sorely disappointed that he never made it onto the court for the Ws.

I /hated/ all the talk of trading Wiggs, Loon, Jordan Poole, and draft picks (or the players they became) for whatever 'star' -- Bradley Beal, Ben Simmons(!), and even Damian Lillard. It made NO sense. Nor did the proposed trades for Myles Turner (who declared himself a main contributor on offense) and Domantas Sabonis (an offensive-oriented big) make sense to me. All of these trades had the Ws overpaying for players that were, IMO, a poor fit. One of the lessons of the Durant-era Warriors is that being top-heavy with stars comes at a cost, and that it's important to have good depth guys who are willing to accept a role and execute it.

I was in favor of getting a big and was both surprised and disappointed that Marquese Chriss never even got an invite and that they couldn't get a nibble from Marc Gasol. I did NOT want Turner or Sabonis. Later, I thought that was maybe a good thing, as I think the guy that would have been bumped was GPII, and I liked him and wanted him WAY more than Avery Bradley, who just seemed spent. I worried when other squads seemed to improve (e.g. the Suns) and the Warriors seemed to be treading water.

I was excited about the vet min acquisitions of Iguodala, OPJ, and Bjelica and thought that given the budget, those guys were an outstanding haul. I was disappointed that we didn't spend the MLE on someone who could help, and that guys like Patty Mills, Paul Millsap, and even Kent Bazemore preferred other destinations to the Ws.

I was hopeful that Moses Moody might be a contributor by the end of the regular season and expected (mostly because of media reports; never saw him play) Kuminga to be so raw as to be of no use this year. I questioned whether that was the best use of the #7 pick. We already had a raw, talented athletic project; two seemed like too many on a team hoping to compete for a championship. Having seen him develop a bit, I repent in sackcloth and ashes. I was hopeful Jordan Poole would take the next step and become a jolt of energy as a sixth man. I never saw his rapid rise coming.

I thought the Ws would finish around 4th or 5th in the west if all went well. I was hoping they might get as far as the conference championship, but wouldn't have been surprised if they had gone out in the 2nd round. Would have been sorely disappointed if they had gotten sent home in round 1.

After watching the team get out to a fast start, I revised my expectations and hoped they might win a championship. Then Dray went out with a serious injury, and the team struggled. Then he came back and Steph went out. I started to worry that they wouldn't be ready for the post-season. I was pleased with how they dispatched Denver, concerned with how they played in games 4, 5, and the first 3 quarters of game 6 against the Grizz.

Now that they're in the Final Four, I am hopeful that they'll get into the championship series. I think they have a puncher's chance there but don't know how they would deal with the size of Boston or Milwaukee especially. Nor do I think Miami would be a cakewalk. But I'll be there with them at the end, come what may. Go Warriors!

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All of your expectations and the progressions of them are exactly how I felt throughout the season

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Nothing soft about the Celtics anymore

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Coach Nick did a breakdown of the Suns offense in the Suns-Mavs series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOagJq55Ygo

Suns were running a great offense in games 1 & 2 of the series, but the Mavericks defense made adjustments to force the Suns to play a different offense that isn't as effective as the offense they ran in the first two games of the series.

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Thanks for sharing

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