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I guess we’ve heard the last of people trying to claim Lillard and McCollum is a better guard tandem than Steph and Klay.

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I want to like this post but I'm too sad for Dame. Put that guy healthy on a good team and he'd be ballin' out.

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Feb 8, 2022·edited Feb 8, 2022

Gotta give Dave Deckard and the Blazers Edge crew props: they’re already over 350 posts on the CJ news (while many other SBN hoops sites struggle to get over ten posts per diary).

Gotta be a rough time for Blazer fans in general. But I think a blowup is looong overdue.

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Feb 8, 2022·edited Feb 8, 2022

@ShamsCharania

Portland is finalizing acquiring Josh Hart, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Tomas Satoransky and draft compensation in the CJ McCollum trade, sources said.

@wojespn

Portland and New Orleans have agreed upon a trade --- CJ McCollum, Larry Nance and Tony Snell are on the way to the Pelicans, sources tell ESPN.

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They've repeatedly said that they understand Dame's wish to win now, they appreciate his loyalty and will strive to make something happen to help him out. This ... does not seem like it.

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Larry Nance is solid too and should help them a lot. Looks like NO turned on trade override

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Wow they’re really blowing it value wise. Lost Powell for nothing and waited way too long on McCollum

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Wouldn't be surprised if they go full OKC and blow it up for any and all 1st rounders.

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They seem to be targeting 2nd rounders instead

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Kelly Oubre last ten games from 3:

10-15 (.667) in one game @IND.

14-78 (.179) in the other nine games.

Streakiness, thy name is Tsunami Papi…

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I’ve worried about being overly-critical of Kelly Oubre, but last night I was thinking that not only is Kuminga a better fit than Oubre, but that Moses Moody will end up being what we wanted Oubre to be by this time next year.

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Yeah, I wish Oubre well, and he seems to be having a decent season to date, but I do not miss him on the Warriors. Not a single point this season have I thought "wow, I really wish we had Oubre back."

No hard feelings, but this clearly was not the right box for him!

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Oubre’s old school attitude of “got to get his” just never fit our philosophy

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Loved the way Poole and Kuminga played today! The offense was five out standing around until those two injected the movement and unlocked everyone else. Great to see the Warriors younger guys knowing they can beat other good young guys. Kuminga getting the rising stars snub might be the best thing that’s happened to the Warriors for the next decade.

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Feb 8, 2022·edited Feb 8, 2022

Non-Rising Star Jon Kuminga (19 y.o.): 20.1 pts per 36 on .571 TS, +5.9 on court

Non-Rising Star Jordan Poole (22 y.o.): 20.6 pts per 36 on .584 TS, +8.4 on court

Rising Star Davion Mitchell (23 y.o.): 14.3 pts per 36 on .476 TS, -3.7 on court

(I get that Poole is not eligible now ... but he's a year younger than Mitchell, and didn't make it last year when he was eligible).

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New name for the team: "Youngsters on bad teams who shoot a lot."

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Yeah, I look at essentially all of the rookie and second year player recognition stuff as "prizes for young players on bad teams so they don't get too sad."

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Good way to take care of business this one. Towards the end, when for about two or three plays the Thunder were thinking they had a chance, Klay made that dagger shot to put it away and threw down a gesture with two fingers pointing down, as if to say, "Don't forget, I own this arena" and it was awesome. Klay is awesome.

The rest of the guys did good things too. Really feels like everyone on the team knows how they fit in and how they contribute to winning. Great to see Otto Porter back from injury, and it was great to see Iguodala play a bit before he had to back out again. =/

There *were* a couple embarrassing sequences, but my read is that the team felt like it was enough in the bag that they got lax. Hard to play at your best when everyone expects you to win and you're just doing OK.

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Slater asked him about that moment, and if he said "this is my house" (looked like it to me) in the post-game, Klay's response was "I don't remember, I black out in those moments" (punctuated by taking a swig of chocolate milk)

https://twitter.com/anthonyVslater/status/1490899380647624707?s=20&t=LugACluHTjcSSdWa1fFyhw

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Never change, Klay.

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I said Klay would be better than "old Klay" when he came back. I believe I was correct. Klay sees the court better, has better handles and is still capable of unreal shooting. He still has a ways to go to be "back," but he already looks like he's gotten better.

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Hate to be Buzz Killington but his lateral movement on defense still lags. I get he wasn’t always the quickest guy but I’m curious to see once Klay is fully healthy (probably next season) if he’s still be able to draw the top defensive assignment.

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Feb 8, 2022·edited Feb 8, 2022

Pretty sure that’s what Truckeeman was referring to when he said “He still has a ways to go to be back”.

Even if Klay’s lateral movement doesn’t make it back to 100%, I think there’s a pretty good chance that his improved handles and playmaking will more than make up for it, especially with guys like Wiggins and Payton there to take on the toughest defensive assignments. Klay’s getting to the age where his athleticism was going to start to wane, so his playing smarter is welcome news.

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That’s expected and will take time. But yeah, too early to say how much.of that he’ll get back.

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Jazz beat the Knicks. Knicks held the game close until the end.

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> Knicks held the game close until the end.

Could've sworn I heard this recently...

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Jazz-Knicks is a close game. Hmm....

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BTW - JTA kicked ass in his six seconds tonight

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What's fun is that we all know that if there had been need to dive into the third row during those six seconds, he would have done it. There is no off switch on JTA

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Feb 8, 2022·edited Feb 8, 2022

If Kerr is going to give crunch time minutes to Moody to help him boost his confidence, he might NOT want to let bring the ball up the floor under pressure. I started cringing once he got the ball in the backcourt and then he dribbled to the sideline just across half court where he lost the ball just before he was going to get doubled and lose the ball anyway. We've got Klay, Steph, and Poole in the lineup to make sure they get the ball across the line in crunch time.

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Feb 8, 2022·edited Feb 8, 2022

Why not? Kuminga brings it up at times. Let them have these experiences if they are going to cope with the pressures of playoff basketball. Their peers are already experiencing them around the league.

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You think Moody seeing meaningful minutes during the playoffs?

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I think anything is possible. Had Andre not gone out he probably doesn't play. So anything is possible.

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Honestly, gives him video to watch

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Pretty sure that was a one-off. Let the youngun learn from his mistakes against a bad team with the game 98% in the bag. Not something he’ll likely be doing in a game that matters (as we’ll have either Dray, Dre, GP2, JTA, or Lee in his stead in a game that matters)…

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Another great game by Poole. Very patient, working on the defensive end, 8 boards, 8 dimes. He's found his game as a sixth man and Dubs are responding well during his minutes

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Odd that he might be more Andre than Clarkson… but I love it

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Notable stats:

Warriors:

Curry: (+4)

18 points 6/12 FGs 4/10 three pointers 2/2 FTs

9 rebounds 10 assists 4 turnovers 1 steal

Kuminga: (+12)

16 points 6/11 FGs 0/3 three pointers 4/7 FTs

4 rebounds (2 off.) 4 assists 2 turnovers

Poole: (+17)

11 points 5/8 FGs 1/4 three pointers

8 rebounds (2 off.) 8 assists 3 turnovers 2 steals

Thompson: (+6)

15 points 6/15 FGs 3/8 three pointers 6/6 FTs

2 rebounds 2 assists 2 steals 1 block

Wiggins: (+6)

15 points 6/15 FGs 3/9 three pointers

5 rebounds 3 turnovers 1 steal 1 block

Payton II: (+4)

5 points 2/3 FGs 1/2 three pointers

2 rebounds (1 off.) 2 steals

Thunder:

Bazley: (-5)

20 points 8/16 FGs 2/4 three pointers 2/4 FTs

8 rebounds (2 off.) 1 turnover 1 steal

Dort: (-6)

26 points 9/21 FGs 3/12 three pointers 5/7 FTs

4 rebounds (3 off) 1 assist 5 turnovers 3 steals

Giddey: (-2)

16 points 6/16 FGs 0/3 three pointers 4/4 FTs

11 rebounds (3 off.) 7 assists 4 turnovers 1 steal

Williams: (-12)

12 points 5/11 FGs 2/6 three pointers

7 rebounds (2 off.) 5 assists 2 turnovers 1 steal 1 block

Mann: (+0)

11 points 4/13 FGs 3/7 three pointers

3 rebounds 4 assists 3 turnovers 2 steals

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Final stats:

Warriors:

50.0% shooting (41/82 FGs)

15/34 three pointers

13/17 FTs

41 rebounds (7 off.)

30 assists

15 turnovers

11 steals

3 blocks

Thunder:

41.1% shooting (37/90 FGs)

11/36 three pointers

13/17 FTs

49 rebounds (18 off.)

21 assists

17 turnovers

8 steals

2 blocks

Points in paint:

Warriors: 46

Thunder: 52

Fastbreak points:

Warriors: 2

Thunder: 8

Points off turnovers:

Warriors: 26

Thunder: 13

Bench points:

Warriors: 46

Thunder: 21

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my biggest takeaway: we have the Splash Brothers; they don't

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