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Last night reminded me a lot of that Grizzlies play-in game. A shorthanded, tired team coming off their biggest two games of the season falling into an early hole against a young team, showing off their competitiveness to come back and make it a game but ultimately just not having the energy to pull the comeback off. Some fans will say that last season's team actually sucked and they couldn't win with guys like Bazemore and Oubre, but I'd argue that they were a very good team post-Wiseman injury that ran out of gas because they were let down by the organization not prioritizing winning. At least last night the shorthandedness was understandable, but how last season ended will never sit right with me.

Liked seeing Lee back out there last night, thought he looked good. Hope his outside shot comes around, he's such a good player when it is falling. He's low key one of the best drivers on the team, and seems to achieve that almost completely with attacking his defender while they aren't ready. Still think they might have won that Grizzly game anyway if Lee never got his breakthrough infection, maybe even the Laker game. Oh well.

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The level of JTA’s game now compared to this time last year is really amazing, he was struggling with his shot, playing Bazemore style impulsive handsy defense, and routinely leaving lay ups rolling off the rim, don’t have the stats (of course) but sure looks like a different player out there

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It was frustrating but not unexpected to see Lee’s outside shots not fall when we needed them most last night, every time his game seems to really get rolling he loses playing time for one reason or another, I hope he can pick up some consistent minutes through the rest of the regular season so Kerr really knows what kind of a piece he’ll be in the Playoffs

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You know you’re right, just when Lee was putting together a good stretch of games last year he went out. He certainly isn’t being helped by these sudden breaks in play, nor do I fault him. I just hope he can regain his touch and impact soon. Though when Klay gets back I assume he picks up that slack...

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I thought he was pretty impactful last night, personally, moreso than Poole.

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Agree, that’s why I felt disappointment at “outside” shot, he was getting to be deadly at wide open end of game high pressure 3s and he missed a couple last night, still love his play

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Dec 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

Steph last three games - 14-42 from 3 (33%), 5-27 from 2 (19%)!

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They're guarding him hard. Need more from the rest of the team. Starting to look like last year.

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It's not just that. His floaters and layups have been off lately. They're still good but not at the level we're used to him finishing at. I think it's just a slump or tiredness, but it's tough for the whole team when he's missing bunnies.

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Yeah… in last 3 games, he’s 5/27 from inside the arc, including multiple bad missed layups, and some really uncharacteristically bad floater misses. It’s like he’s lost his touch or something… I hope it’s lingering side effects from the booster and not something more fundamental.

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Dec 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

When he is close, Steph has been known to try and get the record out of the way, so you may be on to something about the hunting of 3 pointers. Probably trying to break it at home. That and trying to make up the deficit in a hurry.

I thought the Rooks would have been called up from Santa Cruz and this would've been a rest day for Steph and Draymond. Clearly needed to be a rest day for Looney as well.

Looking forward to them bouncing back and finding some legs before the road trip.

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That doesn't explain all the missed layups

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I blame that on spending too much time on Klay’s Instagram feed. Get in the gym you bum!

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It's frustrating because it felt like it was right there and we missed it. Not sure why, but this team has felt so anti-clutch last year and this one it's demoralizing when a game is close in the last minute or two because you just know some weird shit is going to wreck it, like a FT miss into an open 3, or an 8-second violation, a jump ball, or whatever.

But on the other hand it's not so bad because we knew this was a trap game, it doesn't matter much for playoff seeding, and we just got the much more difficult and important one the night before. But nonetheless... you want to win 'em all. Losing hurts.

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Sunday NYTimes Crossword:

4 letters - Steve with eight championship NBA rings.

And my first thought was Nash (I missed 'eight'). I know I know. I am having an off-night just like Dubs did.

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You confused eight with zero? ;-P

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Doesn't he at least have one with the dubs?

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Lesson one: after a heavy comeback, in the clutch minutes a team must use the bench players, not the starters. Anyone agrees? Curry might be the only valid exception

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Dec 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

> I try not to tell fans how to feel

LOL Duby you might be able to get away with this in written form, but when you are on your vidcasts I love how your emotions are written all over your face. It’s so genuine and hilarious. NEVER CHANGE

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Plausible deniability :)

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B+ .... never forget.

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Dec 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

It's my fault. I missed the game tonight.

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You and Asher B. (1st Phx game) have let us down. If I was Chauncy Billups, I would question your guts or your commitment.

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You, me and the warriors squad missed the game tonight

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I wore my warriors shirt…

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Why did poole only get 23 minutes even though he was shooting good? Was he fuckin up on defense or something?

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Simple: Dubs gave up 99 points in 3 quarters.

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I missed the first half but looks like he got his 3rd foul with a little less than 4 min left in the 2nd. Second half, I think they left DLee in since he was playing well?

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Pretty much. He was -26 tonight.

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Single game plus minus does not mean much.

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Dec 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

It may not say anything about whether or not Poole was “fuckin up on defense,” for example. There were nine other guys on the floor in those minutes.

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Felt like he was great on offense tho

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He only had 3

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He ended up not subbing in for the whole 4th quarter cuz the defense was needed and succeeding.

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Sounds like I got lucky not watching this one. I think tonight I will just watch JTAs dunk on JaVale on repeat.

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Dec 5, 2021Liked by punk basketball

Was at the game. Warriors came out flat. No energy *at all* during the opening lineup dance before the game. We were yelling incredulously to each other every time Steph missed “0 for 8…0 for 10…” Stayed flat until midway through the fourth when dubs decided to play defense. Got very loud when Dray dunked. I thought we were going to win it. Then Dubs got confused and decided the refs were their opponents. While they were arguing with the refs the Spurs won.

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Nice comeback attempt by the Clippers, but they fall short in the end and lose to the Kings 104-99. Morris was 7/10 FGs, and Jackson was 7/19 FGs, but Paul George was 5/21 FGs.

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Just finished watching the game. Not sure why Kerr played Loon so many minutes. He was slower than his normal self.

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??? Loon played only 13 minutes - lowest on the team. Even Chiozza played more.

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Geezus that must have been slow

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It was. It was a huge problem. He got some good boards but he struggled so much to defend the paint from SA's fast guards

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Didn't feel to me like Steph was trying too hard for the record -- more like he was tired and shooting the 3 is an 'easy' way to make up ground quickly when you're losing. But he and a bunch of other Ws looked spent out there. I appreciate the effort, but it's tough to think they're heading into a tighter part of the schedule, and they are already tired. Would have been glad for Kuminga and Moody to be up and available to eat some minutes.

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I'd hold that thought. I watched the second half of the Santa Cruz game and honestly Moody and Kuminga don't look all that special even in the G-League. Moody scored but both of them look confused a lot. Especially Kuminga. After a year in the G-League every possession looks like his first.

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We lost. With Kuminga and Moody we could have lost and not burned the starters as much.

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Warriors got two back-to-backs in the five-game road trip that starts next Saturday. I definitely hope Kuminga and Moody will get some playing time during the trip.

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