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So far Justinian Jessup is shooting 54% from three in Australia through 9 games

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2022 playoff death squad: Curry, Thompson, Jessup, Oubre, Ben Simmons. I’ll explain later. :-)

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Actually, it was more complex than that. Since you twisted my arm... :-)

Warriors get Simmons (ideal splash complement)

• Warriors get Ben Simmons (the ultimate Splash complement) and Robin Lopez (C depth)

• Sixers get Beal (much better fit with Embiid than Simmons), Looney

• Wizards get Wiseman (future franchise cornerstone), Nazr Little (young), Zach Collins (expiring), Nurkic (young

• Blazers get Green (whom Dame and CJ apparently covet) without giving up any of their core

Don’t @me, it works in the trade machine! :-)

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Warriors either keep Wiggins or use him and the Minny pick for another piece.

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PF if we go big, but C in the lineup’s optimal form. Simmons is bigger than most NBA centers, and faster / more athletic than all of them. He’d wreak havoc.

Curry-Thompson-Wiggins-Oubre-Simmons is another version of the new death squad. That’s plenty of length for a starting and finishing 5. Add Lopez, Paschall, or Chriss if teams go big and try to beat us up.

I’m with you — I have no interest in dumping Green just to dump him, but Simmons would be the perfect Draymond 2.0 — same role, but much better at it, on both ends of the floor.

Only player who’d fit Dray’s role better is Giannis, and he seems well-entrenched in Milwaukee now.

My fantasy deal would likely entail both Philly and Portland slipping a bit, getting frustrated, and wanting to make a splashy move, but I could easily see that happening. Obviously, a four way deal with many moving parts is highly unlikely to happen, but that’s one where I think you can at least make a case for it from the POV of all parties.

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Hopefully his game will translate well in the NBA just like his old teammate

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Highlights from his latest game https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLbCwAVe5Mw

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Love his stroke but do they play D in that league? Will be interesting to see him play with people actually up on him.

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Holy crap his shot is butter. Reminds me a lot of the Dragon especially with his ability to put it on the floor as well. Something tells me this guy will be an absolute steal.

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wow, he's looking even more confident than a the beginning of the season, I think?

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That was my biggest takeaway from watching his highlights so far. Confidence can take you to places in this league especially if you have the skill to back it up.. fortunately it looks like he has both

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtFBAG_Xazc Check out his moves near the end of this video

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Yeah, but he has missed 46% of his threes too. Scrub.

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His 2p% and 3p% are backwards: .435 and .543

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Yeah, after missing Kerr's timeout call, taking several minutes to almost fuck up who's even in the jump ball, the blatantly obvious missed foul on Oubre's dunk, and plenty of other things before that, I think it's a very natural reaction for Draymond to be livid with the refs. This was a perfect storm of bad calls to just barely give away the game... TBH, I do think fouls could've been called against us for the hard closeouts on a couple 3-point shots before that, though at least one of those looked like the "high-five" on the follow-through that, by rule, isn't a foul.

Overall I just hope Steph feels better soon, and the team doesn't get too bummed out by the losses. Oubre in particular played really well, the team nearly got it despite everything.

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First tech was fine but the second one is ridiculous, I wonder if anybody on the team speaks to draymond like he speaks to them

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Lhe league came back and said the ref's did NOTHING wrong in the last two min's.

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That’s wild. I just rewatched the Charlotte ‘timeout’ and it was horrible. He had possession for milliseconds. The correct call was a jump ball

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Reddick got tossed for passing the ball to the ref (?!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6XxES5VVFQ

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They have to start holding ref's accountable. This was total BS.

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"NBA Shot Clock Ejected From Game After Startling Referee With Buzzer" (actually The Onion)

https://sports.theonion.com/nba-shot-clock-ejected-from-game-after-startling-refere-1846329277

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Elsewhere in the NBA:

-Nets beat the Clippers on the road. They have swept their 5-game road trip and have beaten all 5 teams in the Pacific Division on the road this season.

-Raptors continue to play well. Their most recent win was against the 76ers tonight.

-Hawks got an upset win against the Nuggets.

-Pelicans pull off a huge upset win against the Celtics. Celtics were up 24 against the Pels at one point.

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Little OT here but Harden has been really good in a Nets uniform. If they scoop up some FA ring chasers and gel before the season ends that team is going to be a nightmare to play in the playoffs.

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Feb 21, 2021Liked by Eric Apricot
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haha, Refs say absolutely every call was correct for the last 1:33. Pointedly don't comment on Kerr not getting a timeout or incorrect out of bounds on Oubre's dunk block.

Anyway, the Last Two Minutes report has been dead to me ever since they said it was legal and fine for LeBron to slide tackle Steph in the 2015 Finals.

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Would be curious what percent of the time the league admits mistakes were made when the affected team complained about officiating after/during the game. It definitely seems from experience like the report is pretty predictable based on what damage control you'd expect an organization to do.

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(Either by not admitting mistakes were made, or by finding nit picky fouls that could have been called the other way to hint that things "evened out in the end.")

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LeBron has always been allowed to do whatever he wants to do for 10+ years. Hang on a rim and do writhing pullups after Draymond was given a T for hanging on the rim. I was shocked they gave him a warning on flopping. They sure never called anything when he ran past Luka Doncic his rookie year and punched him in the mouth. Just to prove that he could do anything and not get called for it.

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It has always been a joke. And a bigger joke that the league office insists it's not, when it serves no good purpose except for fake transparency.

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Ha ha. The foxes have confirmed the henhouse is well guarded!

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wanamaker is a defensive guy, great hustle. You cant ask him to run a team.

There is a big hole on this team and is the lack of guys who can create his own shoot at the guard position. This is something that will remain even when klay comes back. The only one is steph, and we all depende on what he can do, thats why the box and 1 is so efficient agains this team.

Wiggins and oubre are great, but we do need somebody that can attack the basquet and get a bucket. Wiggs so bad at this, cant even get some FT with his speed and stregth

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The hole you identify is the primary impetus for pursuing Bradley Beal.

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why not? is a star league after all. And we have a masive payroll

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The “why not” is that we’d have to part with Wiseman, Wiggins, and the Minnesota pick to make it happen. Which would open a defensive hole while closing an offensive one, and potentially come back to bite us badly if JDub reaches his ceiling.

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Might also come back to bite us if we ever had to play against a strong, skilled small forward in the playoffs that Wiggins could have guarded.

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Wiggins is a much better playmaker than anyone we had on the 2s in the dynasty years. Add back Klay to that unit and maybe even Oubre (unlikely a dub next year, but we can all burn a candle at the Uncle Joe shrine in the hope that he’ll pony up for the eye-watering tax bill) and we’ll be fine. Wanamaker is looking kike a one-and-done.

Also, notably, we’re going to be drafting a playmaking wing high up in the lottery, in all probability. If we hit on that pick, we’ll be well stocked bench wise.

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no, he is not. Iguodola and Sdot were far better and with much more IQ.

On defense he has made greats strides, but on offense he remains the same.

Actualy, he has regresed a lot, and he 3 ball is down to now %36.7, and he is not gettin to the line.

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Wait... Wiggins hasn't regressed from 3, unless you're talking about regressing from the MONTH of January? He's shot around 33% from 3 every year in his career, and this season he's still shooting 37% (rounding up from 36.9%). Wouldn't "Remaining the same" be shooting around 33%, and wouldn't shooting what he has up until now in this season be a big improvement over the rest of his career? Here's hoping he can keep these "regressed" numbers up for the whole season, if not do even better!

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Actually, neither of those guys was really much of an offensive initiator by 14-15. Wiggins game last night was instructive on the extent to which he can be a primary initiator for a 2nd unit, both on the perimeter and in the post. His game is strengthening relative to what it was in Minnesota, and that should be borne into account.

Granted, the defensive chops that those guys brought to the table and the IQ went a long way. But the hole you’re talking about wrt playmaking on the non-Curry lineups isn’t there next year with a healthy Klay, especially given our 2021 draft capital.

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Goal post shifting?

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No. No it wasn’t

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Good news is we know now we don't need that Curry guy. What can we get for him?

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Feb 21, 2021Liked by punk basketball

Nice to hear Dray took ownership of this one and acknowledged to the team he let them down. He’s a great basketball player and already a good leader, but learning from these experiences and developing tools to help him calm the emotion during these situations will help him become a great leader.

So good to have this one behind us, now onto NYK/IND. Can’t wait to see Jim & Loon charging around again. Yeeha dunk time! (Well, went Jim’s on the court anyhow).

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What about the obvious traveling from Rozier during the last possession? It faked pretty well JTA...

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Feb 21, 2021Liked by punk basketball

Wanamaker actually had a solid game tonight defensively, but it seems like his offensive inefficiency is the norm now. Draymond's ejection definitely was a factor in the Dub loss, but the fact that Wanamaker pulled a high school freshman move by putting his head down and into PJ Washington instead of getting fouled wasn't easy to miss. Heartbreaking loss for a gritty Warriors effort.

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Yeah I actually feel like that was the bugger gaff and not draymonds techs (which were also terrible) Robert hits that three without the techs and we still lose, but if Wana gets fouled or calls TO there we're up 3 or 4 with 10 seconds... just bad. How we play next game will say a lot about this team...

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Don't pick up your dribble right there!!!! Basic error, and extra bad for a PG

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Feb 21, 2021Liked by punk basketball

And don't turn IN-to the defenders!

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He's a helluva shooter.

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Shot looks nice hey.

He’s got a nice read on passing lanes as well. A couple of pass intercepts in this game

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I've seen that several times in previous games as well.

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Same team LaMelo played for last season.

Australian NBL = G league decision making, Kevon Looney athleticism

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Mo Speights hops.

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Smiley's Posture

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Illawara hawks NBL

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np 😊

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Sounded to me like Paschall said that Draymond said "it" was his fault, which is sufficiently vague that it could just mean that him losing his cool was his fault, or him getting ejected was his fault, or any number of other things, not necessarily the entire loss.

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(Letourneau said that Paschall said that Draymond said that the _loss_ was his fault in his tweet)

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