Breakfast Special: Dray, Durant, Dubs Destroyed

Well, if the Golden State Warriors were hoping for anything resembling relief with Draymond Green back in the lineup for a big national-TV game against the Houston Rockets Thursday night, the giant turd they left out on the court at Toyota Center would seem to suggest that the squad’s got bigger problems. Dray was 0-of-5 from the field, had no points, five rebounds, five assists, and five turnovers, whatever he contributed defensively got swamped under a minus-10 that was second-worst (behind only Kevin Durant) among the starters, and Golden State lost to Houston 107-86. Durant had a team-high 20 points, …

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Breakfast Special: Draymond’s Durant DNP

Draymond Green sat a game after bringing up Kevin Durant‘s impending free agency during a heated exchange between the two earlier in the week. And Warriors management? Well, they just essentially reminded Green that 7.5 points and 7.8 rebounds a game do not entitle someone to influence personnel decisions and suspended him. Green’s decline—in addition to all his other woes, he’s shooting 24 percent from three this year—makes him a curious case for the Warriors. On the one hand, he’s still the best ball-distributing forward in the league, with 7.4 assists a game to lead the team. But on the …

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Breakfast Special: Jamal Murray’s A Mile High

You know the analytics people have gotten maaaaaybe a bit afield of the plot when there are Celtics fans on Twitter trying to point out that Kyrie Irving‘s 31 points was worth more than Jamal Murray‘ 48 because Murray took 30 shots while Irving took only 17. Meanwhile, Irving remains a little punk, one of my least favorite NBA players: Kyrie threw the ball into the crowd after Jamal Murray's attempt to make 50-points as the game ended pic.twitter.com/Vbx3oNxmaf — Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) November 6, 2018 Murray went for the shot to try to get to 50 …

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Breakfast Special: Golden State Has a Three-Point Problem

The Warriors have a legitimate issue out beyond the three-point arc. Namely, nobody on the team besides Stephen Curry is hitting them with any regularity anymore. Steph is 46-of-89 (51.7 percent!) beyond the arc, draining threes with beautiful and reckless abandon, playing like he wants to hit 500 of them just to future-proof the single-season record (he’s on pace to hit 539, but that would be if he played all 82 games, which we all know he won’t.) The rest of the team? 34-of-121 (28.1 percent.) But on the other hand, the Warriors continue to chug along close to the …

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So We Killed the Midrange Jump Shot in the NBA. Now What?

In my article about Scott-Hollins Syndrome a few days ago, I sang the praises of the kinds of shot charts that the Bucks and Rockets are putting on the board these days, a ring of three-point attempts separated from layups and dunks by a no-man’s-land of empty space in the midrange, where be dragons. There’s just one small problem with all of this. Namely, with the midrange shot more or less completely off the table, what does this mean for the two-sided flow of a basketball game? Or, in simpler terms than that, what’s the defense going to do about …

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Breakfast Special: Chef Curry Gets Spicy

So…you think Stephen Curry got a little bit cheesed off at that unflattering comparison to John Wall that was all over Twitter yesterday? Repeat after me: JOHN WALL IS NOT BETTER THAN STEPH AND ANYONE WHO THINKS OTHERWISE DON’T KNOW S—. Ahem. Now then. Curry had 51 points in three quarters, the Warriors pounded the Wizards like cheap steak 144-122, Steph’s performance came on just 24 field goal attempts (15-24 FG, 11-16 3PT, 10-10 FT), and the Warriors’ Big Three combined for 100 points as Kevin Durant added 30 and Klay Thompson notched 19. Wall? 13 points, 5-of-12 shooting, six …

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Breakfast Special: LOLeBron

Man, any night the Lakers lose is a good night. I wear my fan loyalties on my sleeve around here, and the simple fact is that I grew up in Boston, rooted for Larry Bird when I was a kid in the ’80s, and fully intend to teach my own children someday to recoil in instant disdain from anything purple and gold. So for the San Antonio Spurs to march into Staples Center, get 37 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 32 from DeMar DeRozan, and overcome those exact same point totals from Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James, respectively, in a …

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Breakfast Special: Risin’ Up to the Challenge of a Rival

Look, for all those of you who think the Sixers are a serious challenger for the Eastern Conference title this season, what part of “Celtics in 5 if they meet in the playoffs” don’t you understand? Joel Embiid on the "rivalry" between the Celtics and Sixers: "This is not a rivalry. I don't know our record against them, but it's pretty bad. They always kick our ass." — Sean Deveney (@SeanDeveney) October 17, 2018 Boston just played 48 good minutes of basketball…well, OK, they played 48 minutes of ugly-as-hell basketball and finally flipped the switch in the fourth quarter such …

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Are the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors Good?

Yes. Next question. The question here is not really “are the Warriors good” but “will the Warriors dog most of the season, come in under the projected win total while going 7-10 in their last 17 games, turn it on in the playoffs again, and win the title, or will they try to go 82-0, come close, and then blow a 3-1 lead in the Finals?” They signed DeMarcus Cousins. They still have Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Kevin Durant. In 2K19 with fatigue and substitutions and injuries turned off, they go 82-0 every time. Their bench is …

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The Draymond Green Effect: Redefining Positions for the Modern NBA

by Zach d’Arbeloff Basketball is changing rapidly, and the name of our website proves it. The Pace and Space era is in full throttle, and as teams jack up tempos, shoot more threes, and generate open shots with spacing and ball movement, the traditional understanding of positions has changed. This article originally appeared on January 12, 2016. Stats cited in this article are as of that date and from the 2015-16 season. The sport has gotten smaller, faster, and more skilled. Most teams now have certain “positionless” lineups, designed to put five players on the floor that can dribble, pass, …

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