Thread: NBA Starts Tonight!

dadof2 - 10/17/2017 at 05:09 PM

yes, all of you hard core hoopsters,it's early, but that time of year again.

i know-the games are meaningless to some, but if you love the NBA,it's been a GREAT summer with lots to look forward to...

so many storylines:

the OKC big three plus Adams?
Will Chris Paul make any difference to the inevitable outcome?
Jimmy,Wiggins & KAT & the Timberwolves?
The Knicks-Porzingis?
Lonzo?
The Cavs-Lebron MVP? Rose,Wade,Green,Crowder,Thomas?
Kyrie?
Celts?
GS will win it all?-(unless some disaster, injury,etc.)-everyone believes they'll repeat.

much more for sure....should be FUN


Stephen - 10/18/2017 at 12:35 AM

Bad looking ankle injury -- hopefully Hayward recovers fully -- let's go Celts


robslob - 10/18/2017 at 01:25 AM

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GS will win it all?-(unless some disaster, injury,etc.)


I agree with you. Just thought I'd mention though, not that I think it will make a HUGE difference, but the injury bug has already hit: Andre Igoudala will miss the opener tonight vs. Houston because of back spasms. Andre is a great player and first man off the bench but Warriors are SO incredibly deep........I just don't see it effecting them much...........could in the long term, though.


jszfunk - 10/18/2017 at 11:18 AM

Feel bad for Gordon
This is a video of the Duke vs Butler championship game 2010. Its the last two mins and Bulter almost pulls it off. Heartbreaking shot off the rim
https://youtu.be/SB00wfyuQjY


Might be easier for the Cav's now.

GS losing on the night they receive they're championship rings. Kerr has some words for them after the game. Unless something weird happens , it is probably theirs to lose.

I am not sure I buy the whol big three thing in OKC. It's Russell's ball, Melo will want his touches and George will be the odd man at most of the times. Could be wrong though. George wanted to be the man here in Indiana but could not deliver on a full time basis.


dadof2 - 10/18/2017 at 12:08 PM

sad Gordon got hurt.

great, competitive first night, albeit sloppy as expected early in season.

just a quick word to reaffirm my great respect for the outstanding coaching of Brad Stephens.IMO he's third best coach in NBA after Pops & Kerr.


Wis608 - 10/18/2017 at 12:16 PM

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sad Gordon got hurt.

great, competitive first night, albeit sloppy as expected early in season.

just a quick word to reaffirm my great respect for the outstanding coaching of Brad Stephens.IMO he's third best coach in NBA after Pops & Kerr.


Pops yeah, Kerr I am not sure I would put him there quite yet. Stephens is definitely one of the better(top) coaches in the league.


griff - 10/18/2017 at 12:18 PM

I flipped over just in time to see Lebron "drive" down the middle.
I counted three offensive fouls plus a possible travel at the end.
Switched back to hockey and baseball.


matt05 - 10/18/2017 at 12:27 PM

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I flipped over just in time to see Lebron "drive" down the middle.
I counted three offensive fouls plus a possible travel at the end.
Switched back to hockey and baseball.


lol i actually saw that. it was a travel and 1 offensive foul


robslob - 10/18/2017 at 02:28 PM

I say this loss could possibly be the best thing that could happen to the Warriors. They looked to me like they thought the game was over in the middle of the 4th quarter. As my buddy Don said, Draymond being on the sidelines was huge.............he would not have allowed that collapse. He may be right. His injury did not look serious but we'll know more today.

The Warriors looked to me like they may have been reading their own headlines a little too much. This should be a huge wake-up call: No matter how high scoring your team is, you are playing a good team that can score too and unless you dig in on the defensive end, you are going to get beat. And I'll bet they heard a LOT of that from Steve Kerr last night after the game.

Don't forget The Spurs gave them a HUGE wake-up call last year in the opener, also in Oakland, beat them by 29 points. You know what happened after that...........




[Edited on 10/18/2017 by robslob]


porkchopbob - 10/20/2017 at 08:10 PM

Long-time NBA fans should dig this - the Bucks are getting their old MECCA floor back for one night!

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/21089528/milwaukee-bucks-play-mecca-repl ica-court-oct-26


jszfunk - 10/22/2017 at 12:22 AM

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Long-time NBA fans should dig this - the Bucks are getting their old MECCA floor back for one night!

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/21089528/milwaukee-bucks-play-mecca-repl ica-court-oct-26




That is sweet!!!!
Part of my life as a child I grew up in Wisconsin and hold a special place in my heart for the pro teams in that state. I bought an old school Bucks t shirt this summer.


jszfunk - 10/24/2017 at 10:37 AM

http://www.nba.com/article/2017/10/23/giannis-antetokounmpos-onslaught-cont inues#/


Onslaught of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo continues



Just how hot has Giannis Antetokounmpo been to start the 2017-18 season?

The Greek Freak's 32 points against the Hornets on Monday marked his worst outing yet.

It was still just enough to give him a remarkable if esoteric achievement: a franchise-record 147 points through four games, one more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recorded in 1969.

Combined with his usual all-around impact -- season-high 14 rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks -- and it was yet another masterpiece for the blossoming young superstar.

If it's too early to start talking about the Kia MVP award, let's just say that whenever that time does come, Antetokounmpo will be No. 1 with a bullet barring a drop-off that, so far, seems almost impossible.

Monday's outing was another edition of Antetokounmpo's special brand of jaw-dropping, long-limbed bully ball. In a league that continues to emphasize outside shooting, just four of his 21 shots came outside the restricted area, and only one outside the paint. Despite that one-dimensionality, the Hornets -- like the Celtics, Cavs and Blazers before them -- were powerless to stop him as he converted 13 shots and drew eight free throws.

If not quite as spectacularly as Saturday's win over Portland, which he sealed with a steal, slam and blocked shot in the final 12.1 seconds, Antetokounmpo saved his best for last against the Hornets.

He dominated the fourth, scoring 11 points with six rebounds and a pair of blocks. His lone assist in the period set up Khris Middleton for the biggest shot of the game, a 3-pointer that put the Bucks up five with 43 seconds left.

Antetokounmpo is now averaging 36.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists, joining Russell Westbrook as the only players to reach those thresholds through four games.

That represents just five percent of the marathon that is an NBA season. While that's plenty of time for Antetokounmpo to cool off, it's also 78 more opportunities to blow our collective minds.


BIGV - 10/25/2017 at 07:15 AM

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I flipped over just in time to see Lebron "drive" down the middle.
I counted three offensive fouls plus a possible travel at the end.
Switched back to hockey and baseball.


lol i actually saw that. it was a travel and 1 offensive foul


Four steps or five?


matt05 - 10/25/2017 at 10:17 AM

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I flipped over just in time to see Lebron "drive" down the middle.
I counted three offensive fouls plus a possible travel at the end.
Switched back to hockey and baseball.


lol i actually saw that. it was a travel and 1 offensive foul


Four steps or five?



hard to tell as the nba now has "the gather step" which didn't exist before a few years ago so I am not sure exactly when the rules now state he has to stop moving his feet. I saw at least 4 steps though which is still more than allowed


dadof2 - 10/25/2017 at 01:41 PM

gotta give the celts a lot of credit for how they are playing since the big injury...their young players are excellent and coach stephens,as always, is doing a brilliant job...

my knicks,on the other hand....ugh...never knew Kantor was such a good rebounder, improving on defense,& superb scorer...Kristaps played well for 2 games, horribly last night...the team is awful.

nets are early surprise..Great Coaching!

season off to fun start...


kevdab - 10/25/2017 at 02:44 PM

The Celt's are playing good. I love that Tatum and Brown are playing and playing well. I'd like to see Irving assert himself as bit more. There are going to be games that he will need to take over (a la IT last year.) The future looks good.
I think Philly will be another team on the rise too. It will be great to see the Boston / Philly rivalry get going again.


dadof2 - 10/26/2017 at 10:19 PM

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The Celt's are playing good. I love that Tatum and Brown are playing and playing well. I'd like to see Irving assert himself as bit more. There are going to be games that he will need to take over (a la IT last year.) The future looks good.
I think Philly will be another team on the rise too. It will be great to see the Boston / Philly rivalry get going again.


interested to see if celts can contain giants tonight.

philly is tough-if they can stay on the court.

what's the deal with their rookie?


shep66 - 10/27/2017 at 01:09 AM

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The Celt's are playing good. I love that Tatum and Brown are playing and playing well. I'd like to see Irving assert himself as bit more. There are going to be games that he will need to take over (a la IT last year.) The future looks good.
I think Philly will be another team on the rise too. It will be great to see the Boston / Philly rivalry get going again.


interested to see if celts can contain giants tonight.

philly is tough-if they can stay on the court.

what's the deal with their rookie?


According to the "process" they only need to lose the next 60 or so games to draft the next slug that they can give a rediculous contract to.


jszfunk - 10/27/2017 at 11:11 AM

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The Celt's are playing good. I love that Tatum and Brown are playing and playing well. I'd like to see Irving assert himself as bit more. There are going to be games that he will need to take over (a la IT last year.) The future looks good.
I think Philly will be another team on the rise too. It will be great to see the Boston / Philly rivalry get going again.


interested to see if celts can contain giants tonight.

philly is tough-if they can stay on the court.

what's the deal with their rookie?


According to the "process" they only need to lose the next 60 or so games to draft the next slug that they can give a rediculous contract to.


HA!! Sad, but true.


Stephen - 10/29/2017 at 10:47 PM

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philly is tough-if they can stay on the court.

what's the deal with their rookie?


According to the "process" they only need to lose the next 60 or so games to draft the next slug that they can give a rediculous contract to.


HA!! Sad, but true.


Indeed -- Fultz' injury is worse than they thought (what a shock) - now he's out indefinitely
is there any team ever which has gotten more stiffed with their draft picks than Phila -- doesn't seem so


jszfunk - 11/2/2017 at 11:33 AM

Go Pacers!!

Nice win at Cleveland last night and beating the Spurs on Sunday with a win against the Kings on Monday.


Its a long season , and this is a young team, so we shall see. It gives Indiana people something to cheer about since the football team is circling the drain.

Cleveland seems to be struggling now. Like I said ,its still early and Boston is off to a great start.


Stephen - 11/7/2017 at 11:02 PM

pleasantly surprised so far -- our 2 draft picks, Jaylen & Jayson, are playing beyond their rookie years -- rather than than trying to orchestrate everything as I thought he might, Kyrie has blended in -- Semi has been big off the bench -- great early stuff -- rivalry nite tmrw, Celts-Lakiz, Bruins-Rangiz

Gordon is in a walking boot & on schedule so far back to what is expcted to be a full recovery
Isaiah Thomas is on the floor shooting, nothing more recent
Isaiah's year last year -- coming on the heels of David Ortiz's unbelievable farewell campaign -- both were 2 seasons that come along rarely

AB (Detroit) & Kelly O (Miami) playing good -- we have forward M. Morris, if he comes up big that's big for us -- let's go Celts -- hoping Gordon & IT recover fully


Stephen - 11/7/2017 at 11:28 PM

Suddenly, Kristaps
Kristaps-Kanter combo could kickstart NYK -- it's still early

but Finally -- after 3-4 years -- heralded top draft picks are healthy (2 of them, Embiid/Simmons), & PHILA could climb outta cellah this yee-ah, based on early projections --
their other top-pick saviors from over the years, Nerlens Noel & Michael Carter-Williams, are in limbo elsewhere -- now it's their current guy, M.Fultz -- he's expected to make his debut this month sometime, They Think

Cleve's & OKC's Heralded Big 3's have yet to gel
MN's has
Theirs & NO's -- they have many guards, like Jameer Nelson, Jrue Holiday etc -- who would love to be part of that Big 3 keying NO Pels' run to top of wstrn conf --
but they have the best chance of doing that w/RAJON --

Headspace-wise , he & DeMarcus didn't have in Sac, the foil they have in NO in Anthony Davis -- now the 2 mercurial/controversial players have that -- the great Rajon Rondo also expected back this month

they're a team that could go off -- double-doubles, & one of RR's triple doubles -- that'd be a first -- heck they even have former longtime Celtic/Memphis TONY ALLEN, he & Rajon could cook up some of that magic from the Celtics days of Kendrick Perkins, Leon Powe, Glen Big Baby Davis, their then-big 3 etc....


[Edited on 11/8/2017 by Stephen]


matt05 - 11/8/2017 at 04:51 AM

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pleasantly surprised so far -- our 2 draft picks, Jaylen & Jayson, are playing beyond their rookie years -- rather than than trying to orchestrate everything as I thought he might, Kyrie has blended in -- Semi has been big off the bench -- great early stuff -- rivalry nite tmrw, Celts-Lakiz, Bruins-Rangiz

Gordon is in a walking boot & on schedule so far back to what is expcted to be a full recovery
Isaiah Thomas is on the floor shooting, nothing more recent
Isaiah's year last year -- coming on the heels of David Ortiz's unbelievable farewell campaign -- both were 2 seasons that come along rarely

AB (Detroit) & Kelly O (Miami) playing good -- we have forward M. Morris, if he comes up big that's big for us -- let's go Celts -- hoping Gordon & IT recover fully



I truly hope jaylen brown is playing well beyond that of a rookie since jaylen was on the team last year. the Celtics rookies are tatum, semi, jabari bird and kadeem allen. they also have 2 more players that this is their first year playing games with the Celtics but were not drafted this past summer


Stephen - 11/8/2017 at 03:36 PM

Jaylen drew rookie minutes last year during the learning curve, then w/Hayward's injury his role became much more important & he's stepped right up to it -- he's essentially a 1st-year guy in there playing really good, But It's Certainly Early --
thanks for the lowdown, hadn't known that -- welcome aboard, fellow Boston fan!!

Magic's 1st full year running the show w/the great Lonzo (yawn) in town etc -- let's go Celts
Phila beat Utah w/out Embiid last night -- Jazz as always impossible to figure
RR must look at NO's box score from last night & be going, Watta blast this is gonna be...
MN at GSW a good early-season one tonite, Jimmy Butler currently featured on ESPN


dadof2 - 11/8/2017 at 05:16 PM

knicks are looking surprisingly good-hustling on defense and running a great offense centered around porzingis.

porzingis spent the summer doing the necessary strength,balancing and footwork that is improving his game in a big way.he's been incredible-an early mvp candidate.

hornacek is doing a fantastic job as well.

go knicks!

https://sports.yahoo.com/kristaps-porzingis-just-keeps-happening-knicks-get ting-fun-070906949.html





[Edited on 11/8/2017 by dadof2]


Stephen - 11/10/2017 at 03:32 PM

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Isaiah's year last year -- coming on the heels of David Ortiz's unbelievable farewell campaign -- both were 2 seasons that come along rarely



Russell Westbrook's has to be mentioned just as readily, almost Averaging A Triple Double while winning MVP
that's what's tough for a player like him -- he has to give up some of that game to accommodate the new scheme -- sucks for fans who want to see this brillant player at his full potential --
growing concern among OKC fans if trying the "big 3" concept was wise -- but a good wknd ahead, At Home tonite w/depleted LAC, & Sunday w/Dallas (2-10)
We're also getting dinged up with Jayson (ankle) and Al (protocol) -- let's go Celts


[Edited on 11/10/2017 by Stephen]


jszfunk - 11/10/2017 at 04:57 PM

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Isaiah's year last year -- coming on the heels of David Ortiz's unbelievable farewell campaign -- both were 2 seasons that come along rarely



Russell Westbrook's has to be mentioned just as readily, almost Averaging A Triple Double while winning MVP
that's what's tough for a player like him -- he has to give up some of that game to accommodate the new scheme -- sucks for fans who want to see this brillant player at his full potential --
growing concern over OKC fans if trying the "big 3" concept was wise -- they're at home playing depleted LAC tonite, thunderous 1-sided win in store

We're also getting dinged up with Jayson (ankle) and Al (protocol) -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 11/10/2017 by Stephen]


OKC is 4-7 and I don't think they have beat a Western conference team yet.


robslob - 11/10/2017 at 05:01 PM

Warriors had Minnesota at home Wednesday night. They are starting to gel.............played this game without Durant.............with this roster sure didn't matter. Some were looking forward to this matchup as Wolves are an up and comer with Wiggins, Anthony-Townes and now Jimmy Butler. Warriors did their third quarter terrorization of Minnesota which has been SO common over the last three years...........game looks close until halftime..........then it's ALL over by midway through the third. The team of the last three years is starting to re-appear.

Houston cleaned Cavs clock last night in Houston.............triple double for Harden..........he's on another level..............Cavs look to be in serious trouble..........no one really stands out right now other than LeBron...........loss of Irving seems to really hurt them but many predicted that it would.

Is Boston the team to beat in the East? It's way early, but right now it's looking that way.



[Edited on 11/10/2017 by robslob]


kevdab - 11/12/2017 at 12:09 PM

The Celtics are looking like they could make some noise this year. Their bench players have stepped up. Tatum and Brown are ahead of where I thought they would be. Kyrie Irving, well, he's a top eight player in the league. Good coaching from Brad Stevens.
It's a long season, but so far it's been great. GO CELTICS.


dadof2 - 11/12/2017 at 02:51 PM

gotta get some love for Kristaps Porzingis-a legit star-if he can stay healthy he has unlimited potential.

His timing, defense,footwork,shooting,ballhandling...whew...all at 7' 3"

my Knicks finally have something to cheer for-Jeff Hornaceck is doing an excellent job, finally freed from Phil's triangle lunacy.


Stephen - 11/13/2017 at 03:55 PM

He's playing fantastic -- a Rik Smits/Andrei Kirilenko hybrid -- playing the way I always thought AK would in Utah -- struggles ahead for Jazz w/no Rudy
their game tonite w/Cleve will tell much -- w/Joaquin Noah back in uniform? Still no definite word on IT

Terry Rozier has become a crucial part of the rotation now too -- the picks we've had are really stepping into it -- Shane Larkin playing good minutes
nope I was all wrong coming into season -- didn't think all the trades would work in our favor, but they sure have, & as kevdab said -- Kyrie is the man -- he's fit in better & faster than I thought -- a shot like that to the chops, Ouch

same thing AB in Detroit, he's fit right in & Pistons playing like their Ft. Wayne days

Suddenly, it's Paul George's team -- they played great, Melo sat out last night -- they & Cleve will get going soon (Cavs starting tonight? ) -- gotta feeling Melo's minutes going to decrease -- Adams also missed last nite for OKC

still watching my other big 3s, MN, & NO-when-Rondo-arrivo

Celts Have Been Amazing, Keep It Going Boys!


[Edited on 11/13/2017 by Stephen]


Stephen - 11/13/2017 at 09:59 PM

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Is Boston the team to beat in the East? It's way early, but right now it's looking that way.




We'll find out Thursday
(at this early time of season)
Kyrie fitted w/facemask, unsure if making Brooklyn trip

First sentence in today's Celtics Notebook section:
"At 21 years old and only in his second NBA season, Jaylen Brown is still in the rudimentary stages of everything."
That's kinda what I was referring to in that 11/7 post -- he D'd up big-time contesting DeRozan's last shot
another headline reads "Somehow Streak At A Dozen"
it's amazing & awesome what Celts are doing -- Theis has stepped up -- GSW as usual playing really good


jszfunk - 11/14/2017 at 12:37 PM

[quote

Celts Have Been Amazing, Keep It Going Boys!


[Edited on 11/13/2017 by Stephen]




I guess it just takes a coach from Indiana, huh?!


dadof2 - 11/14/2017 at 07:26 PM

An amazingly fun night in the Garden last night...despite the intense defensive focus on KP,Kanter,Lee, and Hardaway were excellent almost toppling the Cavs.

Lebron became a 4th qtr. assist machine and Korver went off...they scored 43 in the 4th and squeaked by the Knicks.

Something is definitely starting to happen for NY hoops...it's been a long time!

Caves look awful and need some defense in general and some interior help.


Stephen - 11/14/2017 at 11:14 PM

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Jazz as always impossible to figure



Not so much now with the Stifle Tower out for awhile
that's the perfect nickname for Rudy -- get back quick big guy
Kristaps/Kanter will have field day on Thursday -- MN did last night also
After countless dormant years, Sixiz are back & for real
also Thurs, Kyrie will play against GS -- let's go Celts, watta team

[Edited on 11/15/2017 by Stephen]


Stephen - 11/15/2017 at 03:28 PM

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Kristaps/Kanter will have field day on Thursday -- MN did last night also
also Thurs, Kyrie will play against GS

[Edited on 11/15/2017 by Stephen]


make that tonight swifty
Kyrie played, our starters accounted for all but seven points last night
yet our MVP was probably Marcus Smart -- forget 6th man voting now, he's it hands down
we have a super-interesting amazing team so far -- this early-season game will be a Funner (That's the Thurs. one)

another home feast To-Night for John Ringo, I mean Paul George & OKC, & what in the name of Luc Longley is w/da Bulls

He's On The Floor -- someone ahead of him will have to sit (or injury) for RR to get his chance w/DMC & AD for NOP -- if chemis-try among That 3 it's new-age space-age hoops to who knows where & beyond, real zany


[Edited on 11/15/2017 by Stephen]


jszfunk - 11/16/2017 at 11:31 AM

Joel Embiid pours in career-high 46 points as Sixers sink Lakers


http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/sixers-lakers-score-game-joel-em biid-ben-simmons-lonzo-ball-recap-20171116.html

LOS ANGELES — It was Joel Embiid Career Night at the Staples Center.



The center finished with career highs of 46 points, seven assists and seven blocks Wednesday night in a 115-109 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Embiid also had career highs in made field goals (14), made free throws (16) and free throw attempts (19). He added 15 rebounds to finish with second straight double-double, his sixth of the season. Embiid tied his season-low for turnovers with just two. He averages 4.4 per game.


“I was just playing basketball basically,” Embiid said of being in a groove. “They just kept throwing the ball to me in the post. And I kept finding new ways to score the ball and I went to the free-throw line. That’s where I was best at last year. I felt like today I did a great job.”

The 7-foot-2, 282-pounder fouled Lakers reserve post player Julie Randle with 24.8 seconds left.

“And with me using different moves and attacking them, they didn’t really know what to do,” Embiid said.


The Eurostep and Hakeem Olajuwan’s ‘Dream Shake’ were two of the many moves he used to score against the Lakers.

In the process, he was first player in NBA history with at least 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven blocks and seven assists in a game. He was first Sixer to score at least 40 since Allen Iverson had 45 in 2006.




“I wish I could have had a quadruple-double with blocks, shoutout [Miami Heat center] Hassan Whiteside,” Embiid said. “But like I said, I just went out there and played basketball and played the right way.

“I wasn’t forcing nothing, Playing with my teammates, passing the ball.”

The two turnovers was the thing he was most happy about tonight.

Teammate Ben Simmons also had a solid game. The point guard finished with 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season. He was one rebound shy of his third triple-double.

The victory improved the Sixers to 8-6 as they won for the seventh time in the last nine games. They are on their best start through 14 games since the 2012-13 season when the Sixers also went 8-6.

Nineteen of Embiid’s points came in the fourth quarter of this close game. With the Sixers down one, he converted a three-point play to put the Sixers ahead 103-101 with a little over four minutes to play.

Simmons followed that with a 10-foot jumper on the ensuing possession. After the Lakers pulled within one point, Embiid made a pair of foul shots to give the Sixers a 107-104 lead with 2 minutes, 52 seconds remaining.

The Sixers opened up an eight-point cushion (112-104) after three-pointer by Robert Covington and a jumper by JJ Redick.

The Lakers pulled within four points with 46.5 seconds left. However, Embiid scored a layup with 26.1 seconds remaining to make it a 114-108 game.

“He’s a beast,” Simmons said. “He’s been doing really well [and] he’s been getting better every game. We’re getting better playing together.”

This game featured the much-anticipated matchup between Simmons and the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball.

The point guards came into the season at the leading candidates to win rookie of the year. Simmons has since separated himself from Ball, who has been struggling.

This game was a one-sided battle, as Ball failed to live up the hype.

He struggled from the field, finishing with two points on 1-for-9 shooting. The 6-foot-6, 190-pounder missed all six of his three-point attempts. He was benched in fourth quarter for the second consecutive game.

Brandon Ingram led the Lakers (6-9) with 26 points and 11 rebounds.


DanB - 11/16/2017 at 11:48 AM

I finally have a reason to watch the Sixers again. It's been brutal


dadof2 - 11/16/2017 at 12:31 PM




Kristaps/Kanter will have field day on Thursday -- MN did last night also

After countless dormant years, Sixiz are back & for real



wasn't as easy as hoped for-jazz defense was pretty good and knicks were a bit off defensively-luckily Hardaway had another great 4th qtr.

sixers-EMBILD/SIMMONS=this combination of talent is incredible-what a joy to watch.pretty good supporting cast as well.

Lonzo will be a good player eventually, but he's clearly struggling..and far from Magic's fantasy that Lonzo will be "the face of the franchise"


robslob - 11/16/2017 at 05:40 PM

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This game featured the much-anticipated matchup between Simmons and the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball.

The point guards came into the season at the leading candidates to win rookie of the year. Simmons has since separated himself from Ball, who has been struggling.

This game was a one-sided battle, as Ball failed to live up the hype.


I heard an announcer say the other night that Lonzo Ball is shooting under 30% both from the field and from the three point line. Wow is all I can say. It's early, and Kobe Bryant had some mighty struggles his rookie season as well when he was only 18. That said, there is HUGE pressure on Ball, a lot of it from his jerk Father who has made statements like "He is better than Steph Curry". Mmmmm........under 30%..........you look awful foolish right now Daddy.........


robslob - 11/17/2017 at 04:24 AM

Congrats Stephen and all other Celts fans hanging here.

I was very, very impressed by Boston tonight. It looked like The Warriors had this game in the bag in the first half. Celts proved they not only have a ton of talent, they have a ton of heart. They wanted this one BAD. Hey, not sending out a Warriors death knell just yet. It's one game. But it was a big, big win for Boston. They proved something tonight: Even with Hayward out, they are NO joke!

Long way to go folks, and once Cleveland gets some of their players back they could still be a force to be reckoned with.


matt05 - 11/17/2017 at 06:13 AM

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This game featured the much-anticipated matchup between Simmons and the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball.

The point guards came into the season at the leading candidates to win rookie of the year. Simmons has since separated himself from Ball, who has been struggling.

This game was a one-sided battle, as Ball failed to live up the hype.


I heard an announcer say the other night that Lonzo Ball is shooting under 30% both from the field and from the three point line. Wow is all I can say. It's early, and Kobe Bryant had some mighty struggles his rookie season as well when he was only 18. That said, there is HUGE pressure on Ball, a lot of it from his jerk Father who has made statements like "He is better than Steph Curry". Mmmmm........under 30%..........you look awful foolish right now Daddy.........



to show how bad it is. i saw ben simmons could miss 90 of his next 100 shots and still have a better shooting percentage than lonzo ball does at this moment


jszfunk - 11/17/2017 at 11:58 AM

Hats off to Brad Stevens. For the majority the NBA is players leagues ,where I think the coaches are interchangeable/expandable except for a few that make a difference, and Brad does. Losing GH I thought might hurt them , but they are playing great ball. It will be interesting once he comes back(next year I assume?) on how the rotation pans out and the whole team responds. I am sure they will be fine do to their coach.

Its a shame he did not stay at Butler, but hey, what do you do when you receive that offer?!?!

I like this quote from Danny Ainge about what he said during the 2010 NCCA finals between duke and butler.

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/sports/basketball/celtics-brad-stevens-e nters-sophomore-year-learning-as-he-goes.html



Minutes before the championship game of the 2010 N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament, the coaches of the two finalists, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Brad Stevens of Butler, gathered for the ritual handshake.

Sitting in the stands, Stephen Pagliuca, an owner of the Boston Celtics and an admirer of the Blue Devils, said, “There is the best coach in college basketball.”

Sitting next to Pagliuca was Danny Ainge, the general manager of the Celtics. He remembered turning to Pagliuca and saying: “You’re right. Brad Stevens is the best coach in college basketball.”

And that, Pagliuca recalled, was the first time he heard Ainge mention the name of the individual who is now the Celtics’ head coach.

“I was only trying to bust Steve a little,” Ainge said recently. “But I’d seen a lot of Brad over the years, and I was impressed by his coaching and by the way his teams played. I meant what I said.”









dadof2 - 11/17/2017 at 02:57 PM

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Hats off to Brad Stevens. For the majority the NBA is players leagues ,where I think the coaches are interchangeable/expandable except for a few that make a difference, and Brad does. Losing GH I thought might hurt them , but they are playing great ball. It will be interesting once he comes back(next year I assume?) on how the rotation pans out and the whole team responds. I am sure they will be fine do to their coach.

Its a shame he did not stay at Butler, but hey, what do you do when you receive that offer?!?!

I like this quote from Danny Ainge about what he said during the 2010 NCCA finals between duke and butler.

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/sports/basketball/celtics-brad-stevens-e nters-sophomore-year-learning-as-he-goes.html



Minutes before the championship game of the 2010 N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament, the coaches of the two finalists, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Brad Stevens of Butler, gathered for the ritual handshake.

Sitting in the stands, Stephen Pagliuca, an owner of the Boston Celtics and an admirer of the Blue Devils, said, “There is the best coach in college basketball.”

Sitting next to Pagliuca was Danny Ainge, the general manager of the Celtics. He remembered turning to Pagliuca and saying: “You’re right. Brad Stevens is the best coach in college basketball.”

And that, Pagliuca recalled, was the first time he heard Ainge mention the name of the individual who is now the Celtics’ head coach.

“I was only trying to bust Steve a little,” Ainge said recently. “But I’d seen a lot of Brad over the years, and I was impressed by his coaching and by the way his teams played. I meant what I said.”








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absolutely...Pops,Kerr,Brad Stephens(& yes, others are excellent-there are some really great NBA coaches)-those three are the elite coaches in the NBA.

Last night's game was truly excellent...Celts have talent & chemistry & i was surprised at the poor play by GS in the final minutes...blame the refs all you want-the Warriors shot themselves out of the game-live by 3 die by 3-yup,that's their game...but,a few layups, strong drives inside, even some post ups might have helped...nothing sinful about winning games with 2 pointers.


Stephen - 11/17/2017 at 03:25 PM

Thanks robslob et al -- nope the boys kept their composure down the stretch & played fantastic -- totally didn't foresee this level of play early on in season -- warriyz as dadof2 pointed out like to hoist the 3s -- Kyrie threw up that one from the parking lot in the final minutes that missed, but make no mistake -- he's been tremendous as was readily evident last night

looks indeed like it can be sustained -- the boys didn't have the look of a club playing over its head, or "overachieving" last night

all the best, that was top shelf hoops


Stephen - 11/17/2017 at 05:42 PM

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Celts Have Been Amazing, Keep It Going Boys!




I guess it just takes a coach from Indiana, huh?!


that hoosier pedigree -- Tommy Heinsohn, who knows a thing or two about these things, has said how impressed Red would be with coach Stevens too

They should play that game tonite in Ft. Wayne -- That'd be a real hoosier-fest -- Pistons played there from 1941-57 -- Larry-less Pacers looking to re-establish

keep humble & rock on Celts, what a treat so far


jszfunk - 11/17/2017 at 06:08 PM

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Celts Have Been Amazing, Keep It Going Boys!




I guess it just takes a coach from Indiana, huh?!


that hoosier pedigree -- Tommy Heinsohn, who knows a thing or two about these things, has said how impressed Red would be with coach Stevens too

They should play that game tonite in Ft. Wayne -- That'd be a real hoosier-fest -- Pistons played there from 1941-57 -- Larry-less Pacers looking to re-establish

keep humble & rock on Celts, what a treat so far


I grew up just about 20 mins north of Ft Wayne.
Some of my older relatives use to watch the Zollner Pistons play.



Stephen - 11/18/2017 at 03:48 PM

Too cool bro -- the Zollner Pistons -- their mascot, The Bomb -- story in today's paper was about a robot just like the Big Z, Doing BackFlips & Stuff, Outta Control --
dig the photos from that era -- they look like your everyday city men's league team playing at the local gym -- & They Got Big Z (haha)
-- good win last nite for Pacers -- great ballgame w/6 players from each team making double figures, bomb

crazy as it seems, lowly Hawks as big a challenge as GSW -- they nearly beat us last week & we could be ripe for a letdown after big GS win -- w/supposedly-easy Dallas next
young as we are we could hit wall -- OMGosh tho watta start --

don't listen to me -- thought we'd struggle adjusting to new roster -- also, 2 games into the much hyped start of NOP Big 3....no one is home.... , now a concussion (what a shock) for AD

also, they're PHILA Warriors all over again, should be Very interesting game 2nite & when was the last time you could say that about the Philadelphia<>Warriors...... -- they can be a lot more deliberate w/Marquelle Fultz now, not that they weren't before....


robslob - 11/19/2017 at 02:56 PM

Warriors took Philly's BEST shot last night in Philly and were down by 22 points at halftime. By the end of the third quarter the Warriors were up by 10. That is right folks...........A 32 POINT SWITCH in the third quarter alone. They held Philly to 15 points in the third. Final: Warriors 124 76ers 116.

Philly looks like a force however...........Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Covington, J.J. Redick. No more easy wins against this team. The parity now in the NBA is like nothing I really can remember...........more good teams around than ever.

[Edited on 11/19/2017 by robslob]


jszfunk - 11/20/2017 at 12:54 PM

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Celts Have Been Amazing, Keep It Going Boys!




I guess it just takes a coach from Indiana, huh?!


Larry-less Pacers looking to re-establish





Pacers started out pretty solid for a young team and revamping of a good part of the roster. They then dropped four in a row and then won 4 out of 5. So we shall see!

I think it was time for Larry to step down. I think he got a free pass for awhile because of who he was. Being a great player does not always equate being a great manager.

The Paul George seems to be working out for the Pacers.


Stephen - 11/20/2017 at 03:37 PM

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quote:
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Celts Have Been Amazing, Keep It Going Boys!




I guess it just takes a coach from Indiana, huh?!


Larry-less Pacers looking to re-establish





Pacers started out pretty solid for a young team and revamping of a good part of the roster. They then dropped four in a row and then won 4 out of 5. So we shall see!

I think it was time for Larry to step down. I think he got a free pass for awhile because of who he was. Being a great player does not always equate being a great manager.

The Paul George seems to be working out for the Pacers.


Good point -- sorta thought that when he coached too in a way -- during timeouts the other coaches seemed to draw up the plays & generally be more active -- he gave it a try

Big one in Auburn Hills 2nite, will Det draw their 22G w/LBJ & Cavs in the palace (they still play there?)
Tor has 3rd best record in league, is for real & will be there -- their Lowery-Demar backcourt is dynamite
NYK has winnable one tonite & is improving -- as robslob said good to see the East Conf strengthening --
...mid Nov & Warriyz got Pac Div locked :wtf: -- they visit OKC Wed

It's big 2nite, G3 summit of Big 3dom
13A, 10Rb, 10Pts -- that's the line I wanna see from Rajon 2nite

It's All Green, The Leprechaun Is Loose Amid Cigar Smoke, it's crazy -- a squad unlike any other, Keep It Going Boys


[Edited on 11/20/2017 by Stephen]


dadof2 - 11/20/2017 at 05:45 PM

knicks are facing a problem as teams are both double teaming and playing with great physicality vs. KP.And,they are taking it to him on the defensive end to get him into foul trouble.

he is still learning and his reactions in the double team are far from fluid at this point, but he tends to improve quickly-he's a quick study...

the real question is, can he hold up to the physical beatings he's gonna get? I think Lebron set the stage for how to guard KP in the 4th qtr. of their game last week.

the clippers should really be a lot better-a coaching change has been in order for awhile....


jszfunk - 11/21/2017 at 12:12 PM

Big night for Kyrie Irving to pull that game out.


Celtics will be here on Saturday. Hopefully the Pacers will come to play, it will be tough.


Stephen - 11/25/2017 at 04:01 PM

They will -- Pacers going good in torrid Central Div --
Atlantic Div much-improved too, so yeah, A Good One in store on the hoosier hardwood in the heartland 2nite -- Marcus M. likely to sit out, he hasn't played in any back to backs yet, good call -- maybe 33 will be there to see firsthand about the Celts & cheer on his team -- both teams

Aron Baynes (13/11) -- Terry R (23p) last nite -- we spread it around -- we're a young, athletic well-balanced club with a high collective hoop IQ -- we'll be tested to the 9s 2nite, both teams will be on top of it

then it's Det -- looked it up & saw that Palace at Auburn Hills is no longer home to Pistons -- they recently imploded the Georgia Dome -- is the Palace next?

[Edited on 11/25/2017 by Stephen]


Stephen - 11/28/2017 at 03:34 AM

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Philly looks like a force however...........Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Covington, J.J. Redick. No more easy wins against this team. The parity now in the NBA is like nothing I really can remember...........more good teams around than ever.

[Edited on 11/19/2017 by robslob]


Yet all 3 Atlantic teams lost at home 2nite -- Cavs are definitely back, they are cranking ever since putting Jose Calderon in starting lineup, and LeBron is the best player in the world
The Celts? What could we do -- they showed up with Big Z -- let's go Celts

yes offense is not his thing, But
27 min., 0 points, little else Sat against GSW -- that's not doin it
thought RR'd jump right in w/NO, not yet -- interesting one Wed. w/MN,

then PHILA pays a visit Thurs -- as dadof2 said at start of thread, fun season -- the concerns you posted b4 about Kristaps being beaten on proved out, good one -- NYK just 1 game this week, favorable for Kanter's return -- quietly hoping NY & Phil do well.....well sorta...



[Edited on 11/28/2017 by Stephen]


Stephen - 12/1/2017 at 04:04 PM

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Jazz as always impossible to figure




old friend Jonas Jerebko has become a key starter & suddenly, an improbable W4 without Rudy going into tonight's game against an NO team struggling w/Big3 chemis-try

former Jazz top pick Alec Burks, 28 off the bench last night -- things can turn quickly in this league, Kelley O now starting for Miami w/Whiteside out -- Amir Johnson started last night for Phila --
Let's Go Celts --

Rajon Rondo's hands-off approach offensively isn't doing it, the 0's stand out like a sore thumb -- rooting for Jazz 2nite (they're my west conf team), wanna see a few RR triple doubles too

Spurs are NBA's Patriots, win win win no matter who's injured under longtime coach etc. -- Kahwi Leonard returning this month sometime -- hopefully IT soon too -- Gordon rehab is on schedule -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 12/1/2017 by Stephen]


Stephen - 12/7/2017 at 05:46 PM

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yet our MVP was probably Marcus Smart -- forget 6th man voting now, he's it hands down
quote:





Like Dennis Eckersley b4 him , Dwayne Wade has found a 2nd career as 6th man & has moved into the picture -- Alec Burks too -- no, not hands down for Marcus

Cleve chemistry tho -- like a machine now, However -- IT & Derrick Rose returning -- can't tinker w/lineup tho so what will they do....

Isaiah -- he left it all on the garden parquet last year, he's permanent in all Celts fans' HOFs -- he was best in the world last year

now it's us, Cleve, Houstn & GSW

he's eased into retirement & Happy Birthday (imitating C's PA announcer), "number33,LlllarryBiirrrD"

Ya Huge Fri. -- Jaylen (eye) cleared to play -- Kahwi close to returning -- Manu now 8th-9th off bench now -- wattateam, let's go Celts

[Edited on 12/7/2017 by Stephen]


jszfunk - 12/8/2017 at 11:50 AM

Cav's are getting hot ,13 in a row I believe. Here tonight against the Pacers. Hopefully Indiana will give them a game.



Philadelphia 76ers trade Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas to Brooklyn Nets for Trevor Booker

http://www.nba.com/article/2017/12/07/jahlil-okafor-phaildelphia-76ers-broo klyn-nets-trade#/


dadof2 - 12/8/2017 at 01:58 PM

last night's philly/lakers game was tremendous-a showcase for the young up and coming stars...even Lonzo played great last night i thought philly was the better team but their defensive lapses were too much to overcome-Simmons & Embild are mindblowing!

as a premature thought on mvp...Harden has been awesome-but Lebron is the MVP so far imho...

Chris Paul is surprising me with his play-i really never thought he'd fit in this well & this quickly...if their team defense holds they will be taken very seriously....


robslob - 12/9/2017 at 12:45 PM

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last night's philly/lakers game was tremendous-a showcase for the young up and coming stars...even Lonzo played great last night i thought philly was the better team but their defensive lapses were too much to overcome-Simmons & Embild are mindblowing!


I watched that game. The Lakers are going to be a force to be reckoned with in a year or two. 20 year old Brandon Ingram is REALLY starting to feel his oats............scary what he might turn into once he grows into his body. And the Lakers have a LOT more young talent to go with Ingram. Ball still hasn't found his shot but he is already effecting games in other ways. Some guys take awhile to find it............remember Kobe struggled his rookie year as well. And let's remember that an NBA three is significantly farther than a college three. Luke Walton proved during his Warriors gig that he knows what in the hell he's doing, so coaching is not an issue with this bunch.

Last night: Warriors 102 Detroit 98. This was in Detroit, the final night of a six game road trip, after the Pistons had already beaten the Warriors in Oakland earlier this year. It marked the very first time in Warriors franchise history that they have gone 6-0 on a road trip. In fact, it was the first time in nine years that ANY NBA team had gone 6-0 on a road trip and only the eleventh time in history that any NBA team had done it. And Curry missed the last two games of the trip (sprained ankle; MRI showed no structural damage). Teams the Warriors beat on this road trip: Lakers, Orlando, Miami, New Orleans, Charlotte, Detroit. The Orlando/Miami/N.O. segment was three games in four nights. Not exactly six powerhouse teams, but regardless: To go undefeated on a trip like that is a huge tribute to the Warriors' depth and coaching. By far the deepest team in the NBA, and Steve Kerr knows how to use his bench.



[Edited on 12/23/2017 by robslob]


jszfunk - 12/9/2017 at 01:17 PM

Nice to see the Pacers knock of the Cav's,
Victor Oladipo had a big game. He is what the Pacers needed. It just was not gonna happen with George here.

Spurs over the Celtics and Pistons hung with GS. Good games!!


jszfunk - 12/19/2017 at 11:59 AM

Pacers almost had it. Fought back to take the lead and blew it against the Celts.


Stephen - 12/19/2017 at 05:33 PM

we've had a corner on that lately (blowing leads) -- 31-12 Memphis 2 nites ago, same margin last nite on the hoosier hardwood in the heart of hoops heaven, Conseco (I kno, it's not that) --
probably w/33 looking on & grimacing) -- we only won b/c of that bad pass at the end last nite

among the top 3 big dogs in each conf., I'd put us 6th -- Cavs are playing best of anybody -- Houston, unbelievable -- SA will be moving up quickly -- Raptors are big trouble for us, they're great -- & of course GSW

league seems to have flattened out tho -- after those 6 it's a .500-fest for the most part
but wait....Da Bulls??? W6, who'd athunk
Sixiz will snap brief skid 2nite -- Kristaps (knee) in & out of lineup -- I dislike both

Let's Go Boys!! Thank You, Kyrie -- & Thank You Danny Ainge, the trade made it happen


[Edited on 12/19/2017 by Stephen]


Stephen - 12/19/2017 at 05:45 PM

their careers paralleled into immortality
13 years of green Garden glory
then their 2nd careers working for their home-state teams -- a little coaching, a little front office work, scouting etc.....
& now retired, & Happy Birthday #60, ....#32, Kevin McHale


robslob - 12/23/2017 at 03:44 AM

LA Clippers 128 Houston 118........IN Houston. Wow. Austin Rivers had 36 (career high), Lou Williams 32 for the Clips. Coach Daddy must be awful proud right now. James Harden had his second consecutive 51 point game but Houston has lost both of them, Wed night was vs. Lakers.


Stephen - 12/30/2017 at 05:50 PM

& suddenly, L5 for them (Houston) -- they're depleted tho, no Capela is just as big as no CP -- we're not taking much from that win the other nite -- depleted, plus a lucky break at end when Harden shoved Marcus Smart
the pattern of playing 2 quarters of basketball has been addressed, but still persists......

we've played a bunch more games than everyone else w/Europe trip coming up -- Jaylen Brown (knee) day to day -- Stephen C set to return for you guys robslob -- didn't look at box from last nite, but regardless -- Warriyz have won w/out Stephen -- wottateam -- tops -- I think we're almost with ya -- good games & HNY hoops fans

[Edited on 12/30/2017 by Stephen]


robslob - 12/31/2017 at 01:47 PM

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Stephen C set to return for you guys robslob -- didn't look at box from last nite, but regardless -- Warriyz have won w/out Stephen -- wottateam -- tops -- I think we're almost with ya -- good games & HNY hoops fans


I watched the game. Steph was ridiculous. Memphis is still very good even after losing Zac Randolph and Conley being hurt. Steph was just too much. From Yahoo:

"You can feel it in the building," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Everything's different. Tempo. Energy. The crowd is going nuts. Steph is special."

This was Curry's best game of the season -- among the best of his career -- and it came at a time when the Warriors needed some electricity to an offense that sorely missed his presence. He took 17 shots and made 13. He took 13 3-pointers and made 10. He took two free throws and made both.

"That was phenomenal," Kevin Durant marveled.

"I just was happy to be back out there with my guys," Curry said. "When you sit and watch for 11 games, you just wonder what it's going to be like to get back out there. I finally got that opportunity.

"I really didn't know what to expect. I just wanted to get some good reps, get up and down and see how my wind was. Surprisingly -- I know I shot it well -- but my body felt way better than I expected."


tbomike - 12/31/2017 at 04:44 PM

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Stephen C set to return for you guys robslob -- didn't look at box from last nite, but regardless -- Warriyz have won w/out Stephen -- wottateam -- tops -- I think we're almost with ya -- good games & HNY hoops fans


I watched the game. Steph was ridiculous. Memphis is still very good even after losing Zac Randolph and Conley being hurt. Steph was just too much. From Yahoo:

"You can feel it in the building," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Everything's different. Tempo. Energy. The crowd is going nuts. Steph is special."

This was Curry's best game of the season -- among the best of his career -- and it came at a time when the Warriors needed some electricity to an offense that sorely missed his presence. He took 17 shots and made 13. He took 13 3-pointers and made 10. He took two free throws and made both.

"That was phenomenal," Kevin Durant marveled.

"I just was happy to be back out there with my guys," Curry said. "When you sit and watch for 11 games, you just wonder what it's going to be like to get back out there. I finally got that opportunity.

"I really didn't know what to expect. I just wanted to get some good reps, get up and down and see how my wind was. Surprisingly -- I know I shot it well -- but my body felt way better than I expected."


Memphis is still very good? Huh? They are 11-25 have a .306 winning pct and only the Hawks are 1 game worse.


robslob - 1/1/2018 at 05:02 PM

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Memphis is still very good? Huh? They are 11-25 have a .306 winning pct and only the Hawks are 1 game worse.


I stand corrected then, I did not know that. I was only going by last night's game and they were in it until the 4th quarter despite Steph's 38 point performance. Tyreke Evans and Mark Gasol both played very well. But then again, the Warriors always take the opposing team's best shot. The night before this game we lost to Charlotte, and that was in Oakland.


tbomike - 1/1/2018 at 05:22 PM

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Memphis is still very good? Huh? They are 11-25 have a .306 winning pct and only the Hawks are 1 game worse.


I stand corrected then, I did not know that. I was only going by last night's game and they were in it until the 4th quarter despite Steph's 38 point performance. Tyreke Evans and Mark Gasol both played very well. But then again, the Warriors always take the opposing team's best shot. The night before this game we lost to Charlotte, and that was in Oakland.


Yes regardless of Memphis record that was a remarkable return to action for Curry.

Celtics played 40 games before New Years which is the 1st time in their history it happened and got to 30 wins already. Can't wait for the Wednesday match up with the Cavs.


Stephen - 1/3/2018 at 04:52 PM

19 minutes, 17 points -- a great start for IT
his return is becoming something of a **** pile --
my guess is that Isaiah simply was unaware that in their only other visit this season Feb. 11, #34 is being honored & raised to the rafters in retirement on Paul Pierce Day in Boston...
...when IT made the polite request about postponing love for him until he could be on the floor

general consensus, IT needs to be honored tonite, playing or not -- he should play the first 5 min or so as a compromise -- bummer, but it's the only chance this season

let's go Celts -- Jae Crowder deserves big love too, he was big up there at forward for us -- all fans have opinions, I thought all the trades we made over the summer weakened us -- all-wrong


robslob - 1/3/2018 at 05:22 PM

Cavs with Isaiah Thomas at full strength are going to be downright scary is about all I can say.


jszfunk - 1/3/2018 at 11:17 PM

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Cavs with Isaiah Thomas at full strength are going to be downright scary is about all I can say.


I agree. If they can keep it together,healthy and somewhat fresh ,they will be very tough.


Stephen - 1/4/2018 at 12:43 AM

It'd certainly seem so -- we shall see
Spurs rested virtually their entire team tonite against Phila -- this to me wouldn't sit well if I were a fan -- of either team
Let's go Celts, all love for Isaiah

[Edited on 1/4/2018 by Stephen]


robslob - 1/11/2018 at 08:30 AM

L.A. Clippers 126, Warriors 106...........IN Oakland. Steph Curry (injury) and Klay Thompson (coach's day off) did not play but that's not much of an excuse..........L.A. was missing a BUNCH of players including Blake Griffin. Warriors' main problem was Lou Williams who finished with 50 for the Clippers.
Kevin Durant had 40. The Warriors had beaten The Clippers 12 straight times going into this game so this must have felt great for L.A.

[Edited on 1/11/2018 by robslob]


Stephen - 1/15/2018 at 04:03 PM

kinda cool to see a veteran guy like Williams suddenly playing like crazy like that
DeM. Cousins, 15 points, 16 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists, 3 blocks against NYK -- the guy is scary-good, the best big-man game since Wilt The Stilt IMO, & in concert w/ADavis, what keeps them from winning -- they were/still are my Big 3 sleeper pick w/Rajon

at any rate Rajon should get the same friendly applause tmrw nite as in previous visits -- we will have our hands full w/that team -- our former 1st round pick E'twan Moore, playing well for them

the geat Tony Allen, injured unfortunately -- Tony, Leon Powe, Glen Davis, James Posey -- awesome -- just like our team so far this year -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 1/15/2018 by Stephen]


tbomike - 1/15/2018 at 10:23 PM

quote:
kinda cool to see a veteran guy like Williams suddenly playing like crazy like that
DeM. Cousins, 15 points, 16 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists, 3 blocks against NYK -- the guy is scary-good, the best big-man game since Wilt The Stilt IMO, & in concert w/ADavis, what keeps them from winning -- they were/still are my Big 3 sleeper pick w/Rajon

at any rate Rajon should get the same friendly applause tmrw nite as in previous visits -- we will have our hands full w/that team -- our former 1st round pick E'twan Moore, playing well for them

the geat Tony Allen, injured unfortunately -- Tony, Leon Powe, Glen Davis, James Posey -- awesome -- just like our team so far this year -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 1/15/2018 by Stephen]


The best big man since Wilt? Are you insane? That is well beyond preposterous.


matt05 - 1/15/2018 at 11:03 PM

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kinda cool to see a veteran guy like Williams suddenly playing like crazy like that
DeM. Cousins, 15 points, 16 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists, 3 blocks against NYK -- the guy is scary-good, the best big-man game since Wilt The Stilt IMO, & in concert w/ADavis, what keeps them from winning -- they were/still are my Big 3 sleeper pick w/Rajon

at any rate Rajon should get the same friendly applause tmrw nite as in previous visits -- we will have our hands full w/that team -- our former 1st round pick E'twan Moore, playing well for them

the geat Tony Allen, injured unfortunately -- Tony, Leon Powe, Glen Davis, James Posey -- awesome -- just like our team so far this year -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 1/15/2018 by Stephen]


The best big man since Wilt? Are you insane? That is well beyond preposterous.


agreed. i can name 10 guys better than cousins the last 20 years


Stephen - 1/17/2018 at 02:31 AM

RIP, JoJo White -- one of our greats -- he & Don Chaney in the backcourt, Cowens center, Havlicek & Paul Silas up front on those early-mid70s teams (franchise-record 68 wins 1972-73) -- a great player -- only 71, dang


dadof2 - 1/17/2018 at 02:56 AM

RIP JoJo...recall many a Sunday watching him go up against the Knicks..


dadof2 - 1/17/2018 at 01:41 PM

the refs are really becoming a big issue this season-not sure why but a lot of really bad calls...


robslob - 1/18/2018 at 04:52 PM

quote:

DeM. Cousins, 15 points, 16 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists, 3 blocks against NYK -- the guy is scary-good, the best big-man game since Wilt The Stilt IMO, & in concert w/ADavis, what keeps them from winning -- they were/still are my Big 3 sleeper pick w/Rajon

at any rate Rajon should get the same friendly applause tmrw nite as in previous visits -- we will have our hands full w/that team -- our former 1st round pick E'twan Moore, playing well for them


Yeah I guess you had your hands full with that team as N.O. won in Boston Tuesday night in O.T. Yes, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are a scary inside duo. I wonder though if they can have success in 2018 when small ball rules the NBA. They've got some good support.........Rondo..........Ian Clark (ex-Warrior guard who can really score). They are still a couple players away though. For one, they need a small forward who is a serious scoring threat. I don't think anyone now can go all the way without a couple of big time 3 point shooters. I'm not really sure that's good for the game, either. I like The Pelicans' old school style.

Warriors won at Chicago last night, 14th straight road win.............only two away from The Lakers' record of 16 straight on the road in '71-'72.


Stephen - 1/24/2018 at 04:13 PM

Speaking of 1971-72, DeM. Cousins triple double Monday was the first 'of its kind' line since Kareem did it that season (1972) -- 44 pts 24 rebs, 10 assists --

your guys going good as expected, closing in on that road record -- we're at a brief impasse -- looking forward to it Sat nite!

final note, OKC epipha-nee, Dec. 18 -- they won despite a combined 12 points from Melo & John Ringo -- they're on a 13-5 run since & challenging Big 3 div. rival MN -- gosh what's happened to Cavs tho

LA missed all those free throws & we still couldn't get it last night -- younger guys getting a sampling of the travel grind -- no sweat about anything -- Tor still right there as xpctd -- we'll get a W on Doc & LAC 2nite


hotlantatim - 1/24/2018 at 05:37 PM

I like the NBA. But what I love about the NFL (despite the Pats dynasty) is that the final 4 included 3 teams who didn't make the playoffs last year including one who went 3-13.

Years after blowing up the team to get young and then rebuild the 76'ers are now a couple games of .500. They stand no shot, as just one example. The NBA doesn't give hope to enough franchises.

I'm a Hawks fan. We blew up what was left and are going young. We have no chance for at least 3-4 years and probably beyond that.

I still love some of the NBA drama and I'll watch more as the season gets near the end and then the playoffs.


tbomike - 1/24/2018 at 08:41 PM

quote:
I like the NBA. But what I love about the NFL (despite the Pats dynasty) is that the final 4 included 3 teams who didn't make the playoffs last year including one who went 3-13.

Years after blowing up the team to get young and then rebuild the 76'ers are now a couple games of .500. They stand no shot, as just one example. The NBA doesn't give hope to enough franchises.

I'm a Hawks fan. We blew up what was left and are going young. We have no chance for at least 3-4 years and probably beyond that.

I still love some of the NBA drama and I'll watch more as the season gets near the end and then the playoffs.


Well there is some truth to what you say lets also remember there have been 4 AFC QBs that have played in the Super Bowl in the last SEVENTEEN years. 17. And one of those was there once.


matt05 - 1/25/2018 at 04:47 AM

quote:
quote:
I like the NBA. But what I love about the NFL (despite the Pats dynasty) is that the final 4 included 3 teams who didn't make the playoffs last year including one who went 3-13.

Years after blowing up the team to get young and then rebuild the 76'ers are now a couple games of .500. They stand no shot, as just one example. The NBA doesn't give hope to enough franchises.

I'm a Hawks fan. We blew up what was left and are going young. We have no chance for at least 3-4 years and probably beyond that.

I still love some of the NBA drama and I'll watch more as the season gets near the end and then the playoffs.


Well there is some truth to what you say lets also remember there have been 4 AFC QBs that have played in the Super Bowl in the last SEVENTEEN years. 17. And one of those was there once.



maybe I'm misreading what you are saying but in the last 17 the AFC has been represented by brady, peyton, big ben, dilfer, flacco and gannon. that's 6 QBs from the AFC since 2001


jszfunk - 1/25/2018 at 11:35 AM

Check this old ABA card out!!! Some great's on there!!!


Stephen - 1/26/2018 at 03:59 PM

quote:
quote:

DeM. Cousins, 15 points, 16 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists, 3 blocks against NYK -- the guy is scary-good, the best big-man game since Wilt The Stilt IMO, & in concert w/ADavis, what keeps them from winning -- they were/still are my Big 3 sleeper pick w/Rajon


The best big man since Wilt? Are you insane? That is well beyond preposterous.


agreed. i can name 10 guys better than cousins the last 20 years


what's well beyond preposterous is saying 10 players are better than him over last 20 years -- you misunderstand, I was referring to centers -- players of his ilk -- centers/big men --

Post-Wilt, there's Kareem, the Chief, Ewing, Olajuwon, D. Robinson, Bill Walton (ponytailed Portland version -- then Shaq, Duncan, & into the 20 year period mentioned --

so Dunc, Dirk, Shaq ... to be kind, Embiid......6 more? with a more diverse game than DeMarcus Cousins as far as a big man with agility impacting most every possession at either end of floor??????? -- how exactly do those 4 players rate so obviously over Cousins??? dream/name on

ABA legend ARTIS -- played briefly w/C's end of career -- boy Those would've been some duels (Artis/DeM.)
more than anyone, Indy Pacers've put Cleve on the skids -- will they again tonight


[Edited on 1/26/2018 by Stephen]


tbomike - 1/27/2018 at 04:49 AM

Well Cousins just tore his Achilles and is out for the year. Bummer.


robslob - 1/27/2018 at 02:04 PM

quote:

Well Cousins just tore his Achilles and is out for the year. Bummer.


Yeah, I watched the game..........SOOO sad for New Orleans fans........in fact, it makes ME sad because I was really starting to enjoy watching The Pelicans..........the way Davis and Cousins were working it inside with their interior passing was really nice, and they have some players around those guys. They were coming on too............beating Houston last night @ home and Boston last week, in Boston. What a damn shame.

Hey Stephen.........BIG one tonight in Oakland...........you took us in Boston already...........wanna mail me my $100 now or after tonight's game? <<revenge is sweet>>..........I just have a feeling we're gonna run you outta the gym tonight..........but hey, "that's why they play the game"..........


Stephen - 1/27/2018 at 04:14 PM

"The team you saw before, is the one you'll see again"
-- haha! Yep fun one tonite Rob -- expect to see top-juggernaut home team showing why it's best in recent times -- we'll be with ya into the final quatah -- make it $25 not $100
might've been more if Marcus S lost his fight w/that window -- thought to not be much dfrnt from TB's stitches, mite be out there tonite -- chill Marcus, we need our 6th man out there

yeah & DEMarcus -- he was raisin the bar alright, SUCKS for NO & hoops fans -- Boogie was breathing air-rarified among big men

what a shock -- no meddling toolhead father around, & Lakers are thriving

the story of Markelle Fultz gets weirder & weirder -- his game, according to a recent espn article, has deserted him temporarily -- this came on top of a diagnosis of "a scapular imbalance in the muscles of his shoulders" ......yes they've improved but their Process has deep-(7)6'd them more often than not -- along w/bad picks & luck


tbomike - 1/27/2018 at 04:22 PM

quote:
"The team you saw before, is the one you'll see again"
-- haha! Yep fun one tonite Rob -- expect to see top-juggernaut home team showing why it's best in recent times -- we'll be with ya into the final quatah -- make it $25 not $100
might've been more if Marcus S lost his fight w/that window -- thought to not be much dfrnt from TB's stitches, mite be out there tonite -- chill Marcus, we need our 6th man out there

yeah & DEMarcus -- he was raisin the bar alright, SUCKS for NO & hoops fans -- Boogie was breathing air-rarified among big men

what a shock -- no meddling toolhead father around, & Lakers are thriving

the story of Markelle Fultz gets weirder & weirder -- his game, according to a recent espn article, has deserted him temporarily -- this came on top of a diagnosis of "a scapular imbalance in the muscles of his shoulders" ......yes they've improved but their Process has deep-(7)6'd them more often than not -- along w/bad picks & luck


Marcus is out at least 2 weeks so he will not be out there. Which with his great defensive ability to switch and guard anybody is a big loss.


robslob - 1/28/2018 at 02:05 PM

Warriors 109 Celtics 105

To me, probably the game of the year so far.........just SO fun to watch. And fun to watch two superstars put it all on the line for their teams. Kyrie Irving (37) was GREAT last night..........Steph Curry (49) just a little bit greater. One of those games by Curry when Warriors fans just sit back and admire, but I think the basketball universe must have admired............when he gets in the zone like that it's just LIGHTS OUT. Who can guard him? Same goes for Irving!

Just two heavyweight, powerhouse teams duking it out..........I thought several times in the second half that we had put enough distance between us with 10 point leads as Celtics did to us in the first half. Didn't matter, Celtics always came back.

The biggest difference I see between the two teams right now: We have three guys in Curry, Durant and Thompson who are capable of taking over a game offensively. Celtics have ONE. They rely way, way too much on Irving to put the ball in the hole. This is why I do not think the Celts at this point could ever take the Warriors in a 7 game series. Getting Gordon Hayward back is going to be really, really important to them.



[Edited on 1/28/2018 by robslob]


tbomike - 1/28/2018 at 06:19 PM

quote:
Warriors 109 Celtics 105

To me, probably the game of the year so far.........just SO fun to watch. And fun to watch two superstars put it all on the line for their teams. Kyrie Irving (37) was GREAT last night..........Steph Curry (49) just a little bit greater. One of those games by Curry when Warriors fans just sit back and admire, but I think the basketball universe must have admired............when he gets in the zone like that it's just LIGHTS OUT. Who can guard him? Same goes for Irving!

Just two heavyweight, powerhouse teams duking it out..........I thought several times in the second half that we had put enough distance between us with 10 point leads as Celtics did to us in the first half. Didn't matter, Celtics always came back.

The biggest difference I see between the two teams right now: We have three guys in Curry, Durant and Thompson who are capable of taking over a game offensively. Celtics have ONE. They rely way, way too much on Irving to put the ball in the hole. This is why I do not think the Celts at this point could ever take the Warriors in a 7 game series. Getting Gordon Hayward back is going to be really, really important to them.



[Edited on 1/28/2018 by robslob]


That was a great NBA regular season game. Steph was ridiculous and Kyrie brilliant and it was an intense game. In the 2 meetings this year the score is 197-197.


Stephen - 1/29/2018 at 03:31 PM

Great ballgame -- Mr. Curry -- an athlete hitting the zone -- Kyrie 1st half, Stephen basically the whole game -- dfrnt subject, didn't know Marcus' hand was that bad, yikes -- but Warriyz (mock-Boston accent as always) rawk --

good point Rob on dependence on Kyrie -- we've had to lean-heavy on Kyrie & it's worked out super -- but yes, in a 7 game series, that could change -- no playoff game could top that one tho, great stuff -- Danny, that was some trade -- boy was I wrong....
look up bro, "AB available for trade," if he was available to return to Celts, he could only help, w/out upsetting the current rotation

HOWEVER -- if it did come to that (hypothetical C's-GSW final) -- outside chance Gordon H could indeed be in uniform -- word, IF the rehab continued 'apace', he'd be medically cleared to resume basketball activities' end of March --
or right around end of reg season -- then another 6 weeks or so of more game-rehab


[Edited on 1/29/2018 by Stephen]


Stephen - 1/29/2018 at 03:47 PM

But gotta hand it to Spurs too, w/out their best player, Kawhi Leonard, they just keep winning -- Tony Parker has now joined Ginobli coming off bench, to xclnt effect -- there's a new kid there now, Forbes -- Popovich is everything to Spurs, Red was to us

Leonard's injury is one I've never heard of before -- right quad tendiopathy -- media reports persist about off-court stuff keeping Kawhi off court too -- both he & team deny any 'rift' regarding the treatment of his tendiopathy

not the desired results yet for IT but Cleve is rebounding -- must be nice, one ex-MVP, Dwayne Wade, exits, & another, Derrick Rose, shows up -- they were going good w/Calderon, now he's riding the pine

SO WHAT -- until he returns we're calling him Not-so, not Marcus -- easy ones this week, look for Semi/Theis, good chance for them -- let's go C's


tbomike - 1/29/2018 at 03:49 PM

quote:
But gotta hand it to Spurs too, w/out their best player, Kawhi Leonard, they just keep winning -- Tony Parker has now joined Ginobli coming off bench, to xclnt effect -- there's a new kid there now, Forbes -- Popovich is everything to Spurs, Red was to us

Leonard's injury is one I've never heard of before -- right quad tendiopathy -- media reports persist about off-court stuff keeping Kawhi off court too -- both he & team deny any 'rift' regarding the treatment of his tendiopathy

not the desired results yet for IT but Cleve is rebounding -- must be nice, one ex-MVP, Dwayne Wade, exits, & another, Derrick Rose, shows up -- they were going good w/Calderon, now he's riding the pine

SO WHAT -- until he returns we're calling him Not-so, not Marcus -- easy ones this week, look for Semi/Theis, good chance for them -- let's go C's


Stevens said again over the weekend he does not expect Hayward back this year.


Stephen - 1/29/2018 at 04:00 PM

quote:

IF the rehab continued 'apace', he'd be medically cleared to resume basketball activities' end of March --
or right around end of reg season -- then another 6 weeks or so of more rehab (leading to hypothetical C's-GSW final late May)




long way to go yet -- they're saying he's rehabbing better than expected -- again it's an IF -- an outside one, but a chance nonetheless -- coach is saying Expects, not Won't Be back this season -- what a season it's been too -- ghastly injury beginning of it -- to, possibly, a great return at the end of it in June


[Edited on 1/29/2018 by Stephen]


jszfunk - 1/29/2018 at 04:18 PM

quote:
quote:

IF the rehab continued 'apace', he'd be medically cleared to resume basketball activities' end of March --
or right around end of reg season -- then another 6 weeks or so of more rehab (leading to hypothetical C's-GSW final late May)




long way to go yet -- they're saying he's rehabbing better than expected -- again it's an IF -- coach is saying Expects, not Won't Be back this season -- what a season it's been too -- ghastly injury beginning of it -- to, possibly, a great return at the end of it in June

[Edited on 1/29/2018 by Stephen]


Dont ya wonder if Gordon is thinking ,"jeez guys,
cant ya just struggle a little bit here without me!!"

They have not really missed a beat. It will be interesting
to see when he comes back and they are at full strength.


robslob - 1/29/2018 at 04:33 PM

quote:

Dont ya wonder if Gordon is thinking ,"jeez guys,
cant ya just struggle a little bit here without me!!"

They have not really missed a beat. It will be interesting
to see when he comes back and they are at full strength.


Playoffs are a WHOLE different ballgame, Celts will need another scorer if they hold any hopes of winning it all.


tbomike - 1/29/2018 at 08:02 PM

On a random NBA note, did anyone know that Jaimoe's daughter is a New York Knicks cheerleader?


Stephen - 2/6/2018 at 05:35 PM

quote:
i know-the games are meaningless to some, but if you love the NBA,it's been a GREAT summer with lots to look forward to.......should be FUN


yep a fun 2nd half of season (post all-star game)
Their backcourt is second to no one's save Curry/Klay -- Tor is right there w/anyone in league -- Kyrie probable to play tonite -- Not-so by end of week --
Tor crowd will be enRaptored -- by top-shelf hoops that will tell plenty about where these squads stand -- Sharp 2nite Boys, let's go

if the Warriors extend OKC to L5 tonite, & the Jazz go W7 tmrw at Memphis, suddenly Utah just 3 back of OKC -- things change quickly in the NBA -- Big Z, I mean Blake Griffin & the Detroit Pistons, W5??

season, & Fred Hoiberg's tenure, likely overwith in Windy City.....injuries to Messers. Fultz & K.Leonard continue to baffle experts
....Joel Embiid said he felt great after playing back to backs last week -- I Am Not A Phila Fan & Never Will Be, but it's good to see a player of his talent, who's had several surgeries, being able to play full time -- Let's go Celts


[Edited on 2/6/2018 by Stephen]


robslob - 2/6/2018 at 06:33 PM

quote:

I mean Blake Griffin & the Detroit Pistons, W5??


Watched Detroit - Portland last night...........YES, Griffin/Drummond combo looks lethal, they are already starting to put it together after only 5 games. Looks like this trade was great for Detroit. Griffin was just on fire last night, hitting from everywhere on the court. Detroit looks like they could make some noise in the East playoff standings.

Great one tonight, OKC @ Warriors. Warriors need to step it up, we have lost 2 of our last 3..........Utah (L), Sacramento (W), Denver (L). But you just can't be ON for the entire 82 games. I'm sure Warriors will be UP for OKC tonight.


CanadianMule - 2/7/2018 at 03:18 PM

Raptors all over the Celtics last night. Their bench is so improved and makes such a difference to last season. DeRozen, Lowry and JV have all been lights out this year too. Will be interesting come playoff time.


robslob - 2/7/2018 at 03:48 PM

WOW. I'm kind of in shock over the beating that OKC gave my Warriors last night in Oakland. Russell Westbrook had one of his scary dominant games with lots of highlight plays..........he had 34, Paul George had 38 and Steven Adams had 14 points and 10 rebounds as he seemingly had his way inside against the Warriors' "center by committee".

Even more interesting since OKC had lost 4 straight going into this game, the Warriors had lost 2 out of 3. You would have thought the Warriors would be ready but they could not match the Thunder's intensity and got in a big first quarter hole that they never could crawl out of as OKC scored 42 points in the first quarter alone. That means that the Warriors have now lost 3 out of 4, something that has not happened before during Steve Kerr's coaching tenure.

As the announcers said, this was a statement game, and should make for a very interesting series if these two should meet in the playoffs. My feeling is that the Warriors are in a mid-season lull. They'll be back.

My sympathies to Knicks fans: Kristap Porzingis out for the season, torn ACL.

Just one more side note: I watched Philly blow out Washington last night before Warriors' game. BEN SIMMONS IS A SCARY TALENT!!! Seriously, I have NEVER seen anyone at 6'10" handle the ball like this dude!!! And he can play ANY position! With he and Embiid, barring injury, 76ers will be a force for years to come.................

[Edited on 2/7/2018 by robslob]


IPowrie - 2/7/2018 at 03:57 PM

quote:
quote:

I mean Blake Griffin & the Detroit Pistons, W5??


Watched Detroit - Portland last night...........YES, Griffin/Drummond combo looks lethal, they are already starting to put it together after only 5 games. Looks like this trade was great for Detroit. Griffin was just on fire last night, hitting from everywhere on the court. Detroit looks like they could make some noise in the East playoff standings.

Great one tonight, OKC @ Warriors. Warriors need to step it up, we have lost 2 of our last 3..........Utah (L), Sacramento (W), Denver (L). But you just can't be ON for the entire 82 games. I'm sure Warriors will be UP for OKC tonight.


4 wins in a row for the Pistons now. Need to sit down and watch a game with Griffin.


matt05 - 2/8/2018 at 05:18 AM

steve kerr never seems to say anything positive about a team that beats them.


jszfunk - 2/8/2018 at 12:46 PM

I was looking up some info on the Pacers game tonight. Its postponed
in New Orleans due to a leak in the roof. I got a kick out of the
name of the arena where they play at. Its called the Smoothie King Center.


robslob - 2/8/2018 at 03:18 PM

The NBA trade deadline is today at 3:00 PM Eastern time. I am going to make a prediction: The Warriors will make a deal to obtain a big man who is a defensive presence and can protect the rim. Who they get and who they trade is beyond me. But I think losing 3 of their last 4 has exposed that fact that a defensive presence in the paint is their glaring weakness. The center by committee trio of Zasa Pachulia, David West and Javale McGee is just not getting it done, and really West is a forward anyway.


robslob - 2/9/2018 at 06:13 PM

Well I certainly was wrong............Warriors stood pat at trade deadline.

Any Cleveland fans here? Wondering what you think about your brand new team!


Stephen - 2/10/2018 at 01:19 AM

I only wonder why the Celts insist on spotting teams huge leads!!!! (42-20 Indy)
it's been the pattern for quite a spell now -- it will catch up to us, probly sooner than later (97-91 indy)

[Edited on 2/10/2018 by Stephen]


jszfunk - 2/10/2018 at 11:41 AM

quote:
I only wonder why the Celts insist on spotting teams huge leads!!!! (42-20 Indy)
it's been the pattern for quite a spell now -- it will catch up to us, probly sooner than later (97-91 indy)

[Edited on 2/10/2018 by Stephen]


Nice win for the Pacers

Usually Indiana is the one giving up the big leads and having to fight back.


Stephen - 2/10/2018 at 02:57 PM

Maybe IT will get a chance to shine in LA -- maybe he & Lonzo will find that elusive chemistry -- LA has played well w/out Ball the last few weeks

at least it solved the IT in town on Paul Pierce Day thing -- boy have Cav hit skids or what -- we now know what Kevin Love means to their old team, now their new one takes over
it can't be swept under the rug -- their 7-13 slump coincided w/Isaiah's return -- everyone says he's a defnsv liability, but he wasn't last year

Jazz W8 -- Rodney Hood I think will help Cleve, good scorer -- he was expendable w/Utah's guard depth, & Alec Burks & Raul Neto deserve to play a lot, they're both good players as are the starters, Rubio & their rookie, Donovan Mitchell -- Derrick Rose should be behind them


[Edited on 2/10/2018 by Stephen]


Stephen - 2/10/2018 at 03:07 PM

THE TRUTH
15 YEARS -- 2nd only to Jarrin' John, 1 year ahead of the Chief
Paul was never better than when C's went something like 27-2 at the start of I THINK 2008-09 (thought it was year after winning title) -- recall posting here that, didn't wanna keep clogging up the boards w/all my posts, only impossible because of how he/they were playing -- then KG got hurt, etc etc
Those glasses he wears as a TV analyst -- he looks real different -- they almost look like old-fogie glasses

Shaq Said It Well After A 2010 Game In Which Paul Had 42 Points (cut & pasted from wlkpdia)

Take this down", said O'Neal. "My name is Shaquille O'Neal and Paul Pierce is the mother **** truth. Quote me on that and don't take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is The Truth."


[Edited on 2/10/2018 by Stephen]


kevdab - 2/10/2018 at 06:16 PM

Paul Pierce was a great Celtic. It took me a while to warm up to him. Once he matured, he was fun to watch. I liked his compete level, and his trash talking. He was fearless. He might go down as one of the best pure scorers the Celtics have had. I;m glad he's having his day.


tbomike - 2/10/2018 at 08:17 PM

quote:
THE TRUTH
15 YEARS -- 2nd only to Jarrin' John, 1 year ahead of the Chief
Paul was never better than when C's went something like 27-2 at the start of I THINK 2008-09 (thought it was year after winning title) -- recall posting here that, didn't wanna keep clogging up the boards w/all my posts, only impossible because of how he/they were playing -- then KG got hurt, etc etc
Those glasses he wears as a TV analyst -- he looks real different -- they almost look like old-fogie glasses

Shaq Said It Well After A 2010 Game In Which Paul Had 42 Points (cut & pasted from wlkpdia)

Take this down", said O'Neal. "My name is Shaquille O'Neal and Paul Pierce is the mother **** truth. Quote me on that and don't take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is The Truth."


[Edited on 2/10/2018 by Stephen]


Paul was the man.

And yes the Big 3 teams started 29-3 in the championship year and then 27-2 the next year as you mentioned.

Should be a fun day tomorrow.


matt05 - 2/11/2018 at 03:57 AM

i miss the truth playing


tbomike - 2/11/2018 at 04:59 PM

quote:
THE TRUTH
15 YEARS -- 2nd only to Jarrin' John, 1 year ahead of the Chief
Paul was never better than when C's went something like 27-2 at the start of I THINK 2008-09 (thought it was year after winning title) -- recall posting here that, didn't wanna keep clogging up the boards w/all my posts, only impossible because of how he/they were playing -- then KG got hurt, etc etc
Those glasses he wears as a TV analyst -- he looks real different -- they almost look like old-fogie glasses

Shaq Said It Well After A 2010 Game In Which Paul Had 42 Points (cut & pasted from wlkpdia)

Take this down", said O'Neal. "My name is Shaquille O'Neal and Paul Pierce is the mother **** truth. Quote me on that and don't take nothing out. I knew he could play, but I didn't know he could play like this. Paul Pierce is The Truth."


[Edited on 2/10/2018 by Stephen]


A terrific article here on Pierce and KG and their relationship.

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/22382739/paul-pierce-kevin-garnett-were- meant-together


Stephen - 2/11/2018 at 08:42 PM

Excellent read!!
Robert Parish calls Paul "the greatest offensive Celtic ever" -- big ups coming from the Chief
Bottom line, concern in camp, Tor just won big, we've been inconsistent & that's not lost on Paul, the fans/players etc -- but Pierce was some player & all kudos/plaudits/accolades etc today are in order -- Reward The Truth With Four Good Quarters Boys!


robslob - 2/12/2018 at 04:53 AM

Wow it's just one game but sure looked like a different Cavs team. I don't remember when I've seen LeBron so happy and animated on the sideline. Based on today looks like the Cavs might turn this thing around. But I've followed the Lakers since I was a little kid so I already knew that Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr could play.

[Edited on 2/12/2018 by robslob]


Stephen - 2/12/2018 at 03:22 PM

good thing just 1 more b4 the all star break
the armor is showing more than cracks -- losing by 29 points last Tues in Tor -- by 26 Friday vs Pacers --
& On Paul Pierce Day in Boston, w/many of the greats in attendance -- Paul, left to clean up after the boys sh!t the bed again
Jazz have tried their new kid, O'Neale, at ctr to good effect -- we gotta do something like that -- what I don't know -- Greg Monroe ought to be a good addition

hopefully our young kids, Jayson/Jalen/Terry R aren't getting basketball burnout or anything -- we'll be fine -- let's go Celts -- Not-so back after break, he's a big part of what we do

[Edited on 2/12/2018 by Stephen]


dadof2 - 2/14/2018 at 12:15 PM

the cavs are playing very well given it's only 2 games with the new team.

what a great improvement & imo they are the best team in the east as of today.

my knicks need to tank for a few years in order to rebuild...ongoing lousy team for years now is frustrating...go cavs!(in the meantime!)



[Edited on 2/14/2018 by dadof2]


jszfunk - 2/14/2018 at 12:36 PM

Cavs might be in a honey moon period, who knows. I think George Hill will fit in fine.


CanadianMule - 2/14/2018 at 05:58 PM

quote:
the cavs are playing very well given it's only 2 games with the new team.

what a great improvement & imo they are the best team in the east as of today.

my knicks need to tank for a few years in order to rebuild...ongoing lousy team for years now is frustrating...go cavs!(in the meantime!)
[Edited on 2/14/2018 by dadof2]


I'm not sold on a team bouncing players around and having success. I will take a team built together like the Raptors or Golden State over that any day. Sure there are additions and subtractions but the core grew together.

If the Raptors stay ahead of Boston and retain home court. They will give people troubles especially the way that their bench is playing. I am pulling for the Raptors but would prefer either them or Boston over the Cavs in the playoffs.


Stephen - 2/16/2018 at 03:51 AM

Greek Freak, 36 points, 13 assists, 11 rebounds
Nikola Jokic -- 30 points, 17 assists, 15 rebounds???? -- don't recall a game like that before -- Magic came to those two 7-footers last night --
in the same fashion it came to Magic himself going from point guard to center in Phila in the 6th game of the finals in 1980, his rookie year, when Kareem couldn't go
42 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists -- 14-of-14 free throws...... one of, if-not the greatest one-game performances Ever

this one was that unique too -- article said the two players "are the third opposing players to record 30-point triple-doubles in the same game in NBA history, joining Oscar Robertson and Richie Guerin in 1961, and Johnny Kerr and Dave DeBusschere in 1965" --

only these 2 were centers, making it even more unique
it enabled Giannis to surpass Kareem in Bucks history for triple-doubles
Nikola, gosh didn't know about his stats -- 11 career triple doubles -- five this season, including four since Jan. 27 -- had no idea he was going like that

finally, at the time Cousins was injured, he was averaging 25ppg, 12 reb, 5 assists -- had he ended season w/those #s, article said, he would've been 4th player in last 50 years w/those #s -- so enough please about him being chump change, he's a super-gifted center/forward & hopefully he comes back fully -- that's a tough injury for a big man to rehab from


[Edited on 2/17/2018 by Stephen]


Stephen - 2/23/2018 at 05:01 PM

quote:

the pattern of playing 2 quarters of basketball has been addressed, but still persists......



& persisTED well beyond this point
it's no secret, to engage Tor in a dogfight down the stretch, it's gotta start w/D -- Al H said as much recently, & good comments in today's paper by Jaylen Brown as well about how to relocate previous game -- bench will be crucial, it was a big spark 1st half of season -- thinkin we'll shortly be back in front of Tor -- let's go boys, it's time to lock down on D starting tonite in Det, & take that same focus/mindset into MSG tmrw -- w/a W1

Jazz W11 -- Jae Crowder has found a home in Utah, averaging 14.7 ppg -- no surprise, considering (didn't know this) his dad Corey was on the 1991-92 team -- their former top pick Trey Burke had a big nite last nite for NY


[Edited on 2/23/2018 by Stephen]


robslob - 2/23/2018 at 09:19 PM

Last night: Warriors 134 Clippers 127.

Steph Curry's line: 44 points, 10 assists, 6 rebounds. Still the greatest shooter of all-time IMO; last night 8-11 from 3 point line, including one that was maybe five feet from the half court line!!

The Clippers did NOT roll over at ALL; the Warriors just could not shake them. Even with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick all gone, the Clippers are very competitive and have some good young talent. Dino Galinari playing well for one, DeAndre Jordan, Austin Rivers. and especially Lou Williams.


robslob - 2/26/2018 at 04:02 PM

First off, anyone who says that Zaza Pachulia deliberately fell on Russell Westbrook's leg Saturday night is full of BS. I just watched the play 5 times on youtube. Westbrook came down on Pachulia's foot and that's what caused him to fall!!

What an ass-whuppin' delivered to OKC by Warriors. You could see the entire Warriors team was pumped and ready. It was only Feb 4th when I saw OKC score 41 points in the first quarter and thump us by 20. It would have been a BIG deal if we had gone 0-3 against OKC this year. That has never happened against any team in the Steve Kerr era. Durant and Green obviously particularly focused........everyone wanted this one BAD...........


matt05 - 2/26/2018 at 05:25 PM

quote:
First off, anyone who says that Zaza Pachulia deliberately fell on Russell Westbrook's leg Saturday night is full of BS. I just watched the play 5 times on youtube. Westbrook came down on Pachulia's foot and that's what caused him to fall!!

What an ass-whuppin' delivered to OKC by Warriors. You could see the entire Warriors team was pumped and ready. It was only Feb 4th when I saw OKC score 41 points in the first quarter and thump us by 20. It would have been a BIG deal if we had gone 0-3 against OKC this year. That has never happened against any team in the Steve Kerr era. Durant and Green obviously particularly focused........everyone wanted this one BAD...........



certainly not going to say anything was in purpose but is this the 3rd time since last years playoffs thta zaza has been mentioned in an injury/possible injury?


robslob - 2/26/2018 at 08:24 PM

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certainly not going to say anything was in purpose but is this the 3rd time since last years playoffs thta zaza has been mentioned in an injury/possible injury?


I hear you and to be quite honest I thought the close-out on Kawhi Leonard last year in the playoffs was dirty. But when they start accusing Pachulia of things that are NOT dirty, like Saturday night's play with Westbrook, then they are losing all credibility. I have not seen the third incident.

[Edited on 2/26/2018 by robslob]


matt05 - 2/27/2018 at 12:28 AM

quote:
quote:

certainly not going to say anything was in purpose but is this the 3rd time since last years playoffs thta zaza has been mentioned in an injury/possible injury?


I hear you and to be quite honest I thought the close-out on Kawhi Leonard last year in the playoffs was dirty. But when they start accusing Pachulia of things that are NOT dirty, like Saturday night's play with Westbrook, then they are losing all credibility. I have not seen the third incident.

[Edited on 2/26/2018 by robslob]



can't remember who but the 3rd was someone else saying zaza tried to undercut them but they missed landing on his foot and avoided injury because of that


CanadianMule - 3/10/2018 at 03:27 PM

Top in the East vs Top in The West

Raptors win.


robslob - 3/10/2018 at 05:28 PM

quote:

Top in the East vs Top in The West

Raptors win.


Yeah, but Houston was on the road and playing their third game in four nights. It happens.
Warriors also lost last night in Portland so Houston is still one game ahead of them in the Western Conference race.

Curry did not play last night (yet another ankle sprain but they don't think it's too serious, they are being wise and not taking any chances). Durant was spectacular of course (I know he had at least 40) but let me tell you something folks: Portland is NO joke and they could really make some noise come playoff time. I doubt anyone wants to play them. They are NOT just Lillard and McCollum; Terry Stotts is a good coach and they are tough defensively.

I should add: Besides Curry, the Warriors did not have Andre Igoudala, Jordan Bell, David West and Patrick McCaw. Still, this game was big because it was for #1 seed in the West and they just could not handle Portland.


CanadianMule - 3/10/2018 at 08:42 PM

Toronto also has the best home record in the NBA so not that surprising either. Broke the Rockets streak either way. Won me money. Toronto would have been on a 14 game streak if not getting robbed by refs in OT a couple of weeks ago.

It was a great game actually. Playoffs will be more fun this season than last I think.


Stephen - 3/12/2018 at 02:33 PM

quote:
Besides Curry, the Warriors did not have Andre Igoudala, Jordan Bell, David West and Patrick McCaw. Still, this game was big because it was for #1 seed in the West and they just could not handle Portland.


That was our game ystrdy -- no Al, Jaylen, & it looks like Kyrie is going to take a few games to settle down the knee discmfrt -- same pucks, no Patrice or Marchand right now, Backes just back, McAvoy ....

'did Lakiz dig too deep a hole' 1st 1/2....they're most improved hands down -- IT doing great 6th-man things & hopefully a big-hearted Magic & Lakers will sign Isaiah this summer

Tor & Jazz the two hottest right now, & Prtlnd also as you pointed out Rob -- Jazz 18-of-20, yet still just barely in playoffs -- tough place to do biz, west conf....houston etc

Celts might just go into 'prepare for playoffs' mode instead of 'win 1st place' mode down the stretch, & far from tanking, It'd Be A Sensible Thing To Do -- they wouldn't be trying any less hard, not in the stretch run anyway -- we're still right there w/Tor, & Both Want To Avoid Phila
we can't let it all depend on Kyrie, ie as Kyrie goes so go Celts -- if we can win div I think we should, shortmanned or no -- Tor probably has injuries too -- crank we must, Let's go Celts


[Edited on 3/12/2018 by Stephen]


CanadianMule - 3/16/2018 at 10:54 AM

Toronto takes down the Pacers to continue to pull away in the East. 5 games up on 2nd place Boston. Every guy on that team is clicking.

Our teams are likely to meet in the Eastern Finals, Stephen.

"Non NBA Proud Dad side note"

My son and his team have been absolutely kicking ass this season. They are 15 but play up in age against 17 year olds. Undefeated so far and have picked up Gold in 3 different tournaments. Highest level of competition (AAA) and they excel even up in age. Impressive. Keith worked hard to make the team and he has been playing very well. Sunk 10 3-pointers in one game - 8 in a row. Pretty good for a kid that they love because of his ability to pass and control an offence. Thanks for the Proud Papa moment. LOL - Gotta brag when it's your kid.

NBA - NCAA - My Son - It is basketball Heaven right now.


jszfunk - 3/16/2018 at 11:46 AM

I was hoping the Pacers were going to win last night, it would have made for a good week with 4 in a row .Oh well.....


robslob - 3/22/2018 at 03:02 PM

Cleveland 132 Toronto 129

Just thought I'd give this thread a bump by noting that I watched this game last night and if anyone thinks that LeBron James is not still the most dominant player in the NBA...........I would beg to argue with you.

LeBron simply dominated this game and willed his team to victory.........a team that was missing it's head coach and 5 players. 35 points, 17 assists, 7 rebounds and ZERO turnovers. One announcer said it was an NBA record: Most assists without a single turnover in NBA history. Astonishing performance.


Stephen - 3/23/2018 at 03:07 PM

He's an animal -- with all his celebrity etc he still plays virtually every game like it's his last
No Turnovers among those numbers?? as you said an astonishing performance & I too feel he's the most dominant out there & should be mentioned before Harden and Westbrook, & in same breath as MJ & Oscar Robertson, Bird & Magic -- he's a Stockton/Malone hybrid, one of the best to ever come along
now that Kevin Love is back, & w/their coach regrouping, Cavs could be bad news again
Let's go Celts

[Edited on 3/23/2018 by Stephen]


Stephen - 3/26/2018 at 12:17 AM

Our Team's Got Heart!
after that win Fri in Portland, and again today in Sac....word, no Kyrie makes how deep we can go in playoffs, open to debate -- but what's not to love about our guys -- hopefully you're right James & we play Tor in conf. finals -- get back soon Kyrie & Jaylen

be interesting to see what kinda tussle Jazz can give Warriors tonight Rob -- no Curry stinks for GSW -- Burks & Neto, the guards I thought would come to the fore for Utah, have vanished -- they're going with oft-injured former top lottery pick Dante Exum
It's all green, let's go Celts

[Edited on 3/26/2018 by Stephen]


Stephen - 3/30/2018 at 02:37 PM

No Kyrie, no Marcus S, no Al at times, Marcus M banged up, into the teeth of a west coast trip -- we're all world in hoops heart&soul
......MAYb we can retain our conf. title -- it all depends on tmrw nite -- it's no matter tho, no one is better than us

Phila & Cleve were coming on big time, a crummy break for Sixiz tho w/Embiid's bad eye injury -- however look what we've done banged up, + Mr. Fultz is back -- same Cleve, LeBron is 5 times as effective w/Love on the floor, now Kevin is out again

His surgery they're saying went fine -- Celts fans fervently hope Isaiah Thomas doesn't have the same sort of problem that derailed Bo Jackson's career, also Cam Neely's -- C's fans love you bro, best of luck w/the rehab


tbomike - 4/6/2018 at 04:41 PM

Man such disappointing news for the Celtics for Kyrie to be gone for the year. I suspected it was coming but still a major bummer.


dadof2 - 4/7/2018 at 01:09 PM

76ers/Cavs last night was epic(I hate the overuse of that word...but this was the real deal).

Lebron continued his dominant MVP season almost winning the game after being down by 30 at the half.Another triple double along with his 44 points.
They fell a few points short of winning.

Philly is so much fun to watch.Simmons is a no brainer rookie of the year.He will be MVP in the next few years.
Dr. J was correct...he’s a once in a lifetime player...he’s an extension of the skills Lebron brought to the game.
Once he learns to shoot....wow!

Both these players,Lebron and Ben are special.wow.


robslob - 4/7/2018 at 01:38 PM

quote:

76ers/Cavs last night was epic(I hate the overuse of that word...but this was the real deal).

Lebron continued his dominant MVP season almost winning the game after being down by 30 at the half.Another triple double along with his 44 points.
They fell a few points short of winning.

Philly is so much fun to watch.Simmons is a no brainer rookie of the year.He will be MVP in the next few years.
Dr. J was correct...he’s a once in a lifetime player...he’s an extension of the skills Lebron brought to the game.
Once he learns to shoot....wow!

Both these players,Lebron and Ben are special.wow.


Agree with everything 100%. Kind of sad because in view of how dominant LeBron is at both ends of the court he could be MVP every year. But there are other great players, James Harden has never won it, and unless I'm crazy Harden has a 99% chance of taking MVP this year. I'm not saying he doesn't deserve it I'm saying they could give it to LeBron every year but they can't do that.

Ben Simmons? Yes, his skills have completely blown me away every single time I've watched Philly. Simmons just became the only rookie in the history of the NBA not named Oscar Robertson to get both 600 rebounds and 600 assists. And like dadof2 said..........once he finds himself a jumper......<OUCH> Hell, even without a jumper, no one can stop him driving to the hoop or passing. A certain fellow named Magic Johnson didn't have a jumper when he came into the league either and I don't remember it stopping him from dominating any games. Yes, Simmons reminds me a LOT of the Magic Man.

Let me throw in that we need to remember what an incredible basketball player Oscar Robertson was. That gets forgotten mostly because he came into the league in the early 60's and he played for Cincinnati and Milwaukee. Did win it all once after Kareem joined him in Milwaukee. Triple double threat every single time he stepped onto the court...............



[Edited on 4/7/2018 by robslob]


jszfunk - 4/10/2018 at 11:12 AM

Getting down to the final games. Not going to say the Pacers are gonna contend for a spot in the East finals but they might give the Cav's some fits in the first round. I doubt they will win that series, Indiana has no one that can guard LeBron.

The Pacers have won 48 games, that is an 18 point swing from what Vegas had them at, 30. This team has proved the Paul George trade was definitely beneficial for them. They were painful last year and struggling to barely get an 8th seed , now they are the 5th and a much better team. Kevin Pritchard has my vote for GM of the year.


Stephen - 4/12/2018 at 05:56 PM

quote:
quote:

76ers/Cavs last night was epic(I hate the overuse of that word...but this was the real deal).

Lebron continued his dominant MVP season almost winning the game after being down by 30 at the half.Another triple double along with his 44 points.
They fell a few points short of winning.

Philly is so much fun to watch.Simmons is a no brainer rookie of the year.He will be MVP in the next few years.
Dr. J was correct...he’s a once in a lifetime player...he’s an extension of the skills Lebron brought to the game.
Once he learns to shoot....wow!

Both these players,Lebron and Ben are special.wow.


Agree with everything 100%. Kind of sad because in view of how dominant LeBron is at both ends of the court he could be MVP every year. But there are other great players, James Harden has never won it, and unless I'm crazy Harden has a 99% chance of taking MVP this year. I'm not saying he doesn't deserve it I'm saying they could give it to LeBron every year but they can't do that.

Ben Simmons? Yes, his skills have completely blown me away every single time I've watched Philly. Simmons just became the only rookie in the history of the NBA not named Oscar Robertson to get both 600 rebounds and 600 assists. And like dadof2 said..........once he finds himself a jumper......<OUCH> Hell, even without a jumper, no one can stop him driving to the hoop or passing. A certain fellow named Magic Johnson didn't have a jumper when he came into the league either and I don't remember it stopping him from dominating any games. Yes, Simmons reminds me a LOT of the Magic Man.

Let me throw in that we need to remember what an incredible basketball player Oscar Robertson was. That gets forgotten mostly because he came into the league in the early 60's and he played for Cincinnati and Milwaukee. Did win it all once after Kareem joined him in Milwaukee. Triple double threat every single time he stepped onto the court...............

[Edited on 4/7/2018 by robslob]


on top of everything else Embiid looks like an alien w/that mask -- it's scary lookin!! He looks a little like the alien in the Outer Limits episode Second Chance --

not many teams will get 2nd chances against Phila -- they & Cleve are as big threats in East as Celts & Tor -- I put us 4th in that 4some as of right now --
not saying we'll lose but just wait til next year w/a full squad -- Marcus, Daniel Theis and Aron Baynes will be as key coming off the bench as Kyrie, Marcus & the H boys (Hayward/Horford) starting -- Terry, Jayson, Jaylen, Shane, Semi, the Dancing Bear et al

We'll render Mil Nil, let's go C's

[Edited on 4/13/2018 by Stephen]


jszfunk - 4/15/2018 at 10:04 PM

Nice road win for the Pacers! Yeah!!!


dadof2 - 4/16/2018 at 11:34 AM

As a Knicks fan it’s tough for me to say this....but the celts are darn good.

I knew Brad was an incredible coach in college and when he started...a sure thing eventual hall of fame coach who was going to excel early...and he has...

But while they may not win a conference or championship,they play the right way and will get maximum effort and outcome.

And,they are fun to watch!

The Cavs are in deep **** .
Like Lebron’s first stint with the Cavs its Lebron and the rest...not a winning formula.

I’m rooting for Philly...they are really fun

Harden still had too much on his shoulders last night and the Wolves are poorly coached.
KAT needs the ball in the post...as you all saw,all the TV guys covered the details on the problems offensively.
Capela has become a force.

Paul George was big last night and the Thunder were good....I still have my doubts about them but they have 2 stars and a former scoring machine...

Mitchell has an injury to his foot...unknown this morning if it’s any big deal...he’s special...great to see him and Simmons,two rookies look so good in the playoffs.

[Edited on 4/16/2018 by dadof2]


Stephen - 4/16/2018 at 04:01 PM

GAH-
REEEEEER!
It was one of Dave Zinkoff's most noted announcings at 6ers game, when the late great HAL GREER, who recently passed away, made a basket -- he, Chet Walker, Billy Cunningham, of course Wilt.....
after many years struggling, Sixers now are as great as those teams -- "Boston Is Dead" was the placard carried around their gym when they beat us in 1967 -- then we proved it was a fluke by bouncing them in '68 playoffs
RIP Hal Gah-Reeer


Stephen - 4/16/2018 at 04:22 PM

Long way to go in Indy-Cleve series -- Donovan Mitchell is key for Jazz, but I still give Jazz every chance of winning series

But yes, Indy has improved hugely under Kevin Pritchard -- he's turned them into a stellar squad but, from a homer POV, I'd give it (MVGM) to Danny -- his picks & trades have almost all panned out enabling us to be competitive while missing key players

good to see no mail-ins/blowouts so far, it's how playoffs oughtab --
Let's Go Celts -- Giannis is in LeBron/Embiid/Anthony Davis territory IMO -- corral him, we corral Bucks, Then It'd Be PHILA, but Mil 1st, they're Troublesome


LeglizHemp - 4/16/2018 at 09:39 PM

https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2018/04/15/doy el-once-left-dead-pacers-secret-no-more-nba-playoffs-2018/512764002/?from=n ew-cookie


LeglizHemp - 4/18/2018 at 04:25 AM

https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2018/04/17/who -can-stop-lebron-no-one-indiana-pacers-bogdanovic-has-done-better-than-most -2018-nba-playoffs/524328002/


robslob - 4/18/2018 at 06:32 AM

The shocker of the playoffs is New Orleans walking into Portland and nabbing games one and two of this series. Even with DeMarcus Cousins out, they still have probably the greatest center in the game, Anthony Davis, and some other guys who can really play, like Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday.

And their coach happens to be one of the best in the game. Alvin Gentry was Steve Kerr's Lead Assistant for Kerr's first two years with the team. And Gentry was a big part of why Kerr was able to transition to Head Coach so easily with ZERO coaching experience. Because Gentry is somewhat of a defensive genius and the early Warrriors greatness had a LOT more going on than a potent offense. Give Kerr a lot of credit for offensive innovation though.

I think a lot of people have forgotten, or never knew, who Alvin Gentry is. He also was an assistant to Popovich in S.A. and has an extensive head coach resume.


Wis608 - 4/18/2018 at 10:30 AM

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The shocker of the playoffs is New Orleans walking into Portland and nabbing games one and two of this series. Even with DeMarcus Cousins out, they still have probably the greatest center in the game, Anthony Davis, and some other guys who can really play, like Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday.

And their coach happens to be one of the best in the game. Alvin Gentry was Steve Kerr's Lead Assistant for Kerr's first two years with the team. And Gentry was a big part of why Kerr was able to transition to Head Coach so easily with ZERO coaching experience. Because Gentry is somewhat of a defensive genius and the early Warrriors greatness had a LOT more going on than a potent offense. Give Kerr a lot of credit for offensive innovation though.

I think a lot of people have forgotten, or never knew, who Alvin Gentry is. He also was an assistant to Popovich in S.A. and has an extensive head coach resume.


Its a players league for the most part. Alvin Gentry? I would not bestow that crown yet. His overall coaching career record is below .500 and only 2 winning seasons out of 15 ever as a head. You call that best in the game?! Maybe I am missing something or he is a good assistant. I know you want to blow your horn for everything GS, but lets get real. Give him a few more years and lets talk. Steve Kerr made the right choice not going to NY or that would have been his head on the chopping block instead of Hornacek's.

I will say that there are a few coaches that probably do make a difference, but other than that, its ran by the players.

[Edited on 4/18/2018 by Wis608]


dadof2 - 4/18/2018 at 12:11 PM

celtics again having their way with the bucks.

bucks are a team of mismatched parts-lots of talent but they don't have good ball movement or sufficiently consistent and competent 3 point shooters.

toronto is schooling the wizards,a team that has always regarded itself more highly than they ever were.

looking forward to tonights games!


dadof2 - 4/18/2018 at 12:22 PM

quote:
quote:
The shocker of the playoffs is New Orleans walking into Portland and nabbing games one and two of this series. Even with DeMarcus Cousins out, they still have probably the greatest center in the game, Anthony Davis, and some other guys who can really play, like Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday.

And their coach happens to be one of the best in the game. Alvin Gentry was Steve Kerr's Lead Assistant for Kerr's first two years with the team. And Gentry was a big part of why Kerr was able to transition to Head Coach so easily with ZERO coaching experience. Because Gentry is somewhat of a defensive genius and the early Warrriors greatness had a LOT more going on than a potent offense. Give Kerr a lot of credit for offensive innovation though.

I think a lot of people have forgotten, or never knew, who Alvin Gentry is. He also was an assistant to Popovich in S.A. and has an extensive head coach resume.


Its a players league for the most part. Alvin Gentry? I would not bestow that crown yet. His overall coaching career record is below .500 and only 2 winning seasons out of 15 ever as a head. You call that best in the game?! Maybe I am missing something or he is a good assistant. I know you want to blow your horn for everything GS, but lets get real. Give him a few more years and lets talk. Steve Kerr made the right choice not going to NY or that would have been his head on the chopping block instead of Hornacek's.

I will say that there are a few coaches that probably do make a difference, but other than that, its ran by the players.

[Edited on 4/18/2018 by Wis608]


gentry is doing an excellent job this year, particularly since cousins got hurt.he was also an outstanding assistant but not quite one of the greatest in the game.

yes, it's a players' league and thankfully there are few college style coaches who attempt to impose their will on every play in the game(think screaming' tom thibodeau!)

but there are many really good coaches who are having great impact on the game and on their teams play-kenny atkinson,budenholz,pops,spoelstra,stephens,kerr,stotts,dantoni,walton,casey ,doc(this year),& Brown.

[Edited on 4/18/2018 by dadof2]


Stephen - 4/18/2018 at 03:59 PM

quote:
celtics again having their way with the bucks.

bucks are a team of mismatched parts-lots of talent but they don't have good ball movement or sufficiently consistent and competent 3 point shooters.

toronto is schooling the wizards,a team that has always regarded itself more highly than they ever were.

looking forward to tonights games!


X2 -- if Beal & Gortat show up in DC, Wash could make a series of it --
envision Jazz on top of it 2nite going back home w/a split -- Warriors in good shape at 2-0 --
am I crazy to think Kahwi Leonard should be called to account for bailing on Spurs? Breach of contract all the way -- the tendiopathy thing is horse ****

guessing long stretches of dominant play by Mil in store over next 2 games -- Giannis is too dominating a player & the crowd will amp up their play -- awesome if we cut town w/a split -- no team is better than us, we're shocking people -- let's go Celts


jszfunk - 4/19/2018 at 11:03 AM

Not surprising LeBron had a big game last night, still only beat the Pacers by 3. We will see when the series comes back to Indy. Go Pacers!!


robslob - 4/19/2018 at 02:53 PM

quote:

Its a players league for the most part. Alvin Gentry? I would not bestow that crown yet. His overall coaching career record is below .500 and only 2 winning seasons out of 15 ever as a head. You call that best in the game?! Maybe I am missing something or he is a good assistant. I know you want to blow your horn for everything GS, but lets get real. Give him a few more years and lets talk. Steve Kerr made the right choice not going to NY or that would have been his head on the chopping block instead of Hornacek's.


Well I would say that you've probably schooled me pretty damn well then. I admit that my assessment of Gentry was based on his 2 or 3 years under Kerr at Golden State. And he DID get a lot of credit for what they did those years, considering that Kerr came in with ZERO head coaching experience. I never bothered doing any research on him beyond that. But then again, so far in the playoffs, New Orleans has been awful damn impressive, especially on defense, where they have kept Damian Lillard completely under wraps thus far. Will be real interesting so see what happens from here on in. And you can't help but wonder who this team might have beaten if Cousins hadn't gone down.

[Edited on 4/19/2018 by robslob]


emr - 4/19/2018 at 04:18 PM

Lebron was a beast last night. But if Love is done so are the Cavs


kevdab - 4/20/2018 at 11:11 AM

Let's Go Celtics!
Eric Bledsoe doesn't know who Terry Rozier is. That should tell us a lot about him and the Bucks.


Stephen - 4/20/2018 at 03:06 PM

quote:
so far in the playoffs, New Orleans has been awful damn impressive, especially on defense, where they have kept Damian Lillard completely under wraps thus far. Will be real interesting so see what happens from here on in. And you can't help but wonder who this team might have beaten if Cousins hadn't gone down.




same here -- they were really starting to feel it when Cousins got hurt -- now the dynamic has shifted w/RR & Jrue Holiday in the backcourt -- as you said Holiday has Stifled Lillard so far, Great defender -- & Mirotic et al up front w/Anthony --
both NO & Celts will be Teams To Watch next year (They Are Now Too Obviously) -- Phila is now, Sixiz have come more than full circle

Warriyz up 3-0 on a dysfunctional Spurs team w/its best player AWOL & calling all the shots -- & two others, career Spurs Parker & Ginobli, who might be calling it quits -- & on a sad note too w/Mrs. Popovich's passing
Hope the rehab from surgery is going well, bro -- good wknd to all


[Edited on 4/20/2018 by Stephen]


jszfunk - 4/21/2018 at 12:49 PM

Nice game from the Bucks yesterday. Glad to see the Pacers come back and win, now up 2-1.


robslob - 4/22/2018 at 12:23 AM

Pelicans take out the Blazers 4-0.

Now who woulda thunk it? Certainly not THIS observer. Before it started I never gave N.O. much of a chance in this series with Cousins down. Shows how much I know I guess. Anthony Davis: 47 points 11 rebounds 3 blocks. Jrue Holiday: 41 points 8 assists. What a performance by both. Davis looks completely unguardable. I don't know how many but he hit a lot of threes, a true inside/outside threat. What a talent!!k Rajon Rondo had 16 assists for N.O.

Now they likely play The Warriors. Do I think N.O. can take the Warriors? No. Do I think they can make it interesting? Oh Hell Yes.........
If I'm not mistaken it was 2015 when the Warriors swept them 4-0 in the first round. That series was MUCH, much closer than that 4-0 sweep would indicate. With the exception of one game, every one of those games was very, very close and went right down to the last minute. And N.O. is better now. This will be a very tough series.

Side note: How about Bojan Bogdanovic of Indiana yesterday? 30 points including 11-15 and 7-9 from three. I thought basically that he won the game for Indiana to put them up 2-1 over the the Cavs.





[Edited on 4/22/2018 by robslob]


robslob - 4/26/2018 at 04:34 AM

Wowie Zowie OKC comes from 25 points down to beat Utah 107-99. Westbrook took over the game completely in the 3rd quarter, ended with 45. Great game from Paul George as well. Carmelo Anthony notably planted on the bench for at least most of the game.


dadof2 - 4/26/2018 at 10:49 AM

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Wowie Zowie OKC comes from 25 points down to beat Utah 107-99. Westbrook took over the game completely in the 3rd quarter, ended with 45. Great game from Paul George as well. Carmelo Anthony notably planted on the bench for at least most of the game.


indeed a great game and yes, finally the coach benched a completely ineffective melo on both ends of the floor.

LEBRON-no need to say more...OMG


jszfunk - 4/26/2018 at 11:49 AM

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Wowie Zowie OKC comes from 25 points down to beat Utah 107-99. Westbrook took over the game completely in the 3rd quarter, ended with 45. Great game from Paul George as well. Carmelo Anthony notably planted on the bench for at least most of the game.


indeed a great game and yes, finally the coach benched a completely ineffective melo on both ends of the floor.

LEBRON-no need to say more...OMG


He has had to have heroic performances to beat the Pacers, because its just him and a bunch of guys. In the three games LeBron has won its been a total of 10 points. Plus Indiana is not doing themselves any favors either.


dadof2 - 4/26/2018 at 12:41 PM

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Wowie Zowie OKC comes from 25 points down to beat Utah 107-99. Westbrook took over the game completely in the 3rd quarter, ended with 45. Great game from Paul George as well. Carmelo Anthony notably planted on the bench for at least most of the game.


indeed a great game and yes, finally the coach benched a completely ineffective melo on both ends of the floor.

LEBRON-no need to say more...OMG


He has had to have heroic performances to beat the Pacers, because its just him and a bunch of guys. In the three games LeBron has won its been a total of 10 points. Plus Indiana is not doing themselves any favors either.


agree...Love is injured and the rest, besides Korver have been AWOL.Indy has limited talent and are playing poorly under pressure.

nonetheless watching Lebron is a true honor-he's a true artist of the game-a genius level understanding of every aspect of the game...and man, these playoffs arte fun.Philly is my mind-blowing favorite team to watch & root for....


matt05 - 4/26/2018 at 12:49 PM

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Wowie Zowie OKC comes from 25 points down to beat Utah 107-99. Westbrook took over the game completely in the 3rd quarter, ended with 45. Great game from Paul George as well. Carmelo Anthony notably planted on the bench for at least most of the game.


indeed a great game and yes, finally the coach benched a completely ineffective melo on both ends of the floor.

LEBRON-no need to say more...OMG



no need to mention the clear goaltend on that last shot the pacers took? ball hit the back board and came off then LeBron blocked


dadof2 - 4/26/2018 at 01:50 PM

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Wowie Zowie OKC comes from 25 points down to beat Utah 107-99. Westbrook took over the game completely in the 3rd quarter, ended with 45. Great game from Paul George as well. Carmelo Anthony notably planted on the bench for at least most of the game.


indeed a great game and yes, finally the coach benched a completely ineffective melo on both ends of the floor.

LEBRON-no need to say more...OMG



no need to mention the clear goaltend on that last shot the pacers took? ball hit the back board and came off then LeBron blocked


glad you mentioned it-it is an opinion some had while others differed...
thanks.


matt05 - 4/26/2018 at 02:11 PM

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Wowie Zowie OKC comes from 25 points down to beat Utah 107-99. Westbrook took over the game completely in the 3rd quarter, ended with 45. Great game from Paul George as well. Carmelo Anthony notably planted on the bench for at least most of the game.


indeed a great game and yes, finally the coach benched a completely ineffective melo on both ends of the floor.

LEBRON-no need to say more...OMG





no need to mention the clear goaltend on that last shot the pacers took? ball hit the back board and came off then LeBron blocked


glad you mentioned it-it is an opinion some had while others differed...
thanks.



who had the opposite opinion? once a ball hits the backboard it can not be blocked. show me a replay that shows the ball was touched before it hit the backboard and I will agree it was a clean block. it was replayed about 40 times on sports center and the rotation of the ball was analyzed and without a doubt the showed how they know the ball hit the backboard first based on the rotation


griff - 4/26/2018 at 03:09 PM

When I used to follow the NBA, goaltending was a rule that was strictly enforced.
The way I understand the rules now is that the refs have to call goaltending on the floor for it to be replay reviewed.
If they replay that block it was clearly a goaltend and IIndiana gets 2 points there.
That's why people like me question the integrity of the game now.


dadof2 - 4/26/2018 at 03:30 PM

quote:
When I used to follow the NBA, goaltending was a rule that was strictly enforced.
The way I understand the rules now is that the refs have to call goaltending on the floor for it to be replay reviewed.
If they replay that block it was clearly a goaltend and IIndiana gets 2 points there.
That's why people like me question the integrity of the game now.


given how difficult it is to ref these games and mistakes abound i'm not sure bringing the tired so called integrity issue into this is relevant or even factual on any level.

are there cheating refs in all sports? Yes.That's different then generalizing to suggest these are regular practices or worse, that the NBA is pulling the strings on these things.

and, for those who believe the fix is in they can watch and try to find the sports with the greatest "integrity"-good luck, since the NBA may be the cleanest sport.


matt05 - 4/26/2018 at 03:49 PM

quote:
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When I used to follow the NBA, goaltending was a rule that was strictly enforced.
The way I understand the rules now is that the refs have to call goaltending on the floor for it to be replay reviewed.
If they replay that block it was clearly a goaltend and IIndiana gets 2 points there.
That's why people like me question the integrity of the game now.


given how difficult it is to ref these games and mistakes abound i'm not sure bringing the tired so called integrity issue into this is relevant or even factual on any level.

are there cheating refs in all sports? Yes.That's different then generalizing to suggest these are regular practices or worse, that the NBA is pulling the strings on these things.

and, for those who believe the fix is in they can watch and try to find the sports with the greatest "integrity"-good luck, since the NBA may be the cleanest sport.




I don't think anyone cheated. just call a goaltend and then review it. if it was a block then remove the 2 points. if it was a goaltend keep the score. instead the refs made sure they didn't HAVE to do anything really


griff - 4/26/2018 at 03:49 PM

quote:
quote:
When I used to follow the NBA, goaltending was a rule that was strictly enforced.
The way I understand the rules now is that the refs have to call goaltending on the floor for it to be replay reviewed.
If they replay that block it was clearly a goaltend and IIndiana gets 2 points there.
That's why people like me question the integrity of the game now.


given how difficult it is to ref these games and mistakes abound i'm not sure bringing the tired so called integrity issue into this is relevant or even factual on any level.

are there cheating refs in all sports? Yes.That's different then generalizing to suggest these are regular practices or worse, that the NBA is pulling the strings on these things.

and, for those who believe the fix is in they can watch and try to find the sports with the greatest "integrity"-good luck, since the NBA may be the cleanest sport.



The NBA has a different set of rules for the "superstar" players.
Last nights game is proof they won't make the critical call against the 'elite" players in the league.
If the refs can't get that critical a call right that determines the outcome of a game, then why watch?
So I stopped watching.
But I understand the NBA needs to promote the game to as large a fan base as possible.
And I'm glad fans enjoy watching the games and having fun.
But that fan base no longer includes me.
Otherwise, I say "enjoy".
I'll go upgrade my fishing gear.


dadof2 - 4/26/2018 at 04:28 PM

quote:
quote:
quote:
When I used to follow the NBA, goaltending was a rule that was strictly enforced.
The way I understand the rules now is that the refs have to call goaltending on the floor for it to be replay reviewed.
If they replay that block it was clearly a goaltend and IIndiana gets 2 points there.
That's why people like me question the integrity of the game now.


given how difficult it is to ref these games and mistakes abound i'm not sure bringing the tired so called integrity issue into this is relevant or even factual on any level.

are there cheating refs in all sports? Yes.That's different then generalizing to suggest these are regular practices or worse, that the NBA is pulling the strings on these things.

and, for those who believe the fix is in they can watch and try to find the sports with the greatest "integrity"-good luck, since the NBA may be the cleanest sport.



The NBA has a different set of rules for the "superstar" players.
Last nights game is proof they won't make the critical call against the 'elite" players in the league.
If the refs can't get that critical a call right that determines the outcome of a game, then why watch?
So I stopped watching.
But I understand the NBA needs to promote the game to as large a fan base as possible.
And I'm glad fans enjoy watching the games and having fun.
But that fan base no longer includes me.
Otherwise, I say "enjoy".
I'll go upgrade my fishing gear.


enjoy the fishing!

although i keep trying to remember how refs impacted the game when i was watching in the 60's and 70's-anyone recall?were there so called superstars rules? perhaps...just don't recall..

anyone remember?


dadof2 - 4/26/2018 at 10:19 PM

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Wowie Zowie OKC comes from 25 points down to beat Utah 107-99. Westbrook took over the game completely in the 3rd quarter, ended with 45. Great game from Paul George as well. Carmelo Anthony notably planted on the bench for at least most of the game.


indeed a great game and yes, finally the coach benched a completely ineffective melo on both ends of the floor.

LEBRON-no need to say more...OMG





no need to mention the clear goaltend on that last shot the pacers took? ball hit the back board and came off then LeBron blocked


glad you mentioned it-it is an opinion some had while others differed...
thanks.



who had the opposite opinion? once a ball hits the backboard it can not be blocked. show me a replay that shows the ball was touched before it hit the backboard and I will agree it was a clean block. it was replayed about 40 times on sports center and the rotation of the ball was analyzed and without a doubt the showed how they know the ball hit the backboard first based on the rotation


turns out you are absolutely correct.

the interesting thing is that the superstar treatment didn't apply the play before when Lebron was called for tipping the ball out of bounds when all acknowledged it was off Indy.

guess, after all,2 bad calls were made-no conspiracy & no superstar stuff-they were both close,ddifficult calls to make.

in the end the game was decided by a 3 pointer anyway giving them the win.

an interesting game.


jszfunk - 4/28/2018 at 11:18 PM

One more game Pacers!!!!


LeglizHemp - 4/29/2018 at 12:34 AM

GO PACERS !


jszfunk - 4/30/2018 at 11:44 AM

Pacers just could not get it done. It took a great performance from James and Tristan Thompson adding his stuff to beat the Pacers. Cleveland won 4 games by a total of 14. Those were all very close and could have went either . Pacers won three by a total of 54. Indiana is a good young team and hopefully on the rise.


I don't think the Cav's will get past the Raptors.


robslob - 4/30/2018 at 01:42 PM

Well Stephen and other Celts fans good luck, starting tonight it's Sixers vs. Celts.

Two classic franchises and two currently very tough teams, this should be a great series. But with all the injuries, I have to go with Philly. If Kyrie had not gone down I wouldn't say that. Sure not gonna be easy though, Celtics are very tough defensively. I'll be watching tonight for sure...........love to watch Ben Simmons play. Just wondering where Celtics scoring is going to come from..........they are going to need 4 or 5 different guys to have a solid series on the offensive end, as in averaging in double figures.



[Edited on 4/30/2018 by robslob]


porkchopbob - 4/30/2018 at 03:14 PM

I was really hoping the Bucks would finally get out of the first round for the first time since the BigDawg/Ray Allen-era. But not too surprised considering they couldn't get over the hump in the regular season. Hopefully they can carry that into next season and add some more shooters to support "the Freak", though that was the hope when the Raptors ousted them early last season. The NBA has always been top-heavy, but they are now 0-8 in first round series since 2003.


matt05 - 4/30/2018 at 06:57 PM

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I was really hoping the Bucks would finally get out of the first round for the first time since the BigDawg/Ray Allen-era. But not too surprised considering they couldn't get over the hump in the regular season. Hopefully they can carry that into next season and add some more shooters to support "the Freak", though that was the hope when the Raptors ousted them early last season. The NBA has always been top-heavy, but they are now 0-8 in first round series since 2003.


they need jabari parker to be healthy for an entire season


Stephen - 4/30/2018 at 09:35 PM

Hopefully a good series Rob -- Stephen C returns tomorrow nite, Xclnt news for GSW!
Unsure where the points will come from w/no Jaylen tonite -- plus, a good idea from Phila coach, he showed Sixiz videos of past Celtics-76ers games (espn article says)

he didn't show em the 1968 series tho -- they beat us the year before, crushing us 140-116 in the final game
they were up 3-1 the next year (1968), phans had their Boston Is Dead signs ready to break out once again
EL SMOKO -- we win the next 3 & win back the title

we'll give Phila a battle -- they're very good

[Edited on 5/14/2018 by Stephen]


tbomike - 5/1/2018 at 12:38 PM

No Jaylen Brown. No problem. Celts get big offensive games from Horford, Rozier and Tatum and continue to show they can play defense against anyone. No matter who is in the lineup they know how to play defense and how to execute the offense. It is amazing how deep in his bench Stevens has players prepared.


robslob - 5/1/2018 at 01:16 PM

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No Jaylen Brown. No problem. Celts get big offensive games from Horford, Rozier and Tatum and continue to show they can play defense against anyone. No matter who is in the lineup they know how to play defense and how to execute the offense. It is amazing how deep in his bench Stevens has players prepared.


Could not agree any more! I've thought for years that The Warriors were the deepest team in the NBA. After last night, I may need to reassess that.

Terry Rozier was unstoppable in the second half, Tatum amazing as well. Al Horford also had a great game, mostly in the first half. Defense by the entire Celtics squad was just sterling.

I don't know how many teams could survive losing Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown and still come out with a performance like that against a very, very good 76ers team. But it's very early. Philly will be back. But if Boston plays overall like they did last night it's going to be a tough row to hoe for them.

I see this as a very, very fun series to watch!


jszfunk - 5/2/2018 at 12:04 PM

I thought for sure the Raptors would have won last night. It looks like the rest of the Cav's(besides James) came to life for this one.


CanadianMule - 5/2/2018 at 01:13 PM

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I thought for sure the Raptors would have won last night. It looks like the rest of the Cav's(besides James) came to life for this one.


The Raptors had them and then let them off the hook. Will be a great series but Toronto had home court advantage for the first time against the Cavs and blew it.


jszfunk - 5/3/2018 at 11:03 AM

Nice win for the Jazz!


matt05 - 5/3/2018 at 01:20 PM

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Nice win for the Jazz!


imo the jazz coach is coach of the year. look at what they lost who they gained and how they are performing


shep66 - 5/4/2018 at 12:33 AM

Here's an embarrassment of a sport. Tanking to get the best player is not a strategy. Possibly 5 good teams overall. Zero intensity in the playoffs.


robslob - 5/4/2018 at 02:33 AM

I've watched LeBron for his entire career but game 2 vs. Toronto today was as dominant an offensive display from him as I have ever seen. Just unstoppable and it came from ALL over the court. And Oh Yeah.......Raptors seemed to have forgotten that this Kevin Love dude can do some things too. Toronto got steamrolled on their home court two consecutive games. Sure don't see them recovering from this. Just their luck to land in the same conference as The King because he's been doing this to them for a LOT of years now. LeBron must be the most hated man in Toronto.


jszfunk - 5/4/2018 at 11:04 AM

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Sure don't see them recovering from this.


Yeah ,I agree at this point. I thought Toronto would have taken last nights game, but failed.


tbomike - 5/4/2018 at 12:50 PM

Another spectacular performance for LeBron and Love had a huge game and Toronto in deep trouble now.

Meanwhile a 22 point deficit for the Celtics. No problem. They roar back with an extended 50-20 run and Al Horford continues to provide great leadership and winning plays and to lead the youth brigade as the Celtics take a 2-0 lead and Tatum and Rozier and the rest continue to shine. Very impressive even to this old Celts fan.


Stephen - 5/4/2018 at 03:03 PM

The guy is just amazing -- as hard a competitor as there is -- LeBron is tops in every phase of the game
Russell Westbrook had a unstoppable performance like this in 2nd half of Gm 5 against Jazz, singlehandedly bringing OKC from Way back for a win -- these are amazing athletes in a zone and a treat to watch

May 3, 2017 comes right to mind for C's fans in this respect -- Isaiah Thomas, 53 points -- that little man, using the entire court, playing to the heavens on the occasion of the birthday of his sister, who'd recently died unexpectedly

Don't think Quin Snyder is coach of the year, but for sure he is right there w/coach Stevens & Brett Brown -- the Jazz use numerous players in a variety of scenarios around the Gobert/Favors/Rubio/Ingles nucleus -- Jonas, Royce O'Neal, their many guards like Exum, Burks, Neto

Jae Crowder has been a big addition -- Donovan Mitchell, rookie of the year in my view -- still early, Houston wasn't 1 seed for nothing


[Edited on 5/4/2018 by Stephen]


dadof2 - 5/4/2018 at 03:17 PM

Lebron played in a zone & also made the team and each individual player way more effective.

a masterpiece of an artistic performance.


The Wall Street Journal
U.S. Edition
May 4, 2018






Jason Gay has been letting his kids stay up late because he wants them to watch LeBron James play basketball while the Cavs star is still in his prime.

By Jason Gay
May 2, 2018 10:11 a.m. ET

If you run into my children in the next few weeks, a warning: they might be a nightmare. I mean, more of a nightmare than they usually are. They might be especially cranky and tired, demanding cheese sticks and juice boxes. They might wind up on the floor, kicking and howling, like an adult at the Apple Genius Bar.

It’s not their fault. It’s mine.

I’ve been letting them stay up late to watch LeBron.

My children are 5 and 3. They are not sports fans. They are children. They would much prefer to watch a crocodile wrestle a boa constrictor. Or a volcano eruption. Or “Octonauts.”

But for the past few weeks, we’ve fallen into a routine whenever the Cleveland Cavaliers have an evening playoff game. The children do their normal child-schtick of wandering out of their bedrooms after bedtime, complaining they can’t sleep. This is a lie.

They ask if they can sit on the couch and watch a little TV.

MORE BY JASON GAY

I’m Letting My Kids Stay Up Late to Watch LeBron James May 2, 2018

I should say no, because they really need to go to bed. But I say yes, because LeBron James is playing basketball—and I want my children to have watched LeBron James play basketball, when he was still in his prime.

I know it sounds corny, but I think this is important. It’s pretty obvious by now that James is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. When he finally wraps his career, he may have a case alongside Michael Jordan as the greatest ever, and I want my children, when they’re 35 or 62—or 147, living on Mars with their own great-great-great-grandkids, and Elon Musk and Tom Brady —to be able to say: Yeah, I saw LeBron James play.

I think this is the kind of thing I’m supposed to do as a parent. Sure: I’m supposed to teach them to brush their teeth, tie their shoes, drive a stick shift and make an Old-Fashioned the proper way, with a muddler and real sugar and not some garbage simple syrup. But I also think it’s essential that when something miraculous is happening in sports, you make sure that your kids see it.

Cubs fans know what I mean. Cubs fans woke up newborns for the final out of Game 7.

My tennis-nut Dad did this with me, making sure I saw Jimmy Connors and Billie Jean King and Bjorn Borg. This was easier, since tennis was on during the day—or in Wimbledon’s case, the morning. I feel like I watched every point of Borg’s 1980 Wimbledon epic with John McEnroe. I’m not certain I did—I may have taken a nap or wandered outside to chase squirrels. But I know what that match means to tennis, because I saw some of it live.

That’s another thing. I know some people may ask: Hey, Jason, why can’t you just DVR LeBron and show your kids the game in the morning? Blecch. It isn’t the same. It’s really not. I may as well show them YouTube highlights of Bob Cousy. Or a crocodile wrestling a boa constrictor. Live in the moment is everything.

(I will show them YouTube highlights of Bob Cousy eventually, however. And Bill Russell, Jordan, Willie Mays, Billie Jean and Eddy Merckx. And the San Diego Chicken.)

My children are not watching the entire Cavs game. Calm down. They usually hang in for about 15 minutes. I think the longest anyone has gone is until halftime. But I’m pretty certain the 5-year-old knows who LeBron is— big guy, fisherman’s beard, always has the ball, usually doing something thrilling. That’s one of the many great things about LeBron. He always plays. He barely sits. And on the court, he’s at the center of everything.

That’s one of the greatest basketball players who has ever lived, I tell my children. I really do! It’s so pathetic and corny. I sound like I’m in a commercial for life insurance.

I think the 5-year-old gets it. I have no idea what the 3-year-old thinks. I think the 3-year-old is simply hoping to steal the remote and switch over to “Octonauts.”


I’ll keep on letting them watch, because LeBron seldom fails to deliver. Even this season, when he’s playing with a roster the Cavaliers found on eBay. Cleveland will have a hard time marching to the Finals this year. They barely squeaked past Indiana in the first round. James looks like someone who’s been asked to carry a piano up a staircase. And yet, he’s doing it, somehow.

This is what matters in sports. I really believe that. We spend a lot of time today arguing with each other about controversies and contracts and inane topics like bat flips or Bill Belichick’s cutoff sleeves, but the whole reason we get addicted to sports is the off chance of seeing the type of greatness like LeBron James is offering pretty much every other night. He’s 33 now, in his 15th season, and he’s still the best. It’s amazing, close to magical, and I think everyone should be watching.




[Edited on 5/4/2018 by dadof2]


robslob - 5/4/2018 at 04:06 PM

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This is what matters in sports. I really believe that. We spend a lot of time today arguing with each other about controversies and contracts and inane topics like bat flips or Bill Belichick’s cutoff sleeves, but the whole reason we get addicted to sports is the off chance of seeing the type of greatness like LeBron James is offering pretty much every other night. He’s 33 now, in his 15th season, and he’s still the best. It’s amazing, close to magical, and I think everyone should be watching.


YUP. X 3......

Kyle Korver in a live TV interview about a week ago gave probably the best summary of LeBron: "He doesn't have to say anything. You see it by the look on his face when you show up for practice 1/2 hour early and see him working. You know just by his attitude that he's wondering why you weren't there with him. Because you know that he was there 2 HOURS before practice working on his game."





[Edited on 5/4/2018 by robslob]


Stephen - 5/5/2018 at 12:18 PM

"James continues to ascend and astound. He's averaging 34.4 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 41.7 minutes in his 13th postseason. He's led Cleveland in points and assists in 10 consecutive playoff games games, tying Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson for the longest such streak in postseason history." quote from AP article

Have been astounded by how Celts have ascended this season
expecting long stretches of dominant play by Phila -- it's just the pattern of the games, you can't help but have an extra spring in your step being cheered on your home floor -- we saw that last night in NO -- Simmons is unlikely to have another no show
Envision a split in Phila -- on a beautiful Saturday morning of Green Up Day, let's go boys, show em the green way


tbomike - 5/6/2018 at 02:25 PM

LeBron hits another game winner to take the commanding 3-0 lead over the Raptors. DeRozan gets benched down the stretch and the Raptors make a furious comeback only to see LeBron top them yet again.

Meanwhile. The Celtics continue to shrug their collective shoulders at any obstacle in front of them and now dead set on a collision course with the Cavs. And with the regular season that is 6 out of 7 over the Sixers so can we please stop all this silly idea that the Sixers are more talented or whatever. The Celtics are better than they are. Period.


robslob - 5/6/2018 at 03:00 PM

The King strikes again. Wow is about all I can say about that.

Celts proving their mettle as if I need to say so. Young guys Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum must be making Celts fans forget about the loss of Kyrie. I am amazed at how deep the Celtics are. The main worry if I were a Celtics fan would be keeping everyone around. The Warriors only lost one player from last year (Ian Clark who is playing well for N.O.) but had to go WAY into the luxury tax to do it. Also took some help from Kevin Durant who let $$$ go by restructuring his contract. The Celts have so much talent that keeping the key ones around is going to be a financial nightmare.


jszfunk - 5/6/2018 at 06:16 PM

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The King strikes again. Wow is about all I can say about that.

Celts proving their mettle as if I need to say so. Young guys Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum must be making Celts fans forget about the loss of Kyrie. I am amazed at how deep the Celtics are. The main worry if I were a Celtics fan would be keeping everyone around. The Warriors only lost one player from last year (Ian Clark who is playing well for N.O.) but had to go WAY into the luxury tax to do it. Also took some help from Kevin Durant who let $$$ go by restructuring his contract. The Celts have so much talent that keeping the key ones around is going to be a financial nightmare.


Good post and I agree . Love him or hate him , he put on a clinic In clutch time. That was pretty amazing. I know its hard to compare players and from the eras they p!ayed, but man oh man he is one of the best.

Rob, you mentioned Celtics might have trouble financially keeping this lineup together. Do you think GS will run into those issues at sometime?


robslob - 5/6/2018 at 10:23 PM

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Rob, you mentioned Celtics might have trouble financially keeping this lineup together. Do you think GS will run into those issues at sometime?


I thought I detailed the Warriors' issues in keeping the team together in my post that you are referring to.


jszfunk - 5/7/2018 at 11:50 AM

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quote:

Rob, you mentioned Celtics might have trouble financially keeping this lineup together. Do you think GS will run into those issues at sometime?


I thought I detailed the Warriors' issues in keeping the team together in my post that you are referring to.


You just wonder how long players will "who let $$$ go by to restructure contracts". I guess it does happen and it depends on who the individuals are . Some players might want there payday eventually.


jszfunk - 5/8/2018 at 10:33 AM

I guess I was wrong about the Cavs and Raptors series. Cleveland dispatched them pretty handedly. They probably wished Indiana finished them off when they had their chances . That was a more competitive series.

Here is a SNL skit about the other Cavaliers,
https://youtu.be/d9HGjZd_Fm8


tbomike - 5/10/2018 at 06:59 PM

So the Celtics get it done in 5. 7 games in a row with over 20 for Jayson Tatum and another all round team win as the Celtics fight off a 4 pt deficit with 90 seconds left. Now they wil spend days hearing how they have no chance against the Cavs. We shall see. Should be fun conference finals.


robslob - 5/11/2018 at 02:20 PM

Now the playoffs get really interesting as eliminations have left what in my opinion are the best four teams standing.

Picking The Warriors to win it all for the 3rd time in 4 years. I just don't see that anyone can handle their depth. I think they will take Houston out in 6. I think Boston will beat Cleveland.
I think Warriors - Boston will be a very tough series but again I say Warriors in 6. I fear Boston the most of any team because they are the only team that has the depth to match the Warriors (even with all the injuries). Also Boston may be the toughest team defensively in the entire league. Brad Stephens is Coach of the Year in my opinion. But Warriors' talent and playoff experience will show and put them over the top once again.


Jonesy - 5/11/2018 at 05:55 PM

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Now the playoffs get really interesting as eliminations have left what in my opinion are the best four teams standing.

Picking The Warriors to win it all for the 3rd time in 4 years. I just don't see that anyone can handle their depth. I think they will take Houston out in 6. I think Boston will beat Cleveland.
I think Warriors - Boston will be a very tough series but again I say Warriors in 6. I fear Boston the most of any team because they are the only team that has the depth to match the Warriors (even with all the injuries). Also Boston may be the toughest team defensively in the entire league. Brad Stephens is Coach of the Year in my opinion. But Warriors' talent and playoff experience will show and put them over the top once again.


I definitely don't disagree about the Warriors going all the way. Even with Chris Paul, the Rockets should be easily dispatched.

However--Boston beating Cleveland? Not this year IMO. LeBron won't let that happen


robslob - 5/11/2018 at 10:02 PM

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Rob, you mentioned Celtics might have trouble financially keeping this lineup together. Do you think GS will run into those issues at sometime?



Here's a good article that addresses what the Warriors have faced and will face in trying to financially keep this team together. I assume Boston eventually will face very similar issues in years to come. It's a nightmare trying to keep that many superstars together...........I'm talking Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, who are ALL world class basketball players and all of whom made the All-Star team this year. Durant's willingness to take $10 million less this year than he could have made on the open market allowed them to keep both Andre Igoudala and Shaun Livingston. Anyone who's watched the Warriors much knows that those two guys are very essential to the Warriors' rotation. David West could have made $10 million more in San Antonio last year but wanted to get a ring, and he got one. Another key contributor who likes what is happening in Golden State, so sacrificed $$$.

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/klay-thompson-warriors-reportedly-discussing-t eam-friendly-contract-extension-192105938.html



[Edited on 5/11/2018 by robslob]


Stephen - 5/12/2018 at 03:21 PM

Ups to Phila, they came as advertised in 5 tough games
missed calls played a part at the end, esp the no-call when Embiid was fouled
but they've stayed w/Brett Brown thru thick & thin -- the process has come full circle, Markelle Fultz has put his year into it & 6ers will only be better next year -- Sixiz are great going all the way back to their Warriyz days, as they demonstrated by wearing a patch on their uniforms w/# 15 on it to honor all-time top Phila scorer, the great Hal Greer

how do we deal w/LeBron? we don't -- he isn't one of us right now -- just no way to know how it'll play out, but wotta treat & let's go Celts -- west final every bit as good, but WATTA TEAM -- all-due ups, it's us & the three others in semis


[Edited on 5/14/2018 by Stephen]


Stephen - 5/12/2018 at 03:55 PM

Envision Gordon anchoring a second unit during 2018-19 preseason to include Terry, Marcus S, Aron & Daniel Theis
W/Al, Kyrie, Jaylen, Jayson & Marcus M starting
then, as season begins, rotation will start to develop by itself
but why not -- a wholesale substitution at start of 2nd qtr, just to let it all play out/shake down etc -- these are 2 Solid teams to have on the floor -- could see 8-9 guys w/24-33 mins per game next year (those are Sam Jones' and Larry Bird's #s)

But That Was Then & This Is Now -- no Shane Larkin does not help our cause (he, Semi, Abdel etc are also key next year) --
from a strictly medical point of view, Gordon is 100% -- he's at practices & champing at the bit, to put it mildly -- Kyrie coming along fine, Daniel is on the court shooting pregame
Biggest thing, there's no more being surprised by this young hungry uber-talented green team -- Cleve has ideal decoys for LeBron, esp Kevin Love -- great stuff -- let's go Celts


tbomike - 5/12/2018 at 05:18 PM

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Envision Gordon anchoring a second unit during 2018-19 preseason to include Terry, Marcus S, Aron & Daniel Theis
W/Al, Kyrie, Jaylen, Jayson & Marcus M starting
then, as season begins, rotation will start to develop by itself
but why not -- a wholesale substitution at start of 2nd qtr, just to let it all play out/shake down etc -- these are 2 Solid teams to have on the floor -- could see 8-9 guys w/24-33 mins per game next year (those are Sam Jones' and Larry Bird's #s)

But That Was Then & This Is Now -- no Shane Larkin does not help our cause (he, Semi, Abdel etc are also key next year) --
from a strictly medical point of view, Gordon is 100% -- he's at practices & champing at the bit, to put it mildly -- Kyrie coming along fine, Daniel is on the court shooting pregame
Biggest thing, there's no more being surprised by this young hungry uber-talented green team -- Cleve has ideal decoys for LeBron, esp Kevin Love -- great stuff -- let's go Celts


Hayward most certainly is not at Celtics practices or anywhere near 100%. But he is working hard and getting there and did write a great article.

http://www.gordonhayward20.life/2018/05/11/believer/


tbomike - 5/14/2018 at 01:14 PM

Very strong game 1 performance for the Celtics. Played great at both ends of the floor. It was a near clinic to watch especially on the defensive end as they really got into the Cavs space. LeBron had about as weak of a game as any Celtics fan could hope for. Beyond one game it means little and Stevens will be sure to remind them over and over they can and must play better as the series goes on. But the Cavs know they are going to be in for a fight.


robslob - 5/15/2018 at 04:14 PM

Just a note on last night's Warriors - Rockets game: Yeah, Kevin Durant was just unstoppable, he's all the press is talking about and rightly so. He had 37.

But consider this: Two different times in the second half Steph Curry CLEANLY stole the ball from James Harden close to mid-court. Both steals resulted in Warriors' fast break points and both were serious momentum-killers for Houston. Honestly now, when is the last time you ever saw that happen?? That HAD to have gotten inside Harden's head at least a little bit. And Curry is mainly known as a guy who
shoots three pointers. Let's not forget the rest of his game...........


robslob - 5/21/2018 at 02:52 PM

What was that people were saying the other day? WHAT'S WRONG WITH STEPH CURRY?

Huh? Guess that question is over and done now, eh?????


tbomike - 5/24/2018 at 04:12 PM

Well well well. One more win for the Celtics last night and now one win from the finals. Jayson Tatum is a stud.


kevdab - 5/25/2018 at 02:15 PM

I'm hoping the Celts can close this out tonight. It won't be easy winning on the road for what could be Lebron's last game in Cleveland. I hope. The Celts are young, a game seven against the King would be a huge task.
LETS GO CELTICS!!!


robslob - 5/25/2018 at 04:43 PM

Honestly I can't remember ever seeing the Warriors as flat out SLOPPY and careless with the basketball as they were in last night's game #5 playoff game vs. Houston.

As a Warriors fan, all I can tell you is this: If you think this one is over.............DIG IN.


Jonesy - 5/25/2018 at 05:48 PM

The Warriors looked rattled, confused, out of sync and out of their game last night...again.

I don't know if they think they can just turn it on, or not, or its something else. The Rockets played tough defense and moved the ball around like the ....Warriors

Now Chris Paul is out for game 6 which is too bad, cause I think, based on what I've seen, they could beat the Warriors this year, and I REALLY thought that wouldn't happen. Paul has a hamstring issue, so you know there will be no way he will be that effective, even if he plays, in a game 7. Houston has to hope Harden gets hot cause he wasn't


robslob - 5/27/2018 at 01:36 PM

Boston is undefeated at home in the playoffs. But tonight they face the best player in the world, quite possibly the best player to ever walk out on the court. I could say this is going to be interesting, but that's a huge understatement.

Klay Thompson/Klay Thompson/Klay Thompson..........please bring some more of that MOJO to Houston tomorrow night............


Stephen - 5/27/2018 at 10:56 PM

No Kevin Love, so that means LeBron will be playing with supreme urgency
one team will go way ahead, then fend off a fourth-quarter rally
no way to call this one, except for this -- this game tonite, also all of them in the semis, don't hold a candle to GSW's 109-105 regular-season win over the Celts -- close game, hard competition, both teams killin' it -- you don't get that in playoffs -- let's go Celts


tbomike - 5/28/2018 at 03:18 AM

Drat. The Celtics could not get it done. The 3 young guards shot 8-42 and 3-26 from 3 and that sure is not going to get it done against LeBron in a game 7. James with his 35-15-9 though he did have 8 turnovers.


BIGV - 5/28/2018 at 08:10 AM

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The Celtics could not get it done.


They were at home too, how was the officiating?


dadof2 - 5/29/2018 at 02:06 AM

Great game last night and so far,tonight.

So far...pure fun and joy for hoops fans.(despite too many blowouts along the way)

Time for the negativists to attempt to not so subtly do their limited and predictable thing.

Let the joy rule!


matt05 - 5/29/2018 at 12:45 PM

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Great game last night and so far,tonight.

So far...pure fun and joy for hoops fans.(despite too many blowouts along the way)

Time for the negativists to attempt to not so subtly do their limited and predictable thing.

Let the joy rule!



great game? teams jacking up 3's for no reason. the warriors mugging people and not getting called. glad the announcers were pointing it out.
-2 fouls on james harden shooting 3's that went uncalled
-a foul called as james harden is shooting a 3 and it goes in and the basket gets waived off. said it was before the shot. I saw a foul called on Houston where the warriors player took another dribble, 2 steps and shot and they said it counted as it was continuation.
-eric Gordon drove to the hoop and gets fouled by Durant and draymon and no foul called.
-bell for the warriors sets a clear moving screen to get curry open and no call. bell was actually walking backwards holding james hardens arm

that's just the tip of the iceberg


robslob - 5/29/2018 at 01:47 PM

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reat game? teams jacking up 3's for no reason. the warriors mugging people and not getting called. glad the announcers were pointing it out.
-2 fouls on james harden shooting 3's that went uncalled
-a foul called as james harden is shooting a 3 and it goes in and the basket gets waived off. said it was before the shot. I saw a foul called on Houston where the warriors player took another dribble, 2 steps and shot and they said it counted as it was continuation.
-eric Gordon drove to the hoop and gets fouled by Durant and draymon and no foul called.
-bell for the warriors sets a clear moving screen to get curry open and no call. bell was actually walking backwards holding james hardens arm

that's just the tip of the iceberg


Most laughable basketball post I've seen in a LONG time. Houston was 7-44 from three point range last night. Have you done the math? That's 16%. Meanwhile Durant had 34, Curry 27, Thompson 19. And you're blaming this Houston loss on the referees? HAHAHA.......thanks for the morning chuckle......
Problem with getting into a three point shooting contest with the Warriors is that the Warriors have not one, not two, but THREE of the greatest three point shooters of ALL-TIME. It showed in this series, it showed last night.............


matt05 - 5/29/2018 at 02:12 PM

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reat game? teams jacking up 3's for no reason. the warriors mugging people and not getting called. glad the announcers were pointing it out.
-2 fouls on james harden shooting 3's that went uncalled
-a foul called as james harden is shooting a 3 and it goes in and the basket gets waived off. said it was before the shot. I saw a foul called on Houston where the warriors player took another dribble, 2 steps and shot and they said it counted as it was continuation.
-eric Gordon drove to the hoop and gets fouled by Durant and draymon and no foul called.
-bell for the warriors sets a clear moving screen to get curry open and no call. bell was actually walking backwards holding james hardens arm

that's just the tip of the iceberg


Most laughable basketball post I've seen in a LONG time. Houston was 7-44 from three point range last night. Have you done the math? That's 16%. Meanwhile Durant had 34, Curry 27, Thompson 19. And you're blaming this Houston loss on the referees? HAHAHA.......thanks for the morning chuckle......
Problem with getting into a three point shooting contest with the Warriors is that the Warriors have not one, not two, but THREE of the greatest three point shooters of ALL-TIME. It showed in this series, it showed last night.............


that's all anyone who knows anything about sports is talking about. the refs swung the momentum in the warriors favor during the 3rd quarter with those calls. the refs don't make you miss shots but they can sure swing momentum into a teams favor. of course you don't even mention draymond starting to help harden up off the floor and then dropping him. that's a clear technical foul for taunting. I've never seen a player start to pull another player off the floor and then left go of his hands and drop him.

are you saying though I made up those incidents and no one else pointed out those calls? since the announcing crew last night seemed to talk about it for minutes after each play I'm sure others noticed it. Houston lost by 9 points. lets do the math
-hardens 3 pointers waived off. should have counted plus 1 free throw. at worst that means the rockets lose by 6
-harden clearly fouled 2 times on other 3's. should have shot 6 more free throws. makes just 3 of them at worst and rockets lose by3.
-Gordon hammered at the same time by Durant and draymond on a layup attempt. should have been 2 free throws. he makes just 1 of them and rockets lose by 2
-bell "moving screen" called and curry would have never made that 3 since it would have been waived off and now that's a 1 point win by the rockets.


robslob - 5/29/2018 at 02:48 PM

May I suggest a nice aged Swiss cheese to go with your whine, Matt?


dadof2 - 5/29/2018 at 02:57 PM

Joy for the game can only be a good thing.
needs no apologies or explanations other than knowing
that the joy can come from the good and the bad parts of the game.
It's all a joy to me and I'm grateful for how fun the playoffs have been.


matt05 - 5/29/2018 at 03:05 PM

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May I suggest a nice aged Swiss cheese to go with your whine, Matt?



its not whine because I have no dog in this fight. I barely watch the nba anymore. the product is terrible and predictable. the refs rarely enforce the actual rules of the game. the players whine nonstop to the refs about calls. the players are all pansies now compared to back in the day. all I did was point out missed calls by the refs that I noticed. I saw 2 missed calls against the rockets too that hurt the warriors but it only took 3 points away from the warriors instead of the 9 or more that were taken away from the rockets.


dadof2 - 5/29/2018 at 03:25 PM

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May I suggest a nice aged Swiss cheese to go with your whine, Matt?



its not whine because I have no dog in this fight. I barely watch the nba anymore. the product is terrible and predictable. the refs rarely enforce the actual rules of the game. the players whine nonstop to the refs about calls. the players are all pansies now compared to back in the day. all I did was point out missed calls by the refs that I noticed. I saw 2 missed calls against the rockets too that hurt the warriors but it only took 3 points away from the warriors instead of the 9 or more that were taken away from the rockets.


yada yada yada.


matt05 - 5/29/2018 at 03:35 PM

quote:
quote:
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May I suggest a nice aged Swiss cheese to go with your whine, Matt?



its not whine because I have no dog in this fight. I barely watch the nba anymore. the product is terrible and predictable. the refs rarely enforce the actual rules of the game. the players whine nonstop to the refs about calls. the players are all pansies now compared to back in the day. all I did was point out missed calls by the refs that I noticed. I saw 2 missed calls against the rockets too that hurt the warriors but it only took 3 points away from the warriors instead of the 9 or more that were taken away from the rockets.


yada yada yada.





whatever. I've showed I know what I'm talking about. it been talked about for more than a decade now about refs favoring star players, not enforcing the rules, reviewing calls and changing them from right to wrong.


fensranger - 5/29/2018 at 04:59 PM

hi everyone, watch the hockey game instead. Much more entertaining.


Stephen - 5/29/2018 at 05:01 PM

Good points -- blown calls can-and-have unfairly tipped the momentum/balance of a game --
how is it that among such closely-matched teams, most of the games, as dadof2 pointed out, play out like an NBA vs college team --
Houston's no-show in the second half of game 6 was an el foldo I didn't think they had in them, even playing a great GSW team -- which itself had a couple along the way as well -- those Wide point-differentials......

that said, GSW & Cleve have mastered playoffs, proven to be top-o-the-postseason heap for a long time & nice going Rob

am Really looking forward to next year! C's are being Smart w/Marcus, a no-brainer -- he wants to stay, fans love him, they have the $ to do it, he deserves it & is all-but in the fold.....
Phila will also be better, but reverting to the present, yes indeed, it's the finals w/2 grizzled well-experienced hard-nosed warriors once again the last ones standing & eyeball to eyeball
all the best -- & 'wait . . year'


robslob - 5/29/2018 at 05:06 PM

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it been talked about for more than a decade now about refs favoring star players


Yes, and it's nice to see that after 10 years or so in the league the refs are FINALLY getting hip to James Harden..........the forearm shove to clear space, the "run over the defensive player in the lane" move that for years would go his way...........now it's being called on him..........ABOUT time. And by the way, Klay Thompson had THREE fouls last night halfway through the first quarter. And you say the refs were biased against Houston? NO, I'm not saying they weren't fouls, I'm saying your cry of prejudice just does not bear out. Kerr elected to put Thompson back in the game and Thompson was careful not to foul but it was also obvious that it severely limited his defensive game. How could it not?


matt05 - 5/29/2018 at 06:26 PM

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it been talked about for more than a decade now about refs favoring star players


Yes, and it's nice to see that after 10 years or so in the league the refs are FINALLY getting hip to James Harden..........the forearm shove to clear space, the "run over the defensive player in the lane" move that for years would go his way...........now it's being called on him..........ABOUT time. And by the way, Klay Thompson had THREE fouls last night halfway through the first quarter. And you say the refs were biased against Houston? NO, I'm not saying they weren't fouls, I'm saying your cry of prejudice just does not bear out. Kerr elected to put Thompson back in the game and Thompson was careful not to foul but it was also obvious that it severely limited his defensive game. How could it not?



they can't be too smart as the officials still allow LeBron to truck over people and then say he was fouled


robslob - 6/9/2018 at 04:29 PM

Paul Pierce on The Warriors:

"This is one of the greatest teams we've ever seen. This is one of the five best teams that has ever played the game."

That said.........let's face it........the real NBA Championship this year was the Western Conference Finals, Houston vs. Golden State. Houston came SO close to dethroning my team.

Now where does LeBron go? My bet is the Lakers. Certainly won't be Boston.........they've got Kyrie Irving and we all know what already happened in Cleveland. Houston? I really doubt two dominant players like LeBron and James Harden could ever co-exist. The Lakers have some good young players, but not any one dominant player. Add to that, LeBron already owns two homes in L.A. Lebron surrounded by Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle et al? Yeah, I can see it. Rumors of Lakers landing Paul George as well.


dzobo - 6/9/2018 at 08:37 PM

My very brief summary of this NBA season:

1)Cleveland trades one of its super-stars but is never is able to replace him
2)Houston adds a supreme talent but loses him when they need him most
3)The fully-loaded Warriors live up to expectations and take advantage of situations 1 & 2.

Amen.


emr - 6/9/2018 at 08:44 PM

Apparently Lebron played the last three games with a broken right hand (puched a whiteboard after game one)

Just how good is this guy? And if JR Smith doesn't brain freeze who knows


robslob - 6/9/2018 at 09:26 PM

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And if JR Smith doesn't brain freeze who knows


Great point and I made exactly that point last night to others at the game-watching party I attended. If Cavs take game one it's a different series but I still doubt they could take GS. After all, Smith didn't freeze in games 2, 3 and 4.


CanadianMule - 6/9/2018 at 10:26 PM

quote:
My very brief summary of this NBA season:

1)Cleveland trades one of its super-stars but is never is able to replace him
2)Houston adds a supreme talent but loses him when they need him most
3)The fully-loaded Warriors live up to expectations and take advantage of situations 1 & 2.

Amen.


I would definitely add

4) Boston nearly gets there without its' two best players. Next year.

Congrats to the GSW. I don't think there was ever doubt since the first game of the season but they did it.

The Cavs never stood a chance with or without broken hands. Truth be told - Lebron should never pass on that team. He scores or gets fouled when he drives. Almost everytime. Incredible.

As I said last season, I would have preferred to see if the GSW would have done it without KD - both seasons. But being what it is - see you next season. LOL


robslob - 6/12/2018 at 04:03 PM

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/warriors-gm-bob-myers-new-kevin-durant-contrac t-whatever-deal-wants-041556737.html

Great news for us Warriors fans...........horrible for the rest of you.........


Stephen - 6/12/2018 at 05:08 PM

Great news indeed Rob, & 4-straight this time -- real impressive, nice going GSW --
am really hoping we keep Marcus Smart -- he deserves to be rewarded, he's said he wants to be here & is too crucial to our bench -- but if all hands are on deck etc., it'll be the Celts coming outta the east in the finals next year -- after a 65-win-or-so reg season


robslob - 6/12/2018 at 06:28 PM

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Great news indeed Rob, & 4-straight this time -- real impressive, nice going GSW --
am really hoping we keep Marcus Smart -- he deserves to be rewarded, he's said he wants to be here & is too crucial to our bench -- but if all hands are on deck etc., it'll be the Celts coming outta the east in the finals next year -- after a 65-win-or-so reg season


Thanks for the congrats Stephen.

Celts were unbelievable this year but they somewhat collapsed against Cleveland. And they did that with two star players (Irving and Hayward) not even available. That was really astonishing. Jayson Tatum is on the rise............next question is............between Irving, Hayward and Tatum..........who is going to be starting next year? Actually we know that Irving will so it's between Hayward and Tatum.
I agree, as long as they can stay healthy, Celts are likely to dominate the East next year. I would love to see a Warriors - Celtics championship series.

Even though I was raised a Lakers fan............it seems something is not right about the NBA when the Celtics suck.


Jonesy - 6/12/2018 at 08:59 PM

The Warriors are crazy good--Paul Pierce knows what he is talking about. They'll be the perennial favorites for awhile--

The Celtics are on their way, and we'll see how they mesh next year. I think this is the last year we'll see LeBron for awhile, in the finals. Doesn't matter where he goes, IMO (or stays). Ironic that he mocked the IQ of the Cavaliers and stupidly punched a white board. Also--was his hand truly broken? That part has oddly not been addressed--he inferred it was without saying it was.

Really doesn't matter, Cleveland was totally outclassed. Houston will not get better with LeBron (yes I said that) to the point where they can beat the Warriors. Philly to me remains the most intriguing team because I see them having the most upside, particularly if they pick up a star player not named LeBron


Jonesy - 6/12/2018 at 09:09 PM

As an aside, I would be quite surprised if LeBron does not go to the Lakers


dadof2 - 6/12/2018 at 09:26 PM

Congrats to Ron-the future holds good things for the warriors-smart ownership,management,coaches and players...a great organization.

The celts,Stephen,have a bright future as well.

My knicks have an excellent coach and a terrible team...my adopted team over the last 15 years seems to be Lebrons teams....he’s a winner,a team player,a mega talent and comes across,for the most part,as a very decent guy.Perhaps as much as his hoops skills his charitable nature and his philanthropy are noteworthy.

Yet,all the negative crap about him over the years,the moronic rants about the refs favoring him when he is clobbered EVERY time he drives to the hoop,all the repetition of this and all the other nasty personal stuff for 15 years...

All in all despite a boring finals(after game 1)this was a very fun season...

Should be an incredible offseason as teams continue to try to figure out how to beat GS!


Stephen - 6/13/2018 at 05:10 PM

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Great news indeed Rob, & 4-straight this time -- real impressive, nice going GSW --
am really hoping we keep Marcus Smart -- he deserves to be rewarded, he's said he wants to be here & is too crucial to our bench -- but if all hands are on deck etc., it'll be the Celts coming outta the east in the finals next year -- after a 65-win-or-so reg season


Thanks for the congrats Stephen.

Celts were unbelievable this year but they somewhat collapsed against Cleveland. And they did that with two star players (Irving and Hayward) not even available. That was really astonishing. Jayson Tatum is on the rise............next question is............between Irving, Hayward and Tatum..........who is going to be starting next year? Actually we know that Irving will so it's between Hayward and Tatum.
I agree, as long as they can stay healthy, Celts are likely to dominate the East next year. I would love to see a Warriors - Celtics championship series.

Even though I was raised a Lakers fan............it seems something is not right about the NBA when the Celtics suck.


For starters, that is, following the preseason games/early in reg season, Gordon would anchor the second unit (Terry, Marcus S, Aron B., Daniel T), so that he can get his game legs back while playing w/a "2nd team" on a par w/most starting 5's
but anyways, w/Al, Kyrie, Jaylen, Jayson & Marcus M starting
a Very pleasant scenario that plays right into coach Stevens' hands

hopefully Fizdale is the answer for Knicks, dadof2 -- look what happened when Phila improved, they lit up the league, Knicks will too when they turn it around, just like we have over past couple seasons -- all those original franchises have fans everywhere

With Kawhi returning after sitting out last year -- LeBron to Spurs? A great player, Kawhi is now an unknown commodity -- but if he returned to form, he & James would complement each other well & make a challenge to Warriors -- again, ups to Warriors, it's them & everyone else, as they've proven once again

was surprised to read Warriors leaving Oakland for SF next year -- I wonder if they'll once again become the San Francisco Warriors (doubtful) -- paging Rick Barry & Phil Chenier, Nate Thurmond & Al Attles

[Edited on 6/13/2018 by Stephen]


Stephen - 6/16/2018 at 05:22 PM

Kawhi Has Decreed "LAKERS"
Will this compel LeBron toward them also
Will Lakers president Magic open checkbook for (what would be) 2 landmark contracts

Where would that leave Luke Walton as coach?????????? Spectatin', that's where, & doing the rotations
Don't know what Kawhi's hard-on would've been w/the Spurs, he, LaM Aldrich et al were really good -- but sitting out like he did, bailing on his teammates, now saying how unhappy he is while laughing all the way to the bank...…….Kawhi won't be listening to any coach, esp w/LeBron running the show -- he's a great player but I wouldn't want him on my team
They probably wouldn't renew IT either, but it's all hypothetical

you know Ball Sr. would dive into this three-ring circus & be the class clown/straw that stirred the drink --
for "Part II, Redux
Showtime Is Back!!!!"
in the bright glare & glitz of the neon LA lites etc


robslob - 6/16/2018 at 07:20 PM

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Kawhi Has Decreed "LAKERS"


Fine, but the Lakers would be incredibly stupid to ship out any of their considerable stock of young talent for a guy who missed nearly the entire 2017-18 season with an injury. Article I saw talked about them packaging Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle maybe another or two for Kawhi. No........No..........NO is all I can say. I hope Magic is not that stupid and I certainly don't think he is. We are talking two guys who can REALLY play in Kuzma and Randle. For someone whose career could possibly be over?


Stephen - 6/18/2018 at 02:54 PM

His issue would be rust more than injury -- they called it tendiopathy, then "injury management" the rest of the time -- milkin it to the point of breach of contract in my view --

the stories currently on espn about "Celtics trade possibilities for Kawhi" are the same as your post about Lakers Rob -- ridiculous -- Danny's done his homework, we're good to go for next year -- no way will he go the "anytime a player of his caliber is available, you have to make a move" route

If Popovich retired & they made Manu & Tony Parker co-playing coaches, that would both compel Kawhi to stay, & Lure LeBron too -- those guys have been in SA for 40 years combined & know the league upside down -- a Leonard/LeBron pairing, in tandem w/Aldrich & the hypothetical player/coach format, would really fly in SA, more so than LA --

Pop has done everything, only Red & Lenny Wilkins have done more -- didn't seem like Kawhi was a malcontent/headcase b4 the quad tendiopathy came along (also a new group of 'advisors', Spurs have said)


[Edited on 6/19/2018 by Stephen]


cmgst34 - 6/19/2018 at 07:28 PM

quote:
His issue would be rust more than injury -- they called it tendiopathy, then "injury management" the rest of the time -- milkin it to the point of breach of contract in my view --

the stories currently on espn about "Celtics trade possibilities for Kawhi" are the same as your post about Lakers Rob -- ridiculous -- Danny's done his homework, we're good to go for next year -- no way will he go the "anytime a player of his caliber is available, you have to make a move" route

If Popovich retired & they made Manu & Tony Parker co-playing coaches, that would both compel Kawhi to stay, & Lure LeBron too -- those guys have been in SA for 40 years combined & know the league upside down -- a Leonard/LeBron pairing, in tandem w/Aldrich & the hypothetical player/coach format, would really fly in SA, more so than LA --

Pop has done everything, only Red & Lenny Wilkins have done more -- didn't seem like Kawhi was a malcontent/headcase b4 the quad tendiopathy came along (also a new group of 'advisors', Spurs have said)


[Edited on 6/19/2018 by Stephen]


I don’t want Kawhi anywhere near the Lake Show. His act reminds me of Derrick Rose, who clearly didn’t even like playing. Either retire or don’t. But to BS your way through sitting around well after becoming healthy is pure nonsense, and unfair to all their teammates who GRIND through that season.

[Edited on 6/19/2018 by cmgst34]


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