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NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

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I know it’s only three games in, but the Jazz look good. Rubio has made a huge difference already with the way he opens up the offense. Ingles is stepping up a lot, Mitchell can really make plays, Gobert looks even more improved than he already was, and beating OKC like we did was a really pleasant surprise. 

 

Again, it’s still early, but they may not drop off as much as I’d thought.

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18 minutes ago, ninersdd said:

Suns can coach 3 games in.

 

This is so sad:

 

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5 hours ago, DG_Now said:

 

This is so sad:

 

They should’ve traded Bledsoe last year. Try to get some good talent or draft picks. Watson was never the answer in Phoenix. Until we can get a coach that can guide these young players. The Suns are going to be a dumpster for the unseeable future 

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5 hours ago, DG_Now said:

 

This is so sad:

 

Ive been begging for him to get traded, with all the rumors, i thought it would finally happen, i was throughlly disappointed.

Get your sh#t together Suns

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Are Red Wings games as empty as Pistons' games?

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20 hours ago, BringBackTheVet said:

Ben Simmons joins Oscar Robinson as the only players to have a triple double by their 4th ever game.

 

#TrustTheProcess

 

 

Does the process include Fultz getting his shoulder drained?

 

I've heard of elbows and knees being drained for years, but never a shoulder.

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4 minutes ago, dfwabel said:

Does the process include Fultz getting his shoulder drained?

 

I've heard of elbows and knees being drained for years, but never a shoulder.

 

The process is a group exercise in confirmation bias so, no, probably not.

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2 hours ago, dfwabel said:

Does the process include Fultz getting his shoulder drained?

 

I've heard of elbows and knees being drained for years, but never a shoulder.

 

Sam Hinkie planned for this.  Don't worry about it.

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I think the Clips might be really good this year. I haven't seen Blake so motivated before.

 

I'm rooting for them.

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I guess all it took for the Clippers to stop being the most hated team in the league was to not have Chris Paul on the team.

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12 minutes ago, The Six said:

I guess all it took for the Clippers to stop being the most hated team in the league was to not have Chris Paul on the team.

 

He's at least one less guy that complains to the refs after ever single play.

 

I really thought Blake was done but he looks like LeBron out there.

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24 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

 

He's at least one less guy that complains to the refs after ever single play.

 

I really thought Blake was done but he looks like LeBron out there.

 

The "Clippers are whiners" narrative was never really fair. Yes, they definitely complained, but just watch any other team. Everyone complains after every call. Durant and Westbrook whined together all the time in OKC, but they remained liked. Curry throws his mouthpiece at refs. The whole league is full of whiners (which I'm sure is because they're all damned ENTITLED MILLENIALS), but only the Clips were characterized by it by fans and the media.

 

For some reason people thought Griffin would be out until December, but here is he is playing healthy. He should be in his prime right now, so injuries are the only thing that could hold him back.

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40 minutes ago, The Six said:

 

The "Clippers are whiners" narrative was never really fair. Yes, they definitely complained, but just watch any other team. Everyone complains after every call. Durant and Westbrook whined together all the time in OKC, but they remained liked. Curry throws his mouthpiece at refs. The whole league is full of whiners (which I'm sure is because they're all damned ENTITLED MILLENIALS), but only the Clips were characterized by it by fans and the media.

 

For some reason people thought Griffin would be out until December, but here is he is playing healthy. He should be in his prime right now, so injuries are the only thing that could hold him back.

I never realized this, but you’re absolutely right. Feels like Blake’s been in the league forever. 

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15 hours ago, DG_Now said:

I think the Clips might be really good this year. I haven't seen Blake so motivated before.

 

I'm rooting for them.

 

Yeah, I was in the boat saying that they'd drop off considerably without Paul and (to a less extent) Redick. But Beverley is decent, especially defensively. Galinari and Teodosic were good pick ups as well. Hopefully the latter can return soon. 

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11 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

Cavs stink.

 

EDIT: More importantly, David Stern says players should be able to smoke weed. Does the NBA even test for marijuana? @dfwabelwill know, but I can't think of any player in recent years that has been busted for smoking dope.

They don't get suspended until a 3rd positive marijuana test. OJ Mayo was the last guy I remember to be kickedout, but it was for something much harder than weed.

 

But to answer you, it's likely Larry Sanders as the last guy suspended in 2014 but JR Smith also got 5 games in 2013 for his 3rd pot violation.

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