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2016 NBA Playoffs Thread

Old 04-27-16, 11:33 AM
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I don't really care about the Clippers, but I feel sorry for their long-suffering fans who see this window closing.
I hope you feel the same for Cleveland. We're starving over here.
Old 04-27-16, 11:35 AM
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It will be very interesting to see what the Clips do in the off-season. Clearly this current line-up has issues, even without the injuries.

Currently I'm hoping the Warriors can pull off getting back to the finals so we can have the rematch that at least I have been waiting for all year.
The Warriors and Spurs terrify me as a Cavs fan. Not to assume we will make the Finals. But we were 2 wins away from having it all.

We'll see.
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Pacers blew it big time last night, apparently playing as if the game was only 3 quarters long.
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Originally Posted by VitiminJ View Post
I hope you feel the same for Cleveland. We're starving over here.
I assume the overall feeling is that the Cavs have seen the finals quite a bit during the last decade or so. (when Lebron has been on the team). Have the Clippers ever made the finals?

Originally Posted by VitiminJ View Post
The Warriors and Spurs terrify me as a Cavs fan. Not to assume we will make the Finals. But we were 2 wins away from having it all.

We'll see.
They certainly are all, elite level teams. Short of injuries like the Clippers had just happen to them, I think it's a safe bet the Cavs will represent the East.

Had the Cavs been full strength last year I think it would have been a toss up on who won that series. Which is why I would be so psyched to see a rematch.
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The Clippers, like Chris Paul, have never even sniffed the conference finals. They have only been over .500 eleven times (once they were exactly .500) and that includes the last five years. The franchise has been around since 1970 (though I certainly wasn't a fan then).

But at least we get to see a lot of Blake and Paul the rest of these playoffs... In their never ending commercials.
Old 04-27-16, 09:56 PM
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Not sure what you're talking about. Cleveland was the far more talented team and three of the games in the series were winnable by Detroit up until the last few minutes where their inexperience and mistakes took over. Cleveland is at full strength and should be blowing out teams like this. The fact that they needed till the last two minutes of multiple games in a series against the team with the least playoff experience should have them worried.
I don't think my point got across very well. I was commenting mainly on I don't think the East is showing itself as that it's an overly strong conference. I think Cleveland is far and away the best there, while in the west there is (was before the injuries) 4 solid teams left. My main reason for posting it was all the NBA "experts" said the East was back this season and I don't see it, Cleveland excluded. Entirely JMO.
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I don't think my point got across very well. I was commenting mainly on I don't think the East is showing itself as that it's an overly strong conference. I think Cleveland is far and away the best there, while in the west there is (was before the injuries) 4 solid teams left. My main reason for posting it was all the NBA "experts" said the East was back this season and I don't see it, Cleveland excluded. Entirely JMO.
I don't think the 'East is Back" per say but I do think the middle of the pack teams are better in the East then they have been the last 10-15 years and the West is more top heavy then it was and the bottom 3-4 playof spots in the West has cratered . Whereas in the past few years even the 7-8 teams in the West were probably better then all the Non Lebron teams. I do think Memphis,Dallas and Houston would get beaten by most of the teams in the East and only have a chance against the bottom tier east teams.
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Happy to see the Rockets go down miserably, even against a Curry less Warriors team.
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Who said the Leastern conference was "back?" The Raptors were only a game behind Cleveland but nobody expects them to do anything, similar to Atlanta last year. I guess it's deeper because I fully expected the Wizards and Bulls to make it in and they didn't. This isn't a measure of much, but I don't think you can even find a team past Cleveland with two superstars (though Miami probably comes closest)
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I don't think the 'East is Back" per say but I do think the middle of the pack teams are better in the East then they have been the last 10-15 years and the West is more top heavy then it was and the bottom 3-4 playof spots in the West has cratered . Whereas in the past few years even the 7-8 teams in the West were probably better then all the Non Lebron teams. I do think Memphis,Dallas and Houston would get beaten by most of the teams in the East and only have a chance against the bottom tier east teams.
I totally agree with this. The huge drop off between the 4-5 top tier teams and the also rans (East or West) keeps me from really missing the NBA too much here in the Seattle area. I doubt I would watch most of the regular season games anyway. And if I'm only going to watch the Conference Finals and Finals, it doesn't really matter if Seattle has a team or not.
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When has the NBA ever not been top heavy though?
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When has the NBA ever not been top heavy though?
If one looks further than who actually won the championship, there used to be a bigger field of teams than made the Conference Championship round and the Finals.
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I thought fujishig's point was that there are usually a few whipping boys in the playoffs.
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Who said the Leastern conference was "back?" The Raptors were only a game behind Cleveland but nobody expects them to do anything, similar to Atlanta last year. I guess it's deeper because I fully expected the Wizards and Bulls to make it in and they didn't. This isn't a measure of much, but I don't think you can even find a team past Cleveland with two superstars (though Miami probably comes closest)
This was exactly my point. If I'm the number one seed as Golden State do I fear playing the #2 west seed San Antonio or the almighty #2 east seed Toronto more? Nobody from the west would be worried about playing Toronto, Miami, etc.

I know the sports channels want to drum up excitement, but I haven't seen anything exciting from the East conference other than the Cavs. Even with that, I think a healthy Warriors or Spurs teams beats the Cavs in 5. Probably even the Thunder wins in 7. Clippers are done due to injury.
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It came up earlier in the middle of the season that the Eastern Conference playoff teams records weren't nearly as atrocious as they have been in the past, and we discussed it a little bit here. Nothing's really changed from most of the opinions at that time though - the middle of the pack might have evened out a little bit in both conferences, but it has been a 3 horse race all season - Cavs, Warriors, and Spurs. Hasn't changed a bit.
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Waiting for the Spurs and Thunder like:

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I wonder if Dwayne Wade or Gabrielle Union are going to bitch about the no call on Kemba Walker at the end of the game? Cause it was pretty clear that the refs missed a foul on Wade too that sealed the victory for the Heat.
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The Spurs handled the Thunder and "superstar" Russell Westbrook pretty easily in Game 1. Too bad, I was looking forward to a competive series.
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I hope the Thunder make things a little more interesting to that, I certainly thought they would put up some sort of fight.
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There's a nervous energy here in Toronto for Game 7 tonight! I wonder what Masai Ujiri will do if they do end up losing...
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Go Pacers!
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The Spurs handled the Thunder and "superstar" Russell Westbrook pretty easily in Game 1. Too bad, I was looking forward to a competive series.
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I hope the Thunder make things a little more interesting to that, I certainly thought they would put up some sort of fight.
As a Spurs fan I can't get too excited yet, because the last two times these teams met in the playoffs the Spurs dominated the Thunder in games 1 and 2 only to see the Thunder return the favor in games 3 and 4.
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I was hoping the Hornets would win. Oh well
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These Blazers are quite a scrappy bunch.
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I was hoping the Hornets would win. Oh well
Hornets fans should blame purple shirt guy for waking a sleeping giant


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