NBA Season 2012-13. Draft and off-season 2013.

No, I like the dunk too

Last chance this season, James.

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EDIT: Career high 46 points. You can tell James Harden really wanted that W. :'D

Lindsey Hunter coaching Michael Beasely is proof that Karma is real.

Fantasy update! This is week 19. Week 20 is the final week of the regular season. Playoffs are coming.

As such, * have been added to teams that clinched playoff spots already.

Rank....Team........W-L-T.....Pct......GB

Certis
*2.... Handy Men........94-59-0....614......-
*3....Stele's Pacers.....91-60-2.....601.....2
*5....Blind_Ballers.......88-63-2.....582.....5
6...... bad team name....71-77-5.....480...20.5
8......James Spartans....64-87-2.....425....29
12....Citizen86's Lakers...51-98-4.....346...41

Elysium
*1.... Stele's Cardinals.......104-45-4....693.....-
*4.... Handy Boys..............89-63-1.....585.....16.5
7......equally bad team nam...68-84-1...448.....37.5
9......Royce White-Castles...62-87-4.....418.....42
10.... Frosted Rubi-O's.......62-89-2......412.....43
11.... Citizen86's 76ers.......59-91-3......395....45.5

As you can see we're down to 1 open playoff spot from the Elysium Division. Only 8 games separate the last spot, so no one is mathematically out with 9 categories up for grabs each week.

Set your rosters, make the final push for the playoffs!

Poor Brandon Knight.

Pistons are good at getting dunked on. At least they don't back down

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That said, getting banged on is a risk... hell, it's an eventuality for any player who actually plays defense and defends the rim, and all credit to Knight for taking it on the chin.

EDIT: But the sound of that dunk, not just the visuals. Good heavens. I'd have just walked off the court and gone home.

His head was above the rim. And the force he used... Fun stuff. This is why the dunk contest sucks. Because the best dunks are in traffic in the heat of the game.

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De'Andre's look, post-dunk, is simply fantastic.

And Matt Barnes who just turns and runs away like they're all six years old and Jordan just broke a window.

I love that dust effect!

carrotpanic wrote:

I love that dust effect!

Animated gifs are art.

Fantasy playoff bracket:

Quarterfinal
(1) Stele's Cardinals
Bye

Quarterfinal
(4) Stele's Pacers
(5) Blind_Ballers

Quarterfinal
(3) Handy Boys
(6) equally bad team name

Quarterfinal
(2) Handy Men
Bye

A little weird how the seeding goes. Basically there's a chance me and the Handy teams could be facing off against ourselves in the semis, and therefore guaranteed to meet in the finals.

Granted that wouldn't happen if we had separate owners for each team, but it's a little weird nonetheless.

Not sure if I could use my commish powers to switch my Pacers and the Handy Men to opposite byes or just leave it alone?

Anyway if the Blind Ballers or the "equally bad team name" don't bring it this week, we're going to have two people playing with themselves next week.

So how big a disaster is the Bynum/Howard trade for the Sixers now that he will definitely not play a single game for them? They lost Iguodala for practically nothing, not to mention Nic Vucevic who has blossomed into a very productive center in Orlando. I wouldn't be surprised if he made an All-Star team.

It also puts them in a weird negotiating position. It'd be hard to justify giving him market value considering what's happened, but he'll probably get a max contract. The alternative is having traded away 4 or 5 assets for Jason Richardson.

When was the last time a team got a positive return after trading with the Lakers?

EDIT: Now that I think about it, probably the Gasol trade with the Grizzlies but it took a while.

Blind_Evil wrote:

So how big a disaster is the Bynum/Howard trade for the Sixers now that he will definitely not play a single game for them? They lost Iguodala for practically nothing, not to mention Nic Vucevic who has blossomed into a very productive center in Orlando. I wouldn't be surprised if he made an All-Star team.

It also puts them in a weird negotiating position. It'd be hard to justify giving him market value considering what's happened, but he'll probably get a max contract. The alternative is having traded away 4 or 5 assets for Jason Richardson.

No, the alternative to not signing him is having the cap space. They don't get the players back, it's a sunk cost. The decision is between the cap space and Andrew Bynum (assuming they're going to spend the money either way).

I doubt cap space is what they wanted going into that trade, though. I also don't think any of the guys they could spend that cap space on are good investments. I don't Chris Paul's heading to Philly, so unless they wanna punt another year and just give bloated one year deals to meet the cap floor, I don't get the plan.

It doesn't matter what they wanted going into the trade. The trade is over. They are left with a choice for the future.

Stele wrote:

Anyway if the Blind Ballers or the "equally bad team name" don't bring it this week, we're going to have two people playing with themselves next week. :oops:

How'd that work out?

I don't think there has been one post in here about the Heat's win streak. Are you rooting for them to break the record or against them? Since the Pistons couldn't stop them, I'm rooting for them because it's exciting and I like seeing sports history. I actually *gasp* like LeBron at this point.

Well Stele's Pacers lost a tight one 5-4, and the Handy Boys got rocked 6-3. Now can "equally bad team name" handle the Handy Men?

And there is a consolation 5th place game for Pacers vs Boys.

This week's playoff matchups:

Semifinal
(1) Stele's Cardinals
(5) Blind_Ballers

Semifinal
(6) equally bad team name
(2) Handy Men

5th Place Game
(4) Stele's Pacers
(3) Handy Boys

carrotpanic wrote:

I don't think there has been one post in here about the Heat's win streak. Are you rooting for them to break the record or against them? Since the Pistons couldn't stop them, I'm rooting for them because it's exciting and I like seeing sports history. I actually *gasp* like LeBron at this point.

I hate the Heat. I didn't want to talk about it until it is over.

Go Bulls. Go Spurs. Someone stop this madness.

I think the streak record is kind of silly. Especially with the disparity in the East and imminent tanking for draft position. It matters more to me for the home field advantage in the NBA Finals. I have also been a LeBron apologist for years. I wasn't offended by The Decision. I hope Cleveland is taking notes from OKC on how to keep a superstar past their rookie contract too.

hehehehe.

Miami.

hehehehe.

Our long national nightmare is finally over.

Interesting from ESPN Stats & Info on twitter:

Bulls: one of 3 teams with winning record vs Heat this season (Knicks, Pacers)

So the Heat's ride to the finals isn't exactly guaranteed since they have a losing record vs 3 eastern conference teams.

I'm happy to see it end. I wasn't around for the Lakers streak but I'm still glad it belongs to them.

Oops. Fantasy finals started yesterday. I was a little distracted with Louisville news and never thought about the NBA.

Final
(1) Stele's Cardinals
(2) Handy Men

3rd Place Game
(5) Blind_Ballers
(6) equally bad team name

And the Handy Boys defeated my Pacers for the 5th place game.

RE: Lakers Conspiracy,

Seems legitimate. It can probably look bad given the opportunity to cherry pick any one team, but some of those were egregious. Lots of potential motives to keep the Lakers in the play-offs.