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But yeah, a healthy Wolf team should at least be in the mid 40s at worst. of course, that healthy part .........
Indiana : haven't looked that good, Granger been pretty bad in both game so far. first team seems out of whack as well. their defensive system of some reason seems off.
I don't think Lebron wins the MVP this year. Not because I don't think he'll be the best player again. But I think there will be someone in the same neighborhood who will get it just to change things up.
As a Jazz fan I assure you they are not making the playoffs this year.
Two weeks into the Bulls’ preseason grind of practices and games, Rose was held out against the Washington Wizards with soreness in his surgically repaired left knee.
GM Gar Forman was urging fans and media to remain calm, minimizing the “soreness” that apparently developed in Rose’s knee at practice Friday. Said Forman, as reported by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
“It’s not a major red flag or a huge concern. He’s got some soreness and we wanted to be conservative with it at this point.”
Being conservative, though, is what has so many fans on high alert right now.
DALLAS — Mavericks backup center Brandan Wright is out indefinitely after injuring his left shoulder in practice.
The team said he sustained a small fracture Tuesday but will not need surgery. He will be evaluated weekly and there is no timetable for his return.
The 6-foot-10 Wright re-signed with Dallas in the offseason after averaging career highs of 8.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. He's the backup to newcomer Samuel Dalembert.
Burke broke his right index finger tonight.
The Celtics problem was that they couldn't score.
For a few fleeting moments, this will be my favorite thing.
'We goin' down a slide.'
The Celtics problem was that they couldn't score. Some of that may have been Rivers, but because I'm a Rondo "hater" I'm also going to lay some of the blame on him and his general overratedness. If Rivers can take care of things on the defensive end, get a system in place and get guys to really buy in, I'm positive Paul will handle the offensive end of things.
Well the overall success of the Clippers hinges a lot on DeAndre Jordan , if he can shoot free throws and generally take a step forward then I can see it
As for the Clippers, yeah I'm well aware of their scoring differential but I do feel at some point it cease to be just luck that makes the difference, in the case of the Rockets for example (another team that seriously underplayed their points differential.) it was obvious that their late game execution was horrendous as almost all the plays end up being a Harden contested jumper. I'm not entirely sure what's up with OKC but the Clippers goes back to my point on Jordan, they simply can't play him late in the 4th because he shot 30% from the free throw line, they'll get burned by hack strategies very badly. 2 of their 5 most talented player can't play in late situation, (Bledsoe being the other, since he's too often out of control) which really limits what you can do. Those teams were the equivalent of MLB teams with great hitters but terrible pitching especially via the bull pen. it's not really THAT much of a statisical outlier they lose more close games than other teams.
My concern about the Clips is their interior defense. Jordan and Griffin made so many mistakes that Odom and Turiaf had to play defense. Those guys aren't stars, but Mullens and Jamison are worse. Who won't run layup lines on them?
I agree that the 8 feels high. Part of it, for me, is that I don't think MIA can make 4 straight Finals. If I was just thinking from a talent/they have LeBron James perspective I would say MIA comes out of the East and then because of matchups I could only see SAS, OKC, maybe HOU hanging with them, which would cut my contender list to 4. However, because it doesn't make sense to me that MIA will become the 3rd team (IIRC) in the modern era to make it to 4 straight Finals I am assuming someone has to/will beat them.
Number of NBA games I will personally be paid to attend this year: 5-10.
This is like saying, a coin has come up heads 5 times in a row, therefore tails is due, and the next toss is not 50/50. It's a profound misunderstanding of how probabilities actually work.
I don't think this comparison works at all
Also I think each successive trophy/finals appearance gets harder. Diminishing marginal returns suggests a decrease in motivation, plus the wear and tear on the body playing the extra games and decreased off season (and probably other factors like poaching of second tier players, coaches and generally the ideas/concepts of the winner) makes repeats increasingly harder, even ignoring factors like age and injury.
This. The Heat are the 2nd oldest team in the NBA; almost all of their contributors are on the wrong side of 30 (and LeBron and Bosh, the 2 that aren't, have played almost that many games in the NBA in their careers; I guess I shouldn't ignore Chalmers, but I am). They've played more games than anyone the last 3 years, in some cases by a fair amount. And outside of LBJ, they're already showing signs of age and breaking down. They've already been less than healthy the past couple of years come playoff time, this year they have significant more competition in their conference they might not be lucky enough to get by if not 100% healthy.
I'd take field over Miami to win the league. Injuries happen, a lot can go wrong over a season, and it's not like the Heat have lacked close calls in their victories.
I dunno, I worry how much faith some of us here are putting into the River / VDN difference, it could be the case I suppose, given that VDN is bad enough, but if we subscribe to that, then the Kings should probably win a lot more games too.
It's not just that, though it is significant. I'm getting deja vu here, but it's not like we're talking about a 41 win all of a sudden becoming a 62 win team - even thought that's exactly what happened to VDN's last former team*. The Clips are already at 56 wins, and I think they got better while the Spurs, Thunder, and Grizz likely got worse**. The Rockets also got better, but they have further to go***. You keep ignoring the upgrade from Billups/Butler to Reddick/Dudley, which while also an upgrade I think they're a better fit in that roster.
At the end of this though, it's really just a couple of predictions that like the Clips and I've already said mine is also matchup related. Let's see your predictions so we can nit pick them to death (I say completely in jest).
*The Bulls obviously had a lot of turnover, massively improving their bench. Again, Rose and Noah took huge strides forward, and a ton of credit for that goes to the coaching upgrade.
**None significantly, IMO, but I don't think you can say any of those teams are likely to improve over last season (maybe the Grizz).
***I think there's a ton more questions about the Rockets than the Clips, namely how big is the upgrade from Asik to Howard? How are Howard and Asik going to fit together? What will we see out of Lin this year? What will the Rockets get out of the 4 spot? Is Parsons for real? etc, etc, etc.
I'm not sure they're the exception. The '81 Celtics made a huge trade and won right away. Oscar going to Milwaukee gave them a title right away. Moses going to Philly in '83 gave them a title right away. The Blazers getting Lucas to pair with Walton gave them a title right away.
The '57 Celtics and the '80 Lakers you could also say fit in there.
The most recent of those examples is 30 years old.
What has transpired since that prevents a team from winning right away? The only thing I can think of is the salary cap, which prevents a major addition without compensating losses, and is an alternative explanation why it hasn't happened much since the eighties.
Not sure I buy the stars need a year to mesh argument. Off the top of my head, Shaqobe was more an issue of Kobe not being KOBE yet, LeBron/Wade was a success up until the last 4 games of the year when LeBron LeChoked, KaPow lost in 6 in the Finals to a great Celtics team, Shwyane were a couple Wade injuries from making the '05 Finals, etc.
#Pistons announce Brandon Jennings out at least three weeks with impacted wisdom tooth and hairline fracture of mandible at base of tooth.
Treatment for Jennings includes immobilization for three weeks. Timeframe has him out at least the first 4 reg. season games.
That's a quality of the team argument, not an argument that making the 4th finals is somehow magically harder.
In classic fashion, Noah wore his swimsuit on the Bulls' flight to Brazil last week so that he could jump into the ocean as soon as the team arrived at its hotel.
I bet it was a speedo.
I think if he himself spells it Adetokunbo, we don't need to use the weird transliterated-into-Greek-and-then-back-into-English spelling.
Hey, I'm just copying and pasting here. I can't spell it either way.
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