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Bjelica just looks unathletic but the dude can ball on both sides. It’s only the shifty gnomes that kill him on D.

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Shifty gnomes 😂 I like that

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A Celtic adjustment should be to attack Poole instead of Bjelica when both are on the floor. Hunting Bjelica instead made Poole more playable, honestly.

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Celtics know who the Bjeli-GOAT is.

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the classic honeypot strategy

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Multiple articles calling that out this morning and it seemed puzzling in real time. Hope we prepare some sort of adjustment or counter other than just yanking Poole. His scoring is so valuable we can’t let them just play him off the floor without trying stuff to keep him playable.

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shades of the Mavs targeting Looney

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

OMG

Watched the game on delay (game thread would have been so so cathartic!) But in a hotel room with others who would say "tis only a game" after I'd be barking at the C's for flopping or the refs for not calling any fouls on Curry. It's after 1am here and should be asleep as have been traveling two days straight but I had to come and read every comment with you all ❤️

So nice to be amongst others who get me! 🙏🏽

I'm just astonished that the OG's are ACTUALLY back playing Finals basketball in essentially a reintegration year. I'm so so SOOOOOO damn thrilled for them.

Onto the next one...

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Simple. GOAT Curry. Sweet.

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Glad to see you round these parts Dino!

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I say spicy.

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I like mine HOT.

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Watched the game live on mute.

Watching replay with sound on, and when Bjelica gets the stop on Brown and runs the fast break and Tatum fouls him on the layup attempt.

Jackson says, "Clearly off Bjelica." Goes to replay showing Tatum clear arm contact, and Jackson tries to pass it off, "There's the strip," to which JVG says "Or the foul" and Jackson just says "Yeah well, they didn't call the foul so clearly should be Celtics ball off Bjelica"

God, I really hoped the Kings would hire him just to get this joke off the TV.

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I missed VG calling him out on that. Wish it would happen more often. I tried playing a drinking game where you take a shot each time Jackson says something blatantly wrong or the hot take is so outrageous that you laugh without realizing it and see if you can make it out of the 1st Q.

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Meanwhile Van Gundy with the hot takes like, "when you take a pull up jumper that hard it should count for 3" with a completely serious tone (I'm pretty sure he wasn't serious, though). Still frustrated that we have to listen to these clowns after how nice the WCF was.

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I liked the part when Van Dumby said Steph was carrying a talentless team ala LeBron in his early Cavs era. Wiggins playing elite D with 17 and 16. Draymond with almost a double double and elite D at times. Klay a no doubt first ballot hall of famer. JP the actual MIP. OPJ. GP2 elite defender. So little talent on this team it’s wild.

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That was so dumb. Thank god Steph Steph’d the Celtics, their corny whiny fans, and the refs.

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I am optimistically worried about G5.

Even the toughest need some love and I hope Chase showers love on Dray and wash away the crap that Boston crowd threw his way. I want standing O for Dray and crowd to celebrate every time he does something good.

We love you Dray and got your back. Welcome back home, brother.

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Jun 11, 2022·edited Jun 11, 2022

I’m already tired of hearing that Steph did it all himself, implying Boston had a more balanced team contribution.

Andrew and Klay combined for 35 points on 34 shots, 18 rebounds, and 3 assists. Smart and Brown combined for 39 points on 37 shots, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. Tell me who has better support, Steph or Tatum?

It’s arguable either way, and that’s the point. Yes, Stephs’s star shone brightest, but he didn’t do it all himself… and neither did Tatum.

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I agree. This whole "Boston clearly has the better team" thing is sort of like the "KD is better than Steph arguments" at the moment. To be better they have to actually win the games.

If you lose, you may be more naturally talented, but "better?" Sports history is littered with naturally talented players and teams who didn't win. They were not better. HOWEVER, I'm encouraging the Boston superteam narrative so that the haters will have no place to hide (waaaah, Kyrie was hurt, waaah, you had KD and we didn't; Curry wasn't hurt because he still played; see, we told you GS was no good - Toronto beat them and only KD, Boogie, Looney, and Klay were hurt for GS). I've been worried about Tatum's "hurt shoulder" - what is it with stars playing GS that they start rubbing their shoulders? Maybe its because GS is "better" at setting picks. I noted particularly after the second attempt this year to take Curry out, Boston started getting hard-picked by Looney and Green ala Bogut vs. Westbrook. More of that please. But if GS wins, all that's left is "yeah, but Doncic and Tatum clearly had HURT SHOULDERS!" And "it was a weak year and Boston was clearly overrated."

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by punk basketball

I am nowhere near sober, but I'd like to stop by and digitally yell STEPHEN CURRRYY!!

Thank you.

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Timberwolves fans have got to be crying themselves to sleep at night, who would have thought wiggins would have been the 2nd best player on the warriors against the best defense in the league in the finals

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The rationale is from them: he’s not a better player, he’s just in his proper role now 🙄

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I think Antman maybe the one crying. He is quickly replacing KAT as their new batman and could use a baller like Wiggs

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Edwards, Wiggins. and Kuminga would be a hella interesting core to build around.

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I dunno - might look a lot like Chicago. Needs a mega-BB-IQ like Steph to tie it all together.

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From the franchise thst coulda built around Steph.

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This is so awesome.

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Just woke up Ireland time after catching the fourth quarter on the extremely sparse yet somehow thrilling ESPN game cast. You sit there for long moments with nothing happening then suddenly Kyle like Boston team turnover Stephen Curry 36 foot three point shot…. And you’re trying not to shout out because other people are sleeping and the cast just sits there for a while so you check the box score again… fun time in its own tense way, but flying home tomorrow and far prefer to see this stuff live from home with actual video photography. But a request: I can read a box score I can read a write up I can watch highlights but what was the game (and the series, been traveling for all of it) really like, as only the fans here can describe? What’s the inside scoop? How did you feel about it?

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Is it annoying the name "Celtics" is pronounced "Seltics?"

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Its been a real tussle to be honest. In both losses we have started the game too loose on defense; giving them too much room and allowing them to make open shots and leading to momentum we were eventually not able to overcome. The wins seem to have been born from small rotation adjustments, attention to detail on defense (pressure on ball) and rebounds. And it goes without saying Steph has been incredible all series and we wouldn't be 2-2 without him. He has been transcendent. Truly a class above any other player.

And I feel like this was the biggest game of the series.

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Jun 11, 2022·edited Jun 11, 2022

This. And you know how we roll, turnovers, Draymond missing shots, refs missing foul calls — we got pretty crazy with all that at times. We had five blocks, they had six but it felt to me like they had more. The Celts made some damn good cuts to the hoop that we couldn't stop for awhile. Brown scooped in one I thought was amazing. Lots of ups and downs, as you would expect. But we never fell too far back this time, and Steph sustained us through it. Wiggs and Loon did a lot of the dirty work that we needed, rebounding, screens, Wiggs scoring in the paint. The defense tightened up in Q4 when we needed it. It was a battle. I don't think any of us felt safe until right at the end. EDIT: Also Robert Williams is good at basketball. Good passes as well as blocks and overall defense.

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Yep, all of this was true. Also, both teams had some sloppy turnovers and miscues. The refs were pretty generous with letting contact go rather than calling excessive fouls. There were definitely a few that went both ways which they probably should have called, but it wasn't a chippy game so it was overall better to err on the side of letting the game play out. Loon got tagged for a couple early screens that even Jeff van Gundy agreed should've been legal, but were called because White violently bounced off of him, but nobody on either team got into notable foul trouble.

It was a closely contested game on both ends, lots of excellent defense and lots of incredible offense from both teams. It was anyone's game until the last minute or two when the Dubs got a few key stops (INCLUDING THE REBOUNDS HOLY SHIT). People are going on about Steph because he had several amazing possessions in crunch time, but the team effort to even keep it close to that point was huge.

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… biggest game YET

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THE INSIDE SCOOP!! thank you!!

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Wiggs career high for rebounds, comes in a finals game???

Dayum.

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Jun 11, 2022·edited Jun 11, 2022

He’s been setting rebounding career highs all playoffs.

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by punk basketball

Elite stuff from our All-star starter

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by punk basketball

It turns out Wiggins just needed to play in meaningful games

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by punk basketball

In a pretty much must-win finals game at that!

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by punk basketball

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.

Curry.

Quote me.

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"Curry" -Richard

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TL;DR

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Went for a quick listen to Lowe’s podcast and it’s some guy rambling on about LeBron and how for the FIRST time in his career Steph had a game as good as LeBron, so you know it’s an ignoramus and… it’s Windhorst. Why is he polluting the Lowe Post? Go away man

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Jun 11, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

It was horrendous. Especially at the start. Just a weird angle to take seemingly.

But. After Lowe made a final impassioned plea that Steph doesn’t have to prove anything, Windy ended it with, “he doesn’t have to prove it, but if he wants to win his 4th ring he needs to keep playing like this.”

Which in Windy talk is basically coming to grips with if Steph keeps playing like this and wins his 4th ring he’s gonna need to to give up the ghost. He’s very anchored to LeBron. That’s why he can’t help but bring him up. He’s literally working through it, holding on tight, and this series by Steph is maybe forcing him to reconsider everything he’s held dear.

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Windy basically positioned himself as the insider who had access to LeBron early in his career and finessed his way into a job at ESPN…of course he’s going to be anchored to LeBron

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Yeah but you know how this goes. We can win the title, Steph gets FMVP, and next season it will be "Unless the Warriors repeat in 2023 and Steph is Finals MVP again, it will be a letdown and taint his legacy." The reason doesn't matter. KD had two FMVPs. Or some such crap.

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Everyone knows that the greats all have at least TWO of those...

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haha right after, Lowe says I don't want to hear people saying Steph's underperformed, his averages are very good and he's had outstanding games and some duds. So basically, that everything Windhorst said was wrong. Then W replies with "exactly, that's why he had to have this kind of game". My god, I know less with every second I listen to this buffoon

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I have never read or heard anything worth reading or hearing from Windhorst. Really odd how that guy carved out a career.

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I'd say the same of Skip Bayless. And Stephen A. Smith mostly carved out a career by being loud.

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I said this since the MIA series but BOS's lack of a real floor general really hurts them in crunch time. They won 2 games by pulling away from us in the 4th but when it's close in the final minutes we've seen them make very questionable decisions. Tonight was them panicking and bombing from 3 again and again until it got away from them. Unless someone like Smart hits some bullshit bankers I feel good about our chances if we find ourselves in another "random ending" game with them

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I like our chances anytime it's a random ending game in the playoffs

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