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NBA 2017: Playoffs? Playoffs?!

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1 hour ago, Tywin et al. said:

He hasn't been seen since someone figured out that he was lifting entire sections of IGN articles and passing them off as his own thoughts.

I don't know why but i feel like that was me. 

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3 minutes ago, Relic said:

Coming back to this point, can you remember the last athlete that was crowned The King before he played a single professional game, and then actually lived up to that ridiculous bit of marketing whilst not beating up his girlfriend, getting into a drunken brawl, punching a team mate, gambling on his own games, or crashing his car into a school bus?

It's a very short list of people. In fact it's a list with only one name. So, homeboy gets to be a bit cocky if he wants when it comes to basketball, me thinks. 

Yeah, I'm picking nits for sure. He appears to be a standup guy in most respects. That said, Biggest Game Ever for a home opener? That's getting high off the smell of your own farts. 

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16 minutes ago, Relic said:

I don't know why but i feel like that was me. 

I think you might be right. 

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47 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

Speaking of which, how did the zombification begin? I remember he said it looked like Beal had a season ending injury, but I can't recall if he came back in the same game or the follow game.

 

40 minutes ago, Manhole Eunuchsbane said:

I believe it was the season before last, in the playoffs. Beal had left the game with some sort of minor injury (a sprain or a strain or something?) and Jack asked if his season was over, as he was like to do. I believe he came back in the very next game.

It's actually worse than that.  It was game 1 of the Wizards 2015 second round series against the Hawks, and Beal twisted his ankle, and JB said:

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Beal out for the playoffs. Wow.

Which is a pretty awful thing to speculate on.  Beal went to the locker room, got his ankle taped, and came back about 5 minutes later.  Then John Wall broke his wrist later that same game (but finished game like a boss).  Jaime and I were feeling salty about Beal and Wall both getting hurt in the same game, so a few days later when JB gave us yet another of his rather useless prognostications:

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It's over Cavs are going to ECF.

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Now that Bradley Beal is out for the season, no one can stand in their way.

and Jamie added:

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And because the Warriors got knocked out in 3.

RIP Bradley Beal.

And the legend of zombie Bradley Beal was made.

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1 minute ago, Maithanet said:

 

It's actually worse than that.  It was game 1 of the Wizards 2015 second round series against the Hawks, and Beal twisted his ankle, and JB said:

Which is a pretty awful thing to speculate on.  Beal went to the locker room, got his ankle taped, and came back about 5 minutes later.  Then John Wall broke his wrist later that same game (but finished game like a boss).  Jaime and I were feeling salty about Beal and Wall both getting hurt in the same game, so a few days later when JB gave us yet another of his rather useless prognostications:

I responded with:

and Jamie added:

And the legend of zombie Bradley Beal was made.

CLASSIC. 

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10 minutes ago, Maithanet said:

 

It's actually worse than that.  It was game 1 of the Wizards 2015 second round series against the Hawks, and Beal twisted his ankle, and JB said:

Which is a pretty awful thing to speculate on.  Beal went to the locker room, got his ankle taped, and came back about 5 minutes later.  Then John Wall broke his wrist later that same game (but finished game like a boss).  Jaime and I were feeling salty about Beal and Wall both getting hurt in the same game, so a few days later when JB gave us yet another of his rather useless prognostications:

I responded with:

and Jamie added:

And the legend of zombie Bradley Beal was made.

Epic! 

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 I feel like there has to be a good Bradley Beal based Hey Carl/Dad Joke in there somewhere...

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1 hour ago, Maithanet said:

 

It's actually worse than that.  It was game 1 of the Wizards 2015 second round series against the Hawks, and Beal twisted his ankle, and JB said:

Which is a pretty awful thing to speculate on.  Beal went to the locker room, got his ankle taped, and came back about 5 minutes later.  Then John Wall broke his wrist later that same game (but finished game like a boss).  Jaime and I were feeling salty about Beal and Wall both getting hurt in the same game, so a few days later when JB gave us yet another of his rather useless prognostications:

I responded with:

and Jamie added:

And the legend of zombie Bradley Beal was made.

Nice find, Maith. Was fun to revisit the simpler times of the NBA thread back when Bradley Beal was dying for our sins and Relic was sobbing into Boris Diaw's moobs.

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56 minutes ago, Jaime L said:

Nice find, Maith. Was fun to revisit the simpler times of the NBA thread back when Bradley Beal was dying for our sins and Relic was sobbing into Boris Diaw's moobs.

One thing that's funny about the 2015 playoffs was that it was the complete exception to the rule "the NBA playoffs are cruel to the young".  This saying is actually remarkably accurate, because virtually all great players (except Bill Russell) had to go through a period of painful defeats before they could achieve postseason success. 

That was actually my one big concern about the 2015 Warriors.  They were awesome in the regular season, consistently defeating even the best teams, with talent and depth.  But they were also undeniably young, and it seemed quite possible that somehow they just wouldn't be able to put it together.  That the Spurs or the Clippers or Cavaliers would get tough with them and they wouldn't know how to respond.  Instead, the NBA seemed to be conspiring to help them.  The Spurs lost in the first round, and the Clippers inexplicably lost to the Rockets in the second round, in spite of the Rockets being less talented and losing their starting point guard.  Then they face Cleveland with a hobbled Irving and no Kevin Love.  The stars truly aligned for them in 2015.

It was only in 2016 that they had to go through the meat grinder of the playoffs, and they faced pressure they never did in 2015.  And in the end, they collapsed.  I'm fairly sure the 2015 squad would have buckled if under similar strain, and quite possibly in the WCF. 

But now it's 2017, and every one of these Warriors has been battle tested in the NBA Finals.  They'll be harder to stop this time. 

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3 minutes ago, Maithanet said:

Then they face Cleveland with a hobbled Irving and no Kevin Love. 

The Cavs were basically without Irving, as he was hurt and out for the series in game one.

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57 minutes ago, Jaime L said:

Nice find, Maith. Was fun to revisit the simpler times of the NBA thread back when Bradley Beal was dying for our sins and Relic was sobbing into Boris Diaw's moobs.

Don't forget Manhole coming out of the closet as a bandwagon Warriors fan!

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Just now, Tywin et al. said:

Don't forget Manhole coming out of the closet as a bandwagon Warriors fan!

Hear! Hear! I more or less copped to that right off the jump. 

 

5 minutes ago, Maithanet said:

But now it's 2017, and every one of these Warriors has been battle tested in the NBA Finals.  They'll be harder to stop this time. 

Well, we know that no one is going to knock them off in 3 games anyway.

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3 hours ago, Argonath Diver said:

Losing after going up 2-0 in Boston would be a very 2017 Bulls kind of thing to do, though.

Exactly what I was thinking. This team has been a tease for years now and they love to toy with our emotions.

Rondo was not only dominating both sides of the ball, but him being out gives Celtics some kind of hope they desperately needed. Isaiah might go nuts tonight.

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Well I'm watching this quarter and if this absolute shitshow of a team continues to play like this, I'll be headed out rather than staying home for this garbage. This is the shit I hated so much about this team all year long.

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Little movement, lots of iso ball. Rondo is devastatingly missed right now.

Oh good, they're starting to come back now.

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10 hours ago, Maithanet said:
10 hours ago, Maithanet said:

I think Lebron is less dominant than he was four years ago, but that only means he's "one of the three best players in the NBA" instead of "obviously the best player in the NBA".  When he turns it on, he is still Lebron, Destroyer of Worlds, but I don't think he can stay at that level as long as he used to. 

He doesn't really need help to beat the Pacers, since Indiana is a one man team with Paul George and Lebron is better than George.  But he's going to need the rest of the Cavaliers to step up at some point in the playoffs. 

Agree, on all accounts. But, I think why my nephews see him as washes up it because they're 22 and 20, KD fans. LeBron has been in the league since they was 7-8. They forget he came straight out of high school and that (I believe) as far as a teammate and leader he is just now reaching his full potential. Sure, he isn't the explosive player they were used to as youngin's. But, his basketball IQ, his freakishly athletic abilities, and arguably one of the smartest Bball minds to ever play the game, he is far from washed up. Yea, He's got miles on him, but his game has adjusted, yet his numbers have remained consistent. It's hard to explain to these youngin because of there disdain that many younger people had with MJ in his prime. And, make no mistake, LeBron is in his prime.

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7 hours ago, Relic said:

Coming back to this point, can you remember the last athlete that was crowned The King before he played a single professional game, and then actually lived up to that ridiculous bit of marketing whilst not beating up his girlfriend, getting into a drunken brawl, punching a team mate, gambling on his own games, or crashing his car into a school bus?

It's a very short list of people. In fact it's a list with only one name. So, homeboy gets to be a bit cocky if he wants when it comes to basketball, me thinks. 

In the NHL it seems to happen pretty smoothly. Almost all Next Big Things turn out to be legit, and stay mostly scandal free.

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10 hours ago, James Arryn said:

In the NHL it seems to happen pretty smoothly. Almost all Next Big Things turn out to be legit, and stay mostly scandal free.

But we wouldn't know because no one watches hockey. :lol: 

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19 hours ago, briantw said:

I don't get how anyone can watch the Finals last year and think that LeBron is washed up.

On my nephew's part...purely wishful thinking. One is a KD fan, the other a Wizards fan (Only guy in the family who actually has a NBA team, the rest of us follow players. Here in WV, we have no allegiance to NBA teams). I think they see Russel and Harden getting all the attention this year and just fail to remember who LeBron is. His numbers are really no different than any previous year, matter of fact He's been pretty consistent the last 8-10 Yeats in that regard, 26-8-8. They just see Cavs drop to the 2 seed and they wasn't dominate in the regular season, and assume He's washed up. 

Thing is, my nephews are 21 and 20. So, LeBron has been in the league since they were 8ish. The one said he was 38 years old and almost done. I said no, he's 32, and Jordan won 3 more ships after that age.

ETA: during this conversation, the both argued with me about how much better the league is now compared to the 80's and 90's, talent wise. I just laughed, because I really don't think that I could convince them anyway.

 

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