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Hey Eric, is it intentional that the E1P videos now get posted on YT well before the DNHQ article that links to it?

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Yes, you've mentioned it a time or two...

Your irrationality resonates with me, because I also WANT to believe.

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To answer your valid question:

YES.

You have indeed mentioned that you have an irrationally good feeling about TJD.

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Always had the utmost respect for Bobgod, but hindsight allows me to see some mistakes. Ridiculously impressed with MDJ so far. His moves seem to belong to a more holistic plan, if that makes sense.

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Zach Harper has the Dubs 4th in his latest power rankings, just steer the Nuggets,Celtics,Bucks.

https://theathletic.com/4975320/2023/10/31/nba-power-rankings-week-2-mavericks-thunder/?source=user_shared_article

First impression: Golden State notched high-quality road wins over the Kings and Pelicans to start this season. Last season, the team was atrocious on the road. This season’s Warriors are off to a 3-0 start on the road, and it looks like, while they still have plenty to work out, this will be a top-five team all season.

First overreaction: Steph Curry will be in the top three of the MVP voting. Just look at how dominant he is by merely existing. I’m wondering when that impact goes away or even begins to flicker a bit. The Warriors’ role players are making Curry’s job easier by not hemorrhaging plus/minus when he’s off the floor. Curry meshing well with Chris Paul also helps (plus-11.6 net rating with both on).

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> The Golden State Warriors have exercised the team’s fourth-year options on Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, league sources told @hoopshype. Kuminga will earn $7.63 million and Moody will earn $5.8 million for the 2024-25 season.

https://twitter.com/MikeAScotto/status/1719393356789248086

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Something for people to ask themselves when watching how crisply and quickly everything moved last night. Can you envision Cam Whitmore playing that style?

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From Slaters article in the Athletic: https://theathletic.com/5015376/2023/10/31/stephen-curry-warriors-chris-paul-second-unit/

Looks like a fun locker room

"Jackson-Davis was originally credited with a 10th rebound in the closing minutes. The bench erupted, and there was a specific reason for it. The Warriors’ veterans have given Jackson-Davis the nickname “Baby T.” He doesn’t necessarily love it, so they’ve told him he could lose the nickname and go back to Trayce after his first double-double.

That 10th rebound led to a celebration. Draymond Green started yelling, “Baby T who?” in the aftermath. But the official scorer switched one of Jackson-Davis’ rebounds to Jerome Robinson, deeming it a controlled tap after a postgame review, dropping the total to nine. When informed postgame, the locker room was shocked at the turn of events, keeping the nickname alive.

“Yes!!,” Thompson said. “Baby T!!” "

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Watching Poole on the Wizards so far, I am feeling like Edmund in "The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe." I was given Turkish delight to eat -- some deep threes, clever drives to the basket -- and I came under a deep spell. All around me for so long there were signs that I was very confused, but I ignored those and dug in my position. Then, the spell was broken and I realized that what I had admired was the very thing that was causing me such anguish. Kerr is Susan, the wise older sister, and Dunleavy is Peter, who, if I recall correctly, breaks the spell.

Steph is Aslan.

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Breaking news: Having played a crucial role in acquiring James Harden, Clipper Executive Board member Jerry "The Logo" West has decided to retire.

Sources say that the Clippers will be replacing him with Daryl Morey, who no longer felt needed in Philadelphia and is looking forward to a reunion with close associate Harden.

OK maybe not but admit you'd love to see it.

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Oct 31, 2023·edited Oct 31, 2023

Danny Green got waived at like 3AM LOL

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Oct 31, 2023Liked by Eric Apricot

I like Cpt Nemo did not see that there was a game thread last night so was on an old thread. I posted this last night but thought I’d share it here as well:

Attended the Wizards-Celtics game tn. Don’t get me wrong the Celtics look good, but damn the Wizards are bad. Jordan Poole looked like their best defender most of the time he was on the floor (until garbage time when Rollins started racking up deflections). It’s wild that Rollins isn’t in their 10-man rotation right now, he’s better than Wright and Davis. The Wizards also played with 0 centers tn (they had Avdija on Porzingis), and I think the only center they have rostered is Gafford. Its a bit silly but I think it’d make sense for them to pick up Wiseman. They’re not trying to win and need some size, worst case they just continue the tank. Best case Wise blossoms and they have two solid rotation bigs.

The Celtics top 6 looks monstrous, not many across the history of the NBA that look better tbh. But their reserves look WEAK. I think they’ll lose more games than people expect because of their bench coughing up leads, not to mention potential injuries. Wouldn’t be surprised if they end up looking gassed in the 2nd round of the playoffs.

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Via Reddit r/NBA: JP tries to go at Jrue. https://streamable.com/9cro5x

Could NOT stifle a giggle.

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OK, let's try for an impartial analysis of the Clippers. They acquired James Harden. They gave up some useful depth in trading Marcus Morris, Robert Covington, Nic Batum, KJ Martin. Their probable starting lineup is something like guards: Harden and Paul George, forwards: Kawhi, Terence Mann, center, Ivica Zubac. Their rotation players are Westbrook, Norman Powell, PJ Tucker, Amir Coffey, Mason Plumlee.

They have a lot of talent on both offense and defense, and a lot of problems. One is chemistry, or lack thereof. Even before the trade this is not a team known for cohesion and a clear plan on offense. They tend to trade possessions. Another problem is that there's only one ball, and Harden wants it. To be fair he gets assists, but out of his role as an attacker with the ball. Kawhi and PG are not catch and shoot guys, they tend to need the ball to create a play. On defense, Harden doesn't play it and Terence Mann and Westbrook are pretty suss on that end too. Kawhi and PG do, but that brings up health. What are the odds of PG, Kawhi, Westbrook and Harden making it to through a playoff run healthy?

Thoughts? Remember, we're being scientific adults here.

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Oct 31, 2023·edited Oct 31, 2023

Slater/The Athletic:

That gave Curry 24 second-half points and 42 total in the Warriors’ 130-102 domination. After it — a win that clinched a 3-0 road trip through Sacramento, Houston and New Orleans — Gary Payton II made an interesting observation. There was a particular reason he felt Curry was fresh and ready to slam the fourth-quarter door on both the Rockets and Pelicans.

“With Chris (Paul) here, that cuts half of what he’s gotta do,” Payton said. “Bringing up the ball, going to get it, getting us into offense. We got Chris (to do some of that), so by the time the fourth quarter comes late, he’s got energy. He’s still got energy to do what he does. That’s another strength for us — have CP come in and control, handle the ball and get guys where they need to be and let 30 just run around.”

Link ($): https://theathletic.com/5015376/2023/10/31/stephen-curry-warriors-chris-paul-second-unit/

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