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NBA 2020-21

Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by dmishra, Nov 16, 2020.

  1. dmishra

    dmishra Very Well-Known Member

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    The Gonzaga-UCLA semi-final game ended like this last night:



    Gonzaga v Baylor for the national championship. Two historically good teams. I think they've lost a combined 8 games over the last 2 years.

    Btw, Jalen Suggs is going to be a star. Projected top 3 pick in this year's draft which is shaping to be very good.
     
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    LeTallecWiz Administrator Administrator

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    Baylor first real showing?  I dont remember them being here before.
    Props to Zags, great program... looks like it's still few as coach?  Maybe he should be on shortlist to replace roy at unc?
     
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    dmishra Very Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, first showing for Baylor in the final I think.

    The final should be good. Both teams have a couple of NBA prospects.

    Gonzaga with Suggs and Kispert who should both be lottery picks. Suggs should be top 3. Ayayi and Timme could go in the 2nd as well.

    Baylor meanwhile have 2 guards - Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell both of whom should be 1st round picks.
     
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    dmishra Very Well-Known Member

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    Baylor wins, in a pretty one-sided final.
     
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    Poor Zags ... props to Baylor
     
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    Nets are just super impressive.

    No Durant - no worries

    Today, Harden left the court early due to injury.

    No problems - Irving has it all under control.
     
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    Suns balling out this year. Chris Paul is a beast. Hugely looking forward to the playoffs this year :)
     
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    I almost would like them to win to put a big smile on your face.
     
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    dmishra Very Well-Known Member

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    Very little chance of a title, but after 11 years, I'm just happy to see playoff basketball.

    The good thing is that there's a high degree of parity in the league at the moment, and no clear favourite. With some luck, about 6 teams could win the title. I'd put the Suns at the bottom of that group, but hey, it's still way better than the last decade.
     
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    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    I think the Clippers are the title favourites this time around. They've made smart additions.
    Got rid of Lou Will and Harrell and replaced them with Ibaka and Rondo. Two champions with a lot of play off experience.

    I have feeling that the Nets will be vulnerable in defence and won't make the final because of it.

    Biggest question mark for me are the Lakers. I really don't want to doubt LeBron because he's proven time and time again that he can turn it up when it matters. But does he have a enough time to get fit? It's like his first season in LA when he also came back from injury late. Wasn't enough to make the playoffs back then.
    Davis is getting better and better with each game. Just had 36 points in the loss against the Blazers.
    So, it'll be interesting to see.
     
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    Clippers are the toughest team we've faced all year, and I'd have them favourites for coming out of the West. The addition of Rondo is huge. Hate that dude, but he really knows how to play in the playoffs.

    In the East, if the Nets' big 3 are healthy and fit, then I suspect their offensive talent is simply too overwhelming for anyone to beat them. Having said that, they've struggled to stay fit for any consistent period of time. I could see Giannis finally getting to the finals. The Nets have nobody to stop him either.
     
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    I don't follow NBA that much. When I was living in Austin, had a couple of Argentinian friends who were kind enough to give me a ride to watch a couple of Spurs games. They used to go to watch Manu play. Slowly became a fan of the Spurs. I was actually lucky enough to watch one of the 2007 Spurs Suns playoff games - Spurs big three vs Steve Nash and Amari. The atmosphere, the quality of basketball, the camaraderie between the players, and the respect between Spurs players and Suns players. It in a way spoiled basketball for me as nothing I watched later lived up to that. I mean there were closer games, higher series but there was something about that series that elevated it to a higher plane. Two sets of great players coached by great coaches duking it out and respecting each other. Anyways, after that the team I look out for is Spurs. But if the Spurs don't win, then I hope the Suns win it.
     
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    Suns fans have a very different recollection of the 2007 series :D

    What with Robert Horry's cheap shot to Steve Nash's face, the absurd suspensions handed out to Amare and Diaw, Tim Donaghy's corrupt officiating, 2007 is the one year all Suns fans remember as the year they got robbed of the championship by a corrupt NBA.

    That said, I have a lot of respect for Pop and Duncan and Manu and Parker.
     
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    Playoffs bracket set:

    Jazz v Grizzlies
    Suns v Lakers
    Nuggets v Blazers
    Clippers v Mavs

    Sixers v Wizards
    Nets v Celtics
    Bucks v Heat
    Knicks v Hawks
     
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    Jazz in 4, Lakers (unfortunately) in 7, Nuggers in 7, CLippers (unfortunately) in 6

    Sixers in 5, Nets in 6, Heat in 7, Knicks in 7
     
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    My uneducated guesses.
     
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    Rosco Worse than Brendan Honorary Member

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    Too fucking small
     
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    LOL - he was amazing yesterday for 3qs, and then the role players took over - Hardaway, DFS & Brunson
     
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    Playoffs have been crazy already

    Jazz v Grizzlies - Jazz don't let Mitchell play, despite him saying he's healthy ... They lose game 1 ... Game 2 tonight ...
    Suns v Lakers - Suns beat Lakers game 1 with Anthony Davis shit.  Proceed to lose game 2 with Anthony Davis great.  This could go 7.
    Nuggets v Blazers - Dame time during game 1, Joker answers in game 2 ... 1-1, and this may go 7 too.
    Clippers v Mavs - Doncic has been unreal, 2-0 hole for the Clippers

    Sixers v Wizards 1-0 to the Sixers, though it was tight early and the difference was Harris.  Game 2 tonight
    Nets v Celtics - 2-0 to Nets already, should be a sweep.
    Bucks v Heat - 2-0 ... Think I was dead wrong - series over ... Heat will be back next year with Kwahi?
    Knicks v Hawks ... Knicks fans, "Fuck Trae Young" ... he hits game winner 1-0, game 2 tonight
     
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    Chris Paul is clearly injured. I don't know how the Suns beat the Lakers without him. They'd have taken game 2 as well if he'd been fit. Just so disappointing.
     
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