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TyphonInc

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NBA Playoffs
« on: April 25, 2018, 10:44:25 PM »
I couldn't find a thread for the NBA. Do we have one?

I just watched Lebron, mess up 5 possessions in a row, allowing the Pacers back into the game. Then get beat, recover, and block Indiana's game winning lay up. Then with 3 seconds left gets an open minimally contested 3 pointer to win game 5.

Oh and a couplet bad ref calls to end the game.
1) Ball gets poked from Lebron hits the out of bound line, comes back up and hits his elbow going further out of bounds. Call out on him.
2) Indiana player lays the ball off the glass, then Lebron blocks it, should have been goaltending. called as a block.

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Re: NBA Playoffs
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2018, 09:25:26 AM »
1919, 20, 21, 28, 29, 31, 34, 35, 36, 37, 42, 44
WWH: 1952, 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 67, 68, 70, 72, 74, 75
1979, 81, 82, 84, 87, 94, 98
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Re: NBA Playoffs
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2018, 04:04:27 PM »
Cavs live to fight another round.
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WWH: 1952, 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 67, 68, 70, 72, 74, 75
1979, 81, 82, 84, 87, 94, 98
2001, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

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Re: NBA Playoffs
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2018, 04:58:02 PM »
'Bron's Round one Streak still alive.

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Re: NBA Playoffs
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2018, 05:14:30 PM »
Now that we have reached the second round of the NBA Playoffs, I'm starting to pay attention.  I have long felt that WAY too many teams go to the NBA Playoffs.  

There are 30 teams and 16 make the playoffs.  Thus, I've long ignored the regular season.  Additionally, the only real purpose of the first round of the playoffs is to eliminate the eight teams that shouldn't have been there in the first place.  

Ignoring conference and just ranking the >.500 teams by final record:
  • #1, 65-17, Houston Rockets, West #1 seed, beat Minnesota 4-1.  
  • #2, 59-23, Toronto Raptors, East #1 seed, beat Washington 4-2.  
  • #3, 58-24, Golden State Warriors, West #2 seed, beat San Antonio 4-1.  
  • #4, 55-27, Boston Celtics, East #2 seed, beat Milwaukee 4-3.  
  • #5, 52-30, Philadelphia 76ers, East #3 seed, beat Miami 4-1.  
  • #6, 50-32, Cleveland Cavaliers, East #4 seed, beat Indiana 4-3.  
  • #7, 49-33, Portland Trail Blazers, West #3 seed, swept by New Orleans 4-0.  
  • #8-11 tie, 48-34, Indiana Pacers, East #5 seed, lost to Cleveland 4-3.  
  • #8-11 tie, 48-34, Oklahoma City Thunder, West #4 seed, lost to Utah 4-2.  
  • #8-11 tie, 48-34, Utah Jazz, West #5 seed, beat Oklahoma City 4-2.  
  • #8-11 tie, 48-34, New Orleans Pelicans, West #6 seed, swept New Orleans 4-0.  
  • #12-13 tie, 47-35, San Antonio Spurs, West #7 seed, lost to Golden State 4-1.  
  • #12-13 tie, 47-35, Minnesota Timberwolves, West #8 seed, lost to Houston, 4-1.  
  • #14, 46-36, Denver Nuggets, West first team out
  • #15-16 tie, 44-38, Miami Heat, East #6 seed, lost to Philadelphia 4-1.  
  • #15-16 tie, 44-38, Milwaukee Bucks, East #7 seed, lost to Boston 4-3.  
  • #17, 43-39, Washington Wizards, East #8 seed, lost to Toronto 4-2.  
  • #18, 42-40, LA Clippers, West second team out
The other 12 teams were sub .500.  

In the history of the NBA there have only been four #8 over #1 upsets.  Three of the four #8 seeds to upset a #1 lost in the next round.  The only exception is the 1999 Knicks who went to the finals but that was in a strike-shortened year.  

This year:
  • Both #1 seeds won their opening round, 4-1 and 4-2.  
  • Both #2 seeds won their opening round, 4-1 and 4-3.  
  • One #3 seed won, 4-1.  The other got swept but they were only one game better than their #6 seed opponent due to a logjam of seven Western Conference teams all finishing within three games of each other at 49-33, 48-34, 47-35, and 46-36.  
  • One #4 seed won, 4-3.  The other got swept by a team they were tied with in the standings.  

Bottom line, the top six teams in the NBA all advanced to the second round while the other two teams to advance were both 48-34 so only two games down on #6.  If you missed the entire NBA regular season and first round of the playoffs, as usual, you barely missed anything.  Now that we have reached the Conference Semi-Finals it has finally gotten interesting at least in the East:  

  • West #1 Houston (65-17) and West #6 New Orleans (48-34) were separated by 17 tames.  
  • West #2 Golden State (58-24) and West #6 New Orleans (48-34) were separated by 10 games.  
  • East #1 Toronto (59-23) and East #4 Cleveland (50-32) were separated by nine games.  
  • East #2 Boston (55-27) and East #3 Philadelphia (52-30) were separated by three games.  

There still isn't much drama in the West where Houston and Golden State are pretty much prohibitive favorites but in the East things are more interesting.  Toronto finished nine games ahead of Cleveland in the regular season but the Cavaliers have defeated the Raptors in the playoffs in each of the past three seasons so there is hope in Cleveland and question as to whether the Raptors can pull it off elsewhere.  The Boston/Philly series seems pretty evenly matched with Boston a favorite but not by ridiculous odds.  

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Re: NBA Playoffs
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2018, 10:28:38 PM »
Hows that a foul? (Cavs Raptors 1:42) Ibaka lands on Lebrons foot. Called a shooting foul on Lebron.
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Re: NBA Playoffs
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2018, 10:30:42 PM »
Hows that a foul? (and not a travel?) Cavs Raptors 1:13 left, Love gets rebound, mugged by 3 Raptors, take 4 steps while bear hugging the ball. DeRozan trying to get the ball puts his face into Love's elbow. Foul on Love.
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Re: NBA Playoffs
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2018, 10:56:11 PM »
Cavs take game one in OT. 
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WWH: 1952, 54, 55, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 67, 68, 70, 72, 74, 75
1979, 81, 82, 84, 87, 94, 98
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Re: NBA Playoffs
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2018, 11:00:55 PM »
Cavs take game one in OT.
So frustrating watching Clevland play. Cool they stole game one.

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Re: NBA Playoffs
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2018, 08:38:58 PM »

Cavs take game 2 in Jurassic Park, edging out the Raptors 128-110. 

Cleveland heads home up 2-0 in the series. 

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Re: NBA Playoffs
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2018, 12:51:58 AM »
Lebron was insane last night. He and Love were causing so many mismatches, Toronto looks totally outclassed.
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Re: NBA Playoffs
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2018, 11:40:13 AM »
We are now half-way through the first meaningful series of the NBA season and the #2 seeds are dominating.  They are both up 2-0 on their #3 and #6 opponents.  

The #1 seeds, oddly, are struggling.  East #1 Toronto lost twice at home to Cleveland and at this point they will be lucky to even get back to Toronto.  West and overall #1 seed Houston went only 1-1 against #5 seed Utah at home and now heads to Utah needing to steal a road win sometime during this series.  

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Re: NBA Playoffs
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2018, 11:31:42 PM »
Has there ever been a player, in any sport, to more fully love up to every bit of the hype than LeBron?

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Re: NBA Playoffs
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2018, 01:56:56 AM »
Conference semis hype?  

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