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2019 NBA Playoffs Thread

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No joke, that was the greatest basketball game I've ever seen in my life. Scoring 72 points in 19 minutes is absurd to begin with, and doing it against the super-stacked Warriors without a single all-star on our roster is nothing short of incredible. The fact that a rookie (Shamet) was the one who hit the go-ahead three is just the icing on the cake.

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3 minutes ago, Lights Out said:

No joke, that was the greatest basketball game I've ever seen in my life. Scoring 72 points in 19 minutes is absurd to begin with, and doing it against the super-stacked Warriors without a single all-star on our roster is nothing short of incredible. The fact that a rookie (Shamet) was the one who hit the go-ahead three is just the icing on the cake.

 

Better than game 7 over the Spurs in 2015?

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9 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

 

Better than game 7 over the Spurs in 2015?

Even better than that, because that Spurs win comes with the bitter memory of what happened in the next round.

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This game feels a bit like the Curry wet spot game in 2016. Dubs will likely still win the series, but it’s leaving me with a pretty bad feeling. It’s going to be an absolute dogfight every game and I’m just curious if this team, for all the immense talent they have, has the fortitude and the character to last four rounds. With all of the bickering they’ve done with each other this year, I really don’t know. 

 

This is has NOT been a fun Warriors season to watch, and the playoffs are all the sudden shaping up to feel the same way. 

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This is what happens when you play in the Finals four years in a row. Players get tired and it's harder to get up for it and keep it going. Assuming the Warriors get last the Clips (and they still should), the Rockets are going to be a real pain in the ass too.

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It’s annoying as hell, but it really does speak volumes for what those 90s Bulls teams were able to do. The two year stretch in the middle with no Jordan I’m sure helped, but keeping that killer instinct for two separate threepeats is actually somehow underrated. This Warriors team is probably the best assembled group of players ever and you can see how mentally taxing just these past three seasons have been. That’s the biggest thing I’ve taken away from this run. This :censored: is so goddamn hard. 

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If Jordan had stayed it would've been interesting to see if the Bulls could've won 8 straight. Bulls vs. Rockets those two seasons would've been awesome. 

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People pretend Jordan didn't play in the 1995 playoffs and didn't get smoked by Orlando.

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21 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

People pretend Jordan didn't play in the 1995 playoffs and didn't get smoked by Orlando.

 

True but Jordan came back from time off. If he had been playing those two full seasons, he would be in Jordan mode. 

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That was crazy! Can anybody confirm if the Clippers' 31-point comeback is the biggest in playoff history? I remember watching their last epic playoff comeback against the Grizzlies in 2012, I think they were down by 25 or 26 in that game.

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8 hours ago, DG_Now said:

This is what happens when you play in the Finals four years in a row. Players get tired and it's harder to get up for it and keep it going. Assuming the Warriors get last the Clips (and they still should), the Rockets are going to be a real pain in the ass too.

Durant played 34 minutes and took just 8 shots. Sure he was 11-12 from the FT line, but that few shots were either apathy or an FU to Kerr over his criticism of Durant's Game 1 ejection and technical accumulation.

Warriors also went 41-45 FTs, 14 more than the Clippers, and still lost. The box score is nuts.

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7 hours ago, Tracy Jordan said:

That was crazy! Can anybody confirm if the Clippers' 31-point comeback is the biggest in playoff history? I remember watching their last epic playoff comeback against the Grizzlies in 2012, I think they were down by 25 or 26 in that game.

 

It is the biggest comeback in playoff history. All news outlets confirmed.

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8 hours ago, DG_Now said:

This is what happens when you play in the Finals four years in a row. Players get tired and it's harder to get up for it and keep it going. Assuming the Warriors get last the Clips (and they still should), the Rockets are going to be a real pain in the ass too.

And somehow people actually downplay how much of an achievement it was for LeBron to make the Finals eight years in a row. The amount of physical and mental toughness it takes to pull off a feat like that is borderline superhuman, especially when you see a whole stacked team like the Warriors starting to get fatigued after "only" four straight Finals.

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This Warriors team could pretty much be Curry & Draymond next season. Just think of what could happen this off season:

-KD & Klay leave (I think Klay stays, but?) 

-Livingston & Iguodala (maybe) retire

-Kerr steps down

-Cousins injured & not offered a contract 

-GM Bob Myers is lured somewhere else

 

 

 

 

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36 minutes ago, Lights Out said:

And somehow people actually downplay how much of an achievement it was for LeBron to make the Finals eight years in a row. The amount of physical and mental toughness it takes to pull off a feat like that is borderline superhuman, especially when you see a whole stacked team like the Warriors starting to get fatigued after "only" four straight Finals.

To be fair, Warriors have had to face much tougher teams in The Playoffs than Lebron. 

Plus Lebron made it with 2 separate teams in that span, unlike The Warriors whom (aside from KD) have basically been the same core since 2015.

 

When it's the same group for the past 5 years, the grinds bound to get to them than with new guys that haven't been there before.   

 

 

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5 minutes ago, AustinFomBoston said:

To be fair, Warriors have had to face much tougher teams in The Playoffs than Lebron. 

Plus Lebron made it with 2 separate teams in that span, unlike The Warriors whom (aside from KD) have basically been the same core since 2015.

 

When it's the same group for the past 5 years, the grinds bound to get to them than with new guys that haven't been there before.   

 

 

 

In 2015, the Warriors played the overmatched Rockets in the WCF instead of the 69-win Spurs that everyone expected. Then they played half of a Cavs team in the Finals.

In 2016, the Warriors played a headcase Thunder team with a Draymond Green who shouldn't even have been there after karate kicking Steven Adams in the nuts.

In 2017, the Warriors Zaza'ed Kawhi out of the WCF.

In 2018, the Warriors played the Spurs without Kawhi, the Pelicans without Boogie, and the Cavs without a clue.

 

Getting to the Finals four years in a row is a huge deal, but let's not pretend the Warriors consistently faced a murderer's row, because they had a ton of luck break their way.

 

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28 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

 

In 2015, the Warriors played the overmatched Rockets in the WCF instead of the 69-win Spurs that everyone expected. Then they played half of a Cavs team in the Finals.

In 2016, the Warriors played a headcase Thunder team with a Draymond Green who shouldn't even have been there after karate kicking Steven Adams in the nuts.

In 2017, the Warriors Zaza'ed Kawhi out of the WCF.

In 2018, the Warriors played the Spurs without Kawhi, the Pelicans without Boogie, and the Cavs without a clue.

 

Getting to the Finals four years in a row is a huge deal, but let's not pretend the Warriors consistently faced a murderer's row, because they had a ton of luck break their way.

 

Sure, but by the same token, let's not pretend Lebron constantly faced adversity in his 8 straight years getting to the Finals. 

Until last year, the last time his team needed a game 7 in an Eastern Playoff Series was 2013 against The Pacers.

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6 hours ago, DG_Now said:

In 2018, the Warriors played the Spurs without Kawhi, the Pelicans without Boogie, and the Cavs without a clue.

 

Getting to the Finals four years in a row is a huge deal, but let's not pretend the Warriors consistently faced a murderer's row, because they had a ton of luck break their way.

 

 

And don't forget about CP3 getting hurt with the Rockets up 3-2 in the WCF.

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This is one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen out of the Magic. Toronto figured us out after Game 1, and now the team is in shambles.

 

We may have the Playoff Lowry Part 2 Electric Boogaloo. Playoff Vucevic is real, folks, and boy is he bad.

 

The city needs to keep their spirits high for game 3. I’m just happy we’re here in the first place. It’ll be Raptors in 6.

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