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NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

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It is the Best of Times, it is the Worst of Times.

It is the Age of Wisdom, it is the Age of Foolishness.

It is the Epoch of Belief, it is the Epoch of Incredulity.

It is the Season of Light, it is the Season of Darkness.

It is the Spring of Hope, it is the Winter of Despair.

We have most of everything, we have little of anything.

We are all headed to Heaven, we are still mired in Hell.

In short, this period is so far like the past period, that some of noisiest pundits insist on its being received, for good or for bad, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

 

I am of course comparing the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference of the NBA.

 

Enjoy the season everybody.

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More like "A Tale of Two Teams".

 

Normally around this time of year is when I stupidly get my hopes up on the Magic, but it's not happening this year. We made improvements, but I just don't think they're at a playoff level, even in the East.

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So help me if it's the Warriors and Cavs again in 2018 ... I'm quitting the league ...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

... for like another year, because LeBron will be gone to LA thus making Cleveland irrelevant once again. 

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Prediction Time


Eastern Conference:

Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia(process trusted), Washington, Toronto, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Detroit, Knicks, Charlotte, Orlando, Chicago, Miami, Indiana, Brooklyn

 

Western Conference:

Golden State, Oklahoma City, Houston, San Antonio, New Orleans, Minnesota, Denver, Clippers, Phoenix, Dallas, Portland, Utah, Lakers, Memphis, Sacramento

 

NBA Finals: Warriors over Celtics in 5.

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Atlanta in the playoffs? Dude they're gonna be dead last.

 

1. Cleveland 

2. Boston

3. Milwaukee

4. Miami

5. Washington

6. Toronto

7. Charlotte

8. Philadelphia

9. Detroit

10. Indiana

11. Orlando

12. New York

13. Brooklyn

14. Chicago

15. Atlanta

 

1. Golden State

2. Houston

3. San Antonio

4. Oklahoma City

5. Minnesota

6. Denver

7. Utah

8. Portland

9. New Orleans

10. LA Clippers

11. Memphis

12. Sacramento

13. LA Lakers

14. Dallas

15. Phoenix

 

EAST

Cleveland over Philadelphia 4-0

Boston over Charlotte 4-2

Milwaukee over Toronto 4-2

Miami over Washington 4-3

 

Cleveland over Miami 4-1

Boston over Milwaukee 4-3

 

Cleveland over Boston 4-2

 

WEST

Golden State over Portland 4-0

Houston over Utah 4-0

San Antonio over Denver 4-2

Oklahoma City over Minnesota 4-3

 

Golden State over OKC 4-1

Houston over San Antonio 4-2

 

Golden State over Houston 4-3

 

FINALS

Golden State over Cleveland 4-2

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Eastern Conference

1  -  Cleveland Cavaliers

2  -  Boston Celtics

3  -  Washington Wizards

4  -  Milwaukee Bucks

5  -  Toronto Raptors

6  -  Philadelphia 76ers

7  -  Detroit Pistons

8  -  Miami Heat

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9  -  Charlotte Hornets

10  -  Indiana Pacers

11  -  Orlando Magic

12  -  Atlanta Hawks

13  -  New York Knicks

14  -  Chicago Bulls

15  -  Brooklyn Nets

 

Western Conference

1  -  Golden State Warriors

2  -  Houston Rockets

3  -  San Antonio Spurs

4  -  Minnesota Timberwolves

5  -  Oklahoma City Thunder

6  -  Utah Jazz

7  -  Los Angeles Clippers

8  -  Portland Trail Blazers

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9  -  Denver Nuggets

10  -  Dallas Mavericks

11  -  New Orleans Pelicans

12  -  Memphis Grizzlies

13  -  Los Angeles Lakers

14  -  Sacramento Kings

15  -  Phoenix Suns

 

Eastern Conference Playoffs

(1) Cleveland vs. (8) Miami

(4) Milwaukee vs. (5) Toronto

(2) Boston vs. (7) Detroit

(3) Washington vs. (6) Philadelphia

 

(1) Cleveland vs. (5) Toronto

(2) Boston vs. (3) Washington

 

(1) Cleveland vs. (2) Boston

 

Western Conference Playoffs

(1) Golden State vs. (8) Portland

(4) Minnesota vs. (5) Oklahoma City

(2) Houston vs. (7) LA Clippers

(3) San Antonio vs. (6) Utah

 

(1) Golden State vs. (5) Oklahoma City

(2) Houston vs. (3) San Antonio

 

(1) Golden State vs. (2) Houston

 

NBA Finals 2018

Golden State vs. Cleveland, Warriors 4-2

 

League MVP: LeBron James; Cleveland

Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons; Philadelphia

Most Improved Player: Myles Turner; Indiana

6th Player of the Year: Lou Williams; LA Clippers

Defensive Player: Rudy Gobert; Utah

Coach of the Year: Tim Thibodeau; Minnesota

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Barring injury and unless Kevin Durant has a full-on nervous breakdown (and if you've been following his Twitter adventures, maybe that's possible), the Warriors are winning again, likely over the Cavs.

 

I am excited to see how Boston and Cleveland do this year. It's too bad IT is starting the season injured, because he has a lot to offer.


OKC should be fun too.

 

Lonzo will be Rookie of the Year.

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Imagine traveling back in time and showing someone this image 5 years ago:

It's still ridiculous to me. Not good or bad, it just is.

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At least this year will be the final time we'll have to endure another consecutive Cavs - Warriors Finals. 

 

With Lebron likely going out west, it will be interesting to see how the conferences stack up next year.

 

 

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Warriors over Cavs in 5. Simple as that. As long as basically all of the Warriors' important players continue to take pay cuts to keep the core together, they'll be annoyingly good. 

 

I am looking forward to the Celtics and Cave in the East finals tho. Will be interesting to see if LeBron is gonna mess with Kyrie. 

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1 hour ago, ozzyman314 said:

At least this year will be the final time we'll have to endure another consecutive Cavs - Warriors Finals. 

 

With Lebron likely going out west, it will be interesting to see how the conferences stack up next year.

 

 

 

Are you SabresRules' son?

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3 hours ago, DG_Now said:

Barring injury and unless Kevin Durant has a full-on nervous breakdown (and if you've been following his Twitter adventures, maybe that's possible), the Warriors are winning again, likely over the Cavs.

 

I am excited to see how Boston and Cleveland do this year. It's too bad IT is starting the season injured, because he has a lot to offer.


OKC should be fun too.

 

Lonzo will be Rookie of the Year.

The pressures after winning a championship is already getting to Kevin Durant and Bay Area media doesn't want to talk about it. The health of Steve Kerr will be a lingering issue too.

 

Dennis Smith, Jr. was a guy I loved on a disappointing NC State team, but I'm still weary of how he and Rick Carlisle will work together as Rick doesn't like Rookies. I'd pick him if he was on any other team but the Mavs.

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7 hours ago, BlackBolt3 said:

Imagine traveling back in time and showing someone this image 5 years ago:

It's still ridiculous to me. Not good or bad, it just is.

Thanks for bringing the debacle that was the Dwightmare again. Wow, it's really been 5 years? It seems like so much longer...

 

Oh wait, did you mean the uniforms? Oh... yeah... that too, I guess...

 

Or both? Yeah, that's it.

 

Anyway, since it's the cool thing to do...

PREDICTIONS!!!!! (placed in spoiler for size)

Spoiler

EASTERN CONFERENCE

1) Cleveland Cavaliers

2) Milwaukee Bucks (I think that the Celtics aren't going to be as good as everyone thinks and that the Bucks are going to explode even more then they did last year)

3) Boston Celtics

4) Washington Wizards

5) Toronto Raptors

6) Philadelphia 76ers

7) Miami Heat

8) Detroit Pistons

9) Charlotte Hornets

10) Orlando Magic

11) Atlanta Hawks

12) Indiana Pacers

13) Chicago Bulls

14) New York Knicks

15) Brooklyn Nets

WESTERN CONFERENCE

1) Golden State Warriors

2) Houston Rockets

3) San Antonio Spurs

4) Oklahoma City Thunder

5) Denver Nuggets

6) Minnesota Timberwolves

7) Portland Trail Blazers

8) Memphis Grizzlies (by the skin of their teeth)

9) Utah Jazz

10) Los Angeles Clippers

11) Memphis Grizzlies

12) New Orleans Pelicans

13) Los Angeles Lakers

14) Dallas Mavericks

15) Phoenix Suns (I tried so hard to put them higher but there really wasn't anyone else who could finish in the basement)

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

1) CLE def. 8) DET 4-0

2) MIL def. 7) MIA 4-3

3) BOS def. 6) PHI 4-1

4) WAS def. 5) TOR 4-3

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1) CLE def. 4) WAS 4-2

3) BOS def. 2) MIL 4-3

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1) CLE def. 3) BOS 4-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

1) GS def. 8) MEM 4-0

2) HOU def. 7) POR 4-2

6) MIN def. 3) SA 4-3

4) OKC def. 5) DEN 4-3

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1) GS def. 4) OKC 4-2

2) HOU def. 6) MIN 4-0

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1) GS def. 2) HOU 4-2

THE FINALS

W1) GS def. E1) CLE 4-1

 

Most Valuable Player: Giannis Antetokoumpo, MIL

Rookie of the Year: Markelle Fultz, PHI

Most Improved Player: Emmanuel Mudiay, DEN

6th Man of the Year: Lou Williams, LAC

Defensive Player of the Year: Hassan Whiteside, MIA

Coach of the Year: Jason Kidd, MIL

 

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Howard's career really has mirrored Shaq's quite nicely. Start out as a legend for the Magic, take them to the Finals in a losing effort, go to the Lakers to play with Kobe, then bounce from team to team and become a journeyman. 

 

There might be something that he's missing that Shaq had, but I can't think of it now.

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46 minutes ago, The Six said:

Howard's career really has mirrored Shaq's quite nicely. Start out as a legend for the Magic, take them to the Finals in a losing effort, go to the Lakers to play with Kobe, then bounce from team to team and become a journeyman. 

 

There might be something that he's missing that Shaq had, but I can't think of it now.

A championship (or four).

 

That said, Dwight is NOT 6'11" (he's shorter than LeBron), yet has played center all his career and led the NBA in rebounds five times, blocks twice, and was DPoY three times.

 

That's not a good career, that's a damn good to great career.

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Oof, that makes the package Indy got for Paul george look like a massive haul in comparison. 

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Y'all out here trading stars? For nothing?

 

But seriously, I gotta give Presti credit where it's due. Flipping expendable assets for Paul George and Melo is an impressive feat.

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