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2014 NBA Playoffs
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x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:


Kurodenki wrote:

Stopped watching when the Wizards got eliminated. Now I just hope someone beats the Heat.

I'll watch the Finals though.


Same here...as a Kentucky basketball Fan, I was pulling for John Wall and the Team...Too bad they didn't make it through.. :(


I was really pulling for Washington. I loved watching Wall play this year.




Aex94 wrote:

Well, Indiana won...Maybe they will clench the east.


If Heat can't close this out in a 2 game span with only needing to win 1, I will be disgusted at them. I don't like Stephenson so I hope Pacers get demolished. His antics aren't entertaining at all to me.

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LightningChocobo wrote:


x-Cellar_Door-x wrote:


Kurodenki wrote:

Stopped watching when the Wizards got eliminated. Now I just hope someone beats the Heat.

I'll watch the Finals though.


Same here...as a Kentucky basketball Fan, I was pulling for John Wall and the Team...Too bad they didn't make it through.. :(


I was really pulling for Washington. I loved watching Wall play this year.




Aex94 wrote:

Well, Indiana won...Maybe they will clench the east.


If Heat can't close this out in a 2 game span with only needing to win 1, I will be disgusted at them. I don't like Stephenson so I hope Pacers get demolished. His antics aren't entertaining at all to me.



Me too, My Friend...Me too. Too bad....
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I dislike the Heat simply because it has one of the worst fanbases in the history of sports.
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The Pacers are hanging on!
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Spurs are in trouble right now with Ibaka back in the plaoffs, but i would like to see them kick the Miami Lebron's asses an reclaim the championship that they truly deserved to win last year. I'm pretty nervous though, don't want a repeat of 2012. Anyway the Spurs are really underrated, but they play amazing fundamental basketball, that you don't see in america anymore. Spurs All Day!!
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When Chandler Parsons made the shot right before that to presumably send it back to Houston for Game 7, I told my friend that the game isn't over yet. They have a second. It's not likely they get a shot off and win the game, but I've seen it happen before.

And then... I saw it happen again. I guess it's those moments you live for as a fan, but I'm usually on the wrong side of them.


I can understand the heartbreak, but had to enjoy that moment as my friend -- a Rockets fan -- started bragging with some "It's not over 'til it's over!" spiel after Parsons' play, which had to be returned in kind.

As for why the Rockets are bad? My answer is McHale and the general philosophy of their organization. I ought to admit my own negative bias towards McHale since his time with Minnesota (did Boston ship him a ring for giving them Garnett?), but why does a Hall-of-Fame big depend upon a run-and-gun offense?! Whenever they had a lead in any game that series -- which was perhaps only three of the games -- they'd continue to force up 3's as soon as the ballhandler reached the arc without once looking to pass, with disregard to other players' positions for rebounding (though they soundly neglect that altogether at any point with everyone aside from Asik and Howard afraid to step inside the arc without the ball in their hands already) and the extra 18 seconds left on the shot-clock. I can't agree to that sort of game management at any point in a professional game (though the league draws a great deal of its fans from Isos, the least efficient play there is [yes, that is a shot at Carmelo Anthony]), but when up by four possessions with five minutes on the clock, it is inexcusable to have Parsons pulling up six seconds into the possession. (I'm not knocking Parsons; I'm a fan of him, just not so much his role.) And while I want to put that on McHale, the organization is over-enamored with the long ball -- just look at the numbers of their D-League team Rio Grande Valley: they averaged 45 attempts per game! That's 10 more than any other team and 28 more than the last place team in that category! I know the "advanced numbers" support the efficiency of shooting 3's, but it does not consider the ramifications of staying outside -- long rebounds/fast breaks, lack of offensive rebound opportunities, fewer chances to get the other team in foul trouble, and, unless the shots are created by drive-and-kick, defenses can relax from interior responsibilities (though any smart team/player should immediately exploit something like that and actually cut inside) and play passing lanes. Yes, Howard, however much of a diva he has become, is an exemplary rebounder, but long shots often carom away from his usual position and he desperately needs help if that team is to make any legitimate run.

However, with their offensive philosophy and cap situation, I can't suggest any particular players to mend their woes off the top of my head. Perhaps Jeff Green could be a target if Boston is truly looking to tear apart everything they have, but he's not particularly special. Maybe Toronto's Amir Johnson? Not a 3-point shooter, but can knock down shots on the baseline and elbow, keeping his defender honest. As a Pistons fan (which, in their state for the last few years, is rather depressing), I would hope the Rockets (or Thunder or anyone, I won't be overly picky) look for a sign-and-trade for Greg Monroe. He would provide offensive rebounding help, the one part of his game that excels, and interior passing in case they ever look to pass and use up even half of the shot clock (he could surpass Lin in assists, but compete with both Lin and Harden in turnovers). Unfortunately, he wouldn't provide much extension of interior defenses; his jump shot is horrendously undependable and only has a range of maybe 18 feet. Of course, that proposal hardly helps either team -- Monroe doesn't fit their current scheme, and the Pistons could at best get Jones, Garcia (not sure of his contract) and a 2nd (Asik's contract is too big for them to take and make him a backup again) -- but I'm going to continue to dream regardless. Re-signing him will put Detroit back another few years...

Anyway, since they're not playing (and won't be this far for a while), go Spurs! Tony Parker has played rather pitifully these last two games, though they haven't been all too stellar as a whole. I would think they ought to consider messing with their starting lineup, but they don't have perimeter defenders (aside from Joseph) on the bench. It looks like they'll just have to try and endure the Thunder's starters and wait for their bench to take over, a feat of which they are entirely capable. Steven Adams is only a menace so long as his assignment does not take him out of the paint on the weakside; his footwork and help commitments are slow if they space the floor appropriately. Ibaka's more difficult to answer, but I would imagine consistently posting him will wear him down and angle him away from block opportunities. Diaw could play a role in both strategies, but the presence of so many bigs primarily for post defense likely shields Ibaka from any such gameplanning after a few possessions. At any rate, I never go against the Spurs; it was incredibly bitter to correctly predict they'd win in 7 over Detroit in 2005...

Oh, and it has already been noted, but the Rockets need a point guard in the traditional mold of a facilitator. Since I'm hoping he drops to #38 in the draft (Thank you, Dumars!), I don't want to see him go that early, but a possibility for Houston could be Vasilije Micic. He doesn't solve the turnover issues Lin brings, but he is an exceptional passer and can catch-and-shoot with range. That said, the run-and-gun would be terrible for him; his shot off the dribble is shaky at best. ...I guess you can scratch that suggested prospect; the entirety of their current philosophy is flawed from my perspective (Is Morey, McHale, or someone else to blame? I have no real idea, but I always put it on McHale.) and does not cater towards championship basketball, though there's some other certain team that utterly lacks legitimate paint presence that somehow finds itself in the finals after the walk in the park the Eastern Conference has been for these last four years...
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Posted 5/29/14 , edited 5/29/14

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Kunami_Mata wrote:

When Chandler Parsons made the shot right before that to presumably send it back to Houston for Game 7, I told my friend that the game isn't over yet. They have a second. It's not likely they get a shot off and win the game, but I've seen it happen before.

And then... I saw it happen again. I guess it's those moments you live for as a fan, but I'm usually on the wrong side of them.


I can understand the heartbreak, but had to enjoy that moment as my friend -- a Rockets fan -- started bragging with some "It's not over 'til it's over!" spiel after Parsons' play, which had to be returned in kind.

As for why the Rockets are bad?


You know, I was mostly being facetious and rhetorical with the "why are the Rockets so bad" thing. Not everyone has to literally tell me why my team is so bad. I already know. ):<

But yeah, it's largely Kevin McHale's hands off approach and Daryl Morey's longball-favoring analytics that have gotten them to where they are at right now. McHale isn't going anywhere (because the players just love him for some reason), so their best bet is putting competent assistants around him to do the job better. They have issues on the court, too, but I think most of what they need to fix starts on the sidelines (if it's not obvious enough, watch the last play of their last game again).

Then get rid of Jeremy Lin. I mean, ho-lee God. They can use someone better at that position, definitely. When I say that they're not that needy at that position, though, I tend to mean I don't think they need a big name. Just someone better than the turnover machine they've got. Anyone, really. A solid role player. Or hell, maybe they do need a star point guard, because it'd give them a real coach.

Either way, they seem to be ramping up for Kevin Love right now. Apparently keeping McHale was part of that.
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LightningChocobo wrote:

If Heat can't close this out in a 2 game span with only needing to win 1, I will be disgusted at them. I don't like Stephenson so I hope Pacers get demolished. His antics aren't entertaining at all to me.


His antics make me laugh. I don't think that makes him deserving of a win, but still, he makes me laugh. Stephenson is a clown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz3wvCNnF98

I'm not a Miami fan or a LeBron fan, but I gotta admit, the dude lets a lot roll off his back that he really doesn't have to.
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Knicks all day, even if they go 0-82


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Chicago bull is looking to do some damage!! of course when my DRose <3 comes back andd
they talking about Paul Pierce and CARMELO ANTHONY on bulls???

heyyyyyy I am a happy happy girl ;D ;D ;D ;] ;]

Anyways, I hope Pacers beat the heats cause I can't take them winning a damn 3peat
but it seems like Spurs are handling thins even though I want OKC to make it <3 Durant <33
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As a Houston Rockets fan, I'd love to see Melo leave New York, too, but I honestly don't see that happening. He wants to stay there. He wants the Knicks to get their crap together and organize the team in a way that'd help them contend. He wants to win first and foremost, but he's not above being sweet talked, and I think Phil Jackson is good for a lot of sweet talking. I don't think he's leaving New York.

Honestly, I'd like to see the Knicks in better condition than they are right now. If James Dolan will let the people he's hired to do that work, maybe the team will be in a better place in a year or two.
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THAT MADE MY NITE WHEN HE DID THAT LOL ^.^ but im tired of the pacers crying so im hoping and its prob just going to happen anyway but they need to go in game 6 >_>....the pacers dont carry themselves like the miami heat do...the only thing i like about the pacers is larry bird and hes not even a player V_V
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It's just turned into a brand new meme all over the internet.







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Pacers will win their next game, but Heat will win the series.
OKC will win the series IF their injured players (Ibaka, Reggie Jackson) are back to their supreme state. If not then its Spurs v Heat, but I believe it'll be OKC v Heat in a rematch to win the playoffs. OKC will win the playoffs if that happens. Wade and Lebron look extremely tired to win the finals, especially wade.
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