NBA 2014-15

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  1. HatterDon

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    This has been a bummer of a "first half" for San Antonio's Spurs, but there have been some saving graces in the media. A series of commercials for a local grocery chain have been mini-comedic vignettes, and now this.

    I'll post a link to the commercials later on.

     
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  2. SoCalJoe

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    Trade deadline was today and OKC, Miami, and Portland were the big winners.

    However, this post is a tribute to Jerome Kersey who passed away at 52 in what appears as a blood clot (he just had knee surgery last week). Portland so identifies itself with the Blazers and their relationship with the players is very similar to Green Bay's w/Packer players. Jerome was one of the more popular players ever to put on the red, white, and black. He was a key component on the great Portland teams of the 90's. Clyde Drexler was the best player,Terry Porter was the leader, and Jerome Kersey & Buck Williams were the heart and soul of the team. He was relentless as a player (probably stemming from his small college upbringing), the team's best defender, and an unbelievable player on the wing on the fastbreak (dude could throw it down with the best of them). Portland fans were happy for him when he was able to get a championship ring w/the Spurs after 11 seasons w/the Blazers. By all accounts as good a person off the court as on it. RIP Jerome.
     
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  3. encorespanish

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    Well said Joe...RIP Jerome!

    And, on the trade deadline note, folks are happy in the frozen tundra of Minnesota as our prodigal son returns home to grace us with 2 months of basketball (if not a few more next year). Yes the legs maybe be tired and old for an NBA player, but KG still has some fire in the belly. And, yes, I fully acknowledge that the best thing that's happened to the Wolves since he left, is his return.
     
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  4. SoCalJoe

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    Knew there was a thread on here somewhere. Playoffs up and running;

    The East….other than DC and Toronto the rest of the first round is noncompetitive.

    The West…4 good teams are going home. My Trailblazers chances went out the window as soon as Wesley Matthews went down. Aldridge and Lilliard are the best players, but Matthews was the heartbeat and defensive stopper.

    The Clippers and Spurs has the feel of a Western Conference Finals, but it's still only April. Clips got it done in Game 1, but the Curse of the Clippers is still here. Hard to explain that getting a #3 seed earns you a matchup up with a 55 win defending champ. What does a #3 in the East get?? A mediocre 41 win Milwaukee Bucks.
     
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  5. HatterDon

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    Yeah, I think it's time for the NBA to do what MLS did and give the playoff spots [minus the division champs] to the teams with the best records.

    The Clips are VERY good. Griffin and CP3 are excellent players, and they've learned how to believe in their system and close out games and series. The winner of this first round playoff will probably win it all. If it's the Clips, then I'll toast them. Please, though, let it go the distance. Everyone in San Antonio gets a free cup of coffee [any size] from Valero gas stations here after every Spurs playoff win, and I NEEDS MY COFFEE!
     
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  6. HatterDon

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    Shock HAS to have set in on the Clippers. First they get 11 points in the 3rd quarter, don't hit 50 until the 4th, and lose finally by close to 30 -- all with Duncan scoring 4 and Parker scoring 6 -- but then back in the hotel "enjoying" a 3 a.m. wake up call from the guy upstairs. Severe thunderstorms, hail, record rainfall, and rumors of tornados. Welcome to Fiesta!!!!!

    The next game is the biggest game in any sport. When you're in a best of 7 series, there is no game bigger than game 4. There is a world of difference between 3-1 [1-3] and 2-2. That's what the Clips have to deal with.

    Oh, and did I mention that the NBAs defensive player of the year got 32 points last night?

    'scuse me while I drink my free coffee! GO SPURS GO!
     
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    That game was...less than pleasant.
     
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  8. HatterDon

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    Forgot to mention on here that I watched the amazing 4th quarter and overtime of the NO v. GS series game three. Naive coaching and play by New Orleans cost them a game the had sewn up, but what a treat for to watch Golden State overcome a 20-point deficit at the beginning of the 4th to take it to overtime. EIGHT OFFENSIVE BOARDS in just the 4th quarter, and episode 413 in The Adventures of Dell Curry's Little Boy.

    The game is really fun to watch when you don't have a horse in the race. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed a Spurs playoff game as much as I enjoyed that one.
     
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    Chicken Curry does it again.

     
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  10. HatterDon

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    And Washington took that one 4-0. This may turn out to be an interesting post-season.
     
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  11. nevzter

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    Just the same HD, I like the Spurs v. Clippers. There's some nastiness in this series that hasn't yet come to the surface, but it is bubbling.
     
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  12. BarryWhite

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    I literally have no time for the NBA regular season but the playoffs are fun.
     
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    If you had told me Austin Rivers would make the difference in Game 4, I would have calmly sat you down and called the guys in white coats. Great team effort from the Clips. My appreciation for them got its start in my hatred for the Lakers, but has grown significantly over the last few seasons. When they're firing, they're an exceptionally fun team to watch. These last three games are going to be good.
     
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  14. SoCalJoe

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    Kevin Love now looks to be out of the entire playoffs. Would say that the Bulls would be the beneficiary, but 2 straight losses to the pesky Bucks and they better focus on the task at hand. The team that could be the big surprise NBA Finalist is Washington. Looked great last series and it should beat Atlanta (peaked in March) or Brooklyn.

    Showdown in downtown tonight as Clips-Spurs face off in the critical Game 5. Winner tonight goes on to win the series 85% time.
     
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    Portland refuses to die (cough, Rip City). My son awaits the next round for the Warriors and hopes the Blazers just roll over. I explained, it could be beneficial for Golden State if the Grizz and Blazers punch each other out - he acknowledged that theory and then responded that he wants to see the Warriors keep playing in the playoffs, 'they'll beat the Grizzlies or the Blazers, it doesn't matter.' Oh, to be 5 again and full of so much optimism!!!!!
     
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  16. HatterDon

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    I stayed up until 0100 last night watching episode 5 of the Clippers-Spurs Saga, and what could cause a retired lump of humanity to roll out of bed at 0700 this morning? Why free coffee of course. With all the laugher series out there, this one is defo worth watching -- although I can't keep doing this with my heart condition.

    Two things are obvious: (1) the Spurs do not have players who can come close to containing CP3 and Blake Griffin. (2) There continues to be no team in the NBA -- or in professional sports in general -- with as deep and effective bench as the Spurs. It is this very bench that allows a 39-year-old to command the lane and easily handle a VERY tired Blake Griffin late in the 4th.

    I REALLY like the Clips. I've always admired their coach, and they play very good basketball. It's a crime that one of these two teams will be finished for the season while so many lameoid Eastern Conference teams are still getting screen time.
     
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    As a full time Californian, I am rooting for the Golden State Warriors to reach the final.
    And I hope that the Los Angeles Clippers eliminate San Antonio Spurs
     
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  18. SoCalJoe

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    Welcome back Emi! Glad to hear you've settled in up north. The Warriors are a very fun team to watch. As a newer Golden State fan just remember if the Lakers get good again you can never root for them :).

    Far be it from me to get in between a man and his free cup of java, and this has been a terrific series, but there is one major problem I'm having in the Clips-Spurs series...the Hack-a-Shaq or in this case the Hack-a-DeAndre Jordan strategy. Don't get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for what the Spurs represent. All-time great Arizona Wildcats Sean Elliot and Steve Kerr won rings there, but this strategy while legal skirts the edge of the integrity of the game. Yes, it's not illegal, and if the dude would make them the Spurs would abandon it, but it's done for a two-fold reason. Besides the obvious (he shot 7 of 16 last night), also it's done to slow down the game and take the Clippers out of their rhythm. It's a loophole that needs to be closed and its beneath what the Spurs are all about.

    All that said the Spurs (as HD said) have a huge edge on the bench, and the uncanny clutch ability to finish games. The Clips are not far away, Matt Barnes is a good role player, but a mediocre starter. The Spurs will likely put them away mañana, but the Clips would be wise not to blow the team up (like the idiot Laker sports radio hosts want), but add a piece or two and take a look in the mirror. Their deserved reputation as whiners and hotheads precedes them, and the technical foul called on Chris Paul with 5 minutes left was critical and unlikely to have been called against any other team in the league.
     
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  19. BarryWhite

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    Sorry Joe but I couldn't disagree with you more on DeAndre Jordan. If he isn't a good enough all around player to stay on the court that is LAs problem. If SA had Specialist point guard that handed out assists like free candy to children but had to guard Blake Griffon no one wolud be complaining when LA repeatedly posted him up. It's not pretty but you can't expect your opponents not to exploit your known weakness. LA is clearly better with Jordan on the court so why let him stay without paying a price.
     
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    I don't think Joe's point is that the Spurs shouldn't be doing it; it's that the rules should be changed to disallow such a strategy. It's not basketball as it's meant to be played. Yes, I'm a Clipper fan. Yes, I want to see them win. Yes, it pisses me off when teams do that. But I think, even if I were neutral here, I would hate what it does to the game.

    I don't blame the Spurs for employing the strategy; but I want to see it taken out of the game in the future.
     
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