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« on: October 25, 2016, 07:07:25 PM »
The NBA season opens tonight, Tuesday, October 25. The 2016 World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers play the New York Knicks, and the 2015 World Champion (and 2016 runner-up) Golden State Warriors play the next best team in the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs. Both the Cavaliers and the Warriors are expected to meet again in the finals, but it is a long season and injuries can derail the best of teams. Golden State added the formidable talents of Keven Durant in the off-season, but shipped some high quality second line players to other destinations to pay for the upgrade, including their starting center. The Warriors won a record-setting 73 games last year and matching that will be a monumental task.
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2016, 07:24:42 PM »
Yes... we enjoyed that fine season ender didn't we!:cool:
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2016, 03:38:49 PM »
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Yes... we enjoyed that fine season ender didn't we!:cool:

Some enjoyed it more than others:(
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.
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2016, 01:32:03 AM »
Tonight GS defeated the only team without a loss in the West--OKC, Kevin Durant's old team. Now there are three teams in the West with 4-1 records. Golden State, San Antonio, and Oklahoma City. Cleveland is the only team in the league still undefeated at 5-0.
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

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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2016, 03:37:25 PM »
The season is progressing as expected at the top with Golden State and Cleveland having the best records. Lately the attention is directed at Kevin Durant's old pal at Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook. With Ibaka and Durant both gone, Westbrook is averaging, notice I said AVERAGING for the season, a triple double. The last player to do that was...Oscar Robertson. I was in high school at the time...over half a century ago. Not only are defenses a lot tougher, but offensive possessions are significantly fewer per game. Rebounding has joined scoring and assists to round out the trifecta. It's an amazing feat. Of course, the season has a very long way to go, but just to reach this point is a very impressive accomplishment.

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Westbrook, 28, is averaging 30.9 points, 11.3 assists and 10.4 rebounds. He has 45 career triple-doubles, which ties him with LeBron James for sixth on the career list, behind other luminaries like Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107), according to Basketball Reference.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/29/sports/russell-westbrook-nba-triple-double-oklahoma-city-thunder.html?module=WatchingPortal®ion=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=13&version=internal&contentCollection=www.nytimes.com&contentId=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F11%2F29%2Fsports%2Frussell-westbrook-nba-triple-double-oklahoma-city-thunder.html&eventName=Watching-article-click&_r=0
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2016, 10:17:33 AM »
Back in the 60's. Unreal. ESPN did a lengthy segment on Westbrook last night. Everyone seems to wonder how long he can maintain the intensity before something burns out.
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2016, 05:52:20 PM »
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Back in the 60's. Unreal. ESPN did a lengthy segment on Westbrook last night. Everyone seems to wonder how long he can maintain the intensity before something burns out.

It is amazing and he did it again last night.

Tonight (Dec.7) Golden State and the LA Clippers play at 10:30 on ESPN. It should be a great game. However, since Klay Thompson scored 60 points in 29 minutes last night, he may be a bit tired.
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2016, 04:28:13 PM »
He was still good for 24 along with a 115-98 win.
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2017, 07:47:20 PM »
I never talk NBA with you guys so this is a 1st but what do you think of the Charles Oakley deal in MSG where he is a hero,and got thrown out of the game the other night and arrested? I don't know what he said but he didn't appear to be out of order.Man did you see him get up in the security guys grill? I was sure some one was going to throw a punch at that point and apparently punches were thrown back stage off camera.And after saying that the security did nothing wrong the owner fires the head of security.Man this is a bad look for the Nicks and the NBA.They should drop all charges immediately before this gets out of hand.

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« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2017, 02:39:27 AM »
It's a bad scene for the Knicks who are having a rough go of it again this year. There is a lot of anger toward the owner and Oakley has been among the outspoken critics. As a former Knick who played on winning teams over a ten year period, he has real cachet with hardcore fans. Unnamed employees claim Oakley was verbally abusive before and after arriving in his seat and that was why security got in his face. Oakley says he was minding his own business and did nothing to merit the attention of security personnel. The video shows Oakley surrounded by security and reacting angrily. Who knows what came before? Oakley is banned indefinitely from MSG, the organization hedged that it may not be permanent. I noticed on the video that the crowd is shouting "Oakley", "Oakley" so they were definitely taking his side. Dolan has had plenty of negatives during his ownership era and this is another embarrassment whether he instigated this or not.

We haven't posted on this thread for a long time just waiting for the playoffs, so this is a really unfortunate occasion to be writing about.

Golden State and Cleveland are the class of the league this year so far. Barring injuries, they are expected to make the finals again. GS, of course, has a tougher road because the talent is better in the West. Westbrook is stealing the individual show as his triple doubles continue to pile up. Washington has been playing really well lately and lost an epic game with Cleveland a few nights ago. So there are some positive stories to write about too.
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« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2017, 09:45:38 AM »
Man I've missed out totally on the Oakley thing. I'll have to read up!
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« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2017, 06:41:59 PM »
Kevin Durant went down with a knee injury that will sideline him until just before the playoffs...maybe. Suddenly, the Warriors look human. Meanwhile, Cleveland added Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut to their bench making them even tougher as the second half of the season post-all star game begins. GS would have been wise to pick up Bogut if they could. They took a hit on the boards when they traded him plus he is a great passer for a big man. He is slow, but in a long series with the Cavaliers--assuming they meet in the finals--there will be slow episodes when he will be effective--this time for the Cavs--just as he was for the Warriors in 2015.

San Antonio always seems to play under the wire, but they have the second best record in the NBA and can challenge anyone.
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

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« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2017, 12:17:33 AM »
One minute into his debut as a Cleveland Cavalier Andrew Bogut broke his leg.

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Bogut jumped out to guard Miami’s Okaro White, who faked a second-quarter shot at the three-point line and tried to drive past the seven-footer. But White’s right leg hit Bogut’s left shin, causing what the Cavs said was a fractured tibia.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/03/06/andrew-bogut-breaks-his-leg-less-than-a-minute-into-debut-with-cavaliers/?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-sports%3Ahomepage%2Fcard&utm_term=.1d8aba65012f
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« Reply #13 on: March 09, 2017, 04:31:19 AM »
This Saturday on ABC we will have an opportunity to witness something we haven't seen in three years. The San Antonio Spurs have only one more loss than the Golden State Warriors and they play in San Antonio. Tip off is 8:30. It is very likely that the Spurs will pass the Warriors for the best record in the NBA. Nobody else is close to these two. GS is 52 - 12 and SA is 50 - 13. Both teams play a game before the Saturday meeting.

Suddenly Kawhi Leonard is in the MVP discussion. As the successor to Tim Duncan as the go-to guy for SA, he has been dynamic on both ends of the court. That was highlighted in a recent victory over OKC when he hit the winning basket and raced down the court to block Russell Westbrook's last second heroics. If Westbrook were to average a triple-double it would be difficult for anyone to touch him, but that is a huge if. His team is 6 games above .500, and not giving him the support he needs to compete with Leonard and the GS guys. The King doesn't really care about MVP anymore, he is all about the rings and Cleveland at 42 - 20 has injury problems to keep them human. LeBron is biding his time for the playoffs and GS may need to rest some guys down the stretch too. This year the participants in the Finals may hinge on Kevin Durant's knee. LeBron could eventually face a new/old nemesis in San Antonio. Saturday's game could provide a milestone for this season. Either GS proves its resilience or SA edges to the top of the pack.
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

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« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2017, 10:20:02 AM »
The Saturday matchup between GS and SA was a dud, but on Monday night San Antonio caught up with Golden State. The teams are tied for the best record in the NBA. SA has experienced some injury issues itself, but none as significant as GS's loss of Kevin Durant. I expect SA to pull ahead with the best record assuming Kawhi has no further ill effects from a concussion and Aldridge's recurrence of heart arrhythmia can be treated. He is out indefinitely, but the condition is described as "minor" and he has been successfully treated for it in the past. Pop will want him ready for the playoffs, so his absence will be predicated on being ready for the end of the season. SA will make the playoffs without LaMarcus, but a championship run will require him to be fully recovered.
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