Thompson has game-high 33. Curry with 24 and 8.
Thinking about the buyout season and who might be replaced on the roster …. My first thought is JTA. He’s the farthest down the line, has regressed significantly this season, and as ‘captain of garbage time’ doesn’t have an important spot on the team. If someone interesting comes up - Dragic? Robin Lopez? Mike Muscala? - he would be gone.
Next up is Nemenja. While I think it’s unlikely he’d get cut, he too has been inconsistent this season. While he half fills the role of a good passing big man, he isn’t a powerhouse on the boards. Yes, he has his moments. But even if we got someone like Lopez I’d see them as more a complement to the Bjeli rather than as a replacement.
Andre Igoudala. Hey put those pitch forks down! It’s just some dude rosterbating! I’ve been getting increasingly worried about Andre. He’s played in one game this month and had to come out almost immediately due to injury. For playoff Andre we need 15 minutes or more of playing time in 10-15 games. Does he have that in him? Is the staff saving him for the post season or has he actually been injured? I’m sure they know a lot more about his health than we do. Discussing this with my buddies last night there was a lot of talk about how valuable he is as a coach/mentor. He doesn’t need a roster spot to mentor. If they cut him and replace him with, say, Dragic, and sign him on as a special advisor to the team, it will be because they know things we don’t about his health. Of course, I would prefer a healthy, one last post season of glory Andre. But Dragic running the second team in his place sounds pretty sweet, too.
Something I noticed of late with Curry is he's been pump faking more often before shooting and it leads to more misses. Is this him hesitating more or has he always done this? I feel if he just catch and lets it fly without the fake he would be more in rhythm
Without Otto Porter jr we have lost at Chase Center against Indiana and New York. Obviously, we were missing Draymond and Wise too
With Otto, at Chase Center we have won
Didn't get to watch game live (Mt Tam-Stinson Beach hike - Bueno!!).
What a game. I would have been a nervous wreck watching it live Things that stood out:
- Jonathan Fvcking Kuminga!! He is getting better every game Athleticism of course. But how fast he is learning and integrating within the team, that as a sign of super high BBIQ . Gonna be a difference maker in all rounds in playoffs.
- Captain oh my captain. I had already looked at the box score before watching the game But even then when Klay hit those 3s in 4th, I was a yelling like hell!!! Kaptain Klay - we are not worthy.
- Otto's three rebounds and a deflection in last 4 minutes were huge.
Also if Lakers continue to stay healthy, I don't want to face them in 1st round, even with Dray back fully healthy.
Also FU LeBron for getting that call at the end.
> Otto Porter [...] had some critical plays late.
* 4Q 3:21 Stole LeBron's pass and got Klay a transition 3P shot, which he missed.... but
* 4Q 3:08 ... same possession, Otto gets the offensive rebound and is fouled. Subsequent GSW ball, sideline OOB play gets Klay a 3PM
* 4Q 1:39 Poole misses a 3P badly off the backboard, rebounded by Otto who immediately kicks it out to Klay for a 3PM
* 4Q 2.9 seconds left... LeBron misses the FT intentionally, Otto goes across the lane and stretches over the Wiggs/Westbrook wrestling match to grab the board... he realizes he can't secure it so he dumps it off towards the sideline gently, knowing that it'll run out the clock even if it goes out of bounds... no stat recorded but that was probably his craziest play
Phase II isn't 'Integrate Klay back into the line up', Phase II is 'Integrate the line up back around Klay!'
Still amazed by 00JK's athleticism. He doesn't so much hang in the air as seemingly teleport right to the hoop for those dunks. No wasting airtime on a parabolic trajectory, just go straight at the rim.
OMG, If Kuminga works hard next summer and develops a 50% mid-range fadeaway jumpshot, plus a 38% 3p shot, and an 80% FT, he'll be ready to RAZE THE NBA.
Kuminga was giving Lebron some staredowns after defensive sequences on him. There was one where Lebron pumped up a bunch and then passed it out (Kuminga didn't bite) and Kuminga just walked next to Lebron staring him down. I'm loving the competitive fire.
ABC loved that game.
Yo . . . couldn't have picked a better game to attend. Best part was, JTA recognized me and said whattup!! (We went to the same high school and he was on Varsity when I was on JV).
That felt like a playoff gameplan from the Lakers, they were dedicated to taking advantage of their size advantage (similar to the Knicks) and quite frankly they succeeded. They should have won that game just like OKC should have won Game 6 of the 2016 WCF, unfortunately for both of those teams Klay is a cheat code when he gets hot.
Unbelievable performance from Kuminga. 9 rebounds in 25 minutes, with his strength, leaping ability, and general athleticism there's no reason he can't be doing that every time he plays. If he can keep that up he can be a playoff contributor this season, he played the idealized Wiseman role to perfection in this game. I certainly underestimated his athleticism in the draft, his and 1 dunk was probably the most explosive play I've ever seen from a Warrior?
I wouldn't pencil Poole in for anything other than the backup 1 in the playoffs. His defense hasn't improved and he seemingly can't hit an off the dribble three to save his life. If he is hitting those threes then you can play him but it should be on a game by game basis and he should have a quick hook. Warriors are linked to Dragic in the rumor mill for a reason imo, they have a use for a proven playoff level shot creator.
Klay after the game talking about "our future" when is what the NBA needs more of. There has to be more of a feeling that the players care about their franchises like the fans do, even if it's actually BS. The Harden/Ben Simmons stuff is horrible for the game.
Hate to say it but Westbrook played well in that game, I hope it was a fluke and not a sign of him accepting a new role that helps the team lol, fuck the Lakers.
Lakers should be playing Bazemore instead of Ariza but either way, enjoy the L traitor.
2:31 Lebron left Wiggins to come and help on Steph's drive but couldn't get up fast enough or didn't bother to contest the shot. Notice how Bradley had to stick to Klay and follow him all the way out to half court pretty much and it opened up that side completely. Steph had the option to finish it like he did or kick it to Wiggs for a wide open corner 3. I think with anyone else there not named Klay freakin Thompson Bradley would have cheated to help and clog up that lane which would have led to a way lower percentage shot
That last Curry shot is a decent shot in terms of Expected Value but it is a terrible shot considering game situation. When you're up 2/3 with 1 possession to go for both team, the important thing is scoring and putting the lead beyond 3 points. In that situation, a 45% mid-range look is significantly better than a 33-35% 3 pointer.
Klay loves the big moment man. There's very few guys in the league with the "Mamba Mentality" and Klay is no doubt one of them. I don't know why but I trust him to hit that dagger more than Steph. They're both stone cold killers but Klay just has absolutely no fear in his DNA
I keep watching Klay 4th quarter highlights: https://twitter.com/dbs408/status/1492725091519500288?s=20&t=dT4dPWGeCS-qycG8xxYinw