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Thursday, April 03, 2014

OT: NBA Monthly Thread - April 2014

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own thread, we won’t detract from what this site is really about, which I forgot.

Have posts been building up inside you?

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   301. Manny Coon Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:40 PM (#4688170)
Why would the Nets be favored over the Raptors? Or do they just think New Yorkers are going bet heavily on them or something?
   302. robinred Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:51 PM (#4688177)
ATL over IND in 6


If you're right, you will look like a genius.

------------

As to the Nets, part if it is probably betting action, but I also think that some people think that the Nets will have a "playoff gear" that will enable them to win a series. Also, Toronto IMO has the most anonymous roster of any playoff team, except for maybe Atlanta, from the POV of the proverbial casual fan. Even with Charlotte, I think most fans know that Jordan owns the Bobcats and some know Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker. But Toronto's highest-profile move this year was getting rid of Rudy Gay.
   303. NJ in DC (Now with temporary employment!) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 10:42 PM (#4688285)
James Harden playing...defense.
   304. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:27 PM (#4688294)
   305. NJ in DC (Now with temporary employment!) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:37 PM (#4688297)
As someone who was too young to really watch those teams, I thought the Bad Boys 30 for 30 was fun. I had never really thought about the fact that they were in the Finals in '88 and ECF in '87 before. Makes me respect their run a bit more.
   306. theboyqueen Posted: April 18, 2014 at 02:50 AM (#4688317)
I like the idea of Exum for Boston, because in this imaginary world where he definitely turns into a star, they're also able to trade Rondo for useful pieces, thus speeding up the rebuild. It's the quickest path back to contending for them that doesn't involve several years of lottery picks.


Where did this meme that Rondo has a bunch of trade value come from? Is it just that he's an expiring contract? Cuz as a player I'm not seeing it at all.
   307. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: April 18, 2014 at 02:15 PM (#4688600)
IND over ATL in 6
MIA over CHA in 4
BKN over TOR in 7
CHI over WAS in 6

IND over CHI in 7
MIA over BKN in 7

MIA over IND in 6

SAS over DAL in 4
OKC over MEM in 6
LAC over GSW in 6
HOU over POR in 6

HOU over SAS in 6
LAC over OKC in 6

LAC over HOU in 7

LAC over MIA in 6

Gonna stick with my preseason pick of the Clips as Champs. I'd love to pick the Bulls over the Pacers, and do think it's very, very possible. But the Bulls are going to struggle a couple games against Washington and with such a short rotation and so much wear and tear over the regular season, they'll just run out of gas. By almost every measure, they've been better than Indy for the last 30 games or so. But the Pacers still have too much talent for them. I'd like to think that would Miami would close out the Pacers quicker, but outside of the Finals against OKC, the Heat really aren't that great at closing out series early on.
   308. King Mekong Posted: April 18, 2014 at 02:38 PM (#4688615)
I have no idea how to go with this playoffs, but I do feel like BKN has another gear in the East and IND will lose before the Conference Finals, and that anyone can lose at anytime in the West.

Predictions are fun!

IND over ATL in 6
MIA over CHA in 4
BKN over TOR in 6
WAS over CHI in 6

WAS over IND in 6
BKN over MIA in 7

BKN over WAS in 6

SAS over DAL in 4
OKC over MEM in 7
LAC over GSW in 6
POR over HOU in 6

SAS over POR in 5
OKC over LAC in 7

SAS over OKC in 7

SAS over BKN in 6


That Harden defense video made me laugh.
   309. tshipman Posted: April 18, 2014 at 03:05 PM (#4688634)
My Picks (I loved the Harden defense video btw):

IND over ATL in 5
MIA over CHA in 5
TOR over BKN in 7
CHI over WAS in 6

CHI over IND in 7
MIA over TOR in 6

MIA over CHI in 7

SAS over DAL in 4
OKC over MEM in 5
LAC over GSW in 7
HOU over POR in 6

HOU over SAS in 6
LAC over OKC in 7

LAC over HOU in 6

LAC over MIA in 5

(I have no real hope of being right here).

Some random thoughts:
I guess I have to continue picking against San Antonio since I'm bound to be right sooner or later.
Doesn't seem like Miami's year. I see them struggling through the early rounds and getting beat up a little.
Teams I like more than I should: GSW, LAC, TOR, CHI.
Teams I like less than I should: SAS, HOU, OKC.
This year feels like a "surprise winner" year. Feels more wide open than ever, but that might be because I underrate the Spurs.


   310. andrewberg Posted: April 18, 2014 at 03:16 PM (#4688638)
SA def DAL 6
POR def HOU 7
LAC def GS 5
OKC def MEM 7

SA def POR 5
LAC def OKC 6

SA def LAC 7

IND def ATL 6
CHI def WAS 6
TOR def BKN 7
MIA def CHA 4

IND def CHI 7
MIA def TOR 5

MIA def IND 6

SA def MIA 6

Wanted to do something different. The RC Buford interview on Zack Lowe's podcast got me thinking about the Spurs and I think there is an argument to be made that they are the one elite team playing better going into the playoffs this year than last (the Westbrook injury complicates things, but I think there are a couple of tough matchups for them).
   311. Booey Posted: April 18, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4688681)
It's nice to see that the playoffs this year seem a lot more wide open than last year. Through 8 predictions, we have 3 votes for Miami, 3 for the Spurs, and 2 for the Clips. Last year 18 of 19 picked the Heat.

A little surprised no one has picked OKC yet, and only I had them even going to the Finals. Looks like I'll either be a genius or an idiot. :-)
   312. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: April 18, 2014 at 04:39 PM (#4688691)
Do the bulls get both the cans and the horcats first round picks this year?
   313. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: April 18, 2014 at 05:23 PM (#4688733)
Woot woot:

#Utah Jazz ready to pull the plug on Tyrone Corbin and go for a new coach, according to #Jazz exec.

https://twitter.com/Mitch_Lawrence/status/457256935692455937
   314. NJ in DC (Now with temporary employment!) Posted: April 18, 2014 at 05:27 PM (#4688736)
IND over ATL in 4
MIA over CHA in 5
TOR over BKN in 7
WAS over CHI in 7

WAS over IND in 7
MIA over TOR in 5

MIA over WAS in 5

SAS over DAL in 5
OKC over MEM in 7
LAC over GSW in 6
HOU over POR in 5

HOU over SAS in 7
LAC over OKC in 7

LAC over HOU in 6

MIA over LAC in 6

Random thoughts:
-I'm surprised by so many in the media picking the Raptors over the Nets. I think that over most extended windows the Raptors have been decidedly better than the Nets. The Nets might have an extra playoff gear, but they're really old and it's asking a lot for them to really take on a MUCH bigger load minutes/effort wise. I think there's a chance the younger Raptors will be better able to go 48 minutes full force. Either way, I imagine a really tough series and I think if the Raptors win then the Heat probably come out of the east but if Brooklyn wins then Miami will lose to BK in Round 2.
-I have a tough time seeing IND making it to the ECF. If, by some chance, they make it to the Finals I could see them winning it all though.
-Probably underrating the Spurs because Spurs
-OKC is probably going to be the one to make it out of the West, but despite how good they are on paper they still run a relatively simple offense and playoff defenses may be able to scheme for it.
-If the Bulls beat the Wizards I fully expect them to beat the Pacers.

I think the title winner is going to be either MIA (if they can avoid Brooklyn in the East and SAS in the West), SAS (if they can avoid HOU or OKC) or OKC (if they can avoid/beat LAC).

Looking forward to looking stupid on all of these.
   315. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: April 18, 2014 at 05:37 PM (#4688748)
IND over ATL in 5
MIA over CHA in 4
TOR over BKN in 7
CHI over WAS in 6

IND over CHI in 7
MIA over TOR in 5

MIA over IND in 6

SAS over DAL in 5
OKC over MEM in 5
LAC over GSW in 4
POR over HOU in 7

SAS over POR in 6
LAC over OKC in 7

LAC over SAS in 7

MIA over LAC in 5
   316. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: April 18, 2014 at 05:37 PM (#4688749)
Do the bulls get both the cans and the horcats first round picks this year?

Huh? They only have a pick from the Horcats coming. They have a conditional future Sacramento pick via Cleveland from the Deng trade (has to be out of the lottery in the next 2 or 3 years or it turns into 2 2nd rounders). They won a coin flip with the Raps, so they pick 16th and 19th.
   317. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: April 18, 2014 at 05:41 PM (#4688750)
o I wasnt sure about the pick from the deng deal, couldnt remember what would trigger it.
   318. Quaker Posted: April 18, 2014 at 05:46 PM (#4688757)
SAS in 6
OKC in 6
LAC in 7
Port in 7

Ind in 6
Mia in 5
Tor in 7
Chi in 7

SAS in 6
OKC in 7

Ind in 6
Mia in 6

SAS in 7
Mia in 6

SAS in 6

Game 6 avenged.
   319. Booey Posted: April 18, 2014 at 05:54 PM (#4688758)
#313 - YES!!!! Corbin served his purpose - the Jazz were horrid this year and should get a decent pick out of it. Maybe even a great one. Now it's time to move on and actually start trying to win again.
   320. tshipman Posted: April 18, 2014 at 05:58 PM (#4688761)
Things I didn't realize: Boogie Cousins averaged a 26 PER this year. I really like his game now.

Everyone talks about Davis, but Cousins might be the next Shaq in a year or two.
   321. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: April 18, 2014 at 07:34 PM (#4688834)
From Woj: Calathes suspended for 20 games (effective immediately) -- minor hit for the Grizz.
   322. Rob_Wood Posted: April 18, 2014 at 07:44 PM (#4688844)

It wasn't Harden's fault. He was playing a zone and his teammates mistakenly were playing man.
   323. Rob_Wood Posted: April 18, 2014 at 07:44 PM (#4688845)
delete duplicate post
   324. Maxwn Posted: April 18, 2014 at 07:49 PM (#4688856)
From Woj: Calathes suspended for 20 games (effective immediately) -- minor hit for the Grizz.

####.
   325. robinred Posted: April 18, 2014 at 08:04 PM (#4688866)
Sucks about Calathes. Memphis is my favorite non-Lakers team.
   326. Maxwn Posted: April 18, 2014 at 08:36 PM (#4688885)
Well the grizz haven't made a playoff run yet where their backup pg situation wasn't held together with duct tape and baling wire. I don't see why this year would be any different. And while I've thought Calathes was doing an increasingly decent job, its not like he's anything spectacular. I guess Beno is passable. Still you don't need #### like this when you are already a big underdog.

I guess Mike Conley better get rested up.
   327. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 18, 2014 at 08:39 PM (#4688887)
does anyone else look at guys who were suspended for otc stuff (like calathes was) differently than those suspended for prescription or "illicit" substances? not saying that the punishments should differ or that he's not responsible for his actions, just... it feels different.
   328. The District Attorney Posted: April 18, 2014 at 09:20 PM (#4688924)
Why would the Nets be favored over the Raptors?
Experience is often overrated, but I think that you'd have to think it means nothing¹ not to factor it into this matchup, given the two teams involved. The Raptors' starting lineup has something like 20 combined playoff appearances, and even most if not all of those were coming off the bench. And yeah, I think the assumption is that Garnett will, if not "find another gear", at least play more minutes. Plus the team in general has just been pretty tough to beat once they found the lineup where the two old guys had to move around less at PF/C.

IND d. ATL (5), MIA d. CHA (5), BKN d. TOR (7), CHI d. WAS (5), SA d. DAL (4), OKC d. MEM (7), LAC d. GSW (5), HOU d. POR (7)
CHI d. IND (6), MIA d. BKN (5), SA d. HOU (7), LAC d. OKC (6)
MIA d. CHI (5), SA d. LAC (6)
MIA d. SA (7)

MVP: Durant, DPOY: Noah, Coach: Hornacek (but I'd vote Pop), Exec: McDonough, ROY: Carter-Williams, 6th: Taj, MIP: G. Green, Finals MVP: Oden. Okay, fine, LeBron.
All-NBA: Paul/Curry/LeBron/Durant/Noah; Dragic/Harden/Griffin/Love/Howard; Wall/Parker/George/Anthony/Hibbert
All-First Name Team: Paul/George/Anthony/Noah/Howard

¹ Which is certainly possible.
   329. Manny Coon Posted: April 18, 2014 at 10:17 PM (#4688973)
Experience is often overrated, but I think that you'd have to think it means nothing¹ not to factor it into this matchup, given the two teams involved. The Raptors' starting lineup has something like 20 combined playoff appearances, and even most if not all of those were coming off the bench. And yeah, I think the assumption is that Garnett will, if not "find another gear", at least play more minutes. Plus the team in general has just been pretty tough to beat once they found the lineup where the two old guys had to move around less at PF/C.


I get why some people would think Brooklyn would pull the upset, but it would be an upset; not only did the Raptors have the better record, their point differential was a over 4 points better and they like Brooklyn also got off to a slow start that held back their overall record.
   330. robinred Posted: April 18, 2014 at 11:30 PM (#4688998)
Lowe's playoff preview:

link
   331. The District Attorney Posted: April 18, 2014 at 11:40 PM (#4688999)
All-First Name Team: Paul/George/Anthony/Noah/Howard
Oh, right, his name is "James."
   332. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 19, 2014 at 12:20 AM (#4689005)
All-First Name Team: Paul/George/Anthony/Noah/Howard

Does the all-time All-First Name Team beat the all-time team of everyone else? Your tentative starting lineup:

Chris Paul or Isiah Thomas
Michael Jordan
LeBron James
Tim Duncan
Bill Russell

That's four positional GOAT candidates. I'm not immediately finding much depth among big men, but on the perimeter, you also have Anthony, Bryant, and Wade, at least.

Incidentally, the all-first-name lineup is much less impressive in baseball.
   333. NJ in DC (Now with temporary employment!) Posted: April 19, 2014 at 07:03 AM (#4689029)
That's four positional GOAT candidates

Five, if you believe any of the statistical systems since Chris Paul is pretty much the best PG ever by any/every advanced measure.

Incidentally, the all-first-name lineup is much less impressive in baseball.

Is this because there are so many Blacks in the NBA and the history associated with the surnames of slaves?
   334. EddieA Posted: April 19, 2014 at 09:31 AM (#4689040)
and in baseball, the best player on the all-first-name lineup has a woman's name.
   335. robinred Posted: April 19, 2014 at 01:28 PM (#4689096)
The Toronto Sun used the headline "Raptors vs. Dinosaurs" with pix of Garnett and Pierce to kick off its series coverage.
   336. robinred Posted: April 19, 2014 at 01:39 PM (#4689111)
Masai Ujiri getting in the tabloid spirit of things in TOR:


dfeschuk
@dfeschuk
Spoke to Masai U, who confirmed he said "F--- Brooklyn!" in ML Sqr: "I love Brooklyn. But it's the playoffs. Just trying to get our fans going."
   337. NJ in DC (Now with temporary employment!) Posted: April 19, 2014 at 02:02 PM (#4689123)
The Toronto crowd is phenomenal so far and I love that move by Masai. It will suck if Brooklyn wins this series.
   338. The District Attorney Posted: April 19, 2014 at 02:50 PM (#4689151)
The Raptors haven't been to the postseason in six years; to the 2nd round in 13 years; or further than that ever. I'm pretty sure their fans can get (and in fact are) excited about the team doing well without the GM saying #### the other city.

Lowry and Deron both playing like they have something to prove, which makes sense since they do.
   339. Rob_Wood Posted: April 19, 2014 at 02:57 PM (#4689157)

OMG, no shot clocks could well lead to controversy since refs cannot tell if shot is taken before shot clock expires. Right?
   340. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: April 19, 2014 at 05:35 PM (#4689286)
This game would be better if the refs didn't make bullshit calls on the best players...
   341. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: April 19, 2014 at 06:22 PM (#4689319)
It's ridiculous that replay in this case results in a far worse call.
   342. NJ in DC (Now with temporary employment!) Posted: April 19, 2014 at 06:25 PM (#4689322)
[341] Just ####### terrible.
   343. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 19, 2014 at 06:28 PM (#4689323)
So, using the same methodology as last year (which is described in post 823 on this page), here are your approximate BTF-thread-based postseason odds:

Round 1:
IND 90%
MIA 99.8%
TOR 43%
CHI 74%

SAS 98.5%
OKC 79%
LAC 84%
HOU 70%

Chance to make the conference finals:
MIA 86%
IND 47%
CHI 43%
WAS 9%
BKN 9%
TOR 5%
ATL 1%
CHA effectively 0

SAS 71%
LAC 55%
OKC 36%
HOU 24%
POR 5%
GSW 5%
MEM 4%
DAL 1%

Chance to make NBA finals:
MIA 72%
SAS 42%
LAC 30%
OKC 16%
CHI, HOU, and IND all 10%
BKN 4%
TOR 2%
WAS, POR, GSW, MEM all 1%
DAL, ATL, and CHA all basically 0

Title chances:
MIA 37%
SAS 26%
LAC 18%
OKC 8%
HOU 5%
CHI and IND 2%
BKN 1%
Everyone else less than .5%

The system says that the BTF consensus is that the Spurs are the best team, and the Clippers also rate ahead of Miami; Miami's easier path gives them the best odds.

The overall team strength rankings:
SAS
LAC
MIA
(gap)
OKC
HOU
(gap)
CHI (!)
POR
GSW
IND (!)
BKN
MEM
(small gap)
TOR
(gap)
WAS
(gap)
DAL
ATL
(gap)
CHA
   344. Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: April 19, 2014 at 06:30 PM (#4689324)
[341] Just ####### terrible.
Yeah, they should have discretion there to just give the Clippers the ball. Really poorly officiated game, I thought. I'll take it though.
   345. Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: April 19, 2014 at 06:59 PM (#4689333)
   346. theboyqueen Posted: April 19, 2014 at 07:47 PM (#4689352)
Also, passive-aggressive Blake Griffin at his best.


Okay, now why wouldn't a player get suspended for something like this?
   347. theboyqueen Posted: April 19, 2014 at 07:50 PM (#4689354)
I mean, if he had turned around and thrown his cup of water at the fan he would be, right? What he DID is even worse.
   348. Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: April 19, 2014 at 07:59 PM (#4689358)
Yeah, he probably should be. The NBA doesn't exactly have a great history when it comes to drinks being tossed.

On the other hand, it's hilarious. I love the reaction of the other Warriors fan.
   349. robinred Posted: April 19, 2014 at 08:37 PM (#4689377)
Halfway through the first day and we have a GM dropping an F-bomb on the opposing city, stuff already going on with the refs, and a big star throwing water on a fan...gotta love the NBA Playoffs in the digital and social media age.
   350. theboyqueen Posted: April 19, 2014 at 09:02 PM (#4689386)
Warriors - Clippers is just a great rivalry all the way around, and it's great that one team is fully embracing the heel role. I even think of Doc Rivers and Mark Jackson as fairly similar players.
   351. Into the Void Posted: April 19, 2014 at 09:12 PM (#4689389)
I even think of Doc Rivers and Mark Jackson as fairly similar players.


As was pointed out on the broadcast today, they were once traded for one another.
   352. Athletic Supporter can feel the slow rot Posted: April 19, 2014 at 09:19 PM (#4689393)
I guess this is redundant in a 20 point game, but the Pacers look really terrible and out of sync.
   353. bibigon Posted: April 19, 2014 at 09:26 PM (#4689395)
So how much does the series price shift? Normally when a 5:1 dog wins a road game, they're not about to become the favorite. There are 164 other games in the sample after all.

Here, that's much less clear. This more or kills the narrative that they were just taking it easy. If I get any odds on the Hawks, it would be hard to resist.
   354. NJ in DC (Now with temporary employment!) Posted: April 19, 2014 at 09:58 PM (#4689407)
Hawks-Wizards Round 2. Would that be the first time a 2nd round series is on NBAtv?
   355. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 19, 2014 at 10:09 PM (#4689418)
Memphis shooting 4-23 with just under 2 minutes left in the 1st quarter. Ouch.
   356. nick swisher hygiene Posted: April 20, 2014 at 03:18 PM (#4689713)
355--I was there. All through the first half, we kept turning to each other, as the Thunder lead went from 5 to 10 to 15......"they aren't playing very well, how can they be up 20?"
   357. Spivey Posted: April 20, 2014 at 03:23 PM (#4689716)
Spurs are gonna Spurs.
   358. tshipman Posted: April 20, 2014 at 03:49 PM (#4689741)
I guess this is redundant in a 20 point game, but the Pacers look really terrible and out of sync.


It feels so strange to remember: "Paul George, MVP Candidate" when watching the guy now. Hibbert looks turrrrrrible. The start of the season feels like a long time ago.
   359. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: April 20, 2014 at 04:01 PM (#4689749)
judging by the score the heat arnt trying.
   360. robinred Posted: April 20, 2014 at 06:05 PM (#4689818)
Hawks-Wizards Round 2. Would that be the first time a 2nd round series is on NBAtv?


On "tape" delay, with Brent Musberger on the call. A fully retro experience.

Also, if the (Now unemployed!) thing is serious, best of luck with that situation.
   361. Into the Void Posted: April 20, 2014 at 06:29 PM (#4689825)
   362. NJ in DC (Now with temporary employment!) Posted: April 20, 2014 at 06:33 PM (#4689827)
Also, if the (Now unemployed!) thing is serious, best of luck with that situation.

Yeah, thanks. Hoping something happens relatively soon. On a positive note, I get to watch a lot more playoff basketball.
   363. andrewberg Posted: April 20, 2014 at 06:37 PM (#4689832)
Today has been a throwback day. 65 points for the Duncan/Parker/Manu combo to overtake Dirk. Wade is at 100% and the Heat turn up their defensive intensity to remind everyone why they are two-time defending champs. If the trend holds, the Bulls will win about 80-71 tonight and 8 Blazers will be arrested on the way to the arena.
   364. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 20, 2014 at 09:10 PM (#4689936)
As part of Throwback Day, Andre Miller's playing well for Washington right now...
   365. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 20, 2014 at 09:17 PM (#4689942)
... so well that Randy Wittman just sat John Wall back down so he can keep Miller on the floor with 6:34 left.
   366. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 20, 2014 at 09:20 PM (#4689945)
Gortat, Nene, Ariza and Beal are a nice foursome. If John Wall ever learned to shoot, that team would be such a threat.
   367. NJ in DC (Now with temporary employment!) Posted: April 20, 2014 at 09:23 PM (#4689946)
7 of the 16 coaches in the playoffs either played for the Knicks or were Knicks assistants at some point in their career.
   368. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 20, 2014 at 09:26 PM (#4689949)
Washington's doing the same thing down every time, screen-and-rolls going to the basket, and Chicago hasn't had a defensive answer at all.
   369. Spivey Posted: April 20, 2014 at 09:55 PM (#4689961)
I'm really impressed with how Aldridge has developed, as a Texas fan. He has legitimately become one of the best players in the game.
   370. NJ in DC (Now with temporary employment!) Posted: April 20, 2014 at 09:55 PM (#4689962)
I think I hate James Harden.
   371. Publius Publicola Posted: April 20, 2014 at 10:42 PM (#4689990)
Incidentally, the all-first-name lineup is much less impressive in baseball.


Babe Ruth OF, Hank Aaron OF (Does Ted Williams count?), Frank Robinson OF, Joe Morgan 2B, (Does Eddie Mathews count?), George Brett 3B, Roger, Conner 1B, Pete Rose (another girls name), Arky Vaughn SS, Bill Dickey or Gary Carter C, Grover Alexander RHP, Steve Carleton LHP, Hoyt Wilhelm RP.

Not bad though.
   372. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 20, 2014 at 11:23 PM (#4690002)
I think I hate James Harden.
I think I'm with you there.
   373. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:03 AM (#4690011)
Babe Ruth OF, Hank Aaron OF (Does Ted Williams count?), Frank Robinson OF, Joe Morgan 2B, (Does Eddie Mathews count?), George Brett 3B, Roger, Conner 1B, Pete Rose (another girls name), Arky Vaughn SS, Bill Dickey or Gary Carter C, Grover Alexander RHP, Steve Carleton LHP, Hoyt Wilhelm RP.

Given that this is a baseball discussion and not a basketball one, I'm planning on trying to start it up in tomorrow's Dugout. But I would say that Williams and Mathews definitely do not count, and Robinson and Vaughan (not Vaughn, by the way) are stretches as first names, and the outfield lacks a center fielder.
   374. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:22 AM (#4690016)
I thought this game was over, but 10 straight by Portland, and it's a whole new game with just over 2 minutes.
   375. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:25 AM (#4690017)
Harden with a big runner in the lane to make it 102-99. I don't understand how that's not traveling every time, but it's not whistle-worthy, I guess.
   376. Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:34 AM (#4690018)
That's a really rough foul call. I'm also onboard the dislike Harden train.
   377. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:44 AM (#4690020)
LaMarcus Aldridge is having a game for the ages. When was the last time we saw a 50-20 playoff game?!
   378. Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:49 AM (#4690022)
How in the world is that a foul on Lopez?
   379. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:51 AM (#4690023)
The zebras have really helped out Houston.

EDIT: ... And what the #### is that foul for? Beverley shouldn't be complimented for selling that, the refs should be butchered for that call!
   380. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:54 AM (#4690024)
Aldridge doesn't quite get 50-20. He's out now; it'd be a crying shame if this effort goes for naught.
   381. Tom Cervo, backup catcher Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:55 AM (#4690025)
At least Beverly is out now. Houston is a pretty easy team to hate overall...
   382. Darkness and the howling fantods Posted: April 21, 2014 at 01:06 AM (#4690027)
Well, at least the bad calls are going both ways now... I guess?
   383. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 21, 2014 at 01:06 AM (#4690028)
That's a bad last possession by Harden. Now Howard gets whistled and he's gone, but with Houston needing 2, it's not as big a deal offensively. If this goes to 2OT, it'll matter a bunch.
   384. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 21, 2014 at 01:09 AM (#4690030)
Yikes, great defense by Portland, another bad possession by Harden. 8-28 shooting for the game.
   385. King Mekong Posted: April 21, 2014 at 11:33 AM (#4690206)
Woodson gets canned.

edit: Adelman retires.
   386. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: April 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM (#4690231)
Washington's doing the same thing down every time, screen-and-rolls going to the basket, and Chicago hasn't had a defensive answer at all.

Nene totally abused Noah individually, and it really took Noah off his game offensively and team defensively. Maybe Noah is distracted (or at least I hope that's an explanation for his performance). Because the Bulls are in serious trouble if Nene is going to dominate that matchup, as the Wiz won even with Wall and Beal being off. Hopefully for the Bulls, Augustin and Dunleavy* shoot better, but it's hard not to be impressed with the Wiz's defensive game plan. I trust Thibs more than Whitman to adjust going forward, but the Wiz still are the more talented team.
   387. jmurph Posted: April 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4690238)
When Nene is healthy and playing hard*, he can be a damn good player.

*Not questioning his work ethic by any means, but he's not always as assertive as he was last night.
   388. Booey Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM (#4690242)
Babe Ruth OF, Hank Aaron OF (Does Ted Williams count?), Frank Robinson OF, Joe Morgan 2B, (Does Eddie Mathews count?), George Brett 3B, Roger, Conner 1B, Pete Rose (another girls name), Arky Vaughn SS, Bill Dickey or Gary Carter C, Grover Alexander RHP, Steve Carleton LHP, Hoyt Wilhelm RP.

Not bad though.


Frank Thomas at DH. Jeff Kent can back up Morgan at 2B. Nolan Ryan and Gaylord Perry need to be in the rotation. Maybe Jack Morris and Tommy John could pitch middle relief or something?
   389. Booey Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM (#4690249)
A strong showing by road teams in the 1st game of the playoffs. Kinda cool to see.
   390. tshipman Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:16 PM (#4690254)
Pop is great: http://deadspin.com/in-place-of-his-dad-craig-sagers-son-interviews-gregg-1565321353/all


This is a great bit. Pop went from being my least favorite coach in the NBA in 2003 or 2004 or so to being my favorite, all while coaching on a team I don't much like.

Some day, Pop will retire and the game will be much worse for it.
   391. Booey Posted: April 21, 2014 at 12:39 PM (#4690271)
Only 12 playoff predictions this year compared to last years 19. Here's the breakdown of the BBTF expert picks:

1st round
SAS over DAL - 12/0
OKC over MEM - 11/1
LAC over GSW - 12/0
HOU over POR - 8/4

IND over ATL - 11/1
MIA over CHA - 12/0
TOR over BKN - 7/5
CHI over WAS - 10/2

2nd round
SAS/HOU/POR/DAL - 8/4/0/0
LAC/OKC/MEM/GSW - 8/4/0/0

IND/CHI/WAS/ATL - 6/4/2/0
MIA/BKN/TOR/CHA - 11/1/0/0

Conference Finals
SAS/LAC/OKC - 6/5/1

MIA/BKN - 11/1

Champion
MIA/SAS/LAC - 6/4/2
   392. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: April 21, 2014 at 01:47 PM (#4690354)
Sounds like Noah won the DPOY.
   393. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 21, 2014 at 01:56 PM (#4690362)
Nene would've disagreed with that last night, but yeah.

Forgot to make my picks - they obviously wouldn't count now but, for posterity:

1st round
SAS over DAL, OKC over MEM, LAC over GSW, HOU over POR
IND over ATL, MIA over CHA, TOR over BKN, WAS over CHI
2nd round
SAS over HOU, OKC over LAC, WAS over IND, MIA over TOR
3rd round
SAS over OKC, MIA over WAS
Finals
SAS over MIA
   394. Publius Publicola Posted: April 21, 2014 at 02:15 PM (#4690381)
The way Indy is playing, I'm not sure they're making it out of the first round. Stephenson in particular is guilty of overdribbling and being a one man band but the entire squad looks dysfunctional.
   395. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 21, 2014 at 02:16 PM (#4690384)
I'm in full baseball mode, but here's my picks. The Clips, Houston, and Indy all lost this weekend, but those would have been my picks before the Game 1s. Picking the Wizards over the Bulls looks suspicious in retrospect, but David Aldridge gave a bunch of reasons why on Friday, and I'm going with that.

1st round
SAS over DAL
OKC over MEM
LAC over GSW
HOU over POR

IND over ATL
MIA over CHA
TOR over BKN
WAS over CHI

2nd round
SAS over HOU
LAC over OKC

WAS over IND
MIA over TOR

Conference Finals
SAS over LAC
MAI over WAS

Champion
MIA over SAS
   396. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 21, 2014 at 02:26 PM (#4690401)
394/PP: I hope you're right! I do feel cautious optimism between their dysfunction and that ATL is a real bad matchup for them in our spread the floor guise.

Hombre, that's a pretty close match to mine (also attempting to not take game ones into account). I have both OKC/LAC and SAS/MIA (our two differences) going seven.
   397. HMS Moses Taylor Posted: April 21, 2014 at 02:31 PM (#4690409)
All of you picking against the Bulls are just playing right into Thibs' hands! He's the master of the "no one believes in us" stuff - you're only inspiring them!
   398. Amit Posted: April 21, 2014 at 02:34 PM (#4690411)
A little late, but these were honestly my picks before the Game 1s:

EAST
ATL over IND 6
MIA over CHA 4
TOR over BKN 7
WAS over CHI 6

WAS over ATL 6
MIA over TOR 5

MIA over WAS 6

WEST
SAS over DAL 5
OKC over MEM 6
LAC over GSW 6
HOU over POR 7

OKC over LAC 7
SAS over HOU 7

OKC over SAS 6

FINALS
MIA over OKC 6
   399. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 21, 2014 at 02:48 PM (#4690425)
Hombre, that's a pretty close match to mine (also attempting to not take game ones into account). I have both OKC/LAC and SAS/MIA (our two differences) going seven.
I didn't put in series length predictions because if anyone looks at my pre-season guesses they'd know I know nothing about basketball, but it's easy to see those series going 7. The top four, five teams in the West all have more than a puncher's chance to get to the Finals. I mean, if Portland (who, FWIW, I had missing the playoffs because I am dumb) beat San Antonio, we'd all be very surprised, but it wouldn't shake the foundations of my soul or anything. On the other hand, if anyone other than Miami makes the Finals from the East, I'm gonna start taking religion seriously.
   400. Booey Posted: April 21, 2014 at 02:55 PM (#4690431)
Forgot to make my picks - they obviously wouldn't count now


You will indeed be ineligible for the huge pile of prize money that normally goes to the BBTF playoff prediction winner.
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