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Old 03-01-2019, 07:11 PM
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Fred Van Vleet is out with thumb surgery for a month (fuckin THANKS DRAYMOND "Draymond Rule" GREEN FOR THAT).
It was Vallancuinas (who's no longer a Raptor, now, anyway) who was whacked by Green, not Van Vleet.

Finally getting a chance to see what the Blazers look like, tonight, against TO. Portland has the best west record against the east, while the Raptors have the best east record against the west.
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It was Vallancuinas (who's no longer a Raptor, now, anyway) who was whacked by Green, not Van Vleet.

Finally getting a chance to see what the Blazers look like, tonight, against TO. Portland has the best west record against the east, while the Raptors have the best east record against the west.
Portland damn near carried it off, too. Came back from a 16 point deficit and were tied with only a few seconds left, when Leonard hit that last second bucket. I have to wonder if things would have gone differently if Kantor had been able to overcome his visa problems. Nurkic getting into foul trouble right away didn't help things, either. The Blazers tend to do well against powerhouse teams, for some reason. They totally owned GS just before the All Star Break.
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I'm not confident the Raptors will get past the Pistons (let alone the Bucks) if they meet in the play-offs.
The Blazers will upset the Warriors if they meet.
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Old 03-08-2019, 01:18 PM
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Well, OKC swept the Blazers this season. That was one tough game for all concerned. Psycho Boy (Westbrook) was in fine form as his disturbed self, knocking Nurkic to the floor for no particular reason and taunting the crowd. Nurkic ultimately got himself ejected, which possibly cost them the game in overtime. Lillard scored 51 points in the effort, and Enes Kanter showed why his last team got rid of him: the guy is nearly useless under the defensive basket. So the 3-way tie for 3rd place in the West has been broken, with OKC in 3rd and POR and HOU tied for 4th.
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Well, OKC swept the Blazers this season. That was one tough game for all concerned. Psycho Boy (Westbrook) was in fine form as his disturbed self, knocking Nurkic to the floor for no particular reason and taunting the crowd.
No reason at all.
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I really don't see that as an intentional trip, just big feet trying to get traction to get underway down court. Westbrook overreacted, as usual, because he's a fucking loonie.
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Yep, it's not like there's video evidence of Nurkic running at an angle INTO Westbrook, putting his foot under him, and then immediately cutting back away...


Don't get me wrong, Westbrook absolutely overreacted, but Nurkic had it coming.
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Yep, it's not like there's video evidence of Nurkic running at an angle INTO Westbrook, putting his foot under him, and then immediately cutting back away...


Don't get me wrong, Westbrook absolutely overreacted, but Nurkic had it coming.
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:54 AM
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McCollum is out for at least a week with a strained knee. Could have been much worse with the fall he took. Even without him, the Blazers were able to hold off Indiana to hang on to the hotly contested 4th slot in the west. Big games from several players, not the least of whom was the skinny new guy, Zach Collins, who had at least three blocked shots. The kid is a real competitor, always scrapping for rebounds and defending like his life depended on it. If he puts on another 20 pounds or so of muscle, he'll be formidable.

Glad to see the NBA finally had enough of OKC's loony boy's antics and suspended him for a game. I hope he got slapped with a hefty fine, as well.
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Holy crap, the Nuggets are tied with GS for #1 seed in the West. They've got one more head to head matchup. What a stunner, and huge advantage for Denver, if they could actually take home court throughout the playoffs.
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Holy crap, the Nuggets are tied with GS for #1 seed in the West. They've got one more head to head matchup. What a stunner, and huge advantage for Denver, if they could actually take home court throughout the playoffs.
They have a fairly brutal schedule down the stretch. Though beating Indiana and Boston helped. Last I checked a few games ago, it was something like 11 games left against winning teams, while the Rockets only had something like 6 against the same. The Nuggets still have as difficult games: @Indy, Detroit, @Houston, @OKC (all in a row), then @GS, San Antonio, home and home with Portland, @Utah. Not the easiest road home.

GS has: Indy, Detroit, Denver, and the Clippers. Plus a lot of cupcakes.

The Nuggets have played great this year though, and they certainly have a shot at the top seed.
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Wow, Nuggets got their doors blown off in Indiana last night. It was the 3rd road game in 4 days, so not too concerned. Only a half game behind GSW and a mildly comfortable 3 games up on Houston for the 2 seed.

The playoff teams are basically set for the West. Just need to determine seeding. The East, on the other hand, has a couple teams knocking on the door and any one of Miami, Detroit or Brooklyn could fall out if they slump.
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The Blazers are pretty solidly in 4th, if they don't screw the pooch in these last few games. After knocking off Detroit, they host Brooklyn tonight, which should be an easy win, but they've been known to choke against bad teams in the past. They may not catch Houston, but who knows.
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More bad news for the Blazers. Jusuf Nurkic suffered a compound fracture to his left leg during the 2OT game with Brooklyn, and is out for the season. If Portland had any chance at advancing past the first round, this may have killed it. The guy is a monster in the middle and none of the other big men can do what he does.
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Pacers are on national TV again tomorrow night, facing Paul George and the Thunder on ESPN. Our previous game against them, on the 14th, saw us come back from down 19 to defeat the Thunder for the first time since PG-13 was traded there before last season.
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They caught Houston. No thanks to the Rockets role players stinking up the gym from outside. Not sure whether the Blazers can hang on, though I think the Rockets may give them some more help with another loss to Denver tomorrow if the Rockets don't pull their heads from their butts.

Really sucks about Nurkic. Despite how bad the injury looked, the word is that he can make a full recovery, which is fantastic.
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Pacers are on national TV again tomorrow night, facing Paul George and the Thunder on ESPN. Our previous game against them, on the 14th, saw us come back from down 19 to defeat the Thunder for the first time since PG-13 was traded there before last season.
Tough schedule lately for the Pacers. Every time I turn on ESPN, it seems like they're playing one or another of the Western Conference's best: OKC, Denver, Golden State, Portland, the Clippers. Then you've got two more with Detroit and two more with Boston. Not easy.
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Four games out of first spot with only seven games remaining, it doesn't look like the Raptors will catch the Bucks, despite the former's walk in the park remaining match-ups against the Knicks, Bulls, Magic, Nets, Hornets, Heat, and Timberwolves.

Home court advantage would have been nice. Some have argued, well, Milwaukee lost in TO, while TO lost in Milwaukee, thereby tossing home court advantage out the window, but, nah, shit's different in the play-offs: home court, throughout the entire play-offs, would've been absolutely key.

Crossing fingers, for the Raptors' sake, the Pistons don't make the play-offs, who are currently in a crazy mad dash to make the play-offs with Miami, Brooklyn, Orlando and Charlotte - all of them within 2.5 games of each other.

Some have complained about all the load management Kawhi's been getting all season, but when you factor his playing only nine games last season, along with their 14-5 record without him on the roster, I have not the slightest problem with his LM. To have Kawhi as rested as possible going into the play-offs is completely in the Raps' interests.

I'd be surprised if they lost to either Boston or Philly in the play-offs (despite both their obviously talented rosters), but have doubts TO would get past Detroit or Milwaukee.
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What's with this trend of home teams wearing dark colors? Thought they traditionally wear white.
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LeBron is done for the season before April even starts...that's not going to help against those who said going West would not serve him well.
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A really horrible game between the Blazers and the Pistons the other night. Combined score for both teams in the 1st quarter was 25 points. Neither team ever really got rolling, and the Pistons won a game that they should not have been close in. They redeemed themselves against Chicago, anyway. Kantor is really stepping up in the middle, and the rest of the team is also working hard to take up the slack of missing CJ McCollum and Nurc. Evan Turner had a triple-double last night, which was completely out of character for him.
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The Wizards finally fired their useless shit-for-brains GM Ernie Grunfeld, at least a decade too late. Unfortunately his legacy of clueless idiocy is going to fuck the team for probably another decade.
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The Wizards finally fired their useless shit-for-brains GM Ernie Grunfeld, at least a decade too late. Unfortunately his legacy of clueless idiocy is going to fuck the team for probably another decade.
As a fan of the Rockets, and therefore no stranger to albatross contracts, the John Wall extension is breathtaking for how astonishingly bad it is. 4 more years, at near 170 million dollars total cost. It was bad before his Achilles injury and is now probably the worst contract in the NBA.

OTOH, the Wizards still have Beal, and most of their hideous contracts besides Mahinmi's come off the books at the end of this year. Jabari Parker might not be completely terrible, and if he is, it expires next year anyway. They managed to get rid of Porter's silly contract. But yeah, Grunfeld is one of the worst GM's I've seen in near any professional sport.
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Bummer for the Nuggets last night with their loss to the Warriors, though not totally unexpected. Rockets are only a game and a half back, and hopefully the Blazers and Nuggets can beat on each other for a bit. 2 seed isn't a complete pipe dream for the Rockets, which would have been complete crazy talk back in October. Weird season.
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Washington is a really snakebitten franchise. Haven't had 50 regular season wins or an advancement beyond the second round of the playoffs since 1979.
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Bummer for the Nuggets last night with their loss to the Warriors, though not totally unexpected. Rockets are only a game and a half back, and hopefully the Blazers and Nuggets can beat on each other for a bit. 2 seed isn't a complete pipe dream for the Rockets, which would have been complete crazy talk back in October. Weird season.
Portland and Denver play back-to-back games over the next few days. Gonna be a tough go for both of them.
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Portland and Denver play back-to-back games over the next few days. Gonna be a tough go for both of them.
It certainly will be. OTOH, at least both are pretty much assured of first round home court advantage, even if there's jostling to avoid having to face the Warriors in the 2nd round. Denver -6.5, per ESPN.

I didn't realize that Portland still won 11 of their last 13 since Nurkic went down. Pretty resilient, especially since McCollum's been out for a lot of those games too, including tonight's.

I just hope the Rockets don't play down to their opponents again, and play tonight's Knicks game in a manner that allows some rest for their elderly players. They can't rest Paul, Tucker, or Nene, not with the 2 seed conceivably available, but they 'should' be able to beat the Knicks without needing 25+ minutes from any of them.

Hurry up playoffs, already.

In other news, it wasn't the best night to be a Philly fan. Not only did Milwaukee beat them on their home court, but there was a nice 26-18 foul discrepancy, and a hilarious 43-18 free throw difference. I guess the league has picked their next star.
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It was a tough game, with Denver containing Lillard and holding him to 14 points. Kantor had another great game, despite being mugged by Jokic, and Turner lit it up for a third game in a row. Unfortunately Seth Curry was out, or they might have pulled it off. Denver was just too strong at the end. We'll see what happens on Sunday at home.
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Magic Johnson just stepped down. Seriously, like 10 minutes ago.

"So Magic Johnson just called an impromptu press conference after Luke Walton got done and he announced he’s stepping down as president. Whoa."

https://twitter.com/PaoloUggetti/sta...823277057?s=19

He said he loved Jeanie Buss like a sister. He didn't mention that he just fucked her like a bitch.

Eta: Lol, just hearing that he didn't tell Jeanie before telling the press: "I just couldn't do it."

What a disaster!

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Magic Johnson just stepped down. Seriously, like 10 minutes ago.

"So Magic Johnson just called an impromptu press conference after Luke Walton got done and he announced hes stepping down as president. Whoa."

https://twitter.com/PaoloUggetti/sta...823277057?s=19

He said he loved Jeanie Buss like a sister. He didn't mention that he just fucked her like a bitch.

Eta: Lol, just hearing that he didn't tell Jeanie before telling the press: "I just couldn't do it."

What a disaster!
Clown shoes. Wonder why he bailed out so abruptly? It's usually legal trouble or other shenanigans when we see this kind of turnover in other arenas, though at least Magic spared us the, "I just want to spend more time with my family," schtick.

In other news, the Rockets couldn't stand prosperity, and choked away an, at times, 15 point lead to lose by a point to the Thunder. Right after the Nuggets master plan collapsed with their losing to the Jazz. 2 seed right for the taking, and now, with the Blazers getting a buzzer beater to come from behind to beat the Lakers, it's entirely possible the Rockets can fall to the 4th seed in the West.

Got only themselves to blame.
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I get the feeling he believed he was gonna get axed and decided to quit first. Aside from "landing" LeBron, his tenure as president of basketball operations was notably incompetent.
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Harden's at it again. Tell me again that he doesn't get away with blatant shit to draw fouls.
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makes you wonder if Phil Jackson might be thinking of being gm or coaching or both in la again......

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makes you wonder if Phil Jackson might be thinking of being gm or coaching or both in la again......
Hahahahaha! Now that's funny. If you know any Laker fans and want to make their day worse, suggest he take on those dual roles to them or just that he take the GM job. I think he might have health challenges that would preclude him from flying with a team everywhere.
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I admit that the Magic thing is kind of an interesting story, but ESPN is covering it like a sitting president got caught having an affair with another foreign leader. Seriously, SportsCenter this morning was wall-to-wall Magic Johnson. He was a mediocre team president for like two years, i get that he was a big star, but why is this getting "Story of the Year" coverage? Are they that desperate for talking points?
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::whew - Raptors won't have to face the Pistons first round::

Concerned about Kyle Lowry - not just his back, but both ankles. I foresee Van Vleet having to fill in and raise his already fine game to a whole new level. Interesting to see if one of the league's most improved players - Pascal Siakam - can maintain in the play-offs what he was doing throughout the season.
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Portland had an entertaining last regular season game with SAC. They played their deep bench folks the entire game and came back from a 28 point deficit to win. Rookie Anfernee Simons had 37 points on the night and Skal Labissiere had 29. I think perhaps coach Stotts had a chat with SAC's coach at half-time and said something to the effect of "Hey, come on, are you really going to play your first string the entire game against a bunch of rookies? How about leveling the playing field here."

So now POR will play OKC and Mr. Psycho in the opening playoff round.

Chisquirrel: Harden's been a sneaky fucker since forever. All that flailing around, grabbing, holding, hooking. Without his cheating ways, he'd be an ordinary player.
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I'm not expecting great things from the home team, but the West brackets really line up nicely for the Spurs. We get to avoid both Houston and GSW, until the Conference Finals... and if the Spurs make the Conference Finals, this city will explode.
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The Pacers face the Celtics in the first round, and if we get past them, it's probably the Bucks. We may not have Victor Oladipo, but don't sleep on us.
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Nothing like consistency with the Raptors now having won only one of their ten play-off openers, with a wake-up call losing to Orlando. Lowry was invisible at 0 for 7.
Not that I was expecting four straight.
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Nothing like consistency with the Raptors now having won only one of their ten play-off openers, with a wake-up call losing to Orlando. Lowry was invisible at 0 for 7.
Not that I was expecting four straight.
Was it you who was saying Lowry's ankles were jacked up? If they are, then his performance is a bit easier to understand. You guys should pull it out though, but wow, was Saturday upset day.

Unlike Sunday. Rare to see the Rockets beat the Jazz by 30, with an over 2-1 free throw disparity against them. At home. God only knows how the officiating will be in Utah.

At this point, I just want them to get through this as injury-free as possible, and get on with duking it out with the Warriors.
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I'm not expecting great things from the home team, but the West brackets really line up nicely for the Spurs. We get to avoid both Houston and GSW, until the Conference Finals... and if the Spurs make the Conference Finals, this city will explode.
Ah? no, Spurs are the 7# seed. If they beat Denver and GSW beats the Clippers (which GSW most likely will do,) then it's Spurs vs. Warriors in the conference semis.
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But that's not how that works. That's not how any of this works!

https://www.nba.com/playoffs#/

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Warriors just blew a 31-point lead!
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Portland finally broke their playoff losing streak (10 in a row) with a game one win over OKC. Has to be a huge morale boost. Paul George has an iffy shoulder, which may have affected his shooting early on. If it gets worse, then I don't see OKC winning this series. Portland had some hot shooting, which took pressure off of Kantor inside and allowed him to rack up some impressive stats. Hopefully, POR can pull off game two at home to put more pressure on OKC.
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Nurkic who? Great job winning by 20 and taking a 2-0 lead, Portland. Lots of tying up series left and right.

Hopefully the Rockets can take care of business like the 'Blazers have so far.
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Nurkic who? Great job winning by 20 and taking a 2-0 lead, Portland. Lots of tying up series left and right.

Hopefully the Rockets can take care of business like the 'Blazers have so far.
Yeah, that second half was a barn-burner. Even when Kanter was pulled, Myers Leonard really stepped up with ferocity in the middle. I had to laugh when Big Skinny (Zach Collins) and Markieff Morris got into it. Collins really is fearless. Portland needs to steal one in OKC, or, dare I say it, sweep them.
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So much for a sweep. Portland returned to its aggravating turnover ways, and OKC was finally hitting their shots. The end was rowdy, and the poor sportsmanship by Paul George with a last second showboat dunk pretty much defines that team.
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