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2012-13 NBA Season Thread

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The Clippers are in danger of having to go onto the road to start the playoffs.

They win.

Could be the last game in Sacramento for some time.

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I don't think I've ever seen a 180 degree laser three pointer like I just saw at the end of the Lakers game. Wow.

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Although I'm glad (or rather exhausted) that it took this long for the Lakers to get in, the Jazz's piss-poor performance doomed their own chances tonight. I called their game against Memphis as the Jazz's "nail in the coffin," but boy was Utah not urgent in their gameplay. 70 points, a paltry 32% shooting, and Randy Foye going 1 for 9, all in most likely Al Jefferson's last game with the team. Shame.

Even though the Lakers are in, their game vs. the Rockets loses some luster. I kinda wanted the buildup to this game as "win-and-in, lose-and-out." Add some serious drama and flare to this one. Now it's just for playoff positioning, to route the inevitable that the Lakers will likely get smoked out of the playoffs in round one.

Does this game have enough drama for you now?

What a game tonight. Both teams really, really do not want to play the Thunder.

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The Clippers made it a million times harder than it needed to be, but they clinched homecourt and the 4th seed.

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Steph Curry: greatest 3 point shooter in NBA history

Take it easy, best single season and best of al time are two different things. Curry has many years of being a three point assassin before he can claim best ever.

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For real. Plus, I'm sure both Ray Allen and Reggie Miller have something to say about that.

Young'ns these days....

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My predictions for the first round are:

EAST

Heat over Bucks

Bulls over Nets

Knicks over Celtics

Pacers over Hawks

WEST

Thunder over Rockets

Clippers over Grizzlies (tough to call)

Spurs over Lakers

Warriors over Nuggets (those injuries might screw Denver over)

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Steph Curry: greatest 3 point shooter in NBA history

Take it easy, best single season and best of al time are two different things. Curry has many years of being a three point assassin before he can claim best ever.

Still far from being the most outrageous claim ever.

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My predictions for the whole postseason:

WEST:

First Round

Thunder over Rockets (in 5)

Clippers over Grizzlies (in 7)

Warriors over Nuggets (in 6)

Spurs over Lakers (in 7)

Semi-Finals

Thunder over Clippers (in 6)

Spurs over Warriors (in 6)

Conference Finals

Thunder over Spurs (in 5)

EAST

First Round

Heat over Bucks (in 4)

Nets over Bulls (in 6)

Pacers over Hawks (in 6)

Knicks over Celtics (in 5)

Semi-Finals

Heat over Nets (in 5)

Knicks over Pacers (in 7)

Conference Finals

Heat over Knicks (in 6)

2013 NBA Finals

Heat over Thunder (in 5)

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I'm going out on a limb here.

Clippers over Knicks in the Finals

Chicago upsets Miami in round 2.

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Steph Curry: greatest 3 point shooter in NBA history

I bet this kid is under 15 years old. But it's OK. It just means he never saw Reggie Miller and prime Ray Allen terrorizing teams behind the arc.

Your loss, kid.

Steph Curry: greatest 3 point shooter in NBA history

Take it easy, best single season and best of al time are two different things. Curry has many years of being a three point assassin before he can claim best ever.

Still far from being the most outrageous claim ever.

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He looks like the guy from those "bbalbreakdown" videos on YouTube.

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Two firings today, one deserved one I'm not so sure.

I think Lawrence Frank had to go in Detroit. Its a great story that he's been able to be a head coach in the NBA despite having no playing experience or family lineage, but it just wasn't working in Detroit. I don't think it was unreasonable to expect this team to be in contention for an eight seed this year and they never even got close to that, so probably need to make a few roster changes as well which they were in the process of doing mid-season, but as much as I admire Frank, he was probably part of the problem.

The one I'm not so sure about is Byron Scott. You had Kyrie Irving, Dion Waters and Anderson Varejao all missing significant portions of the season. Not sure what ownership expected given with that. If he made the playoffs with that going against him he should have been coach of the year. Again like the Pistons not unreasonable to expect them to be in playoff contention, but that's assuming they were healthy. Cleveland really wasn't healthy all year. So did the Cavs fire Scott because they thought he was a bad coach, or because they needed a scape goat over the fact that the team wasn't healthy all year? I tend to think it was more the latter.

Also given that Mike Brown is their leading candidate that tells me even more that it was a scape goat firing, because he has almost the exact same coaching philosophy as Scott does.

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Yeah, because a one-trick pony like Mike Brown who owes all his NBA success to Lebron James and (to a lesser extent) Kobe Bryant is a great fit to go BACK to Cleveland.

Sorry. That's hysterical.

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Michael Jordan is an awful awful owner.

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Does Mike Brown have compromising pictures of every owner in the league or something? There's talk that he's being (re)named the Cavs' head coach tomorrow, and also rumors that he was on the Sixers' list of candidates. Plus he's still getting paychecks on the side from the Lakers. Somehow one of the most mediocre coaches in the league has got it absolutely made right now.

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The Cavs just fired him to whittle away at his self-worth until he finally relents and starts wearing a porkpie hat and oversized mustache on the sideline.

And the Bobcats never should have hired the assistant coach of a mid-level college program in the first place, so to fire him just rights a wrong.

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Bobcats fired Mike Dunlap. So you give a guy with no coaching experience a terrible team and he doesn't do well his first year and you fire him. Makes sense I guess

I mean there's a reason why the Bobcats hired a career college assistant to be their head coach.

Nobody with any real NBA head coaching aspirations is going anywhere near that trash fire.

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Suns Fired Lance Blanks as GM yesterday. Paul Coro of the azcentral is saying that the choice could be Grant Hill when he retires this season. I hope they fire Lon Babby pretty soon, or force Robert Sarver to sell the team pretty soon. This team has become nothing more of a joke.

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Bobcats fired Mike Dunlap. So you give a guy with no coaching experience a terrible team and he doesn't do well his first year and you fire him. Makes sense I guess

It's kind of funny how Dunlap thought that he could save his job if he finished the season on a strong note, and that probably cost him his job.

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Grant Hill as GM? He seems more like coaching material to me.

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Has Grant Hill done anything of note in the past decade?

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Told people not to call each other gay.

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Grant Hill is too much of a politician to be a coach he will be a GM and then run for office.

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Word is starting to spread here that David Kahn has been fired by the T-Wolves and possibly to be replaced by Flip Saunders.

David Kahn made good and bad moves, but was about the least-respected exec in the NBA...Hopefully this will help keep and get guys here (though the real issue is the weather)

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Firing Kahn makes sense, but Flip Saunders replacing him? The Wolves really need a smart, established front office guy as their GM, they can't afford to take a risk like this after how bad McHale and Kahn turned out to be.

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