Klay gets hot as Warriors disassemble Lakers
Also f*ck Dennis Schroder and his sh*t eating grin.
Anyone else finding the Lakers incredibly boring to watch? I’m not saying they’re bad, and I guess it’s hard to live up to the speed of the Kings series, but *yawn*
I know these guys weren't playing but I can't imagine having guys on the team accepting defeat that early.
One of the most illuminating revelations of the Draymond Green Podcast to me was realizing just how competitive Klay really is. You kind of knew it just by watching him play, but I never realized how absolutely hard-core competitive Klay is behind the scenes.
The biggest adjustment I noticed was that Klay stopped dribbling. I swear, he reminds me of a perimeter version of JaVale McGee (only slightly hyperbolic) when he starts trying to show off his handle and pull-up jumpers. I spent A LOT of game 1 yelling at Bobblehead Klay, the bobblehead that watches Warriors games with me. I don't know the splits, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's a 10-20% difference in his shooting when he dribbles.
Kerr adjustments stand out. Beautifully-done, even the inadvertent ones. Speaking of resilient and elegant coaching, not surprised Mike Budenholzer got sacked in Bucks-Land. Never short of talented players, the two-time COY was blessed with 5 NBA All Stars in Atlanta, and a Giannis-led talented roster at Bucks. Along with the luminant Jason Kidd, before him, I have felt they under-achieved, and may have contributed significantly in any shortening of Giannis' career from injuries, due to their utilization of him and reliance on his uncanny athleticism and total abandon. I hope he continues to be as lucky as Jason is in landing, elsewhere....
That live broadcast comment about how the Dubs had to face a set defense after all of the FT's in G1 makes a lot of sense/difference.
Moody has a good motor. Would be nice if he became our Mikal Bridges.
Would Kerr have benched looney even if he wasn’t sick? I thought he was going to bench him for sure but some of the reports of looneys illness make it seem that that’s the only reason he came off the bench
Watching that Warrior win sealed the deal for me. DESTINY rears its head. This was a classic Warrior win, a dominating one that will take this team into The Finals once again. Yes, Kerr made adjustments and kudos to him but without the execution of the players, the outcome may have been different. But this outcome showed the Lakers to be woefully unprepared for what they faced and has convinced me that the Lakers are finished. 5 games? 6 games? It doesn't matter. We dominated them and they had no adjustment to our boys which shows a team that will not stand the test of the Warriors.
One of the other delightful outcomes was the overall play from our bench. They actually held their own and I'm sure this will give Kerr some new ideas to spring on our opponents. Kudos to JMG, Looney, Klay, and Dray for stepping up his scoring. It's usually a good sign when Dray gets to the basket. Good to see Moody so lively. As for JFK, I do kind of see why he doesn't get more time in the playoffs. Something about his game and inability to execute. Don't know what it is about him. Maybe like Poole, too caught up in his own head.
Game 7 fan
I wonder how Ham will adjust their pick and roll defense against Steph. Steph and Dray diced up the trapping strategy. Does he try to pull a Udoka and guard Steph straight up in game 3 and try to stop everyone else?
Klay is so special. Is it even the playoffs if he isn't serving 30-burgers? I mean, I know it's been a whole year since he gave the Grizz a 30 piece in a closeout game so it's easy to forget, but it's always nice to see him remind people exactly who he is.
They said the Lakers D was way better than the Kings, and it was in the regular season. But, and I think credit is due to Mike Brown here, in practice in the playoffs I'm not really seeing it. Davis is a difference-maker at the rim in a way Sabonis isn't, but it feels like the Kings were way more playoff-level grabby/physical on the perimeter. The Lakers are kind of floppy and flail-y but they aren't gumming things up the way the Kings were.
Team looks pretty good in this matchup when they aren't -20 at the FT line. Anything -10 or less and you've got to like their chances.
Poor coach Bud (well handsomely paid while unemployed coach Bud.) The owners and FO don’t shell out to keep Tucker after winning it all. Middleton’s been a shell of himself coming back from injury. And the coach gets the blame and the axe after having the best record in the NBA when they had to play with half a Giannis.
Maybe they’ll hire Mark Jackson, he deserves another coaching gig.
LeBron, Rui, and Vanderbilt shot 8/16 from 3 (including a ridiculous prayer), and we still beat them.
LeBron was completely worthless on a few weak side help rotations, even the very first Warriors score of the game, when he didn't even try to contest Dray's wide open layup... I think part of our adjustment was to attack LeBron's defense like that.
Steph and Klay - 52 points (again) on 30 shots (instead of 49)
Let's see how G3 goes...
Great game. But the fact that kerr cant even substitute kuminga in for a defensive possession or anything is fucking crazy