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OPEN THREAD: Game #79 - Warriors vs Nuggets - The BGOY

Warriors (W-L): 47-31

Nuggets (W-L): 47-31

Time: 5:00pm PST


Radio: KNBR 1050

Reminder: Game time is EARLY at 5pm. Don't be late!

I'm sure I don't need to tell you how important this game is. Even my mom was asking for tickets! It's the BGOY - Biggest Game of the Year. If you're going to the game, show the Dubs the same support we showed them last year in the playoffs. Get in your seat before warmups. When the Nuggets come out, boo like crazy. When the Warriors roll through the tunnel, get the "Lets Go Warriors" chants started and don't stop making noise until the final buzzer. You know how big the game is. You know what to do.

This is an early open thread to get the comments flowing. I know y'all got plenty to say.


Update: Check out fellow SB Nation hoops site Pickaxe and Roll for more Dubs-Nugs coverage.

Quick Playoff Scenario Recap
Let's regurgitate this whole playoff scenario thing again. At the end of the season, if the two teams finished tied, the Nuggets own the tiebreaker. Nuggets would be in, the Warriors out. The only way the Warriors make the playoffs is if they finish 1 or more games ahead of the Nuggets. Which means the game is much more crucial for the Warriors - essentially a must win game. A loss essentially puts them 2 games behind the Nuggets with 3 to play. That would pretty much guarantee an early offseason. Denver would have to lose 2 of 3 while the Warriors win out. A win on the other hand means the Warriors are 1 game ahead of the Nuggets with 3 to play. Either way, the Warriors most likely have to win out to make the playoffs.

I'm not really sure how good chanting "De-fense" will do, but it's worth a try. This game is going to be super high scoring. I'm talking 150-149. Neither team plays any defense, so it's just a matter of which team is going to hit the most shots and take care of the ball. If either team decides that defense might be important, they'll win. If both teams decide that defense is important, you'll see some pigs flying outside.

I'm not sure what the Warriors will do tomorrow to slow down the Nuggets, but Tim Kawakami takes a shot in the dark... POB getting playing time to help protect the rim? That's far fetched but crazy enough that Nellie might try it.

That Carmelo Anthony Guy

Anthony has shot 49-of-72 while averaging just over 40 points in the last three games.
`Nuff said. He might go 49-72 in this game. (Though Baron will match him).

Not to get on Carmelo, but check out the quote in bold:

"It's got to be like that Thursday," the 6-foot-8 forward said. "I've got confidence it will be like that Thursday. It's a big game for us. Do I believe we have to win? No. But it's a must-win for us."

We Need Everyone
This is going to take an all out team effort. Not just Baron and Monta. Beans is going to have to rebound like crazy. Al is going to have to rebound and hit his jumpers. Jax is going to have to step up his game and play big like we all know he can. Pietrus needs to play all out and bring his energy. And whoever else from the bench can give quality minutes needs to do so. Whether that's Brandan, CJ, Kelenna, POB, Barnes, or Croshere, someone is going to have to step up. If we win, 2 of those guys will have made a significant contribution.

I'm doing this YaoButtaMing style. No predictions and this will be another entry in the mysterious and undefined YaoButtaMing end of season awards. Give me the combined score of Baron and Melo. If there's a tie, tell me who wins.

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