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This Dillon Brooks crotch punch to Donovan Mitchell is absurd. What a scum.

https://twitter.com/TheAthletic/status/1621334363689345024?source=pulsenewsletter&campaign=6055380

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who say no?

dillon brooks expelled from nba. just need 16 owners (>50%) to agree?

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well, all us warriors fan know who he really is! and what that team and its media are all about!

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Could've been awful for both teams and the league.

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Feb 3, 2023·edited Feb 3, 2023

If they had won this game on a tough back to back in Denver without Dray and Klay, the Nuggets would have been rightfully horrified and everyone here would have been laughing maniacally. This was a tougher one than the toughest game in a playoff series would be.

It sometimes seems like we're a little addicted to the dopamine hit of looking like the easy best team in years past, and can't take watching the ups and downs of a really competitive west this year and a team that was always going to take most of the season finding itself, once they let GPII, Otto, D Lee and Beli go.

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Grizzlies have gone 1-7 in their last 8 games. If teams were playing better in the West, one of them could take the 2 spot from them. Guess they really miss Steven Adams.

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Not to shit on one of the few high points, but I think Jeff Green got blocked by the rim there... Though it was probably cause he had a face full of Kuminga, so partial credit.

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Feb 3, 2023Liked by punk basketball

Props DDD for your unwavering writing panache. Can't be easy. Watching the Dubs goes from Joy Ejaculating to Pride Swallowing.

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Feb 3, 2023Liked by punk basketball

that is some serious imagery

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Just trying to lighten the load

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that's what I come here for

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Spot on. My undercover nick name is glass-always-empty and I am continually amazed at the many fans here that remain so positive about the Dubs - THANK you to all

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If Dray$ needs to sit things out for an extended recupe we’re probably screwed

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Denver is simply the better team.

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Uggg, but expected.

We know all the excuses but Denver leads the west for a reason.

Hope we get them in the playoffs - with everyone on both teams healthy.

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Health: I am concerned about Draymond.

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Y'know, Denver is simply better than we are this season, and Jokic is a two-time MVP who might get his third this year. They beat most teams at home. Had we won in their house, that would have been an upset.

In the bigger picture, we talk about how great our core is, and with good reason. "Four rings" and all that. We can cite the numbers for the starting lineup with Looney. Yet most of the close games we lose in the 4th quarter or OT are lost by the core, not the young 'uns (except Poole). Early in the season the bench mob was bad but now that's not the biggest problem. It's usually the core falling short in the end.

As for Wiseman, about whom we hear all this moaning at DNHQ, whatever his shortcomings, I doubt he's responsible for one loss this season. He's getting to be playable now, if he just could get enough minutes to get fully back from his recent injury and find a groove. Food for thought.

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Dallas is down Woods and Maxi, we'll see if Steve gives him a chance against Powell or someone else Saturday.

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Nuggets three point shooting has been off the charts this season:

-KCP- 46.3% threes

-MPJ- 41.2% threes

-Brown- 39.4% threes

-Gordon- 38.8% threes, though he doesn't attempt a lot of them per game

-Jokic- 38.8% threes

-Murray- 38.7% threes

-Hyland- 37.8% threes

The team is lethal beyond the arc.

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And while we didn't have Dray and Klay, they didn't have Gordon tonight. So it could have been worse.

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Looks like the key is finding a 3 letter moniker. PBJ anyone?

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44.9%!

Golden State's top 7 is better, btw.

-PBJ- 44.9% threes (note: 49 attempts)

-Steph- 42.9% threes

-Lamb- 40.1% threes

-DDV- 39.9% threes

-Wiggs- 39.7% threes

-Jerome- 39.4% threes

-Klay- 39.2% threes

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That’s disgusting and beautiful at the same time. So pretty much last year’s Nuggest that almost beat us in the playoffs added 4 players who are nearly 40% and more from 3s. Yikes.

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You think the Nuggets almost beat the Dubs in the playoffs last year?

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I looked up the scores from the series last year. We won games 3 and 5 by 5 points and 4 Points respectively. They were within striking distance.

I also came upon info that we played 10 guys deep most of those games. Who is our 10 guys, I know we got 7-8. I guess Iggy is the 9th. But we’re missing a Bjelica replacement.

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Yep, I remember Steve playing more guys in the earlier series. I think we are missing a Beli and Otto replacement. I had always looked at it as a series that could've ended in 4 for the Dubs. They had came back from a sizeable deficit, believe Curry got them a lead hitting a three on Jokic. I remember fans being upset that Kerr used Steph as a decoy on a following play, having Otto attempt to lob a pass to Wiggs at the rim that failed.

Thought the Dallas series could've ended in 4 as well. Game 4 had a somber feel because it was the same day as the Ulvade shooting. Many thought the game should've been postponed. Then they had the long rain delay in the 3rd and after that the Mavs couldn't miss. Kids made a come back and folks were mad Steve put Steph back in the game.

Memphis always felt like the closest to me. Game 6 was a must win for the Dubs, did not want that series going back to Memphis.

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Why is there doom and gloom over a b2b loss in denver with no klay or dray? Lol 99% of the teams in the league would have lost this. Save the dook and gloom until we lose 4 games in a series in the playoffs, until then we are the champions

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Because we were about to breakthrough to a new level of playoff/in contention and climb the ladder of wins. Instead, we took 2 steps backwards and will now have to fight tooth and nail for more wins that gets us out of the play-in or maybe we drop out of that contention with more losses. We are a mediocre .500 team. Surely you can see that. There are no new tricks this old dog is going to learn so they have to rely on what worked in the past. That's not going too well, is it?

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If the actual starting 5 didn’t have a crazy net rating I’d be concerned, Kerr is trolling us with starting Jordan rn

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Or maybe he’s challenging Jordan to play real defense?

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During the 16-0 run that you missed, I'm not sure the dubs got off a single clean shot but instead ran off what seemed like 6 turnovers in maybe 7 trips down the court and the Nuggets didn't miss a single shot, mostly threes, during that stretch. It reminded me of the Warriors during their invincible seasons. Denver is a beast of a team!

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Denver got hot like the Warriors did to open. Felt like a real "Make or miss" game.

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L2M report for the Minnesota game confirms only two missed calls, both favoring the Wolves, both in the last minute of regulation. Chances are that if one or both were properly called, we're talking about 2-1 road trip and Steph gets rest tonight. SloMo fouls both Klay and Draymond, which I believe would have been free throws.

https://official.nba.com/l2m/L2MReport.html?gameId=0022200774

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L2M are useless doesn’t change the past a lost is a lost…. I do appreciate them providing it, but are there any repercussions for missing calls for the league and the refs?

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Feb 3, 2023·edited Feb 3, 2023

Bucks beat the Clippers 106-105. And holy shit. The offensive execution in crunch time for both teams was horrible! Either that, or both teams played excellent defense against each other.

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#whynotboth

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Feb 3, 2023·edited Feb 3, 2023Liked by punk basketball

I was told that we just need 2 (or was it 3?) of this group to hit (JMG/DDV/JK/JW/MOODY/PBJ) for our 7th and 8th man and we'd contend. Well I'd say JK/DDV have been awesome, and Lamb/Ty have combined for another hit. I'm not sure if roster construction is the issue. And I don't think Curry/Klay/Green have declined. It just seems the league is tough this year. I enjoyed this game. I hope we make the playoffs so we can roll the dice. It does feel like a simple 0-10 run in game 2 could bump us from the playoffs, but that's life for a normal NBA team. I don't think adding a guy worse than DDV/JK is going to change our playoff seeding drastically, of effect our playoff destiny.

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We’ve sucked in crunch time. That’s the difference between 26-26 and 30-22 or better. We also haven’thad a consistent rotation yet. Now that we have found DDV and JK their spots, if Andrew can recover his form and nobody gets injured, we absolutely can reel off a 5-1 or 4-2 stretch to get to the ASB in good shape… but if we continue to stick in crunch time, we’re going nowhere.

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Feb 3, 2023·edited Feb 3, 2023

I think we have one of two exciting outcomes approaching. 1) we surprise everyone in the playoffs again. 2) we crash/burn, need to dump 1 max contract no matter what, so maybe we trade 2 max contracts and/or blow up the second timeline to get whoever Curry/Kerr want.

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Be specific, what are we talking here?

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It's a pipe dream.

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What the nuggets did to us tonight reminds me of past great warriors team. Play in 1st-2nd gear in the first half and them ramp it up in the 3rd, blow out the opponent and end the game

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Wiggs looked awful out there tonight. Got 10 boards, but several were on his own misses, and he wasn't able to put them back in.

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It's almost like a groin injury, then two back-to-back respiratory illnesses over two+ weeks, then a brief stint of playing, then a third illness, will negatively affect your stamina, fitness, and explosiveness for some time, and it's possible that he did lose weight - I suspect it's likely, although not a drastic amount or anything like that. The dude is still coughing a bit, and was playing in freaking Denver on a back to back. I don't know why people seemed to expect him to come back originally and be all good. Coming back from injury + illness and hitting a wall that wasn't there before sucks to play through, it just takes time and minutes and conditioning.

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Feb 3, 2023·edited Feb 3, 2023

Is Wigs just a glorified Harrison Barnes? My fear about him has always been his gentle demeanor. Is he too nice/passive? Is he pissed at all about how he's been playing? Can he step forward and make a public statement? I was recently at a game when Steph was out and Wigs had a horrific game and came out in the 4th. Steph met him at the bench and tried to tell him something...This happened right in front of me and I tell you I didn't like what I saw a bit. The look in Wigs eyes. They twinkled like he was on Molly. Like he had nothing. Like the game is almost over and he'd be home soon. I'm beginning to wonder was Playoff Wig an aberration - a guy who happened to peak at the right time? We shouldn't be seeing these kinds of peaks and valleys from a guy that was on the cusp of being an All Star. We should be seeing Paul George/Jimmy Butler type energy /dominance out there. Am I right tho? Has any Warrior in recent years gotten the bag and played better for it? I know you guys are gonna say "Oh you just wait till the playoffs...."

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I think it's more like Barnes was a glorified Wigs but yeah, nice comparison.

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I think he’s taking longer than he expected to recover. He was playing well before he went out. 🤞🤞🤞

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I really believe the coaching has faltered this year. There are too many mistakes and too little recoveries with our core and not enough development with our bench mob. The very fact of Wiseman not even having a chance to develop says a lot about the mindset of the FO and coaching staff. There are also rumors about Bob Myers leaving and the Lacob mob taking over.

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I agree with the first part of this. Kerr made a hard pivot away from development right around the end of November. Only Kuminga has gotten a real chance to show if he can be in the rotation since then.

The problem with this is that there is ample evidence that the core group only has focus some of the time. Wayy too many turnovers the last few games. We need to get more minutes from the younger players (I mean, why not put PBJ in there when Klay is sitting on a B2B?), if for no other reason than to supply more energy and focus.

The other issues are less tractable. Wiggs is taking a long time to come back, and DDV has tailed off a bit lately.

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To echo many it's been a weird season. I'm old enough to remember the coaching staff playing JK, Wiseman and JMG at the same time and when it failed, Kuminga was benched for it. To start the season, Wiseman was gifted minutes, while Moody and Kuminga had to start from scratch earning minutes after playing in the playoffs. It swung back around for Kuminga because when Steve finally gave him a chance again, he excelled. I know many don't like how the youngsters have been handled, but it's Steve's way. Steve liked what Wiseman showed in that loss in Brooklyn and started giving him short stints in games until he got injured. We'll see if Steve does so again after his play in this game.

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From where I sit, the investment the team made in Wiseman had priority over JFK. After all, a #2 pick with his size and with the Warrior need for a big man beast in the paint was going to get the attention it deserved, However, they found out their investment was a kind of 'fake'. They betrayed themselves to think that Wiseman could step in and adapt on the go. They never saw their own delusion in choosing him because they never spent enough time analyzing and working him out prior to choosing him. This is not to say he won't be serviceable and maybe that is all that we need but good old Steve doesn't like/want to spend much effort on a big man. Just look at the history. After Bogut, no big man ever stuck to the Warriors and Looney was never drafted to be the player he is today. He has worked his ass off and he is still not the prototypical big man that most teams employ. This whole situation is a dilemma to the coaching staff and I wonder if Myers will survive this or even Kerr himself. It does seem that we've come to a crossroads of sorts. I'm not saying I have the answer to all this but I do think we need some change here. I cannot imagine the Warriors returning to their championship form to win another ring in the overall iteration. It would be a freak happening, not a natural one. And personally, I don't really like the way they play a good deal of the time. I hate sloppy sports and inconsistency. Mistakes lose games. To have 5 guys not making many mistakes is the sign of a very good team or having an exceptional player(s) who can play through it, ala Curry, but it's impossible to ask for more from him. Dray will not change, WYSIWYG. Klay and Wiggs are the wild cards with Poole and the bench mob all trying to fit in. And, don't get me started on Iggy.

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I understood Wiseman's #2 tag was the reason he was given minutes in the beginning, just didn't think JK should've been benched for not being able to excel beside Wiseman and JMG, when they couldn't either. After watching multiple vets walk out the door, the FO and co were trying to sell us the tandem of JP and Wise running the 2nd unit and killing teams in the pick n roll. Maybe that's part of the delusion you were talking about as well. Wiseman's track record never showed him to be a big man beast in the paint. The FO and coaching staff weren't aligned on picking him, probably because they didn't agree on where the core of the team stood. They drafted Wise, tagging him as the cornerstone of the future, like Curry was 40 and done instead of just turning 32 and losing a season due to breaking his hand.

After Bogut, I think there were various reasons why the big men didn't stick. Zaza, D.West were here to get a ring and retire. They helped McGee rehabilitate his career and after stints w/ the Lakers and Suns, he is on the bench in Dallas. Chriss was injured in a freak accident in practice and hasn't stuck with any team again yet. Add in drafting Damian Jones and Smiley and a stint from Cauley-Stein along the way. Lastly, Beli decided to go back home and play after winning a ring, and some fans couldn't stand him.

I'm just taking it a game at a time with the Dubs. Hoping that each player buys into what the team needs to execute better and win on a more consistent basis and we will see how it goes from there.

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Sometimes I wonder if players like Wiggins might be having some trouble with being vaxxed. There have been many incidents reported of the vax and long Covid preventing some folks from full health.

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I'm sorry, did you just confuse the mRNA vaccine side effects, the worst of which can be resolved with aspirin and taking it easy for a week or two, and long Covid?

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There are twice as many 40 point performances than 5 years ago. Players are playing at a higher level than ever b4. You think Wigs is the only guy in the league suffering adverse effects? Cmon man.

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Was he sick still, is that why he looked out of it? Don't think it's Wiggs nature to have Butler energy. My favorite dunk of his was against Brandon Clarke (still wonder what Wiggs was screaming at him) in the playoffs and you see Steph running up the sideline telling him "that's what you do!" In his appearance on Andre's pod, he talked about how Dray and Steph got on him about his previous single digit rebounds, when he was sometimes getting like 16 in the playoffs. If they continue to hold each other accountable, and encourage one another, I think the team will find better results the rest of the season.

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No, still believe in Wiggs and the level he played at in the playoffs. I mentioned recently watching the March win in Denver last year, where SVG was not only going on and on about Steph and Klay needing to be better for the Dubs to contend but he also said Wiggs probably wouldn't be able to close in the playoffs because of his free throw shooting. Fast forward to June, they win it all and Wiggs was crowned by many the second best player in that run for the Dubs. Also Wiggs got a bigger bag before he got to the Dubs. I believe he was playing well before his long absence, just gotta find his groove again. I think he has even done a better job of not settling for only threes lately, but he does need to get back to finishing plays better around the rim.

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Feb 3, 2023Liked by punk basketball

He looked like the one who needed the rest. Felt like a couple of his missed layups resulted in a three on the other end.

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I have faith that playoff Wiggins was real, unpleasant that getting guys back in rhythm means we play .500 ball.

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I do too, been a weird season for him and a lot of players. He was playing well before the injury and illnesses. Think he lost some weight due to that as well. I thought he played well on both end in his return against OKC. It'll come back around for him soon.

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