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I told you guys about Mulder right. You said it's just a small sample size like he is a fluke. Are you changing your opinion?. Imagine having him and curry on the floor. You double curry and leave him to destroy you. Mulder is an insurance policy against box and 1

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I know it’s a regular season game.. but that was an embarrassing showing on Denver’s part. I really don’t see the IT factor on their team. Jokic is the foundation but Harris and Murray are way too inconsistent to be dangerous in the playoffs. MPJ might be a problem in the future but he’s still too young.

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https://twitter.com/nbcnews/status/1234823622654676992?s=21

Olympics could be pushed to end of the year due to covid19 concerns. Would the NBA season pause for their top players to play in the Olympics?

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yikes

Personally, I wouldn't expect the NBA to pause their season for the Olympics, but I don't know.

Also, it's buried in the article, but it sounds like they are not actually even looking at that as an option at the moment:

> “The contract calls for the Games to be held within 2020. That could be interpreted as allowing a postponement,” Seiko Hashimoto said in response to a lawmaker’s question in parliament.

> However, she added that the governments of Japan and Tokyo were still committed to keeping to the scheduled start date of July 24.

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oof. Another tanktastic voyage this evening

> @anthonyVslater

> Draymond Green and Kevon Looney will both sit again tonight in Denver.

Against one of the most dominant big men in the game...

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Anyone have a clue when Steph is going to play?

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The Olympics.

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Current guess is Thursday against the Raptors - so this will hopefully be that last non-Steph game

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Nuggets stats:

Offense:

18 in points scored (110.9)

5 in points in paint!!!!!!!!!!! (49.7)

23 in fastbreak points (11.6)

9 in offensive efficiency!!!!

6 in shooting % !!!!!!!!!! (47.0%)

15 in three point % (35.9%)

10 in two point % !! (52.7%)

3 in off. rebound % !!!!!!!!!!!!!! (24.8%)

20 in def. rebound % (76.9%)

12 in total rebound % (50.8%)

10 in opponent blocks! (4.7)

10 in opponent steals! (7.1)

4 in assists!!!!!!!!!!! (26.6)

7 in turnovers!!!!!!!! (13.6)

Defense:

8 in points allowed!!!!!! (107.4)

20 in opponent points in paint (49.2)

9 in opponent fastbreak points!!!! (12.5)

11 in defensive efficiency

14 in opponent shooting % (45.7%)

5 in opponent three point % !!!!!!!!!!! (34.3%)

17 in opponent two point % (52.9%)

20 in blocks (4.7)

10 in steals!! (8.1)

22 in opponent assists (24.9)

18 in opponent turnovers (14.3)

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Well, we started the season with basically four guys on max contracts, Looney and WCS in the middle, and eight guys on rookie/minimum contracts. Oh, and as a reminder, none of those rookies were drafted in the first, like, 20 spots. (A couple of the outcasts were.)

Due to injury problems, about two and a half of the 4 max players aren't playing. Both WCS and Loon also missed the beginning of the season to injury. So almost all our minutes have been played by rookies and outcasts.

Just as some of those outcasts started to prove themselves, the trade deadline came calling and ownership decided to cut their losses and save money for the next couple years. So, out went almost every player who had demonstrated value, and in came even more rookies and outcasts. Also, we traded an up-and-coming star for draft picks and the consensus most overpaid guy in the league.

It's no surprise that this team has the worst record in the league. Skilled players are the most important part of winning and the few we have are more injured than not. It remains to be seen whether all the silver linings and faint hopes we see on a nightly basis are a mirage. But we have some positive signs that among all the rookies and outcasts there is hope.

Of the guys who were traded away already, the team found something of value in GRIII, Burks, and Spellman's playing. Eric Paschall already looks like a rotation player, and we have Poole and Bowman who have both been terrible compared to veteran players but may yet grow into solid role players. Smailagic too. Toscano-Anderson looks like a borderline rotation player in his NBA "rookie" season (at age 26, IIRC, he's probably more accurately described as an international player due to his pro experience elsewhere). I forget how many games into the Wiggins experiment we are, but he is putting up career numbers in several important categories. And Chriss is already in the conversation for the best starting center the team could get for next year.

So, the team has a mixed but mostly good record of finding and refining talent. The time and effort invested there will pay off in the quality of players the team can bring to the court next year, in any number of ways.

Right now, we are watching the team mining for talent. Even if they don't strike gold, the other valuable minerals they find along the way will be of worth.

I'm looking forward to some nuggets of gold tonight. And I won't dwell on all the bricks of coal we leave along the way.

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I think mulder is a good find. Steve kerr is likely to pair him with curry in the backcourt especially since damion lee is even worse defensively than curry ..

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Not sure how to take that. Curry is above average defensively for his position. Does this mean Lee is just average defensively? Definitely can't be worse than Dlo.

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Lee is average. See how beal lighted up on Sunday.. lee hustles but I think his bball IQ is just so low. Curry complements what he lacks in size with smartness

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by Eric Apricot

It really bugs me how people under-rate Curry's defense. BTW, loving your "make it green" command- added it to my iPhone and it works there too!

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by Eric Apricot

Thanks! But definitely check out Apricot's latest work from that post. I've been using it and it has all the conveniences of the GSOM comments.

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The current version is a memory hog, so if the site stops working, you'll have to clear the site cookies. I'm working on a fix for that... sorry!!

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Curry is a good defender but he lacks size and wingspan. If curry had a 6ft 8 wingspan, I'm sure he would be a guard nobody wants to see..

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Mulder is on a 10-day so who knows what the future holds for him. Definitely intriguing though.

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Personally i feel he d deserves a roster spot over Poole, bowman, lee at the bad spot.. even JTA..

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Mulder is 26 years old. Poole is 20. Bowman is 22.

Poole and Bowman may grow by leaps and bounds. Mulder may refine his game but he'll be largely the same player two, three years from now. Lee is a fairer comparison at 27, but over the course of their NBA careers so far Lee is comparable or better in almost every stat across a much larger sample size.

Mulder may yet be a pretty decent find, and I think he's trending toward a second 10-day contract at this point, but it's way premature to call for him to get a roster spot over Lee.

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Hope u watched Joe Jacob's interview. We are in win now mode. Who has the time to wait for Poole and bowman to start shooting well when it may never happen. Ben Simmons hasn't even started shooting in 3yrs.. Giannis still doesnt have a go to jumpshot 6yrs in the league. AND please don't say Lee is better than Mulder. U can say we've seen lee longer than Mulder but don't worry your conclusion will soon change. Imagine putting lee on Booker. I'm sure booker will have another career night.. Anyway time will tell whether I'm right or wrong but I'm of the opinion that Mulder is better than lee...

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We are not in "win now" mode this season; that should be pretty self-evident.

Poole and Bowman are signed through the next two years if the team wants them. If they are developing steadily but too slowly to compete, those contracts become assets the front office can trade to teams that aren't in as much of a rush.

That was the whole point of my initial post in this thread: the team is mining assets by developing players who may become important. We are seeing it happen, and it appears to be working.

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by punk basketball

You are really fond of small sample sizes.

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Mulder has played a grand total of 87 minutes in the NBA

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I've been following him in the G league..when exactly was lee outstanding?. If he wasn't related to curry do u really think he would be on the TEAM?.Do u think Poole and bowman will be in the rotation if we were still contending?

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I feel that guy is a better shooter than everybody on that team not named splash brothers. He is also very good defensively. Did u see what he did to booker? Also when Beal went crazy he was able to stop the bleeding..

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I think we need a stretch 5 who can also defend bigs. Honestly I think aaron baynes can fill that role. I don't fancy Chris's against embiid, Giannis , jokic etc. Mark gasol is old..and robin Lopez has one more year on his contract..

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Hey, you and I finally agree on something- I would love to see Baynes on this team, although I think Curry should get to smack him around a bit when he joins.

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Lol. Steph isn't like that. He sincerely has a heart of gold. The world will be a better place if we had more people like him. If you recall that this Harden vs Giannis thing almost happened in 2015 when harden said he deserved mvp more than Steph. In 2016 Steph blitzed him all through and won unanimous mvp but what really made me respect curry was that in 2017 Steph rooted for harden to win and that even made Westbrook salty.. Steph is just a good dude..Im sure Baynes will forever feel guilty for what he did when he gets to know steph more.

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Sorry, big galoots like Baines should never be trying to take charges.

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I've never seen him take a charge from LeBron or Zion. All I see is him trying to take charges against Steph and Trae.. He should try to do so against men his size. All that been said he is a shot blocker and we can make use of him

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Damn, I agree with you again ;-)

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by punk basketball

The crazy thing is that the Ws haven't been able to shoot OR defend. You'd think these guys should be able to do one or the other at least. Meanwhile, teams like the Rockets seem to be able to stock up on guys who hit the 3...

But in Bob I trust. Hopefully, things turn around when Steph and Klay return.

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If mulder was playing in a ball movement offense which is more suited to his game don't you think he would have flourished better. On the converse what was Damion Lee's stats when he was with the hawks G league team?

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Well because we have the best and worst shooters in the league .Besides the splash brothers no one else has a reliable jumpshot and the genius Bob Myers traded away all the capable shooters.burks 36% 3pt shooter, GR3 39% 3pt shooter, Spellman 39% 3pt shooter..leaving draymond to take shots with his 26% 3pt average.Poole was drafted to shoot but we found out he can do everything else other than defend and SHOOT..shoots 26% from 3pt range just like his uncle draymond. Paschall isn't a shooter. He is more of a banger..Bowman can't shoot. Damion lee is streaky It's simple.. the F.O needs to find shooters. Players that can actually shoot..The problem is the quality of shooters we have. I believe a guy like Mulder will work out

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You get where the Warriors are not trying to win games this season, right?

If we're talking about the roster construction next season, when the games start to matter, it seems fair to presume that the front office understands that shooting is kind of important.

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I don't see that they are trying to lose. I feel this roster isnt even good enough to win any game. When u have players like poole as a shooter. You need to question what u are doing. All I see is a kid giving the green light to Jack up shots and coaches praying that some will go in ..Even great shooters need spacing.. even if Spellman isn't a franchise player, his presence on the court means u can't double curry. Spellman provides much more help to Currys spacing than draymond. Looney has been talking about expanding his game for 2 yrs now. I'm still yet to see a reliable 3pt shot. In fact Looney can't finish reasonable from anywhere not under the rim

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Hi Slim. I know the Warriors are hard to watch for some this year. Here are some vocabulary words you need to know to better enjoy the remainder of the season:

Hard cap

Tax Apron

Repeater luxury tax

ACL tear

Third Metatarsal

Nerve damage

Rookie

2-way contract

Reclamation projects

G-League

NBA draft lottery

Trade exceptions

Taxpayer MLE

Veterans minimum

Once you get a little familiar with these terms you should better understand where we stand as a franchise. 😎

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What makes u think I don't know those things? If the hard cap was an issue? Why did Myers trade Dlo for Wiggins who even earns more?. Why not trade him for Covington and an expiring contract to open cap space? Why do u assume I don't know those vocabs ? What's the full meaning of ACL?. If u can't differentiate between carpal and tarsal what convinces me that you have the intellectual wherewithal to grasp the meaning of the terms you listed. You guys are delusional and can't see hand writings on the wall..

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"What makes u think I don't know those things?"

Your comments. And the fact that you believe guys like Poole and Spellman are important to winning the next championship, and Draymondis not. The middle of this roster will not look the same next year. Poole and Bowman will probably be back benchers. I hope they improve enough to be useful, but I seriously doubt it for 2021 at this point. Bob will be looking for the next Dre, Sdot and Zaza with experience, to compete in the playoffs. Lacob will not be wasting this championship core waiting for guys to develop.

BTW, good catch on that foot thingy. I knew you would figure it out. Seriously, my son just broke his third metatarsal, so when typed third my Android auto word feature pull up metatarsal (hey, it did it again.) Want to see the x-ray? Also, I am a well known podiatrist so my mind just goes to the feet. It was just a fetish until I turned it into a medical career! 😎

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Did u even understand what I WROTE.?. How on earth would I say Poole and bowman are important to a championship team. As far as I'm concerned Poole shouldn't even be in the nba.Ok u should have corrected yourself.. Anyway good to know u are a podiatrist. I treat heart diseases so it's nice to meet you. What I said about Spellman is that he is more important in floor spacing than draymond. Dray is a better player but u can't sag off Spellman like players ignore dray at the 3pt line. Everybody knows that dray is creating spacing problems in the team.In my opinion Westbrook is even better because he has a midrange shot. Dray has no consistent shot at all. He is like a shorter version of Giannis in shooting except that Giannis even shoots the 3 ball better than him.

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Metacarpal it is.. Tarsal is foot..

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Getting bothered by this season is a waste of time and energy. Next season we literally have the two best shooters in the league returning. Everything changes.

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Just watch the finals again.. nobody could hit shot besides the splash brothers.. we need other 3pt threats besides the splash brothers.. I keep saying it..draymond may be the reason we won't win another title. He needs to be a 3pt threat or we look elsewhere.

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Do u understand that u need to space the floor for those 2 best shooters. You need other players to be shooting threats to maximize their chances of making their shots u contested.if you have these shooting scrubs (including Draymond) on the court with them you are seeing them up for another box and one situation. If we had competent shooters on the floor, Currys injury never happens. You have people double teaming him all game and ignoring draymond who prefers to be in Hollywood than work on his shot..

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by punk basketball

We definitely need more shooting. Can't rely on just Curry and Thompson, they won't be on the floor all the time. And we don't have Durant anymore to pick up the slack. I like to see the team go after Bertans in the offseason with the MLE.

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That would be sick!

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Wiggins is an excellent corner three shooter, which goes to spacing.

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Ok corner shooter..

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Yeah the entire premise that we had all those shooters on team friendly deals would seem to indicate the team knows how to find useful players.

I've been broken up about marginal players before (still miss you, Ekpe Udoh!) often enough to understand that losing Omari Spellman probably isn't a franchise altering move

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You are wrong and I'll tell u why. Based on this season's failures, the number of free agents willing to come on a minimum have drastically reduced. Either of the L.A teams that fail to win the title this year will be the point of attraction for free agents this summer..

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> You are wrong and I'll tell u why. Based on this season's failures, the number of free agents willing to come on a minimum have drastically reduced.

Are you KD?

What is your opinion on this based off of?

We cut Chriss all the way loose, and he still wanted to come back when we asked. GR3 and Burks were both sad to leave... what are you seeing that I'm missing?

We traded Spellman, have you checked his numbers on his new team?

https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/s/spellom01.html

When Steph went down, our season was shot. Then the team traded away all of our best scorers and wing players in order to be in better position moving forward.

I don't see failures this season, just a bunch of bad circumstances and a franchise making the best choices they can given a very limited number of options.

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^^ This!

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I think you have a good point about the LA teams. But one thing you are not considering is that the Warriors have Steph Curry. The Warriors have a winning, supportive culture and staff. Players have stated and shown that they will take less to be around that.

While some players may take less to be around the Hollywood glitz and still have a chance at a ring, there will still be a certain number that will make a sacrifice to be around the Warriors players and culture.

I think what 3D was saying was that players like Spellman, while they are productive and a heck of a lot of fun to watch, still are not too hard to find (Spell's motor though is pretty unique).

Going back a few years when KD would sit out a game, this team would not fall off drastically. As of now the only significant players missing from that group are SDot and Andre. If we can find someone to roughly fill in those spots (not saying it is easy) we should be in decent shape.

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And Burks and GRIII will be unrestrictred FA again this coming offseason if the Warriors want to try and re-sign them and there will be other guys like them that will be available. The Warriors are in the enviable position that they don't need to find "star" talent, they have that. They need to find good role players for next season.

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I’ve wondered what’s up with all the mdissed layups.

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by punk basketball, Daniel Hardee

I might be a 26% speller.

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Not everyone can spellman

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by Eric Apricot, punk basketball

Unexpected "d" can disrupt mdissed layups.

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Keep shooting your shots, Janet!

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by punk basketball

As long as Klay and Steph are healthy we are guaranteed 450+ more 3’s next year.

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It's the Hawks, but there are four teams down there all neck and neck (at around 33%)

https://stats.nba.com/teams/traditional/?sort=FG3_PCT&dir=1

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Funny, BBall-ref has the Hornets as the worst (.430) with Dubs as 29th (.435) and the Hawks all the way up at 23rd (.448).

https://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2020.html

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by punk basketball

shooting vs 3ptshooting

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Washington Generals

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