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The interesting thing is isolating how great Wiggins defense on Paul George was yesterday... despite the fact that PG13 kept scoring on him.

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Didn't get to watch the game, but from the highlights seems like there was a lot of cheering for the Warriors. Notably, on Steph's first 3 of the game (also the W's first points) and a slick pass in the 3rd quarter at 9:35 you can just hear the crowd's awe at the Warriors. I don't know if this is just a lot of W's fans in LA (probably), but I'd like to think that this is just crowds all over marveling at how special this team is.

For the 3rd quarter play I'm thinking about: https://youtu.be/BxqvarOu_Ys?t=251

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There were 3 or 4 Curry "Plays of the week" moments in a row just before and after that play.

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and also must be disheartening for the opposing team, because I'm pretty sure I also saw beautiful moves by Paul George that did not garner as much of a response as Steph's moves.

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So Steph rolled out the championship belt celebration in this game….I like it. Climb back to the mountain top happened damn fast

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This was clearly the worst-officiated game this season. There were some other ones that were questionable or frustrating but they didn't feel as lopsided as this one. I and starting to feel like, if you challenge a call and you're correct maybe you should get another challenge. Sucks when you have already won an obvious challenge and can't do anything when another clearly missed call goes against you. Not that it would really help that much in this game since you can't usually challenge non-calls or technicals (like the one on Kerr / the bench that no one could figure out).

It's a clear sign of maturity that the whole team—but, especially Kerr, Curry, and Green, the leaders—have figured out how to channel their anger constructively. I feel like in past years this could have led to an ejection and poor, frustrated play. Instead, they kept their cool, set a good example, and crushed another good team by double digits.

Sneaky good games from throughout the depth chart. GPII was completely blowing up the Clippers offense, other guys were alert and engaged, and they gave up very, very few easy buckets, even in transition. Poole's first points came after he hurried back to stop a fast break, making L.A. back it out and ultimately throw a pass that the Dubs picked off, getting him an open floor dunk. Even though the steal was a couple passes removed from his defensive effort, Poole wouldn't have gotten the easy bucket on one end if he hadn't hauled ass to prevent an easy bucket on the other end first. I'm pretty sure plays like that don't go into the stats. RAPTOR for example gives credit for being there to contest more about attempts but not for dissuading shot attempts from happening in the first place. But by the eye test, Poole played good team D—even when he had been scoreless through the half! That's maturity, and winning basketball.

And that culture of doing what it takes to win, as a *team*, is what makes the Warriors so awesome.

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Joe V clipped the play I was talking about: https://twitter.com/JoeVirayNBA/status/1465159261567131656

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Absolutely. JPs defense so improved. I remember calling him out in the Cavs game because he was unplayable in the 4th due to defense. He has turned it around fast. Very cool

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Nov 29, 2021Liked by punk basketball

Still trying to soak in the fact we're 18-2 to start the season without Klay and Wise. I knew we were going to be good but not this good. At least not this early. We're heading into the fun part of the season too. I have a feeling Steph is about to turn it on even MORE this next month

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In 2014-15, Bazemore left the team and Iguodala came back to a bench role after playing 63 games the prior year...

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Just came here to say Super Saiyan Curry gives Frankenstein indigestion. (I officially hate that scrub MF.)

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just realized that the second leg of the Dubs-Suns minseries isn't scheduled to be on national TV (Lakers-Clippers instead)

NBA really gonna stick the battle for top of the League on local cable?

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Compared to THE BATTLE OF LA the two best teams facing off is small potatoes.

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I want all the talking heads, their “power rankings”, and their narratives to push how great the suns are. More chips on our shoulders

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Looking at standings, top teams in the west is basically the same as last year with some minor reorganization. Clips and Nuggs a little lower due to injury, Warriors zoom to the top. Minny is better (which follows their late season surge).

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Nov 29, 2021Liked by punk basketball

Lakers tied for 5th last year with LeBron and AD combining to play 81 games in a 72 game season.

Lakers tied for 9th this year with LeBron and AD combining to play 30 games in a 21 game season thus far.

They were a LOT better last year even though they had worse health issues.

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Glad we cashed in that draft pick when we did...

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#lightyears

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Steph putting his hand under that big dude to break it was also some great forethought and planning…

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Yes sir!

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Pistons 7 Lakers 1. If only that ratio could stay the same….

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That would be hilarious. Late in the game, it's Detroit 140, Lakers 20.

JVG: "Mark, I don't think I've ever seen anything quite like this. Have you?"

Mark: "Never. It's a beating on a scale that would have been unimaginable at the beginning of the season. [Highlight of Cade Cunningham dunking on AD's head] Momma, there goes that man...."

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really hoping the Lakers fade from The Conversation soon

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I want them to stay close, to keep thinking they're just about to put it together. I want them to ride the current roster as long as they possibly can.

C'mon, LA -- you guys are right there. They're figuring it out as we speak. With all of that talent, it's bound to come together.

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I want Lakers to get 8th seed and get swept by the Dubs in the first round of the playoffs. That'd be two sweeps in a row for LeBron at the hands of the Dubs.

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I want them to try to blow it up and make it worse.

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yesss. I wanna see them try to get off that Russ contract 😂

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Oh I am so with you. Lets go Lakers! (Clap clap clap clap)

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Wait wait wait, but then … no more … the Lakers are so old jokes ? (lower lip quivers, tears welling in eyes). (Confession: I visited silver screen and roll and they are hilariously sober about how f’d they are!)

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Oh, did someone say "Where are all the Lakers are old" jokes? Here ya go: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1I7qxe3zdpeqXFokss_lnsl4FxkNWgKTAkM_eO1NbYNM/edit

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Oh damn this is awesome Asher. I cried reading this 😂

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I missed the "home games in black and white" one before.

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Hahahhhhahha, you made this?! That’s awesome! (Happy to see my Lakers breastfeeding Memphis joke made it!) Lol

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I've been lurking over there every now and again too. It's pretty damn funny.

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Does anyone know why GP2 played the first half and Chiozza the second. I thought Chiozza kept the energy and chaos up for sure but thought GP2 would have gotten to the rim when we were starving for pts in the 3rd.

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GP got pulled after he botched a 3-on-1 fast break. Then I think Chiozza played well enough to stay on the floor.

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Definitely loved seeing him out there so much, they are both Agents of Chaos and from what Chiozza said when interviewed….got each other’s backs

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Nov 29, 2021Liked by punk basketball

The eight turnovers by Paul George ties his career high in a single game. I believe the main reason for those turnovers is because he's currently the only playmaker on the team and the #1 option in scoring for the Clippers offense. And I feel that until Kawhi returns, Clippers are going to continue struggling on offense, especially when they go up against teams with good defense.

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It really hurts the Clippers to not have a playmaking point guard on the roster. All their playmaking comes from their superstar wing players, since guys like Reggie Jackson are score-first PG’s at their core. It’s really their main weakness as a team (they don’t really have good rim protection either, but they compensate for that kinda like how the Warriors do at times by using their wings as aggressive help defenders).

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There’s not a lot of playmaking PGs who would help them. CP3 or Lowry? sure, but any team could use them.

I don’t think Ricky Rubio would be an upgrade on Reggie Jackson for instance.

I think they’ve had John Wall discussions. He’d be a huge gamble, but if its Bledsoe, Luke Kennard and Serge’s expiring, maybe that’s worth it.

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I don’t think Wall is that much of an upgrade. Not after his injuries, given how athleticism dependent his game is.

And if that’s the price LAC needs to pay to get him, I don’t think it’s anywhere near worth it. They lose a lot of defense plus a good shooter. Yeah, they have defense and shooting elsewhere on the roster, but losing Ibaka puts the bulk of the rim protection on Zubac, and that’s not advisable. Nor is losing a guard defender in Bledsoe when their other guards are also not the best defenders.

Just don’t think it’s worth it for a guy who might end up being a net negative, thanks to diminished offense and his unchanged bad defense.

(I think Rubio would be a nice addition to them, actually. He can be a playmaker and a great guard defender. Would also make Reggie a sixth man type, which would be of more benefit, I think…)

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Wall would probably be an upgrade but an expensive one.

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So, what are the odds that Klay and Wise will be cruising down to the Santa Cruz harbor to SeaDubs practices? The Captain and his First Mate are almost back…

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This boat idea didn't quite work, but what MIGHT work is me going over to the hotel where the S.C. Warriors stay and hanging around until he asks me to help with his shot or something.

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As a am aside there are photos of Klay already there

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Cute idea, but from what others are posting about the challenges of the open ocean, I vote a huge 'no' on this. This sounds like a great time to be driven down by someone in the Warriors employ. If I were nearby, I'd do it for free.

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Thats a tough one. Water in Bay is alot tamer than open ocean. Winds and weather picks up once you cross Golden Gate Bridge. Not the best idea to get to Santa Cruz that way unless somebody knows how to read weather, navigating costal cruising.

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This. Open water is a BIG step up from the bay, even if you’re hugging to coast.

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Wouldn't do it in a speedboat

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Bzzzzz!!! I call foul on Santa Cruz geography knowledge. Do you mean that they will travel from northern Bay Area to Santa Cruz? That's a long way in Klay's boat. If instead you mean that they will head to practices at the harbor, or the wharf? Because they don't occur there. I like the general idea but I'm getting my Santa Cruz feathers ruffled.

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Hahahahah. Open ocean down to Santa Cruz sounds hella dangerous unless they have a big ass motor boat as entourage. I wonder if Klay has read that book about Slocum who circumnavigated the world by sail boat on his own…

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By boat?

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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailing_Alone_Around_the_World I read it ten years ago. I remember it as a pretty bizarre story/memoir

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There should never be another 12:30 PM game in LA again, that was like watching a football game with heavy snow and winds. I found it entertaining but only because of the novelty of it.

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A quote from the post-game press conference of the World Chess Championship: "I can instead tell you about my plans, or the immediate plans after the game today, if it were not for the doping control, which sort of messes it up. The first step of the plan was Chelsea - Manchester United, then the next step was Real Madrid - Sevilla, and then Golden State - Clippers, and then I thought we’ll kind of take it from there on the free day."

Let's hope Magnus Carlsen is a Dubs fan and not a Clippers fan.

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I've been following the World Chess Championships and the Warriors and I can tell ya: the Warriors are a lot more exciting.

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Well, it depends - the Carlsen-Nepo match has been a lot more competitive than most of the Warriors games lately.

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Grizzlies rout the Kings, and Celtics beat the Raptors. Last game of the NBA tonight will be Lakers vs. Pistons.

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This reads like a Magic Johnson tweet

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