Thread: NBA Playoffs

LeglizHemp - 4/16/2018 at 05:33 AM

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


jszfunk - 4/16/2018 at 11:14 AM

I hope the Pacers win this series, but it will be tough. Looked good in game one and taking one on the road is definitely a plus . They should only have one day off, stretching this out till Wednesday is a bit much in my opinion.


dadof2 - 4/16/2018 at 12:43 PM

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LeglizHemp - 4/16/2018 at 08:55 PM

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Stephen - 11/16/2018 at 03:40 PM

just thought I'd segue here into the 2018-19 season -- Melo, holy heck -- great athlete, great player, a 6-9 scoring machine, likeable guy & can't find his place in the league

Melo's next stop ought 2 b NO -- mayb he could work w/AD to similar effect as DeM Cousins did -- or mayb Spurs, Aldridge could use scoring help

it's just amazing a player of his hi-profile caliber who's been a league leader etc mayb the game has passed Melo by, he was very good w/those Denver teams, I was on their bandwagon
well said, PCBob


[Edited on 11/16/2018 by Stephen]


porkchopbob - 11/16/2018 at 03:50 PM

Melo has had an odd career. He fit well in Denver for years, until George Karl left his usual dumpster fire. I get the allure of the Knicks and NYC (especially Melo being a Brooklyn-born guy), but no one will find success there until the ongoing disaster that is Jim Dolan is gone. Those were wasted basketball years. He's only 34, just a year older than Lebron, so hopefully he still has some great years left. Not surprised Houston didn't work out, between Harden and D'Antoni. He can still start, but maybe he's best as a role player. He'll find a home.


Stephen - 11/16/2018 at 03:59 PM

now it's the Big Three, in Phil-ee, not so fast tho -- it may not be as automatic as they think -- MN 2-0 so far w/Saric & Covington -- meantime what happens to Markelle's minutes -- a balance was upset by the arrival of a talented-but-tainted player, Jimmy, so school is out -- & yes they could pull away fast too

Crystal ball says LAL-GSW, & Celts-Bucks in conf finals -- the addition of Tyson Chandler I think will be big for Lakiz, altho Rondo now out w/hand injury -- Warriors are top dogs, What A Team (Green was a major no-show last night tho) -- they could morph from monsters to monstrous altogether as DeMarcus integrates into their scheme -- back the end of year Rob?

Long season, & that's where our depth will prove out -- Daniel Theis is just getting back, he & Aron Baynes are as key as Kyrie is -- fun season-long battle w/6iz & Tor, We Have An Awesome Team!


jszfunk - 11/17/2018 at 01:49 AM

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just thought I'd segue here into the 2018-19 season -- Melo, holy heck -- great athlete, great player, a 6-9 scoring machine, likeable guy & can't find his place in the league

Melo's next stop ought 2 b NO -- mayb he could work w/AD to similar effect as DeM Cousins did -- or mayb Spurs, Aldridge could use scoring help

it's just amazing a player of his hi-profile caliber who's been a league leader etc mayb the game has passed Melo by, he was very good w/those Denver teams, I was on their bandwagon
well said, PCBob


[Edited on 11/16/2018 by Stephen]


HUh? I must have watched a different player. One dimensional, offense only not much of a team player. His offensive skills has slid and not much to offer more than that so no value there. Overrated as a great player. When I think of significant players in basketball they have more to contribute than what he did. Not trying to down play his ability to score, but that's all he had he had to offer, and it takes more than that to lead teams to championships.

[Edited on 11/17/2018 by jszfunk]


[Edited on 11/17/2018 by jszfunk]


Stephen - 11/17/2018 at 01:12 PM

all he's done is average better than 20 ppg up until 2 years ago -- his forte is scoring, that shouldn't make him crummy -- a 10-time All Star -- just the whole mystery of why he's anathema (?) to winning

would like to see him finish out in Brooklyn, they have no front-line 'big star' or whatever, they're not doing so well, he's from there & would help w/attendance etc -- if they said Melo, welcome home, you're our guy -- in that scenario he could return to his 20+ ppg average, whether Bklyn wins or loses -- no one would expect them to do much, but that's not really what it's about now for Melo anyway -- it's all good

Kyrie was simply from another planet last night -- an epic game by every account -- Tor is the real sh!t this year, & on the sheet too -- 6iz won debut of Jimmy Butler -- fun hoops this year, Celts & Paciz tied

[Edited on 11/24/2018 by Stephen]


Stephen - 11/24/2018 at 02:47 PM

of course not every game is like that, but really hope coach stays w/Gordon off the bench (22 minutes, 11 pts, 5 reb, 4 assists) & stays w/starting Aron (23 min. 16 pts, 9 reb) -- was real good to see Semi get good minutes -- he & Robert Williams IMO are starter-caliber players

What about forgotten NY Knicks hero Jeremy Lin -- 19 pts, 10 assists, 5 reb, 3 steals
we're far from outta the woods -- however, the problem to be solved continues to be pleasant

Phila Big 3, also Redick, had 22-24 pts last night -- they still lost at home to an easy opponent, Cleve -- just like we puked that one up to NY at home -- we gotta catch Philly -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 11/24/2018 by Stephen]


Stephen - 12/5/2018 at 05:10 PM

Last year's "scapular imbalance" has become this year's thoracic outlet syndrome for Markelle Fultz -- the same malady that shut down Tyler Thornburg for 1 1/2 years

Markelle's injuries are/have been non basketball related, except for the fact that his agent shut him down when McConnell started getting more minutes, & when Butler arrived

He's had every exam known to mankind -- article said he's been to 10 specialists for exams in recent weeks, & that his diagnosis "was not something the 76ers medical staff was able to identify" -- this was also the case with last year's scapular imbalance, & further the case when we traded out of the top pick, and, article says "the Celtics never identified a shoulder issue when they evaluated him"

Markelle has discovered he's not yet ready for pro ball, it's caused an internal panic & instilled doubt in his head -- his agent is looking desperately for a medical reason for this, but it's pretty obvious that this is another bad-luck pick for Phila, a la previous "process" picks Michael Carter Williams and Nerlens Noel

it's gotta be tough, going from being a great college player, to being unable to lift your arms over your head to shoot a jumper (according to article) -- this IMO could be Gehrig-esque in its implications & hopefully his treatments go well

they're playing well -- process picks Embiid & Simmons have proved out & it'll be all we can do to keep pace w/them & Tor -- we'll be on their heels by the All Star break -- let's go Celts


[Edited on 12/6/2018 by Stephen]


Stephen - 2/12/2019 at 05:29 PM

still trying to 'process' last 2 games -- there's no digesting it, it only comes back up as Barf
( )
we have depth enough on this team to try any rotation.......it's time to give Daniel Theis a few starts & let Jayson T come off the bench -- Theis has paid his dues, he & Terry Rozier would give the club a different look/new blood, Jayson would get just as many minutes off the bench etc -- IMO Semi O, Robt. Williams, our 7 footer -- they need to be in every game, esp now -- too many DNPs

no panic at all, let's not forget we had a strong 2 week run b4 this
yes it's a back to back but not really
the game tonite is The Litmus Test on our season -- travel will be bad back to Boston for Wed. game, there'll be no rest at all --
This Is Phila, we need to play this like a 7th game, walk onto the floor w/a bad attitude/embarrased still by those coughups to LA, & show league that we're badasses too --
Kyrie & Aron back soon, let's go Celts


kevdab - 2/15/2019 at 12:08 PM

Nice to see Isaiah Thomas back playing. I hope he does well.

Kyrie Irving is the Celtics best player. Most people around here are hoping the Celt's can sign him long term. The guy is out injured a lot. To me, a little risky signing him to a max contract. He hasn't played in the last two games, but now is planning to play in the All Star game. That will be a bad look for me.
Anthony Davis hurt his shoulder last night. He'll probably want to play in all star game.
The players in this new age of the NBA are ruining this league.
I still love the Celtics though.


Stephen - 3/18/2019 at 07:54 PM

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Nice to see Isaiah Thomas back playing. I hope he does well.

Kyrie Irving is the Celtics best player. Most people around here are hoping the Celt's can sign him long term. The guy is out injured a lot. To me, a little risky signing him to a max contract. He hasn't played in the last two games, but now is planning to play in the All Star game. That will be a bad look for me.
Anthony Davis hurt his shoulder last night. He'll probably want to play in all star game.
The players in this new age of the NBA are ruining this league.
I still love the Celtics though.



Yep, IT returns tonight & he should really come in for some love -- he's never been properly appreciated in Boston, & all he did was leave his entire career there -- Isaiah was the greatest ballplayer in the world in 2015-16

agreed about players & their agents running the league, AD is totally coasting now -- also Kahwi Leonard automatically going to LALakers next year after his insistence that Tor be just a stopover -- he might be regretting that nowadays

we blew a 25-point 2nd-half lead Sat at home against one of the worst teams in the league
it's a habit now & one that's pushed us out of the conversation as far as how deep in playoffs
but there's still time -- we gotta overtake Phila, that's still the biggest thing
Let's go Celts


Stephen - 4/2/2019 at 04:45 PM

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fun hoops this year, Celts & Paciz tied

[Edited on 11/24/2018]


tied they remain, w/a Friday game at the Indiana fieldhouse preceding what should be a tough 1st-rounder
guessing both teams will enjoy large home leads in splitting the 1st four playoff games, leading to the final 3 & who knows
but we need to take the game Friday as equal-in-importance to a 7th game -- it'll give us inside track on home court, plus show that we can win games on the hoosier hardwood

Let's go boys -- the decision to start Marcus S and bring Jaylen B off the bench this year has worked out fantastic -- our year overall so far can't be called stellar, but we're right there -- let's go Celts


robslob - 4/6/2019 at 09:06 PM

The playoffs are a whole different season...........the intensity level goes up. DeMarcus Cousins is looking like his old self..............the incredible agility that is almost unseen in a 7 footer is back............and now the Warriors have Andrew Bogut backing him up. Oh.......yeah..........the other starters are not too bad either (most likely all four of them are Hall Of Famers). If anyone really thinks that there is ANY team that can beat The Warriors in a 7 game series............yes including Houston............I sure would like to know who it is.

[Edited on 4/6/2019 by robslob]


jszfunk - 4/8/2019 at 01:37 PM

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The playoffs are a whole different season...........the intensity level goes up. DeMarcus Cousins is looking like his old self..............the incredible agility that is almost unseen in a 7 footer is back............and now the Warriors have Andrew Bogut backing him up. Oh.......yeah..........the other starters are not too bad either (most likely all four of them are Hall Of Famers). If anyone really thinks that there is ANY team that can beat The Warriors in a 7 game series............yes including Houston............I sure would like to know who it is.

[Edited on 4/6/2019 by robslob]


Don't think I can argue with that. The championship will be the West Conf finals. I am not sure anyone from the East could hang with them for 7 games. Hopefully it will be competitive for viewing entertainment purposes. I think it will be the Bucks or Raptors. I don't see Phila,Bos, and the team I follow, the Pacers making it out of the East. Indiana struggled to a 9-14 record after all star break. Considering they only had Victor for 36 games playing hurt and finishing 13 above .500 is very nice.....but thats it.....nice.


Stephen - 4/8/2019 at 04:59 PM

IMO Mil & Tor have as good a shot as GSW or the west teams -- steady showings thruout the season
Yes Pacers probly showing effects of no Victor O as season winds down -- but they won't be easy, come next week they'll be rested & ready

but good to see DeMarcus fully recovered -- Gordon is also looking more & more like his pre-injury self & both Celts & Utah are live picks to go deep

but, if the SanFrisco Warriors are really hittin a collective stride as playoffs unfold, w/their experience etc they would be tough to beat --
they're departing Oakland for San Fran next season -- the Big Dipper himself, Wilt The Stilt Chamberlain, played for the SF Warriyz

Let's Go Celts


[Edited on 4/8/2019 by Stephen]


robslob - 4/11/2019 at 08:35 PM

Don't you think they should just give The Clippers an automatic first round exit? This first round matchup vs. Warriors seems like cruel and unusual punishment to me.............


IPowrie - 4/11/2019 at 08:59 PM

Glad the Pistons made the playoffs. Hoping they win at least one or two games.


jszfunk - 4/12/2019 at 01:20 PM

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Don't you think they should just give The Clippers an automatic first round exit? This first round matchup vs. Warriors seems like cruel and unusual punishment to me.............


What's cruel and unusual is having 7 game series that last almost 2wks and if the finals goes the distance, your looking at 2mons of this. I think the NBA should modify or change this. It's way to long and like Rob said, some of these games are unneeded.

They would never do it, but the NCAA tournament is ,IMHO, might be one of the best sporting events ever. The basketball play is more enticing to me vs the pros .


BIGV - 4/12/2019 at 02:31 PM

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Don't you think they should just give The Clippers an automatic first round exit? This first round matchup vs. Warriors seems like cruel and unusual punishment to me.............


What's cruel and unusual is having 7 game series that last almost 2wks and if the finals goes the distance, your looking at 2mons of this. I think the NBA should modify or change this. It's way to long and like Rob said, some of these games are unneeded.

They would never do it, but the NCAA tournament is ,IMHO, might be one of the best sporting events ever. The basketball play is more enticing to me vs the pros .



Exactly. The pro game puts me to sleep; raise the rim to 10 6 and get rid of the 3.


porkchopbob - 4/12/2019 at 05:02 PM

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What's cruel and unusual is having 7 game series that last almost 2wks and if the finals goes the distance, your looking at 2mons of this. I think the NBA should modify or change this. It's way to long and like Rob said, some of these games are unneeded.


NBA made a mistake when they extended the first round to 7 games. And when they were able to televise them all, they spread them out. The first round used to take week, it was all you needed. But hey, ad revenue.


BoytonBrother - 4/12/2019 at 05:33 PM

Agreed porkchopbob, the first round should be 5 games only.

That being said, I'd much rather watch the pros than college. It's more interesting for me to watch the highest level of play, like the Golden State Warriors, or the Bulls when they had Jordan, or the Lakers with Kobe, Pop's Spurs under Duncan and Parker, the Heat with LeBron and Wade, Mavericks with Dirk in his prime. Those are 5-star well-oiled machines that were increcible to witness. I like college ball, and the Tournament is always amazing, but at the end of the day, the amateur level ball and the msitakes made by these inexperienced teenagers always prevented me from taking it as seriousely as i do the NBA.


porkchopbob - 4/12/2019 at 08:32 PM

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I like college ball, and the Tournament is always amazing, but at the end of the day, the amateur level ball and the msitakes made by these inexperienced teenagers always prevented me from taking it as seriousely as i do the NBA.

The excitement of the NCAA tournament is the immediacy - that first weekend of games and the shocking upsets is the best part. But it's still amateur kids playing. NBA playoffs are still the highest quality basketball, even if the old grumps feel the need to constantly remind everyone that the NBA hasn't been the same since George Mikan and Bob Pettit retired.


robslob - 4/13/2019 at 05:45 PM

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The pro game puts me to sleep; raise the rim to 10 6 and get rid of the 3.


True for me for most of the regular season, yes...........also for the first round of the playoffs. It's hard for me to get interested at all in such a ridiculous matchup like Warriors - Clippers.

After that, you couldn't tear me away. Likely we will get Warriors - Rockets in the second round. If you're not interested in watching THAT then you have no business watching basketball at all. IMO that's the NBA championship right there. And if Chris Paul hadn't got hurt last year, Houston may have just taken the Warriors out. Both teams have reloaded and added players so to say this will be interesting is a huge understatement. Warriors in six but don't be surprised if it goes seven..........


jszfunk - 4/14/2019 at 12:20 AM

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Agreed porkchopbob, the first round should be 5 games only.

That being said, I'd much rather watch the pros than college. It's more interesting for me to watch the highest level of play, like the Golden State Warriors, or the Bulls when they had Jordan, or the Lakers with Kobe, Pop's Spurs under Duncan and Parker, the Heat with LeBron and Wade, Mavericks with Dirk in his prime. Those are 5-star well-oiled machines that were increcible to witness. I like college ball, and the Tournament is always amazing, but at the end of the day, the amateur level ball and the msitakes made by these inexperienced teenagers always prevented me from taking it as seriousely as i do the NBA.


I guess to each his own. I like pro ball, but just enjoy the college game more. It seems to be more team ball vs the head cases ,divas, a drama ,me first ,of the NBA. It slowly has been turning me off more and more. I might sound like old man get of my lawn, but I am.probably younger than most on here. Oh well it's just my values.
NBA players make mistakes too, and I think all of those teams playing in the NCAA tourney were taking it pretty seriuosly. This year's probab!y was one of the best and most exciting. If one can't appreciate that, I don't know what to tell you.

Garden Edwards from Purdue had a phenomenal run. No one put up numbers like he did since Steph Curry.
That guy was a beast. 26,42,29,42 points in four games is not to shabby.

I follow the Pacers, and they play Boston in the first round. Not sure they will win, but we will see.They don't have the man power that the Celts have. The only way is if they come out and steal a couple and the mental stability of Kyrie and that team comes loose, they might have a chance. I feel for Brad Stevens having to deal with that . He is a very good coach and having to manage KE and the stuff that comes with is painful. Far from his fault If they don't win.

[Edited on 4/14/2019 by jszfunk]


Brendan - 4/16/2019 at 11:22 AM

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Don't you think they should just give The Clippers an automatic first round exit?


Nope!!

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2831535-lou-williams-clippers-erase-31- point-deficit-to-shock-kevin-durant-warriors


robslob - 4/16/2019 at 12:39 PM

Yeah Brendan, Clippers sure did make me eat my words last night!

I admit, after Warriors were up by 31 I had the game on in the background.............messing on my computer, even took a shower. When I got out of the shower I saw the lead was only 14. My buddy texted me: "Getting nervous?" I said, "No, this is typical. Great team builds a huge lead, other team shoots their wad making a comeback but can't get closer than 10 or 12 points." And of course that IS what usually happens. Not last night though.

Huge win for the entire Clippers organization. Obviously that young team believes in themselves and does NOT know the meaning of QUIT. Give Doc Rivers a ton of credit here. Lou Williams was just unstoppable, seemed he could score from anywhere. He had 36 for L.A.

Beware however of waking the sleeping Giant...........

[Edited on 4/16/2019 by robslob]


Stephen - 4/16/2019 at 10:07 PM

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Beware however of waking the sleeping Giant...........

[Edited on 4/16/2019 by robslob]


Even that won't happen now tho w/DeMarcus out -- rotten luck for the big guy & GSW, thinkin they'll probly be OK w/Looney & Bogut
yep an amazing comeback for LAC last night, wow
let's go Celts, we must arrive in the heartland up 2-0

[Edited on 4/17/2019 by Stephen]


robslob - 4/19/2019 at 02:38 PM

Order restored..........the real Warriors showed up last night for 48 minutes, not for 24 like Monday. Clippers will not even come close to winning another game in this series. The Giant is wide awake.....


porkchopbob - 4/23/2019 at 11:52 PM

Well, the Bucks won their first playoff series since 2001 when they were a game away from getting to lose to the Lakers in the Finals. Pretty nice sweep of Detroit after actually being behind in the 3rd quarter only to trounce the Pistons in the 4th.

Next up is Boston, who the Bucks lost to in 7 games last postseason. But the Bucks are much better this season, and the Celtics are a little less good than they were last season. Should be a good series, but this Bucks team is playing lights out right now.


jszfunk - 4/24/2019 at 01:04 PM

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Well, the Bucks won their first playoff series since 2001 when they were a game away from getting to lose to the Lakers in the Finals. Pretty nice sweep of Detroit after actually being behind in the 3rd quarter only to trounce the Pistons in the 4th.

Next up is Boston, who the Bucks lost to in 7 games last postseason. But the Bucks are much better this season, and the Celtics are a little less good than they were last season. Should be a good series, but this Bucks team is playing lights out right now.


I am a Brad Stevens fan, but I hope the Bucks take them. If that happens, Kyrie will through a fit, blame the coach(undeservedly so), and demand a trade.


jszfunk - 4/26/2019 at 12:29 AM

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Order restored..........the real Warriors showed up last night for 48 minutes, not for 24 like Monday. Clippers will not even come close to winning another game in this series. The Giant is wide awake.....


What happened last night


Stephen - 4/26/2019 at 01:38 AM

A heavy heart tonite at the news of the passing of John Havlicesk
Jarrin' John -- the guy was nothing but tops -- he could run all day
little piece of youth cut away with this sad news
RIP Hondo -- keep on running


robslob - 4/26/2019 at 09:54 AM

I'm in shock right now is about all I can say. Give the Clippers some credit they are sure showing something to the world especially Lou Williams. Warriors had an off shooting night and they are vulnerable when that happens. But we are still up 3-2. I'll be glued to the tube tonight and I think Warriors will seal the deal. Sure don't need no game 7.


robslob - 4/26/2019 at 09:58 AM

RIP JOHN HAVLICEK. That guy could run and run and run.........old enough here to remember him well as a kid in LA.......and watched him frustrate the Lakers way too many times.


..


kevdab - 4/26/2019 at 04:57 PM

John Havlicek. The game was better when he played. He was tireless out there. One of the greatest of all time. He was part of two different periods of Celtic championships. I think he won championships in 7 out of his first 8 years.
After Bird, Hondo is my second favorite basketball player of all time.
RIP


robslob - 4/27/2019 at 12:26 PM

Kevin Durant goes off for 50.........pesky Clippers are gone. Loved the post game press conference with Patrick Beverly and Lou Williams of LA. " Is there anything you wish you could have done to stop Kevin Durant?" Beverly: "What do YOU think? Did YOU ever play basketball? I'm serious. He's Kevin Durant."
Oh My God that gave me a chuckle. What a stupid question!

In my opinion the NBA Finals start tomorrow, Golden State vs Houston.


tbomike - 4/27/2019 at 03:11 PM

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Kevin Durant goes off for 50.........pesky Clippers are gone. Loved the post game press conference with Patrick Beverly and Lou Williams of LA. " Is there anything you wish you could have done to stop Kevin Durant?" Beverly: "What do YOU think? Did YOU ever play basketball? I'm serious. He's Kevin Durant."
Oh My God that gave me a chuckle. What a stupid question!

In my opinion the NBA Finals start tomorrow, Golden State vs Houston.


That 1st half by KD was just short of unreal! Course if Sweet Lou could have hit a shot that would have helped.

That Rockets series should be epic. But I am very excited about the Celts and Bucks as well. Toronto and Philly should be a great series as well.


crazyjoe - 4/28/2019 at 09:00 PM

Not sure if I already stated, through my infinite wisdom and sports expertise, I knew in the first round it will be a Blazers/Bucks Finals!...........Peace. ........joe


robslob - 4/29/2019 at 04:59 AM

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Not sure if I already stated, through my infinite wisdom and sports expertise, I knew in the first round it will be a Blazers/Bucks Finals!...........Peace. ........joe


I like Portland, not sure they can take GS or Houston though. And in the East, Milwaukee is going to have to show me a LOT more than they did today............Boston was dominant in every phase of the game. Bucks could really be in trouble based on today. If it was a 2 point loss, that's one thing............it was an embarrassment.


kevdab - 4/29/2019 at 10:41 AM

Celtics looked very good yesterday. I think this might be the team we thought they would be. Time will tell.
on another note, Hubie Brown is very good.


porkchopbob - 5/1/2019 at 12:44 PM

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Celtics looked very good yesterday. I think this might be the team we thought they would be. Time will tell.
on another note, Hubie Brown is very good.


I'd chalk it up to the Bucks being soft in Game 1 after knocking around an 8 seed. Bucks looked great last night. I imagine the rest of the games will be closer than the first 2.


kevdab - 5/3/2019 at 09:07 AM

We'll see which Celtic team show's up tonight. They need something from Tatum and Haywood.
Go Celt's!


porkchopbob - 5/3/2019 at 03:06 PM

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We'll see which Celtic team show's up tonight. They need something from Tatum and Haywood.
Go Celt's!


Bucks will bring it on the road. Irving disappeared in Game 2, that likely won't happen at home. Brogdon is out for Milwaukee but Middleton is turning it on. Should be a good game!


kevdab - 5/4/2019 at 11:38 AM

Disappointing loss for the Celtics last night. I thought for sure last night would be a win. No answer for Giannis though. Irving went 8 for 22 from the field. Not going to win that way. Need more from Haywood. Game four at home , it's now or never for this year's Celtics.


porkchopbob - 5/4/2019 at 02:09 PM

Bucks pulled ahead nicely down the stretch. Nice win on the road for them, hope they keep rolling.

How about the Blazers-Nugs 4OT game? Are they trying to remind us all that they are still playing?


Skydog32103 - 5/6/2019 at 04:08 PM

I thought the East was wide open, but it looks like Milwaukee will take it now.


kevdab - 5/6/2019 at 05:40 PM

Celtics will win tonight. This is going seven. Look out for Rozier tonight.


Skydog32103 - 5/6/2019 at 06:06 PM

Good. The more game 7s, the better.


fensranger - 5/6/2019 at 09:00 PM

hope someone beats the Celtics. Otherwise its possible Boston could hold all 4 championships at 1 time which would be quite impressive but not wanted!!!! Bruins have to have as good a chance as any in a crapshoot NHL playoffs.


Stephen - 5/6/2019 at 10:38 PM

Marcus Smart is available to play tonite -- envision a return to Mil 2-2, let's go Celts


nebish - 5/7/2019 at 04:33 AM

My wife loves NBA playoffs. I am starting to watch. Golden State - Houston is going to be fun down to game 7.


kevdab - 5/7/2019 at 01:05 PM

The Bucks handled the Celtics easily last night. They still have to win that fourth game though.
Kyrie Irving, the Celtics best player, isn't as good as he thinks he is. Great players don't have three games in a row of terrible shooting like he has. A reporter asked him about his shooting, and he said he should be taking more shots. He don't get it. Not a team player.
I'm still holding out some hope.
Go Celts.


porkchopbob - 5/7/2019 at 01:09 PM

Hell yeah, Bucks are a game away from closing out the Celtics. Irving has been pretty terrible the past three games. Nice series by the Bucks thus far after that gut check of a Game 1.


tbomike - 5/7/2019 at 04:23 PM

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Hell yeah, Bucks are a game away from closing out the Celtics. Irving has been pretty terrible the past three games. Nice series by the Bucks thus far after that gut check of a Game 1.


Kyrie has been a joke. His post game presser last night was something to behold in its cluelessness. Over 50 years as a Celtics fan and I don't think I have ever been close to this frustrated with an individual player.

I mean I am almost embarrassed for him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSj74SrLd7k


Stephen - 5/7/2019 at 05:06 PM

Like most teams we have no answer for Giannis & beyond him, they're more varied & deeper than we are, even w/out that Brogdon kid --
but Giannis makes defending Mil a Very unenviable task & yes, they're keying on Kyrie at the other end -- would like to see less settling up for 3's & more touches/getting it inside, but they're forcing us into that mode w/superb play

as was said There's One More To Play -- not impossible but Highly improbable against this super Bucks team -- let's go Celts



[Edited on 5/7/2019 by Stephen]


robslob - 5/9/2019 at 02:37 AM

I am really interested to see what team in their right mind is going to give Kyrie Irving the big bucks after a piss-poor performance like that?? Man, he stunk up the gym. Superstars come up big when it matters............hey, everybody has a bad game now and then. But FOUR bad games in a row??

What bothered me even more about the Celtics was the end of tonight's game. There were 7 minutes left, Boston was down by 20. It was obvious that the Celtics had GIVEN UP. Their body language and lack of effort said it all. Really makes me frown on the pro game in general for guys to have that attitude considering the $$$$ they are making. AN NBA GAME IS NOT OVER WITH 7 MINUTES LEFT AND A 20 POINT LEAD. Not if you give a sh*t anyway. It sure looked like none of the Celtics did.

It also makes me wonder if Brad Stephens is the coach that he's been made out to be. He sure doesn't appear to me to be much of a motivator.

Then again, give Milwaukee some credit here too. Boston had NO answer for The Greek Freak.........he was just incredible. I sure wouldn't want to be on the MVP voting panel and have to decide between Harden and Antetekoupo.


kevdab - 5/9/2019 at 10:28 AM

The Bucks were the superior team. Kyrie Irving has played his last game as a Celtic, I hope. The Celtics are actually better without him, IMO. It's too bad, because he has talent, and he could have been a big deal around here. He's just a jerk, and a terrible teammate. Good luck to whoever signs him, you ain't winning anything.
I will root for the team that comes out of the East, unless it's the 76ers.


porkchopbob - 5/9/2019 at 02:11 PM

Great series for the Bucks, stoked they are moving on. The Celtics just didn't have it this season, never looked half as good as they did last year. Most of the season has been leading up to Raptors-Bucks conference finals, should be a much closer series.


robslob - 5/11/2019 at 03:46 AM

DID ANYBODY HERE FORGET ABOUT THE SPLASH BROTHERS??


goldtop - 5/11/2019 at 05:07 AM

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DID ANYBODY HERE FORGET ABOUT THE SPLASH BROTHERS??


Not me....all day while listening to sports radio calling for a miracle I kept saying they won without Duran in the past so if they can go back to playing like they did before he came here then no miracle is needed just some good play by Steph and Klay!!


robslob - 5/11/2019 at 01:24 PM

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DID ANYBODY HERE FORGET ABOUT THE SPLASH BROTHERS??


Not me....all day while listening to sports radio calling for a miracle I kept saying they won without Duran in the past so if they can go back to playing like they did before he came here then no miracle is needed just some good play by Steph and Klay!!


Yup. I'll be honest though, I thought that the Warriors would lose this game then possibly close it in Oakland. But we are talking about IMO the greatest guard duo in the history of the NBA. And let's not forget Draymond either. That core triumvirate won it all before Kevin Durant ever arrived.

Kevon Looney was nothing short of spectacular throughout this series and he's going to be a very rich man come next season as free agency is looming. He's a restricted free agent so Warriors will have a right to match any offer, but "any offer" is going to be astronomical. Right now he's playing for the NBA mimimum! What surprises me most is that he is showing flashes of an offensive game that we have never seen: A spin move, an 8 to 12 foot jumper. That happens when you're on a team with four superstars. Give the Warriors credit for this, Looney is one of their BRILLIANT personnel decisions. His first two years out of UCLA (one and done) he was hurt most of the time, even had surgery on both hips. But Warriors management was completely sold on his talent and stuck with him. 90% of the teams out there would have let him go based on the injury issues. He's still only 23 years old.



[Edited on 5/11/2019 by robslob]


crazyjoe - 5/12/2019 at 08:14 PM

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Not sure if I already stated, through my infinite wisdom and sports expertise, I knew in the first round it will be a Blazers/Bucks Finals!...........Peace. ........joe


I like Portland, not sure they can take GS or Houston though. And in the East, Milwaukee is going to have to show me a LOT more than they did today............Boston was dominant in every phase of the game. Bucks could really be in trouble based on today. If it was a 2 point loss, that's one thing............it was an embarrassment.


I felt early my picks were good ones, I have a Friend living in Portland and I live near Milwaukee, I understood what I am getting with Golden State, but I had absolutely no clue that the Nugs were this damn Tuff, well rounded, versatile tenacious etc..........Peace......joe


porkchopbob - 5/18/2019 at 02:54 PM

It's looking more like a Bucks-Warriors finals is on the horizon. Raptors looked lost last night. Unless Toronto and Portland can turn things around quickly. I wonder who Don Nelson would root for?

[Edited on 5/18/2019 by porkchopbob]


robslob - 5/18/2019 at 07:30 PM

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It's looking more like a Bucks-Warriors finals is on the horizon. Raptors looked lost last night. Unless Toronto and Portland can turn things around quickly. I wonder who Don Nelson would root for?


Whoever's got the best smoke, which has got to be the N. California team..........

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjc5l6yj4TY

[Edited on 5/18/2019 by robslob]


crazyjoe - 5/19/2019 at 03:02 AM

Noticed this series, Blazers just have WAY too many wasted offensive trips down the floor.........Peace.......joe


robslob - 5/19/2019 at 06:47 AM

Draymond Green Saturday night: SUFFOCATING defense + 19 points + 13 boards + 12 assists.
What an ANIMAL and every bit as important to this team as Durant, Curry and Thompson.


porkchopbob - 5/20/2019 at 12:48 PM

Hell of a game last night, 2OTs. Raptors woke up at home. Hopefully the Bucks rebound in Game 4.


porkchopbob - 5/21/2019 at 04:20 PM

Not much of a surprise, Warriors roll on. Even though the Blazers put up a pretty good fight as far as sweeps go, I think we all knew this round would be a little easier than the Rockets.


porkchopbob - 5/24/2019 at 03:19 PM

and like that, the Bucks are on the ropes. They look like a hot mess last night, jacking up the first open 3 they get, except for a few brief moments where they attacked the rim. They're going to have to steel one on the road or we'll have to put up with Drake for another 2 weeks.


crazyjoe - 5/24/2019 at 03:44 PM

Wow! A lot of twists and turns from what I've seen, quite enjoyable. ..........Peace......joe


jszfunk - 5/24/2019 at 07:16 PM

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and like that, the Bucks are on the ropes. They look like a hot mess last night, jacking up the first open 3 they get, except for a few brief moments where they attacked the rim. They're going to have to steel one on the road or we'll have to put up with Drake for another 2 weeks.


He is lucky Ron Artest an Jermaine Oneal aren't still in the league and playing for the Bucks!


robslob - 5/25/2019 at 12:48 PM

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/mike-dantoni-explains-why-warriors-173219541.h tml

Mike D'Antoni:

"Well, I think it puts them into more of a desperation mode," D'Antoni said. "We don't have Kevin, and so yeah (they're) more desperate. Do they turn it up a ways? Yeah, probably. But again, I think where they've gotten beside the point (in that discussion) is that we know how good the Splash Brothers and Kevin are, but Draymond Green is playing at a very, very high level, and he's as valuable if (not) more valuable than anybody."

<<YUP...........UH-HUH>>

[Edited on 5/25/2019 by robslob]


porkchopbob - 5/26/2019 at 02:11 PM

Bucks just don't have a finishing move yet. They made a huge leap from #8 to best record in the league this year, but Leonard and the Raptors have the experience. They dug deep, I can't remember 15-points leads feeling as tenuous as the Bucks' big leads the past few games. Great series, hope the Bucks and Giannis come back next year a little more fierce. Lopez seemed to be the only one who remembered what a "high percentage shot" is.


robslob - 5/26/2019 at 04:36 PM

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Bucks just don't have a finishing move yet. They made a huge leap from #8 to best record in the league this year, but Leonard and the Raptors have the experience. They dug deep, I can't remember 15-points leads feeling as tenuous as the Bucks' big leads the past few games. Great series, hope the Bucks and Giannis come back next year a little more fierce. Lopez seemed to be the only one who remembered what a "high percentage shot" is.


I missed the two Bucks victories at the start of this series but watched every other game. The biggest thing I took away from it was something one of the announcers said yesterday and to be honest without that I wouldn't have picked up on it: "That shows a glaring weakness in Antetekoupo's game. He doesn't have a jump shot." This was right after a play when Giannis obviously wanted to drive to the hoop. Both options right and left were closed by the Raptors' defense. Giannis could have gone straight up and shot it, he was only maybe 15 feet out from the hoop. But truth is, he really doesn't have that option because that part of his game is non-existent. He had to give up the ball and if I'm not mistaken the possession ended in a shot clock violation.

The other thing I took away from that is that Nick Nurse (who I had never even heard of before this year) is probably a pretty damn good Coach. Antetekoupo is LETHAL driving to the hoop, in fact with the exception of Kevin Durant I don't know that I've seen a 6'11" player do some of the things he can do moving with the ball. But OH MAN, Kevin Durant can kill you with his jumper. That part of Giannis' game is non-existent at this point. So nurse coached the Raptors (brilliantly I might add) to take away the driving lanes for Giannis by double-teaming him. It worked to perfection in this series. Until Giannis develops a jumper he is going to be vulnerable, and do you think a few teams in the NBA are going to take something away from this series regarding how to defend him?


porkchopbob - 5/26/2019 at 07:45 PM

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"That shows a glaring weakness in Antetekoupo's game. He doesn't have a jump shot."

That was an old knock against Giannis maybe 3-4 years ago. It may not be as strong as Durant's jump shot, but Giannis has developed a pretty smooth and reliable one. He wasn't going to it much against Toronto, but he definitely nailed a few 3s the past couple games.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8w1ELjE2ew

Here's an article that breaks down its evolution:
https://behindthebuckpass.com/2018/10/16/milwaukee-bucks-new-jump-shot-gian nis-antetokounmpo/


robslob - 5/27/2019 at 01:13 AM

I haven't looked at the links porkchop because I'm not serious enough about this subject to spend that kind of time on it. I will say this: You say Giannis has a jump shot; I certainly don't remember seeing it hardly at all in the Toronto series. And if he does, I don't think he has enough confidence in it to use it when in a jam, like the incident I described with defense up in his face and driving lanes non-existent.


porkchopbob - 5/27/2019 at 02:22 AM

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I haven't looked at the links porkchop because I'm not serious enough about this subject to spend that kind of time on it.

Ha, uh ok. But you did write two paragraphs about it. I wasn't giving you homework, the Youtube link is literally a minute long, but sorry to waste your time with a subject you brought up Was just offering some info since we don't all have the time to pay attention to all of the games.

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I will say this: You say Giannis has a jump shot; I certainly don't remember seeing it hardly at all in the Toronto series. And if he does, I don't think he has enough confidence in it to use it when in a jam, like the incident I described with defense up in his face and driving lanes non-existent.

Yeah, I mentioned Toronto locked him down overall the past couple games, including his drives to through the paint (and his FTs apparently). But if you want to take your anecdotal, small sample size against a great defense, that''s cool it doesn't hurt my feelings, I'm still happy about a really great Bucks season. Giannis has been around 25-30% from 3-point line the past few seasons (including 18/55 for 32% in 15 2019 playoff games) after going 7/44 in 2014. Like I said, not Kevin Durant, but he has developed a shot.

I do think being a young team with the #1 seed hurt the Bucks - other than a Game 1 blowout to the Celtics, they didn't really face a challenge until Toronto. Meanwhile, Toronto had a tough series against Philly that fully prepared them to gut it out after going down a quick 0-2. Experience won out. And I'm glad the NBA now gives out the MVP after the season, because Leonard deserves it. Should be a good finals, it will be interesting to see how strong the Warriors come out after rest and a lesser opponent in the Blazers. They obviously have the edge, but the Raptors look hungry. And Don Nelson doesn't have to choose sides.


robslob - 6/3/2019 at 01:28 PM

I am somewhat in shock that the Warriors pulled it out last night in Toronto.

1. Steph Curry played through it while obviously ill.
2. Klay Thompson injured during the game.
3. Kevon Looney injured during the game.
4. Durant still out.

The mark of a Champion...........against all odds, they won this one anyway. No one wants to get in an 0-2 hole. DeMarcus Cousins was just unreal last night and we would not have won without him. Looked like he never missed a game, and do NOT forget his defense!

[Edited on 6/3/2019 by robslob]


crazyjoe - 6/4/2019 at 10:16 PM

I hate to agree, but I have too, perhaps the Warriors are just too much?............Peace.........joe


crazyjoe - 6/6/2019 at 02:58 PM

Seems like right now, untimely injury could become a major issue for the Warriors???.............joe


robslob - 6/7/2019 at 03:40 AM

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Seems like right now, untimely injury could become a major issue for the Warriors???.............joe


Sure looks that way right now. But then again it's possible we could have both Klay and KD back tomorrow night. If so, this series could change quickly.

I'll say this, Warriors management is very smart, they never play a guy until the injury is healed and they've always been that way since this dynasty began in 2015.


crazyjoe - 6/8/2019 at 02:14 AM

Awesome 1st half here in this 4th game. Frantic and Frenetic, Durant's absence, I think evens the series, possibly still with a real slight GS edge?.........joe.......without Clay also, was to much strain on them to really be effective.


robslob - 6/8/2019 at 01:47 PM

At 1-3 things looking quite grim in Warriorland. I have not given up hope however. We were down 3-1 to OKC in the playoffs several years back and won the series. It is quite evident to me however that we will need KD back to do it............


CanadianMule - 6/8/2019 at 04:00 PM

I said it at the start of the season.

Raptors

Close every year and then they made that trade for one of the best. Then LeBron was no longer a curse for them to deal with.

It is their year and home court advantage is something that GSW were used to. Losing the two at home will be hard to over come.


robslob - 6/14/2019 at 01:19 PM

No excuses offered up from the Bay area this morning. Toronto is loaded with talent, very well coached, and they were extremely tough and stingy on defense. They gave Steph Curry a lot of fits in this series. Congratulations to the Raptors for the first Canadian NBA Championship!

I will say that the Warriors showed exactly what they are made of; this was a contest right down to the last minute of last night's game.


Brendan - 6/14/2019 at 01:52 PM

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No excuses offered up from the Bay area this morning. Toronto is loaded with talent, very well coached, and they were extremely tough and stingy on defense. They gave Steph Curry a lot of fits in this series. Congratulations to the Raptors for the first Canadian NBA Championship!

I will say that the Warriors showed exactly what they are made of; this was a contest right down to the last minute of last night's game.


You, and the entire Warriors organization, classy to the end.

Thrilled for the Raptors this morning.


robslob - 6/14/2019 at 03:16 PM

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You, and the entire Warriors organization, classy to the end.


Thank You.

I wish every fan in Toronto could be labeled classy. Yeah, I know this has nothing to do with the Raptors team. And I'm sure that there are some really good fans in Toronto. That said, cheering in jubilation at Kevin Durant's injury is something I have never seen in all my years of watching sports, and I'm over 60 years old. CLASSLESS!!!! Yeah, I know, some will say, "That was a small minority of fans". Maybe so, but I was watching the game and the cheering was LOUD. It was NOT only 2 or 3 people.


leafsfan - 6/14/2019 at 04:27 PM

Great win by Raps!!!

Not one fan in the audience or media member (that is jumping on Raptors fans) knew that KD blew out his achilles. He just fell, dropped the ball (creating a tuin over) and folks reacted. He shouldn't have been on the court in the first place. And everyone knew that.

To say this is a first in your 60 years seems a bit much. Folks have been laughing at Dallas Cowboys injuries for years.

Great series, I think if Klay didn't blow out his knee this series was going 7, who knows what happens then.

The interest, excitement and intrigue that this series created in Canada was massive. I even watched last 2 series from start to finish and I think along with many of my 50 something year old friends that basketball is a waste of good oxygen.

Rematch next year?



robslob - 6/14/2019 at 08:28 PM

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Not one fan in the audience or media member (that is jumping on Raptors fans) knew that KD blew out his achilles. He just fell, dropped the ball (creating a tuin over) and folks reacted.


Disagree COMPLETELY. Durant immediately came up limping, it was obvious he was hurt. No one gets THAT excited over one turnover.

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To say this is a first in your 60 years seems a bit much. Folks have been laughing at Dallas Cowboys injuries for years.


Fine whatever you say. I personally have NEVER seen fans laugh at an injury. Not at the Dallas Cowboys or ANY other sports team. Doesn't mean it's never happened, but then I've never watched Dallas much either.

[Edited on 6/14/2019 by robslob]


CanadianMule - 6/14/2019 at 09:46 PM

Raptors!

75 to 1 odds Baby!

Called it from the start of the season. I knew they were the team designed to beat GSW. 3 - point game plus big and strong inside. But it is the defense that really works. They beat GSW at home earlier this year and then 3 times in the series. No fluke there.

As for the fans Rob, some idiots, some caught up in emotion. But the TV cut. The cheer for KD as he exited was far louder than any boos were.

Personally at 75 to 1 odds, I was not heart broken but of course no cheer. Klay - gets carried off and then jogs out to take two shots? Let's just say that NBA and NHL players are not built the same. I love him and great shooter but this is Game 6 of the Finals. Again at 75 to 1, I didn't mind.

Great series. Great playoffs. Off season signings will determine a new landscape next season.


robslob - 6/16/2019 at 06:47 AM

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Called it from the start of the season. I knew they were the team designed to beat GSW. 3 - point game plus big and strong inside. But it is the defense that really works. They beat GSW at home earlier this year and then 3 times in the series. No fluke there.


Uh-Huh. Show me a quote, ANY quote from here on this website where you predicted Toronto would go all the way before it actually happened. Anyone "knew" a LOT of things after a series is over.


CanadianMule - 6/16/2019 at 07:58 PM

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Called it from the start of the season. I knew they were the team designed to beat GSW. 3 - point game plus big and strong inside. But it is the defense that really works. They beat GSW at home earlier this year and then 3 times in the series. No fluke there.


Uh-Huh. Show me a quote, ANY quote from here on this website where you predicted Toronto would go all the way before it actually happened. Anyone "knew" a LOT of things after a series is over.


Sensitive today? LOL - I have quotes here, there any everywhere, Rob. Most important was my winning ticket from before the season began. Rob - I am a Raptors fan who has said they would win for three years now. Guess somehow it didn't bug you when I was wrong.

Stephen and I have had our whole East debate going for well over the season and into last year. The East was the real challenge this season and will be again next season for the Raptors.

The player that stood in their way was LeBron as Toronto always chokes against him. When he moved, the weight was gone. Then the Kawhi/Gasol trades took them up a notch.

Did I think Toronto was a favourite in the series against GSW? No one would be. The team that I hoped and believed was built to match and beat - GWS. None of Toronto's shooters match Curry or Thompson but collectively they match up. Then Toronto's big guys are to many and too strong especially with KD down.

This year was an obvious off year for GSW as home court was not even theirs. As I said, they had a hard time against Toronto all year.

Then they got outplayed.

For future reference, I always pick the Raptors. Win or lose.


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