NBA Season 22/23

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It looks like the Warriors will get to the next round. Up 20 with 4 to go.

It was close at the half.
Looney has 21 rebounds.

Experience counts

Lakers Warriors will be fun
 
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No need to be salty. Just send him pictures of Russell Wilson's face in the dirt next to pictures of his contract numbers for the next 4 years.
 

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Don't remind me. That shit still has me heartbroken.

Hope Doncic is enjoying his playoff-free offseason.

Lakers and Warriors, because of course it is. NBA wants Lebron and Steph to go at it one more time for ratings. Grizz continue their tradition of majorly choking in the playoffs. Sad to see the Kings go. They had a hell of a season.

Suns played like total butt in game 1. I don't expect them to repeat that in game 2. Series is still a toss-up to me, though I don't see them winning the series if they lose game 2.
 

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Experience counts warriors are the more experienced team but tnext years kings will be making the leap . Same situation for Miami they are the experience team on the knicks match up .
 

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Injuries can change any series at any time. Too many glass stars out there (AD, Leonard, Durant, CP3, Embiid) to make too firm of a prediction this early.
Less than 2 weeks after I made this post:
Leonard has a torn meniscus
Embiid has a grade 2 or worse LCL sprain
CP3 just limped off the court into the locker room holding his groin
 

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Jamal Murray shooting 3/15 from the field and the Nuggets still win by 10.
 

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Suns lack of depth is brutal, KD and Booker need to both have great nights it seems if they’re gonna have a chance
 

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Teams that traded all their picks for a star this year
Hawks: bounced in the first round
Timberwolves: bounced in the first round
Suns: down 0-2 in the 2nd round
 

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Knicks played a good first half and I thought they don't need Randle. After the second half I thought they really need a fit Randle. They just didn't hit the 3s.
Jimmy Butler finished the game injured. He didn't look good in the last 5 minutes. His presence alone helped the Heat.
 

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Nuggets in 4.

There's no way we're beating them with Paul injured, and Monty's absolutely baffling reluctance to play bench scorers like Ross and Warren, instead continuing to rely on freaking Shamet.

Karma for Suns in 4 two years ago I guess.

Trading Bridges and Cam for Durant was a huge mistake.
 

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Playoffs are a bloodbath so far this year.

Jimmy Butler out tonight, Julius Randle game-time decision.
 

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Nuggets in 4.

There's no way we're beating them with Paul injured, and Monty's absolutely baffling reluctance to play bench scorers like Ross and Warren, instead continuing to rely on freaking Shamet.

Karma for Suns in 4 two years ago I guess.

Trading Bridges and Cam for Durant was a huge mistake.
Good mistake for mikal he is going to be allstar next year and cam is easily a 20+ pt scorer nightly . Sun team is old and broken they have 2 years window left and durant might leave before that . If they didn’t make the trade they could have a perennial playoff for the length of cam and bridges contract .

Jamal don’t even have to have a good game as the joker is the pillar that holding both end of the court, everything is so easy when joker is on the floor .
 

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Paul out at least a week, probably longer.

glassitis strikes again.
 

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Let's Go Lakers!!

They scared me at the end bu giving up a 12 point lead, but pulled out the win in the end.

Lakers were awful shooting 3's and were still able to win. Hopefully they can improve that shoot percentage and win game two.
 

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Let's Go Lakers!!

They scared me at the end bu giving up a 12 point lead, but pulled out the win in the end.

Lakers were awful shooting 3's and were still able to win. Hopefully they can improve that shoot percentage and win game two.
AD is having a free all you can score party down low no one can guard him unless Draymond play dirty or he get hurts . Laker will dominate the paint . Their size of going to draw a lot of trips to the line .
 

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Warriors fans complaining about the free throw disparity is funny given that they shot 53 3’s and the Lakers strategy was to play close to the basket
 

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Embiid doesn't play, Sixers beat the Celtics on the road.

Embiid does play, largest playoff blowout loss in 76ers history.
 

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Embiid doesn't play, Sixers beat the Celtics on the road.

Embiid does play, largest playoff blowout loss in 76ers history.
Celtic lost with less 3s taken the first game the stats show C beat the sixer on every category except the 3 pt and the score . Game 2 came back with 51 attempts on 3pts @ 39% shooting
 

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The Heat are a pretty good team even without Jimmy Butler. Jalen Brunson had a great match in game 2 with 6 of 10 3s. Randle return helped a lot to win. RJ also had 16 points in the first quarter.
 

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Celtic lost with less 3s taken the first game the stats show C beat the sixer on every category except the 3 pt and the score . Game 2 came back with 51 attempts on 3pts @ 39% shooting
Don’t waste your time on explaining, just find someone who loves you the way Fami hates Embiid
 

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Don’t waste your time on explaining, just find someone who loves you the way Fami hates Embiid
There's literally an 18 game sample size that shows the Sixers are much better offensively and only marginally worse defensively without Embiid this year. He destroys their ball movement, player movement, and creativity on offense. When he plays everyone just clears out and waits for Embiid to either score or pass out to the three point line. Nobody is cutting to the rim, nobody is setting screens, nobody is running sets.

Embiid is a great player but he makes James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris worse because they all have to adapt to his selfish style of play. And that works fine most of the time but not when he's playing hurt and not when the Sixers are in the playoffs, because the competition is too good.

You can try to explain it away when it's one game but 18 games between the regular season and playoffs? That's nearly a quarter of the season where the Sixers were not just better, but WAY better, without Embiid.
 

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If 18 games was a statistically significant sample size, Jeremy Lin would be a hall-of-famer and not the answer to an obscure trivia question. But by all means, carry on being salty Jokic didn't win the MVP.
 

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If 18 games was a statistically significant sample size, Jeremy Lin would be a hall-of-famer and not the answer to an obscure trivia question. But by all means, carry on being salty Jokic didn't win the MVP.
How about the sample size where Embiid DID play and Jokic had way better stats, a better win percentage, more total wins, more games played, and finished with a higher seed?

Look up the stats of any other top player and their team with and without him. The Bucks are WAY worse without Giannis than with him. The Nuggets are a lottery team without Jokic and the best team in the NBA with him. The Lakers were horrible without LeBron and without AD.

Embiid is the ONLY "top" player that missed significant time and had his team play better with him than without him.

Lakers: .481 without LeBron, .585 with Lebron; .462 without Davis, .554 with Davis
Nuggets: .385 without Jokic, .696 with Jokic
Bucks: .579 without Giannis, .746 with Giannis
Sixers (including playoffs): .722 without Embiid, .652 with Embiid

Flat out, Embiid had no case to win it. Not even remotely close. He didn't have the statistical argument, he didn't have the team success argument, he didn't have the games played argument, and his team without him significantly outplayed his team with him.

He bitched and moaned in the media for three years and a bunch of people rewarded him because they didn't want Jokic to win 3 in a row, even though he's the only player who had anything resembling a case in any of these three years.

Giving this MVP to Embiid is worse than when they gave LeBron's to Rose or Jordan's to Malone. It would be like giving Jordan's to Patrick Ewing or something. Great player, but never close to the best in the NBA. Just like Embiid.
 
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