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NBA 2016/17

Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by dmishra, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. dmishra

    dmishra Very Well-Known Member

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    The Conf Finals last year between the Warriors and Thunder went to 7.

    Even the Raptors pushed the Cavs to 6 last year.
     
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    LeTallecWiz Administrator Administrator

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    Yah, but the top teams won ... because that's what the norm in the NBA 9 times out of 10
     
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    dmishra Very Well-Known Member

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    I have no issues with the top seeds winning, as long as the remaining teams are competitive and are pushing them. These Conf Finals have been one blowout win followed by another.

    I want to see competitive basketball games at this level.
     
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    Yeah, I can understand the Spurs struggling without Kawhi. But at least they tried - they fought hard, and in Pop, they have a great coach who gave good minutes for rookies or sophs, who impressed (Dejounte Murray is going to be a good PG for them I think). About the only disappointing player on the Spurs for me, was Aldridge.

    The Celtics, however, were totally fucking stupid and pointless most of the time in the EC finals. Yeah, they won a game. They had Cavs on the ropes in the first half in Game 4 - whoopsie doo - they played 4 good quarters in 5 games. Given the talent gap, it was always likely that the Celtics were going to lose, but the way they lost was fucking atrocious. I'd read that Brad Stevens was highly-rated and folks were touting him for coach of the year. I'd never really cared much about him but watching this series unfold - I'm stumped as to why he is. Some of the stuff out there that the Celtics were doing - or not doing - were incredible, and they were not just down to the players.

    Oh well, on to the finals. This should be a good one hopefully.
     
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    If I were Danny Ainge, I think I'd trade the #1 for Porzingis. He's been making some noise about leaving NY, and he'd be a terrific long-term fit in Boston.

    Also go after Gordon Hayward in free agency, and roll out with this:

    Horford
    Porzingis
    Hayward
    Bradley
    IT

    That would make things pretty interesting in the East.
     
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    dmishra Very Well-Known Member

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    Lol, you really don't like Horford. Guy used to be a really good player at Atlanta.
     
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    LOL, well, I never really bothered about him until this Cavs series when he showed me the worst side of him. To be fair, I thought on the occasions when he went into the low post against Love, he did very well. Alas, for some mysterious reasons, they decided not to do that after their 4 good quarters spanning Games 3 and 4. Anyway, I'd be wary about taking players from Atlanta to be honest and expecting them to shine - they seem to be a team with a knack for making individuals look better than they are (the whole being greater than the sum of its parts thing).
     
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    So, 24 hours out from Game 1... Who wins and by what margin?

    I'm going for 4-1 Warriors.
     
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    Wait... you're confusing me. It's more than 24 hours out isn't it?

    Game 1 is on Thursday, June 1, 9 p.m. ET. - that would be Friday late morning in Australia for you, wouldn't it?

    Feels like an eternity... the delay between the conference finals and this has drained a fair bit of my enthusiasm and anticipation. I'm pretty sure that'll come back after tipoff in Game 1, but still, it feels like the gap is just way too big.
     
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    Rosco Worse than Brendan Honorary Member

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    4-2 Warriors.

    The scheduling really took the momentum out of the playoffs
     
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    Yeah, I'll go 4-2 Warriors as well.

    I'm looking forward to LeBron's performance. If he manages to win this series, then he's pretty close to knocking Jordan off of the GOAT discussion.
     
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    Rosco Worse than Brendan Honorary Member

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    Yeah i agree with that. Jordan never faced anything like this Warriors team.
     
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    Ill be bold and say 4-0 Warriors
     
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    Yep you're right. For some reason I thought yesterday was Thursday all day.
     
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    Okay, now it's 12 hours away. Half expecting brick city from both sides for the 1st half after such a long break.
     
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    fucking pussies the lot of you
    Cavs in 6 - if they win game 1, i think they may do it in 5.
     
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    Rosco Worse than Brendan Honorary Member

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    I've been thinking about the Cavs - they'll dominate the boards. And presumably take advantage of Curry when attacking.

    Maybe we're underrating them
     
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    Irving has a point to make this year ... if he can out duel Curry, he'll open up the discussion of who's the overall best player ... he's motivated, playing great ball and already has proven to himself he can do it when it counts ...
     

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