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Re: NBA 2017-2018
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2017, 04:45:58 PM »
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    The NBA regular season opens tonight, Oct. 17. TNT has an interesting double-header that will pit teams at the top of the NBA. Boston will face Cleveland after the controversial exit of point guard Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. Cleveland will have a pregame salute to Kyrie--sportsmanship at its best--then the fans can boo him to their heart's content. LeBron may not play due to a bad ankle, but it's a game-time decision. Of course, Isaiah Thomas, Cleveland's gem in the trade with Boston, is out until January.

    The Rockets have retooled with Chris Paul joining James Harden to increase the team's play-making and scoring punch. It will be interesting to see how they match up with the champs in a game at Golden State. The Warriors are favored to win another title, so Houston provides a new look and a new challenge to that dominance. 
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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #16 on: October 20, 2017, 09:07:18 AM »
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  • The opening games have been interesting. The Warriors lost by a point when last year's Finals MVP launched his game winning shot a fraction of a second after the backboard lights lit up. The Warriors start at the bottom of the league. Houston trailed comfortably most of the game. GS can't rest on its last season glory.

    Despite his sore ankle, LeBron did play and put Boston in its place. To show how the Eumenides still stalk the earth, Gordon Hayward broke his ankle in the first quarter. He has had surgery and will probably miss the entire season. This more than equalizes the absence of Isaiah Thomas from the Cleveland lineup, I suppose.

    The team to watch is OKC with its supercharged lineup of triple double master, Russell Westbrook, and All Star additions Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. They made short work of New York, and, yes, Westbrook had a triple double.   

    The Warriors get a chance to show off on TV again tonight (Fri, Oct. 20, ESPN) against the New Orleans Pelicans with its two All-Stars Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. GS--0 - 2 anyone, anyone?
    « Last Edit: October 20, 2017, 09:13:51 AM by Solon »
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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #17 on: October 27, 2017, 02:25:48 PM »
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  • Cleveland and Golden State are off to so-so starts. Both are 3-2. GS is 6th in its conference and Cleveland is 3rd. LeBron is in top form with consistent performances equal to any in his illustrious career. Curry and Durant were ejected at the end of a losing contest the other night. It was too late to make a difference, so it must have been a frustration move. It's very, very rare to see either of these guys lose it like that.

    The team suffering playoff injuries for the last several years, the LA Clippers, is 4-0 and playing great without their All Star point guard, Chris Paul, who was traded to Houston. Blake Griffin is showing his best form in recent years. San Antonio is also 4-0, always near the top. It's Pop's team so what would you expect? These two are the only undefeated teams.

    The season may be more competitive and more interesting than observers were predicting.

     
    « Last Edit: October 30, 2017, 08:38:14 AM by Solon »
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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #18 on: November 04, 2017, 09:37:09 AM »
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  • How quickly the worm has turned. San Antonio had lost 4 straight until last night (Kawai Leonard and Tony Parker are injured, riding the bench) and Cleveland has a losing record despite LeBron reaching the 29,000 point career mark joining only 6 other players in league history. Boston has taken off with an NBA-leading 7-2 record, and overcame a 19 point lead last night to beat OKC--who, despite an abundance of All-Stars, are disappointing. The Orlando Magic are second in the league at 6-3 (Huh?) along with the Detroit Pistons (Double Huh?) and Golden State.

    The talk of the league is Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. He is the second coming of LeBron and Durant rolled into one. He is fulfilling the prophesy in the early games of the season. Lots of hype, but lots of production too.  (Anti toe koompo--pronounced just like it is spelled  ;D)



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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #19 on: November 13, 2017, 11:37:06 AM »
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  • Golden State has reasserted itself and is on an epic winning streak not in length--6 games--but in power--winning every game by 17 points or more. Still, they are a game behind the Houston Rockets (11-3) in the Western Conference at 10-3. There is at least a semblance of normality in the West. The only puzzle is OKC. With two perennial All Stars, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, joining Westbrook, this team was expected to be contending for the top spot. Currently they are 6-7 and rank 10th in the West...and everybody is healthy. What's up?

    In the East, the world has turned upside down. The Cleveland Cavaliers, suffering through early season injuries, are 6-7 with only the 9th best record. The defensive play has been awful and, without the ability of LeBron to play every position, the record would be worse. They have players on the bench, however, who can and will turn this around when they are able to play. In the meantime, their main nemesis, the Boston Celtics (12-2) are soaring. They have won 12 straight after losing one of their stars for the rest of the season in game one. With the best record in the NBA, they are clearly a threat to unseat Cleveland as the top team in the East. Detroit continues to surprise everyone at 10-3.
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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #20 on: November 13, 2017, 02:38:26 PM »
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  • How quickly the worm has turned. San Antonio had lost 4 straight until last night (Kawai Leonard and Tony Parker are injured, riding the bench) and Cleveland has a losing record despite LeBron reaching the 29,000 point career mark joining only 6 other players in league history. Boston has taken off with an NBA-leading 7-2 record, and overcame a 19 point lead last night to beat OKC--who, despite an abundance of All-Stars, are disappointing. The Orlando Magic are second in the league at 6-3 (Huh?) along with the Detroit Pistons (Double Huh?) and Golden State.

    The talk of the league is Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. He is the second coming of LeBron and Durant rolled into one. He is fulfilling the prophesy in the early games of the season. Lots of hype, but lots of production too.  (Anti toe koompo--pronounced just like it is spelled  ;D)

    Whoa whoa whoa...I'm not an NBA guy but I didn't think Orlando was relevant after the Shaq and Hardaway years!
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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #21 on: November 15, 2017, 01:42:20 PM »
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  • Whoa whoa whoa...I'm not an NBA guy but I didn't think Orlando was relevant after the Shaq and Hardaway years!

    You are probably correct since Orlando has fallen back into the pack a bit at 8-6. The real surprise continues to be Detroit at 10-3. They are only one game in the loss column behind the league-leading Boston Celtics. Avery Bradley, Tobias Harris and Andre Drummond are major contributors. Never heard of them. LOL

    They beat the LA Clippers and the GS Warriors on a Western swing recently. Not too shabby.

    This Thursday should be a good one. Golden State travels to Boston. It's on TNT. The teams with the two best records should be worth watching.

     
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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #22 on: November 15, 2017, 03:32:09 PM »
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  • Man just imagine the dymanics of that squad if Gordon Hayward didn't get hurt!
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    « Reply #23 on: November 15, 2017, 08:21:21 PM »
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  • Man just imagine the dymanics of that squad if Gordon Hayward didn't get hurt!

    So true! GS coach Steve Kerr said, in comments today, that Boston looks like the team that is going to be at the top of the East for a long time to come. Hmmm...waiting to hear from LeBron.   ;)
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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #24 on: November 16, 2017, 12:53:43 PM »
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  • Theeennnnnn.............


    Lebron to Boston 2018!
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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #25 on: November 20, 2017, 09:24:18 AM »
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  • The Boston Celtics continue to soar with a record of 15-2. They defeated GS on a late game score after trailing by 17 on Thursday.  Detroit continues to surprise by holding the second best record in the East. Cleveland has improved to 9-7 with LeBron's heroics and long minutes, but it is not enough. When will help arrive?

    Houston and Golden State sit atop the West at 13-4. OKC still can't get it together. San Antonio is winning again at 10-6, but can't catch Houston. James Harden (Houston) was a near miss for league MVP in 2017; 2018 could be his year. Lots of young talent has surfaced this season. Lonzo Ball of the Lakers had his second triple double last night, tying LeBron for youngest to do so in NBA history.
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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #26 on: December 19, 2017, 12:27:28 AM »
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  • Kobe Bryant's numbers 8 and 24 were retired tonight at halftime during the Lakers - Warriors game. He is truly one of the all-time greats. He had an unbelievable 20 year career.

    The Houston Rockets have soared to the top of the NBA. Chris Paul was player of the week and his performance is better than ever. His is scoring the 3 at a higher percentage than any point in his career. James Harden has not had to give up any of his game as the two have meshed quickly into a lethal combo. GS is on their heels although Steph is on the bench with an injury. Boston is still leading the East, but Cleveland is closing fast with LeBron regularly playing at triple double level.

    There are a host of young players who are having an impact across the league. Embiid, Antetokounmpo, Olapadio, Kanter, Gobert, Wiggins, Towns, and Davis are some of the names joining established all stars. One young player needs no intro, Kyrie Irving, who is flourishing in Boston.
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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #27 on: December 25, 2017, 08:13:01 AM »
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  • WaPo has an article discussing the NBA's  banner year.

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    For the NBA, life has never been better, and Christmas Day is a chance to capitalize on that momentum. Interest in the league has been boosted by an offseason of frenzied player movement, leading to skyrocketing ratings and never-ending story lines.

    Ratings for the league’s three national television platforms — TNT, ESPN and NBA TV — are up 20 percent from last season, averaging 1.2 million viewers, the highest in four years. ESPN is averaging 1.8 million viewers across 30 games this season — the second-highest number through Christmas Day in the network’s 16-year partnership with the NBA. The only season that topped that number was 2010-11, when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade with the Miami Heat.

    The NBA’s influence, meanwhile, has spread far beyond its arenas. A generation of marketable stars such as Durant, James and Stephen Curry has pushed the NBA’s cultural recognition into the mainstream, making forays into the worlds of music and fashion. More than any other pro league, the NBA embraced social media to draw new fans and allowed its players to speak on social and political issues.

    “There’s no doubt that the NFL and other leagues have to be looking at the NBA right now and have to be envious,” said Richard Deitsch, Sports Illustrated’s media reporter. “To be up double-digit viewership in an era of cord-cutting and cord-nevers, that’s an amazing story.

    The amazing story is helped by a host of amazing athletes. For someone who remembers Bob Cousy on black and white TV in an era when you were lucky if you had one game a week televised, the NBA has become unbelievably rich in player skills and team play. Whether it's Byrd v Magic or the Detroit Bad Boys, I think the play today is just so much better at both ends of the court, especially among the elite teams. I credit the three point shot as the critical change.   
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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #28 on: December 26, 2017, 08:01:38 AM »
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  • The Christmas Day extravaganza had its marquee game in the faceoff between Golden State and Cleveland. Both teams were missing their point guards. Steph Curry is still recovering from a recent injury and Isiah Thomas has yet to play this season. Both are expected back soon. Thomas will play for the first time this week. He should provide the fuel to send Cleveland to the top of the East in the second half of the season.

    It was a very competitive game with some fine performances. Durant and James dueled on numerous occasions. Naturally there was a debate over foul v block on a couple of critical plays that went Durant's way. Kevin Love often seems to disappear into the background, but he was a monster for Cleveland with 31 points and 18 rebounds. Draymond Green had a triple double for GS. The Splash Brother who gets lower billing scored the last 7 points for the Warriors in a 99-92 win. The Warriors are just another good team without Klay Thompson. Instead, they are now at the top of the league with the best record. Boston and Houston have stumbled a bit. The Toronto Raptors now have the best record in the East with Boston and Cleveland trailing.

    In a late game, Houston lost to OKC. I keep wondering when the triumvirate--Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, and Paul George-will mesh and find their way to the top. OKC has the makings of a great team. Maybe after the All Star break they will gel. That has happened before. For now they are just above .500.
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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #29 on: January 02, 2018, 04:30:52 PM »
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  • Isiah Thomas will play tonight for the first time this season. The blockbuster trade that exchanged him for Kyrie Irving has remained a conundrum without the ability to compare the impact of each player on their new teams. Despite the fact that Cleveland will play Boston tomorrow night, Thomas is expected to remain on the bench. Two nights in a row would be too much after such a long recuperation from the hip injury that he suffered in last season's playoffs. Even so he will see limited time on the court tonight. Thomas is already talking about the showdown in February when he expects to be back to full strength and ready to face Boston again. He averaged 29 points a game for Boston last year, so his presence in the Cleveland lineup will most likely boost the Cavaliers into first place in the East before the playoffs.

    Golden State is at the top of the league finally. Houston will face the next two weeks without James Harden who will occupy the the bench while recuperating from an ankle sprain.  GS should put more distance between themselves and Houston during this period, especially now that Steph Curry is back and I mean REALLY back. Sat. night, his first game since Dec. 4, he lit up Memphis for 38 points. He made 10 of 13 Threes and 13 of 17 shots. OMG!
    On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and a complete narcissistic moron.
    ...H. L. Mencken