The Dubs came up short in Boston despite a spirited effort. How much more pain can this roster survive on the road to the postseason?
It is a no-brainer, with JTA out, we should be glad we've got Oubre to throw at them if Steph goes. If Steph does not go, it really makes no difference what we go with against Philly....
Mavs (by Kings), Blazers and Wolves lost today. Yippee! But we got 76ers tomorrow. So there is that.
Kawakami has got a nice article in the Athletic about Bazemore. I’ve commented before about how Baze improves the flow, and always felt his awesome plus minus must mean something. Does he have an island yet?
Chron reporting Steph is questionable for tomorrow’s game
This might be one of those painfully frustrating seasons where key injuries keeps them from winning JUST ENOUGH games. I just know with our luck once JTA and Oubre returns Iron Man Wiggins will probably hurt his left butt cheek and have to sit out a month.
Holy crap, Stan Van Gundy is NOT a happy man
A couple random draft thoughts:
-I've been looking at some Miles McBride footage and I have absolutely no idea why Davion Mitchell is projected to go so much higher than him. Same height and wingspan, both are excellent at on ball defense, but McBride has way more shooting promise imo and is 2 years younger. Gets a few more boards and has a slightly better A/TO ratio as well.
-If the Wolves keep winning and the pick conveys in the 6-8 range, I'm thinking the two guys I would target are Moody and Wagner. Both had awful moments in the tournament but I don't care.
Looks like I’m back alone on Oubre island. Not sure I’ll let any of y’all back in when you come begging. You’ve been warned :)
“Always Be Closing” ...or cobbling 🧝♂️
“I’ll be interested to see where his minutes go when Kelly Oubre Jr. is fully healthy and back in the lineup.” If Oubre is back, Kerr is off the hook a bit since JTA is now sitting. But yeah, what they do with Oubre might be a tell if a committed they are to keeping him.
ok, I've been thinking consistently about who would be a good complimentary player for the team next season that could reasonably be swapped for Oubre. who I actually really like, but his style of play clearly does not gel with the starting squad.
here it is: sign-and-trade Oubre + pick(s) with Houston for Eric Gordon. They get a younger two-way player under years of control who can clearly thrive in a straightforward offense, we get a lights-out shooter who knows how to be a bench scorer, whose timeline matches Steph's. Oubre gets the opportunity to become a key player in Houstons rebuild as a starter.
thoughts? even with Gordon coming off an injury, we might have to sweeten the pot some more, but from where I'm sitting, there is a lot to like on both sides.
These recent couple of weeks have been hella intense. Injuries left and right, looking from a bottom-of-the-barrel team to semi-legit playoff team. It feels like this is one of those scenarios where you just can't afford to keep pointing the car forward and step on the accelerator. So many questions that will need to be addressed in the off-season, I cannot even list them all. In a way, it's an exciting time to be a fan, regardless of how frustrating it can be.
Dubs are having a tough time closing out quarters lately. In the final minute of the quarters last night, Celtics outscored the Dubs 23-10. Dubs aren't executing the 2 for 1 very well, and giving up 23 points in four minutes is inexcusable (only 3 of those points were FTs after Dubs were forced to hack).
This game was both energizing and deflating at the same time.
On the one hand, the Warriors are now a tuned, playoff-ready machine just a week from looking like the tank job was in full swing. The team is profoundly better when Wiseman is off the floor, and sadly, better when Oubre is his recent form is off as well. Steph is in full bloom, Draymond is playing with near-maximum energy. But it's really guys like Looney and JTA that are elevating the play of the team. Looney is constantly demonstrating the value of simply showing up at the right place at the right time with wingspan and heart. JTA's court vision and versatility continue to blossom and the improved 3-point shooting is wondrous. Wiggins is back to being tremendous at all facets of finishing after frustrating patches. Poole and Bazemore are contributing more good than bad.
But at the same time, they were facing a team without its second best player, a team only a disappointing 4 games over .500 returning from a long road trip. If we can't win this kind of game playing at peak efficiency, are we really a Klay Thompson away from competing for the title?
Maybe I'm overreacting and Boston just hit a sequence of amazing shots. This was a really great game, and I wanted us to win it badly.
UGH...this one hurt; thought it was one we may have had...tough games ahead...Steph is GOAT of this era...nuff said...