NBA 2017-18

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  1. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

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    Is this really the first NBA thread of the season? Hmmmm.

    Anyhow, i thought I'd post about my San Antonio Spurs. This is the first season in a very long time where the Spurs have been ... well ... mediocre. Yes, we haven't had Leonard most of the season. Yes, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have finally noticed the calendar, and yes, Aldridge who was bought as an ornament is our only all-star quality player. And yes, they still demonstrate the team ethic that is the hallmark of HRH G. Popovich, but we're kind of .. superfluous, aren't we?

    So, we'll make the playoffs, we might even make it past the first round, but we don't dictate anything anymore. Interestingly, many of us thought that Pop would retire to his amazing wine cellar when Tim Duncan hung them up.

    So where's the rest of the NBA stuff?
     
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  2. BarryWhite

    BarryWhite Well-Known Member

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    My interest in the NBA begins when the playoffs start. I only casually follow the league until that time.
     
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  3. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

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    I just follow some of the former players I covered around here as collegians. Donovan Mitchell has certainly opened some eyes with his rookie season performance, validating his decision to leave Louisville. Many didn't think he was ready. That appears to have been an erroneous opinion. DeMarcus Cousin's injury is troubling to many in Big Blue Nation. Hopefully he'll heal well and come back unaffected, but a ruptured Achilles tendon is as serious as it gets. I don't start paying attention to the actual games until the playoffs, and, usually, not until the quarters or semis. Or until they start playing defense, whichever comes first. Patrick Patterson, Julius Randle, Jamal Murray, Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, John Wall (who's also out with a knee injury), Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Davis are all ranked in the top 100 players in the league. Montrezl Harrell is a backup forward for the Clippers. Terry Rozier, Gorgui Dieng, Mangok Mathiang, and Chianu Onawaku are on NBA rosters. So are Bam Adebayo, Willie Cauley-Stein, De'Aaron Fox, Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Enes Kanter, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Brandon Knight, Skal Labassiere, Deandre Liggins, Trey Lyles, Jodie Meeks, Darius Miller, Malik Monk, Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress, Rajon Rondo and Tyler Ulis. How many of these are actually playing significant minutes or bouncing between there and the D-league, I have no idea.

    But that's a lot.
     
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  4. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

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    HD, if being 14 games above .500 and the #3 seed in the West is 'mediocre' then you should know how the other 90% live :(. My team Portland is in perpetual limbo aka the Hell known as the NBA middle where a playoff spot is likely, but where a collection of FUSA posters have as much a chance to advance then the Trail Blazers do.

    In professional sports in the US every major league (NBA, NFL, MLB, MLS, NHL) there is a word that can always be sold and that is 'Hope', except for 1 and that's the NBA. Hope for that magical year. Hope the farm system produces the goods. Hope you just get in the playoffs because literally anything can happen if you do. In the NBA, 2 teams have the overwhelming chance to win it this year (Golden State & Houston, I'll watch that series if it happens, the Spurs are capable of beating the Rockets, but not the Warriors). I suppose Cleveland overhauling their team yesterday has a slim chance, and my admiration for Brad Stevens' coaching gives the Celtics a slight shot if they can get to the Finals, but the rest of the other teams are pretty useless.
     
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  5. encorespanish

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    My Wolves are in a 14 year playoff drought so I'm not going to say anything to jinx it, other than I hope we have a seat at the playoff table when all is said and done. To quote Mr. Kelce from the Eagles in yesterday's Super Bowl speech (which is epic and you should watch it if you haven't), "hungry dogs run faster" and the Wolves haven't eaten for a while.
     
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  6. HatterDon

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    For perspective ... in the last 25 or so years, the Spurs have chosen via the lottery only twice. Both times they drew the first ball. Results? David Robinson and Tim Duncan.

    I'm afraid, that's kind of what we're used to down here. Making it out of the first round but not the second is mediocre here in the Peoples Republic of South Texas.
     
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