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With 3:15 left in the third, the Clippers had a 99.3% chance of winning, per ESPN....

A 1-in-143 miracle.

And it wasn't even close.

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Great for games when we're down in the future. They know they can do it now

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Yes, a lot of the new guys haven't experienced this possibility.

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Jan 9, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot

Well that was an unexpected surprise!

BTW I don't know why it took me forever to finally sign up here 😅 Glad to see a lot of the old timers

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Just saw a replay of play with 11 mins left in the 4th where Steph fires the long lefty pass over to D Lee in the corner for a 3. Paschall has a good idea of what is coming and plants a great screen in the middle of the lane to make sure D Lee is wide open. Nice to see players anticipating and looking to free up other shooters besides Steph. Sure didn't see much evidence of that in the first two games.

Might be a good E1P candidate.

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I talked my way through the first three quarters and I'm at 1.5 hours raw tape. haha I'm not even at the comeback yet. Will shorten considerably once the boring parts are cut. But might end up a multi part E1P: Despair, Resistance, Comeback

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Yep, Warriors Outsiders talked about that specific play, and how Paschall is "doing a lot of the little things that help u win".

Speaking of EP, i would like to hear from the naysayers on here that claimed hes overrated.

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They asked EP about it post-game and he kind of did his own break down. EP recognized DLee was behind him and then him and Steph locked eyes and EP knew Steph was going to pass it, so he set the screen.

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I'm so excited that EP and DL are pumped and proud about the play, rightfully so. ...

but that kind of play was automatic for every player on the Dynasty Warriors... so a long way to grow for this team. But they could get there this year.

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wiggins D on Kawhi has been excellent and hes shotting 40 % en 3s.....really excited about the future with him when klay comes back

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Wiggins defense on Kawhi over two games:

2 for 12 FG, 5 TO, 3 assists, 0 3PM, 0 shooting fouls

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Wiggins was clearly winning that matchup both nights. I wonder if Kawhi isn't used to facing guys who have arms as freakishly long as his own & also lateral quickness.

I expect Kawhi to come back stronger, and without the face, next time they meet. But if Wiggins plays this kind of defense consistently he's practically an all star. Negating The Klaw while contributing his own efficient offense is way above even the relatively high expectations people had for Wiggins right after the trade.

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Wiggins = MIP

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Curry with the most minutes. That’s not sustainable.

Maybe they can do well enough against the bottom half of the league to go back to resting him in the 4th.

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If its not sustainable, then hes not a HOF player. Therefore, it is sustainable. He got a lot of needed rest last year

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Steph played 36 minutes, only two over the average he’s played the last five years or so. Basically the time he played the start of the fourth. I’m sure most games he’ll play the 34 he always does but this was hardly “unsustainable” and he looked pretty fresh at the end.

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Yeah. This is the toughest stretch of games of first half this season. I am hoping against hope that Warriors style of play slows down for Oubre. Seems like he is not messing up defensive switches as badly and also is looking for Steph/others bit more on offense.

He has got to get better at having better positioning awareness in the corner and just take the shot instead of checking where his foot near the 3 pt line.

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Oubre's just got a lot of weird mechanics for a guy with 5 years in the league.

Like, we need him to be an off-the-catch threat, but his triple threat and first step are so weird. He's a lefty but on the catch in the corner, instead of wanting to attack to his strong hand and attack the middle of the paint, he always wants to go to his weakhand and attack on the baseline, which also often involves him taking a negative step and doing a Pietrus.

Plus, like you said, he constantly looks down at the 3pt line when he's gonna try to shoot a 3 off the catch. Or he takes a side dribble when he's already open, only to take a stepback contested 3.

Maybe taking Oubre out of the starting lineup is still a no-go, but maybe at least reducing his minutes from 26.3mpg, to like 15-20mpg is needed. Until he starts figuring out how to move within the offense and not be a black hole.

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If they don't put him on the bench, at least limit his shooting and get him to focus on passing the ball. He is an isolationist, but unlike Paschall, he doesn't finish well. He needs to learn to see the floor. I'm not sure if you can really teach this. It's a big change in perspective.

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I have been advocating moving him to 2nd unit. But reducing his minutes while staying with first unit may be better idea. In some ways it's good that we are getting to play good and elite terms upfront. Speeds up the integration if you have good BBIQ and confident. But it is bad if you have players Oubre type of players. I hope I am proven wrong though.

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Agreed. Give him less minutes to try snd motivate him...if he cant put anything together in lesser minutes, then he will seal his own fate

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Well Kerr looks like he flipped that switch last night... as in keeping Kelly on the pine during crunch time. His offense looked herky jerky after he bricked his first few shots, as he was clearly looking to put it on the floor, but the defense was in no rush to get out to him. He looked smooth and in control the night his shot was falling! I really feel like him hitting a three in the first is going to be pretty important in the early going here.

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Great win. Assuming steph stays healthy, I really think we're 1 trade away from contending for a chip (the west is VERY get-able this year + covid could easily screw with any top team's fortunes). I predict we will trade for a 1 or a 5 to replace Wannamaker or Looney in the rotation for the home stretch. If a 1, George Hill would be amazing. If a 5 (most likely) I could see RoLo or Dieng. Oh and Steph for MVP ;)

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Loon: highest screen assist player on the team. Clearly knows how to play with Steph on offense.

BW: The eye test says he plays solid D, hustles, and makes the right plays on offense to keep things moving and spaced out correctly. Third highest points created from assists behind Steph and Dray in far fewer minutes. Deflections and loose ball stats all back up the eye test. And how about those 6 rebounds last night?

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At this point what are Wannamaker and Loon going to net us that will make us any better then what we are right now?

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No trades please

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Clearly the Warriors could’ve swept both the Portland and Clippers, but Kerr is punting a few games here and to keep us out of a top 10 record. Gotta keep that pick.

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Kerr Lightyears - To infinity and beyond.

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Clearly was the game plan vs Bucks, Nets, Blazers and Clips.

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I totally forgot about that. I hope they won't end up top 10 record. Just barely making the playoffs would be good. If they somehow can get PJ Tucker, they can do some damage in the playoffs.

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Wiseman can play with second unit while still allowing EP to go to work, let wiseman spot up n EP go to work in the paint

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I think they want Wiseman to play with Steph to open up the PNR. That's one play that Wiseman seems to handle quite well.

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Need spacers if they want to run PnR with Wiseman.

This all to say, DLee should probably be taking some of Oubre's minutes.

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All of them.

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So great that Steph and Draymond wouldn’t give up. This was definitely a team effort but I got the feeling like the team could’ve given up a little when down by 20, and maybe the Clips eased up a bit then, but Steph just pushing and pushing had to be an inspiration to those who haven’t played many games with him. Then everybody caught fire.

Warriors now with a winning record... and confidence.

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Also I feel like most of wiseman's minutes have been with oubre on the court, he will be much more effective with a lineup like curry d Lee wiggins dray n wiseman who can stretch the floor n utilize his vertical spacing

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Wiseman will get there but he is still a little lost on the court. He’ll be a different player in the playoffs.

It’s painful but Kerr can’t give up on Oubre.

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wiseman wont be a diferent maker this year, he is so young. we won tonight cause he only played 15 minutes

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Yeah - Wiseman seems tentative and is lacking the killer instinct. That will come with time.

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Ever since he fouled out he seems to never want to foul again. His aggression the first few games was feeding our energy. He will find a balance eventually.

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Play him with the second unit so his shots don't take away from curry's, he's super aggressive we just can't have that when curry is trying to get into his flow

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The second unit is better without him imo

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Also defending second units will be much better for him then starting lineups

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Defending alongside Draymond and being on offense with Curry is what is most effective for Wiseman.

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I can't wait til poole starts hooping and takes wannamakers spot, I honestly feel he can bring everything wannamaker does but better once he gets in rhythm

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Tough to fault Wanamaker right after he gutted out a ballsy 4th quarter comeback win against maybe the most talented team in the league. Poole still has a shot to be pretty good, but I’d bet my left arm he’d have bricked one if not both of those 3 point shots in crunch time that Wanamaker knocked down. Those were killers.

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I don’t see it. Not a knock on Poole but I’m in love with Wanamaker. Solid ball handler, good vision, solid D 1-3, and his 3 is for real.

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It's just a gut feeling honestly but other then D, wannamaker has been pretty damm bad, I know his shot will come around tho, I don't mind him playing with steph in the first unit when he doesn't have to do much but shoot and defend, I think poole will add to our second unit so that we won't have to play small everytime

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I keep seeing ppl say Wanamaker has been bad. His per36 numbers are slightly above his career average except for his FG% (which is heading back to his career avg). The guy is solid... we acquired him knowing what he can do and he's basically been exactly that and possibly more.

Per36: 10.9 pts / 4.4 boards / 6.1 assists / 1.9 steals... he's had positive plus/minus in every game except in MIL & CHI

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He's been generally annoying to me.

From taking a step-in dribble turning a 3 to a long 2, looking like he's unable to make any kind of shot in the paint, and for a supposedly smart player having some real dumb moments (like saving that OOB ball right to the basket that it was a lob to Kanter).

Last night though was his best game in the Warriors uni, I think. Didn't turn any 3s into 2s, rebounded well, assisted without turnovers. Played good D. Still looks like he has no idea how to finish inside besides trying to bait FTs tho...

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I agree BraWanama has been fine. This game he was in a tough spot, Steph was rolling and had to rest, he came in and got solid rebounds ran the offense and hit open shots. I am thrilled with that.

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Yeah I've yet to see Poole control the floor in the PG way that Wanna has.

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Honestly that was the second game in a row we looked like the better team

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Damn! That was fun!

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The best part of the game had to do with none of the players. It was when Kerr had that huge fist pump when someone (I think possibly Wanamaker) got a stop on PG

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Kerr gave a big fist pump in the first half when Paschall penetrated to the paint, stopped, pivoted, and threw a beautiful pass to Lee in the corner for 3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHJS9fKOdVY&t=316s

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Lol wrong timestamp but I found it. The one I'm talking about was way more emphatic. If you manage to get a replay of the game, it's at 5:15 left in the 4th on the shot clock violation.

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On the positive side, I am extremely glad that I seem to have been very wrong about Paschall. Dude is murdering lumbering bigs out there. Our bench is a positive on most nights and a lot of credit should go to Paschall. Still don't know how useful he is against top-level talent unless he becomes a more well-rounded player, but he definitely has his uses.

Also, Mulder and Lee need to play more. I know defense suffers, but we need the shooting more than the defense.

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Clips might have the best constructed bench in the game(at least should be). Zubac would start on most teams in the league, including the dubs. Same with Morris, and he had them on skates. Even with PG and Kahwi on the floor he was getting where he wanted and if there are better wing help defenders anywhere I don’t know who they are. The one thing I noticed though is that he’s still finishes exclusively right handed. He’s been bullying his way into making space for that, but if he can switch hands down there it’s going to open up even more space...which is scary.

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This is top level talent! The Clips have a great team and Paschall is a force.

He’s probably a non-force if Anthony Davis or Bam guard him but if teams have to warp their rotations to match up with him that’s a win.

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Who would have seen the upside in losing Chriss to the broken leg? It's clear that if Chriss were available, we wouldn't be seeing Paschall as small ball 5.

Got to give Kerr and the rest of the staff a lot of credit. The team is establishing a real identity and that second unit, amazingly, has become a strength rather than what many of us considered the team's Achilles heal. Hoping that Oubre will come around, but he really seems like a head case right now.

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shades of David Lee going down and opening up Draymond to actualize his role

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