Thread: NBA 2018-19 Season

porkchopbob - 1/4/2019 at 02:52 PM

Figured I'd start a fresh NBA thread for this season since it's starting to take shape.

The Bucks are in first place. I grew up on the underrated 1980s Bucks squads, they were always solid just never had the Bird or Magic to get past the top teams. Other than the 2000 squad that almost went to the finals (and was quickly broken up by George Karl) there hasn't been much to enjoy about the Bucks until the Greek Freak arrived. This is a damn fun team to watch.

On the other side of the river, the Nuggets are tearing it up alongside OKC and GS. In Houston, Harden is having another amazing season on a merely ok team, still looking up in the standings - just had an epic barn burner against GS, rallying from 20 down in GS no less.

LeBron's Lakers have definitely made a leap while the Cavs have dropped like a dead weight without him - no surprise.


crazyjoe - 1/4/2019 at 04:12 PM

Kinda gloomy for a Bulls fan, so the things I look at with the NBA right now, root for LeBron, root against GS, kinda just casually follow the playoff bound teams, Gonna have to try and watch a couple Bucks games........Peace.....joe


Stephen - 2/1/2019 at 05:15 PM

Trade activity is ramping up, to put it mildly --
Both LeBron & Rajon had near triple doubles last night -- still think they'll get going & them & GSW in conf finals --
we still haven't caught Phila -- they beat GSW last night --
also, a good win for your Bucks team over Tor -- still staying with Celts-Bucks conf final

No one wants to see Kyrie go anywhere -- Danny would have to look pretty closely at a Kyrie-for-AD deal if it came up I suppose
Let's go Celts


Stephen - 2/21/2019 at 08:39 PM

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EXCEPT IN BOSTON -- we're fine, will pass Phila soon -- we can beat GSW

You're wishful Stephen..........we'll see about that one.

I should say we'll see about it.........IF Boston makes it to the championship. Philly just got a LOT deeper and their roster is looking every bit as good as yours...........you've got a very tough row to hoe now.
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No tougher than it was before -- I'm more worried about Mil and Tor than Phila
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We visit Mil tonite, Tor Tuesday -- then Warriors the Tuesday after that

( I said can, not will, beat GSW -- they're obviously the frontrunners to repeat -- they're amping up Demarcus' minutes -- what a laugh those posts were -- "I can think of 20 players better than Cousins" blah blah
-- then no reply when asked whose those players might be -- that's why these threads are mostly dead, they're not negative enough

It's the top 5 & nobody else in the east -- so a tough 1st rounder w/us, Phila and/or Indy -- credit to Indy, they've played well w/out their top player, Victor O -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 2/21/2019 by Stephen]


BoytonBrother - 2/21/2019 at 08:58 PM

Itíll be interesting to watch the Lakers evolve...or not evolve. I thought it was incredibly risky of LeBron to choose L.A. If he gets this team to the finals in the next 2 seasons, itíll be one of the greatest feats in NBA history.

Will the Sixers have an asterisk next to their name if they win it for tanking to get the picks and assets? I just hope people direct the ďtankingĒ comments to the front office, and not the players and coaches, because those guys demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and character throughout ďthe processĒ. Speaking of which, Embiid might be my favorite player to watch since Jordan. Iíve missed the old-school dominant big man position - Malone, Kareem, Hakeem, Ewing.


jszfunk - 2/21/2019 at 10:50 PM

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EXCEPT IN BOSTON -- we're fine, will pass Phila soon -- we can beat GSW

You're wishful Stephen..........we'll see about that one.

I should say we'll see about it.........IF Boston makes it to the championship. Philly just got a LOT deeper and their roster is looking every bit as good as yours...........you've got a very tough row to hoe now.
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No tougher than it was before -- I'm more worried about Mil and Tor than Phila
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We visit Mil tonite, Tor Tuesday -- then Warriors the Tuesday after that

( I said can, not will, beat GSW -- they're obviously the frontrunners to repeat -- they're amping up Demarcus' minutes -- what a laugh those posts were -- "I can think of 20 players better than Cousins" blah blah
-- then no reply when asked whose those players might be -- that's why these threads are mostly dead, they're not negative enough

It's the top 5 & nobody else in the east -- so a tough 1st rounder w/us, Phila and/or Indy -- credit to Indy, they've played well w/out their top player, Victor O -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 2/21/2019 by Stephen]



I live in the Indy area and glad the Pacers are holding on for now. They are good but not sure they could win a 7 game series against the upper brass in the East without Vic.

Just curious what the feeling is in Boston with Kyrie . Seems to be alot of drama there.


robslob - 2/27/2019 at 04:49 AM

Celts completely blown out and befuddled in Toronto tonight.........what's going on Stephen? This is not the Celtics team that I picked at the beginning of the year to go to the Championship series. The East has gotten much much stronger with four really good teams but right now I'm not sure Boston is one of them: Philly, Toronto, Milwaukee and Indiana.

Gotta say Houston is looking a bit scary right now. They gave the Warriors a real good thumping last Saturday night and they did it in Oakland with Harden on the sidelines. That was the third time this year they have beaten the Warriors. Not sure what that means come playoff time but if the two teams meet it could really be a classic.



[Edited on 2/27/2019 by robslob]


Stephen - 3/1/2019 at 04:16 PM

Yep 58 points for Harden last night -- Rockets could go off -- Portland recently acquired Enes Kanter & a real twin tower tandem for them now w/Jusuf
Good One last night w/Jazz-Nugs -- both those teams also could go off -- IT helping in spots for Denver, C's fans love you bro

But wish I knew about C's Rob -- we slip into some sort of void every so often -- we'd beaten top teams, but also lost to lower teams too, prior to this complete 4-game blackout/vanishing.....
again, IMO C's have become a little too rigid as far as the rotation -- would still like to see the complete roster of players getting on the floor, depth is a strength of our team

still no reason to panic
(HEELLPPP!!!!)
Washington tonite, let's go boys, still plenty of time

[Edited on 3/1/2019 by Stephen]


robslob - 3/3/2019 at 05:48 PM

The Lakers, clinging to playoff hopes and desperately in need of a win, lost in Phoenix last night. The Suns at 13-51 are owners of the worst record in the NBA. I have to think this is the final nail in Luke Walton's Lakers coffin. Really doubt he will be around more than one week after the season ends.



Stephen - 3/4/2019 at 04:20 PM

Once again, simply not there yesterday

still have faith that we can get out of this funk -- the boos however were well deserved yesterday, we gave them no game at all & dangit, it doesn't look like the fires that need to be lit under peoples' butts, are going to be

We need a new plan -- we should've been more flexible all long -- am not knocking coach S, have always touted our depth

The thing is, when we lose, we look completely lost out there -- it's like we're playing in doubt a lot, overthinking -- it's a major mystery

Their original Ft. Wayne mascot, Big Z, has returned , & suddenly, Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin & the Pistons (W8 or so) are cheering up a bleak MC winter -- (wattan OT win last nite over Tor)

Well, we need Mr. Lucky to start doing his thing too -- we visit GSW tmrw & Who Knows -- the same team that looked Bad losing to da lowly Bulls last week

........could look like world beaters against titlists tmrw -- let's put in our bench people who've been champing at the bit & deserve the chance -- Let's go Celts


tbomike - 3/4/2019 at 04:44 PM

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Once again, simply not there yesterday

still have faith that we can get out of this funk -- the boos however were well deserved yesterday, we gave them no game at all & dangit, it doesn't look like the fires that need to be lit under peoples' butts, are going to be

We need a new plan -- we should've been more flexible all long -- am not knocking coach S, have always touted our depth

The thing is, when we lose, we look completely lost out there -- it's like we're playing in doubt a lot, overthinking -- it's a major mystery

Their original Ft. Wayne mascot, Big Z, has returned , & suddenly, Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin & the Pistons (W8 or so) are cheering up a bleak MC winter -- (wattan OT win last nite over Tor)

Well, we need Mr. Lucky to start doing his thing too -- we visit GSW tmrw & Who Knows -- the same team that looked Bad losing to da lowly Bulls last week

........could look like world beaters against titlists tmrw -- let's put in our bench people who've been champing at the bit & deserve the chance -- Let's go Celts


50+ years as a Celtics fan and this might simply be the most confounding team in all that time. I am off the Kyrie train that is for sure.


robslob - 3/6/2019 at 03:31 AM

Houston 107 Toronto 95.......in Toronto.........Rockets continue to impress.


robslob - 3/6/2019 at 08:03 AM

Nice win Stephen. We will see if Celts can sustain this. They sure looked like a different team tonight. But then everyone gets up for the Warriors.


Stephen - 3/21/2019 at 05:38 PM

Sustain it we haven't -- we continue to be mercurial, an enigma wrapped in a paradox cloaked in a mystery -- we played well most of it last night, they were betr at the end -- Pacers will be a tough 1st rounder

west conf playoff field is set, plenty of fluctuation before it's all over as only three games separates the bottom 6 teams -- Jazz are on a 22-8 tear -- & all it's gotten them is a half-game out of last place!!!

my pick of LAL to play GSW in west finals sure didn't happen -- any one of those top 8 teams can make finals, hardly any clearcut favorite outside of Warriors -- Let's go Celts, our top-level is still to come

[Edited on 3/21/2019 by Stephen]


porkchopbob - 3/21/2019 at 07:21 PM

West always is the stronger conference, not sure why the East teams lag behind overall year after year.

Bucks hit a little skid recently with Giannis, but continue to stay atop the East. Bizarre loss to the Suns. Hopefully they can start another roll against the Heat tonight. They play Houston in a few days, should be a nice tuneup for the playoffs.


porkchopbob - 4/5/2019 at 02:07 PM

Bucks clinch the best record in the league. Pretty crazy how far they've come 5 years after a 15-win season to likely 60+ wins. Even the Big 3 in 2001 didn't look this good. I'll be surprised if we don't see Toronto-Milwaukee in Eastern Finals.

Also, who knew Milwaukee might have an MLB and an NBA MVP? Only competition is Harden who is having another monster season.


Stephen - 4/24/2019 at 03:46 PM

It should be a good series -- can't argue with your projected conf finals, both your guys & Tor have been solid all year --

Phila is very solid too -- As Are C's -- would like it a ton better w/Marcus in there vs. Mil -- he's been running on a treadmill etc, unlikely tho for this series

was trying to recall Bucks Big 3 of that era -- Sam Cassell? Genn "Big Dog" Robinson? Brandon Jennings? (pretty sure not him)

it's the 45th year of one of our best ever -- 7 games over Bucks in 1974, & if Kareem & the Big O were intro'd prior to game 1 -- they'd bring the house down, it'd become a mecca of love -- we'd have no chance

it wasn't a sky hook -- Kareem made a space hook to beat us at the buzzer 6th game in Boston -- it was from way out there
then back to Mil & unbelievable, 102-87 final, 1st title since Russell & Sam Jones retired
this series will be every bit the grind -- Giannis is some kind of player -- I Think We Can Win It, let's go Celts


porkchopbob - 4/24/2019 at 04:24 PM

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was trying to recall Bucks Big 3 of that era -- Sam Cassell? Genn "Big Dog" Robinson? Brandon Jennings? (pretty sure not him)


Jennings was much later, it was Cassell, Robinson and Ray Allen. The next season George Karl tried to retool the team, brought in Anthony Mason to play "point forward" and they collapsed after the All-Star break and missed the playoffs.

Those early 1970s Bucks teams were pretty dominant, I think they had 3 60-win seasons during Kareem's tenure. Some scrappy 1980s Don Nelson-lead squads too, even swept the Celtics in '83.


Stephen - 4/25/2019 at 05:18 PM

Yep, they had it all going then -- Bob Lanier, Randy Bruer, Paul Mokeski, Marques Johnson, Junior Bridgeman, Alton Lister, Sidney Moncrief.........Öthey had one dagger game in that 1983 series when their first lead of the game came on the final basket

wondering if Marcus Smart will return depending on how far the series goes -- & yeah, Nellie -- who would he root for while burning one in the lap of luxury (saw that vid recently) --
really think we'll give Bucks a great series -- Let's Go Celts


Stephen - 5/9/2019 at 04:22 PM

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really think we'll give Bucks a great series -- Let's Go Celts


started out that way
just couldn't sustain the defensive intensity of that 1st game -- we gave Giannis more room to operate after that & 4 games later.....
disagree w/the "Celtics disaster should've been clear from the start" headline on espn -- Mil made the adjustment after the 1st game & was the better team --
agree we should've had a better season -- agree w/some-not-all of the Kyrie criticism

they were awesome & a Mil-Denver final w/the 2 MVP tall-men, Giannis & Nikola, would be a Blast to watch -- Joel Embiid's impact on 6ers' fortunes Clear, they Vanished 2nd half of last game -- your team is great PCBob (still want a Kareem-Oscar appearance ), we'll be back better than ever -- showing up in the kelley green of the Boston Celtics

[Edited on 5/9/2019 by Stephen]


robslob - 5/9/2019 at 05:54 PM

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just couldn't sustain the defensive intensity of that 1st game -- we gave Giannis more room to operate after that & 4 games later.....
disagree w/the "Celtics disaster should've been clear from the start" headline on espn -- Mil made the adjustment after the 1st game & was the better team --
agree we should've had a better season -- agree w/some-not-all of the Kyrie criticism

they were awesome & a Mil-Denver final w/the 2 MVP tall-men, Giannis & Nikola, would be a Blast to watch -- Joel Embiid's impact on 6ers' fortunes Clear, they Vanished 2nd half of last game -- your team is great PCBob (still want a Kareem-Oscar appearance ), we'll be back better than ever -- showing up in the kelley green of the Boston Celtics
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First off Ainge needs to FIRE Brad Stephens and soon. He is just not getting the job done.

It should be embarrassing to any Boston fan the way they gave up last night with 7:00 minutes left.........in the NBA a 20 point lead is NOT insurmountable with 7 minutes to play. The Celtics were going through the motions, waiting for their misery to be over. That is PITIFUL. At which point the Coach says, "Look, any of you assh*les who do not think we have a chance to pull out this game, you are right next to me here on the sidelines." And if finding someone with some heart means playing your 11th and 12th guys, THEN DO IT.


CanadianMule - 5/9/2019 at 06:43 PM

Raptors!


tbomike - 5/9/2019 at 07:24 PM

Fire Brad Stevens? You gotta be kidding me. The only thing Ainge should do is help Kyrie pack his bags. In my wildest dreams I could never have imagined a player of that supposed caliber playing 4 games that awful in a row. He was beyond dreadful. I have no use for him and pretty clearly most of his teammates don't either. Please let him go. No coach can overcome his #1 player performing like that It was a joke.


robslob - 5/9/2019 at 09:07 PM

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Fire Brad Stevens? You gotta be kidding me. The only thing Ainge should do is help Kyrie pack his bags. In my wildest dreams I could never have imagined a player of that supposed caliber playing 4 games that awful in a row. He was beyond dreadful. I have no use for him and pretty clearly most of his teammates don't either. Please let him go. No coach can overcome his #1 player performing like that It was a joke.


I agree that Kyrie was awful. That doesn't explain why the entire Celtics team gave up on the game last night with 7 minutes left. That's pitiful.


jszfunk - 5/10/2019 at 01:28 AM

Maybe I am biased, but Stevens ,in my opinion is the farthest thing from they're problems. People should not forget what he did last year without Kyrie and Gordon. I feel for these coaches having to deal with these NBA p!ayers........must be painful at times.


robslob - 5/10/2019 at 01:38 AM

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Maybe I am biased, but Stevens ,in my opinion is the farthest thing from they're problems. People should not forget what he did last year without Kyrie and Gordon. I feel for these coaches having to deal with these NBA p!ayers........must be painful at times.


Great point and I totally see it, too. "These NBA players"..........maybe we could change that to "these spoiled overpaid brats".............I think that's a better fit............

But that's OK. I'm in the Bay area. The Warriors haven't won it all 3 out of the last 4 years with an attitude like THAT. We have a bunch of Champions on that team. Guys that will do whatever work it takes to be successful.

[Edited on 5/10/2019 by robslob]


Stephen - 5/30/2019 at 05:52 PM

That's how Warriyz have rolled -- nothing new about that -- & it should be a good finals -- if Draymond Green keeps going off like that Tor will have little chance, nor would any team -- ups to GSW, they're right there w/most any of the great teams of recent decades -- & to Tor, they've been steady all year & deserve to be there

Yes, the Kyrie/Terry Rozier situation is a thorny one -- a 'pleasant problem' no longer -- doubted the trade that brought Kyrie here at 1st, but he played great --

there were obvious problems on the court after the 1st Bucks playoff game -- we weren't competitive, we should've been, & that to me that falls on the coach to make sure his players are motivated & prepared -- they weren't in the latter stages of the 5th games, as has been pointed out, & it wasn't the first time this season

what makes it so mysterious is how we looked the first game -- hard nosed, intense defensively
overall, a good season that should've been better-- Our Team Is Solid -- huge moves needn't be made IMO

Maybe Kyrie & Kevin Durant will end up on the Knicks -- that's been rumored anyway but who knows -- also Kawhi couldn't want any part of LAL now -- his matchups w/the Warriors will be fun to watch -- great final indeed

[Edited on 5/31/2019 by Stephen]


Brendan - 5/30/2019 at 05:59 PM

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maybe we could change that to "these spoiled overpaid brats"


Aren't there some kids on your lawn you should be yelling at??


porkchopbob - 5/31/2019 at 01:09 PM

Raptors take Game 1. They look tough, even with Durant back the Warriors have a beast of an opponent on their hands.


leafsfan - 5/31/2019 at 04:54 PM

Really hoping Raptors trade Drake this summer for a D man for the Leafs. God the guy is an embarrassment. 32 year old kid Drake grew up in the richest neighbourhood in Canada, was a child actor on Degrassi and then all of a sudden became a thug w a jet and Warriors tattoo's. If I was on the warriors an errant pass would end up in his face early in game 2.

Great win by Raps, Warriors are not going to take last night lightly.


robslob - 6/1/2019 at 07:42 AM

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Really hoping Raptors trade Drake this summer for a D man for the Leafs. God the guy is an embarrassment. 32 year old kid Drake grew up in the richest neighbourhood in Canada, was a child actor on Degrassi and then all of a sudden became a thug w a jet and Warriors tattoo's. If I was on the warriors an errant pass would end up in his face early in game 2.

Great win by Raps, Warriors are not going to take last night lightly.



That's hilarious. IMO whoever wins game 2 on Sunday will win the series.


Stephen - 6/11/2019 at 05:01 PM

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Really hoping Raptors trade Drake this summer for a D man for the Leafs. God the guy is an embarrassment. 32 year old kid Drake grew up in the richest neighbourhood in Canada, was a child actor on Degrassi and then all of a sudden became a thug w a jet and Warriors tattoo's. If I was on the warriors an errant pass would end up in his face early in game 2.

Great win by Raps, Warriors are not going to take last night lightly.



That's hilarious. IMO whoever wins game 2 on Sunday will win the series.


It was GSW (winning game 2) -- now it goes back for the final-ever game in Oaklnd, & the motivation on that alone --
espn is saying KD w/a possible torn achilles? -- & that the loud one, Charles Barkley, blames Kerr/the Warriors


robslob - 6/12/2019 at 03:14 AM

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espn is saying KD w/a possible torn achilles? -- & that the loud one, Charles Barkley, blames Kerr/the Warriors


Gee, BIG surprise for Barkley to criticize the Warriors. Ever heard the phrase "hindsight is always 20/20", Charles? Five years ago it was "Jump shooting teams don't win Championships". I guess after 3 Championships in 4 years, The Warriors kind of shoved that one right up Charles Barkley's ass. So, he's gotta find something else............


crazyjoe - 6/12/2019 at 04:52 PM

Well, it generally is a little easier to cipher things in hindsight, I don't know who called the shots here, but I do think that the result here is one of the bigger injury/administrative fiascos We've seen in awhile? It reminds me of the RG3 thing in football, I remember watchin him try to run around the field with his knee joint flopping different directions?...........Peace........joe

Also, think KD may have been doomed when he strained it, never ever do I recall any kind of Achilles injury heeling well, even the strains never seem to heal right.

[Edited on 6/12/2019 by crazyjoe]


Stephen - 6/14/2019 at 05:31 PM

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espn is saying KD w/a possible torn achilles? -- & that the loud one, Charles Barkley, blames Kerr/the Warriors


Gee, BIG surprise for Barkley to criticize the Warriors. Ever heard the phrase "hindsight is always 20/20", Charles? Five years ago it was "Jump shooting teams don't win Championships". I guess after 3 Championships in 4 years, The Warriors kind of shoved that one right up Charles Barkley's ass. So, he's gotta find something else............


He showed his face in between periods at the 7th game of B's-St.L too -- why did they let Charles Barkley into a hockey broadcast booth -- he doesn't know anything --
but by way of clumsy segue, St.L are deserving winners -- we beat them 5-1 Gm 6, they got us 4-1 Gm 7 --
we had a pretty wide shots margin & played Good hockey Gm 7--
But The Ken Dryden Nightmare Recurred -- in the form of Binnington
REALLY wanted to remind em of that phony advertisement that mistakenly got on social media after Gm 5 proclaiming their title
Also, winning would've ensured MVP for Tuukka -- he was outta this world this playoffs
besides that, no real disappointment here -- it was fantastic, even-steven hockey at its highest most hard-nosed level -- one game never should a season make

B's were fantastic this season
article said St.L has averaged 99 points over last 8 seasons -- that's a tremendous accomplishment too IMO -- it deserves to be rewarded

Reversing Segue back to topic, our veteran squad couldn't beat upstart Blues -- GSW same/same Tor -- both bounced at home -- Great job by Tor Rptrs & St.L Blues

rumor (in June 14) has Kyrie going to Brkln
finally, AD joins/rejoins LeBron/Rajon in LA

[Edited on 6/16/2019 by Stephen]


CanadianMule - 6/16/2019 at 08:08 PM

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Raptors!


Yup.


porkchopbob - 7/1/2019 at 07:57 PM

And all of a sudden The Nets look like they can contend, at least on paper. Durant and Kyrie picked Brooklyn over the Knicks (let's be honest, over guitar hero James Dolan) and might even lure DeAndre Jordan. That's a huge power shift in the East. As good as Durant is, I don't think it hurts the Warriors that much.

The Bucks lost Brogdon, but kept Middleton. Added another Lopez, so they have literal Twin Towers. Not bad.

If Kawhi bolts Canada for LA, that's a pretty big shake up league-wide.


jszfunk - 7/1/2019 at 11:55 PM

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And all of a sudden The Nets look like they can contend, at least on paper. Durant and Kyrie picked Brooklyn over the Knicks (let's be honest, over guitar hero James Dolan) and might even lure DeAndre Jordan. That's a huge power shift in the East. As good as Durant is, I don't think it hurts the Warriors that much.

The Bucks lost Brogdon, but kept Middleton. Added another Lopez, so they have literal Twin Towers. Not bad.

If Kawhi bolts Canada for LA, that's a pretty big shake up league-wide.


Not sold on Brooklyn yet. Irving is a great playet, but kind of a knucklehead. KD is gonna be out for awhile. Doubt they will do much this up coming season.

Just curious your thoughts on Brogdon...He is headed here to Indy.


jszfunk - 7/2/2019 at 01:07 AM

NBA luxury tax
https://hoopshype.com/2018/10/11/nba-luxury-tax/


porkchopbob - 7/2/2019 at 12:50 PM

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Not sold on Brooklyn yet. Irving is a great playet, but kind of a knucklehead. KD is gonna be out for awhile. Doubt they will do much this up coming season.

Just curious your thoughts on Brogdon...He is headed here to Indy.

It won't be overnight for Brooklyn, but nice for a team already on the upswing.

Brogdon is pretty solid, a great hustler but not irreplaceable - he was out for good chunks of the past 2 seasons. Good pickup for the Pacers though.


jszfunk - 7/3/2019 at 12:48 AM

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Not sold on Brooklyn yet. Irving is a great playet, but kind of a knucklehead. KD is gonna be out for awhile. Doubt they will do much this up coming season.

Just curious your thoughts on Brogdon...He is headed here to Indy.

It won't be overnight for Brooklyn, but nice for a team already on the upswing.

Brogdon is pretty solid, a great hustler but not irreplaceable - he was out for good chunks of the past 2 seasons. Good pickup for the Pacers though.


Sounds like decent pickup for here in Indy. Solid at best. Not a second scoring threat.We will see if it will be an upgrade for what they lost. Not betting on them yet. VO wil be out till at least midseason,and even when he comes back, who knows how he will be.

It's hard to compete with location,owners paying the luxury tax, and players buddying up recruiting each other.


robslob - 7/6/2019 at 06:46 AM

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to The Clippers!

Wowie Zowie is all I can say. Let's not forget that the Clippers gave the Warriors a serious run for their money in the first round this year, so they ALREADY had a team. And Doc Rivers is one hell of a Coach. They sure did give away the farm to get him though mostly in the form of many draft picks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Galinari. I do not know more details, just saw the trade on ESPN.

I would say that the Clippers are now the Western Conference favorite although the Warriors are making some great moves and will be very competitive. Despite Lebron and Anthony Davis, they Lakers have a long way to go and lots of holes to fill.

When you look at the amount of draft picks the Thunder picked up in this trade, in addition to Gilgeous-Alexander and Galinari, it really seems that OKC got the better end of this deal. Gilgeous-Alexander is an up and comer out of Kentucky, averaged 10 points last year in his rookie season with the Clippers and had a 22 point game in the playoff vs. the Warriors. Trade details:

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/clippers-acquire-paul-george-recruited-b y-kawhi-leonard-in-reported-blockbuster-deal-with-thunder-trade-grades/

Just saw the Lakers re-signed Rajon Rondo which will help them immensely.









[Edited on 7/7/2019 by robslob]


jszfunk - 7/8/2019 at 07:09 PM

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Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to The Clippers!

Wowie Zowie is all I can say. Let's not forget that the Clippers gave the Warriors a serious run for their money in the first round this year, so they ALREADY had a team. And Doc Rivers is one hell of a Coach. They sure did give away the farm to get him though mostly in the form of many draft picks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Galinari. I do not know more details, just saw the trade on ESPN.

I would say that the Clippers are now the Western Conference favorite although the Warriors are making some great moves and will be very competitive. Despite Lebron and Anthony Davis, they Lakers have a long way to go and lots of holes to fill.

When you look at the amount of draft picks the Thunder picked up in this trade, in addition to Gilgeous-Alexander and Galinari, it really seems that OKC got the better end of this deal. Gilgeous-Alexander is an up and comer out of Kentucky, averaged 10 points last year in his rookie season with the Clippers and had a 22 point game in the playoff vs. the Warriors. Trade details:

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/clippers-acquire-paul-george-recruited-b y-kawhi-leonard-in-reported-blockbuster-deal-with-thunder-trade-grades/

Just saw the Lakers re-signed Rajon Rondo which will help them immensely.









[Edited on 7/7/2019 by robslob]



Interesting to see what the Clippers do. On paper it looks good, but I am not sold yet. I don't trust Paul George. He pretty much lied to the originization here in Indy.Then wrote a thank you letter via social media. Bailed on OKC in the middle of a four year contract. He wants to be the man, well it's time to put up or shut up. I don't see Him or Leonard being much of a vocal leader.

Thought on Durant leaving GS , Rob?


robslob - 7/8/2019 at 09:55 PM

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Thought on Durant leaving GS, Rob?


Hell yes. Warriors were brilliant in how they handled this, working a sign and trade for Durant which netted them D'Angelo Russell, a 23 point 7 assist a game guy.
$164 million 4 years to a guy who can't play next year and even after that is a HUGE question mark?
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


Stephen - 7/8/2019 at 11:10 PM

Was surprised GSW thought enough of him to retire his jersey


porkchopbob - 7/9/2019 at 01:33 PM

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Was surprised GSW thought enough of him to retire his jersey


Yeah, that was kind of over the top. Three very solid seasons as a hired gun doesn't exactly put you next to Wilt.


porkchopbob - 7/11/2019 at 04:39 PM

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$164 million 4 years to a guy who can't play next year and even after that is a HUGE question mark?
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

And really, who cares? Because let's be honest, the NBA is just the farm system for THE BIG3!!!


Stephen - 7/12/2019 at 01:04 AM

Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul, yawn
doubt it'll change much for either team


porkchopbob - 7/12/2019 at 12:52 PM

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Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul, yawn
doubt it'll change much for either team


I disagree. Westrbrook and Harden have already played with each other, back when Harden was their fresh young legs off the bench in OKC. If they can sort out "alpha" status, then Houston looks like a much bigger threat in the West. Harden is lights out, but Westbrook does it all. Chris Paul still has some miles left, but he's also only played in 60 games in each of his past three seasons. As he heads to the other side of his 30s, his production isn't going to go up. Won't be long before he's starting on a BIG3 team.


Stephen - 7/13/2019 at 01:01 PM

CP3 & Harden were supposed to be all the stuff in Hou, didn't really change their fortunes tho -- about the same as when Harden/Wstbrk were in OKC w/KD, a good-not-great squad

-- but yes, on paper Houstn could rocket to next level, as you said Russell & James checking in their egos will determine how far they go -- Hou also signed veteran center Tyson Chandler to back up Capela

still think it won't change much for either team tho -- same LAC w/Kawhi/George, also Brklyn w/Kyrie &, next year KD -- 2019-20 west pick is same as last year, LAL-GSW -- this time tho w/LBJ, DeM Cousins & Co in finals

Horford, Kyrie, Terry R., Aron -- & for sure the Dancing Bear, Guerschon, when he got to play
they were all great, best to them -- Isaiah Thomas signed w/Wash

Let's Go Celts In 2019-20


[Edited on 7/13/2019 by Stephen]


porkchopbob - 7/13/2019 at 01:12 PM

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CP3 & Harden were supposed to be all the stuff in Hou, didn't really change their fortunes tho -- about the same as when Harden/Wstbrk were in OKC w/KD, a good-not-great squad

OKC made the finals in 2012. That was a great lineup, and had they kept KD, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka, together they might have dominated the West, or at least gone toe-to-toe with GSW. I think the problem in Houston is Harden. Great player, but maybe not to play with. Westbrook is a huge upgrade on CP3 at this point.

quote:
2019-20 west pick is same as last year, LAL

Ha, ok, sure.


robslob - 7/13/2019 at 09:28 PM

With the Warriors, the Clippers and the Lakers, the Pacific Division of the Western Conference will now be the toughest and most competitive in the league. FYI the other two teams are Phoenix and Sacramento. Sac definitely on the rise also.

And if you think you can just ignore the Warriors now that Durant is gone I would think twice. They still have two Hall Of Famers in their lineup in Curry and Green and a third, Thompson, will likely be back mid-season. I like the moves they have been making especially D'Angelo Russell. They may not be dominant like the last five years, but they certainly will be a very tough win. They may surprise a lot of people.

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/assessing-warriors-roster-expectations-heading -181625534.html



[Edited on 7/13/2019 by robslob]


Stephen - 7/16/2019 at 05:31 PM

Yep they'll be Very interesting chemistry tests, the new backcourts of Curry & Russell for GSW, & Westbrk/Harden for Houston -- D'Angelo was always The Man in Brklyn, now he has to adapt to a different role -- then what when Klay returns etc

Kawhi consented to select LAC only when John Ringo signed -- LAC will about the same -- winning the title in Tor meant zilch to Kawhi, he just wanted to be in LA -- DeAndre Jordan now w/Brklyn

LAL will be good, they're stacked w/guards like Rajon, former Celtic Avery Bradley, Danny Green -- also Caruso, their draft pick, & forgotten man/former Pacer star Lance Stephenson -- again, I pick them West finalist, on paper they're better than last year

Rajon & AB keyed Celts to a 27-3 start many years ago -- that was an Immense backcourt tandem
Rajon, AD & Cousins were really starting to hit it for NO b4 DeM's achilles injury
w/LeBron in the mix, LAL has a chance to be great this season

awaiting on the green, a work in progress -- would rather have seen Terry stay than Kemba W coming by trade -- Danny has a way of making good things happen tho -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 7/16/2019 by Stephen]


Stephen - 10/31/2019 at 03:15 AM

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Westbrook and Harden have already played with each other, back when Harden was their fresh young legs off the bench in OKC. If they can sort out "alpha" status, then Houston looks like a much bigger threat in the West. Harden is lights out, but Westbrook does it all..


Itís Harden (the alpha male) - 59 points - Westbrook a triple double - a double double for Clint Capela - final score, 159-158
Yep the only Ďchemistryí here would be his teammates leaving a wide berth for Harden - itís his team - what potential chemistry it is tho - on full display tonite
Best of all, Isaiah Thomas w/a double double off the bench for Wash - yep the WS wasnít the only Houstn-Wash game tonite

Aron Baynes 24/13 as Suns trounce GSW - long year ahead for GSW, watta run theyíve had tho

Weíre a work in progress (Celts), too tough a call - Phila is again solid

Final edit/prediction, barring injuries to key personnel, Jazz, the west team Iíve always followed will be in conf final, likely league final - thought LAL, but no DeM Cousins, Rajon//Kuzma already injured etc - 55-60 wins for Jazz
Letís go Celts

[Edited on 11/1/2019 by Stephen]


Stephen - 11/5/2019 at 04:29 PM

Seven games into the season, & Russell Westbrook wasnít on the court last night for what they said was a rest day
Sure thing
Heís 2nd banana to Harden - will be fun to watch the chemistry as they attempt to mesh - or, might Westbrook go the way of Melo last year

Realize few hoop fans here, & after looking at the traveling being allowed this year, even less - take a look at the vid on espn - itís ridiculous

A new city w/a new hero as Paschal & the San Francisco Warriors won last night - cool the fact that they have ďSan FranciscoĒ on their jerseys now, just as when Wilt played for them

But they still are officially the Golden State Warriors, apparently
Letís go Celts


Stephen - 11/9/2019 at 11:54 PM

Darn it! Just as Gordon was playing the way he did in Utah - fractured hand


Stephen - 11/12/2019 at 03:12 AM

We somehow got it done tonite despite a monumental laying of the egg by Jayson (1-18) - good thing thatís out of his system, weíll need him to be in peak form w/Gordon now out 6 weeks - Marcus, 2 from downtown late to seal it - he might just stay in the starting lineup - letís go Celts


Stephen - 11/13/2019 at 10:44 AM

Heís come all the way back after a 2-3 year battle, & IT should get a huge greeting tonite - no one ever played better than Isaiah in 2017, & he left it all, hip & heart, on the parquet floor - now heís starting for Wash, congrats little buddy, Cís fans owe you a standing O every time youíre in town - the shortest guy to ever record a triple double - broke Havlicekís record for consecutive 20 point games......

Another great ex-Celtics guard, Rajon, was effective off the bench in his debut last night for LA - he & Dwight Howard could make a highly effective veteran bench tandem - letís go Celts

[Edited on 11/13/2019 by Stephen]


Stephen - 11/14/2019 at 12:12 PM

That was the real Jayson last night, & good to see IT warmly greeted (15/7) - no D tho, not surprising w/out Daniel Theis & Robt Wms III

I donít get modern sports - good 1st game for Rondo - who is then benched for a ďrest dayĒ??? B/c itís the 2nd of a back to back??

ďRest daysĒ are all the rage now - itís bull - if youíre injured or dinged up, yes absolutely - AD for instance was legit, heís dinged up - but when youíre healthy??

Believe thatís why Theis was held out too (they listed ankle, also back for Robert)

In fairness, mayb more for forwards, those are very large athletes banging bodies in the low post - but still, Not When Youíre Healthy & Able To Play - what good does it do to be on the bench, injuries can happen anytime -

itís too much like pitch counts, just hold em back, get em off the field/court b4 they work up a sweat & possibly get hurt - itís horse **** IMHO

Deal w/the injuries When They Happen, not b/c you think they Might happen!!


jszfunk - 11/14/2019 at 02:40 PM

There's no easy way to fix the NBA's load management problem

https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/11/nba-load-management-rules-kawhi-leonard-cl ippers


NBA defends Kawhi Leonardís sketchy load management

https://nypost.com/2019/11/06/nba-defends-kawhi-leonards-sketchy-load-manag ement/


Stephen - 11/14/2019 at 03:28 PM

Rajon only played 14 minutes - he played well, youíd think heíd be champiní at the bit rariní to go - but no
But yes, Ďload managementí - thatís the new term
Still think healthy players sittin out is for the birds
Letís go Celts, a promising start, awesome so far

[Edited on 11/14/2019 by Stephen]


Stephen - 11/15/2019 at 04:23 PM

W/Kawhi sitting out, Paul George (John Ringo) goes 33 pts 9 reb in his season debut, w/6th man Lou Williams 31 & 9 assists - we see em Wed, hopefully w/Kawhi playing
Even w/Kawhi restricted to 3/4s or so of the schedule, theyíll be good this year, as will LAL - LeBron remains top dog, one-of/if-not....
Letís Go Celts

[Edited on 11/15/2019 by Stephen]


Stephen - 11/18/2019 at 02:30 AM

Marcus smartís floater rolled off the rim as time expired, ending our 10 game win streak 100-99 to Sac

But after battling injuries for so long, good to see IT back, & the same for Markell Fultz - heís overcome all his setbacks, is now starting & had 19 points while Isaiah, whoís also starting, had 13 in their Orlando-Wash game today - they each missed 2 years

Same Melo, heís back after a year out of the league, this time w/Portland, how will it go - hopefully better than Houston, thatís where they are tomorrow
Letís go Celts

[Edited on 11/18/2019 by Stephen]


Stephen - 11/19/2019 at 07:28 PM

The four guards each had 30 minutes last nite, incl Brad Wanamaker, & good to see him moving up the rotation - heís a good player in the Shane Larkin/Raul Neto mold - heíll be key w//Marcus (ankle) out possibly for last two games of this road trip

But good to see players like Brad & Daniel Theis, veterans whoíve paid their dues, a key part of this fast start - letís go Celts


Stephen - 11/26/2019 at 04:57 AM

Heís back! Game high 25 for Melo & could he & Damian Lillard become a force for Blaziz

Kemba should be back this week - Gordonís hand is healing up on schedule & he should be back by the end of the year

We wonít have Patrice on this back to back in Canada, incl tmrw nite at Habs
ĎTreece is essentially in a permanent day to day situation, by all appearances - Bís will struggle if heís out any length of time - he was best player on the ice the other night (4 assists)

[Edited on 11/26/2019 by Stephen]


Stephen - 12/7/2019 at 04:08 AM

Weíre going so good right now that what about when Gordon gets back
Look at Nets, theyíve lit it up since Kyrie (shoulder) exited
Must mention Bís too, really thought itíd be a struggle w/no Patrice - weíve more than held our own

Our rotation right now rocks - Semi 29 solid minutes tonite, Daniel short solid minutes as starter, Marcus all D leaving scoring to others, Grant & Robert Wms. playing really well off the bench, same Wanamaker, Enes Kanter giving critical low-post minutes, obviously Jay & Ja....

...Brad Stevens is coaching this team great this year, Much better than last year

.....the disparity of the outcome of that Mil-LA game tonite......Bucks, watta team
Sixiz in Thurs, letís go Celts

[Edited on 12/7/2019 by Stephen]


Stephen - 12/10/2019 at 08:38 PM

Gordon and Patrice are both back
Not a minute too soon either - Phila Sixers are in Thurs,
Bís must beat Wash tmrw nite to keep pace, then itís off to Fla for 2 div games we gotta have - weíre flat right now (L3)

Lakiz continue to roll, LeBron/AD a crushing tandem - Harden/Westbrook proving out in Houston - letís go Celts

[Edited on 12/10/2019 by Stephen]


jszfunk - 12/11/2019 at 07:14 AM

Clippers in town the other night to play the Pacers. No Kawhi....load management.
These poor NBA players. Stuff like this just continues to distance me from the pro sport as much as I enjoy basketball. I guess that's why I follow college more.


jszfunk - 12/12/2019 at 01:21 PM

Nice win for the Pacers against the Celts. The Holiday brothers produce well, and Sabonis 2 assists shy of a triple double. He is having a great year so far.


robslob - 12/14/2019 at 11:02 AM

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Clippers in town the other night to play the Pacers. No Kawhi....load management.
These poor NBA players. Stuff like this just continues to distance me from the pro sport as much as I enjoy basketball. I guess that's why I follow college more.


To me that's just smart player management by Doc Rivers.

Yeah, I know, fans pay to see stars like Kawhi in the lineup. Well, they need to shorten the season then but due to the huge income loss that would generate, it's not going to happen anytime soon.

They ask way WAY too much of these guys. I would much prefer a 70 game NBA season. Then the playoffs start, and a player like Kawhi could easily be asked to play another 25 or so games, and games at an intensity level far exceeding the regular season. He had to with San Antonio, he had to with Toronto, and he'll have to every year he's with the Clippers because a guy who plays at his level is not going to be missing the playoffs anytime soon.

Why do you think Klay Thompson got hurt? Easy. Made it to the Finals five consecutive years, THAT's why. It's too much to ask and I don't care how much of an elite NBA body one has. Kevin Durant is the next one I would point to. Wanna see more playing time for the stars? SHORTEN THE REGULAR SEASON.


Stephen - 12/15/2019 at 09:57 AM

Am generally opposed to the idea, if youíre feeling healthy & up to snuff you should be out there - it smacks too much of pitchers - restricted IPs only - donít know how much input Doc Rivers has, heís handed a schedule of Kawhiís off days ahead of time - 4 instance Kawhi contractually doesnít play the 2nd of back to backs

Spurs played their 4th straight OT game last night, & in Mexico - I understand that players get beat & need rest -

Examples both ways of course, but 4 Instance - RWstbrk takes a rest day (team report said) - & in Hou, they lose to lowly Det - who didnt have Andre Drummond (legit injury)

Klayís unfortunate injury is another example - however, many players have gone deep into multiple playoffs without injury - really hope it wonít go the way of pitch counts, ie/say, a mandatory 25 min per game cap

Letís go Celts

[Edited on 12/15/2019 by Stephen]


robslob - 12/15/2019 at 10:57 AM

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Klayís unfortunate injury is another example - however, many players have gone deep into multiple playoffs without injury


Maybe so but name me a player not a member of The Warriors who has gone to the Finals five consecutive years. CAN YOU DO IT?


Stephen - 12/15/2019 at 02:48 PM

Outside of the 1960s Celtics & 1990s Bulls, I canít - possibly 1980s Lakers also altho theirs might notíve been consecutive


robslob - 12/15/2019 at 03:02 PM

I figured a Celtics fan would bring up the 60's. Since the subject here is wear and tear on players, that doesn't EVEN measure up because they played far fewer games then, both regular season and playoffs.

Michael Jordan's Bulls of the 90's were certainly one of the greatest teams of all-time but they never went to the Finals five consecutive years like the Warriors recently did. They WOULD have, if Jordan had not retired for two years in 1993 after the murder of his Father.


Stephen - 12/15/2019 at 03:49 PM

It was an 80 game schedule before going to its current 82 game format in the mid 1960s sometime - example, 1962-63 team went 60-20 (looked it up), then 48-34 in 68-69 (know that by heart)
But yes the league was smaller then, so fewer playoff games etc & so forth
SF fans hope to see what rival Oakland fans saw when their players return, albeit in restricted minutes, at least for Klay, if his injury was cumulative wear & tear


jszfunk - 12/18/2019 at 12:46 PM

Pacers get a nice win last night against the Lakers.


Stephen - 12/19/2019 at 05:26 AM

Some shaky D at the end but still, good road win for the boys tonite - yes, no Luka for them, but our most important player, Marcus (eye), also was out - Daniel & Semi decoyed awesome out there, the other 3 starters were all over it, great stuff as usual from the bench - Gordon absent (MRI on foot)

Key reserve Robert Williams III has an injury that sounds more than just a little uncomfortable - team report says out 3 weeks with ďa bone edemaĒ - WTF

A LOT to like about this group alright, keep it going Celts


porkchopbob - 12/20/2019 at 02:24 PM

Giannis hits 5 3-pointers to help beat the 24-5 Lakers. Has the freak totally turned the corner? What is the ceiling on this guy? He just keeps improving his game.


kevdab - 12/20/2019 at 03:50 PM

ome shaky D at the end but still, good road win for the boys tonite - yes, no Luka for them, but our most important player, Marcus (eye), also was out - Daniel & Semi decoyed awesome out there, the other 3 starters were all over it, great stuff as usual from the bench - Gordon absent (MRI on foot)

Key reserve Robert Williams III has an injury that sounds more than just a little uncomfortable - team report says out 3 weeks with ďa bone edemaĒ - WTF

A LOT to like about this group alright, keep it going Celts
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I agree with you Stephen. I told my son before the game that Walker, Tatum, and Brown should be enough to get a tough road win. They stepped up.
Haywood, hurt again, hopefully not for long. When Smart and Haywood come back, along with the Time Lord, ( Williams ), Stevens needs to come up with a 9 man rotation. I'm hoping Williams can develop quickly, as I think he can be the big man we need.
Here we go Celtics, here we go clap clap.


robslob - 12/28/2019 at 03:26 PM

Four game winning streak at home over the Holidays for the Warriors including a very impressive win over Houston on XMAS Day! They came back in the 4th last night after being down 13 to Phoenix.

It's just nice to see this team start to salvage what had become a lost season. Obviously not an automatic out anymore. DeAngelo Russell continues to be a force and had 31 last night. Damian Lee also playing very well, lots of other guys contributing. I give Steve Kerr a LOT of credit for this resurgence. Only 15 more in a row to get to .500!! (Har-Har)


Stephen - 1/14/2020 at 12:31 PM

Shoot - itís a toughie
Yes weíre playing well - no complaints for sure
However, Semi Oís career is suffering IMO b/c of Gordonís presence on the team
B/c of a terrible injury, Gordon isnít the player he was in Utah - weíre a better more athletic team when those other guys are out there - if RW III returns to form...... kevdab what do ya think

we play an LA team next week that won on the road recently w/out both LeBron & AD - yep the Lakiz are back

Melo returned, & Portland departed - still, heís putting up Melo #s, & ups to both him & Markelle Fultz, whoís averaging double digit scoring as a starting guard

Good win for Pacers last night beating Phila & pulling into a tie w/them - we really gotta capitalize w/Embiid out - Bucks are the top team - Miami has come from outta nowhere, wow

feel bad about Gordon, you canít knock a guy who came back from what he came back from - itís not that heís hurting us, he has showed flashes of his old form - letís go Celts

[Edited on 1/14/2020 by Stephen]


jszfunk - 1/15/2020 at 07:05 PM

quote:
Shoot - itís a toughie
Yes weíre playing well - no complaints for sure
However, Semi Oís career is suffering IMO b/c of Gordonís presence on the team
B/c of a terrible injury, Gordon isnít the player he was in Utah - weíre a better more athletic team when those other guys are out there - if RW III returns to form...... kevdab what do ya think

we play an LA team next week that won on the road recently w/out both LeBron & AD - yep the Lakiz are back

Melo returned, & Portland departed - still, heís putting up Melo #s, & ups to both him & Markelle Fultz, whoís averaging double digit scoring as a starting guard

Good win for Pacers last night beating Phila & pulling into a tie w/them - we really gotta capitalize w/Embiid out - Bucks are the top team - Miami has come from outta nowhere, wow

feel bad about Gordon, you canít knock a guy who came back from what he came back from - itís not that heís hurting us, he has showed flashes of his old form - letís go Celts

[Edited on 1/14/2020 by Stephen]


Good post. Yeah,Miami is playing pretty good now. Pacers had a run in with them about a week or so ago. TJ Warren and Butler kinda got into it.
https://youtu.be/wRE-CNW7EKo


Hang in there Hawyard!


tbomike - 1/15/2020 at 08:19 PM

quote:
Shoot - itís a toughie
Yes weíre playing well - no complaints for sure
However, Semi Oís career is suffering IMO b/c of Gordonís presence on the team
B/c of a terrible injury, Gordon isnít the player he was in Utah - weíre a better more athletic team when those other guys are out there - if RW III returns to form...... kevdab what do ya think

we play an LA team next week that won on the road recently w/out both LeBron & AD - yep the Lakiz are back

Melo returned, & Portland departed - still, heís putting up Melo #s, & ups to both him & Markelle Fultz, whoís averaging double digit scoring as a starting guard

Good win for Pacers last night beating Phila & pulling into a tie w/them - we really gotta capitalize w/Embiid out - Bucks are the top team - Miami has come from outta nowhere, wow

feel bad about Gordon, you canít knock a guy who came back from what he came back from - itís not that heís hurting us, he has showed flashes of his old form - letís go Celts

[Edited on 1/14/2020 by Stephen]


Hayward ain't holding back Semi. Are you serious? Semi is losing minutes on some nights to Grant Williams but Semi who I like has certainly not performed with any consistency to the level that he would or should take any Hayward minutes.


Stephen - 1/16/2020 at 04:27 AM

Statistically, we went 10-4 while he was out w/the broken hand, then lost the first two when he returned -

Am Not Saying It Was All b/c of Semi & no Gordon - it was the impact on the rotation as a whole - we had to make changes when we were cooking & smoking, wheeling & dealing

I love Gordon Hayward, the Jazz has always been the other team Iíve rooted for (also jumped on nugsí bandwagon for 2-3 seasons) - no one was more stoked about our getting him than me

I just like what our younger players bring to the floor - Semi knows the system & is a great defender & great Ďblend in-erí at the other end - he played great while Gordon was out & IMHO should be continuing to get those minutes - Thatís Where Heís Being Held Back - by the 5 min here, DNPs there etc

I feel that Grant Williams & RWIII are equally talented, altho Robert has dealt w/a lot of injuries -

itís up to the coach to get the most out of his rotation, & coach S has done that - as I said before, no complaints - weíre playing good ball - believe we can still improve - ups, & cool your take of it too tbomike

[Edited on 1/16/2020 by Stephen]


Stephen - 1/19/2020 at 03:05 AM

Weíve lost 6 of the last 8, incl the last 2 at home to sub-.500 teams
No Jalen or Kemba tonight doesnít play into it - weíre reverting back to a heavy-on-the-starters rotation, even w/those guys out - played from behind the whole time tonite against lowly Phx

Growing concern about RWIII (hip, after initial diagnosis of bone edema) - this talented ball player wonít be back before the all star break - letís go Celts


kevdab - 1/20/2020 at 03:57 PM

Disappointing last couple weeks for the Celtics.
I had hoped that Robert Williams could help in the middle, but is still injured. Is he good enough, not sure.
Injuries to Walker and Brown haven't helped. The bench is weak and has been exposed. It would be nice if they had a shooter to provide some instant offense off the bench.
It seems to me, that other teams are having an easy time getting to the basket against us. A little toughness on defense, and a big man to clog up the lane would help.
They need a win against the Lakers tonight. Been a while since they beat a good team.
Let's go Celtics.




kevdab - 1/21/2020 at 10:34 AM

Good win for the Celtics last night. I would like to see them go on a streak.
The Lakers have a strong roster. Very deep. They will be the team to beat.


jszfunk - 1/21/2020 at 02:35 PM

quote:
Good win for the Celtics last night. I would like to see them go on a streak.
The Lakers have a strong roster. Very deep. They will be the team to beat.


Yeah that was a good win....anytime the Lakers go down!
Liked the Celts uni's last night.

Lillard drops 61 on GSW. It took everyone of those to beat a 10-35 Warrior team.


Stephen - 1/21/2020 at 03:11 PM

Good win, yes it does help when the coach has his full complement of players - that enables Marcus & Enes to come off the bench, big in our scheme of things - good comment before kevdab, yep guys were getting to the rim real easy on us - paging Aron Baynes - Kanter is Very important to Cís as are all the players

Gotta feeling the game out there next month (2/23) will be closer - Jazz also w/a good win over a good Indy team, tied for 1st w/Den & both those teams, esp Utah, will give LA all they can handle
Letís go Celts

[Edited on 1/21/2020 by Stephen]


jszfunk - 1/21/2020 at 03:43 PM

If the East stays this way, its going to be a dog fight. Third through sixth place tight and all are 1-2 games out of 2nd.


tbomike - 1/23/2020 at 07:15 PM

quote:
quote:
Good win for the Celtics last night. I would like to see them go on a streak.
The Lakers have a strong roster. Very deep. They will be the team to beat.


Yeah that was a good win....anytime the Lakers go down!
Liked the Celts uni's last night.

Lillard drops 61 on GSW. It took everyone of those to beat a 10-35 Warrior team.


How about that 52-12 run last night? 2nd awesome game in a row. More of that ball movement and defense please.


Stephen - 1/28/2020 at 01:03 PM

Amazing comeback by Sacramento last night - goes to show.....
W/Harden & Westbrook resting & Houston basically conceding the game, Eric Gordon, a player Iíve knocked before, 50 points to beat Jazz - again you never know

Crucial one in Miami tonite, a win gets us to a half game of them - letís go Celts

RIP Kobe Bryant, a terrible loss - tonightís LAL-LAC game ppd

[Edited on 1/28/2020 by Stephen]

Late edit, a good road win tonite w/out Jayson and Enes - I swear we play better when key guys are out, but for sure we donít want that

Also, Victor Oladipo returns for Indy - Pacers are going to be right in the thick of it, rest of the way & playoffs -


[Edited on 1/29/2020 by Stephen]


Stephen - 2/6/2020 at 05:21 PM

quote:


Late edit, a good road win tonite w/out Jayson and Enes - I swear we play better when key guys are out, but for sure we donít want that




No Marcus, no Kemba, no Daniel, no sweat last night - thereís a very unique dynamic on our team this year - keep it going Celts - Toronto, uh-oh - Bucks continue to rule yes, but Tor is Going - Jazz suddenly L5


CanadianMule - 2/7/2020 at 05:57 AM

Toronto is going to win the East.

The team is still solid and every player has produced more and that has covered Kawhi's missing points.

It won't be easy but I think that go to the Finals.


Stephen - 2/14/2020 at 03:52 AM

Personally, am not in favor of retiring KGís #
Only 6 of his 20 years were spent here - great 1st year winning the title w/Paul, Ray et al in 2008 - the remaining 5 years, averaged 14-15 ppg - .....

Having your # retired means you should have played most if not all of your career there - itís become sort of devalued, not as meaningful - sort of thought that w/DJ & Max also, altho Cedric was a draft pick & won 2 titles - DJ won 2 titles also....

Yeah Walton wore #5 also, but really only had that one great year here, in Ď86
IMHO weíve been too quick to retire numbers in recent years

Good win for the boys tonite, they stuck w/it, great stuff! - we benefitted from John Ringoís early exit (no Jayl for us) - letís go Celts


[Edited on 2/14/2020 by Stephen]


robslob - 2/16/2020 at 06:54 PM

This complicated four way trade where Houston dealt Clint Capela and a 1st round draft pick and got Robert Covington and Jordan Bell in return is most interesting. Capela has been a very solid center for them for 4 or 5 years, making this deal very hard for me to understand.

Obviously Houston Coach Mike D'Antoni and Houston management are ALL in on small ball and clearing the paint for James Harden and Russell Westbrook to work. But what happens now if you have to face the Lakers in a 7 game playoff series? You try and defend Anthony Davis, LeBron James and Javale McGee with Robert Covington and Jordan Bell? For my money, they'll get TERRORIZED.

Yeah, Harden and Westbrook are offensive FORCES. But I cannot see this trade, no how, no way.

Disappointed here that the Warriors didn't get in on the Clint Capela sweepstakes, I think he would fit right in next year when Curry and Thompson return.

[Edited on 2/16/2020 by robslob]


porkchopbob - 3/2/2020 at 08:07 PM

BUCKS @LA LAKERS this Friday. This should be interesting.


Stephen - 3/4/2020 at 09:08 PM

W/no Jays, & Gordon out for 2nd half, our lack of depth showed up last night & we lost it in stretch run - 62-36 4th qtr & OT

Credit must go to LeVert, their guard - not since IT was in town has anyone put on a show like that - 37 of his 51 in 4th qtr & OT

Yep great game Friday w/Bucks-LA, then our turn next Thurs


robslob - 3/5/2020 at 02:25 PM

HUGE question for the upcoming off-season: Who wins the Antentekoupo sweepstakes? Rumor is that the Warriors are already packaging a deal including Andrew Wiggins and the 1st round pick they landed in the same trade. Bucks may trade instead of getting nothing for him when free agency hits.

Wouldn't Giannis just love to play with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson?


jszfunk - 3/5/2020 at 02:55 PM

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HUGE question for the upcoming off-season: Who wins the Antentekoupo sweepstakes? Rumor is that the Warriors are already packaging a deal including Andrew Wiggins and the 1st round pick they landed in the same trade. Bucks may trade instead of getting nothing for him when free agency hits.

Wouldn't Giannis just love to play with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson?


Would like to see players like him and others just stay put. Who says he has to leave?The Bucks might step up and sign him and I hope they do. I am not sure why it's always assumed or protocol for these guys to leave after their contract is up.
I guess to build these " super teams" or get with friends or buddies to dominate for the most part.


porkchopbob - 3/5/2020 at 03:38 PM

It would be nice to see him stay in Milwaukee for a while, and I'm not just saying that as a Bucks fan. The NBA doesn't benefit from treating its small-markets as farm teams for the Lakers. Imagine if Curry had bolted for the Lakers just as he was bringing the long-suffering Warriors over the hump? The NBA is too thin of a league to sustain super teams - as it is, only 6 teams in the East are above .500

Giannis is leading the top team in the league, hard to give that up and start over somewhere else. I imagine the Bucks will do what they can to keep him, though I doubt he will be in Milwaukee forever. I also doubt he would pull a Durant and join the Warriors right now, a team that needs some work to get back to where they were just a season ago. What could GS even give up for Giannis? This isn't the same franchise that got hosed on the Monta Ellis-Bogut/Jackson deal

But it really depends on how this season ends up. If they don't make it to the Finals this season, I wouldn't be surprised if Giannis starts gazing at other teams that are already contenders.


jszfunk - 3/5/2020 at 06:31 PM

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It would be nice to see him stay in Milwaukee for a while, and I'm not just saying that as a Bucks fan. The NBA doesn't benefit from treating its small-markets as farm teams for the Lakers. Imagine if Curry had bolted for the Lakers just as he was bringing the long-suffering Warriors over the hump? The NBA is too thin of a league to sustain super teams - as it is, only 6 teams in the East are above .500

Giannis is leading the top team in the league, hard to give that up and start over somewhere else. I imagine the Bucks will do what they can to keep him, though I doubt he will be in Milwaukee forever. I also doubt he would pull a Durant and join the Warriors right now, a team that needs some work to get back to where they were just a season ago. What could GS even give up for Giannis? This isn't the same franchise that got hosed on the Monta Ellis-Bogut/Jackson deal

But it really depends on how this season ends up. If they don't make it to the Finals this season, I wouldn't be surprised if Giannis starts gazing at other teams that are already contenders.


I would be willing to put money on the Bucks for finals.


porkchopbob - 3/5/2020 at 07:02 PM

I watched Mutombo take down the Sonics, and Baron Davis take down the Mavericks. Nothing is guaranteed.

And if they do make the Finals, Leonard's Clippers are right behind the Lakers in the West...


nebish - 7/31/2020 at 01:12 AM

Is this the current NBA thread? Found it on page 12 or something.

I'm watching a little Utah - New Orleans tonight. Turned into a good game here at the end. I haven't seen Quin Synder since he was at Missouri that's how long I've been out of the basketball loop!


jszfunk - 7/31/2020 at 11:54 AM

I love sports just as the rest of us, but to make along story short, they should just call this season a wash and be done for now.


porkchopbob - 7/31/2020 at 01:48 PM

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I love sports just as the rest of us, but to make along story short, they should just call this season a wash and be done for now.


I'm as bummed as anyone, as a Bucks fan. They really looked like they'd win it all, and they still might. But momentum in sports means so much.

I applaud the attempt at the "bubble", especially as we see MLB failing to contain the virus in their dugouts. Just have to wait an see.


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