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Goran Dragic says Duncan Robinson, not Splash Brothers, NBA's best shooter

Goran Dragic says Duncan Robinson, not Splash Brothers, NBA's best shooter

We all are creatures of bias, leaning towards what is happening now instead of remembering the past. Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic reminded us of that hard truth on Wednesday. 

After the Heat's 104-98 win over the Kings in Wednesday's scrimmage, Dragic called fellow Miami guard Duncan Robinson the best shooter in the NBA. That's some understandable loyalty, but slow down. 

Robinson led all scorers with 18 points in the Heat's win. He made five of his eight 3-point attempts and all three of his free throws.

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The 26-year-old enjoyed a breakout year this season, his second in the NBA. Robinson averaged 13.3 points per game and was extremely accurate from long distance, making 44.8 percent of his 3-pointers. That's elite accuracy, right up there with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. 

Curry hasn't been that accurate from beyond the arc since 2015-16, when he won his second straight MVP and had a 45.4 3-point percentage. Thompson never has been as accurate with his 3s as Robinson has been this season. 

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Robinson currently is fourth in the NBA in 3-point percentage this season, behind just J.J. Reddick, Seth Curry and George Hill. Dragic certainly has an argument for his teammate as the best sharpshooter in the league, although Robinson mostly is a one-trick pony as a 3-point specialist. 

Curry played just five games this season, and Thompson missed it entirely while rehabbing a torn ACL. The Splash Brothers have some competition in Robinson, but the Heat guard will have to sustain his accuracy for a lot longer in order to take the crown from the Warriors' star backcourt.

How Warriors' Damion Lee made good on Eric Paschall's faith in him

How Warriors' Damion Lee made good on Eric Paschall's faith in him

SAN FRANCISCO -- Eric Paschall had a question for Damion Lee in the closing seconds of the Warriors' 118-114 win over the 76ers on Saturday night at Chase Center. 

"What I tell you?" Paschall screamed rhetorically.

"What I tell you?" the rookie screamed once more.

Paschall's inquisitive nature was born less than 48 hours earlier, when a troubling sequence from Lee turned a winnable game against the Raptors into a bitter defeat. But the rookie's inquiry came on the end of a 24-point performance from Lee that included clutch play to make good on Paschall's faith.

"It's huge," Lee said of Paschall's support. "That goes to show what kind of people they are, what kind of organization we have. This is a brotherhood, and obviously, we go through ups and downs, we're always going to show up and defend each other."

Paschall's defense came following a unique sequence for Lee. Despite scoring 23 points against Toronto on Thursday, he missed two free-throw attempts in the final 30 seconds that could've brought the Warriors within a point. Then he missed a wide-open 3-pointer. Making matters worse, he then committed a clear-path foul, essentially sealing Golden State's 49th loss of the season.

The sequence led to widespread criticism on social media. The slander caught the eye of Paschall, who thumbed two responses on Twitter.

"People over here slandering @Dami0nLee but my man played a hell of a game!," Paschall wrote. "Some of y’all don’t understand this man's journey!"

"This my dawg!" Paschall wrote in another tweet. "It’s bigger than ball!"

"People forget the whole game after he had a little rough sequence, which is out of his control. " Paschall told NBC Sports Bay Area after Saturday's win. "He had a good look at the top of the key, he had a good look at the free-throw line. Both went in and out."

"I saw too much slander on Twitter, and I feel like people forgot that he had a good game, so I did it. You always got to have your teammate's back no matter what."

Paschall's support seemed to work two nights later. Under the same circumstances, Lee flourished, taking over down the stretch.

Four minutes into the fourth quarter, Lee received a ball screen from Marquese Chriss, drove into the lane and dropped in a floater to get Golden State within four. Five minutes later, he dropped in another floater to tie the score. A minute after, he hit a left-handed layup to give the Warriors a one-point lead they never relinquished.

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By the end of the stretch, Lee had scored nine of his team-high 24 points, helping the Warriors outscore the Sixers 36-24 in the fourth quarter and making good on Paschall's words while denying the spotlight.

"I hate things being about me," Lee said. "I just want to enjoy the game and be surrounded by love and surrounded by my teammates. What happened on Thursday happened, but the beauty about the league is you play basically every other day."

Warriors-Rockets Game 1 officiating draws complaints throughout NBA

Warriors-Rockets Game 1 officiating draws complaints throughout NBA

In the days between Games 1 and 2 of the Warriors-Rockets second-round NBA playoff series, the discussion is unlikely to center around Steph Curry's clutch 3-pointer in Golden State's 104-100 Game 1 win.

Instead, you'll undoubtedly encounter a seemingly endless uproar regarding the way in which Game 1 was officiated.

Depending on who you ask, the Warriors greatly benefited from some egregiously missed calls. Or, simply, the Rockets weren't rewarded for flopping and exaggerating. Or, according to some people, too much was being made of the officiating anyway.

Here's a selection of the Twitterverse after Sunday's game ... 

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Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said after the game that the officials apologized to him at halftime for missing some first-half calls. James Harden, in a quote that's bound to make plenty chuckle, pleaded aloud to the officials, saying: "I mean, I just want a fair chance, man. Call the game how it’s supposed to be called, and that’s it. And I’ll live with the results."

Warriors forward Draymond Green, upon hearing Harden's comments, dismissed them.

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So, clearly, the Warriors don't feel bad for the Rockets, nor should they. Golden State holds a one-game-to-none series lead despite having significantly less rest than Houston ahead of Game 1.

Both the Warriors and Rockets will feel pressure in Game 2 on Tuesday. But, safe to say, no one will feel it more than the officials.

Good luck with that.