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Nets just play terrible defense. I don't think Kyrie returning is exactly going to help in that regard.

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Defense was fine in the playoffs last year

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Jan 4, 2022·edited Jan 4, 2022

This got me imagining Jokic on the Dubs and I just fell apart in maniacal laughter

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The all-star game called and it wants its team back

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OT: I do not understand this deal. The Cavs traded for Rondo in a three-way deal. The Knicks get Denzel Valentine from Cleveland; so far, it’s clear enough.

But the Lakers also send the Knicks the draft rights to Wang Zhelin, who was the 57th pick in the 2016 draft, and Brad Newley, the 54th pick in 2007. Say what? Why would they be in this or any other NBA trade? Plus the Lakers get the draft rights to Louis Labeyrie (57th pick in 2014) from the Knicks. More of the same. WTF?

I don’t get it. What value do these draft rights have even on paper?

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The Knicks had to get a player , even if it is a virtual player, back to complete the trade and the Knicks didn't want to fill a roster spot. The Knicks got $1m from the Lakers to do the paperwork. The Lakers also didn't want to fill a roster spot, they just wanted to move Rondo to create an open roster spot. The Cavs needed point guard once Rubio went down and at least nominally, they got one.

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So they still have draft rights after 14 years? Wow. The whole thing seems like gaming the system. If the NBA is going to allow trading for ghosts, why even have a requirement that a team has to get a player back? Why not just sell the contract for cash?

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Yeah, there are a handful of guys who seem to exist just to be a “rights to <insert name>” guy and they know they’ll never play in the league. They’re like ghosts.

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*shrug* Maybe those rights are an asset that affects their taxes somehow???

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Jan 4, 2022·edited Jan 4, 2022

Also to add to the confusion: from what I learned with Nico over the summer, the team has to make a qualifying offer to the player to keep those rights as well... so has Brad Newley, for example, been offered at least a minimum deal since 2007 but turned it down every time? It'd make sense during his developing years, maybe, but the guy is almost 37 now.

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I think the Lakers are only interested in someone whose draft rights are before 2002.

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Jan 4, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Would love to see Klay star in "Cast Away 2" Giant storm in the Bay and boat trouble strand him on Deserted Island. He fashions a basketball court and chills out until Game 6 of the finals when he rolls up to Chase center on a floating device fashioned out of old Chic-Fillet to go bags with Rocco secured to his head with a collection of Jackie Moon headbands. Drops 15 3s in 3 quarters to force a game 7.

Just because.

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I want to see this animated by the same people who did the Dock Ellis acid no-hitter video

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LOL

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I think for the first few plays klay will be double or triple teamed, so i hope for some drop off dunks by loony

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Jan 3, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Klay’s first game back: do they ease him into the offensive flow or just feed him with reckless abandon? I know which I want (hint: it kinda rhymes with feckless trey cannon).

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I'm really interested in the first play they run. If it's some generic HORNS thing, then GSW plans to play it cool and let the game come to Klay (booo). If it's the Klay Play, then look out

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Jan 4, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

Definitely the Klay play. I remember when Boogie first took the court for the Dubs - out of the gate, they ran a play for him and he responded with a dunk.

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Oooo, good call. https://youtu.be/aIgCMM4WnG8 The announcer implies the first play was for DMC as well, but I don’t remember what it was, and I didn’t do an E1P on that game

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Jan 3, 2022Liked by punk basketball

If anyone else takes the first shot of the game they should be fined.

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Steph kicking it to Klay coming off a Draymond screen is the only outcome I'm willing to accept.

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It's gonna be a Wiggs assist off some broken play, you know it lol

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It’s gonna be Steph breaking the three point record level.

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Fire that sucker up!

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Jan 3, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Looked at tickets right after the news broke. Up top went from around $80 to around $300 with a QUICKNESS.

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I said it back in November when I was looking at the schedule but January truly looks to be the toughest month of the year for the Dubs from purely a scheduling perspective. 17 games for the month (which I believe is the most games they have in any single month), 3 back to backs (2 of them on the road), only 1 stretch for the whole month where the team has more than 1 day of rest (Jan 7 and 8). 10 of the games are against teams at or over .500 including facing each of the top 5 teams in the east. I don't think that it's anything the Warriors can't overcome but I think January will be a month where the depth of the team will prove crucial more than at any other time during the regular season.

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They just got finished playing the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th seen in the west in 4 straight games… with no Klay or Wise, starters out with H&S, and went 3-1. we’re cool.

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When you're top of the league, it doesn't matter who, when, where. Might see a scheduled loss here and there for load management, but other than that, Dubs should pretty much be favored in any game they play.

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Jan 4, 2022·edited Jan 4, 2022

If they win 1 more than 50% of them their record will be 35-16 with 30 games left to play. Win 60% of the remaining games and they are at 54-28 which is probably good enough for the 3rd seed. Given how well they have been playing to end up that poorly would take either an epic collapse or some significant injuries to starters.

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Jan 4, 2022·edited Jan 4, 2022

For some reason I can't edit my typo from 53 to 54 so I guess substack thinks they will win 53. [Edit: and then 30 seconds later the edit takes effect. That's ... a very strange implementation of edit which I guess has something to do with how they do the refresh]

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With Klay coming back, they’ll basically have two complete, awesome starting lineups:

Steph-Klay-Wiggs-Green-Looney

Poole-GP2-Andre-Porter-Bjelica

And a third for good measure when JWise returns: JTA-Lee-Moody-Kuminga-Wiseman

If any team has the depth to withstand a tough, packed schedule, it’s the Warriors.

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It’s ridiculous but I’m struggling to decide which is our best full strength second lineup. Probably situational, but I’m going with Poole-GP2-Kuminga-Wiseman and either Andre or Porter. After the last game watching Porter handle and pass I think he’s up to the job. Or swap in Andre if we want more defense.

Who will be the closing 5 though in crunch time? The new Hampton 5 of Draymond - Steph - Klay - Wiggins - Andre?

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It will be a good test to gauge where they are really at. They could use a little adversity. Feel like we have been stealing candy from children so far this year.

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Screw adversity, I want the Warriors to burn down the league on the way to a seventh chip.

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Injury report update from the Heat: only change is PJ Tucker got moved to questionable, still got like 10 people out

https://ak-static.cms.nba.com/referee/injury/Injury-Report_2022-01-03_04PM.pdf

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PJ has always been questionable. ;-)

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during the playoffs last year, i swear i bumped into PJ when the Bucks visited Nets--he was walking by himself in SoHo, carrying at least 4 bags of CroNuts, lol ...

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IS IT HAPPENING

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There’s optimism Golden Warriors guard Klay Thompson will make his return vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, sources tell ESPN. A final decision is expected once the Warriors return from a two-game trip on Friday.

https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1478103865211895811?s=21

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[Ron Paul IT’S HAPPENING gif]

[lurking cat SOON gif]

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Jan 3, 2022Liked by punk basketball

My God, has there ever been this much anticipation around a player returning? I think it's the severity, timing, length out and the story that the Warriors have become this year all packaged together that will make this the Denny's Monte Cristo Sandwich of oily ovations.

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If you want a real artery-clogger of a Monte Cristo you should order one at Brannigan’s.

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Jan 3, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Where does this rank historically sports wise? I'm thinking purely injury based comebacks so that counts out Michael "I'm Back" Jordan and Ali with the draft.

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Jan 3, 2022·edited Jan 3, 2022Author

Thinking about comps... maybe when Magic Johnson came back for the all-star game?

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Jan 3, 2022·edited Jan 4, 2022

The main thing I remember is the crowd going bananas when he hit this three... which actually be a fitting comparison for when Klay hits his

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypW5fjb9EYU

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No way, this is at least a Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich level

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Jan 3, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Well, that all depends if you had you Monte Cristo at the Denny's in Yucca Valley. The actually served it IN the fryer!

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hmm I've been mis-reading that as Monte Crisco but I think my name is more accurate

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Jan 3, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Says a poster called “Phood Fight” lol

A sizzling Monte Cristo in a fryer would be the “going nuclear” of food-fighting…

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I am always wrong, so I am going to predict that Klay comes back against Detroit and not Cleveland. (Honestly I had been pretty much expecting Detroit as that gives a little more time AND there are several home games in a row for him to get back in the flow. I would not mind being wrong so much this time ...)

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Source: common sense

And it isn’t optimism on my end. It’s barely contained euphoria.

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you think Joey is just pumping up ticket prices?

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A classic pump and dump lol

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Jan 3, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Nah you're right, Klay's playing on Sunday. This information wouldn't be coming out if he wasn't imo.

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this is where I'm at. Feels like it's time

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Jan 3, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Warriors are gonna be travelling a LOT in the next couple of weeks.

1/3- vs. Heat

1/5- @ Mavericks

1/6- @ Pelicans

1/9- vs. Cavaliers

1/11- @ Grizzlies

1/13- @ Bucks

1/14- @ Bulls

1/16- @ Timberwolves

After that is the seven-game homestand that starts on 1/18.

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Lot of strong teams in there. Thankfully, also the Pels and the T-Wolves.

Still weird to me that the Cavs are back to being a good team again already.

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T Wolves are decent. Don't sleep on them. They've had whole starting lineup in H&S protocol for a week or so, should be back on track by 1/16.

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I never sleep on timberwolves. Those fuckers will tear your your throat out and feed to you to their “adorable” bloody-thirsty little pups.

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There are no days off in the NBA, but the Wolves aren't on the same level as the rest of those teams. Of course, these days, it's all about who's in health & safety protocols on any given night.

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Plus they are young and energetic while the Warriors will be on the last of what is basically a 7 game road trip given how a home game in SF is wedged between two games across the country in New Orleans and Memphis.

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Oof yeah, they really don't take travel into account when planning home/road.

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Wolves are also #1 in opponent turnovers. They force nearly 17 turnovers per game. However, they are also prone to turnovers. They commit 15.3 turnovers per game, which is the 5th highest in the league.

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Just checked, but no injury updates for the Heat. Klay and Wiseman are the only players on the Warriors' list (both "out").

Heat haven't submitted their updated injury report yet -- they get a little extra time because it's after a back to back, but I'll look again in a few hours

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When Klay returns and joins the starting lineup, I’d be interested to see a hockey line-up swap to a 2nd unit of Poole-GP2-Porter-Kuminga-Bjelly (with Iggy inserted as needed).

That lineup would have a nice blend of shooting, playmaking and defense.

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Take that Cavs! We have our three-center lineup as well. This would be a fun lineup to watch...

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LOL

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Jan 3, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot, punk basketball

On a side note, has anyone seen Jerry West's comments on Wiseman/Kuminga?

On Wiseman: "He's really talented. When you come into the league, I've always felt that he should be is a defensive player. They need him for that purpose sometimes against good teams. He's really talented. I don't know him but I understand that he's a great kid, he's quiet. A lot of the time people see that and say 'i don't see the fire.' There's a lot of people who don't jump around all over the place and have a lot of fire. I'm hopeful that he will be the player that they expect him to be."

On Kuminga: "The Kuminga kid, he, in particular, there's something special about him when you watch him. He's young and you can't expect these young guys to come in and play very experienced guys all the time."

Getting the okay sign from the Logo is fantastic!! If you're interested in reading the full article, here you guys go!

https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/warriors/james-wiseman-jonathan-kuminga-give-warriors-bright-future-jerry-west-says

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Jan 3, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Klay is the Christmas present still wrapped under the tree because Grandma wants to see you open it but missed her flight out from Orlando. At this point you just have to blame the old dog and unwrap that new puppy. He's been boxed up long enough.

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Get with the times Grandma. You can FaceTime, I am sick of waiting...

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So beyond the answer of "we want Klay back as soon as possible," as far as reintegrating him would it really be better for him to come back against the Cavs to then go on a tough road trip (Grizzlies, Bucks, Bulls, Timberwolves) or to come back with a relatively forgiving homestand in front of the team (Detroit, Indiana, Houston, Utah, Dallas, Minnesota, Brooklyn)?

Or does it really matter at all?

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So worst case: Klay is back for the home stand starting in two weeks. I can live with that. Barely.

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I think the team plays it safe and doesn't play him until the homestand. 7 games in a row at home in front of fans seems like a good way to ease Klay back in to the rotation.

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Surely they are going to ease his sea legs, temper expectations, and enamour the fans by bringing him back for the homestand?

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My preference would be for him to come back for the Cavs so he is available for the road trip. He still has another week to get his wind back which really ought to be enough for a guy that is in great shape to begin with. He is well past the point where both the Achilles and ACL injuries should be fully healed.

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