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Watching lakers fan realize that monk at 1.7 mil is a way better player then max out Russ is hilarious. The entire nba was aware of this except lebron and lakers fans.

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Lakers beat the Knicks in overtime.

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Game tied! This is why you make your FTs!

Knicks: 26/36 FTs

Lakers: 17/27 FTs

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Lakers miss 4 of their last 5 FTs down the stretch

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What are the Knicks doing? They were up by 21 at some point, and they let the Lakers catch up to them.

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Not about “letting” — the Knicks just suck.

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What they've been doing all season if I recall correctly.

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I wasn't aware, until I came across a recent article, of the absolute rancor that's developed in recent years between Jerry West and the Lakers. You can hate the Lakers, but I would find it hard to hate Jerry West; or be a real NBA fan without understanding his historical importance. And is one individual ever more closely associated with a franchise -- on all levels? On top of that, he's an extremely nice guy, by all accounts. And completely synonymous with Laker identity -- until recently. He says it's gotten to the point of wishing he'd never played there, of feeling like he's being treated like "trash" by current management, experiencing petty conflicts. I'm astonished. https://theathletic.com/3095914/2022/02/01/nba-75-at-no-14-jerry-west-was-mr-clutch-and-forever-will-be-brutally-honest-about-himself/

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Unbelievably, the Lakers rescinded his season tickets.

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Lakers allow 42 to the Knicks in the 1st period.

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That's very gentlemanly of them.

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I don’t know the first thing about the physiology of super athletes but is it possible that Wiseman’s lack of playing time due to injury puts a lower ceiling on both his speed and athleticism

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I would imagine only if he doesn't heal properly.

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Who else is excited for the second half comeback by the Wizards???

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.... waiting...

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If the Warriors cut JTA, would any other team sign him?

I'm wondering because theoretically they could cut JTA and re-sign him to a two-way contract if he clears waivers and "create" a roster spot for another big man that way (at the expense of Chiozza or Weatherspoon). You are eligible for a two-way if you have four years of NBA service or fewer, and this is JTA's third season. And on a two-way, I believe he would still be a restricted free agent like he is now and they could still re-sign him for bench depth for next season.

That seems like the "cleanest" way to create a roster spot for a Thad Young or whoever shows up in the buyout market, but of course there is a possibility that another team claims JTA after the Warriors cut him.

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No way they’re trading him. He’s going to be a marquee asset after he wins the dunk contest!

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It sounds like you are looking for any excuse to cut Chiozza

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Did somebody say cut Chiozza????

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Is this a cut the cheese joke?

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Juan has the respect of his teammates whatever small advantage the team would get, they would lose in lose in trust by the players.

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I wholeheartedly agree with this. Plus Juan has a specific role. He really is a good energy guy off the bench when you are fully staffed and you need that Jolt

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Juan just needs to settle down a little bit, it seems like he’s still out there auditioning for a role he’s already won

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I’d say it looks like he’s auditioning for more minutes while looking over his shoulder at the possibility of reduced minutes.

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He's only useful to a contender or a good team so that immediately restricts his options. I can see some team like the Lakers or the Jazz looking at him to add a decently sized athletic wing (particularly the Jazz, he'd be close to their best perimeter defender lol). Don't know if they actually sign him due to the lack of shooting, but I wouldn't be shocked if he's gone.

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oOoOO the 24 win Knicks vs the 25 win Lakers on ABC prime time tonight! Someone remind me to "thank" the schedule makers.

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Wiseman need to play in Vegas this summer.

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At Bellagio I suggest

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Good idea. Let him gamble a bit to blow off some steam and clear his head

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At the start of the season I had in mind "If the team can get Klay and Wiseman back healthy, it can do very well." The Wiseman part of that equation seems to be indefinitely pushing back, while we've had other developments such as Looney playing better than ever and Kuminga rapidly learning to kick ass. I have to say that ... I'm not sure Wiseman is part of this year. Is that true? Is it important? Even if he comes back soon he has a ton of catching up to do both from the game-speed-conditioning point of view, and the fact that when last we saw him he was still exceedingly raw, especially on defense where he was, by the stats I've seen, quite a liability. What would your reaction be if you found out Wiseman just wasn't available this year?

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Feb 5, 2022·edited Feb 5, 2022

Unequivocally the best possible outcome. A+ off-season locked in, and Wiseman gets a real run up to a season next season and comes into a team coming off a playoff run that lost some key contributors.

Best case scenario all round if Wiseman isn’t rushed back this year. Just thinking of how much better JJJ looks in Memphis this year vs last. Give Wiseman that extra time and let him get a real off-season too.

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IMHO, best case scenario for Wiseman this year is likely a good run in the G-league followed by spotty minutes later in the season and situational minutes in the playoffs.

Best case moving forward? He's healthy for the off-season and finally gets a full training camp, preseason etc. Followed by a strong year of integration into the team.

I'm not worried at this point in the short term because we clearly doing well without him, and I'm not worried long term because he's still young and has a ton of potential.

Look at Joel Embiid? Missed his first two seasons and half of his third with even worse medical issues. He seems to be having an okay career. Clearly no two cases are the same, but I think Wiseman is going to be just fine in the long run, and the Warriors will be fine in the short run.

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Kerr and team have shown this year that they're doing a great job of prioritizing winning, while using available opportunities to "see what works" for developing players/rotations. They will continue to do so as player availability changes through the rest of the season, including if/when Wiseman is available to play. If they believe he can help win a championship, they will test out roles and rotations they think will work for him.

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I think if anything Wiseman plays a McGee role off the bench for maybe 10 minutes a game. That’s it. His actual rookie season starts with training camp next year. He’s already behind Kuminga and Moody at this rate. Luckily he’s still young.

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I'm guessing that if Wiseman is able to come back this year that Kerr will limit Wiseman's roll to running the floor, creating vertical space (dunker's spot), and pairing him with Dray so he's not too much of a liability on D. Could prove very valuable in short stints (a la the JaVale experience) and give Looney some much deserved minutes off as well as another option if Looney got in foul trouble. Don't expect the Dubs to try to feed Wiseman in the post, although he could be a weapon as both the roll man and as a 3 point pop threat if paired with Steph on the PnR.

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> Kerr will limit Wiseman's roll to running the floor, creating vertical space (dunker's spot), and pairing him with Dray so he's not too much of a liability on D

Is this not the Kuminga role though (and you can add roll man to this list for both)? This is the part that I wonder about, because it seems to me like Kuminga and Wiseman have the same role and any minutes given to Wiseman would come at the expense of Kuminga.

I don't really see how you could play Wiseman at the 5 and Kuminga at the 4 together (unless Wiseman has really grown as a team defensive anchor and playmaker/shooter), maybe Kerr tries OPJ at the 4 and Kuminga at the 3 with Curry and Klay? But I dunno, that's certainly not anything close to an optimal lineup compared to just benching one of those two guys. I'm curious to see what Kerr comes up with because I kinda think the Warriors didn't expect Kuminga's immediate role to be as an energy big and thus didn't anticipate the overlap with their #2 pick.

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I think these 2 could fit well together given JW’s shooting creates space for JK. He’s really more a perimeter player. JK will be able to defend 1-5.

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Won't be bothered and don't expect to see him this season. The main thing is to avoid a Brandon Roy situation. If sitting Wiseman another six months buy you any better healing of the meniscus, then he needs to sit.

While it would be fun to see him, and certainly he needs the reps, hard to see how he gets anything but garbage time minutes this year, since he doesn't really understand what to do on defense. I'm not sure how useful that is.

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Just reading the words "Brandon Roy situation" gave me a yikes feeling

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Less yikes than “Greg Oden situation,” tho. :-(

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Mirror image of Sam Bowie.

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Both. Poor Portland. At least Bill Walton got them a championship before his body gave out.

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Feb 5, 2022·edited Feb 5, 2022

I’m thinking the good ship Starter Wiseman might have sailed for this season, but it would be great to have him good enough to go as Looney’s backup for the playoffs.

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It’s important long term that Wiseman be good. It would’ve been good this year to have him, if for no other reason than to eat minutes and give us a different lineup dimension/matchup capabilities (and of course his getting minutes would be helpful for the long term goal). But do we *need* him or would we use him in the playoffs this year under any circumstances not involving a Draymond injury? That’s very unclear

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I hope he can come back for a few g league games and that if he does they don’t try to shoehorn him into the nba team

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Seems like: with a core of Dray, Klay, Steph, (Wiggs) and future core of Poole, Jon, Moses and Wise; and you have the luxury of always being cautious and patient in terms if health , just make it to the playoffs. So Jon, Moses and wise rise for the next few years while the original star core … fade … hand off the reigns/ retire just in time to give max contracts to the new stars? Regarding this year doesn’t seem like any really need for Wiseman.

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Jazz embarrassing the Nets. Maybe Utah can jump back ahead of Memphis at some point? Either way, I'm still hoping we take back the one seed.

Nets look bad. I bet harden is hoping for that trade.

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Utah can definitely go on a great run in the last 30 games of the season where they win ~25 games. That would require both Gobert/Mitchell to actually be healthy and for them to actually try (they may want to avoid the Warriors until the WCF anyway due to a bad matchup in Steph).

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Feb 5, 2022·edited Feb 5, 2022

If the Jazz pass Memphis, I wouldn’t mind sticking at #2, if it works out that way. But generally I think: play your best (while keeping guys as rested as you need to) and let the seeding fall where it may. Playing to avoid certain teams is what loser teams (cough*Clippers*cough) do. You send a message to the team you’re avoiding that you’re intimated by them, while giving the opponent you do draw bulletin board material for having disrespected them.

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Completely agree. You work for the best seeding you possibly can, regardless of matchups. If healthy, all top four teams in the West can play very good basketball. I think the Warriors are the favorite against any of those three teams other teams, and the chances are we'll have to beat two of the three to make it to the finals. I don't think which two we play really matters *too* much (although the Jazz are likely the easier out than Memphis.

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Officials giveth and taketh away. Hornets got jobbed with Hayward absolutely mugged on a rebound Cleveland secured. Love gets two FT on a rebound and putback with 1.2s. Cleveland wins.

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Just watched the highlights. That game was wild.

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PJ Washington back to back threes to tie and Oubre hits the go-ahead three. The arena is rocking. Hell of a game.

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LOL worst challenge ever?

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I guess they had the extra timeout anyway so it didn't matter.

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Yep

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LaMelo has been on the bench during the comeback with five fouls

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I wondered why he was sitting, Just turned back before the craziness,

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That’s why he was sitting… but if it was Steph he’d have been subbed back in at some point.

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Allen and Bridges (and Oubre) putting on a show late.

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