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Western conference by net rating

1. OKC

2. MIN

3. NOP

4. DEN

5. LAC

6. PHO

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7. DAL

8. HOU

9. GSW

10. SAC

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11. LAL

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I'm happy to see Klay back with the starting unit. I feel that Steph Podz Wiggs JK and Dray worked the first few times because teams hadn't game planned for it, Steph was super nova on threes and JK had just made a leap in his offensive game. But teams figured out how to neutralise that. Podz became a non threat on offence, JK had to work harder to get to the rim, while Steph cooled off and Wiggs slumped again after his break. Hopefully with Klay in there and a little more spacing, JK and Wiggs will find it a little easier to get some points at the rim.

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He just has inherent disadvantages playing the 2 against the better teams in the league that will never go away. His future is as the backup PG of the team, perhaps eventually the starter in the post-Curry era. I think he ultimately needs to figure out a way to consistently create shots for himself or become a lights out shooter, otherwise his potential has a hard ceiling on it. Maybe he'll master the hook shot though lol.

I think it's possible that Kerr has played Podz so much as a way to keep Curry's workload down, but as they get into do or die playoff mode they should be putting more on Curry and reducing the Podziemski/CP3 2 guard minutes in favor of Klay/Moody/GP2.

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Podz has been a non-factor for a while. Teams are learning g th hey don’t have to respect his finishing and stop sending help when he gets a step on his defender. If he works on his floater and layups (and takes&makes the open 3s he’s getting instead of driving all the time), he’ll be effective again. Next season tho…

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To me it just seems like Podz tailed off towards the end of the season, and Klay found his shot, and got a lot more disciplined about the shots he was taking compared to the start of the year.

In that case, putting Klay back with the starters makes sense.

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Klay's fundamentals seem improved as well

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The Dubs have changed, and many of their fans have as well. Some of us watch a few more highlight reels than games (during rough stretches).

Until recently, I avoided highlights altogether, because they are so stripped of context. But those decontextualized highlights are helpful these days - they show the Dubs only in their moments of greatness, and completely invisibilize the steadily increasing mistakes and moments of breakdown.

But tonite, we saw vintage Klay and nothing else mattered. All our worries, folded up and carried away on the wings of a paper airplane.

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... in the past, like a ponytail.

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I believe by early 3rd quarter, regardless of the outcome I was going to come here and praise the Dubs for their stellar effort on defense. That was a sight to behold.

The JK foul where he pushed the player he was guarding out of bounds due to lack of taking the proper angle, plus the gamble to get Dray his 5th foul was super frustrating in terms of me wanting him to accelerate his BBIQ....but its just something I've got to accept as growing pains. Part of me feels like these are things he should have at least gotten a full grasp of by playing with GP2, Wiggins, Loon and Draymond, but alas...his effort and hustle was really really good tonight.

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How did they play such good defense? Was it that Miami was so unthreatening? Rotations looked on point... double teams looked well timed...

Miami hit hella tough shots... they still had under 100 net rating.

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Mar 27·edited Mar 27

We were going up against Miami that didn't have Butler, Herro, Love, and a few other key players in their rotation. Heat also hasn't scored a lot of points against the West recently:

vs. Warriors- 92 points

vs. Pels- 88 points

vs. Nuggets- 88 points

@ Thunder- 100 points

@ Mavs- 108 points

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Mar 27·edited Mar 27

“Scoring v the West” is not a meaningful or predictive split. (Or at least, no more meaningful than, say, scoring on a Tuesday, scoring while wearing Heat Culture unis, etc.)

They had just dropped 124 v the Cavs in their previous game (with Jimmy, but no Jaquez, Herro, Love, or Robinson).

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Mar 27·edited Mar 27

REPORTER: "What sparked the decision to start KLAY, and what did you feel his presence opened up?'

COACH KERR: "Just felt like get a little more spacing on the floor at the start of the game, and,... ah, so, ...ah, you know,... it's not, ...does not necessarily mean its permanent...I just felt like that was for tonight important..".

Gee, Steve, and I thought you finally were getting it with 10 games to go....Since you couldn't say a single kind word about his play when you lavishly praised everyone else in your post-game interview, i'll say it; KLAY WAS GREAT; THE MISSING PIECE! FULL GRAVITY 'SHIP STARTING LINEUP.

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Dino, a few others mentioned it too, but I have to acknowledge that you were right about moving Klay back into the starting line up, worked wonders yesterday.

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Mar 27·edited Mar 27

Thank you; I just call it the way I see it. It should have been a no-brainer that Klay would find his way as he has every year in his career, and that the HOF trio's GRAVITY/chemistry makes each other, WIGS and, now, JK, the entire squad's success is easier and still lethal. DRAY playing as long as possible with them is the KEY TO DUBS BALL. In fairness, KERR had so many dang factors to deal with this season....Even if KLAY was off last night, his GRAVITY/THREAT helps the starting rotation... Imagine if KLAY had not delivered; incredulously, it appears Steve is still seeing it as a situational start...Let's see what Steve does with it tonight... Greatness entails a lot of dedication and pride, and KLAY quietly epitomizes that in his extraordinary comeback from what should have been career-ending injuries. Some encouragement and mending on Steve's part a must... that last comment about permanence was trite; unless, Steve said it to throw off opponent's game-planning. One thing to prepare for PODZ's gravity, another to prepare for late-season KLAY.

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I think the jury is still out on Klay. Like, if we are taking this one game as proof he should go back to starting, then, and I sincerely hope this doesn’t happen, if Klay struggles tonight and/or reverts to pre-benching terrible shot selection, does that mean he should go back to the bench?

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There is no jury because there is no trial....just a kangaroo court in here as folks got carried away, and, KERR had a lapse of temporary insanity out of frustration...KLAY IS IN HIS NORMAL LATE SEASON RUN, AFTER A SLOW START, AS HAS BEEN THE CASE HIS ENTIRE CAREER. FULL SQUAD GRAVITY IS BACK.

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The Bucks have the most free throw attempts in the NBA this season but had a 17-32 disadvantage in FTAs against the Lakers tonight. Giannis, the player with the most FTAs, shot less free throws than DLo

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Why am I getting a ''you are blocked from liking this comment''? He is not saying anything controversial....

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Mar 27·edited Mar 27

*Generally* what that message means is a poster has blocked you, I’m sorry to report. But it could also be a substack glitch, an accidental block, etc.

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Blocking is beyond my technical abilities I would say. So one can block a like but not a reply?

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Mar 27·edited Mar 27

As I understand it, yeah, when you block someone they can still reply to your posts, but no longer “like” them. It is a bit weird.

Old friend PointGawd made a big deal about that earlier in the season, when he would reply to many of my posts with “I am blocked from liking this comment.”

Glad to hear you didn’t block Dino, tho!

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Thanks, Sleepy. I just liked both of your comments including the lead comment that previously presented the problem...it worked.....

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Does this surprise anybody?

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Nope. Not even with LeBron not playing.

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if he had played there would be no overtime

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Top 5 plays of the night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5Zf68qyoaA

Kuminga's putback dunk made it to #5, while Green to JK alley-oop made it to #3.

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Mavs shot 55% vs the Kings’ 38%. I guess the three point disparity did it. Mavs had 22 threes vs the Kings’ 11.

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Benching Podziemski for Klay was like 10 games overdue but at least it finally happened I guess

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Only guy over 20 tonight… get the man some help!

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Wasting his prime!

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Mavs are 11-0 when Luka and Gafford are in the starting lineup so far.

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Mar 27·edited Mar 27

Starting to look like the last team anyone wants to face in the playoffs (except I guess Denver).

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Anyone notice Podz on the bench usually sitting there stone cold like he’s some unimpressed 15 year vet when something good happens lol

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Mar 27·edited Mar 27

Didn’t watch the game. Did we play the og starting lineup at all today?

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Klay started for Podz

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See below

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OGs + JK.

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Sorry I meant during the game did we play Steph-Klay-wiggs-dray-looney together

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Hope for Lakers to get 8 and Suns to drop to 9?

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Best chance is Kings-Suns 8-9 in some order

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Mar 27·edited Mar 27

Lakers gonna be 6 seed by the end of the season, lol…

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agreed.

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Mavs beat the Kings 132-96. Mavs outscored the Kings 74-43 in the 2nd half.

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