2022-23 NBA Game Thread

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No JRich. No Vassell. No problems

The Spurs handle the T-Wolves from start to finish

Old friend Romeo Langford gets the start, plays 34 mins, and guards AntMan (18pts)
Coach of the Year performance by Pop so far. These Spurs flat out compete. Not sure winning games this year is in the best interest of the franchise’s long-term health but have to respect what they’re doing.
 

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Popovich is 73. I don’t think he’s worrying about how a lottery pick might help them in the future.
He’s not. But this is still a franchise in need of high end talent. When Pop goes, and you lose that daily coaching advantage, there won’t be much to work off of for the new regime. But maybe they can add someone decent in FA.
 

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"He might be our best on-ball defender. He’s got quick feet, he’s got long arms, he anticipated really well."

Old friend Romeo Langford gets the start, plays 34 mins, and guards AntMan (18pts)
Pop on Romeo. Someone on twitter said that they were going to make a tape of RL's defense in the am. Check out video of Romeo blocking Gobert at the rim below.

View: https://twitter.com/Josh810/status/1586864739531034625

View: https://twitter.com/Josh810/status/1586923379071787012
 

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"He might be our best on-ball defender. He’s got quick feet, he’s got long arms, he anticipated really well."



Pop on Romeo. Someone on twitter said that they were going to make a tape of RL's defense in the am. Check out video of Romeo blocking Gobert at the rim below.

View: https://twitter.com/Josh810/status/1586864739531034625

View: https://twitter.com/Josh810/status/1586923379071787012
I’ve been saying this for a couple years now but there is absolutely no reason why Romeo shouldn’t be a productive player in this league for a long time. He has all the physical skills, the defensive instincts, and only needs to work on ball skills which are the easiest to improve.
 

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I’ve been saying this for a couple years now but there is absolutely no reason why Romeo shouldn’t be a productive player in this league for a long time. He has all the physical skills, the defensive instincts, and only needs to work on ball skills which are the easiest to improve.
Agree, and it's kinda weird that SA hasn't given him more developmental minutes given their team situation.
 

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Fortunately Bol's stat stuffing is still resulting in losing basketball for the Magic. And if his production starts to help win games, he may well be made available at the deadline or maybe Orlando holds on to Bol for their revolutionary 2023-24 FIVE BIGZ line-up.
Nobody has been lower on Bol than I have but it is disingenuous to call his recent play as “stat stuffing” while playing for a shorthanded team who isn’t that good even when at full strength. His length has been dominant at times on the defensive end as he’s held up to most challenges when opponents iso him on the perimeter. His foot speed is also greatly improved since college. If he stays healthy this kid has a shot as he’s already made a quick leap.
 

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Nobody has been lower on Bol than I have but it is disingenuous to call his recent play as “stat stuffing” while playing for a shorthanded team who isn’t that good even when at full strength. His length has been dominant at times on the defensive end as he’s held up to most challenges when opponents iso him on the perimeter. His foot speed is also greatly improved since college. If he stays healthy this kid has a shot as he’s already made a quick leap.
I have no view on Bol's play other than he shows some pretty impressive handling skills for a player his size. I was more alluding to the fact that his play isn't negatively impacting the team's results by helping them win.
 

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Man what a terrible final 1.6 seconds for the Pelicans. Their rookie pg missing 2 free throws (either of which would have clinched it), then they let the one good shooter on the Lakers get a clean look at a 3, closing out like an idiot with his right hand up.
 

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Panic in the streets of SF as the Dubs blow a 16-point lead to the 1-win Magic. 0-4 on this road trip with the Pels tmw night.
 

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Panic in the streets of SF as the Dubs blow a 16-point lead to the 1-win Magic. 0-4 on this road trip with the Pels tmw night.
A great example of how little the early season NBA matters to very good teams, the Warriors responded to this urgent situation by giving their stars a rest game.
 

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I had the Bucks-Wolves game on in the background, and I caught the color guy telling a story about how Flip Saunders regularly ate tomato soup with grilled cheese for breakfast. What a hero.
 

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No one is going to bring up KD ending a man's life today? We're just gonna gloss over that?57237
 

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Portland beats the Suns in Phoenix without both Lillard and Simons on a jumper by Jerami Grant with 1 second left.
 

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I had the Bucks-Wolves game on in the background, and I caught the color guy telling a story about how Flip Saunders regularly ate tomato soup with grilled cheese for breakfast. What a hero.
It may be one of the best comfort meals of all time. My favorite at least. Yet I’ve not once considered having it for breakfast. That will be remedied in the a.m.
 

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Portland beats the Suns in Phoenix without both Lillard and Simons on a jumper by Jerami Grant with 1 second left.
That shot was sick. Grant was actually falling backwards when he got the shot off. The stop before the game winner was what impressed. Portland has a lot of defense now. Jerami Grant and Keon Johnson are all wingspan
 

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Lakers lose to the Jazz. Westbrook was good too, 28 points on 9/14 shooting off the bench.
 

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Lakers lose to the Jazz. Westbrook was good too, 28 points on 9/14 shooting off the bench.
Westbrook has a great game, Lebron and AD play 35 minutes each, and the Lakers lose at home by double digits to a team that (current record aside) should be tanking. It was really something watching Markkanen match up with Lebron for most of the second half and thoroughly outplay him.
 

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Lebron doesnt look so great. Small sample size but it doesnt look like he's coasting. He just looks a step or two slow
 

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Lebron doesnt look so great. Small sample size but it doesnt look like he's coasting. He just looks a step or two slow
Indeed. His legs just aren't there - he's having trouble finishing in traffic, and he's last in the league in 3p% among those with 50+ attempts. For LA to even make the playoffs they need him to play like an MVP, and he's playing like a guy outside the top 10.
 

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Lebron doesnt look so great. Small sample size but it doesnt look like he's coasting. He just looks a step or two slow
Is there a good reason to think that being 38 soon won't affect him? Being great and not aging at all ever are totally different things.
 

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Zion 0-fer the season from three.
He's 0-2. It's not that he's not hitting them, he's simply stopped taking them.

Nets win again without Simmons/Kyrie. Take away Durant and it's the worst roster in the league, I'm morbidly curious to see how they do if it's just Durant for most of the year.
 

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Is there a good reason to think that being 38 soon won't affect him? Being great and not aging at all ever are totally different things.
I know science has slowed the aging process for dedicated athletes but LeBron and Chris Paul, each who will be 38 during this season, seem to have lost quite a bit of their spring since the end of last season. It’s going to be sad and painful to watch two of the greatest ever at their respective positions to slug along over the next few years.
 

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I know science has slowed the aging process for dedicated athletes but LeBron and Chris Paul, each who will be 38 during this season, seem to have lost quite a bit of their spring since the end of last season. It’s going to be sad and painful to watch two of the greatest ever at their respective positions to slug along over the next few years.
Yes. Paul too. He's not looked great at all. The suns are going to need to load manage the shit out of him.

But hey at least they're playing and not brandon roy 2.0 like Kawhi. So much respect for them producing at age 38.
 

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LeBron's issue is that so far this season his three pointer hasn't really fallen and over time he has relied more and more on that shot during games. He is not a 20% shoot from three, so he is due for some positive regression, but he also isn't Ray Allen either. He's still super strong, a great passer and has a tremendous IQ and immeasurable amounts of experience, so he's still a hell of a player. But if he has lost a step of that burst, he isn't nearly the kind of assassin the Lakers are going to need him to be.
 

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I know science has slowed the aging process for dedicated athletes but LeBron and Chris Paul, each who will be 38 during this season, seem to have lost quite a bit of their spring since the end of last season. It’s going to be sad and painful to watch two of the greatest ever at their respective positions to slug along over the next few years.
Al hasn't looked great to me either.
 

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Free league pass tonight on the NBA app to promote election day. I think it's also available on SlingTV and YouTubeTV.
 

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All fifteen teams are playing and the tipoffs are staggered every fifteen minutes, so it could be some great channel surfing as these come down to the wire.
 

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GS '22-23 truisms...

1. Warriors' D fucking sucks
2. Warriors' bench fucking sucks
3. Stephen Curry is fucking ridiculous