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  1. #1876
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    Drake - Draymond beef ramping up. Outstanding.

    Drake with the phenomenal triple troll:

    Wearing Steph's dad's Raptor's jersey
    Picking link out of Steph's hair
    draymondshouldn'twear23 hashtag.

    I mean, this is masterclass level shit.

    https://thebiglead.com/2019/05/31/dr...raymond-green/

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    Siakam was 14 for 17 with 8 rebounds, and he’s been great this playoff run. Let’s see what Kerr plans for game 2. I think Kawhi will get rid of the ball sooner on double teams, so there’s that.
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    Shit-talking observations:
    -It bugs me how much the Warriors complain, was there a single dead ball where there wasn't someone in the ref's face?
    -Steph played like Harden last night. I know it's a sensitive subject here so I want to clarify he usually has maybe 1-2 plays where I roll my eyes, but last night he was on another level. That play where he was double-teamed with Gasol in the 3rd(?) and chucked up a 3 with noone within a foot of him but looked like he had a mid-air seizure was just ridiculous.
    -Draymond was 22% from the field, 6 TOs, more than half his points from the line, got scorched by Siakam on D all night then had the gall to immediately walk over to Drake and talk shit after the game??
    -Lowry was kind of useless

    Ok, now that I got that out of my system, let's actually talk about this series.

    Warrior's rebounding was great, they're going to take care of the ball better, and did they did a good job of shutting Kawhi down, but at the expense of not guarding anyone else. I don't think I've ever seen that many wide open 3s taken in a game. They treated Marc Gasol like he was Dwight Howard.

    So how do they keep the double-team on Kawhi but not give up so many open shots? Is it just quicker rotation or something else?

    Also, I think it will be important that somebody steps up as a 3rd scoring option. It will probably be Draymond.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I've seen black diamonds! View Post
    I strongly disagree. Any one of Doncic, Fox, Simmons or Tatum, among others, is worth more than all three Lakers player. The Lakers guys just aren't that good. The fact that they have three of them doesn't change much.
    I agree that there are definitely better young players, but I think they're a really good trio together. There really is no way to know now how they'll develop. I do think maybe my opinion has been biased by how terrible of a job the Lakers have done trying to trade them for a star.
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    you guys realize the league wants this to go at least 6games
    just won’t to happen if 4plys team loses game1 in drakes crib
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    I think the general belief amongst Warriors fans wasn't that they were better without KD, just more fun. And more so speaking towards next year, if KD leaves we'll have a lot more $$ to throw around to actually get some depth again.
    Dubs ain’t better without KD but have more movement and higher variance. It’s exciting but not as efficient.

    WRT next year, if Durant leaves I think the Dubs are fucked. They cannot use ANY of the $35M or so they would have tossed at Durant because they’re already over the cap without him.

    All they have to fill his spot is the taxpayer MLE (about $5.7M) and maybe Shaun Livingston’s slot ($2M guaranteed and $7.7M total, so maybe another $5.7M remainder.) Rest of contracts would be vet min or rookies.

    So, no KD, no Livingston (retiring), and Iguodala a year older. They can resign their own guys (Klay, Looney, Bell (restricted FA), etc).

    WRT Cousins, they can only offer about $6.8M (about 125% over what he’s getting paid this year)

    I think the Dubs can contend with Curry, Klay and Draymond next year, but would not be favorites.

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    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.for...-together/amp/

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    NBA 2018/2019 thread

    Quote Originally Posted by 54-46 View Post
    WRT next year, if Durant leaves I think the Dubs are fucked. They cannot use ANY of the $35M or so they would have tossed at Durant because they’re already over the cap without him.
    The MLE they can offer is 9 mil, btw. Plenty of quality players who they could still sign at that level. When Iggy goes the year after that will free up another 19. I don’t think they’re screwed, just reality and they were fortunate before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DolphinSki View Post
    -Lowry was kind of useless.
    I disargee that Lowry was useless. He had an off shooting night, but he ran the point well, distributed 9 assists and took 3 huge charges that had huge momentum swings.

    Gasol looked like his days of yore. He played great D and shoot the ball well in the first half.

    I think the Warriors missed having KD on the court last night and I think KD would match up better against Siakam than Draymond. They definitely needed another scoring option besides Klay and Steph.

    What a performance by Pascal Siakam?! dude couldn't miss.

    To compare Curry's performance to Harden last night is absurd. Did you miss the 4th quarter, curry stepped up and got really aggressive, drove the lane and nailed some sweet pull up floaters. not harden-esque at all. I thought for a second the warriors were about to take over, but the raptors continued to answer.

    How about last nights free throw shooting? that has to rank up there in highest percentage by both teams in a finals game.

    This series is going to be a good one!

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    Lowry also hit that dagger three. Game was essentially over after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    The MLE they can offer is 9 mil, btw. Plenty of quality players who they could still sign at that level. When Iggy goes the year after that will free up another 19. I don’t think they’re screwed, just reality and they were fortunate before.
    The $9.2 is the regular MLE; I think Dubs are at the luxury taxpayer MLE of about $5.7M (https://www.hoopsrumors.com/2019/02/...or-201920.html )

    They (and we) have been very fortunate

  11. #1886
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    I've seen conflicting reports. The NBA salary cap system has so many random little exceptions and rules that I'm pretty sure to be an expert you're required to have a PhD in advanced mathematics.

    But anyway, meh, five straight finals, I'm good. When KD leaves, we'll still get plenty of fun Steph and Klay nights and they'll still be in the mix fighting for a ring for the next few years. That or maybe Lacob instructed them to go down 2-0 against Toronto so KD can be the hero and then he'll re-sign. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeJ View Post
    But anyway, meh, five straight finals, I'm good. When KD leaves, we'll still get plenty of fun Steph and Klay nights and they'll still be in the mix fighting for a ring for the next few years. That or maybe Lacob instructed them to go down 2-0 against Toronto so KD can be the hero and then he'll re-sign. ;-)
    Glad you're good with 5 straight. And dude, that was my thought after last night...KD comes in, saves the day, and then supplants Steph as the Bay Area basketball god. Could it happen?
    Damn shame, throwing away a perfectly good white boy like that

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    Does this Drake stuff really mean that much to people? I couldn't name a Drake song to save my life so I really don't give much a fuck.
    The NBA supposedly had a talk with Raps about their fan v teams controls but I guess they don't GAF either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiBall View Post
    Does this Drake stuff really mean that much to people? I couldn't name a Drake song to save my life so I really don't give much a fuck.
    The NBA supposedly had a talk with Raps about their fan v teams controls but I guess they don't GAF either.
    Drake draws attention from non-NBA fan circles/media circles and the NBA is all about crossover appeal. He's easily one of the top 5 selling recording artists of the last decade. So ya I would say he's a big deal. The NBA has always seemed to welcome celebrity superfans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRUTAH View Post
    Drake draws attention from non-NBA fan circles/media circles and the NBA is all about crossover appeal. He's easily one of the top 5 selling recording artists of the last decade. So ya I would say he's a big deal. The NBA has always seemed to welcome celebrity superfans.
    Yeah, I get that. Kinda like MLB saying they were against steroids but loved the crowds they helped draw when they talked behind closed doors. Drake draws eyes to the NBA with the antics but they will have to act like they are controlling it for the integrity of the game. Ha.
    Not a Drake fan, so it is just attention grabbing shit to me. More concerned with the constant fouls...no flow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRUTAH View Post
    Drake draws attention from non-NBA fan circles/media circles and the NBA is all about crossover appeal. He's easily one of the top 5 selling recording artists of the last decade. So ya I would say he's a big deal. The NBA has always seemed to welcome celebrity superfans.
    Plus, diva shit talking is hilarious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiBall View Post
    Does this Drake stuff really mean that much to people? I couldn't name a Drake song to save my life so I really don't give much a fuck.
    The NBA supposedly had a talk with Raps about their fan v teams controls but I guess they don't GAF either.
    Heard Drake all year cuz my kid’s nickname is Kiki...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adolf Allerbush View Post
    Glad you're good with 5 straight. And dude, that was my thought after last night...KD comes in, saves the day, and then supplants Steph as the Bay Area basketball god. Could it happen?
    KD could try to be Steve Young to Curry’s Joe Montana except he’s without the telegenic excitability and leadership qualities. Oh, and Curry is still one of the most exciting players in the league to watch even if KD is more ruthlessly superb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 54-46 View Post
    Heard Drake all year cuz my kid’s nickname is Kiki...
    Does he have a rap about Kiki Vandeweghe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkiBall View Post
    Does he have a rap about Kiki Vandeweghe?
    Hopefully Draymond is done kicking nuts and Kiki V will be irrelevant. Pretty sure BMills loves Kiki V though...

    “Kiki, do you love me?” https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DRS_PpOrUZ4

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    Quote Originally Posted by 54-46 View Post
    Hopefully Draymond is done kicking nuts and Kiki V will be irrelevant. Pretty sure BMills loves Kiki V though...

    “Kiki, do you love me?” https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DRS_PpOrUZ4
    I’m a Luddite when it comes to pop music so forgive me for playing catch-up. All I know is I loved seeing the Cavs dismiss the Raptors year after year after year in the playoffs while their hip hop super fan got all puffy-chest behind his bodyguards.

    Anyone remember this? Fucking awesome shit. He broke an entire country’s spirit that night. Well, save Quebec of course.



    The last four years have been highly enjoyable to this fan, and a lot of that came at the expense of We The North.

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    I still call it The Jake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beece View Post
    Drake - Draymond beef ramping up. Outstanding.

    Drake with the phenomenal triple troll:

    Wearing Steph's dad's Raptor's jersey
    Picking link out of Steph's hair
    draymondshouldn'twear23 hashtag.

    I mean, this is masterclass level shit.

    https://thebiglead.com/2019/05/31/dr...raymond-green/
    Yeah, that Drake guy really owned 'em. Same fella right?

    https://deadspin.com/drake-tries-ver...h-c-1835139269

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    Quote Originally Posted by concretejungle View Post
    Yeah, that Drake guy really owned 'em. Same fella right?

    https://deadspin.com/drake-tries-ver...h-c-1835139269
    That is fanfuckingtastic. I didn't know much about this Drake fella, but this tells me a lot.

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    I think what tells me a lot about this Drake fella is that he got two different Warriors players to come talk trash to him at his seat last night. #draymondshouldntwear23

    But really, besides Spicy P's inability to miss last night, I thought the big issue was the Warriors were giving away open shots to good players because of over-helping on Kawhi and poor rotation. Gasol had a play where he thought about the shot, almost drove, changed his mind, made sure his feet were behind the line, shot and never had a player within 5 feet of him.

    They were also allowing the Raptors to exploit some pretty big mismatches (Gasol got Curry one-on-one in the post a few times) because no one wanted to leave Kawhi or Siakam to help. What do they do? Is it just better discipline or do they need to rethink their gameplan a bit and risk letting Kawhi go off for 40?
    It sucks to suck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BmillsSkier View Post
    We The North.
    Fun fact: Portland is further North than Toronto.

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