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Re: NBA 2017-2018
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2017, 04:45:58 PM »
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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« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2017, 09:07:18 AM »
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?
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« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2017, 02:25:48 PM »
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.

 
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Re: NBA 2017-2018
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2017, 09:37:09 AM »
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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« Reply #19 on: November 13, 2017, 11:37:06 AM »
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 »
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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« Reply #21 on: November 15, 2017, 01:42:20 PM »

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 »
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 »
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 »
Theeennnnnn.............


Lebron to Boston 2018!
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« Reply #25 on: November 20, 2017, 09:24:18 AM »
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.
On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heartís desire at last, and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and a complete narcissistic moron.
...H. L. Mencken