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Damn would have not minded the nets dragging on that series a bit more. Gives Miami more time to regroup.

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05-14-2014 09:32 PM
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That was a heart breaker for the Nets, they were leading by 8 points with less than 4 minutes in the 4th Q and then let the Heats go on a 13-0 run? Come on, get real!

Tonight the Spurs will also finish the job against the TBlazers and have a few days rest. I'm fully cheering for the Clips in the other 1/2 in the west.

Can't wait for the conference finals and then the big one!!!

Allez Spurs!!!
05-14-2014 09:34 PM
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Sometimes I wonder if the heat just play badly against certain teams to build up suspense but when push comes to shove they kick it into overdrive. I mean probably not but sure looks like it sometimes.

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Dubs get Kerr!





(PS: Ha ha suck it Knicks)
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(05-14-2014 09:41 PM)Professor Fox Wrote:  [Image: kerr.gif]

Dubs get Kerr!





(PS: Ha ha suck it Knicks)

How the hell is he going to win over that locker room? This isn't really a surprise as Kerr lives in the West coast with his family and your closer to home, with a less impact job, with a better team.

Kerr is going to have to do a lot of fishing trips. Ownership pulled a snake move on Jackson and the team wasn't down for it. It's funny they bring in another rookie from TV once again, I ind that kinda funny. Kerr will do well though he always impressed me with his Ball IQ.

Mark Jackson to the Knicks? Knicks and LA need to stop with the non-sense. Hire dudes whom have currency in the City and let them do the job knowing how to handle the pressure.

Lakers: Byron Scott
Knicks: Mark Jackson

Just get it over with. Jackson needs top level assistants so Phil can pluck some triangle dudes from his harem to do the heavy lifting while Mark manages the locker room, Melo, and the added PG they desperately need.

I don't think Kerr would of handled the NYC pressure. Dude was already getting annoyed when his buddies in the press were poking at him about his future coaching job.
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The only reason why Kerr is such a hot commodity is due to the fact that Phil name dropped him due to his familiarity with with the Triangle and the fact that they had a good relationship. The GSW gig was alot better all things considered when you really look at it though. First off, he has family in the area and is also cool with the owner of GSW, Joe Lacob. Secondly, the roster is clearly superior and they are battle tested in the playoffs, so he can come in and coach studs right off the bat. Thirdly, Mark Jackson showed that you don't need to be great with X's and O's to have a ton of success, so Kerr has landed in a great situation, and will likely get assistants that really know the game. Lastly, he got 5 years/$25 Mil, so he will be well compensated and doesn't have to worry about getting all his money should things not work out, since there is no option stipulated in his contract.

Kerr is almost the complete opposite of Jackson, in that already has a great relationship with management and has a rep for working well with others, unlike Jackson who consistently clashed heads with management and even butted heads with assistants essentially firing two, Brian Scalabrine and Darren Erman(who helped him build up a top 5 defense). The former was officially known as a "difference in philosophy" while Erman got fired for videotaping coaches convos. Jackson also drew the ire of management for his lackadaisical game prep and blase approach to practice. Kerr won't have to do much to look better than Mark Jackson in this regard. Still you can't help but think that Jackson got a raw deal, considering coaches like George Karl and Vinny Del Negro were mediocre for many years in some situations before finally building up playoff teams and also because he raised the franchise to historic heights. However, its bound to happen when you have tumultuous relationship with the guy that writes your checks.

It's also good to see the hometown Pistons make a good hire in Stan Van Gundy, although I'm skeptical of giving him the keys to basketball ops since he has no experience doing it. Still he is excellent defensively and offensively and will probably move Monroe and go with the 4 out 1 guy in the paint scheme like he implemented in Orlando with Dwight where he surrounded the big guy with shooters. We just need more shooters, but I'm sure that will come with time as we have to pieces to move, in addition to our decent talent level base, namely Andre Drummond who is a glass eater and intimidator in the mold of Dwight.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba...y/9065277/
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Lets keep it real Kerr is the right complexion for ownership. There's no way in hell they can justify in firing Mark Jackson. Honestly I hope the Warriors crash and burn and return to the cellar where they belong.
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Last year, the Heat had to resort to Game 7 at home to fend off first the Pacers in the Eastern conference finals and then the Spurs in the most dramatic Finals I remember. However, this year, both the Pacers and the Spurs will have home court advantage in Game 7 should it go there. How much of a factor/effect do you guys think this will have on the outcome of this year's tourney?
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(05-15-2014 11:51 PM)Vacancier Permanent Wrote:  Last year, the Heat had to resort to Game 7 at home to fend off first the Pacers in the Eastern conference finals and then the Spurs in the most dramatic Finals I remember. However, this year, both the Pacers and the Spurs will have home court advantage in Game 7 should it go there. How much of a factor/effect do you guys think this will have on the outcome of this year's tourney?

Would play a big role in the outcome because honestly, Miami vs Pacers is already in the Pacers favour. The lack of any kind of internal presence for Miami is going to hurt them and force them to take outside shots, which is going to either make or break them. Dwayne wade is a downgrade in speed and elusiveness from Wall, Bosh has no inside presence. As long as they keep James under control there is no contest, but James does get riled up especially on his home court. So the Home court advantage for the Pacers adds to the heats problems.

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Unfortunately I don't see the Pacers posing much of a threat to the Heat. Indiana has been playing really shaky lately and for the top seeded East team, they almost got knocked out by two teams nobody thought would be a challenge. Sure they have size and toughness in the frontcourt, but Hibbert is playing like shit and will either get winded in this series or be in constant foul trouble.

The Heat on the other hand are firing on all cylinders, especially in the 4th:

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I don't think they've been really challenged yet, but I also don't think they'll be challenged by the Pacers. I see it Miami stealing either game 1 or 2 on the road, protecting their home court, and closing it out in game 5, six tops.



As for Thunder/Spurs, I think San Antonio will win this series as long as Tony Parker is healthy. OKC surprised me at knocking out LAC so easily, but the Spurs have been the most impressive team in the playoffs so far. Their ball movement is phenomenal and if they can limit Russy & Durant, as well as get some scoring from their bench, I think they'll have no problem with OKC. I'd say Spurs in 5.


Which would set up a finals rematch. Spurs in 7. I'd hate to see Miami threepeat an I believe the Spurs are a better team than last year while the Heat are slightly worse. Home court advantage will be big here.

Then LeBron, realizing Miami can't win anymore will convince Melo to join him in Chicago and they both sign for the MLE Banana
05-16-2014 01:38 PM
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(05-15-2014 11:51 PM)Vacancier Permanent Wrote:  Last year, the Heat had to resort to Game 7 at home to fend off first the Pacers in the Eastern conference finals and then the Spurs in the most dramatic Finals I remember. However, this year, both the Pacers and the Spurs will have home court advantage in Game 7 should it go there. How much of a factor/effect do you guys think this will have on the outcome of this year's tourney?

Statistically speaking home court matters, especially in a game 7 situation since the home team wins 80 percent of the time, although road teams have had a ton of success in this years playoffs. The main reason why home court matters so much is because refs have been proven to be biased in their decision making for the home team, particularly with calling more fouls and turnovers on the road team. There's other factors but refs seems like to be a particularly salient aspect.

Back in the day at arenas like the old Boston Garden, there were so called "dead spots" where if you dribbled there the ball would not bounce, so often times the Celtics defense would force players to these spots and force turnovers. These (not so)little factors are also at play in addition to not having to travel, and perhaps a psychological boost from having the crowd cheer for you.
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Home court advantage = sleeping in your own bed the night before the game. Very underrated.

But you bring up good points about the old arenas and the shitty floors, and also the rims used to be off at some arenas and if you rimmed a shot it would bounce way more in some arenas of the rim then in others. Other thing like just getting to the Arena also, as many times bus drivers would fuck with visiting teams and be late on purpose getting them from the hotel to the arena to fuck with their pre-game routines lol.
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Right, the roaad team actually has to put up with a bunch of shit:
  1. Food that gets tampered with. Remember when Kobe got food poisoning or some kind of stomach illness in the 01-02 Wetsern Finals? People speculated that the hotel that they stayed in fucked with the food somehow.
  2. Groupies of course
  3. Fans prank calling rooms
  4. Family asking for tickets perhaps if a respective player is in the home town
  5. Some guys probably still go out
The list goes on so the odds are stack in their favor.
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Looks like Ibaka's gone for the rest of the Playoffs. http://nba.si.com/2014/05/16/serge-ibaka...-playoffs/

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No Ibaka, once again the Spurs back into the finals. There's no way they can beat the Thunder at full strength. It's all good the Heat will still win the championship.
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As predicted, an easy Pacers win in Game 1. If they win game 2, then it will extremely hard for the Heat to get back. As I had written before the start of the playoffs, I see the Pacers eliminate the Heats. Despite the Pacers not playing well in the first round, they will do very well against Miami as it's all about matching up with the opposition. And the Pacers match perfectly well against the Heat.

Well done Indy!
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Wow I'm surprise that pacers won like that.
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Spurs winning convincingly and comfortably game 1.
1 down, 3 to go!
Come on Spurs!!!!Smile
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With the 4 teams left who would you guys like to see win finals MVP?

For me
Thunder: Westbrook, I like his heart and I think the media gives him a hard time.
Spurs: Leonard, he could be a new face for the franchise
Heat: Lebron, I can't think of any other scenario.
Pacers: George, to give Lebron a real rival in the East
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As much as part of me just wants to see the Hear get smoked off by Indy. The re-match up of last year is to good to ignore.

Also real talk. If KD looses this series don't be surprised if next year is his last year in OKC. OKC is still a charity case and they won't push luxury tax status to keep all of their core around which they have squeezed all they can out of. KD will realize he might make the finals twice in his prime staying in the West. He's burned all his blanks so far and only has two shots left before they have to nuke the roster. He will move to the East where he can compete more easily if he can't get a ring in OKC.

Toronto has been courting him low key. His next contract setting lines up with Toronto having room on its books. They will aggressively go after him. The Raptors were his favorite team growing up, and this market is quiet enough for him to sty low key like he likes to by not being stuck in some small sleep town like OKC. It's either the Raptors, his hometown Wizards, or he stays in OKC.
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Toronto is a wack team to go to. It's like the Development League of the NBA..you go there when you have accepted you not going to win Smile

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Pistons just lost their pick. It's going to be a long year.

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Fuck Cleveland!
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