2015 NBA Playoffs - Discussion

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  1. Jun 5, 2015 #81 of 107
    Laxguy

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    Hope you're right, Stewart- and isn't it good that Klay Thompson is back, looking healthy?
     
  2. Jun 5, 2015 #82 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    Yeah, Klay seemed his normal self talking after the game... so that was good. He started slow, but then so did most of the Warriors. They can't start slow like that unless they want every game to be a nail-biter... That's the one thing that can help Cleveland out... IF Golden State starts slow, it gives Cleveland a chance to build early confidence... and that makes a world of difference... but if the Warriors start out hot, I think that will kill some of the Cleveland players confidence... not LeBron, but the rest of the guys I mean.
     
  3. Jun 8, 2015 #83 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    Well, that was a bit of a surprise. Although I guess maybe it shouldn't have been. Cleveland has actually played better defense in the playoffs without Kyrie. IF they can keep up that defense, Golden State might have a problem. Golden State gets hot and it doesn't matter... but if they are just ok to good, consistent defense causes them a bit of a problem.

    The problem for Cleveland is trying to outscore Golden State... IF they can keep the game slower, they don't need to score as much.
     
  4. Jun 8, 2015 #84 of 107
    inkahauts

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    Golden state didn't play their game tonight, this 8 days off then two days off is destroying their rhythm. they will be better on every other day the rest of the week i think. I have a feeling they will get it back....
     
  5. Jun 8, 2015 #85 of 107
    Laxguy

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    Certainly makes game three rather more interesting!
     
  6. Jun 8, 2015 #86 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    I forgot to add... while I was rooting for Golden State to pull it out, there were a couple of times down the stretch (and the announcers nailed it) that LeBron was clearly fouled and did not get the call. He was also held on that late jump ball that he ended up catching instead of tipping. To that end, I was okay that Cleveland won because they had earned it. I would hate to have had to look back at those bad no-calls and feel like they got ripped off of a win.
     
  7. Jun 10, 2015 #87 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    Some fun with words to describe this series so far...

    The Cavaliers have been playing like warriors while the Warriors have been playing, well, a little cavalier so far.

    That pretty much sums up how we get to where we are.
     
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  8. Jun 10, 2015 #88 of 107
    Laxguy

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    Like the way you put that, Stewart, but don't like the truth in it!
     
  9. Jun 10, 2015 #89 of 107
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    The only thing that keeps James from beening the perfect player is that he plays for the wrong city.
     
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    Stewart Vernon

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    I hear you... I have been rooting for Golden State... but when you really watch how much harder Cleveland is working, it's hard to actually root against them. I'm just about to the point where I'll be ok no matter who wins.
     
  11. Jun 11, 2015 #91 of 107
    inkahauts

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    If the Warriors get back to playing entire games the way they played the fourth quarter which is how they played the first three series they will still win this. If not......

    They completely lost their rhythm with way to many days off then had their expectations raised way to high when Irving went down that they sort of got lost in a haze. It's really up to Kerr IMHO to get them mentally ready for the next game and win. It's all mental at this point and everyone on Cleveland is playing like it doesn't matter if they lose they just want to play. Zero expectations on them now.

    There's really no excuse for either team not winning, especially the Warriors. It's simply a matter of who will outplay who, not who didn't play as good as they could IMHO.
     
  12. Jun 11, 2015 #92 of 107
    Laxguy

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    Can't wait for tip off! I may even watch live!! :)
     
  13. Jun 11, 2015 #93 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    I always watch these sorts of things live. The rare exception is when I have to be out of the house and then it's hard to cutoff contact and not find out the results before I get home to watch. Whenever I am able to be home (which is most of the time) I always watch sports live.
     
  14. Jun 11, 2015 #94 of 107
    Laxguy

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    I'm fortunate in that I can manage to avoid spoilers most of the time, so I can record and watch a bit later. My wife feels the same, so there's no conflict. But it means avoiding e-mails and web browsing. Or watching ESPN sports events due to their incessant crawls.
     
  15. Jun 12, 2015 #95 of 107
    inkahauts

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    I try and start late but soon enough to get to live right around the end of the game.

    Great game tonight. Warriors are finally getting back in sync. :)
     
  16. Jun 12, 2015 #96 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    Tonight was more of what I had expected the series to be once Irving was down... Warriors trying to run the Cavaliers ragged, and it's ok to miss shots IF the volume of shots goes up and you get more possessions by rebounding and scrapping for the ball. Couple that with Cavalier fatigue and you get what happened tonight.

    A couple of days rest, however, and we'll see if any of this sticks for the next game OR if we go back to more of the slowdown stuff.

    I'm not surprised how we got here... but I'm surprised how we got here. If that makes sense... I always figured Warriors winning 4-2... but the way the games have gone, tonight is the only game with a clear win for them. They could just as easily be down 3-1 instead of tied 2-2... and IF this thing somehow goes to 7 games... even with home court advantage, I'd be scared of the Cavaliers having one more trick up their sleeves... so if Golden State wants this, I strongly recommend they get the next 2 games and not let Cleveland get a foothold again.
     
  17. Jun 12, 2015 #97 of 107
    Laxguy

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    Agree, agree. Nice to see some rebounds by the W's! And for Curry to get at least warm!
     
  18. Jun 15, 2015 #98 of 107
    Stewart Vernon

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    Wish I had posted this before the game... not a prediction on the game itself, but rather the eventual outcome of the series.

    My feeling going into tonight was that the winner of game 5 should win the series. Golden State should be the superior team, even though Cleveland has the superior single player. It was tied 2-2 going into tonight, but could just as easily have been 3-1 in favor of Cleveland.

    So... my feeling was, IF Cleveland won tonight... they should win the series because Golden State would have to win 2 games in a row to close out in game 7 BUT only Cleveland had won 2 games in a row in this series so it seemed unlikely that Golden State would suddenly be able to do that in games 6 and 7. The flip side... IF Golden State wins then Cleveland would have to win both final games... and while they had done it already in the series, I liked the odds of Golden State not having 2 cold games in a row after having 2 good games in a row.

    Now... we'll see if my logic pans out. I'm not saying this won't go to game 7... Cleveland could go back home and win game 6... and Golden State should be scared about that and want this series to be over... but I give them the slight edge that IF game 6 looks obviously like a Cleveland win, Golden State could pack it in early and rest for game 7 whereas Cleveland has to go into game 6 as hard as they have gone every game so far.
     
  19. Jun 15, 2015 #99 of 107
    Laxguy

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    Warriors, 4-2. Just my take.
     
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    Yep, I think so too
     

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