That is a long run-on sentence
That is a long run-on sentence
just understand that while I do indeed have psychic abilities, I did not foresee this exchange, and did not use the term "$#@!got" in the pejorative as it pertains to homosexuals; it's more in the South Park vein, if that makes you feel any better.
edit: for some reason it wont let me link you directly to my post, but it's post 42.
Last edited by Derka Derka; 04-22-2012 at 04:16 PM.
Derka, you're obviously a big Thunder fan. Good on ya! It's also obvious you can't stand hearing anything negative about them. That's cool. I just happen to think the Spurs match up very well with OKC and will beat them in a 7 game series. You don't agree with me. Cool. I'm just not hat worried about them outside of RW and KD. I'm just not. No, not even nazr.
If you posted on this board, oh, ever, you'd know my disdain for posters who have strong opinions and never say jack $#@! to back them up, because this board is dominated by those kinds of posters. You aren't even attempting to discuss basketball, you're just screaming, "yay Spurs!". You're posting like lhg, circa 2009. THAT is why I neg repped you, not because I disagree with your opinion. It's pretty simple: Talk basketball. make posts that are fact based, stat filled, and longer than one sentence. Dont just show up once in a blue moon with retarded drive-by inanities.
The Spurs have dominated the Thunder this year, and really every year since KD arrived. It's a great matchup for the Spurs as their pick and roll offense is extremely effective with OKC not having the ability to clog the lane and close on shooters.
Who comes out of the West now likely depends on seeding/matchups. If the Thunder dodge the Spurs they will likely be in the finals. Same goes for the Spurs dodging the Lakers.
I'm not sure if either SA or OKC can beat the Heat/Bulls in the finals.
well, I might need to change my pick is Harden is out for any extended period of time. $#@! Ron Artest, $#@!ing piece of $#@!.
OKC looks really good today. But the Lakers are continuing a string of pretty weak play. Gasol looks soft and clueless; Kobe looks rusty. And those long offensive boards for OKC are killing them.
Is Argentina in Europe?
also Pops has the edge over Kenny Smith's backup
I won't make any predictions until the end of the regular season because of what happened in the last regular season game last year and what happened today with Artest and Harden.
linking to an exact post isnt working for some reason, but it's here, post 59:
The Spurs are a better overall team than OKC. The Spurs' big 3 produce with the type of efficiency (rather than volume) that only Durant can claim on OKC. RW is prone to the sort of accuracy and composure lapses (3-22 today, when it mattered) that used to happen to TP in the playoffs. TP has a killer $#@!ing instinct this year, and RW knows it (see:42 pt game in RW's face).
Not to be overlooked is OKC's propensity to turn it over (last in the league), which as they showed today can swing a game really quickly out of their favor.
Harden is a scoring machine. OKC scores more points/100 minutes with Harden on the floor than any other player can claim. You may find it interesting that Manu is right behind him in that category.
Ultimately though, an OKC-SA series will come down to SA's superior depth. Our second team could kick the $#@! out of about 1/3 of the leage's starting squads. And with random dudes like Green, Neal, Bonner, Sjax and Splitter benefiting from Manu's creativity with the first teams on the bench, I don't see OKC making up for that disadvantage over the course of a series.
Our team is clicking at the right time, with tons of championship leadership. If this series comes to be I'll be wagering on Spurs in 6.
To the topic, I'm hoping for SA>CHI in 7. Should be an awesome playoffs all around.
I was amazed at how Jordan Hill controlled the glass in the face of high priced talent like Perkins , Ibaka, etc. To DD, forget the link business, the big picture is that OKC will have to win 1, probably 2 games in SA since SA will likely win 1 @ OKC. That's hard to do, almost impossible. Harden is the Yoda of that team, RW is the unruly idiot savant who needs guidance. Without Harden, the team collapses.
so why do the spurs beat the grizzlies in the 2nd round this year?
Also, the spurs went into the playoffs last year losing 6 in a row, playing by far their worst ball of the season, and then Manu gets injured in the final regular season game. We are more or less blowing out everyone right now, at home or on the road.
Memphis still provides matchup problems, which I referred to a few posts above yours. It would be a good series. None of that matters if Memphis can't get past LAC, who would get run out of the building by SA.
Should have added that Jefferson no longer taking up minutes and Blair effectively out of the starting rotation against large front lines have been huge for this team as well.
Spurs vs. Heat in Finals.
As a Spurs fan, I $#@!ing love the idea of the Spurs seeing the Clippers in the 2nd round.
This is just off the top of my head, but I'd venture to say that the Spurs big men (Duncan, Diaw, Splitter) are easily the best passing big men in the league. They are all completely unselfish, experienced and don't $#@! around. And don't tell me Tiago Splitter isn't experienced. He's a few years removed from being the MVP of the Europe league. He has signature moves around the rim and is money on the pick and roll. His minutes and effectiveness have drastically increased this year and Pop is looking like a genius for bringing him along so slowly. Tiago Splitter is perhaps the biggest X factor in the entire NBA playoffs. If he plays well, I think the Spurs are a lock to win it all. I know Duncan and Diaw will play well. Would also like to mention that Diaw is a legit threat from 3 land, and Duncan's top of the key jumper is as pure as ever. DeJuan Blair probably won't play much, but you mentioned Nazr, so I think it's fair to throw him in the conversation.
And they all play pretty stout defense themselves. Ibaka is the only big man on OKC worth a $#@! on both sides of the ball. They aren't involved on offense, and when they touch the ball, they are poison to it. There's no doubt about that for any 3 of them, especially considering that KD, RW and Harden are out there too.
But Tony Parker has something to say about Russell Westbrook being the best scoring guard in the game. Ginobili says hi to Harden. Kwhai Leonard, Stephen Jackson and Danny Green are all scrappy, long defenders that can possibly $#@! with Durant by committee, as well as help handle Westbrook and Harden. I just like the matchup in every way for the Spurs. Gary Neal is a complete baller, as I'm sure you know Derka. Matt Bonner scares me, but I'm sure his leash will get shorter as we go deeper into the playoffs and meet more athletic, physical teams like OKC.
Would be a long series though, at least 6, probably 7 games. I just see the Spurs pulling it out.
Why is no one talking about the Celtics out of the East?
I'm not going to get into the Spurs/Thunder matchups... somebody else has already done that. But I will say that there are 3 significant differences between the Spurs of this year and last:
1. Tim Duncan is playing at his highest level in about 3 or 4 years. Whatever that dude did to his knees in Germany over the Summer worked.
2. Manu Ginobili broke his arm in the final game of the regular season last year. He's finally healthy (knock on wood) and is playing at an unbelievable level.
3. The bench is loaded. They can match up with anyone and they aren't necessarily dependent on any particular player or mix. If someone is struggling (I'm looking at you, you choke artist Matt Bonner), they can pull him and get somebody in there that is effective or ride the hot hand.
the highly erratic nature of Westbrook is the OKC's perpetual downfall. This negative can be offset by Harden taking the reigns, but will that ideal chemistry be reached on a consistent basis?
The 1st. Round will last a month, that's my prediction.
Spurs>Celtics in 6
i predict the Suns beating the Pacers in 6 in the Finals.
However, the Pacers will not make the Finals, because when they're up 3-2 against the Heat, the writing will be on the wall. Pat Riley and LeBron will make the call, and that will be that...
BOS > MIA - 6 games
SA > OKC - 5 games
SA > BOS - 6 games
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chicago over philly in 5
boston over atlanta in 6
indiana over orlando in 6
miami over new york in 5
san antonio over utah in 5
memphis over the clippers in 6
lakers over denver in 6
okc over dallas in 7
boston over chicago in 7
miami over indiana in 6
memphis over san antonio in 6
okc over la in 7
miami over boston in 6
okc over memphis in 7
miami over okc in 6
Chicago over Philly, obviously
Boston over Atlanta because Beantown ain't done yet, they've got a much better coach, and AB
Indiana over Orlando because the Other Van Gundy sucks and no Dwight
Miami over New York, obviously
SA over Utah, obviously
Memphis over the Clippers because Memphis rules
Denver over the Lakers because they have J-Ham among others
Oklahoma City over Dallas and Cuban's random $#@!heads of the year. Not even Dirk can overcome this.
Chicago over Boston because they have Noah who's a straight G.
Miami over Indy, obviously.
San Antonio over Memphis for revenge and they have Tony Parker.
Oklahoma City over Denver because they have KD
Miami over Chicago because LeBron ain't havin $#@! this year
OkC over SA because Durant rules
OkC over Miami because LeBron will never win a title and KD is the best player on Earth.
Them's the truth yall
Anyone have a link to the preseason picks thread?
Mavs are running out at 40:1 to win the championship. You'd be an idiot not to drop some dough on that.
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