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« Reply #15 on: March 30, 2017, 09:33:53 AM »
I would never have believed what happened last night. A KD-less GS faced San Antonio at their place. SA had won all the head-to-heads this season and seem poised to take a step closer to loss parity. I was expecting SA to have the best NBA record before now, but certainly in the near future, right? WRONG! Spotting SA a 22 point lead, GS proceeded to prove that the Splash Brothers are as formidable as ever and beat SA going away. I love this game!

Adding insult to an elbow in the neck, LeBron had to explain why the Boston Celtics now have the best record in the East. The odds still favor a Cleveland- Golden State match up in the Finals, but getting there is making the regular season very, very interesting.
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« Reply #16 on: April 08, 2017, 12:07:26 PM »
If Russell Westbrook never touches another basketball he must surely have a spot in the NBA Hall of Fame. He will end the season with at least 41 triple-doubles. This matches Oscar Robertson's record in 1961-62 and assures him of a triple-double average for the season. Yes, that matches Robertson's NBA record too. It is still possible that Westbrook will break the record for most triple-doubles with a few games left. Last night he only missed by 2 rebounds. Now that OKC is a lock for the playoffs, I have no doubt his teammates will make it happen. His record setting season is not just about him. His team has a lopsided winning record when he has a triple-double, but a losing record when he doesn't.

When Kevin Durant left for Golden State, there was woe and dread in Oklahoma City. Who knew Westbrook would perform miracles before our eyes.

For non-basketball fans: a triple-double requires that a player have 10 or more points, rebounds, and assists in a game. You could, of course, have 10 or more steals or blocked shots instead of one of the other categories. This season Draymond Green recorded the 1st NBA triple-double without the points. He had 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals, and five blocks. I love this game!
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« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2017, 07:33:23 PM »
Russell Westbrook just passed Oscar Robertson with his 42nd triple-double, setting the single-season record: 35-14-10 with 4:15 left in the fourth in a one point win over the Denver Nuggets

Sunday’s triple-double also brought Westbrook’s career total to 79, moving him past Wilt Chamberlain all alone in fourth place all-time behind Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138) and Jason Kidd (107).

He is surely a lock for MVP.
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« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2017, 10:30:06 AM »
The NBA Playoffs began on Saturday and even the first round has some interesting matchups. My favorite is OKC v Houston. Russell Westbrook of OKC and his old teammate, James Harden of Houston, are going head to head. Both were at the top of the heap for MVP late in the season. For what it's worth, I can't imagine anyone more deserving than Westbrook, but others are in a position to know better. Still, beating a record as difficult a averaging a triple-double and bettering Oscar Robertson's 1961-62 achievement is historic in the extreme. Houston is the favorite.

Boston beat out Cleveland for the best record in the East. That's not a good sign for LeBron and team. Yesterday they won by one point against Indiana which is not a pushover. No one is foolish enough to vote against the Cavaliers, I mean LeBron, making it to the Finals, but this is not a good time to be struggling.

Golden State surprised the heck out of me by flourishing without Kevin Durant. I was certain San Antonio would take the best record in the West while KD was out with an injury. Nope, not even close.  Yesterday SA crushed Memphis, but one game does not a series make. GS has its chance to make a splash on Easter Sunday at 3 EDT.

The surprise and disappointment for me was the LA Clippers loss to the Jazz on Saturday. They have the same record, but the Clippers have been close to the top for several years. In 2016 injuries killed them in the playoffs. ACC stars are a big part of the team: Chris Paul, Raymond Felton, Brice Johnson, Austin Rivers, and J. J. Redick. It seems like a long time ago when Redick came out of Roanoke to make Duke a contender. After they failed in the NCAA, Redick went into a tailspin of sorts with a drunk driving charge and a so-so start in the NBA. He has made himself into an excellent role player and a valuable starter for the Clippers. In a league where talent is abundant, it takes incredible grit to rise like Redick has in recent years. Chris Paul (Wake Forest), DeAndre Jordan, and Blake Griffin are the big stars, however, and, if they can stay healthy, the Clippers will advance.
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« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2017, 10:52:32 AM »
It's rare when a No. 1 seed loses the first game of a series to a No. 8 seed, but Boston managed to lose to Chicago. That top position doesn't look so important now.

Houston crushed OKC. Westbrook had a terrible game with 9 turnovers. It was disappointing, but even Superman (the comic book version) has an off day sometimes.

Golden State was in a tight game against the highest scoring backcourt in the NBA for the first three quarters. In the fourth they blew it open for a predictable win against Portland. Lillard and McCollum scored more than 70 points combined but got little help from the rest of the team. In the end it was the fantastic defense of Draymond Green and the reserves as much as the offense of KD and Curry that led the way. Draymond was also one assist away from a triple double.

Washington and Atlanta are 4th and 5th in the East and should pose an interesting battle. Washington won big. They may well face LeBron in the division finals.
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« Reply #20 on: April 20, 2017, 11:08:34 AM »
Boston was booed by the home crowd as the No. 1 seed in the East lost for the second time to the LAST place team in the playoffs, Chicago (and I mean the team with the worst record in the entire NBA to make the playoffs). The Bulls simply outplayed the Celtics. End of story. Old stars like Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo are playing like younger versions of themselves and the Celtics look like a bunch of lost rookies. In a best of 7 series, Chicago has a big edge now that they are moving to the home court.

Washington is taking care of business with a win and a 2-0 lead. Some commentators think they will face the Cavaliers in the East finals, even though the Wizards are seeded #4.

Cleveland is taking care of business with a 2-0 lead. LeBron and company appear to be in playoff mode.

The Houston v. Oklahoma City matchup is still a good one to watch. The game last night was almost a reversal of game 1. MVP candidate Russell Westbrook had his 43rd triple-double with a 51 point production. He set a new NBA record for the highest scoring triple-double in a playoff game in NBA history. Another MVP candidate, James Harden, had 35, but most importantly, the Rockets came from behind to win. They lead the series 2-0. I stopped watching the game early in the 4th thinking the Thunder had it. Wrong!

Golden State crushed Portland even though Kevin Durant sat out the game. The much-admired Portland guards picked the same night to be off and it showed. GS has a 2-0 series lead.
San Antonio is also up 2-0 and the LA Clippers asserted themselves by tying their series at 1-1. This is an important year for the Clippers. They have several top guys who will be free agents this summer. It's do or disperse.
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« Reply #21 on: April 20, 2017, 12:54:36 PM »
Solon we're in the same boat here. I stopped watching the NBA when I went to college, and the days of the Bird and Jordan fizzled away. Kept it more with the college game. But... after seeing John Wall play and keeping with the  statlines why is this quick point guard who averages a double-double even in the playoffs NOT getting the facetime? Its like Washington is going to slip in and surprised some people. I now he's not Lebron, or Curry, or Westbrook, but he can ball and he puts up the numbers.

I listened him on the Dan Patrick show this morning and he really didn't have much to say. His mic skills are bad, he mumbles a lot and trails off. But his game is getting overlooked, I feel like.

And with Westbrook, he is and has rewrote the numbers. Do you think they've be a title contender if they had any front court? Or is it the situation where he gets another playmaker and his numbers dwindle?
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« Reply #22 on: April 21, 2017, 11:45:13 AM »
I want to see Popovich interview Wall and Westbrook together. What a hoot that would be!

OKC was in the West finals when they had Westbrook, Durant, and Harden was coming off the bench. They lost to San Antonio in a tight series. Even last year, with KD, they led Golden State 3-1, but eventually lost the series. You can't win if you can't keep (or are unwilling to pay) your talent during free agency.  

Now and then you see a pro team in an unbelievable collapse. Only one time has a team squandered a 26 point lead in the NBA playoffs and lost...until last night. Indiana scored 74 in the first half and proceeded to lose to LeBron and Cleveland. Its 3-0 Cleveland and nobody comes back from that.

San Antonio found out they can't just show up and win. They appeared to lose interest in the second half and suffered the consequences. They still lead Memphis 2-1, but another old guy, Vince Carter at 40, is still amazing for the Grizzlies.

Boston just got a break. Rondo will be out of the playoffs with a broken right thumb. Without him, Chicago is doomed.
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« Reply #23 on: April 21, 2017, 05:09:43 PM »
I think Gregg Popovich is the same high-caliber coach as Nick Saban at Alabama and Bill Belichick: once they retired their going to change the championship trophy after them!


Example: The Lombardi Tropy becomes the Belichick Trophy
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« Reply #24 on: April 22, 2017, 12:50:39 PM »
Belichick may have too many controversies surrounding his name to replace Lombardi, but, they may fade with time.

Injuries have once again shaped the playoffs. Boston easily beat a Rondo-less Chicago. After two humiliations by the lowly Bulls, the No. 1 seed in the East picked up a win...in Chicago. Boston should have no problem now.

In the West, for the second year in a row, the Clippers have lost Blake Griffin for the rest of the playoffs. He went out in the first half, but Chris Paul still led them to victory. J.J. Reddick kept the Jazz at bay in the final seconds with 3 free throws. While LA has a 2-1 lead over Utah, the Clippers are not going to win the West without Blake. In fact, Utah will probably take this series.  

OKC eked out a win over Houston, but they merely avoided being swept. Westbrook's greatness is insufficient against a better team with their own star in James Harden. In the East, he could carry his team to the finals where LeBron and friends would finish them off. In the West, not bloody likely.

Tonight
After a blowout and a 2-0 lead Golden State has a tendency to relax. Who wouldn't? Tonight will be a test of mental toughness. Portland's guards could get open for lots of 3's. If they are on, it could be interesting. Kevin Durant is out again.

San Antonio had it's let down last game. They should be ready for Memphis.
But they weren't early. Kawhi had 43, but they came late. In OT Gasol hit a two with .7 seconds left and Conley was masterful all game in a 2 point win.  The series is tied 2-2.

Washington will be on TNT, so basic cable folks can see the Wizards go up 3-0 against Atlanta. Not exactly.
Washington took it on the chin. Atlanta was at home and they had a field day. It's 2-1.

Milwaukee, ho hum, is up 2-1 on Toronto. and ho hum Toronto tied it at 2-2.
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« Reply #25 on: April 23, 2017, 01:36:59 AM »
Golden State came from 16 down in mid 3rd quarter to take a 3-0 lead.  The bench was incredible for GS when the starters were sluggish in the first half. Curry sat for half the 4th and killed the Trailblazers at the end, finishing with 34 points. Kevin Durant sat out again and Coach Kerr was ill and missed the game as well. Portland's backcourt outscored the Splash Brothers, but it was not enough. It was close until the end, but GS is just a better team.

The best game of the night was the San Antonio-Memphis game. It was won in OT with a score at .7 seconds left by Gasol. Kawahi Leonard was amazing, hitting 16 points in a row, mostly 3's, to bring SA back from big Memphis lead. It's now tied at 2-2.
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« Reply #26 on: April 25, 2017, 01:20:14 AM »
Cleveland swept Indiana and Golden State swept Portland to advance. The rest of the league is still competitive. San Antonio and Memphis are tied 2-2. So are Utah and the Los Angeles Clippers, Boston and Chicago, Washington and Atlanta. Only the Houston Rockets can wrap up the series with Oklahoma City tomorrow night.

I watched most of the Golden State game tonight (Monday) and it was a blowout at the end of the 1st quarter. Golden State came close to matching an NBA 1st quarter playoff record by scoring 45 points. Portland got as close as 20 points, but GS took a 30 point lead early in the 3rd quarter and never looked back. Kevin Durant returned from an injury that kept him out of the last two games. Coach Steve Kerr missed another game on the bench, his second in a row, because of problems related to back surgery. The offense was impressive, but the defense even more so. GS seems to be taking the playoffs very seriously. No let ups, yet. The quality play of the bench is allowing the starters to get lots of rest and it shows.
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« Reply #27 on: April 26, 2017, 03:54:31 AM »
Russell Westbrook's historic season is over. The man who did the impossible by breaking Oscar "The Big O" Robertson's amazing record of 41 triple-doubles in a season will watch the rest of the playoffs from his couch. OKC put up a fight, but Houston has its own star in James Harden and he has the support to make it to the next round. Houston Rockets beat Oklahoma City Thunder in 5 games. The Rockets face the winner of the San Antonio-Memphis series, now tied at 2-2. San Antonio is favored to win it, beat the Rockets and make the West finals, but the West is very tough as the Spurs are finding out the hard way.

I have always liked the Clippers. A few years ago, when everyone was healthy they gave San Antonio all they could handle in the West finals in a season when the Spurs won the NBA title with less difficulty. Injuries have plagued them the last two seasons. Losing Blake Griffin is a blow no team could recover from.

Tonight LAC only lost to the Utah Jazz in the last 4 seconds, but a loss at home put them down 3-2. Chris Paul was his usual magnificent self and JJ Redick gave them a sterling performance with 26 points, but it was just not enough. Utah will take this series and face Golden State in the semis. Utah has a young star in Gordon Hayward along with Rudy Gobert and Rodney Hood. Old pros like Joe Johnson, George Hill, and Boris Diaw are important contributors.
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« Reply #28 on: April 26, 2017, 08:59:51 AM »
Amazing. So, this offseason who do they go after in the trade to give Westbrook a team that can make it to the finals?
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« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2017, 11:44:32 AM »
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Amazing. So, this offseason who do they go after in the trade to give Westbrook a team that can make it to the finals?

That ship has sailed. Last year they lost Kevin Durant to free agency. There is no one better on the market in any year. I noticed his salary is 26 million this season, more than twice that of Stephen Curry. Any upgrades will be marginal.
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