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NBA 2018: Fear the Deer

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So a few days after losing to the Suns, the Magic are beating the Raptors by 28 with two minutes left.  Vucevic has 30, 20, and 8 assists in 33 minutes.  I don't think they're re-signing him, so I really hope they trade him for something.  Dude should get something good.  Anyway, what a weird fucking team.

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20 hours ago, Tywin et al. said:

I think what's clear is he's the most NBA ready, which makes sense since he's been playing against pros for years. And don't get me wrong, I love his game and think he will be a perennial All-Star. I just think that Ayton could be better than him by the end of their third seasons. Right now Luka is averaging 19/6/5, which is awesome, but Ayton's line is really good too at 16/11/2 and his eFG% is 10 points higher. Furthermore, his rookie line is noticeably better than AD's rookie year, and I think Davis is the third best player in the NBA. Both are young studs, but when drafting, you go for the uber athletic big with a decent shot over the mystery box that was Luka. You have to hit with the top pick, and Luka was too high variance to take the chance on IMO. 

I wouldn't say Ayton will be a new Davis though. Karl Towns was a much more hyped rookie than Ayton was, and even he's not in Anthony Davis territory after a few years. 

It all depends on what sort of player you're looking for as a team of course. To me Doncic is the bigger talent, very versatile.

Ayton just looks like he will become a capable big.

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23 hours ago, Calibandar said:

I wouldn't say Ayton will be a new Davis though. Karl Towns was a much more hyped rookie than Ayton was, and even he's not in Anthony Davis territory after a few years. 

It all depends on what sort of player you're looking for as a team of course. To me Doncic is the bigger talent, very versatile.

Ayton just looks like he will become a capable big.

I'm just generally not a fan of guys who are over seven feet tall and insane athletes but average less than one block a game.  That's a red flag to me.

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Yes he is and he has been on a great roll lately. Something like 9 games in a row with more than 35 points, believe Houston now has 9 in 10 consecutive games with him leading the charge ( Paul is out again). It's some sort of record apparently.

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There is no one I enjoy watching less than James Harden.  I hate everything about his game; not sure if I hate his 'gather step' or the way he jumps sideways into defenders worse.  Either rule should be changed with fines added as punishment.  

That said it scares the hell out of me how good he has been playing lately because I am not sure the Nuggets have ever beat the Rockets since he joined them.  He absolutely kills them and no matter how much I yell at the refs through the TV I can't take away the fact that he makes every damn shot.

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22 hours ago, SkynJay said:

There is no one I enjoy watching less than James Harden.  I hate everything about his game; not sure if I hate his 'gather step' or the way he jumps sideways into defenders worse.  Either rule should be changed with fines added as punishment.  

Preach!!! I don't know if I've ever seen a legit superstar with a less aesthetically appeasing offensive game, and he is arguably the worst defender in the NBA. 

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I like him a lot actually. I love the whole "The Beard" look and the way he's just an awesome player.

He scores from every angle, he's a phenom really.

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So, now the voting is open, any surprises expected for the all star game, or same old same old? 

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On 12/31/2018 at 1:06 AM, SkynJay said:

There is no one I enjoy watching less than James Harden.  I hate everything about his game; not sure if I hate his 'gather step' or the way he jumps sideways into defenders worse.  Either rule should be changed with fines added as punishment.  

Yeah he's definitely one of my least favorite scorers too. his game is just so zzzzzzz, unless he does that sharp drive straight to the hoop and finishes with a one handed dunk. That's a good move. Otherwise, meh.

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22 hours ago, BigFatCoward said:

So, now the voting is open, any surprises expected for the all star game, or same old same old? 

Looking at last year's line up it is a bit sad that the West starting 5 won't even be a competition; slide Lebron into Cousin's spot and it is already done.  No need for a fan vote at all.  What is crazy to me is how little I expect the reserves to change in the West; I have a hard time seeing McCollum, Luka or Joker taking one of these spots (though I am really hoping to see Joker of course).

The East will be shook up quite a bit, though of course trades opened two spots from last year's roster.  Kawhi takes one, but I don't have a guess who takes the other.  And when it is time to pick reserves in the East it is open for some new blood; I see multiple injuries on last year's roster if nothing else.

So if I have to guess on the East's new starter... Simmons?  I think the hype machine can push him into that spot.  So one actual new starter on two squads once the pieces have been moved around. 

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Nothing has been finalized yet, but Chicago is likely to waive guard Cameron Payne. I say good, he was always a payne to watch.

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I'm really happy about Chicago moving Holiday and cutting Payne. We gotta get our kids playing better basketball together, and hopefully luck into one of the Duke wings or someone truly impactful; we seem further from a championship ever at the moment.

I enjoyed Holiday's game, I hope he gets some playoff minutes. I loathed Payne so, so much.

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Posted (edited)

Tonight’s Houston/Golden State game has probably been the most entertaining and exciting game of the season.

As much I hate Harden’s style generally, you cannot deny the man’s talent, especially over this winning streak. Just sensational.

Edited by IamMe90

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9 hours ago, KingintheNorth4 said:

How in the mother of fuck did the refs not see that KD was out of bounds?

You can see the play here.  I think that is honestly the worst call I can remember in an NBA game.  This is worse than that time Lebron took seven steps and didn't get called for a travel.  He has three steps that are clearly, entirely out of bounds as he's going for a loose ball.  The loose ball thing is IMO the worst part, because he's obviously trying to keep the ball from going out of bounds.  What is the most important thing to be looking at in that situation?  The boundary.  What are the refs looking at if not that?  Was there a fight happening in the stands? 

The NBA should be thanking its lucky stars that the Rockets won that game, because this would be getting 10X the press if it decided the outcome. 

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11 minutes ago, Trebla said:

I look forward to the headline a year from now "Jimmy Butler and Doc Rivers don't see eye to eye on his role with Clippers".

Yes... but the media loves the guy and just says he "has a chip on his shoulder" instead of the truth which is that he's a team cancer.

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Butler is a snake. All the reports of being a locker room cancer seem to be true. A top 20 player who plays both ways should not find themselves on three different teams in the span of two years. And I'm guessing he'll be on a fourth next year. 

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