My takeaways from the game:

1. Can't get too excited about the win. Kings' defense was practically nonexistent and their offense was minimal. Looked like they weren't really trying at either end.

2. I have no idea why, but Nemanja seems to shoot 3's much better when he's 2-3 ft beyond the arc.

3. In the last 3 games, the Dubs should feature JFK in the low block just to mess with their playoff opponents' scouting reports. Even if they don't do it so much during playoff games, the opponents will need to respect the danger and perhaps double team him when he gets the ball, resulting in passes to the perimeter for open looks to Klay, Steph, Poole, or Wiggs.

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Regarding the Moody playing time topic below: Playoff rotation will likely not include Moody or Lee or JTA, right? Steph, Klay, Wiggins, Dray, Loon, Poole, Iggy, OPJ, GP2 Kuminga is already 10. I feel like Bjeliça is being primed for spot minutes in some situations, too. Even 10 players getting regular playoff minutes would be on the high side. 11 or more in normal circumstances feels almost unheard of. I think Kerr was giving Lee and JTA some minutes just because he does that and Moody will also get a few more minutes these last few games, probably.

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This Athletic article about Embiid had me cracking up (yea, I know it's not about the Dubs - but it's great).

Shows you what happens with a guy with insane confidence, massive competitive drive, and the skills and smarts to deliver. Loved the part about crushing little kids in 2K.

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Another good development: Wiggins is crushing the 3 point line.

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In context of seeding against East:

Dubs -

vs Mia: Behind 1 game but have won tie breaker; Have similar SRS

vs Bos: Up 1 game but have lost tie breaker; They have toughest SRS

vs Mil: Up 1.5 games but have lost tie breaker; They have mid-SRS and play one more game

vs Phi: Up 1.5 games and tie-breaker is undecided; They have easiest SRS and play one more game

This is gonna be a barn burner too.

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Updated seeding permutations between us, Nuggets and Mavs.

N+ = N or more

We will atleast be 5th seed with this win.

Our games = Lakers, Spurs, Pels

1+ Ws by us or 1+ Ls by Nuggets (vs/@ Spurs, Grizz, Lakers), we will have atleast #4 seed and HCA

3 Ws by us or 3 Ls by Mavs or 2+ Ws by us AND 1+ L by Mavs or 1+ W by us AND 2+ Ls by Mavs (vs/@ Pistons, Blazers, Spurs), we will have seed #3

IMO. We should be able to win 1 of next 3 or Grizz will beat Nuggets. So #4 is pretty much guaranteed barring injuries.

#3 seed looks unlikely - somewhat possible - we win next 3 games (low probability) or we win 2 AND Mavs loose 1 (extremely low probability).

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Apr 4, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

E1P request: Kuminga's assists (+ the celebrations on his epic dunk)

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Dubs clinched no worst than #5 seed tonight. One more win or one Denver loss and they clinch #4 seed.

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Apr 4, 2022·edited Apr 4, 2022

Apparently, Bjeli is feeling better and getting his timing back after the back injury. (According to Kerith)

Speaking of backs, Dray’s just back from a back injury and played in a back to back. That’s pretty amazing.

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Warriors remaining schedule:

4/7- vs. Lakers

4/9- @ Spurs

4/10- @ Pelicans

Mavericks remaining schedule:

4/6- @ Pistons

4/8- vs. Blazers

4/10- vs. Spurs

Mavericks have an easier schedule than us. So if the Mavs win the rest of their games, Warriors need to win the rest of their games to remain in the #3 seed.

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For the remnants of Dub Nation who have not yet committed hara kiri: the Warriors just passed Phoenix in defensive rating and are now #2 in the league behind Boston.

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Bjelica used to play for the Kings, right? I think tonight was a revenge game for him.

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Notable stats:

Poole: (+19)

22 points 9/15 FGs 4/9 three pointers

5 rebounds 5 assists 4 turnovers 1 block

Bjelica: (+9)

19 points 7/11 FGs 3/6 three pointers 2/2 FTs

12 rebounds (2 off.) 6 assists 2 turnovers 2 blocks

Wiggins: (+7)

25 points 8/16 FGs 4/7 three pointers 5/6 FTs

5 rebounds 5 assists 1 turnover 1 steal

Kuminga: (+12)

17 points 6/11 FGs 2/3 three pointers 3/6 FTs

5 rebounds (1 off.) 4 assists 1 turnover 1 steal 1 block

Lee: (+11)

11 points 5/10 FGS 0/3 three pointers 1/1 FT

5 rebounds (1 off.) 2 assists 1 turnover 1 block

Payton II: (+10)

2 points 1/4 FGs 0/1 three pointer

3 reboudns (1 off.) 1 turnover 3 steals


Barnes: (-14)

18 points 7/17 FGs 1/8 three pointers 3/3 FTs

10 rebounds (3 off.) 1 assist 2 turnovers 1 steal

Jones: (-13)

17 points 5/10 FGs 0/1 three pointer 7/8 FTs

6 rebounds (1 off.) 2 assists 2 turnovers

DiVincenzo: (-4)

14 points 4/13 FGs 2/9 three pointers 4/4 FTs

4 rebounds 4 assists 2 turnovers 2 steals

Mitchell: (-19)

9 points 4/11 FGs 0/1 three pointer 1/2 FTs

1 rebound 9 assists 2 turnovers 1 steal

Metu: (+0)

9 points 3/6 FGs 1/2 three pointers 2/2 FTs

3 rebounds 1 assist 1 turnover

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• 50+ wins

• Near certain home court in the first round

• Steph likely back for the playoffs

• JP, Dray, Wiggs, Klay, Loon, Payton, Kuminga, Otto, Bjelica all balling

• Lakers crashing and burning

But not before half of Dub Nation committed hara kiri because reasons.

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