2019 NBA Catch-All - It’s Fantastic

Prederick wrote:

Kyrie, meanwhile, is literally on the Banana Boat.

Stele wrote:

Durant hurt and out of the game.

Only way tonight would have been worse for Knicks fans is if they held the lottery.

Seems KD had gotten away with only a strain, which I hope is the case.

It could be weirdly good luck for Golden State. I've seen it mentioned a couple of times that Houston would actually prefer KD get 40 points on iso plays if it keeps Steph and Klay from finding a rhythm and eventually cooking, and it kind of makes sense. Force the "true" Warriors to actually show up and this series may just be over.

... Then KD makes a return just in time to deal with whoever wins the East.

Pretendbeard wrote:

... Then KD makes a return just in time to get dealt with by the Bucks.

Fixed it!

What a stinker! Glad Toronto has home court advantage for Game 7. I shouldn't feel too bad, Denver and Portland are also going to Game 7. Maybe even GSW and HOU will too... That would make for a thrilling Sunday!

Kenny Smith has a great point after the game 6 win. All the great teams he’s been on we’re not bothered in a 2-2 series because they knew they only had two win 2/3 games and the Raptors have home court advantage. Win the two at home and lose on the road, it doesn’t matter since you’re convinced they other team isn’t going to beat you 2/3 times. He figures the Raptors fit that.

I think Scott Van Pelt joked last night that Golden State should consider not even having Steph and Klay make the trip to Houston for Game 6. Game 7 is early on Sunday, which is just less recovery time.

Was thinking how messed up it would be for the Warriors to win anyway, celebrating moving on without the Splash Brothers.

Vector wrote:

Kenny Smith has a great point after the game 6 win. All the great teams he’s been on we’re not bothered in a 2-2 series because they knew they only had two win 2/3 games and the Raptors have home court advantage. Win the two at home and lose on the road, it doesn’t matter since you’re convinced they other team isn’t going to beat you 2/3 times. He figures the Raptors fit that.

These teams are playing 6 1/2 players basically. Kawhi is playing 40+ and it looks like it is wearing on him, based on his shooting. Most all the starters on both teams are playing heavy minutes. It will be interesting to see how their legs are for whoever advances. I believe the games shift to an every-other-day format in the Conference Championship round. Embiid may fall apart entirely if it is Philly. I am getting antsy waiting until next Wednesday.

bhchrist wrote:
Vector wrote:

Kenny Smith has a great point after the game 6 win. All the great teams he’s been on we’re not bothered in a 2-2 series because they knew they only had two win 2/3 games and the Raptors have home court advantage. Win the two at home and lose on the road, it doesn’t matter since you’re convinced they other team isn’t going to beat you 2/3 times. He figures the Raptors fit that.

These teams are playing 6 1/2 players basically. Kawhi is playing 40+ and it looks like it is wearing on him, based on his shooting. Most all the starters on both teams are playing heavy minutes. It will be interesting to see how their legs are for whoever advances. I believe the games shift to an every-other-day format in the Conference Championship round. Embiid may fall apart entirely if it is Philly. I am getting antsy waiting until next Wednesday.

What's wild is that they put in subs last night and the Toronto subs got within 11.

Meanwhile in Portland Zach Collins and Rodney Hood were the main reason the Blazers won.

I know there are a lot more variables than just "freshness" going on there, but it seems like almost every coach in the playoffs right now has an unnecessarily tight rotation.

I just hope the Sixers can manage a game 7 win. Meek > Drake.

DSGamer wrote:
bhchrist wrote:
Vector wrote:

Kenny Smith has a great point after the game 6 win. All the great teams he’s been on we’re not bothered in a 2-2 series because they knew they only had two win 2/3 games and the Raptors have home court advantage. Win the two at home and lose on the road, it doesn’t matter since you’re convinced they other team isn’t going to beat you 2/3 times. He figures the Raptors fit that.

These teams are playing 6 1/2 players basically. Kawhi is playing 40+ and it looks like it is wearing on him, based on his shooting. Most all the starters on both teams are playing heavy minutes. It will be interesting to see how their legs are for whoever advances. I believe the games shift to an every-other-day format in the Conference Championship round. Embiid may fall apart entirely if it is Philly. I am getting antsy waiting until next Wednesday.

What's wild is that they put in subs last night and the Toronto subs got within 11.

Meanwhile in Portland Zach Collins and Rodney Hood were the main reason the Blazers won.

I know there are a lot more variables than just "freshness" going on there, but it seems like almost every coach in the playoffs right now has an unnecessarily tight rotation.

Agreed. The Bucks have been an obvious exception, even with Brogdon out until the last game vs. the Celtics. Plus, obviously, they will have 3 fewer games on their legs.

Top 5 MPG in the playoffs for Milwaukee

Middleton - 32.8
Giannis - 31.4
Patt Freaking Connaughton - 28.4

9 players between 18.9 and 32.8 and Brogdon played 17 in his first game back. He should play significant minutes going forward, based on how he looked.

Warriors have only 5 players in that range (4 over 36), with Looney just outside at 17.9, Houston (4 over 35), Philly (3 over 33), and Toronto have 7 (3 over 33).

Portland has been the closest, though the numbers for them and Denver are skewed by the 4OT game.

OG missing for Toronto has been a big blow.

TheGameguru wrote:

I just hope the Sixers can manage a game 7 win. Meek > Drake.

Agree. On both counts.

You people are monsters and never want me to enjoy nice things.

I am not sure who is worse, Kawhi who quit on a team and took money from them or Embiid who is a punk. I guess I would prefer the Raptors to win for guys like Lowry and Gasol.

Tie game halfway through the 2nd quarter in tonight's game when Curry has 0 points is something.

Draymond is my hero. Flop against the flopper.

Great f**king job, Houston. At home, no KD, and you're about to lose anyway.

SPLASH BROS!

2 game 7s is enough for Sunday, we didn't need a third.

Something significant has to change in Houston. Maybe they can trade Paul to the Lakers for some young players.

Sundays gonna be funnnnnnnn!

LeapingGnome wrote:

Something significant has to change in Houston. Maybe they can trade Paul to the Lakers for some young players.

Their only adjustment will be that next year they will take 10,000 3s.

So who was Emilia Clarke rooting for, I wonder?

Rat Boy wrote:

So who was Emilia Clarke rooting for, I wonder?

Drogon Green, Khal Thompson, and Jorah Jerebko

I just can’t wait for the Houston officiating analysis where they prove how they also deserved to win the 2019 title.

I’m still really jazzed about that win. Not just Houston losing again, but GS proving that not only can they win without Durant, but they look much better doing it. The ball moved, the bench played. That was like Golden State Classic.

DSGamer wrote:

I just can’t wait for the Houston officiating analysis where they prove how they also deserved to win the 2019 title.

I’m still really jazzed about that win. Not just Houston losing again, but GS proving that not only can they win without Durant, but they look much better doing it. The ball moved, the bench played. That was like Golden State Classic.

Yeah it's interesting. KD is amazing and they're still a great team with him. But they're a different great team without him. Maybe the margin for error is smaller, but it's kind of fun to watch.

As much as Houston gave the Warriors fits, they had opportunities to completely change the complexion of the series. They didn't take advantage of them. And as much as they complain about officiating and how it affected them in game 1, an argument could be made that they were just as likely to be swept. Game 3 went into overtime and game 4 they held Houston to 19 points in the 4th and only lost by 4.

I don't think Houston needs to do anything. They were one of the 2 teams that scared me for the Warriors in the playoffs. Boston collapsed and Houston showed they are at the very least knocking on the door and growing.

Unfortunately, or fortunately if you want a change up at the top of the NBA, the Warriors are just holding on to that edge. And I have no idea what they could do to make themselves better. Not age? Stay healthy? That is less likely when everyone else is getting better and you have fast, young talented teams like the Clippers.

Oh and I didn't mention Milwaukee because they don't scare me. Not that they won't win the title this year, but I would be really happy if they did.

The one thing Houston needs to change is their owner not insisting on ducking the luxury tax. A little more quality on the bench might have made the difference in one of the last two games and not going all-out in one of Chris Paul's last productive years when he has that contract that's going to become an albatross is a bad decision. The owner got what he deserved with the result.

Chris Paul's contract is nuts for sure. I didn't really follow news on him (since he was blocked from going to the Lakers) and only became aware of it on "The Herd" last week. His salary is only going to keep hurting Houston more over the next few years.

But Houston's primary challenge still is the Warriors (if they can avoid the Clippers in the playoffs) who are trying to maintain rather than growing. (and will likely lose KD) They could absolutely be over the hump next season.

Permit me one gloat realization from last night:
There are probably a dozen or more NBA stars that can take over games single handedly. But the reason Steph Curry is the most dangerous (and much less often Klay Thompson) is the effortlessness of how he does it. Now I don't mean that it doesn't take effort on his part. The key is that his ability to 180 the momentum of a game causes the LEAST disruption to the rest of his team.

I see it with all the others: Westbrook, LeBron, Harden, Kawhi, Kyrie, even KD. When they take over, the rest of the team clears out and stands around or doesn't know what to do.

When Steph does it, he works around his teammates and while often times they are just as shocked by the swishes from on high, they are in position to run the normal offence and accustomed to it as opposed to somewhere out of the way. The others demand lanes that take up more than half the court. Steph just needs a 3-4 ft spot or shoots from no man's land and out of the field of play.

Steph didn't invent the dagger three. But he sure has made it an artform.

And one of the key plays last night was the Houston double-team of Steph, which led to 3 passes, and a dagger 3 by Klay. Even when he's "in the zone" he can find a teammate for a better shot.

He’s also frequently getting his shots off screens. Their offense is entirely different when Klay and Steph are getting points by moving and forcing defenders to chase them through screens. It just changes what other options open up for the rest of the team.