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Warriors Gearing Up for Another Title

October 9, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Kevin Durant helped the Golden State Warriors win another title.
KD brought more ‘tude to Dub City. (Ron Schwane/AP)

Stephen Curry exploded for 40 points on Sunday to lead the Golden State Warriors over the Minnesota Timberwolves 142-110 to earn a split in their two-game exhibition series in Shanghai, China.

Clearly, the NBA betting lines would not have been projecting such a lopsided victory — even for a team aiming for its third title in four seasons — but performances like Curry’s huge game have become a fairly regular sight since he entered the NBA.

Three times in his career, he’s scored 40 or more in a game — once topping 50, and 17 times putting up at least 30.

The two-time MVP had to surrender a bit of offense last season with Kevin Durant aboard, but KD’s arrival didn’t exactly decimate Curry’s numbers. Yes, Curry sunk fewer buckets, hoisted fewer treys and even regressed in rebounding, but his showing last season was pretty much in line with the level he set in 2013-14 and 2014-15 before his monster campaign in 2015-16 — an effort that would have been tough to duplicate under normal circumstances.

The Warriors have to be stoked about the shooting and playmaking he’s brought to the team as they gear up for a run at another title, but recent reports suggest that the team wasn’t bullish on giving Curry a max deal.

Although his numbers have dipped ever so marginally the past two seasons, two guard Klay Thompson was also not overly affected by Durant. Thompson actually saw more PT last season, and while his defensive rebounding and blocks were down a smidge, they really aren’t huge parts of his game, so he generally provided very similar value to what he had done the previous two seasons.

Besides, he’s literally swimming in running shoes, so it’s all good. But we have to know if he also bathes in chocolate milk — another product Thompson shills (see video below).

KD, meanwhile, did sacrifice some of his numbers coming to Golden State, but not dramatically so. Yes, his touches were at a career low, but he compensated for that with his best FG percentage yet. What hurt more for Durant was fewer three-ball attempts and a lower success rate from beyond the arc.

Durant, by the way, is having a bit too much fun in China.

Based on year one of the experiment, it’s clear that all three players can get theirs within the system while the team remains successful. Still, is it really possible for the Warriors to duplicate last season’s 49.5 field goal percentage? After all, they finished 20 percentage points ahead of the second place team!

We’re expecting a slight regression there, which should have a slightly negative impact on some of these studs’ numbers. Draft accordingly.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below how you think the Big Three will fare this season in Dub City.

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The Wire Troll: O.J. Mayo Gets His Groove Back in Milwaukee

December 12, 2015 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Zeller has been mostly stellar (yes, we’re poets at heart) over the four games (okay, maybe not so much over the last two). Regardless, his season-high of 20 points with six boards and two blocks on Monday did raise some eyebrows. With Jefferson (calf/suspension) out, Zeller will try to take advantage and gain more minutes and confidence in the low post. Playing pivot is giving Zeller a chance to shine in areas we don’t normally expect from him; he’ll contribute with boards, points and occasional blocks.
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The Wire Troll: Matt Barnes Bashes His Way Back to Revelance

December 5, 2015 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Montiejunas has yet to play this season because of his back, but he’s very close to returning. He’s been practicing this week and his status for Saturday has been upgraded to questionable. The Young Lithuanian enjoyed a breakout last season, upping his game offensively while doing a better job on the defensive glass and pitching in with more blocks. In a deep league, stash this dude now.
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The Wire Troll: Mario Chalmers Growling in Grizzlyland

November 21, 2015 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
The Grizzlies acquired Super Mario Tuesday in a trade with the Heat. Since his debut in Memphis, that’s exactly what he’s been – superb. In just 21 minutes per game over the last three contests, Chalmers has scored double digits, including a 29-point performance Tuesday against the Thunder. We repeat — against the Thunder. He clearly didn’t fear Oklahoma’s defensive roar as he attacked the paint and received 15 free throw attempts (canning 13). Chalmers will hit treys, get to the line and a hit a ton of free throws for your team.
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The Wire Troll: Zach LaVine Playing at a High Level

March 29, 2015 | by McCade Pearson | Comments Comments Off
For a player that has played on eight teams in just four seasons, Smith might have finally found a home in Philadelphia. As a starter for the 76ers, he’s averaging 15 points and seven assists while shooting 47 per cent from downtown. Smith isn’t a flashy pick up, but could be an under the radar pick to help you win your league.
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