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Mike Prada
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Mike Prada 2h
Clippers definitely brought out another Warriors gear today, which is either a great or scary sign depending on your interpretation.
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Mike Prada 3h
Replying to @MikePradaSBN
Consider the lineup Kerr rolled out around those two just now. Consider the way they INCREASED the lead. No number or collection of words can fully describe how important and valuable that stretch was.
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Mike Prada 3h
Replying to @asoukuptx
plenty of urgency to my eyes, they're just playing a great team.
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Mike Prada 3h
Klay and Iguodala are and will forever be incredibly underrated
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Mike Prada 3h
Took GSW long enough to exploit Lou Williams on defense. Credit Iguodala for erasing him on the other end
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Mike Prada 5h
You’d have to ask them but I suspect the answer is and always will be both and it’s just a matter of how you want to frame things
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Mike Prada 5h
Replying to @SpinDavies
Oh I wouldn’t shift direction at all, it’s just a matter of how you frame the situation. This league is unforgiving
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Mike Prada 5h
Replying to @SpinDavies
Good question. That makes the existential crisis harder.
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Mike Prada 5h
Replying to @JoshEberley
They weren’t winning a title anyway may as well leave some good memories for your fans. Journey>destination
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Mike Prada 5h
The Pacers, like the Jazz, must now contemplate an off-season of “we’re pretty good, this is fine, but damn that glass ceiling is gonna be hard to break.” Simultaneously the best and worst kind of fate
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Mike Prada 7h
Replying to @mhaubs
that's not what i'm saying. i'm saying they are not defended like oh-shit-can't-leave-him-open shooters, despite their percentages, and because of that, the driving lanes they exploited in the regular season aren't there. you're looking at cause/effect in the opposite way i am
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Mike Prada 8h
Replying to @Ben_Dowsett
We’ll see. There’s “knowing" something’s an issue intellectually, and there’s also having it slap you in the face so thoroughly that you are more compelled to act.
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Mike Prada 8h
Replying to @Ben_Dowsett
In a way getting houston this early might be good long-term, forces them to confront it.
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Mike Prada 8h
Replying to @Ben_Dowsett
I agree with you, they are unusually cold even for them, and possibly unusually hot last year. But that’s really the difference between out in 6 and out in 4. structurally they have the same issues.
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Mike Prada 8h
Replying to @Ben_Dowsett
right. what i'm ultimately saying is that you do not get the same gravity impact from him that his percentages suggest, and thus you are subject to the whims of "is he hot or not." if not, then it's a double whammy because teams get to neuter mitchell's driving lanes AND not pay
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Mike Prada 8h
Replying to @Ben_Dowsett
I’m not saying he’s a bad shooter or anything, but he is not blanketed like other 40+ percent guys on high volume for a reason. Based on his percentages you’d think DON’T LEAVE INGLES would be item No. 1 on the game plan.
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Mike Prada 8h
Replying to @MikePradaSBN
Part of Utah’s issue is the space-and-drive, space-and-drive, then space-and-drive again system that works so well in the regular season puts a ton of pressure on Mitchell and those same shooters in the playoffs. When everyone cheats one step further in, whole things breaks down
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Mike Prada 8h
Replying to @MikePradaSBN
Joe Ingles is a GREAT shooter if you go by his percentages, but Houston sure isn’t guarding him like it Royce O’Neal was 39% this year. Houston’s practically begging him to shoot Eric Gordon shot a lower percentage than both, but you’d never know it watching how he’s defended
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Mike Prada 8h
Replying to @MikePradaSBN
Ironically, so are the Rockets, but in the complete opposite direction.
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Mike Prada 9h
The Jazz are the perfect example of the difference between having good shooters and having players with good three-point percentages.
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