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(04-27-2015 04:28 PM)MY DETROIT PLAYAS Wrote:  Meanwhile in the East...

How does a two week injury leave by Kevin Love, and possible suspensions to Perkins and JR Smith affect the Cavs going into the Bulls series?

Stay tuned
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(04-27-2015 04:28 PM)MY DETROIT PLAYAS Wrote:  Meanwhile in the East...

How does a two week injury leave by Kevin Love, and possible suspensions to Perkins and JR Smith affect the Cavs going into the Bulls series?

Stay tuned

you would think it would almost kill them but lets be honest the Bulls are struggling against the Bucks. Bron got this. Banana
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(04-24-2015 08:53 PM)Slim Shady Wrote:  I actually really, really dislike the Rockets. Harden is overrated. The dude is going to go left, I don't know why defenders move right.

- Averaged 27, 7, and 6 on 44% shooting on a team where Donatas Motiejunas, a player averaging 12 points per game, was the second option most nights.

- Carried a team who's starting front court and second best player missed 75% of the season to a #2 seed in an ultra-competitive Western conference. They had Joey Dorsey starting at center half the season.

- Despite carrying the brunt of the team's offensive load, did a complete 180 on the defensive end and played very well on that side of the ball all season.

What about that is overrated?

I don't know what it is about Harden and Howard that make guys act like bitter ex's.

"The dude is going to go left, I don't know why defenders move right."

All the time and money spent on scouting and game planning for Harden and here the answer was the entire time. And it's so simple.

"Shaq is just going to back down and dunk, I don't know why defenders don't just stop it" tard
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Things are getting very interesting in the East!
The Nets have tied it with the Hawks and the Bucks, won again, on the road! Can they make an unlikely come back and be the first team ever to go to the next round after being down 0-3? That would be THE choke of the year for the Bulls!!!!
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This has been a make or break season for Chicago

Now there's 0 excuses, your roster is as healthy as it's been all season and as healthy as it's going to get this time of year

Your coach is on the way out anything less than a Finals appearance, Gasol has been a walking double-double machine but is in the autumn of his career, Jimmy Butler is going to be on to greener pastures with a max contract, and Derrick Rose...well....

Only fitting that the guy in Cleveland is standing in their way again

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(04-28-2015 09:33 AM)Vacancier Permanent Wrote:  Things are getting very interesting in the East!
The Nets have tied it with the Hawks and the Bucks, won again, on the road!

Winner of Nets and Hawks are going to face a tough Wizards team in the next round. Never thought they would give the asskicking to Toronto that they did, most people didn't even have them winning the series.

Watched the Capitals win their first round series and a few guys from the Wizards were there supporting them, thought that was pretty cool.
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(04-28-2015 07:46 AM)Enigma Wrote:  "Shaq is just going to back down and dunk, I don't know why defenders don't just stop it" tard


False equivalency. When I say Harden goes left, that means he is deficient in his "going right" skills. When you say Shaq bullies down low, that doesn't mean he lacks other aspects of his game but that this one aspect has been worked to a higher all time great level - his strength. Harden is not some all time great at going left.

Now while "he always goes left" was a bit of hyperbole, I do believe there is some truth to it.

I don't like the Rockets - sure it has a bit to do with me not liking Howard. But then there are moves like Josh Smith pushing Harris when he tried to intentionally foul, Corey Brewer trying to steal the ball when Richard Jefferson was dribbling out the ball at the end of the game to run out the clock, etc which make them a not very likeable team. Before you tell me that demeanor has nothing to do with winning I'll clue you in on a secret - they haven't won shit, and won't this year either. I hated the Spurs with the whole Robert Horry-Steve Nash incident too, but atleast they won something. If the Rockets win the Championship this year with Josh Smith shooting 3's, I'll put up a James Harden poster in my house and post the picture on this thread.

Watch Harden get fouled and go to the line tonight. Then think of the beating AI would recieve when he drove, hell even LeBron who people say only has to get breathed on to go to the line.

Harden is nothing more than a wannabe Manu Ginobili [in his prime] but is made out to be Kobe Bryant. In fact he says he is the best player alive. That makes me not like him. Harden doesn't hold a candle to Russel Westbrook. He's a good defensive player now? Okay.

He's an All-Star level player, but overrated because people think he is some kind of all time great. I didn't say he was bad.

At the end of the day though, if we can't make illogical and emotional statements in sports, where can we make them? Remember, ball is life.

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(04-28-2015 01:21 PM)Slim Shady Wrote:  Harden is not some all time great at going left.

I will playfully disagree here..

James Harden is among the best players of all time at going left.

Who was better at going left?

- Manu Ginobili ?
- Lenny Wilkins?
- Tiny Archibald ?
- Gail Goodrich?
- Willis Reed?

Historically, those are probably the 5 best players at going left.

Harden is not far behind any of these guys. He may be better than a few of them.

Harden can go left and shoot the 3, he can go left and pull up, he can go left and finish at the basket, and he can go left and get fouled. And, he is a great free throw shooter.

He is currently the best player in the world at going left.

He is currently the best left handed player in the world.

Without question, he is one of the best of all time at going left, in my opinion.

(04-28-2015 01:21 PM)Slim Shady Wrote:  Harden is nothing more than a wannabe Manu Ginobili

Who doesn't want to be like Manu Ginobili?

If I was a left handed player, I would study and learn from Ginobili.

Do you dislike him because he learned from and emulates Ginobili?



(for the record, I am not a James Harden fan, but, as a fan of basketball, I respect his ability)
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I have been a Spurs fan since the days of the Admiral as well as a Houston fan. I love Manu Ginobili. That said, James Harden is better than Ginobili. It really is not too early to say that either. At this rate, he will easily eclipse Manu. To me they are to very different players as well. Manu cannot score as well as James can. He cannot drop 45+ as easily as James can. No one really knew James had this in him.

He even had a 51 point game this season. Dude is just nasty sick like Steph Curry is. Manu cannot do that. Sorry. Manu never was in an MVP race to my recollection. Correct me if I am wrong.

Look at this snippet from NBA.com on James:

Quote:at Atlanta (11/2/12) … his 82 total points were the most scored by a player in his first two games with a team in NBA history, surpassing the previous mark held by Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 79 points in his first two career games with the Philadelphia Warriors in 1959

Give him enough time, if he can match Hakeem's ring total (Which is 2) he will be hands down the best Rockets player there ever was. Yao Ming will be number 3 easily. That's how scary good he is.

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No, I would definitely want to be Ginobili, he is one of my all time favorite players.

Maybe I dislike him because I do not think he is better than Ginobili [in his prime] but people think that he is because Manu overcame his ego for 4 rings, while Harden "has his own team". Now I don't blame Harden for going to Houston, I just don't think he is doing any better than Manu would have done had he left the Spurs because he did not want to be a 6th man.

I also put maybe put too much weight on 4th quarter hero-ball when rating a player, and Manu easily trumps Harden in that category with his clutch play, but maybe Harden will come through on that front.

I'm going to give Harden another chance to win my approval, which he so obviously seeks. Maybe he'll be a hero against the Spurs in the next round.

P.S. Come on, best Rockets player, really? Tracy McGrady was much better than Harden, forget Hakeem.

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Wait till I get home. We gonna have a niggas arguing in the barbershop fight because you trippin right now.

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I think y'all are tripping here. Hakeem is a Top 10 GOAT for me. Harden can win 2 rings or even 3 but he's not even close to that kind of talent. Hakeem's peak was special and he's one of the best two-way bigs ever. Unless your sole criteria is rings = better than I suppose Kobe is pretty close to MJ because he has 5.
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It's a joke that J.R. Smith only got suspended two games, and that Perkins didn't get suspended at all. That's taken me from neutral about the Cavs to actively rooting against them.
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Mavs beat themselves tonight with unforced errors and missing so many wide open shots.

Aminu has played some excellent defense though.

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(04-28-2015 01:21 PM)Slim Shady Wrote:  False equivalency. When I say Harden goes left, that means he is deficient in his "going right" skills. When you say Shaq bullies down low, that doesn't mean he lacks other aspects of his game but that this one aspect has been worked to a higher all time great level - his strength. Harden is not some all time great at going left.

Do you realize that 27, 7, and 6 (and 2 steals, I might add) are averages that have been replicated by few players in history?

Do you realize that Harden is an excellent ball handler at the 2?

Shaq also had great post moves and tremendous touch around the basket, just like Harden has great ball handling, footwork, and finishing ability.

I'm not comparing Harden to Shaq career wise, I'm pointing out why your simplification of his game doesn't work. A play like the pick and roll, for example, is extremely simple yet still gives some of these veteran players and coaches fits.

Quote:Now while "he always goes left" was a bit of hyperbole, I do believe there is some truth to it.

"A bit of a hyperbole"?

Former Rocket Jeremy Lin is a player who has trouble going to his right. Compare his struggles to a player who led the league in scoring for most of the year despite having very little help on offense.

If stopping Harden from going left were as easy as you make it seem, coaches and scouts and players would have keyed in on that seasons ago. His run would have ended as quickly as "Linsanity".

Because you can bet Harden's the sole focus of any defensive gameplanning against the Rockets.

Quote:I don't like the Rockets - sure it has a bit to do with me not liking Howard.

Lakers fan, I'm guessing? Laugh

He left. Just get over it.

Quote:But then there are moves like Josh Smith pushing Harris when he tried to intentionally foul, Corey Brewer trying to steal the ball when Richard Jefferson was dribbling out the ball at the end of the game to run out the clock, etc which make them a not very likeable team.

Oh yeah, I forgot about Josh Smith. He's the other guy with a lot of bitter ex's who are mad he's playing better with the Rockets than he did for other teams in recent years.

How about what your boy Artest did to Harden a few seasons ago?

Quote:Before you tell me that demeanor has nothing to do with winning I'll clue you in on a secret - they haven't won shit, and won't this year either.

Are they not allowed to compete because they "haven't won shit"? What a confusing argument.

For the record, Houston is one of only 8 teams to win titles in the past 20 seasons. 1 of 6 to win multiple in that time period.

Quote:I hated the Spurs with the whole Robert Horry-Steve Nash incident too, but atleast they won something. If the Rockets win the Championship this year with Josh Smith shooting 3's, I'll put up a James Harden poster in my house and post the picture on this thread.

The Rockets starting PG and PF are out for the season. Which teams are expected to win like that?

Quote:Watch Harden get fouled and go to the line tonight. Then think of the beating AI would recieve when he drove, hell even LeBron who people say only has to get breathed on to go to the line.

All star players go to the line a lot. The fact that people constantly bring this up as an argument against Harden is telling. If you think Lebron of all people doesn't get superstar calls, you need to watch more basketball.

By the way, he dropped 28 to close out the Mavs and only shot 6 free throws.

Quote:Harden is nothing more than a wannabe Manu Ginobili [in his prime] but is made out to be Kobe Bryant. In fact he says he is the best player alive. That makes me not like him. Harden doesn't hold a candle to Russel Westbrook. He's a good defensive player now? Okay.

He's an All-Star level player, but overrated because people think he is some kind of all time great. I didn't say he was bad.[/quote]

Harden is currently the best two guard in the league. That's not really even up for debate.

Please don't say Kobe Laugh

Who has said that Harden is an all-time great? I was personally calling for him to be traded at the end of last season. But he's played exceptionally well this season, both individually and for his team. To deny that fact is simply hating.

Quote:At the end of the day though, if we can't make illogical and emotional statements in sports, where can we make them? Remember, ball is life.

No one said you can't, I'm just pointing out that they are in fact illogical.
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(04-28-2015 03:51 PM)Slim Shady Wrote:  No, I would definitely want to be Ginobili, he is one of my all time favorite players.

Maybe I dislike him because I do not think he is better than Ginobili [in his prime] but people think that he is because Manu overcame his ego for 4 rings, while Harden "has his own team". Now I don't blame Harden for going to Houston, I just don't think he is doing any better than Manu would have done had he left the Spurs because he did not want to be a 6th man.

I also put maybe put too much weight on 4th quarter hero-ball when rating a player, and Manu easily trumps Harden in that category with his clutch play, but maybe Harden will come through on that front.

I'm going to give Harden another chance to win my approval, which he so obviously seeks. Maybe he'll be a hero against the Spurs in the next round.

P.S. Come on, best Rockets player, really? Tracy McGrady was much better than Harden, forget Hakeem.

I was on the sauce last night and busy watching the game, but I did not forget about you.

1. Tracy McGrady never got out of the first round of the playoffs as a starter, not even as a off the bench key player. Injuries prevented him from being elite like people thought he could from his Orlando Magic time. Don't confuse Orlando Tmac with Rockets Tmac. Two different guys. Just like Dwight Howard even.

2. TMac was not even better than Yao. Yao was the last prolific scorer on the Rockets after Hakeem.

3. TMac is a forward, not a shooting guard, but even at that, he did not score as much as James does.

4. Manu Ginobili while great is not a MVP superstar caliber player. Would he start on other teams? Of course! Would he be like a Steph Curry or Harden? No.... Not even close. It's one thing to be the best player on a shitty or average team. It's another to be in the top 5 in an MVP race. That alone makes your Manu arguments completely invalid. Had you gone with Tony Parker instead, then you could win that argument pretty easily.

James Harden is kind of like a hybrid cross between Reggie Miller and Allen Iverson. He can shoot the 3 like a monster but can take it to the hole well, breaking ankles in the process. His offense is more complete and well rounded. He can draw fouls and frustrate defenses like Enigma posted as well.

There is alot about James' playing style I do not like. He can be diva-ish, very passive aggressive, lacking confidence at times while being too cocky at others, avoiding the easy 2 point shots for a big 3, lack of strategy at times, plays too gentle and not tough and physical, occasional flops, etc. He is a millennial, so he is not going to be like any of the old school cats and the rules for physical play are different too.

But still. Give credit, where credit is due. Dude is a monster.

This group of young NBA players for this generation are exciting. Davis, Harden, Curry, Klay, Irving, Westbrook, Durant, Wall, K. Leonard, Wiggins, Aldridge, Lillard, etc. etc. All these guys have unknown ceilings. They keep getting better with every single game. Half or so of these guys are ridiculous good or just outright monsters. I have not seen this much talent since the 90s. I'm not saying they are on par with the 90's group in total, but this is a much better NBA than the past ~10 years or so. It's a good time to be watching basketball.

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(04-28-2015 04:21 PM)TheSlayer Wrote:  I think y'all are tripping here. Hakeem is a Top 10 GOAT for me. Harden can win 2 rings or even 3 but he's not even close to that kind of talent. Hakeem's peak was special and he's one of the best two-way bigs ever. Unless your sole criteria is rings = better than I suppose Kobe is pretty close to MJ because he has 5.

Well said. Very hard to argue with that. James could be number 2 top Rocket for sure. Everytime we think we know how good he is, he keeps getting even better.

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Just want to throw this here, which detailed Hardens game back in January. You guys have not mentioned that he's unreasonable when it comes to creating threes. I'm pretty sure he ended the season leading the league in assisted threes.

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(04-29-2015 06:59 AM)TravelerKai Wrote:  There is alot about James' playing style I do not like.

He can be diva-ish, very passive aggressive, lacking confidence at times while being too cocky at others, avoiding the easy 2 point shots for a big 3, lack of strategy at times, plays too gentle and not tough and physical, occasional flops, etc.

Great observations!

Harden has a unique, sometimes quirky personality, playing style, and demeanor. This makes him a polarizing figure.

On one hand, he is one of the most skilled players in the world. On the other hand, I'm not sure if he is really a winner..?

He is one of those athletes who "dances to the beat of his own drummer".

Personally, I don't really care for him but I have tremendous respect for his ability.

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I will defend Chris Paul..

He is not over rated, in my opinion.

He has been one of the best point guards in the world for the past 10 years.

He has played well in the playoffs. His teams lost because they didn't have enough good players.

If The Clippers lose to the Spurs this year, it won't be because of Chris Paul..

It will be because Matt Barnes sucks, Deandre Jordan can't shoot free throws, their bench sucks, and JJ Redick didn't play well.

Remember, the NBA would not allow Chris Paul to play with Kobe. They said it would "disrupt competitive balance".

Basically, they thought it wouldn't be fair. That's how much respect he has in the NBA.

Chris Paul is one of the top guards in the league.

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How bout that Deron Williams flashback last night!

He used to be one of the best guards the league but after his son was born with autism, he has never been the same player.

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JR Smith should have been suspended for more then 2 games.

They let him off easy because they don't want to "jeopardize the integrity of the Eastern Conference Finals" .

He should have gotten 10 games or more!
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My current playoff thoughts:

EC Semis Cavs vs. Bulls/Bucks (?!?)

If the Cavs are going to live and die by hero ball, then let them do so. They don't need Kevin Love. Tristan Thompson has been more than a good replacement, averaging an absurd amount of ORebs all season.

The Bulls look good, but become too passive in some situations, allowing D Rose to try to be 2011 him again and take over. He can't anymore. I would love to see a Cavs/Bulls though. Jimmy Butler defending Lebron, DRose attempting to defend Kyrie, Noah getting chippy... it has all the makings of a good series.

Prediction: Cavs in 6 v. CHI /// Cavs in 4 v. Bucks

EC Semis Wiz vs. Hawks/Nets

Honestly, I'm slightly upset. I liked the Hawks a lot during the regular season, but they are starting to rely on hero-ball Kyle Korver too much. Kyle freaking Korver. 2 years ago barely any NBA fan heard of him. Now he's chucking 5 contested 3 pointers in the last minute of the game.

They call you "The Spurs of the East". So execute like them. Bud didn't win coach of the year for no reason.

In other news, the circa-2010 argument of "Who's the better PG, CP3 or DWill" has heated up again. DWill was looking mint last game. Probably not sustainable, but boy was that exciting.

I hate the Wizards and their entire team, but fuck it. They're solid and they're playing like they have a chip on their shoulder. Nets/Wizards is filled with intrigue. The Truth will sure love that one.

Prediction: Hawks v. Wiz: Wiz in 7. Nets v. Wizards: Paul Pierce in 6.


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WC Semis Warriors v. Grizz

Oooh this is gonna be a good series. A clash of NBA identities. On one side, hero ball deluxe and a star-studded roster of talent. On the other, grit, grind and defense to annoy the crap out of you. Memphis is an annoying team to watch and to play for the opponents, which is why they're so good. Z-Bo and Tony Allen get into your head, which is why they prey upon mentally weaker teams such as the Clips.

However, Golden State is just too good this year. If they have Tony Allen on Steph, pass the ball to Klay. Mike Conley is looking shakey after his facial fracture, so he may not play a few games. The Warriors also have their two not-so-secret weapons, Andrew Bogut and Draymond Green. They are two amazing defensive players, on par with whatever Memphis has. If Bogut stays healthy and locks down Marc Gasol, then this will be a short series.

Prediction: GSW in 5

WC Semis Rockets v. Whoever the fuck wins this series holy shit

Alright, this one is totally up in the air. The Rockets are obviously in, but I can't tell if the Clippers or the Spurs are going to win the series. I really think it's going to game 7. After the boneheaded plays the Clippers lost to in game 5, they won't make the same mistakes again. I can see a rehash of the 2013 Finals, some wildly retarded game where a lot of epic shit happens and the Clippers win the game on some ridiculous shot by Jamal Crawford.

I really can't tell who's going to win because the Clips and the Spurs are equally matched in talent. Maybe not experience, but the Spurs have everyone beat in that.

On the other side, the Rockets look good. Really good. With Dwight Howard playing like he has Rashard Lewis and Jameer Nelson on the team, anything is possible. Also, Josh Smith may have found his perfect match in a team. No matter which team wins, it's gonna be a hell of a series.

Prediction: Rockets in 7 v. LA /// Spurs in 7 v. SA
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(04-29-2015 11:53 AM)Giovonny Wrote:  How bout that Deron Williams flashback last night!

He used to be one of the best guards the league but after his son was born with autism, he has never been the same player.

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He should have gotten 10 games or more!

I never knew this. It changes my whole perception of the man and the player he's been since coming to Brooklyn.
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@Gio In defense of Chris Paul, let's not forget Glenn's obsession with Eastern Conference Players of the Week from 2008. Also, nepotism.

@Aer I'm having a big issue with our Coach of the Year having his team rely on Kyle Korver off balance threes as a cornerstone of their offense.

Also, Billy Donovan is about to be announced as Oklahoma City's head coach. Pro Sports front offices have a bad habit of creating drafting/hiring archetypes of recent successes. With Brad Stevens being so widely well regarded straight out of college, Presti has to be thinking that Billy Donovan can replicate that success. But goddamn, putting him in charge of this team, and telling him "beat Kerr, Popovich, Carlisle and Doc" is a pretty tall order for a dude who's concern half the time was making sure an 18 year old made it to his Biology lab consistently... I don't see this going well, and I definetely don't see it ending in a title.
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Portland playing like they're thinking about going fishing.
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(04-29-2015 11:10 PM)Professor Fox Wrote:  Portland playing like they're thinking about going fishing.

McCollum and Leonard are playing like they want that extra zero on their contracts next year.
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