2015 NBA Playoffs - Discussion

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  1. Apr 30, 2015 #21 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    It's always weird to me how NBA series can go alternating games OR one team wins a couple in a row then another wins a couple, then suddenly one team wins by 50! It's just crazy. I get ebb and flow and adjustments and all... but it's hard to see how you can be good enough to be in a series 3-2 and then lose by that much. How do you win 2 games if you can lose one by 50?

    I think things are still looking good for Golden St vs San Antonio in the West... If possible, I believe both teams might have an easier time in the 2nd round than they did in the first. I know Golden St swept, but they had some tight games with New Orleans. I think with the 1st round under their belts they will come out on all cylinders for the next round. I feel the same about San Antonio. I keep thinking about last year where Dallas pushed them HARD to 7 games and could really have won that series, but then San Antonio practically cruised the rest of the way even through the finals.
     
  2. May 1, 2015 #22 of 107
    AntAltMike

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    The Celtics have been in a couple of series in which they murdered the other team in game 1 But lost the series. When they killed the Lakers game 1 back in 1987, when Scott Wedman went 11 for 11, I remember Pat Riley poiinting out that when Wedman made his first basket, the score was already somethng like 52-29 and then he added, "I've seen Scott Wedman hit eleven shots in a row before,but when Greg Kite goes 3 for 5, with a hook shot over Kareem, you know it isn't your night."
     
  3. May 1, 2015 #23 of 107
    inkahauts

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    Well Clippers have made it very interesting!

    And Chicago just realized what was going on and the Bucks didn't.
     
  4. May 1, 2015 #24 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    That Bulls series was just weird. I mean... Chicago goes up 3-0 after a double-overtime win mixed in... then Bucks win the next 2. Think about that... it could just as easily have been the Bucks up 3-2 as it was the Bulls... then Bulls win game 6 by 54 points, and as Barkley said it wasn't even that close!

    I've seen series where one team gets a 20 point win and then the other team gets a 20 point win... that at least makes a kind of sense if both teams are good and you figure they alternated off nights... I can't even remember a 50+ point win in the playoffs... and certainly not one that lopsided after a lot of close games.

    Meanwhile... I really thought San Antonio might finish that series off last night. It's a good and interesting series when you figure each team is 2-1 on the OTHER team's court! The winner of the series will at-best be 2-2 at home, but if San Antonio wins they would be 3-1 at the Clippers for the series!
     
  5. May 1, 2015 #25 of 107
    inkahauts

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    Eh I have seen this before. The bucks just didn't have the mentality. But they will be stronger next year I think. I recall my Lakers losing by about 40 to Boston a few years ago in the final game before winning the next two years.....
     
  6. May 1, 2015 #26 of 107
    joshjr

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    Clippers gotta play their hearts out Saturday if they wanna beat the champs and move on. If they win, they will have earned it for sure. Man I hope its their time to get past the Spurs. I would love to see the Clippers vs the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.
     
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  7. May 2, 2015 #27 of 107
    inkahauts

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    Honestly both teams need to play their hearts out if they want to move on. It won't be easy for either team....
     
  8. May 2, 2015 #28 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    I can always be wrong... but all things being equal, if the Clippers and the Spurs play to their capabilities, I feel like the Spurs are the better team. Clippers have a couple of better individual players (Paul is better than Parker right now, and Griffin should be better than Duncan at his age) but the whole rest of the Spurs team is better than anyone else on the Clippers. So if everyone gives their best, the Spurs should have a greater sum-of-their-parts.
     
  9. May 2, 2015 #29 of 107
    joshjr

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    Dont underestimate the scoring capabilities of Reddick and Crawford. The only other Spur that compairs to them that you didnt name is Leonard. Those guys are better than Ginobli, Belenelli, Green, etc.
     
  10. May 2, 2015 #30 of 107
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    Reddick is not better than Ginobli.... no way. Josh.
     
  11. May 2, 2015 #31 of 107
    joshjr

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    To each their own. I would take Reddick myself.
     
  12. May 3, 2015 #32 of 107
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    Wow. Just wow.
     
  13. May 3, 2015 #33 of 107
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    At their primes? Ginobli wins IMHO. Today? Not so much....
     
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  14. May 3, 2015 #34 of 107
    coolman302003

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    As a fan, of course you never want to see your team lose. But these were two of the best teams in the Western Conf. and VERY closely matched throughout the series. I think we may end up looking back and saying this was maybe the most competitive series in the entire playoffs. It was so close though, this series really came down to a couple of plays, 50/50 balls, a couple of key calls etc.
    Overall it was a great series and both teams really played their tails off (especially in game 7), even for us Spurs fans who hate the end result, but the Clippers earned it. As always, thanks to Coach Pop and the rest of the Spurs players for always being professional class acts after the game ended. Doc and Chris and the rest of the team all showed great respect and spoke highly of our team as well after the game/during press conferences. You love to see that as a fan. :) :righton:

    I know there will probably be some changes afoot that will happen during the off season but I'm hoping at least Tim, Manu, Tony, Kawhi, Boris and Danny all come back next year. Several are going to be free agents but I feel most will get deals signed to stay in SA. I also wouldn't be surprised or shocked if some decide to retire either, Matt Bonner or Manu for example. I also don't think our head coach is going anywhere either. ;)

    If we would have won and advanced to the Conf Semi Finals my (completely unbiased) prediction is that we would have beat Houston in 5 or 6 games and in the end unfortunately come up short to Golden State in the Conf. Finals in most likely a close series going 6 or 7 games. Golden State very well may end up winning the Finals this year.
     
  15. May 3, 2015 #35 of 107
    inkahauts

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    I think the same with the Clippers. I expect them to win the next round in under seven and then probably lose in seven to golden state. But it'll be so close...

    The Spurs are the model program for most the league. And Pop will coach for a long time. I'm guessing another ten years or so. Then one day he will just say he's done out of nowhere. Kind of like Slone did in Utah I think. But probably at the end of a season instead of the middle of one.

    And Tim better be back. He's still to dang good.
     
  16. May 3, 2015 #36 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    I was wrong... but not in the way I thought I was. I had said I thought if both teams played to their strengths and capabilities, that I thought the Spurs were the better overall team... but it didn't shake out that way. You'd be hard pressed to argue that each team didn't get the most out of everyone last night... and Chris Paul was even literally hamstrung for pretty much the whole game.

    I liked both coaches after the game... you get the feeling Pop was sincere about hating to lose, but being glad for the other team... and Doc made good points about there being no technical fouls or crazy fights and stuff... it might have been the only series where players on both teams didn't hate each other at some point.

    As I had said earlier, the Clippers did have to earn it... the Spurs didn't lose... they just got beat by a better team on that night. Also, I believe each team only won back-to-back once... Except for the weird blowout game, every game could have gone either way... and two games essentially ended on offensive goal-tending calls... correct calls... but showing how each fraction of a second really counted.

    I don't know how to feel about Houston/Clippers. I would have given the Spurs an edge for experience in that series... but without that, it's hard to say. Houston has played a lot better than I would have thought... but LA is impressive with the grit in winning this series. LA should find Houston to be an "easier" opponent... I don't mean "easy" but compared to the Spurs... Houston will sometimes make mistakes and beat themselves... the Spurs weren't going to do that... so LA has a little more flexibility in this next series and not have the possession-to-possession pressure.
     
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  17. May 4, 2015 #37 of 107
    inkahauts

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    I think the Clippers got a LOT of experience in this series that Huston does not have yet....
     
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  18. May 5, 2015 #38 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    Color me surprised... I had predicted the possibility of Houston beating themselves... but even I figured the Clippers would have a hard time last night without Chris Paul. Simply amazing that the Clippers won so seemingly easily without Paul at all. IF that's an indication of their focus, Houston could already be done before Chris Paul takes the floor again!

    Meanwhile... not at all surprised that the Bulls won the first game against Cleveland... LeBron is good enough to win a couple of games almost entirely on his own, but I don't see them winning the series down too many people.
     
  19. May 6, 2015 #39 of 107
    coolman302003

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    Well.... Memphis has MIke back (wearing the mask) and they split the first 2, giving GS their first loss in Oracle since January 2015.... Now shifting back to Memphis for the next 2, I think this one is going to be a close series going 6 or 7 games with GS still probably edging out and advancing to WCF in the end. Congrats to Steph Curry on MVP Award, I figured he would end up getting it and very well deserved.
    Honestly though GS doesn't normally play like they did in Game 2 and the poor 3 pt shooting is pretty rare for them...so that may have just been an rare "off" night.
     
  20. May 6, 2015 #40 of 107
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    One can hope so! This one does! :)
     

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