Did they shoot too many threes or not enough??? And how can Chris Paul help?
Do people actually dislike Emmanuel, or is it a joking hate? I always thought it was the latter, but given some of the comments on DubNation HQ I'm no longer sure.
Spence looked like James Wiseman out there
JZ, if you're around, who you got tonight? If I was a betting man, I would have Crawford by TKO in the late rounds, maybe the 10th. I think if it goes to decision, Spence has an advantage on the cards since this is a PBC event and he is their guy. Crawford knows that and will try for the KO
On a side note, we’ve all heard of being in the zone, but it’s almost always within the context of offense. All of my life, I’ve been a defense first player but it wasn’t until today that I was in the defensive zone, and realized I was while in it.
It was one of the most incredible feelings in the world. I shifted easily with every move the opposition made, mirroring him and cutting off his driving lanes making him uncomfortable. Beyond that, I wasn’t letting anyone get to their spots and was playing fantastic help defense racking up 9 steals and 5 blocks. I also got dunked on, but we don’t talk about that.
I guess my question is, have any of y’all ever been in the zone? Have any of u been in an defensive zone? How did it feel?
No Wiggins for most of the season took away a lot of GS limited inside options. I think the post-mortems on last year generally seriously undersell not having Wiggins at full ramp up for the playoffs. He was good, but he was great in 2022. Without him in full 16 game mode, without usable size, and with only Curry to break down D on ball, where is non-three scoring coming from? One of the reasons I believe TJD will get time this early season is his post scoring skill-set. Paul should also be able to help Kuminga get his inside, and he and Saric have done so in the past.
It wasn't me!!!
The hardest guy to cover is the player who just passed the ball. Or the guy moving constantly without the ball. Especially if he is on the other side of the court from the ball. Easiest player to focus on is the one who dribbles. Especially if you know he wants to shoot. The reason Kerr begs for the extra pass is because it uncovers the cutter clearly and provides time to see him as the defense plays the ball and provides help on the ball. The defense can't easily help on the cutter. Moreso if there is more than one. With both Klay and Steph in constant motion, the defense has issues.
We looked like the Rockets last year with all the desperate threes hoisted and missed. I really hope this season we will look more like the Warriors of old but a better version (whatever and however that will be).
This is why I was giving Kerr criticism from kuminga island. Steph mentioned it after we got bounced from the playoffs, we had a lack of offensive variety.
Curry klay Wiggins kuminga green imo had the potential to be our most effective lineup. This had proper playoff spacing, a vertical threat for Draymond and 3 solid POA defenders.
Our main issue in the playoffs was offense not defense, even against the kings we struggled to score because we had no spacing, especially when donte and Poole stopped hitting there shots. When you have a lineup with no inside presence, donte who wouldn't attack the rim if his life depended on it, a Draymond green who to this day is still allergic to being aggressive offensively, of course we are going to have to settle for threes.
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Steph is more effective off the ball. They get different looks and higher quality looks with his movement disrupting the defense, and influencing the defensive coverage to shift. Kerr preaches extra pass. Begs for the extra pass. Hopes for the extra pass. They have to get back to giving up the good shot for the great one. Also they likely will have to play a lot of minutes with just Dray as the sole big. So many teams are playing four out and one in.
Random take cause it's summer. I think the 16' season might have been the season I enjoyed the most of the dynasty. Every game was must watch TV and towards the end of the regular season every game was record breaking in different ways.
Dunno if I would say most enjoyable is my favorite but that's a take for another day.
Did anyone else feel that the Warriors were inevitable until last year because they made the other team exhausted with player and ball movement that wore other teams out over the course of a series?
Last year instead of making the extra pass or two that might lead an open corner 3 or a layup, the (above the break?) 3 point shooter took an early shot while Curry was still running at a screen so at least two guys were out of position to get back on D. This led to a much worse Warriors D than previous years, and significantly less defensive stress on the other teams minds and legs.
Klay was one offender of this but
Wiggins, Poole, and Dante were the most egregious over the course of the season.
I bet donte and Poole had some of the league leading percentages of shots from. Beyond the 3 point line not just at it. These are some of those that brought the percentage, especially the win percentage, down. Cp3 can bring up the basketball intelligence % but needs to play mostly point 5 basketball
We need someone better at getting to the foul line. It'd be nice if Wiggs could regain his early career form for both FTA and %.
Game 6 was chock full of missed open shots. For all the blathering on about how the Lakers defense was all great... the Warriors generally just sorta missed shots... meanwhile Lonnie @#@%ing Walker was making all the shots. I hate to be like this, but sometimes it's just a make or miss league... and for whatever reason, the Warriors missed their shots. Maybe it's just random dumb luck, maybe it's stress built up from a long emotional season, lack of cohesion within the team, or whatever...
Not only can CP3 offer something different in relief pitching; he is hella gonna find open guys at the three point line with a pass in time on target in the pocket