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  • Stephen A.

  • You think the Warriors are just going to make the league pay when Clay returns without question?

  • Without question, Let me tell you something right now.

  • When once once Klay Thompson returns, assuming again, we're assuming health.

  • You know we're not debating health.

  • There's nothing to debate about that.

  • They're not healthy.

  • There's no go.

  • But if Klay Thompson and Steph Curry on the court together and healthy worry is going to conference finals at the very least, Warriors gonna win 50 games.

  • At the very least, the Warriors will unquestionably.

  • We're talking about the Utah Jazz being the best shooting team in the NBA.

  • That wouldn't be the case of playing step on the court.

  • I promise you that much.

  • That would happen.

  • Then you can book it.

  • Let me tell you something right now.

  • And And by the way, this kid Wiseman, who's just a rookie, the number two overall pick, uh gee, Jhapa, Julia and Andrew Bogut.

  • He is not.

  • He can actually play.

  • I mean, not to say that they couldn't play at all, but there ain't no James Wiseman.

  • This kid's got a tremendous upside when I look at the team is presently constructed.

  • If you told me that Klay Thompson comes back but you still have a Kelly, you brand you still having Andrew Wiggins and you gotta James Wiseman and you got Pascal and you've got, you know, Draymond Green and these boys with Steph and Clay healthy, please.

  • You know the conference finals easily.

  • And I'm telling you that right now that you understand, everybody's gonna come at them.

  • When?

  • When Stephens balling It's a different game when he's struggling a little bit, as he has over the last seven or eight meetings against the Los Angeles Lakers, where they held him under 20 points.

  • That's a different ball game.

  • But when Clay and Steph are on the court together, this is the greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history.

  • And Steph Curry is the greatest shooter since man was created.

  • That's who he is.

  • And Clay ain't that damn far behind.

  • Okay, I'm telling you right now, playing Steph, get back together healthy.

  • You're at the very least conference.

  • Fine.

  • They're not making the league pay when Clay gets back.

  • That's different.

  • Stephen A.

  • Let's not.

  • You're starting to move the goalposts about what make make lead the league pay means like, are they going to win 50 games?

  • Or they give me a tough out for sure.

  • Might they?

  • If they add the right pieces, win another championship eventually, Sure, but what the Warriors were what Steph is talking about about that stretch where people want payback.

  • They were stopping the league, starting with that 73 win team, because even the year before, when they won the title, Cleveland was going to beat them in the finals.

  • If Kyrie and Kevin Love were healthy for LeBron and they went six games without them.

  • But that Season two, they were better than everyone else in the Western Conference.

  • And then the following year they smoked everybody else.

  • And then they added Kevin Durant, and those days ain't coming back.

  • I mean, if if they're able to swing a move for a guy like a Durant level player or not that many who ever existed right to add to this team.

  • Okay, fine.

  • Those days can come back.

  • But if we're just talking about the roster more or less as is and Clay healthy and Steph healthy, that Draymond green is not what he once was.

  • Quite.

  • I mean, even just shooting Stephen.

  • And this predates any issues with KD or Clay in terms of injuries.

  • Draymond Green was like shooting 33 34% from three.

  • Remember that one year he shot 38.

  • 39% has shot under 31% from three since then.

  • He does not shoot from the outside.

  • The idea that you can play five out with Draymond Not really.

  • Not the way it once looked like they were going to be able to.

  • So this is a different team.

  • And this coincides, right?

  • No.

  • Iguodala in his crime.

  • It was a great player and a big game player.

  • So things have really changed.

  • Obviously no k d.

  • Even if Clay comes back, he's coming back to a Western Conference.

  • That ain't your big brother's Western Conference.

  • The Lakers are a powerhouse with a D.

  • All these other teams have come up in the world, you know, if there's no Okay, see, like there once was, Don't forget.

  • Okay, See?

  • Took them seven games when the Warriors had won 73 that year.

  • Took them seven games that are, you know, to Oracle in the Western Conference finals.

  • But look at all these teams.

  • Denver's coming up, You mentioned.

  • Utah is coming up the Clippers.

  • It is a new day for the Clippers, the Lakers of defending champs.

  • They're never going to do to the Western Conference what they used to do.

  • They're not making people pay like that anymore.

  • It is a new time, Stephen A.

  • Well, you can say that.

  • We don't know that definitively, because again, we'll see when Klay Thompson gets back.

  • That's number one.

  • Number two.

  • The league is adjusted.

  • What is the Utah Jazz did after losing in the first round of Denver last year?

  • They went out and got some shooters, and they improved as shooters as well.

  • Yeah, you got defense on the interior as well as on the perimeter would go being and Royce O'Neal.

  • But in the end, you got guys shooting lights out in the pickup about Banovic was a big Tom pickup.

  • We recognize that.

  • So you've got people trying to emulate what what the Golden State Warriors used to do.

  • Even LeBron James, excluding the month of February, where he was God, offered from three point range at about 16%.

  • The bottom line is that he's been shooting better from the three than we've seen him do, arguably in his entire career.

  • So we're paying attention.

  • But who are the originators who are the pioneers in the modern era?

  • When it comes to the three point shooting artistry that would be the Golden State Warriors now and Raymond's case, he's got something to work on because what you pointed out Max In 2000 and 15, 2016, he shot 38% from three point range.

  • Since then, it's 30 30 28 27 and it's now at 22.4%.

  • You can say it's plays injury because it predates Clay's injury, but I understand that.

  • So so that's something that that that that's the impediment to Draymond.

  • I think he does everything else great, but shooting the basketball definitely is not his thing.

  • In the end, though, what I think about is the presence of Clay and Steph and what that would open up for Wiseman.

  • What that would open up for you, Brianna Wiggins of past Gal or anybody else.

  • I think about this shooting, not just from three.

  • I think about the shooting, not just in the perimeter, but I think about what the the the you know, just the just the near perfection that they put forth from the free throw line.

  • I'm telling you right now, Max, I would sit here and I'd have a hard, hard time looking at the Golden State Warriors and definitively saying, Ain't no way to get to the final.

  • They might get to the final section here, Play healthy.

  • Let's maybe, but I don't think so.

  • Let's go over that roster that you mentioned.

  • Wiseman is promising Shoot free throws great, by the way, which may be a better indicator of long term success from three, but he's shooting better already than we thought.

  • I likewise, minute of peace as a piece at the five.

  • You're right.

  • They have not had someone like that in the past.

  • That's an improvement.

  • Uber is okay.

  • Wiggins is fine, you know, not compared to his salary, but he could play but back Once upon a time, Stephen A.

  • Steph and Clay were the undisputed best backcourt in the league.

  • That's not the case anymore.

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Stephen A.: The Warriors will make the league pay when Klay Thompson returns | First Take

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/01
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