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  1. 2018 Official Offseason Thread

    At which point, it’s not tanking. It’s accepting fate.
  2. 2018 Official Offseason Thread

    I think it depends on how many teams are above .500 by the time selections happen.
  3. 2018 Official Offseason Thread

    Depends on the offensive development of Bamba, AG, and Isaac, but yeah, I tend to agree.
  4. 2018 Official Offseason Thread

    I feel like the plan is stockpile defense and length in the forward spots and capitalize on scoring with the guards. Maybe get a decent length scoring PG who can distribute to open shooters and knows how to funnel/stay in front of guys. Having AG/Isaac/Bamba means we can lose a little on defense at the 1 because they can all recover rather quickly to erase any mistakes.
  5. 2018 Official Offseason Thread

    What about Bird? He’s white.
  6. 2018 Official Offseason Thread

    Does Vuc for Parsons make sense?
  7. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    It’s hard to argue. I wanted Steph to get his first FMVP, but game 3 sealed it, I think. Only way Steph could have won is if KD laid an egg this game.
  8. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    Lebron left after losing to Boston in the second round.
  9. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    Pacers and Celtics both took the Cavs to seven games. Both series could have gone either way. If the claim is that KD on the Cavs would go to seven games against those two teams, I’m not sure that means a whole lot. I’m still of the opinion that those claims are all conjecture anyway. There are reasons to believe KD could succeed with this Cavs team. There are at least two games, probably closer to four between the Pacers and Celtics series that could have kept Lebron out of the finals.
  10. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    They would have a different game plan with Durant, too. I feel like part of the problem playing with Lebron is movement becomes lethargic. I think a lot of it falls on the coach, but stylistically the same team would look a lot different. More cutting and screens since KD does so much damage from 15+ feet. Less standing around the three point line waiting for the kick out. Being more involved that way would probably improve the play of “the other guys” as well.
  11. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    Maybe? Steph and Klay combined for 21 points on 7-27 shooting and Durant led them to a win. I don’t like the “if x player were on y team they definitely z.” We don’t know what guys are capable of until they accomplish it.
  12. Clifford the big magic coach

    I was more disappointed in the loss to Atlanta the next year. They were built to only beat the Magic. That team could have gone to the finals. Had to get through Chicago and Miami which were good matchups.
  13. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    Um, guys? Brad Stevens broke basketball.
  14. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    Playing multiple 50-55 win teams is much more difficult than playing multiple 40-45 win teams. The team that comes out of the better conference (when there is a great enough margin) will be a little more worn down. In regular season terms, it’s like playing a fourth game in five or six nights against a team that’s played three games in the seven nights. The second team will have fresher legs and an advantage in that department. GSW lost to the Cavs for a few reasons, one of those being that they just came off a seven game series against a stingy OKC team that had two uber-athletic superstar players. Curry plays hurt, Bogut (read: only true rotation big) gets injured out of the series. Cavs had essentially swept a weak eastern conference and could have Kyrie and Lebron go all out for seven straight because of no fatigue. Whether or or not that’s the case, having a single team be better than another single team (throwing out the factor of how teams match up with one another) doesn’t mean anything for the strength of a conference as a whole. Using Springsteen’s example above, if one conference fielded seven sub-500 teams with one 50-win team, and the other had eight fifty win teams, the finals matchup doesn’t decide which conference is better. That’s an individual team achievement, and has nothing to do with the rest of the conference.
  15. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    Isn’t this just an argument that Lebron is good? Using the finals to compare conferences isn’t really fair. Need to look at overall win percentage, at the very least, for both conferences’ playoff teams. Can go deeper with advanced stats to gauge which conference was better after factoring strength of schedule and +/-, etc. I’m not really good with all of that, but I’d be very surprised if the East anywhere close to as strong as the West. Especially in the few years before KD went to GSW.