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As much as The Kuminga Show has been fun to watch so far, I'm hoping our remaining preseason games show the non-starters putting some of that high-IQ passing game into practice.

Too often, the motion offense on the second team goes, dribble hand-off, another DHO, hesitate, no advantage, repeat, clock's running out, go iso or dribble into trouble. I'm not entirely sure why it works that way; my best guess is that without a pull-up threat teams can just switch stuff safely or even go under the screens.

So, to unlock the motion offense, we need someone who's a pull up threat going around a screen or getting the ball off quick off a screen; Moody has promise, but isn't there yet. Poole was good at it; Paul, maybe can make it work in the midrange, but that might be hard. Better screens also help with this since the advantage they create lasts just a little longer, which might be the difference between guys getting a shot up or not; I'm looking to TJD to help in that regard.

Alternatively, we can run more Saric pick and pops, Kuminga isolation, stuff that's not the typical motion offense. That may be the quickest path to an effective offense, but it's not as beautiful.

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Open question: is the entire Clippers half court offense isolation post-ups? Discuss.

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Oct 18, 2023·edited Oct 18, 2023

Dave Pasch and Bob Myers make a pretty good team.

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I would not assume CP3 will come off the bench. I think it’s very likely that GSW will experiment with CP3-Steph-Klay-Wiggs-Dray and a bench pairing of Looney-Saric-Moody-JK-Joseph (they already tried Looney-Saric).

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Oct 18, 2023·edited Oct 18, 2023

I don't know about the depth for Boston TBH. I have a feeling they run into the same problem in the playoffs where when it gets ugly offensively they'll fold.

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Oct 18, 2023Liked by Eric Apricot

Thanks again Eric and Perks for the details about the CBA. Hopefully the rookies keep looking good enough so that the Dubs have 14 playable bodies from their full timers, so the two-way guys are playing for Nick Kerr rather than Steve Kerr, and so we don't even have any concerns about the 90 aggregate game limit.

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> Teams must refrain from any long-term shutdown -- or near shutdown -- when a star player stops participating in games or plays in a materially reduced role in circumstances affecting the integrity of the game.

I'm totally not understanding what this is saying. Was this created to address the Kyrie and Harden situations with the Nets?

> Balance between the number of one-game absences for a star player in home games and road games

So multi-game absences won't count against the balance? Or they just count as multiple one-game absences?

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I keep thinking the Warriors optimal lineup rotation is as simple as starting Steph, Klay, Wiggs, Draymond and Looney (aka “the best lineup in the NBA”) and hockey sub in CP3, GP2, MM, JFK and Saric. Do they really need to stagger guys in if both lineups make the most sense by themselves?

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Oct 17, 2023·edited Oct 17, 2023

Steph Curry on Chris Paul's Warriors fit, importance of their "more mature" roster | NBC Sports BA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aY9E4pR1hE

(Steph interview predates first preseason game)

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Oct 17, 2023Liked by Eric Apricot

https://twitter.com/warriors/status/1714373851822592284

"Draymond Green, who suffered a sprained left ankle during off-season workouts and has missed the first three preseason games, is making good progress.

He has been cleared to begin light on-court workouts (shooting drills, etc.) and his return to full team practice and scrimmages will be based on his continued progress. He will be re-evaluated again on Sunday."

It's officially #RAMPUP season

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Oct 17, 2023·edited Oct 17, 2023

A not terribly analytical, but nice story about #BAZINGA (bowdlerized from #KUMZILLA, so DFIB doesn't have an aneurysm :) )

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/why-jonathan-kuminga-could-be-key-to-warriors-extending-title-contention-window/

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Oct 17, 2023Liked by Eric Apricot

Chris Paul confident that he fits in perfectly with Steph Curry, Draymond Green & the Warriors | NBC Sports Bay Area & California: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlXUtD9sn00

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Oct 17, 2023·edited Oct 17, 2023Liked by Eric Apricot

New CBA 2nd apron trade restrictions:

A question came up yesterday about trading Chris Paul this season. I was going to respond, but when I went digging for answers, I didn't find them all.

1. I know the aggregration part doesn't kick in till next year. We could still send out Paul and another player(s) until next summer.

2. I believe there is a clause that you can only bring back a lesser amount of salary, but I could not find mention of it. Nor do I know whether it is in effect this year or next.

3. Similarly, I believe the salary match range is reduced to 10% at either the first or second apron, and I don't know when that one kicks in either. While that might not affect us, it could affect our trade partner in a 1-1 swap.

So, what part of the above is true?

My general impression is that it's possible to trade Paul this year, but it would probably have to be part of a 'big' trade (finding a single player swap for someone we want would be hard).

Next year, I think it gets very tough, which is why I think they decline the option when they can (to help get under the 2nd apron).

danke!

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