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Solon

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Re: NBA 2017-2018
« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2018, 12:45:15 PM »
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    It's roughly mid-point in the regular season and Golden State is at the top of the league at 33-9, though just ahead of Boston at 34-10. That meets expectations, though GS is not as dominant as the conversation would lead you to expect. Injuries have played a role, so keeping everyone healthy for the playoffs will be Steve Kerr's priority. So too Boston. One question. Will Gordon Hayward return for the playoffs? His rehabilitation is ahead of schedule. Would it matter? We will see.

    Now to Cleveland. Isiah Thomas has been worse than average. His comeback is wayback. That's not the real problem for Cleveland. Their defense is ranked among the worst in the league. When they went on a long winning streak--17-2--they were at least in the middle of the pack. At the beginning of the season it was terrible and now--on a long losing streak--it stinks.

    The surprise, of sorts, is how well the Raptors are playing. Second in the East, Toronto has DeMar DeRozan playing at a very high level. Always a fine scorer, he has upped his 3 point shooting in a dramatic way. Can they sustain their No. 2 position in the East ahead of Cleveland?

    In the West, Houston is suffering from James Harden's hamstring injury. It will cost him Player of the Year. He has been second in the voting the last two seasons. Chris Paul has been terrific, but Houston needs both to remain second to GS. San Antonio has its own injury problems with Kawhi Leonard spending time on the bench. They seem to be struggling more than usual.

    Minnesota has been very competitive this season and could surprise teams at the top in the West. Just a loss behind SA, they have young, but established stars like Karl Anthony-Towns, Andrew Wiggins, Jimmy Butler, and Jamal Crawford. Hungry like the Wolf--Timberwolves, that is. Unfortunately, they are only a mediocre defensive team. If they don't get the team defense straight, they will remain an also-ran.

    I have been boosting OKC all year. Fuggitaboutit. They continue to hover around .500 at 22-20.
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    Re: NBA 2017-2018
    « Reply #31 on: January 16, 2018, 07:18:05 PM »
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  • GS gave Cleveland another spanking on Martin Luther King day. Even some Cavaliers are beginning to worry about their ability to right the ship.

    The big brouhaha was CPIII's return to LAC. Chris Paul was still without his running mate, James Harden, but that was no excuse. The Los Angeles Clippers have suffered from the worst bad luck--in the form of injuries--every year since 2014. They have been living on D-league call ups and Houston cast-offs for most of the season. The one really bright spot has been the phenomenal play of Lou Williams. Who? He is one of those 6 castoffs from Houston. A well-traveled guard of small NBA statue at 6-1, he has been scoring at a torrid pace since replacing the injured Austin Rivers as a starter. Williams was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, January 8 through Sunday, January 14, scoring 50 points in a win against GS. He, along with the perennially great Blake Griffith, has the Clippers in the playoff hunt. In his last five games, he is averaging 34.2 points per game, sinking 49.1 percent of his shots. In particular, he is shooting the lights out from beyond the arc, making 46.2 percent of his three-pointers since January 8. Anyway, the players chose to become chippie with pointless mouthing off and pushing. None of that got to Williams who led all scorers and handed the Rockets another loss. CPIII was so upset he led a back alley attack on the Clippers locker-room, but security shut that down. It's the NBA, for heaven's sake, not a rerun of The Brave. 
    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