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He did that the other night after a Zion dunk too.

The run is up to 46-16 in under 11 minutes of game action now.
 

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Sacramento went into the locker room at halftime with a 26 point lead at home over the Wizards......then they allowed 46 Wizards points in the 3Q and now the game is tied entering the 4th.
 

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Mychal Mulder
Damion Lee
Andrew Wiggins
Juan Toscano-Anderson
Marquese Chriss

Three-man bench: Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall, Dragan Bender

Blew out the Nuggets in Denver, 116-100.
 

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He did that the other night after a Zion dunk too.

The run is up to 46-16 in under 11 minutes of game action now.
The Sixers totally believe they can win this game and the Lakers continue going through stretches of mental lapses. This 4Q may be very interesting.
 

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Mychal Mulder
Damion Lee
Andrew Wiggins
Juan Toscano-Anderson
Marquese Chriss

Three-man bench: Jordan Poole, Eric Paschall, Dragan Bender

Blew out the Nuggets in Denver, 116-100.
I was just about to post a screencap of that boxscore. It is something. Chriss and Bender are hilarious enough given the context but add in Wiggins, Mulder and JTA and...

Well, I would love to have seen your expression if I told you last spring that the Warriors would run these guys out on the floor in a regular season game in 2020.
 

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Lonzo Ball shot it 7-10 from behind the arc last night. He’s now quietly shooting 37.1% from 3 on high volume of 6.4 attempts per game. FT% is up to 57.8% from last years 41%.
 

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John Collins last 23 games: .628/.461/.835, 23.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 blocks.

For the season: .579/.406/.810, 21.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.6 blocks, 37 games. He's shooting .635 from 2. His .406 from 3 point land actually causes his EFG% to drop. LOL.

3.6 3PA a game too. This was a guy who had like no range at all in college and attempted all of 1 3 pointer. Here we are not even 3 years later. Here's looking at you Grant. At least from 3.
 

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John Collins last 23 games: .628/.461/.835, 23.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 blocks.

For the season: .579/.406/.810, 21.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.6 blocks, 37 games. He's shooting .635 from 2. His .406 from 3 point land actually causes his EFG% to drop. LOL.

3.6 3PA a game too. This was a guy who had like no range at all in college and attempted all of 1 3 pointer. Here we are not even 3 years later. Here's looking at you Grant. At least from 3.
Atlanta has a roster with a lot of guys I like but are still terrible. I'm not sure if it is coaching or just the guys are not that good, but I like their upside.
 

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Atlanta has a roster with a lot of guys I like but are still terrible. I'm not sure if it is coaching or just the guys are not that good, but I like their upside.
I was always told as a kid "even on terrible teams, someone has to score." On paper, you'd think a team with John Collins and Trae Young would be pretty good. Are the other starters really that bad or are John Collins and Trae Young doing a lot of stat padding making them look a bit better than they really are? Someone has to score, someone has to rebound.
 

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John Collins last 23 games: .628/.461/.835, 23.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 blocks.

For the season: .579/.406/.810, 21.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.6 blocks, 37 games. He's shooting .635 from 2. His .406 from 3 point land actually causes his EFG% to drop. LOL.

3.6 3PA a game too. This was a guy who had like no range at all in college and attempted all of 1 3 pointer. Here we are not even 3 years later. Here's looking at you Grant. At least from 3.


I don’t trust college counting stats to show what Collins perimeter shooting skills were at that time since so much of this is a function of a teams system. Danny Manning coached teams have never had more 3PA than opponents in any of his 8 seasons. and Wake is 295th in the country this year.

This “could” be similar to KAT when people questioned his perimeter shooting ability at UK without having knowledge that he was a 3-pt beast w NBA range in HS in a different system.

Of course there is a chance none of this applies and Collins is just now developing his range. My point is that we don’t have all of the information.
 

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I don’t trust college counting stats to show what Collins perimeter shooting skills were at that time since so much of this is a function of a teams system. Danny Manning coached teams have never had more 3PA than opponents in any of his 8 seasons. and Wake is 295th in the country this year.

This “could” be similar to KAT when people questioned his perimeter shooting ability at UK without having knowledge that he was a 3-pt beast w NBA range in HS in a different system.

Of course there is a chance none of this applies and Collins is just now developing his range. My point is that we don’t have all of the information.
I was going by scouting reports and the stats backed it up. I watch very little college basketball because I hate the product and don't think it really tells you much. He was a 73% FT shooter in college which as you know is a good sign if a player will be able to extend his range or not. Probably less of a sign now than it was 4-5 years ago but still a sign.
 

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The Nuggets haven’t even pretended to be interested in defense for months now. Why would I expect that an embarrassing blow out to the 2018 Suns would wake them up? Poor leadership......these players should be ashamed giving up 34 1Q points to the anemic Hornets offense.
 

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The Nuggets haven’t even pretended to be interested in defense for months now. Why would I expect that an embarrassing blow out to the 2018 Suns would wake them up? Poor leadership......these players should be ashamed giving up 34 1Q points to the anemic Hornets offense.
I know of another team that has a reputation for being good defensively that gave up 51 points in a quarter a couple of days ago. ;)
 

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The Nuggets haven’t even pretended to be interested in defense for months now. Why would I expect that an embarrassing blow out to the 2018 Suns would wake them up? Poor leadership......these players should be ashamed giving up 34 1Q points to the anemic Hornets offense.
Some will credit Millsap, Harris or Mike Malone for Denver locking up Charlottes sets while holding them to just 17 2Q points to secure the 1H cover.......Not me. I give full credit my original post!!!
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I haven't watched the Warriors play much this year, but I'm shocked they are just tied for 8th worst in turnovers. It's like watching a whole team of Tony Allens on offense, plus Steph Curry.
 

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Curry: 27 minutes, 23 pts (on 15 fga), 7 reb, 7 ast. That'll do while shaking off four months' worth of rust. Fun game, as DeJesus notes — Warriors were in it in the final minute, till Splash Brother-in-Law Damion Lee, an 88% FT shooter, got broadcaster-jinxed by Kevin Harlan and clanged both with a chance to pull the Ws within two with 26 seconds left.

Steph's 100% FT shooting is one of many things I missed while he was gone. Some others:

View: https://twitter.com/warriors/status/1235795253682028544

View: https://twitter.com/warriors/status/1235794118392950784

View: https://twitter.com/warriors/status/1235788168005214208

View: https://twitter.com/warriors/status/1235775846641807365
 

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Of the NBA's elite teams, Boston seems to struggle more with the Rockets than others do, for whatever reason.
 
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Of the NBA's elite teams, Boston seems to struggle more with the Rockets than others do, for whatever reason.
The Rockets are one of the better teams in the league against top-10 opponents, and also beat the Lakers (their likely 2nd round matchup) recently. This narrative is not correct.

That said, the Clippers did have an interesting blueprint for handling this new version of the Rockets: prioritize showing Russ bodies in the paint over defending the 3-point guys. It's similar to the Bucks approach of being willing to live with mediocre guys shooting a lot from downtown.
 

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The Rockets are one of the better teams in the league against top-10 opponents, and also beat the Lakers (their likely 2nd round matchup) recently. This narrative is not correct.

That said, the Clippers did have an interesting blueprint for handling this new version of the Rockets: prioritize showing Russ bodies in the paint over defending the 3-point guys. It's similar to the Bucks approach of being willing to live with mediocre guys shooting a lot from downtown.
The Bucks, the Heat, the Nuggets, the Clippers, the Thunder, the Lakers, and the Jazz (who are not elite) all have at least one win over Houston this season. (Toronto is 0-1 against the Rockets).

Boston has none. Boston went 0-2 against Houston in 2018-19 as well.

It's OK if the Rockets are a bad matchup for the C's, because the likelihood of a postseason matchup is slim.
 

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The Bucks, the Heat, the Nuggets, the Clippers, the Thunder, the Lakers, and the Jazz (who are not elite) all have at least one win over Houston this season. (Toronto is 0-1 against the Rockets).

Boston has none. Boston went 0-2 against Houston in 2018-19 as well.

It's OK if the Rockets are a bad matchup for the C's, because the likelihood of a postseason matchup is slim.
Ah, you meant in terms of the Celtics matching up with them, not “why doesn’t Houston play well against good teams?” (they do).

I’m not sure I’d take much from either of those regular season games—they easily could have gone either way, and I think the Celtics have another gear they can hit. Just trying on the boards would have won the second game, for example.

Conversely, I’m fairly worried about the Bucks even though the Celtics handled them in Boston and then lost a close game on a road B2B. Their length at the rim is going to put a lot of pressure on the Cs to make shots.

In general I’m bullish for the Celtics in matchups where the adjustment if they’re having issues is “try harder” (Raps, Lakers, Rockets, Heat) and less when it’s “hit enough 3s to force them out of their comfort zone” (Milwaukee, Version of Philly that May No Longer Exist).
 

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Ah, you meant in terms of the Celtics matching up with them, not “why doesn’t Houston play well against good teams?” (they do).

I’m not sure I’d take much from either of those regular season games—they easily could have gone either way, and I think the Celtics have another gear they can hit. Just trying on the boards would have won the second game, for example.

Conversely, I’m fairly worried about the Bucks even though the Celtics handled them in Boston and then lost a close game on a road B2B. Their length at the rim is going to put a lot of pressure on the Cs to make shots.

In general I’m bullish for the Celtics in matchups where the adjustment if they’re having issues is “try harder” (Raps, Lakers, Rockets, Heat) and less when it’s “hit enough 3s to force them out of their comfort zone” (Milwaukee, Version of Philly that May No Longer Exist).
At this point, I feel like it's all about the C's health. If they have a full complement of players for the playoffs---imagine that!--I like their chances against almost anybody, except probably Milwaukee.
 

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This is sickening. The Lakers match up much too well with Milwaukee. God help me if I have to root for Bledsoe and Middleton as a last line of defense against an LAL title.
 

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This is sickening. The Lakers match up much too well with Milwaukee. God help me if I have to root for Bledsoe and Middleton as a last line of defense against an LAL title.
The Lakers aren’t even playing that well on offense either.
 

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I cant believe I subjected myself to this and Mark Jackson on a Friday night.

And anticipatory go fuck yourself to Middleton and his 5-20 for when he shoots 80% from the field against us next week.
 

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I cant believe I subjected myself to this and Mark Jackson on a Friday night.

And anticipatory go fuck yourself to Middleton and his 5-20 for when he shoots 80% from the field against us next week.
This post is perfect. A masterpiece.
 

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LeBron is only 408 points behind Karl Malone for second most ever, regular season/postseason combined. He should get that this year, and if LA has long playoff runs this year and next, he could potentially catch Kareem in next year's playoffs, 3468 behind as of now.
 

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The Lakers aren’t even playing that well on offense either.
Can’t wait to see the Lakers offense vs the Clippers defense this year. Clips are 10-0 with league best Def Eff when fully healthy......and they have been on a mission since the game following the ASG.
 

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Ha, good one SRN. Had to look that up. I'm thinking, "When did this guy become Wilt Chamberlain?" I guess it's easy to confuse the 9 and the 2 on a TNT keyboard?