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Pzabby_2nd
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Hate to burst your bubble but OKC is better and they played better. 


If this team plays like we did the last month we take them in 7. Play like tonight and we get swept.
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edki
I believe this is how we are going to look in the playoffs when teams go physical on Derozan and refs don't call every touch.

I've said it many times, our guards (especially Lowry) are switching too quick and leaving big men against other team's guards. Because of that we foul a lot and give up so many offensive rebounds.
Lowry is more disrupting team's pace than helping to control it. I hate his quick shots in transition with zero chance for rebound. He often penetrates in order to squeeze a foul then passes into a crowd behind. Just terrible decision making.

I like Poeltl's development. He's already showing more basketball IQ than JV.
OG is great. I realize that Casey is still trying to find Powell and gives him some OG's and Miles' minutes... I afraid this search is hopeless.


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Pzabby_2nd
Powell will be fine. Teams are sagging off him cause he can't hit the side of a barn right now. But when his shooting reverts back to his normal, he'll not only hit his shots but have more fruitful drives/more opportunities to drive and/or kick.
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7shikamaru7
Lowry is showing his age. He can't keep up with quick guards no more...Dennis Smith Jr and Russ on B2B is tough for him. We might need to cheat here and make OG defend the quick guards and Lowry the SF. He may be slow but he's a tough defender on the post...just dont slap or poke too much or he'll foul out in 3rd quarter. 


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DocHolliday
Pzabby_2nd wrote:
Powell will be fine. Teams are sagging off him cause he can't hit the side of a barn right now. But when his shooting reverts back to his normal, he'll not only hit his shots but have more fruitful drives/more opportunities to drive and/or kick.


Usually I'm the optimist around here lol.  Love Powell but he's never really been a great 3pt shooter.  Atm he's shooting 30%, he's % has declined each of the 3 years he's been in the league as his shot attempts grows - 1.8 to 2.3 to 3.2.  He's also shown that he's not very diverse in his decision making - Powell drives, there's rarely a kick out; Powell rolls on the perimeter, 3% attempts.  Defense against Powell is fairly simple, make his drives difficult with a double since he doesn't typically, or ever, kick out and let him shoot the 3 at will since he's not a very good shooter (and on top of that he's inconsistent).  Powell's apg should be higher than 1.7 with how he can pull the defense in - it's like watch DDR again after a couple of years into the league (though without the upside).  As a defense, I can live with either regarding Powell.

Still, it's a long season and Powell is a smart guy.  He'll either improve his shot/decision making or continue to lose minutes to CJ and end up watching the game more than being in it, especially come playoffs.
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DocHolliday
7shikamaru7 wrote:
Lowry is showing his age. He can't keep up with quick guards no more...Dennis Smith Jr and Russ on B2B is tough for him. We might need to cheat here and make OG defend the quick guards and Lowry the SF. He may be slow but he's a tough defender on the post...just dont slap or poke too much or he'll foul out in 3rd quarter. 




I don't see this is an age thing...DSJ and Rusty are ridiculously fast for any guard to stay in front of, it's their bread and butter, especially Russ with his transitions.
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DocHolliday
Pzabby_2nd wrote:
If this team plays like we did the last month we take them in 7. Play like tonight and we get swept.


I would like to think that as well but like the Heat when they formed the big 3, it takes a bit for top ego/iso/true franchise-type players 25-35 games to find their groove playing together.  OKC with their big 3 are starting to find who they are, Melo has accepted playing off the ball as a stretch 4, Russ runs the show and PG13 has his opportunities to run the show with the second unit (much like Bron and Wade did).  On top of the 3, OKC has something the Heat never did and that's a tough, potential AS 5 who's one of my favorite players in the league and he's only 24 - Steven Adams.  He's always been good on defense but he's now finding an offensive groove with all the space and attention being provided by Russ/PG13/Melo. 

Scary thing is OKC is only going to get better as the season goes.  If I'm the Warriors, the teams I'd be worried about in the West, in this order, would be the Thunder, Spurs and the Rockets - I'd love to see a Warriors/OKC conference finals.  

Crazy to think there are 4 real contenders in the West compared to 1 in the East - it's almost unfair lol.  Crossed fingers Bron leaves to the West which would allow some other teams to step up.  If he stays, I don't see the Raps with the core of DDR/Klow/Ibaka getting past him - or any other team for that matter (including the media darling mighty Celtics and the self proclaimed greatness of the Wizards - who just lost to Atlanta).
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JeffB
Pzabby_2nd wrote:
Powell will be fine. Teams are sagging off him cause he can't hit the side of a barn right now. But when his shooting reverts back to his normal, he'll not only hit his shots but have more fruitful drives/more opportunities to drive and/or kick.


His shooting now is his normal shooting.

Last season he shot 44FG%, 32 3PT%.

This season he's shooting 42 FG%, 31 3PT%.

These averages seem to be what he is.
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