2022-23 NBA Game Thread

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Portland is pretty deep and they have guys who can get buckets. They are a lot different from the earlier Dame teams.
 

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Portland finally invested in getting some wings to help on the perimeter, and Simons has really overachieved as far as replacing CJ.
 

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Simmons playing his best game of the year and Simons is one of the more fun players in the league to watch when he’s got it going. Such a natural scorer.
 

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Other than Utah, Portland is probably the best surprise so far this year. And they have a much better chance of sustaining this level of success.
They have 3 legit scorers (Dame, Simons, Grant) + Nurkic in the post + Sharpe bombing from deep + a couple of good defenders (Winslow, GP2)... They could do damage in a weak Western Conf.

Their GM has done some nice work:
Re-signed Nurkic, avoiding Ayton hot air, and kept their lottery pick (Sharpe).
Used 2nds + a MIL'25 first to land Jerami Grant
Got out of CJ's expensive contract, while keeping Hart (hitting on Simons waxed that move)
 

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They have 3 legit scorers (Dame, Simons, Grant) + Nurkic in the post + Sharpe bombing from deep + a couple of good defenders (Winslow, GP2)... They could do damage in a weak Western Conf.

Their GM has done some nice work:
Re-signed Nurkic, avoiding Ayton hot air, and kept their lottery pick (Sharpe).
Used 2nds + a MIL'25 first to land Jerami Grant
Got out of CJ's expensive contract, while keeping Hart (hitting on Simons waxed that move)
To turn this into a Celtics topic: Grant and Brogdon both being available for deals based around one late 1st shows (imo) how sustainable the approach of filling in very good but not great vets around Tatum/Brown can be, long-term. If you don't need to find a 3rd star, the price to get very solid players in trades is consistently affordable.
 

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Corey Kispert: 5 for 8 from long range (6 for 9 overall) in the Wizards' win over Miami. He's shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers and showing signs of life in his second year.
 

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Giannis: 4 for 15 from the line tonite as the Bucks lose by eight at Philly.
 

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Corey Kispert: 5 for 8 from long range (6 for 9 overall) in the Wizards' win over Miami. He's shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers and showing signs of life in his second year.
MIA only had 7 players available. No Bam, Butler, Vincent, Robinson, among others.
 

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Embiid committing a flagrant on Giannis but also somehow being the person who falls over is very on-brand.
 

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Lakers are about to blow a 4Q lead on a Killian Hayes/Marvin Bagley-led comeback. This is some G-League level stuff going on at Crypto.
 

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Feels like every team in the league except the Celtics kinda sucks right now, lolz
Bucks look pretty damn good, if they can get healthy. No Holiday and still no Middleton today.

*edit - the top of the west looks truly bizarre. Jazz and Blazers are 1 and 2, they were projected to win 23.5 and 39.5 games respectively. After that it's a Grizzlies team that just lost their best player (who knows how long) and then a bunch of teams barely over .500. The 9th place Clippers are 1.5 games out of 1st, the whole thing could flip in less than a week.
 
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Bucks look pretty damn good, if they can get healthy. No Holiday and still no Middleton today.

*edit - the top of the west looks truly bizarre. Jazz and Blazers are 1 and 2, they were projected to win 23.5 and 39.5 games respectively. After that it's a Grizzlies team that just lost their best player (who knows how long) and then a bunch of teams barely over .500. The 9th place Clippers are 1.5 games out of 1st, the whole thing could flip in less than a week.
Holiday played against Philly, but just 23 mins. I didn't watch, so I assume foul trouble. Middleton is a big loss, but contrast that with how the Celtics look while missing Brogdon, Smart, and TL at various times recently. The lack of hits on draft picks has really caught up with Milwaukee's depth. The Bucks are good, and Giannis is terrifying, but there are real issues there.

The West......man. Agree with your summary, and it's another way of saying that no one out there looks scary at all.
 

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Giannis: 4 for 15 from the line tonite as the Bucks lose by eight at Philly.
And 4-11 from the line on 11/16 vs Cleveland. He is currently at a career low .587 from the charity stripe. For his career he is at .714. It’s early and he is so good he will get it turned around but until he does hack-a-Giannis may not be a terrible strategy in some situations.
 

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And 4-11 from the line on 11/16 vs Cleveland. He is currently at a career low .587 from the charity stripe. For his career he is at .714. It’s early and he is so good he will get it turned around but until he does hack-a-Giannis may not be a terrible strategy in some situations.
Giannis is BIG mad after last night's game

I liked this take from a Sixers fan. Giannis just cost Chik-fil-A $70,000! ... he's a complete Philly cretin

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1n65X8yoVc
 

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Yeah i wouldn't characterize the Bucks as "suck" but ok...also it's November. None of this matters til the calendar turns over Jan 1. Teams are still figuring things out.
 

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And 4-11 from the line on 11/16 vs Cleveland. He is currently at a career low .587 from the charity stripe. For his career he is at .714. It’s early and he is so good he will get it turned around but until he does hack-a-Giannis may not be a terrible strategy in some situations.
He's airballed three free throws in his past two games.
 

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Unusual to see an ankle injury on the second step rather than the actual landing. Assumed it would be on the landing before seeing the video given that Ja came into the league known for shaky landing mechanics.
 

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This Giannis thing is so dumb. Let the man shoot some free throws if he wants to.
That’s easy to say when you’re not a worker in the arena trying to finish your job so you can go home to your family. If it was in Milwaukee and you ask the workers if they can stay, while throwing him a Franklin, that’s one thing……to tell workers who you don’t know in another arena to stop doing their job is another. Bad on Giannis.
 

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That’s easy to say when you’re not a worker in the arena trying to finish your job so you can go home to your family. If it was in Milwaukee and you ask the workers if they can stay, while throwing him a Franklin, that’s one thing……to tell workers who you don’t know in another arena to stop doing their job is another. Bad on Giannis.
You think he was going to be shooting free throws for 2 hours?

"Worker in the arena" Like they couldn't work around a guy shooting free throws for 10 minutes while cleaning the aisles, which aren't on the court?
 

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You think he was going to be shooting free throws for 2 hours?

"Worker in the arena" Like they couldn't work around a guy shooting free throws for 10 minutes while cleaning the aisles, which aren't on the court?
Why should they have to? They have a job to do once the game ends and whatever it was it had something to do with the rim/backboard area.
 

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That’s easy to say when you’re not a worker in the arena trying to finish your job so you can go home to your family. If it was in Milwaukee and you ask the workers if they can stay, while throwing him a Franklin, that’s one thing……to tell workers who you don’t know in another arena to stop doing their job is another. Bad on Giannis.
He was only out there that late because Harrell and an actual 76ers coach chose to act tough and not allow Giannis to get shots up.

Im no Giannis fan but I don’t know how you can say he’s the one at fault in this instance. Seems like it’s clearly on Harrell and the jackass “skills coach”
 

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He was only out there that late because Harrell and an actual 76ers coach chose to act tough and not allow Giannis to get shots up.

Im no Giannis fan but I don’t know how you can say he’s the one at fault in this instance. Seems like it’s clearly on Harrell and the jackass “skills coach”
It’s Harrell’s court. The visiting team doesn’t get precedent at least back when I played 73 years ago. That’s one thing I can’t imagine ever changed.
 

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It’s Harrell’s court. The visiting team doesn’t get precedent at least back when I played 73 years ago. That’s one thing I can’t imagine ever changed.
There are two sides to the court…I’ve literally never heard of anyone having a problem with players getting shots up after a game (no matter which side). Someone posted a video of Embiid getting up free throws after playing the Pelicans in New Orleans. Did he break an unwritten rule there?
 

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There are two sides to the court…I’ve literally never heard of anyone having a problem with players getting shots up after a game (no matter which side). Someone posted a video of Embiid getting up free throws after playing the Pelicans in New Orleans. Did he break an unwritten rule there?
I have no idea about that night only that when you’re a guest in an arena, workers are trying to do their job and/or players for the home team what to get work in……you don’t have a right to that space before them. It’s not your home arena. How can you defend this? I mean even Giannis apologized.
 

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Since I didn’t follow this. I don’t know a lot of the details. However, if a player on the visiting team getting work in after the game, is interfering with the crew trying to shut down the arena, then you go to his coach and ask him to deal with it. It is not the job of an opposing player or opposing coach. That smacks of douche baggery. Also, a maintenance guy setting up a ladder in front of a goal while a player is taking shots is a wee bit passive aggressive.
This smacks of We’re gonna be assholes to this player from another team and set it so we can say “Oh we were just trying to get our poor maintenance people home to their families instead of catering to this entitled jerk from Milwaukee.”

and remember, this took place in Philadelphia.
 

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I'll make it 4-1 in favor of Giannis. This is not some high school gym. I wonder if Harrel told the maintenance guys to mess with Giannis?
 

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I have no idea about that night only that when you’re a guest in an arena, workers are trying to do their job and/or players for the home team what to get work in……you don’t have a right to that space before them. It’s not your home arena. How can you defend this? I mean even Giannis apologized.
that’s not what happened. He said “I’m not sure if I even need to apologize.”

And what TheRooster said is what most people are thinking. Do you really think some maintenance worker is going to fuck with Giannis like that? I find it hard to believe that he would move the ladder back in front of the basket twice unless he was specifically told to do that.
 

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There are some stories out there that the game was a special event for season ticket holders, and groups were waiting to go on the court to take photos. Maybe the arena employees were just trying to keep things moving.
 

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that’s not what happened. He said “I’m not sure if I even need to apologize.”

And what TheRooster said is what most people are thinking. Do you really think some maintenance worker is going to fuck with Giannis like that? I find it hard to believe that he would move the ladder back in front of the basket twice unless he was specifically told to do that.
Well he’s wrong then. He literally said, “I feel like it’s my right for me to work on my skills after a horrible night at the free throw line.”

No. It’s not your right when it’s not your freakin arena! Again, the worker has responsibilities that he’s trying to fulfill. He’s just trying to do his job. It isn’t Gianni’s’ right to tell him that he can’t.
 

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What a great ending in Atlanta - game winning lob from Trae to Griffin from half court in transition after a made free throw.
 

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Young is a pretty flawed player from a championship teambuilding perspective, but what an incredible offensive talent when he is on the ball.
 

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What a great ending in Atlanta - game winning lob from Trae to Griffin from half court in transition after a made free throw.
Ha I switched to another game after Collins fouled out...That dude is sulking and not having fun.

They need to deal him stat
 

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This Philly/Giannis bruhaha is a nothing burger. Just something to chuckle at.
BUT do like an irritated Giannis

I hope this brings unwanted attention to his FT shooting