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NBA PLAYOFFS [2018-2019]

Post by Flack » Sun Apr 14, 2019 9:26 am

Hello everybody and welcome once again to this year's thread covering the NBA playoffs. What an exciting time we have in store for you this year!*

In the west this year, we have (from #1 to #8): Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, Portland Trailblazers, Houston Rockets, Utah Jazz, YOUR OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER, the San Antonio Spurs, and the LA Clippers.

In the east, we have who cares. Just kidding. This year we're looking at the Bucks in first place, followed by the Toronto Raptors, '76ers, Celtics, Pacers, Knicks, Orlando Magic, and finally the Pistons.

The biggest fizzle of the year was LeBron James' Lakers, who finished 11th in the west and didn't even make the playoffs. Boo hoo. That'll give him more time during the off season to count his money. Shortly before the last regular season game, Magic Johnson stepped down from the organization and head coach Luke Walton was fired (rumor is he's moving to the Kings next year).

The biggest rumor of the year is that Kevin Durant hates his team and his team hates him, and now that he's got his rings he's moving to the Knicks next year and possibly bringing Kyrie Irving there, too. It would be interesting to see a team in the east do something. Anything.

If there's any good news for the Thunder, it's that they're facing Portland in the first round, a team they went 4-0 against during the regular season. Both teams ended the regular season on a hot streak, but hopefully the Thunder has what it takes to get through the first round. If they do, they'll face the winner of the Denver/Spurs contest.

The other good news is that one can only assume the Rockets will defeat the Jazz in round one, which sets the stage for a Warriors/Rockets showdown in the semi-finals. Not only will that be fantastic to watch, but it'll knock one of them out before the western conference finals. Can OKC beat either one of those teams in a best of 7 match up? Not a chance, Thunder fans. And we'll have to beat the winner of the Denver/Spurs series first, which is not a given.

Like last year, I think the western conference finals will be a much better series than the actual finals. If you put the first seed from each side up against one another, GSW and the Bucks went 1/1 last year, but the game the Bucks won was without Draymond Green and Curry, so... good luck, buck. I dunno, it feels like GSW has been coasting half the season and still ended up first in the west. They're just on another, very hate-able level.

YOUR OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER take on the Portland Trailblazers today at 2:30 central on ABC. See you there!

(*I am well aware nobody here cares about any of this.)
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Re: NBA PLAYOFFS [2018-2019]

Post by Flack » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:43 pm

The NBA put on two defensive displays (sarcasm) tonight. First up was the 76ers vs the Nets. The 76ers went into the half up by one point, but came out of the locker room on fire and scored 51 in the third. Final score, 145-123, Philly.

The second game of the night was game two between the return champions Golden State and 8th seed Clippers. Before halftime, GSW was up by 31 and I almost turned off the game, but the Clippers began climbing their way back in. Kevin Durant fouled out with two minutes left; he was the first GSW player, and the third player to go behind the Clip's Beverley and Green. The Clippers' Watson took advantage of Durant's absence by hitting a quick two, tying the game at 125 all with just under two minutes to go. The Warriors missed almost everything while the Clippers could do no wrong. Shamet hit a 3 pointer and two free throws put them ahead at the finish line. Final score, Clippers 135, Warriors 131. Series tied 1-1.

YOUR OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER played terrible due to a Paul George shoulder injury and are down 0-1 to the Trail Blazers. Game two is tomorrow night -- stay tuned!!
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Re: NBA PLAYOFFS [2018-2019]

Post by Ice Cream Jonsey » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:06 pm

I do care about this. I'm getting all my NBA news from you. This is all I've got! I can't stand any of the other sources - The Ringer is sooooo pathetically fixated on Boston because they know it pleases their dipshit boss, and r/nba is unreadable. This is all I've got, Flack!
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Re: NBA PLAYOFFS [2018-2019]

Post by Flack » Tue Apr 16, 2019 6:49 pm

The best NBA source I've found so far is Draymond Green's mom on Twitter, who retweets every negative tweet about Kevin Durant she reads. You go, Momma Green!

https://thebiglead.com/2019/04/16/draym ... teve-kerr/
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Re: NBA PLAYOFFS [2018-2019]

Post by Flack » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:27 am

This is the kind of playoff season I love. The GSW/Clippers are 1-1. Denver turned on the afterburners last night late in the fourth quarter; now, they and the Spurs are 1-1. The 76ers/Nets series is 1-1. Raptors/Magic, 1-1.

In fact, there's only one series now that's 2-0 -- or, if you're an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, 0-2.

YOUR OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER are not doing very well, folks. Unless you were hoping they would not make it to the second round, in which case they are doing GREAT.
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Re: NBA PLAYOFFS [2018-2019]

Post by Flack » Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:11 am

If Tuesday was the night of tied series, Wednesday's triple header was the night of dominance.

Celtics took the Pacers 2-0.
Bucks took the Pistons 2-0.
Rockets too the Jazz 2-0.

Of those, only the Celtics game was close. 8th seeded Detroit has nothing to offer the Bucks with big man Blake Griffin temporarily out (and not much more when he's in). The Rockets took their foot off the gas halfway through the fourth quarter and still won by twenty.

Something is going on behind the scenes at Golden State. It's obvious the chemistry is out of balance. The semi-finals between an under performing GSWs vs. the Rockets firing on all cylinders will probably be the best series of the playoffs. I predict the winner of that series will face either the Bucks or the Celtics... probably the Celtics, if I had to guess. The Bucks are dominating an 8th seed team right now but Kyrie Irving is a scoring machine for the Celtics and the Bucks went 0-2 against them this season.
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Re: NBA PLAYOFFS [2018-2019]

Post by Casual Observer » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:04 am

Flack wrote:
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:27 am
well, folks. Unless you were hoping they would not make it to the second round, in which case they are doing GREAT.
Maybe they should re-name themselves the Oklahoma Sonics for some inspiration? Also, in other news, the guy who bought the Sonics and sold them to Ok is also not doing well in his presidential bid (Starbucks millionaire Howard the duck Shultz).

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Re: NBA PLAYOFFS [2018-2019]

Post by Flack » Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:04 am

Well ladies and gentlemen, YOUR OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER will not go down without a fight! By shutting down Lillard and imitating a swarm of bees on defense, the Thunder "shut down" Portland's offense (did you really "shut down" a team that still scored 100+) and won at home, 120-108. We're on the rebound, but will it last?

After game two of the GSW/LAC series, Patrick Beverley decided to poke the bear and went after Durant in the media. There are two possible outcomes -- one, the bear self-destructs, and two, the bear scores 40 points by the end of the third and your team coasts to an easy victory. I'll let you decide which happened. GSW wins by 27, series is 2-1.

Boston isn't dominating the Pacers, but they are beating them consistently. The Celtics look like a bunch of good players with one great one (Irving) doing much of the heavy lifting. Not sure if it'll get them past the Bucks next round, but it's working against the Pacers. Boston goes up 3-0 in the series.

I missed the third games in the 76/Nets and Raptors/Magic series, but they're both 2-1 now, too. That fourth of the bracket is the least interesting. It's like a slow roll to see who can go home first, and then second. Yawn.
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Re: NBA PLAYOFFS [2018-2019]

Post by Flack » Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:03 am

It's that time of the season when emotions begin to spill over and manifest in the form of technical fouls. Woo, hoo! Things are getting real!

Game three of the Bucs/Pistons marked the desperately needed return of Blake Griffin, who sat out the first two games of the series with a bad knee (knees?), and they didn't look much better in game three. On the court Griffin wore a giant leg wrap, and off the court, he wore ice pack knee pads. Everybody knows the statistic -- no team has ever come back from a 0-3 deficit in the playoffs -- and the Pistons tried hard to prevent that from happening, but were unsuccessful. Their wounded hero scored 27, but could not save them. Frustration came to a head when Brown (Bucs) and Drummond (Pistons) locked horns and both got t'ed up, but it wasn't enough to get the Pistons fired up. Pistons are now down 0-3.

The Nuggets/Spurs are so evenly matched that it's kind of boring, really. Spurs won game one, Nuggets won game two, Spurs won game three, and yesterday, the Nuggets won game four. There were four playoff games yesterday so I only watched part of this one. I always get a laugh anytime a player gets so mad they chunk the ball at a ref, which is what the Spurs' DeMar DeRozan did in the 4th. It got him two technicals and an an instant rejection, and a thumbs up from me.

Those few technicals were nothing compared to the 76ers/Nets game. Here's a clip of what went down in the third. Things were already getting physical when Jarrett Allen (who my wife loves, because of his hair) went up for a dunk and got karate chopped by Joel Embiid. Seconds later, Jared Dudley comes out of nowhere and shoves Embiid almost into the front row. Then Jimmy Butler hit Dudley and then about ten players locked up and went into the front row, trampling photographers, a referee, and people sitting in the front row. Good times!



Embiid got a flagrant for the original hit, and Dudley and Butler each got two technicals and were tossed. If nothing, all the action was a welcome diversion for the Nets, who go 1-3 in the series.

Just as my kids were finishing up coloring Easter eggs, the fourth game of the day kicked off. The Rockets, who dominated the Jazz in the first two games of the series, faced Utah in Utah. There are nights when everything goes right for the underdog and nothing goes right for the favorite. Harden, one of the best scorers in the league, was 0-15 halfway through the fourth quarter. The Jazz's plan seemed to be "smother Harden and see what happens." It worked... for about 40 minutes. Eventually Harden hit a two, followed by a three. He scored 14 in the fourth, and it seemed Utah could feel the game, and their season, slipping away. On a night when everything went right for the Jazz and everything went wrong for Harden, the Rockets still won by three. That puts the Rockets 3-0, and Utah planning their "we're still proud of you guys" parade.

There are four more games today (on Easter). I'm going to skip the Boston/Pacers (Boston's 3-0) and the Raptors/Magic (2-1, I think) and just watch GSW/LAC (great series) and the Thunder/Portland game (Thunder's 1-2, but playing at home).
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Re: NBA PLAYOFFS [2018-2019]

Post by Flack » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:18 am

Sunday, the Celtics were the first to advance to the semifinals after a 4-0 sweet over the Pacers. I didn't get to watch the game because the people I live with wanted to celebrate Easter. GSW went up 3-1 over the Clippers (when Kevin Durant starts dropping 4-point plays, just... go home) and YOUR OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER suck eggs and went down 1-3 against Portland. The only question mark in round one are Denver/Spurs, who are locked up at 2-2. Hope everyone had a better Easter than Oklahoma City Thunder fans.
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Re: NBA PLAYOFFS [2018-2019]

Post by Flack » Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:32 am

To borrow an old saying I don't fully understand, the wheat is separating from the chaff.

It's ironic that Detroit put Blake Griffin on the floor in Monday's game, as Griffin, with his leg wrapped from hip to ankle with supports and wearing a metal knee brace when sitting on the bench, was reminiscent of the city's most famous police officer, Robocop. Every time Griffin was on the floor, the announcers were saying things like "that guy is all heart" and "why is he limping so much" and "dear god when are they going to pull him out." The guy's only 30, but looked more like he was 60 on the court. During the second quarter, Griffin dunked the ball and landed on the ground. Then I took this picture of my television with my phone.

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That face says it all. Griffin and his Pistons went 0-4 and are done. Rest that leg, Blake!

On Sunday the Boston Celtics closed out the Pacers in another 4-0 series, so in the east it'll be the Bucs/Celtics in the semi-finals, along with (most likely) the 3-1 76ers vs. the 3-1 Raptors.

Also on Monday night, the Utah Jazz beat the Rockets, pulling the series to 1-3. You know that little adrenaline rush animals get right before they die? It felt a lot like that.

In the west, the Clippers, the Utah Jazz, and the OKC Thunder are all holding on by a thread, each 1-3 in the first round. The Spurs/Nuggets are the only series that went 2-2, and the only one that will most likely go more than 5 games. First round was/is full of mismatches.

In tonight's match ups, expect the Raptors to put away the Magic, the 76ers to put away the Nets, and (unfortunately) Portland to send the Thunder packing back to OKC. Plus you have game five of the Spurs/Nuggets snoozefest.
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