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Western Conference Play-In Open Thread

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Playoffs starting, time for more NBA open threads. And yes, this is only about sports, keep your damn politics out of them. And no one cares about your observations about Trump, not in this thread.

This iteration of the Lakers and the Warriors are both at the end of their ropes. The Lakers are easy enough to understand. They have two great players and a bunch of scrubs, basically. Davis is hurt often enough that Old Man LeBron has to play Superman way too often. They might beat the Pelicans tonight and get that 7 seed, but I cannot see them as any real threat for the finals, nor have they looked that way any part of the year.

The Warriors are more interesting. Steph is still great. Klay is a shell of what he used to be, but he’s not terrible now that he’s on the bench. Draymond is a mess, but when his head is right, he can still be a big difference maker. Moreover, the Warriors have developed newer players. Kunmiga has taken a big step forward. They had one of the best drafts in the league this year, with Trayce Jackson-Davis (son of Dale!) and Brandon Podziemski both having excellent rookie seasons.

And yet–this is a 10 seed for a reason. OK, one reason is that this is West. Heck, they might be a 2 in the East. But they just haven’t put it together for any real sustained stretches. They are better on the road than at home. Something is just missing here. Is it Kerr? Are they hearing his messages anymore?

Anyway, Kings and Warriors hate each other, so that one should be fun.

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