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Probably helps a bit that with Wade's health problems, Bosh has moved to the #2 role for these playoffs.
Only 2 people picked Memphis to get to the WCF.
including our own about the 1989 and 2008 Finals
Also, it sounds like the guys in Miami like playing with Lebron. He is far less prickly than most alpha-dogs of the last couple of generations (Jordan, Kobe, Shaq). He joins the list of magnanimous, constructive superstars who are at least partially known for their great passing (Magic, Bird, Duncan, Nash).
I am wrong more often than I am right, but I said that at the time, as did many other guys here.
Lebron is the alpha dog without the alpha dog personality
And I didn't even think Harden was as good as he's proven to be.
Although my ATL over IND upset pick, uh, does not look so great right now, and I think I had the Nets beating Chicago in 5.
My pre-playoff picks were pretty bad. 4/8 in first round. I have a chance to go 3/4 in round 2, but need OKC to come back from 3-1. More likely I'll be shut out in the west, but at least I didn't pick anyone over Miami.
Perkins is the overpaid clown on that team.
Only problem with Miami is that everyone picked them to win the East (and 18 of 19 picked them to win the title), so no one is going to make up any ground based on what the Heat do. We'll all either get points or lose points together.
I agree about Perkins being the real mystery. To restrict your roster for a guy giving you 2 points, 4 boards, and 3.5 fouls in 20 minutes a game in the playoffs...
Wiggins to Kansas. That caught me off guard.
I just can't work myself up to be surprised anymore when it comes to college recruiting. Whether or not the tops names/schools are gaming the system or not*, they have to be considered a favorites in all but the rarest of situations for the top guys (especially the likely one and dones). So in that sense, I think it would have been more surprising to me if he did go to FSU.
Comparisons to LeBron remind me of comparisons to Jordan, which have ranged from Vince Carter to Harold Miner.
but Wiggins is simply in an entirely different class of athlete than Parker. His ceiling is enormous.
RT @FukTwittter: If JR Smith shot Tupac on September 13th 1996, Tupac would still be alive right now.
I'd call OJ Mayo the most hyped prep since LeBron.
I'm late to the debate, but there's no way Bosh opts out unless LeBron opts out, and then no way Bosh leaves unless LeBron leaves. He's the one guy of the three I see as least likely to go. LeBron might leave because he wants a new challenge, and Wade could leave if he gets lowballed and gets snippy about it, but Bosh is only going if the other guys go first.
Harrison Barnes is much better than I expected him to be in the NBA.
 39-0 against non Bulls opponents, right?
He still gets minutes, but the offense needs to run through Jack and Barnes at this point, with some support from Thompson and Curry.
I would argue Barnes and Jack led them to victory in game 4. The Spurs shooting poorly didn't hurt. I just don't think you can try to crash and burn with Curry who has basically been poor ever since the Spurs took Parker off him.
I love Mo Cheeks for that moment.
EDIT: Seriously though. Can someone who knows Play-Index better than me figure out if there's a way to identify the last player who played 8 or more games or 175+ minutes without scoring?
At this point, does anyone think that the Heat aren't something like 75% to win the title?
kidd faked me out at the beginning of the season by seemingly hitting every three point shot with the knicks. i thought he might have performed some sort of magic, practicing three pointers all summer/every practice and getting much better at that shot.
To answer this from last night, here's the longest games streaks without scoring: http://bkref.com/tiny/jpV57 -- I can't get it to take a minimum minutes played parameter (which is too bad because I think a lot of these are big guys in there to give a few fouls & not do much else), but Kidd is on there down at 37.
I like post  because I feel like Barnes and Thompson are both getting overrated by this run. I still think Klay Thompson is maybe Allan Houston. And Harrison Barnes' (as well as Thompson's) improvement seems more like "playing tons of minutes" than real improvement. Barnes is also, IMO, getting a ton of good, clean looks and not scoring that efficiently for someone getting the quality of looks he's getting. He also still hasn't shown the ability to score off the dribble or do much outside of be a solid jump shooter, which was the knock coming into the league, despite his athletic gifts. I haven't really analyzed the numbers and may be wrong on all of the above but to me, Steph and Bogut deserve pretty much all the credit.
Curry +5.3 Lee +4.5 (benefits from the best +/- on the team)Jack +3.1 Bogut +1.6 (this will go up a lot next year if he stays healthy. which I am *sure* will happen.)Landry +0.4 Thompson +0.4 Jefferson -0.7 Barnes -1.2 Ezeli -4.7 Green -7.6 Biedrins -12.8
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