Jan 23, 2020Liked by Eric Apricot, Daniel Hardee

I just want to say...I love you guys.

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Jan 23, 2020Liked by Daniel Hardee

Enjoying the look of the page - nice work!

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'ello, guvnah! LGW!!

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Gosh, the way these comment threads are sorted (by likes? most recent reply? I'm not sure) is going to make it pretty hard to follow the chronological sequence of comments in a game thread...

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Jan 22, 2020Liked by Eric Apricot

Things I'll be looking for in tonight's game:

- Can D'Lo have an efficient bounce-back shooting game? 9/27 against the Blazers is not really winning basketball, but he should have the skills to be better. He has these flashes of being amazing, and on those occasions where he gets crazy hot he's welcome to take any crazy shots he wants. But most of the time, I'm looking for shot selection and efficiency. That goes double in crunch time, if we're so lucky as to have any.

- Who's getting lost on switches on defense, or helping unwisely? I've seen D'Lo and Spellman jump at the guy with the ball while leaving a good shooter one pass away wide open, or get caught ball-watching while their man is open for a corner 3. DON'T LEAVE INGLES OPEN ON THE PERIMETER. Bogdonavich either. I'd rather see someone get beat 1-on-1 at the top of the key than see an attempted double lead to a wide-open three.

- Who can make layups? In particular, I've seen a ton of old-school "klayups" from Willie Cauley-Stein this season, and Marquise Chriss in particular (but others as well) has sometimes seemed to get too singleminded about trying over and over to tip in an offensive rebound in traffic (and failing) instead of backing the ball out for a better shot.

- If Draymond plays, is he making bad passes to people who aren't where he expects them to be?

- How's Paschall's aggressiveness? When he doesn't have the ball in his hands, is he cutting or fighting for good post position? How will he handle the difficult job of getting shots in the paint vs. the Stifle Tower?

- How slick do our men on the bench look? The Splash Bros and Kevon Looney have not disappointed so far.

I also agree we should go for the win if at all possible. The culture and habits that lead to wins are more important than having a lottery pick IMO. I thought we might be able to pick one up against Portland the other night, but damn, Dame Time was too powerful. Still, with competitive games against Milwaukee and Denver in the past week or so, not to mention the W vs. the Magic, it feels like it's within reach. We just need to avoid "that one quarter where the entire team forgets how to put the ball in the basket" (either the 1st or 3rd quarter almost every game this year) and then we need to play well on both ends in crunch time.

I've seen plenty of reasons to believe they can do it—the D in particular has had stretches of being absolutely oppressive, including in crunch time—but it's anyone's guess whether they can line everything up just right and also hope the other team doesn't have one of "those" nights where someone just lights it up like a human torch. We've seen enough of those games from both sides in the past few years that I know never to count any NBA player out.

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I I were a betting man, I'd bet against the Warriors on this one, but then again, I never bet, so maybe they have a chance. I don't expect a beatdown though, more likely a competitive loss.

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Um, Let's Go Warriors!

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Count me in the minority I'm really starting to loathe losing. I get that bad teams lose more than they win BUT games like the one against Portland really leaves me feeling angry (in sports relative terms). We've played Utah close. I just want a win tonight. I don't want to be supposedly 'rewarded' come June for another close loss.

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