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I was only able to listen to the radio feed for portions of the game, but I really can't grok how the Clippers are so bad. Why isn't Kawhi alone beating the world? (I've had that question for years now)

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Dec 1, 2023·edited Dec 1, 2023Liked by Eric Apricot

OT: not sure if already posted but GSW youtube put out "1 HOUR of Iconic Warriors Moments From Klay, Stephen and Draymond" https://youtu.be/bcwFG9r95aY?si=4wVp6z8YOaMImWip

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Dec 1, 2023Liked by Eric Apricot

https://x.com/anthonyvslater/status/1730468178327929018?s=46&t=9UCJt84jp_HefsXGrxmdqA

Steve Kerr called tonight Jonathan Kuminga’s best game of the season: “He didn’t foul. Not one foul. And he’s out there guarding Kawhi and Paul George. Used his athleticism. Had five rebounds in the first half.”

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Hope everyone LOVES watching the Clippers, because we're going to see them again twice within the next ten days. And then... Valentine's day.

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Unrelated to tonight's game which I unfortunately took off to restore some of my sanity from last game and not to beat a dead horse too much but had to share this from warriors reddit taygads. Insane that jt orr ref

We were called for 17 shooting fouls last night. SEVENTEEN. Our average so far for the season (which is already padded thanks to the Suns game as well as one of the Minny and Cavs games) is 10.94 per game. We were also called for 4 offensive fouls; our season average is 1.71 per game.

The Kings were called for 11. Their season average so far is 10.27. Kings were called for 1 offensive foul; their season average is 1.33.

Edit to add: also fun fact, JT Orr has officiated 2 games of ours so far, last night and our game against the Cavs on 11/11 during which the Cavs attempted 43 FTAs and we were called for 29 fouls. When you add last night, we average 30 fouls, including 16.5 shooting fouls, and our opponents attempt on average 42.5 FTAs in games he’s reffed in. Our opponents averaged 23.5 fouls in those games and we average 30 FTAs, that’s a 12.5 FTA differential. Even more telling is that in all of his games reffed so far this season, both teams have averaged a **combined** 40.2 fouls and 46.4 FTAs. Yet in our 2 games that he’s reffed, our opponents alone are attempting 42.5 FTAs. That’s insanity

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I got stuck listening to the Clipper's commentators whilst watching the replay and they must have been saving this one up because the whole time they kept bringing up Podz looking like Jeremy Allen White's Carmy from The Bear TV series and all things restuarant related. They did do their unsubtle best to jinx Curry on his free throws which was quite funny.

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I know fans won’t miss Draymond’s antics when he retires but we’re going to miss his brilliance on the court when he’s locked in. This guy allowed Steve to play a lot of lineups throughout the years because he’s so good at cleaning up mistakes and making things happen. We likely won’t get someone impactful as him on that end for a very long time if ever again. Appreciate the greatness from Steph and Dray while they’re still here. Klay too. One of the greatest trios if not the greatest to ever play the game.

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Of course, his hand was forced by the 3 injuries but I was glad to see Kerr made big adjustments after the SAC disaster. Loved seeing the Steph/Dray/Moody/Kuminga/Podz lineup - like a glimpse of a possible future.

As much as I love Kevon, he's the odd man out in most matchups. He and Dray just can't play together - the lineup almost coughed up the lead in the 3rd and as soon as he subbed out the tide turned.

It's a given that 11-30-23 are closing games, regardless of what people might want with Klay. I think the other two should be Good Wiggs and Moody. Kuminga in place of bad Wiggs. GP2 when healthy in certain matchups. Podz could make a run too. Maybe even Saric in certain matchups.

But Looney I just don't see too many matchups where he makes sense with Draymond. And CP3 really only should be in on offense only facing a press.

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Oh, whuu ... waht?? Huh?

Sorry, I just ... I just woke up.

I fainted when the refs called Draymond's flagrant a common foul.

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Great team win. No one had a bad game. The kids got a good run and the OG rewarded Kerr for sticking with them.

Of course, what else are you going to do? Yes, the second team probably needs to develop more for the dubs to win it all, but it is imperative that the big three play their best. If they don’t, there is no chance of a championship. There are plenty of really good Warriors BB players backing up Steph, Klay and Dray - but there are also plenty of really good BB players all over the league. Many drip with potential. But no one should think for a minute some combination of second team dubs players is going to beat all others. NO team has a more winning starting five than the Warriors have now. Kerr is absolutely spot on to do everything he can to make sure his OG find their rhythm before spending a minute worrying about anyone else’s development.

The kids will get plenty of play, but only after their elders remember how to do their thing - that thing that wins championships. It looks like they’re getting closer.

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"No more buffoonery" -- Ron Adams (Referring presumably to fouling, turnovers, techs, etc.)

#NMB

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Klay pensively thinking about the question while making a paper airplane:

"At times, I can be pressing"

Umm... ya think? haha

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Good things happen when Podz and Moody play. They're playing like they actually have to earn their minutes, so they're locked in, fighting for rebounds, engaged on defense, making the right passes, getting back in transition, and hustling to create transition opportunities. Sure they might make mistakes from time to time, but that's not due to a lack of effort.

Frustrating thing has been when the vets aren't locked in, jack up bad / early / contested shots, throw the ball away, go through the motions of predictable plays, aren't paying attention on defense, get baited into complaining against the refs. If the young players did this, they wouldn't get any time on the floor.

If only vets to played with more of a hungry attitude. Yeah I get it, it's a long season and they don't get up for every game. So then give that time to the younger players who have something to prove.

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Posdnous leading rebounder with 8?!?!

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So... Dray's hitting over 40% of his 3s doesn't seem to be slowing down. He's made 2 in 6/11 games... that's crazy.

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