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I love Looney and quadruple team Steph still putting up 21. Most of all I love when Wiggins goes into Ender mode and the whole team has the unrelenting fight of Oakland’s JTA in them.

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Rec'd for the Ender reference.

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The Morning After: The Suns thought they played a pretty much perfect game against Steph but Wiggins goes off and torches them instead.

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Very gritty win. Like Kerr said, they dug deep, hung in there, and played the way he taught them. The genius is really Kerr. In fact, there are two genis on this club. Lacob, for the way he can make money, and Kerr, for the way he can organize, arm, and set them up to maximize their efforts and talent. He took Wiggins and made him an integral part of the starting lineup, gave him a role, told him exactly what he wanted from him, and hit go. He brought in Bazemore to the starting lineup and he has been very big in this stretch. He's got two way skills, quickness, and has fit like a glove with Steph and Dray. He has let loose both Steph and Dray to do their magic and allowed Poole and JTA to play bigger minutes and proving that they belong with the team. This will prove big for next season. Who thought Dray would even be better than he used to? Not me, no way. He's now bringing in an offensive attack with a vengeance. It's insane and maybe historical as well as hysterical. Go Warriors!

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"Who thought Dray would even be better than he used to?"

A bunch of us Warriors fans did because we have watched Draymond Green wreak havoc in the playoffs for 5 seasons straight. This is not out of left field and it should come as no surprise to someone who actively watches this team. Draymond Green is, was, and will continue to be a special player. Nice to see that even people who were inexplicably blind to these facts after one down season from Draymond are finally opening their eyes.

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It wasn't one season that I based my opinions on. I've watched nearly every game that Dray has played in and I've never seen him as balanced as he is now. He's even toned down most of his reactions towards the refs. That is a big step for him.

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Basketbum believing in Draymond??? Wow this is a fantastic moment in LGW history!

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This is true we (definitely I) haven't given kerr enough credit for wiggins career turn around

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May 12, 2021Liked by Daniel Hardee

Finally coming around on Dray, I see. Nice!

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May 12, 2021Liked by Daniel Hardee

Yes. Do you wonder a bit how Steph would do without him? It seems to me he wouldn't get as many looks and targeted passes. I have to believe that part of Steph's success is Dray and that has been very clear to me without Klay and the older supporting staff of yesteryear. I don't think Steph could be a Lone Ranger. It's a team game and this really shows it.

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Basketball really is a team sport, after all.

Steph and Draymond are each fantastic players in their own right, but together they are so much more than the sum of their individual talents. There are other great duos in the league, but—especially now, with all these years played together—Steph and Dray are the best combo in basketball.

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True, no lone ranger has ever really won at a high level in the NBA since I’ve been watching. Even Jordan needed Pippen and Grant then Rodman.

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What Steph & Dray have going now is like a symbiotic relationship - they both feed off the other's high level skills and the result is amazing and more than a bit magical at times.

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May 12, 2021Liked by Daniel Hardee

Well we did make the playoffs in '13 and '14 when Dray was a still a role player off the bench, so no not really. But I don't think he'd reach the highs he's reached without Dray. He's basically Pippen to Currys Jordan

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I think Rodman is a more apt comparison—an unconventional player with a controversial persona and an increasingly specialized skillset. (Background reading: https://skepticalsports.com/the-case-for-dennis-rodman-guide/ )

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Wasn't really comparing the two as players, but more as importance to their respective team. I'll always maintain Dray is #2 and while Klay is 3 behind Steph, obviously

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Just an amazing win! My expectations were super low, but they really impressed with their grit and resolve!

Looks like our play-in tourney will start a game early - need to win 2 out of 3 to make the playoffs!

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May 12, 2021Liked by Daniel Hardee

I'm starting to think that adding Klay Thompson to this team might be enough to ruin the league all over again.

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With or w/o Oubre? Assuming no Oubre,

Steph-Klay-Wiggs-Dray-Wiseman

Poole-DLee-Baze-JTA-Loon

Chriss

Jessup

Draft Pick

MLE

EP/Min Vet

Two-Way: Nico/TBD, buy second round pick/TBD

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Jury's still out on Wiseman. I'm rooting for the guy, but this team would not be where it is now if he had been healthy. He's extremely talented, but he just can't play NBA basketball consistently yet, especially on the defensive end. So I think it's Chriss in the starting line up, assuming he finds his way back to the Ws. I think the clock may have run out on Paschall. And hard to read the tea leaves on Bazemore. He's been dynamite this year, but he's sort of a year-to-year guy at this point.

I think the future looks decent, though -- especially if Klay can come all the way back.

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If Oubre is stays, only one of MLE (partial) or MinVet

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Klay, jessup another draft pick n some fas, it's going to be crazy

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May 12, 2021Liked by punk basketball

Wow what a win.

Like yesterday I unfortunately had to follow this one on play by play, and for the second time in two days I was seen randomly yelling at my phone in public. YEeeehhaaaaa!!!

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May 12, 2021Liked by punk basketball, Daniel Hardee

I have said this many times over the past decade, but I'll say it again: Thanks, Minnesota!

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We got the two best pieces in that deal!

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I forget, can oubre still come back at any point this season (including the playoffs) ?

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May 12, 2021Liked by punk basketball

He’s eligible, but we don’t whether he is

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May 12, 2021Liked by Daniel Hardee

Poole is really developing into a special player.

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May 12, 2021Liked by punk basketball, Daniel Hardee

I doubted. I was wrong. Awesome game!

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May 12, 2021Liked by Daniel Hardee

What a game!! Still recovering from the excitement..

Andrew Wiggins better get the Nick Wright Gold Medal tomorrow morning.

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Wiggins was amazing. That clutch three and bank shot had me jumping up and down. :D Glad we get to see what he can do with Curry regularly now!

Just imagining what two other bodies on the team will do to give our guys some breathers. Paschall and Bell, maybe? Meaningful games this late as a low seed (or, a few weeks ago, a 9th/10th place team) are a joy to watch. Don't know about you all, but I like the play-in tourney since it makes teams that are sometimes the walking dead this time of year play with some fire. Plus, having actual stakes to play for hastens the development of the younger Dubs.

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Steph, Klay, Dray, Wiggins, and JTA is gonna be a problem for ppl next year. It's a strong line up than Steph, Klay, Dray, Iggy, and HB, IMO.

I actually see JTA is a Iguodala comp more than a Draymond comp... a little less vet savvy & wing defensive excellence, better big man defense, and better shooting.

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Agreed! But the only "young guy" developing hastily at the moment is Poole, unfortunately. Although he's been developing very nicely

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Poole has been looking more and more reliable as the season goes on, even if his 3pt% never gets be up to the high standard the Splash Bros set. He's got a lot of swag and he seems to be learning a lot from playing with Curry and crew in terms of how to finish at the rim, how to turn good shots to great shots, and how to use screens or even just the threat of a screen to create an advantage. His ability to blow by guys to get layups is huge for the second unit and the "1.5" unit (when Steph subbed out

Also, he hit two clutch free throws tonight like it was nothing. I get the impression this kid might be the type who performs better under pressure. What a massive improvement he's shown compared to last season!

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I think Poole’s 3pt% might always be bit of a victim of his ability to create a 3-pointers, as opposed to just taking spot ups like Bazemore, JTA and Mulder

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Last year, I remember he had the ability to blow by guys but would immediately get swatted at the rim. This year, he's finishing incredible and-1s

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Yeah, his sneaky ability to finish shots—and the many ways he does it—feels like it resembles Steph Curry.

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Good point

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oops, that's supposed to say before Steph subs out but after some other guys have towards the end of the 1st and 3rd Q's

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Really? I was counting JTA, too.

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He's 27 I think. In basketball years, that's no longer "young"

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That's generally true, but watching him adapt to the big league over this past season(ish) has been miraculous. He looked energetic, smart, and steady to begin with, but his 3-pointer is now so crisp, and his ability to mimic Draymond's style of play is starting to reach levels that make you wonder if sometime soon he'll be better at it than Draymond himself! (Probably not, but Dray has a few years on him, so... maybe eventually.)

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I think besides his age, he just looks like a vet out there. He's really just gaining more experience rather than developing his already fine game. Although you can say the things he's truly developing is his 3 point shot

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May 12, 2021Liked by Daniel Hardee

If Beal doesn't play the last two games, Steph needs a total of 42 points to win the scoring title. He might well get that just against the Pels. But if Memphis beats the Kings at least once, then the Pelicans game is meaningless and Kerr might rest Steph, Dray, and Wiggins (assuming they have enough bodies on the bench to field a team). If Steph sat out against the Pels, he'd only need 10 points against Memphis to win the scoring title.

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Or he can sit against the Pels and get 12 points against Memphis.

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Wiggins must have watched Jordan Clarkson film all night and after breakfast too. Wiggs is deadly going to the rim. Ayton could only watch.

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Ayton was mostly invisible. Such a stark difference from Gobert yesterday

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He just isn't very good. He's the Andrew Wiggins of his position basically in terms of value (probably even lower as wings are more important).

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The development time of a center

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So 10 years ago the 2011 Mavs had One superstar and beat a team with a Big 3 out east... idk, just gonna throw that out there

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Also was the first year of that Big 3... hmm...

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i dont know though, that lebron choke job was pretty massive

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Harden has a few of those

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yeah difference is if he chokes now there's that durant and irving guy you have to account for as well.

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If Suns cover/defend Curry like this, they are doomed. Rest of the Dubs are going to miss open 3s created by his gravity at this rate every game.

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The wide open 3s might be converted at a subpar %, but the amount of layups and dunks the Warriors got were the direct result of how the Suns played Curry. The only reason we won despite being murdered from 3 was because we manhandled them in the paint.

Plus, I don't care what sort of coverage they are employing, Steph isn't going 1/11 very often.

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62 points in the paint for the Warriors tonight. That's quite impressive. They knew that their three-pointers weren't going in, so they settle for shots inside the paint.

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Gotta be willing to switch to something else when plan A isn't working. Glad they did.

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