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Pfeiffer reacts to his 'spicy' Draymond, Warriors old tweets

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Dan Pfeiffer -- a former senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama and current host of the "Pod Save America" podcast -- was the guest on the most recent episode of the "Runnin' Plays" podcast.

Near the end of the episode, NBC Sports Bay Area's Grant Liffmann resurfaced three of Pfeiffer's past tweets related to the Warriors, and asked for his reaction.

1) May 28, 2015

"I would say 2001 Iverson was more fun to watch," he declared. "The game was so much rougher. Iverson was so small -- he was so relentless. I am biased because I am a Philadelphia 76ers fan who went to Georgetown."

Very fair.

2) Feb. 27, 2016

"I think my wife -- who is from the Bay Area -- if she ever saw that tweet, would feel not good about it," he said jokingly. "Maybe 90 percent of why I was enjoying living in the Bay Area at that moment.

"But I think I need to rewrite that one for the sake of history and domestic tranquility."

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That tweet was sent out the night Curry drilled the game-winning pull-up 3-pointer late in overtime against the Oklahoma City Thunder -- one of the more iconic regular season shots in recent memory.

 

3) May 11, 2016

Draymond that night registered 13 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block as the Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 125-121, to advance to the Western Conference finals.

In Pfeiffer's defense, Golden State did win the first two games of that series vs. Portland without Curry, who was sidelined because of a sprained MCL.

"Yeah, that was very spicy. That was very spicy," he said. "That was probably an overstatement. I will admit to that. But I would say that Draymond in that season was sort of the engine that drove the car.

"One of the things lost for history is Draymond's Game 7 performance against the (Cleveland Cavaliers). That would have gone down in history as one of the all-time great clutch performances.

"That Draymond was unbelievable. Hyperbole on my part, but there was an essential truth in that I don't think that's a championship team without Draymond."

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Pfeiffer is spot on.

Draymond in 2015-16 averaged 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks, while shooting 38.8 percent from 3-point range. He was named Second-Team All-NBA and finished seventh in MVP voting.

In Golden State's Game 7 loss to the Cavs in the 2016 NBA Finals, he racked up 32 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and two steals.

If the three-time NBA All-Star returns to that level of play next season, the Warriors will be a legitimate title contender.

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