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  1. It sucks that Kearney is being hurt by it but I admit a bit of glee in seeing GW on the other end of a silly copyright battle.
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    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    Watching them all year, then seeing specific playoff issues, I agree on the Raptors. I legitimacy think Denver was the fifth best team this year going into the playoffs. The Raptors would have given them hell. So would the Bucks. I think against Philly Id have picked Denver but it would be close. Its not the same East, but the landscape still favors the West. The clippers stole two from the Warriors, i don't think tbe bottom 4 teams out East could have done that against the top 6 out west.
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    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    I wish refs called every game more like this one. That late play where Klay jumped strait up is called a defensive foul in every regular season game even though it shouldn't be. I don't want to go back to the days where defenses could maul players by any means, but I would like defenses to be able to hold a space against offensive players jumping or leaning in to them.
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    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    I agree with this, with the caveat that the series could still very well be 3-0 but 'feel' closer. GS would have struggled against Jokic, I don't know anyone on the squad could have stopped him. But the supporting cast couldn't come through against Portland, so I'm not sure how they would have handled Draymon and Klay on the wings. I think we would be lamenting the wasted Jokic 36 point triple double type night on loss after loss. Each game may have just not felt so inevitable in the second half. As for Dame, I am struggling to support the superstar status I was giving him not that long ago. Sweep last year. One good shot this year followed by a series in which he was the third best player on his team at best (I know Triskele disagrees with my assessment on that series). And now he is hurt and completely shut down. Some people are not playoff made and Dame is rattled by high traps and hasn't seemed to improve since NO shut him down last year. Last night JVG showed a stat that he has more turnovers than FG this series. That is bad news for the future.
  5. I also really like Tana French. She is dark, really dark. But not crazy bloody or gore obsessed, just bleak as hell and not afraid to mess with the head. Brilliant, but I can only read these one at a time rather than binge them as cozy mysteries often are. Something I am afraid to do is go back to old mysteries I used to like to see if they are any good at all. At one point I was in love with Tony Hillerman's books, but I have no idea how they would hold up.
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    Nice. Thank you, i wasn't aware of this awesomeness.
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    Pokémon Go: It’s a Shiny World Out There!

    I have enjoyed this event more than any other thus far. Probably because it does feature so many Pokemon I haven't seen around much. I evolved the Pysduck and Loudrid, caught two Detectives so I can evolve one, and have almost 300 candy for that damn monkey. Still not a single shiny though, I don't think they really exist.
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    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    I rewatched that game (I recorded it and finally am not angry) and man was it ugly, and not just because my team lost. Dame, the most marketable guy on the floor, played horrible. Jokic, best known as a passer, had no one around him making shots and thus had 3 assists or so, all very basic with no fancy passing. Murray got most his points from the foul line and joined Dame in the hardly showed up club. Really the second half was CJ and Jokic trading points with technically sound shots, very little highlight type stuff. The 17 point comeback wasn't even dramatic because it was something the blazers chipped away at in the second quarter; no dramatic 'can they really come all the way back' thing in the third or forth. The refs were horrible both ways; way too many foul shots yet major missed calls. It seems they just wanted to make sure the flow of the game sucked, not get anything right at all for either team. For a series with so many highlights, what a let down. Fans in Portland and wherever the hell Lehigh is are the only people who could have enjoyed that game 7.
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    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

    I am rereading this entire series, currently on Civil Campaign (oh, the dinner party...). And I am both remembering why I was slow to fall in love with this series and how much better it is on reread. The first books are a bit slow, a bit disjointed, and a bit coincidence heavy. I honestly only started this series because the audiobooks were available from the library and didn't really fall in love until Cetaganda or Brothers in Arms. But on reread, oh my god, there is so much there. I can tell you more about this world than any other fictional world except Discworld. I know the politics, the class struggles, the major players, the various power dynamics. I actually remember the characters names despite all the Vors. And I learned it all organically, with very few 'as you well know blah blah blah" info dumps. Bujold does characters and dialog better than almost anyone, and it really drives these stories. I consider Paladin of Souls to be one of the most perfect fantasy books around. I could write essays on why. But until this reread I considered Vorkosigan to be her lighter, pulpier series. This reread is making me not so sure. I love this series so much right now.
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    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    I love this idea so much that I have thought about it all day. And I am running with it with a slight change. When you win you get to take one player from the team you beat. Here it goes. Blazers. Now starting Dame, CJ, Jokic, Paul George, Aminu. They now have the best starting linup in the NBA. Jokic picks take away the traps that work so well on Dame plus he and CJ both get to run downhill on DHOs. George is obviously a major upgrade to their D along with being able to provide a major threat off ball. Kantor isn't completely useless off the bench so Jokic can actually get a few minutes rest. Golden State A bit harder. Lou Williams is now coming off their bench and teams can't ever breath. A controversial pick, PJ Tucker is taken from the Rockets. A good 3 and D guy coming off the bench who will play better in their system than Harden would. Assuming KD comes back the starting lineup doesn't actually change. Alternativaly they take Gobet, who the Rockets previously stole from Utah, because they don't think Cousins is actually coming back. Bucks The Bucks reluctantly take Blake and start him over Mirotic but have him on a short leash. They snag Kyrie and bring him off the bench and probably close games with him, using him as a true sixth man. They are not as excited about this new rule as the other teams are. Raptors Nicola V will fit in nicely on the raptors, providing some nice bench minutes. I also assume they fill Embiid with every drug, legal or not, they can find and take the easy pick there. They give Gasol a nice heart to heart about being benched. This set up seems to really favor the Western side of the bracket, showing that the depth is still stronger on that side of the bracket.
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    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    Two fucking three point baskets all game. Both by Jokic. Take nothing against CJ, who singlehandedly won this game. But a team that thrives on inside-out basketball missing open threes will not win anything, let along game 7 against a three seed. This one hurt. My kid went to bed early and still has tears. Murray's final line doesn't look bad but he played horrible after four straight games of consistency. Once again Malone gave away seven points of a lead by putting Plumlee in to start a quarter. And not one person off the bench gave Denver a damn thing. Still trying to digest it, but two thoughts. Portland is in trouble (not that Denver wouldn't have been against the Warriors but that no longer matters). Dame was ineffective for most the series with the high trap Denver ran. He got points but not effectively. I know Kerr took notes, and he has the benefit of Klay to put on CJ. Portland's depth isn't scary at all without Hood. I am rooting for Portland but I am not sure this will be even be a series. Any three point shooting would have put Portland away with ease, I don't think we can expect GS to miss open threes at the rate Denver just did. Second, I know the chances are 0.00% but how fucking good would Kawhi look playing with Jokic? He doesn't need to control the ball to score and I think he would look sick on the DHO. I haven't looked at upcoming FA to see who Denver could realistically get but I know what my unrealistic dream is. God I hope I am wrong about Portland and Torrey Craig is just that good on Defense.
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    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    Welp monkey, it is nervous time. I am i arena preparing to scream my ass off hoping to break your heart. But no matter which way this goes I gotta say this could be the start of something. I would not be shocked to see these two teams fighting it out in the WCF multiple times. It has been a wild ride, i just hope home court wins out.
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    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    I approve of the change in thread title.
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    Pokémon Go: It’s a Shiny World Out There!

    Detective Pikachu even could be fun, glad it is lasting a week so I have some shot of finding stuff. Looks like both Snubbull and Psyduck will be spawning, should save me some walking as I don't have either evolved yet. Wish I didn't have to use the camera to catch a Detective Pikachu, I still haven't caught a Smeargle that way. But still, keep me barely hanging on Pokemon Go.
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    NBA Playoffs 2019 - Kawhi So Serious?!

    It is so hard to not get mad at officials, but for what its worth from my side I thought Denver got the better whistle game 1 but has been on the wrong end for the last three. Murray just doesn't get the calls Dame does in the paint and Joker should average a few more FT per game. Watching Murray get raked across the arms on one end and Dame getting a weak reach call on the other in the first quarter set me off in the living room. This series is driving me nuts. Both games in Portland could have/should have went either way so the fact they split seems about right. Both teams are cussing out lost opportunities right now (for me it is Murray taking the ball to the corner instead of mid court and getting it poked out of bounds off his own hand). So I am sticking with my Nuggets prediction, though I would say it is going seven games almost certainly. The bad news for Portland is Barton is hitting shots. So much of my confidence in Denver is having multiple shooters on the floor at any time, through 2.5 games Barton just wasn't there. The bad news for Denver is Plumlee is still almost unplayable, we have no bigs coming of the bench and giving quality minutes. One last throught, can we finally bury the 'Jokic just needs to get in shape to be dangerous' line in national media? Dude just put up a quality triple double after a 65 minute game. I think slightly doughy IS Jokic's shape, and it seems to be a damn strong one. His athleticism looks to be more stamina and balance. I will take that over burst and injuries that so many bigs are plagued by.
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