2020 NBA Playoffs

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Re: 2020 NBA Playoffs

Post by Giff » Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:31 am

Obviously I've got a big time chip on my sports fan shoulder when it comes to the narrative around Harden, but if he was tweeting trash talk from his couch to a player just eliminated a round after him, there's no way NBA Twitter/journalists are laughing with him, regardless of the backstory. But Dame and CJ are somehow immune to any criticisms for only once leading their team past the second round (and getting absolutely smoked by the Warriors).
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Re: 2020 NBA Playoffs

Post by Joe K » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:04 am

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Obviously I've got a big time chip on my sports fan shoulder when it comes to the narrative around Harden, but if he was tweeting trash talk from his couch to a player just eliminated a round after him, there's no way NBA Twitter/journalists are laughing with him, regardless of the backstory. But Dame and CJ are somehow immune to any criticisms for only once leading their team past the second round (and getting absolutely smoked by the Warriors).
The part you’re missing is that no one likes Paul George and Pat Beverley. There seemed to be genuine league-wide glee among players from a bunch of teams.

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Post by mister d » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:29 am

This speaks poorly to me because, in the time I've watched, I was rooting mostly for the Clippers bench in the playoffs.
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Re: 2020 NBA Playoffs

Post by Joe K » Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:44 am

I’m definitely rooting for Denver at this point. I know I said the same thing about the Clippers series, but I reeeaaaaly can’t see them beating the Lakers. If Jokic somehow cooks Anthony Davis, I’m buying a jersey. They’re both great big men, but complete polar opposites on the athleticism scale.

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Re: 2020 NBA Playoffs

Post by Pruitt » Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:43 pm

Kawhi did every thing the Raptors and their fans asked of him.

Seeing him play here last season was a highlight of my sports viewing life. And his performance throughout the playoffs was spectacular.

But man, I am so, so happy that he and the Clippers shat the bed like that.
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Re: 2020 NBA Playoffs

Post by DSafetyGuy » Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:42 pm

Tatum getting stuffed is doing a nice job of making everyone forget the last possession in regulation where he got the ball and a switch via pick in an iso, dribbled out clock, and threw up a 28-foot brick that was closer to being an airball than actually going in.

Related: Is Brad Stevens getting any grief for drawing that up in a timeout?
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Post by Joe K » Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:06 pm

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Tatum getting stuffed is doing a nice job of making everyone forget the last possession in regulation where he got the ball and a switch via pick in an iso, dribbled out clock, and threw up a 28-foot brick that was closer to being an airball than actually going in.

Related: Is Brad Stevens getting any grief for drawing that up in a timeout?
That finish was karmic justice for Walker and Smart tricking the refs to call a ridiculous foul on Miami to tie the game late. I don’t know what this is but it isn’t basketball:

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Re: 2020 NBA Playoffs

Post by Giff » Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:59 am

I'm more shocked that you're shocked than I am that this actually called in an NBA game. That's been basketball for years.
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Post by tennbengal » Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:13 pm

That Nuggets /Lakers final four minutes.

That Nuggets / Lakers final 25 seconds.

That Jokic backdown.

The AD answer.

Just, holy crap.

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Post by A_B » Sun Sep 20, 2020 9:23 pm

Hard to defend a seven footer shooting a three. Man that was fun to watch.
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Post by tennbengal » Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:52 am

As I assume every team who picked after the Grizzlies took Morant until Herro went at 13 is regretting things now...

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Post by A_B » Thu Sep 24, 2020 9:58 pm

I’ve been watching love craft country while keeping an eye on Lakers game. How the fuck is it even possible for AD to only have one rebound in the fourth?


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Post by brian » Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:23 pm

I literally haven’t watched a second of the NBA Playoffs but I’m already getting a hard-on at the irony of a LeBron Lakers team getting beat by a non-superteam Heat.

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Post by Joe K » Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:42 am

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I literally haven’t watched a second of the NBA Playoffs but I’m already getting a hard-on at the irony of a LeBron Lakers team getting beat by a non-superteam Heat.
Don’t really see that happening but LeBron does seem to be tiring a bit as the bubble games continue on. While the lack of travel makes it easier on guys, there are also a lot fewer off days than are normally included in the playoff schedule. Boston, Denver, and Miami are younger teams than the Lakers, Bucks, Clippers and Rockets, who I believe were considered the oddsmakers’ four leading favorites pre-shutdown.

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Post by mister d » Fri Sep 25, 2020 9:52 am

I'll believe LeBron can't carry a team when he doesn't carry a team.
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Post by Joe K » Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:09 am

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I'll believe LeBron can't carry a team when he doesn't carry a team.
Oh, I agree. Miami matches up reasonably well from a personnel standpoint but if either Adebayo or Butler gets in foul trouble trying to guard Davis and LeBron, then the Heat would be screwed. Miami may start Crowder on LeBron to try and avoid that but I remember LeBron destroying him in the playoffs during some of the Cavs-Celtics matchups. Iguodala is also a defensive option but he’s a shell of his former self at this point.

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Re: 2020 NBA Playoffs

Post by degenerasian » Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:23 am

Nuggets have them right where they want them!
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Post by brian » Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:25 am

I'm not talking about LeBron carrying or not carrying a team, just the irony of him assembling yet another superteam and getting beaten by a non-superteam in his first superteam location.

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Post by Joe K » Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:44 am

I wouldn’t call the Lakers a superteam. LeBron and Davis are both historically great players but it’s a pretty underwhelming roster otherwise. Their third-best player by win shares this year is Dwight Howard, who averaged 7.5 ppg. It’s not like like the 2016-19 Warriors or the 2010-14 Heat who had 3 or more legitimate All-NBA caliber players.

ETA: based on another advanced stat metric, Box Plus-Minus, the only Lakers besides LeBron and Davis who are even above average are JaVale McGee, Danny Green and Howard. Not quite the Warriors, who rolled out Klay, Draymond and Iguodala as their 3rd to 5th best guys.

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Post by Ryan » Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:57 am

They're like the '92ish Bulls with gamma radiation
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Post by brian » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:00 am

They "only" have one of the two best players to ever play the game and one of the five best current players in the game. It's a mystery how they won any games really.

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Post by Joe K » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:09 am

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They "only" have one of the two best players to ever play the game and one of the five best current players in the game. It's a mystery how they won any games really.
It’s funny because you were trying to shit on LeBron for forming superteams, but you’ve essentially acknowledged how great he is by pointing out that if he has one elite teammate you can fill out the rest of the roster with a G-League squad and still win a title.

The early-90s Bulls comp is a good one, although Horace Grant was way better than any of the Lakers role players.

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Re: 2020 NBA Playoffs

Post by mister d » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:11 am

The superteam era makes me sad it wasn't really inclusive of Iverson's career.



(I know Barkley to the Suns was a think and then the over-the-hill Lakers, but where it was prime players and more common.)
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Post by brian » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:21 am

I never denied LeBron's greatness, only that it would be awesome to watch him lose another NBA Finals to a city he had assembled his first superteam in.

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Re: 2020 NBA Playoffs

Post by mister d » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:28 am

I don't get not liking LeBron or even rooting against him as a neutral.
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Post by Ryan » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:32 am

Put yourself of the mindset of hating basically everything ever
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Post by brian » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:39 am

Or just teams/players that win all the time maybe?

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Post by mister d » Fri Sep 25, 2020 11:46 am

Guess that explains why you like VEGAS AND THEIR ZERO STANLEY CUPS OOOHHHHHHH!!!
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Post by Joe K » Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:22 pm

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I don't get not liking LeBron or even rooting against him as a neutral.
LeBron is easy to root for but the Lakers, as an organization, are very easy to root against. I’d root for them against the Celtics because it’d be funny to see LeBron eliminate the C’s six times in one decade, with three different teams. Conflicted about Miami because I despised them in the late-90s when they were the Knicks’ archrival, hated the way the refs gifted them the 2006 title, and also didn’t like the 2010-14 superteam squad.

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Re: 2020 NBA Playoffs

Post by mister d » Fri Sep 25, 2020 12:33 pm

Jimmy Butler being Jimmy Butler and Nunn beating women is more bad than Adebayo being from Newark is good so Miami is a negative. LeBron is very good, Howard is very bad, they're a neutral at worst. Its math.
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Post by HaulCitgo » Fri Sep 25, 2020 2:46 pm

Whoa whoa C's haven't been getting blown out here. Win two see what happens.

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Post by Ryan » Fri Sep 25, 2020 10:12 pm

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Post by Rex » Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:53 pm

Unless Jokic has 6 fouls he needs to be playing here

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Re: 2020 NBA Playoffs

Post by A_B » Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:31 pm

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I'll believe LeBron can't carry a team when he doesn't carry a team.
Lebron did the thing.
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