7-1 is the magic number here. That’s the Raptors’ record without Kawhi Leonard. He’s their best player; and even without him, the Raptors find a way to slaughter their opponents and throw them in the wood chipper.
So you’re telling me that Rudy Gobert gets ejected for slapping a water bottle? Jesus H. Christ. I’m surprised NBA rating haven’t plummeted in recent years.
Some people think Giannis Antetokounmpo is the best player in the Eastern Conference after LeBron’s departure. The Greek Freak broke out as a triple-double god a couple years ago while playing point guard for a Bucks team who hadn’t yet found themselves.
The Warriors got Steph Curry back tonight, so naturally they should’ve beaten the Pistons. I mean, KD the snake, the Splash Bros, bench depth, Warriors basketball, everyone else should be dog shit compared to these guys. In reality though, they’re not even the best team in California. The Clippers are currently the one seed and the Dubs are a middle of the pack team in a loaded West. But looking at the box score of tonight’s Warriors-Pistons showdown shows a startling fact: the Warriors are slowly but surely losing their identity. In the past, they’ve thrived by sharing the ball, playing smart, and shooting well. Tonight against the Pistons KD, Steph, Klay, all scored 20+ points (28, 27, and 21 respectively). But the rest of the team scored a combined 26 points, the next highest to Klay being 9 points. Meanwhile, Detroit had 6 players in double figures, including Blake Griffin with 26 and Stanley Johnson adding 19. That’s a big difference in the type of game they played tonight. The Warriors did not play team basketball tonight and they have been mediocre compared to their past 4 seasons of complete fucking destruction. NBA fans must be thrilled since they’re not the big bad Dub Nation they have been in the past. They still have plenty of time to get their act together, but they have definitely lost a piece of their former selves this season.
Apparently Anthony Davis is on board with being traded out of New Orleans to very specific destinations. These potential teams could greatly benefit from his arrival.
I usually don’t post rants about my favorite team but here we go.
The NBA is has been full of surprises so far. Some teams have been shitting the bed worse than Chipotle customers and some teams are exceeding expectations. The 5 teams I’m gonna list below are the ones that caught my eye and performed better than expected. There’s also one team that has been shitty besides great expectations.