2019 NBA Catch-All - It’s Fantastic

Watched Game 3 of Portland-Denver last night and man, what a game. Really happy for Kanter to see him playing so well, even with the injuries.

My confidence was not unfounded, the Raptors evened up the series 2-2. I was having PTSD flashbacks though... we've definitely been struggling, and were it not for Kawhi's beast mode, we surely would have been down or even out by now.

Here's hoping the rest of the team shows up in the coming games. Surely we can't just play the starters all the time? Or is that what you do in playoffs when you have a superstar on the team?

Side note, we are definitely missing OG Anunoby, if only for another big body in there. And Van Vleet and Lowry are too similar, and he's maybe too short? I was glad to see McCaw come in for a few minutes just to give a different look.

Typically in the playoffs most teams will shorten their rotations and play their 7-8 best players.

I’d be pretty nervous as a Toronto fan, not because of just losing the series or the next, but of how hard it’ll be to sell Kawhi on returning considering how much he has to do now.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Typically in the playoffs most teams will shorten their rotations and play their 7-8 best players.

True. But what Toronto's doing is far worse than what teams normally have to do for the playoffs.

Boston gets a ton of foul calls to their favor after bitching the past two games, shot a ton of FTs, and are only up 2 at the half. Then the Bucks let George Hill, Patty C, and Ersan destroy the Celtics in the 3rd quarter with Middleton and Giannis on the bench nearly the last 8 minutes of the quarter with 4 fouls each. Giannis proceeds to eat their soul in the 4th.

Kyrie was terrible on both ends. May do Boston a favor if he leaves. Poor Hayward is a shell of the player he was in Utah.

Rockets fans chanting “New - York - Knicks!” is so savage.

Blind_Evil wrote:

I’d be pretty nervous as a Toronto fan, not because of just losing the series or the next, but of how hard it’ll be to sell Kawhi on returning considering how much he has to do now.

Has to, or wants to? I'm not sure that Kawhi maybe doesn't live for these moments exactly.

If Siakam recovers from his calf contusion and has a stellar game, it will balance things out, hopefully. And perhaps next year OG Anunoby will have a breakout year. This year has been tough for him, mostly off the court (father passing away at the beginning of the season, appendicitis now) that maybe have slowed his development.

gamerparent wrote:
Blind_Evil wrote:

I’d be pretty nervous as a Toronto fan, not because of just losing the series or the next, but of how hard it’ll be to sell Kawhi on returning considering how much he has to do now.

Has to, or wants to? I'm not sure that Kawhi maybe doesn't live for these moments exactly.

i'll go with "has to", at least this round, though he may want to. Siakam had a great game one but once Philly changed to having Embiid guard him he's gone from ultra-efficient guy who constantly attacks the rim to inefficient guy scared to attack the rim. Fair enough, Embiid is incredible defensively, but in games 2-3 Siakam wasn't great and then game four he was playing through injury.

bhchrist wrote:

Then the Bucks let George Hill, Patty C, and Ersan destroy the Celtics in the 3rd quarter with Middleton and Giannis on the bench nearly the last 10 minutes of the quarter with 4 fouls each. Giannis proceeds to eats their soul in the 4th.

Yeah, I watched Celtics-Bucks last night before bed and seeing the Bucks build a comfortable lead with Giannis and Middleton on the bench was something. I think I'd rather see Durant stay with Golden State than team up with Kyrie somewhere else. Let Kyrie sail over the edge of the Earth, team up with a more complete star instead.

Per gamerparent's request, Bucks (95% Giannis) highlights from last night. He joins Hakeem and Shaq as the only players in the past 35 years of the playoffs to put up 35+/15+ in under 35 minutes.

Also, BBallBreakdown does a pretty nice job of looking at a number of the games in under 10 minutes.

Also, Marv Albert has been cooked as a PBP guy for a few years now. Just awful. The mistakes he makes now (misidentifying players, calling 3 pointers when the player's foot is on the top of the key and covering by saying, they are calling it a 2, he had his foot on the line, not tracking substitutions, etc). He was one of the greats, but it is painful listening to him at this point.

I agree with you on Marv, BH. He still has a great voice but I think his mind has started to go, or he just doesn't care as much any longer. He is 77 so it is kind of expected at this point.

Sharing a great article on more than Giannis' upbringing. At 48, I am long past fanboying, but this is as close as I have come since I was a pre-teen.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/03/s...

The Raptors punched the Sixers in the mouth tonight. Brown pulled all his starters with 8 minutes and down by 30.

Boy are the Raptors fun when everyone is firing.

The Raps and Bucks starters are as closely matched as any. The bench is the question.

So hard watching the Blazers when they struggle thinking what could have been without that injury before the playoffs.

Man, Denver is good. And they keep growing up as the playoffs go on.

And just like that Ty Lue went from being the Lakers' next coach to "Nah, I'm good."

@taniaganguli wrote:

The Lakers have decided to move on from Ty Lue as they search for their next head coach, having determined he isn't the right long-term fit for the organization, according to a team source.

@BA_Turner wrote:

Ty Lue and his representatives have informed the Lakers that he is moving on from trying to be hired as the Lakers' new coach, sources. Lue and his reps thanked the Lakers.

Things sounding pretty good over at Knicks West.

Might as well rename them the Black Clouds.

Oh man. I'm shocked that after LeBron drove Ty Lue to panic attacks and Kevin Love into long sabbaticals to deal with anxiety that he didn't sign up for more of that.

Wild end to the first half, Bucks on a run, Celtics melting down.

Yeah, Milwaukee appears to be getting the Celtics up out of here in 5.

I was wondering why Amin Elhassan's Cancun meter was showing up in my feed.

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Currently 76-60 in the 3rd, and I'd Boston just managed to tip a rebound they should've had out of bounds. So a solid 3.

EDIT: 2 and rising.

Kyrie, meanwhile, is literally on the Banana Boat.

Also, heckuva job of predicting there by Paul Pierce.

lol

Good stuff, Prederick. I love the Cancun memes.

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And to think, I bought into the Celtics as a 60+-win team who'd challenge Golden State in the Finals.

Durant hurt and out of the game.

Houston back on top from 20 down.

Oh sh*t.

I hope that’s not what it looked like, but it would change the face of the NBA for this playoffs and beyond.

If it is the worst case, I think Durant’s game could survive it long term, so I’m not worried about his career, but wow.

I’m so tired of Draymond Green.