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The 2017 NBA Playoffs

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I was really impressed how well the Cavs were closing out the series until there was about 5 minutes left.

 

They need to work on closing out games. Maybe take the ball away from Kyrie when the game is winding down. For every Finals-winning three over Steph, there are some hundred ill-advised hoists he shouldn't have taken.

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I've never seen a player so valuable to his team as Westbrook is for the Thunder. This is insane. When Westbrook is on the floor, OKC looks a quality team; when he's not, they look like a 20-win lottery bound team.

 

And the NBA really needs to outlaw fouling players away from the play just to put a poor free-throw shooter on the line. 

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Hack-a-Shaq is alive and well in OKC. Courtesy of Andre Robertson! 

 

So smart, and yet so boring to watch.

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26 minutes ago, Rockstar Matt said:

I've never seen a player so valuable to his team as Westbrook is for the Thunder. This is insane. When Westbrook is on the floor, OKC looks a quality team; when he's not, they look like a 20-win lottery bound team.

 

Yep. This is precisely why I'm behind Westbrook for MVP. Listening to Colin Cowherd's weird vendetta against him is hilarious, in that it seems in every show he has to plug in how much more valuable LeBron is than Russ and how all those triple-doubles are just stat-pads. Is LeBron valuable? Oh, absolutely. It'd be ridiculous to say no. He's going to end up as one of the two greatest players ever. But for this season's race alone, it comes down to where either team would be without them.

 

Without LeBron, Cleveland's probably a 7 or 8 seed. Without Russ, however? OKC isn't a seed at all; they're lottery. And not the close lottery, either. 

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35 minutes ago, Rockstar Matt said:

And the NBA really needs to outlaw fouling players away from the play just to put a poor free-throw shooter on the line. 

This solution is easy.  Treat these fouls like a technical foul (or flagrant foul)....two shots and keep possession of the ball.

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There's the Player of the Season award and the Guy You Pick First in One Game to Decide it All award.

 

Harden or Westbrook for the former, always LeBron for the latter.

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Lopez throws Crowder's shoe, C's get the delay penalty. Lopez ties Crowder's shoe, C's get the double-delay and the tech. Try to explain that...

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On an overpass near Salt Lake:

 

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Prayers worked! :P 

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Well, TNT just goofed. Went to a supposed-commercial break but then abruptly switched back to the game, which was already in action. Guess they didn't get the memo.

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3 minutes ago, JWhiz96 said:

Well, TNT just goofed. Went to a supposed-commercial break but then abruptly switched back to the game, which was already in action. Guess they didn't get the memo.

 

Did Marv call LA the Lakers as they went into the real break? I thought I heard that from the other room.

 

Unrelated, but awesome:

 

Good for you Patrick Beverly. OKC fans are the worst (kicking Beverly, the Cupcake nonsense) and deserve the worst.

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2 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

 

Did Marv call LA the Lakers as they went into the real break? I thought I heard that from the other room.

 

Unrelated, but awesome:

 

Good for you Patrick Beverly. OKC fans are the worst (kicking Beverly, the Cupcake nonsense) and deserve the worst.

Harlan's calling this game and he called them the Clippers IIRC.

 

Speaking of Harlan, he's the best NBA play-by-play commentator in the game right now. I know Marv has the history, but Harlan's just got it man.

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3 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

 

Did Marv call LA the Lakers as they went into the real break? I thought I heard that from the other room.

 

Unrelated, but awesome:

 

Good for you Patrick Beverly. OKC fans are the worst (kicking Beverly, the Cupcake nonsense) and deserve the worst.

The Vacation Bible School crowd known as a Thunder home game fans are pretty bad.

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27 minutes ago, JWhiz96 said:

Harlan's calling this game and he called them the Clippers IIRC.

 

Speaking of Harlan, he's the best NBA play-by-play commentator in the game right now. I know Marv has the history, but Harlan's just got it man.

 

Ahh -- fair enough. I just misheard it. You can forgive me for mistaking Harlan for Marv; it's the same voice except Harlan hasn't lost it.

 

24 minutes ago, dfwabel said:

The Vacation Bible School crowd known as a Thunder home game fans are pretty bad.

 

That's really funny.

 

 

With the Cavs sitting for a bit, does that mean Hubie Brown gets a break too? I think I've had enough Hubie for a while. The nice thing about opening round playoffs is that a lot of people get a chance to call national games. The tradeoff is that some of them get kind of grating.

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Mark Jones and Hubie are the #3 ESPN/ABC team, so they'll likely work over Ryan Rucco and Doris. Plus, they could move the two to radio.

 

Mark Jones is 55?!? Black don't crack.

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1 hour ago, JWhiz96 said:

Speaking of Harlan, he's the best NBA play-by-play commentator in the game right now. I know Marv has the history, but Harlan's just got it man.

 

Wouldn't mind Harlan taking over play by play duties from Marv during the Summer Olympics.

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Iso Joe came in and took over the final 6 minutes of this game.

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Iso Joe's stil got it, and a whole lot of it! 

 

Oh, and the Jazz's FG % in the 4th quarter? 71%.

 

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55 minutes ago, FinsUp1214 said:

Iso Joe's stil got it, and a whole lot of it! 

 

Oh, and the Jazz's FG % in the 4th quarter? 71%.

 

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I can't say just how much of a sneaky good signing Joe Johnson was for Utah. His clutch playoff experience is invaluable to the Jazz when someone's been poking voodoo dolls of his teammates (Gordon Hayward tonight and Rudy Gobert this series until tonight). Oh yea, he's also one of Rodney Hood's favorite players growing up:

 

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It's been awesome seeing the little stories and camaraderie this like this that this team has had this year despite the voodoo. Hood was also big, scoring 18 points late to help ice the game.

 

Now, another Joe on this Utah team can't be overlooked: Joe Ingles. While he only scored 8 points tonight, he dished out 11 assists and pulled in 6 rebounds...not to mention how well he can get in the heads of defenders. Not bad for someone who looks like a slightly younger Toby Flenderson:

 

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