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Re: 2019 NBA Playoffs Thread

Post by DSafetyGuy » Wed May 15, 2019 1:34 pm

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Yeah, Portland is a good team but they match up terribly against the Warriors, with or without KD. Portland’s perimeter defense isn’t nearly good enough to give them a sweat. They’ll probably win 1 game because Golden State gets disinterested so easily but I can’t see this series going more than 5. Whoever comes out of the East has a much better shot because the Bucks and Raptors are both excellent defensive teams and will have homecourt advantage in the Final.
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Post by Ryan » Wed May 15, 2019 1:38 pm

I could see them putting the pedal down to prove a point without Durant and to maximize rest. I don't think it's that easy, but there's actually some psychological incentive to kick ass now if they do infact have that on/off switch.

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He did do double-duty as SNL host a few years back, and IIRC, he was pretty decent. I can recall laughing at his Bar Mitzvah sketch.
He probably remembered the prayers from his own Bar Mitzvah.

I am not a fan of his music, but there is no doubt that he is basically the King of Toronto.
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Re: 2019 NBA Playoffs Thread

Post by Joe K » Wed May 15, 2019 1:54 pm

Pruitt wrote:
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L-Jam3 wrote:
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He did do double-duty as SNL host a few years back, and IIRC, he was pretty decent. I can recall laughing at his Bar Mitzvah sketch.
He probably remembered the prayers from his own Bar Mitzvah.

I am not a fan of his music, but there is no doubt that he is basically the King of Toronto.
Not just Toronto. He’s probably the biggest hip hop artist in the world right now. (And I say that as another person who’s never been a fan.) I believe he’s either first or second all-time, among artists of any genre, in having the most Billboard #1 hits.

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Post by HaulCitgo » Wed May 15, 2019 2:38 pm

I like Drake. And you have to try pretty hard to avoid his music. Like not watch the Superbowl hard. Plus he's a Disney kid or similar so I'm sure he can do a nice job on a skit. I don't like how he is BMF all the sudden now. Around here that's enough to get you killed. I've had a run with those fucks and it makes me want to get violent when I see him in a shirt.

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Post by brian » Wed May 15, 2019 2:44 pm

I decided to check out his Spotify page and he has five songs that have more than 400 million listens and I've never heard one of them. I maintain that I've never heard a Drake song. Does he have any songs that would be considered big "hits" that would have been in a commercial or a TV show or something?

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Post by Johnnie » Wed May 15, 2019 3:16 pm

He has A LOT of hits. I mean, when Trump hosted SNL while running for president he helped parody this song:





So I mean, it's tough to have missed Drake over the last 10 years in something.

This track was for a LeBron James thing and look who it features...



So unless you are the hipster-est of all hipsters show could you have missed Drake. It's not like it's Rae Sremmurd or Chingy.
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Post by A_B » Wed May 15, 2019 3:19 pm

DOn't even act like you didn't watch Degrassi, Brian!
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Post by brian » Wed May 15, 2019 3:23 pm

On some level, I admit I don't get it. I know and like Jay Z and while I would never consider myself a fan of someone like say Rihanna or someone like that I'm passingly familiar with her music.

So I'm not trying to say I'm fucking cool because I've never heard anything by Drake. But I've never heard anything by Drake as it turns out.

(I've said I've never heard songs by XYZ artist before but when I go to their Spotify page or YouTube stuff I usually have to admit I've heard this song in a casino or that song on a TV show or something. This is truly a cultural blind spot.)

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Post by Nonlinear FC » Wed May 15, 2019 3:26 pm

I find it tough to believe folks haven't heard Hotline Bling, HOWEVAH, I have kids that made that song inescapable that year.
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Post by Square Rob » Wed May 15, 2019 3:42 pm

DSafetyGuy wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 1:34 pm
Shirley wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:53 am
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Also, I love Coby White in this draft. That’s my “I watched the tourney” projection.
I wouldn't be surprised at all if he turns out to be a better pro than Morant. He's really good.
Agreed. I had to set aside my hatred of Carolina for White.
He electric. Would love to see him run and run and run somewhere. Don Nelson would have loved him.

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Post by Johnnie » Wed May 15, 2019 5:45 pm

Missed this. That's clever:

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Re: 2019 NBA Playoffs Thread

Post by Joe K » Wed May 15, 2019 7:08 pm

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I get to spend two months with Thabeet flashbacks. I think Ja Morant is a no-brainer pick and hopefully with Chris Wallace out they don’t mess it up.

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Post by Johnnie » Wed May 15, 2019 7:50 pm

For context, there's a "Drake Curse." Whoever he roots for loses.

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Post by Shirley » Wed May 15, 2019 8:12 pm

Except that it is, since the numbers aren't backwards.
Totally Kafkaesque

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Post by Brontoburglar » Wed May 15, 2019 8:19 pm

I like how they spent all that time on it and didn't realize/care the apple on the phone was backwards
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Post by Johnnie » Wed May 15, 2019 9:10 pm

Damn, I feel dumb for that one.
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Post by tennbengal » Wed May 15, 2019 9:29 pm

Joe K wrote:
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tennbengal wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 10:06 pm
I get to spend two months with Thabeet flashbacks. I think Ja Morant is a no-brainer pick and hopefully with Chris Wallace out they don’t mess it up.
That’ll do.

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Post by A_B » Wed May 15, 2019 9:53 pm

Like my nba spirit animal Lebron I pretty much took the season off. But while I think Giannas is awesome it seems like sometimes it’s basically “let Gianna’s drive and hope for the best” which is also a thing Lebron does so yeah I like him a lot.
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Post by A_B » Wed May 15, 2019 9:54 pm

(I’ve only had two drinks but shit I had them fast and didn’t eat a big dinner. Nice.)
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Post by A_B » Wed May 15, 2019 9:55 pm

My nba spirit animal is probably someone that is the 11th man for the hawks. I’m just a Lebron Stan.
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Post by duff » Wed May 15, 2019 9:57 pm

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I’m just a Lebron Stan.
I just imagine AB writing a scathing fan letter to Lebron. I am laughing so hard at this image.
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Post by A_B » Wed May 15, 2019 9:59 pm

duff wrote:
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I’m just a Lebron Stan.
I just imagine AB writing a scathing fan letter to Lebron. I am laughing so hard at this image.
You misspelled “fawning”
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Post by A_B » Wed May 15, 2019 10:08 pm

So I didn’t think kawhi got involved at all in the fourth. Very deferential to Lowry.
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Post by Joe K » Wed May 15, 2019 10:16 pm

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So I didn’t think kawhi got involved at all in the fourth. Very deferential to Lowry.
He was intimidated by Brook Lopez’s greatness.



or fatigued from his massive workload in the last series

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Post by A_B » Wed May 15, 2019 10:21 pm

Joe K wrote:
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So I didn’t think kawhi got involved at all in the fourth. Very deferential to Lowry.
He was intimidated by Brook Lopez’s greatness.



or fatigued from his massive workload in the last series
Yeh I haven’t watched much but he did look tired in the fourth. I know he’s been awesome and had high workload.
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Post by Pruitt » Thu May 16, 2019 6:16 am

Joe K wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:16 pm
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So I didn’t think kawhi got involved at all in the fourth. Very deferential to Lowry.
He was intimidated by Brook Lopez’s greatness.



or fatigued from his massive workload in the last series
And Lowry was on fire.

It would have been nice to see Marc Gasol last night, but he never showed up.
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Post by Joe K » Fri May 17, 2019 8:49 pm

Bucks-Warriors is gonna be a really good series. I know the 2017 Cavs destroyed the Eastern Conference but got smashed in the Finals but this year feels different to me.

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Post by Joe K » Fri May 17, 2019 9:04 pm

ETA: Gun to my head, I’m still picking Golden State because of their unprecedented high-end talent but regardless of what happens in the Finals this Bucks team is ~1,000,000% more admirable than the Warriors. They’ve been a machine all year long and are one of the best teams I’ve ever seen at maximizing their talent level and having all their players fit seamlessly into a highly effective system. Their defense is phenomenal for a team that plays as fast as they do.

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Post by Pruitt » Fri May 17, 2019 9:59 pm

Yeah, Milwaukee sure looks like a better team.

Ouch.
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Post by Joe K » Fri May 17, 2019 10:13 pm

Pruitt wrote:
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Yeah, Milwaukee sure looks like a better team.

Ouch.
This is almost certainly the best Raptors team ever but Milwaukee is just on another level this postseason, especially defensively. Their GM’s years-long strategy of stockpiling guys with really long arms is really paying off now that they have a good coach to put all that wingspan to good use.*


*As an aside, how perfect is it that the idiots running the Lakers have made Jason Kidd their Coach-in-Waiting even though the Bucks went from 7 seed to juggernaut as soon as they fired him. Shades of the Warriors and Mark Jackson all over again.

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Post by DaveInSeattle » Fri May 17, 2019 11:10 pm

Ernie Johnson went back to his childhood home in Milwaukee, and took the TNT crew with him.


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Post by Joe K » Sat May 18, 2019 7:38 am

Chuck also did some more reminiscing about his past exploits in Milwaukee earlier this series:


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Post by EdRomero » Sat May 18, 2019 8:22 am

I love the Lenny and Squiggy arresting Barkley photo.

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Post by Pruitt » Sun May 19, 2019 9:15 pm

They might as well build a statue of kawhi at the Scotiabank Arena - there will never again be a player this good in a Raptors uniform.
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Post by Joe K » Mon May 20, 2019 6:50 am

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They might as well build a statue of kawhi at the Scotiabank Arena - there will never again be a player this good in a Raptors uniform.
He really is a phenomenal player. In addition to playing 52 minutes and scoring 36 points in a tough, physical game, Kawhi held Giannis to 1-9 shooting when he guarded him last night. The Raptors hadn’t put Kawhi on Giannis very often before last night’s game but decided to give him that assignment more often after the Game 2 loss.

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Post by Giff » Mon May 20, 2019 10:28 am

The whole "Draymond has stopped whining like a fucking infant after every single call for the last 9 games" love fest is annoying.
Muh.

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Post by Johnnie » Tue May 21, 2019 8:13 am

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Post by Joe K » Tue May 21, 2019 8:52 am

I know the Warriors’ party line is that they will need Durant to match up with Giannis/Kawhi (and they
perhaps needed him to beat the 2017 Cavs and 2018 Rockets), but I don’t see how a guy as sensitive to public perception as Durant can even consider re-signing with a team that’s now something like 31-1 in its last 32 games without him.

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Post by A_B » Tue May 21, 2019 9:03 am

I agree with some of the criticisms of KD messing up their spacing. While he gives them a cheat code, he also changes how they play. It's like they have a Super Carmelo. He's going to take some shots that aren't in the "Flow" but hes so good you live with it.
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