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The Charity Stripe: Surprisingly, The Warriors And Hawks Are Good

Rob Mahoney takes a look at the tweaks of the Golden State Warriors’ defense. The Warriors are 13th in defensive efficiency but they are doing just enough on both sides to win games (even though they’re barely scoring more points than they’re giving them up, Golden State is currently 13-7).

And while we’re on that same Warriors subject, Zach Lowe talks to Stephen Curry about how the Warriors are doing. The Q&A includes talks about the Warriors defense, the 50-40-90 benchmark, and his health. On a personal note, I’m glad that Curry has managed to stay healthy this season after he was plagued with ankle injuries.

Paul Pierce recently got his 4,000th career assist. Jessica Camerato of Comcast SportsNet New England talks about Pierce’s versatility that has been a hallmark throughout his career.

Have faith in the Hawks, Atlanta. They are pretty damn good this season. Certainly a lot better than we all thought. They deserve your attention. And this is coming from a guy who has loathed watching the Hawks in recent years.

Andrew Nicholson, rookie for the Orlando Magic, is off to a good shooting start, as he is .565 from the field. Sean Highkin takes a look at this in Magic Basketball.

At The Hive revisits the trade that netted them, well, cap space. They gave away Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor for Rashard Lewis and a second-round pick (Darius Miller). Lewis was immediately bought out of his contract while Ariza and Okafor aren’t exactly lighting things up in Washington. I think that’s putting it mildly.

How about comparisons of the potential Ricky Rubio and Alexey Shved pairing to the Allman Brothers Band. I, for one, can’t wait for the Rubio/Shved duo on the court. Rubio happens to be my favorite player to watch, with my affinity for point guards and all.

Jason Kidd wore a hockey helmet after he got a pretty big welt on the head. Stop falling for Kidd’s pump fakes, people!

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Rey Moralde is a Southern California native who has a passion for basketball, old-school video games, sushi, and terrible pop music.

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