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Old 12-25-2018, 09:26 PM
 
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Lakers dodged a bullet, it was only a slight strain to the groin and everything is intact.
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Old 12-25-2018, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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The Warriors are vulnerable, and if anybody has followed my post history this season, this isn't a one game hot take. They are as vulnerable as they've been in this dynastic era. The only reason I'd still give them the best odds to win The West come April is because they are more experienced and battle tested than anyone else, and they'll still have the best top-end talent on the floor in any series...

But I've watched this team, there is an opportunity to finally put them away. And its gonna happen, I've been saying it since preseason. I don't know if its gonna be Denver or OKC or the Lakers, or if it'll have to be the East Finals rep, but this is it. A number of things are crystal clear:

•this is an average defensive team. They are light in the ass and get pushed around inside, which is a far cry from the past. They came into tonight with the #14 defense in the NBA, after finishing #1 in 2015, #5 in 2016, #2 in 2017, and #11 last year. That #14 DRtg is about to sink a little lower after tonight...

•wow, they have no depth!

•the style of play that caught The League by surprise and that they built this dynasty on has been adjusted to accordingly. Nobody can match the firepower of The Dubs when all of their elite shooters are hitting. The thing is, everybody else is shooting better, and other teams are matching pace...

•Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are so clearly and obviously on the decline. These are 2 of the four most important pieces of their run. It's sad considering their ages (both 28), but then you realize they both have an extra season of wear on them from the last four postseasons. Looks like Green won't get that massive deal from anyone...

The general thought after signing Boogie was that he made them unbeatable, and he could come in and be ordinary and they'd still cruise to a championship. I never bought it, because modern sports don't work this way. There isn't a franchise in any sport since the turn of the century that's reeled off more than a 3 in 5 run. The Warriors already have three. It doesn't take that long to adapt to the winning formula, there are multiple players in decline, and if we grade GS off their performance this year instead of what we "think" they MIGHT be, they clearly aren't the best team in the NBA. They are in a pack with four or five teams at the top, this could never be said in the past four years (that there were four or five other teams as good or better than Golden State)...

Boogie is going to have to come in and play a larger role than initially thought, but he ain't the magic elixir. Other teams have better team defense, other teams are deeper, other teams have been more consistent in clutch moments. Golden State will be a factor deep into the postseason but this year will not end with a win for them!
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Old 12-26-2018, 02:03 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Good point about the defense because with all their amazing shooting in the past, it was their defense which made them such a force. Green and especially Klay need to lock it down on the other side of the court when they’re not shooting. Young bench guys like Looney and Bell are not as impressive as last season; Livingston needs to retire this summer. Right now the Warriors are a two-man team....two of the top five players in the game, but that doesn’t make them any different from the old Thunder at this point. We’ll see how things are in April.
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Old 12-26-2018, 02:05 AM
 
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Austin Rivers to Rockets.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:25 AM
 
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Austin Rivers to Rockets.
I wonder how CP feels about it..
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:26 AM
 
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Default Game of Zones


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Old 12-26-2018, 11:39 AM
 
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Good start Austin Rivers, 10 points including a couple of very important treys.
I think he's a good fit for Houston, and plenty of minutes for him now.
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Old 12-26-2018, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Good start Austin Rivers, 10 points including a couple of very important treys.
I think he's a good fit for Houston, and plenty of minutes for him now.
Your Sixer team should have signed Rivers. They need more depth for them to take the East.

Makes me glad that my Bucks traded for George Hill, nice pickup and again adds depth. Something Houston, Philly and Golden State are lacking.

Draymond's value is plummeting. Not to long ago the phrase max money was associated with his name. Now it sounds crazy. Murksiderock is correct about the Warriors. They are not the same, but they are still my favorite to win it all. At the rate things are going this could change come April.
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Old 12-26-2018, 10:01 PM
 
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Your Sixer team should have signed Rivers. They need more depth for them to take the East.

Makes me glad that my Bucks traded for George Hill, nice pickup and again adds depth. Something Houston, Philly and Golden State are lacking.

Draymond's value is plummeting. Not to long ago the phrase max money was associated with his name. Now it sounds crazy. Murksiderock is correct about the Warriors. They are not the same, but they are still my favorite to win it all. At the rate things are going this could change come April.
Yeah, although I'm quite happy at the moment, clearly matched the Celtics at Boston yesterday, clearly on the right path.
One Redick shot away from winning.
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Old 12-27-2018, 05:33 PM
 
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I wonder how CP feels about it..
I think CP was ok with it.

When he's on, Rivers is a good player, fearless.

I don't think he's universally liked by the NBA though.
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