2015 NBA Playoffs - Discussion

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  1. May 6, 2015 #41 of 107
    inkahauts

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    They had also won five strait in the playoffs. The only team to make it to the finals without a loss (all best of seven series) I believe is the Lakers in 2001. That team was ridiculous and never would have lost any games had they not been off for 10 days or whatever that was.

    I have every confidence golden state will bounce back. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if they won the next three.

    But they where not going to go 16-0. I suspect it'll be closer to 16-5
     
  2. May 6, 2015 #42 of 107
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    Looks like no Chris Paul tonight either. Time to see what LA can do without him again. I think it says alot of LA wins a 2nd time in Houston without Paul playing. I look for Houston to play with alot more energy and sense of urgency in this game. I hope LA comes prepared and can keep up. Both teams played pretty sloppy in game 1 in my opinion. What was odd was that even though LA played so sloppy they had a pretty high score. Cant wait to see how game 2 goes. Go Clippers!
     
  3. May 7, 2015 #43 of 107
    coolman302003

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    Well, all the Conf. Semi Finals series are now tied up at 1-1 through the first two games... I'm sure the Golden State/Memphis series probably won't remain that way for very long though
     
  4. May 7, 2015 #44 of 107
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    Clippers weren't able to sustain the lead they had in the 3rd quarter and allowed Houston to fire back and win in the end. Harden had a really big 4th quarter as well even with the foul trouble. Overall though LAC still played pretty well considering they didn't have Chris Paul just didn't close out the 4th quarter great. There sure was a lot of free throws shot in that game, 96 attempts combined both teams... Majority from intentional fouling.
     
  5. May 7, 2015 #45 of 107
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    Seems to me... if you're the Clippers, you're happy that you went 1-1 AT Houston without Chris Paul... you have to think coming home and getting Paul back bodes well. IF you're Houston, you should be a bit more concerned that you only got 1 game at home with the other team arguably missing their best player. This could just as easily have been 2-0 Clippers... and what might have been IF Rivers hadn't tripped over himself on that layup drive when the Clippers were only down 4?

    Memphis... Conley was impressive. Playing good, but playing good so soon after the surgery he had AND having to wear the protective mask... and as someone joked during the highlights... Conley hurt his leg at one point late in the game BUT one-legged one-eyed Conley was still so much better than his substitute was. I think Memphis played inspired because of his return. This might be a tougher series than I anticipated with him back in the lineup... but I still think Golden State will get this one done.

    Washington... they got a 1-1 split and managed to rest John Wall... that works for them since they were in the same kind of boat as the Clippers, playing away and getting a split before coming home.

    Surprised Cleveland appeared to win so easily to tie that one at 1-1... IF they can do that, they should be better when they get their suspended player back, even without Love. I still favor the Bulls in that series, but it's a little dicey from one day to the next since Chicago can be unpredictable.
     
  6. May 10, 2015 #46 of 107
    coolman302003

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    Wow! All series are tied at 2-1 now, with the lower seeds all leading after 3 games...
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    And we had 2 buzzer beaters in the past two game 3's, one from Derrick Rose and the other by Paul Pierce!

    I guess it's safe to say that the next game for each of the respective teams that are trailing are almost "must wins." (Golden State, Atlanta, Cleveland and Houston)

    Golden State wow they had their chances in game 3 for sure especially in the 4th qtr. A lot of turnovers, missed shots, and even a few missed FT's really hurt them. Memphis overall though played well and made a lot of crucial shots. Gasol banking in a three, eh? (only his 4th the entire year) Memphis is usually a fairly underrated team in the playoffs but I think they have proved that they have a chance to win this series in the past 2 games. Golden State desperately needs to win the next one, and I would expect them too but they definitely are going to need Curry and Thompson to play a lot better than they did in the past 2 games. If they clean up the easy mistakes though, I expect it tied 2-2 heading back to Oakland for game 5. We will find out though Monday night...

    Oh and how bout Austin Rivers breakout game the other night? I know most definitely didn't expect that coming from him. J.J. Reddick was tremendous for LAC as well, overall he's a terrific 3pt shooter.

    Atlanta... Just a little too late, but there bench really stepped up (in the 4th qtr) to help them come back and make it a close game. In the end they still outscored the Wiz 35-18 in the 4th quarter despite the loss...
     
  7. May 18, 2015 #47 of 107
    coolman302003

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    The conference finals matchups are finally set now…

    Eastern Conference Finals
    (1) Atlanta vs. (2) Cleveland
    Game 1 -- Wed. May 20, Cleveland at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m., TNT
    Game 2 -- Fri. May 22, Cleveland at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m., TNT
    Game 3 -- Sun. May 24, Atlanta at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m., TNT
    Game 4 -- Tue. May 26, Atlanta at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m., TNT
    Game 5 * -- Thu. May 28, Cleveland at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m., TNT
    Game 6 * -- Sat. May 30, Atlanta at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m., TNT
    Game 7 * -- Mon. June 1, Cleveland at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m., TNT

    Western Conference Finals
    (1) Golden State vs. (2) Houston
    Game 1 -- Tue. May 19, Houston at Golden State, 9 p.m., ESPN
    Game 2 -- Thu. May 21, Houston at Golden State, 9 p.m., ESPN
    Game 3 -- Sat. May 23, Golden State at Houston, 9 p.m., ESPN
    Game 4 -- Mon. May 25, Golden State at Houston, 9 p.m., ESPN
    Game 5 * -- Wed. May 27, Houston at Golden State 9 p.m., ESPN
    Game 6 * -- Fri. May 29, Golden State at Houston, 9 p.m., ESPN
    Game 7 * -- Sun. May 31 Houston at Golden State, 9 p.m., ESPN
    * = if necessary
    All times are Eastern

    Source of schedule: http://www.nba.com/2015/news/05/15/eastern-conference-finals-schedule/
     
  8. May 18, 2015 #48 of 107
    coolman302003

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    Clippers... wow that has to be really tough on their team, coming up short again in the Semis. Clippers have never been to the Conf. Finals or later rounds apparently. I don't know what happened after the 3rd quarter of game 6; I for sure thought they had that game in the books. They were outscored 40-15 in the 4th quarter of game 6.
    Then after "giving away the game" as coach Rivers said afterwards, having to go back to Houston and try to find a way to overcome that game on Friday was going to be tough. And, of course now we know they couldn't find a way to win, also never had a lead the entire game.

    Houston joins only 8 other teams in the NBA playoffs to come back to win a 7 game series after a 3-1 deficit, becoming the 9th to do so. Interestingly, Houston came back from 3-1 in 1995 to defeat the Phoenix Suns in the semifinals that year and ultimately won the NBA championship that year defeating the Orlando Magic.
    My opinion though is neither Clippers nor Houston could beat the Warriors ultimately in a seven game series, including the two teams remaining in the East (Atlanta & Cleveland). However…we shall see.


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    I’m happy for Coach Bud at Atlanta (who was the Spurs assistant coach for 16 seasons) with how far he has come with that team this year compared to a year ago. Wish them the best of luck against Cleveland. :) :righton:

    In the end....we have the #1 & #2 seeded teams for the Eastern and Western conferences, respectively.
     
  9. May 18, 2015 #49 of 107
    joshjr

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    I think the Clippers just ran out of gas which makes me wonder if they would of had anything left in the tank for Golden State even if they had won game 6 or 7 against Houston. I think the Clippers are a better team then the Rockets but they couldn't prove it. Next year OKC will be back in the mix and who knows if the Clippers will resign DeAndre Jordan. This was the year for them to do it. Beating the Spurs took alot out of them. Been a pretty good playoffs for the west though.
     
  10. May 18, 2015 #50 of 107
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    I missed both of the game sevens somehow... I was watching the Clippers fall apart in game six, though. It was really strange. They were up about 20 and the announcers were making stuff up to talk about to pad the time... then the Clippers relaxed, Houston had subs in... and started making shots... then the Clippers stopped doing anything at all... and it seemed like in the blink of an eye they had it down to single digits... the announcers were saying things like, "this isn't going to happen is it?" And it did... it went from a 5 point deficit to a 9 point lead in what seemed like no time at all for Houston. I was watching the whole thing and it didn't feel real. Hard not to credit Houston for that comeback... but as far down as they were at that point, it didn't look good until it suddenly did!

    The Clippers... started that series 1-1 without Chris Paul... could have been up 2-0 without him... and definitely were up 3-1 and in control. Then it all went upside down for them.

    Interestingly... both Golden State and Houston each have one of those down-by-twenty comebacks in the 4th quarter this year in the playoffs... I do think the Warriors are the best team, but I could see this being interesting if Houston continues to play we-won't-quit style.

    I can't even begin to pick Atlanta vs Cleveland. Both teams have some injury issues... Cleveland has LeBron... Atlanta plays inconsistently... LeBron has taken a worse/less-talented Cleveland team to the finals before... but also Atlanta could suddenly wake-up.
     
  11. May 18, 2015 #51 of 107
    inkahauts

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    While the east finals will likely go seven games IMHO I kind of expect the west to go in five or six. However it wouldn't surprise me if the Warriors wiped out Huston in four. I think the Warriors or so far above the rest of the field. I also pick them to win in four to six games on the finals depending on who they face. I just don't think anyone is going to be able to keep up.
     
  12. May 19, 2015 #52 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    The problem with Houston is... they will beat themselves... BUT, they also are capable of playing really well. I have to think that makes them a hard team to prepare for in some ways. With the Warriors, they play pretty consistently, it's just some games they shoot better than others... They aren't easy to beat, but I think you can prepare for them.

    So... IF the good Houston shows up, it could be a long series. IF the bad Houston shows up, it could end quickly and painfully!
     
  13. May 22, 2015 #53 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    Well... two really good games so far in the West. Can't get a bead on the series yet, though because the games have been so close.

    Meanwhile, because I'm in the mood for self-promotion... and it is NBA related, even if my Charlotte Hornets aren't in the playoffs, for no reason other than I drew it over the last couple of days... here's a pretty picture for everyone!

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    You won't go wrong picking the Warriors to beat Houston.... Says this fair weather fan of NBA.
     
  15. May 22, 2015 #55 of 107
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    I'm very impressed that the Warriors won tonight because of a major defensive stand against harden in the last seconds when Dwight Howard played hot potato with the basketball...
     
  16. May 22, 2015 #56 of 107
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    My only question: Does Harden ever not travel? He had a fab. game last night, better stats than Curry, though stats never tells it all.
     
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    Stewart Vernon

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    There are a few guys, like Harden, that I swear they take extra steps a lot of the time. I'm not sure what really constitutes traveling these days... I mean if you take 9 steps, ok... but sure seems like 5 is often "ok" or at least not called, if it looks fancy while you do it.
     
  18. May 23, 2015 #58 of 107
    coolman302003

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    Hey that's pretty nice, well done! :) :up:
     
  19. May 23, 2015 #59 of 107
    coolman302003

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    Boy..if you're an Atlanta Hawks fan you definitely don't like these stats
    ...On the flip side, for a LeBron/Cavs fan it's excellent. Hehe :grin:

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    Cavaliers could very easily win this in 4 or 5 games now, before the series got started I really thought ATL had a chance and now I admit I'm doubting it A LOT. Cavs were excellent the entire game pretty much and that was without Kyrie, and ATL had Carroll playing. And now with Korver and possibly Horford suffering (game time decision) injuries they are really in trouble more than ever now. Honestly even if they're all healthy for the next game I don't see how they can comeback and win this series. Cavs I admit have had different players step up big and help the team (and LeBron) each game thus far.

    The folks from Inside the NBA seemed to think Cleveland will get it done in 4 game sweep fashion, they also thought ATL double teaming LeBron was unnecessary and just hurt them more as LeBron could just find another teammate to pass it to OR still make the shot over both defenders and/or drawing the foul call and heading to the FT line. And he knows it too that they can't successively guard him.

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  20. May 23, 2015 #60 of 107
    coolman302003

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    Not sure if you saw or not but on Inside the NBA after the Hawks/Cavs game the #1 Nominee for Shaqtin' A Fool was about "Uncalled Travels" :D :lol: Ironically, however none of the clips shown were from Houston players...

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