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2010-11 NBA Season


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With baseball slowly winding down, football at full speed, and hockey just starting, I find that the sport on my mind far more than I thought it would be is the NBA. The preseason hath begun, and as you all know, three of the NBA's best players have taken their talents to South Beach to dominate the league unlike any team has before. Some washed up old guys have signed on for the ride as well, but we'll just have to hope that scrubs like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh have enough in the tank to keep up with superstars like Ilgauskas, House, and Miller. (ba-dum ching!)

I can't wait to see what happens here. Can the Heat surpass the 72-win record? Will they even win the East? Can Kobe three-peat? Are the Celtics better-suited for NBA competition or 50+ rec league competition? Will Cleveland go from #1-seed to last place? So many questions; so much time until October 26 when the season starts. Until then, fire away your bold predictions for Miami and the rest of the league. Right now, only one thing's for sure: This is personal now. ^_^

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Wake me up for the Lakers games against the Heat, Celtics, the games against the Suns in Phoenix (I'm going dammit :D ), and then again in April when the Lakers are fighting for home court in the playoffs and into the playoffs.

The Lakers are on the road to three-peats - The current one, Phil Jackson's 4th, Kobe and D-Fish's 2nd.

GO LAKERS!

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I make one post to the NBA thread a season and it's my piss poor predictions. But since the NBA is usually the easiest league to predict, I may do okay.

Eastern Conference

1 Miami over 8 Cleveland

4 Orlando over 5 Atlanta

3 Boston over 6 Milwaukee

2 Chicago over 7 Washington

1 Miami over 4 Orlando

2 Chicago over 3 Boston

2 Chicago over 1 Miami

Western Conference

1 LA Lakers over 8 Portland

5 Phoenix over 4 Dallas

3 Oklahoma City over 6 Houston

7 San Antonio over 2 Denver

1 LA Lakers over 5 Phoenix

3 Oklahoma City over 7 San Antonio

1 LA Lakers over 3 Oklahoma City

NBA Finals

2 Chicago over 1 LA Lakers in 7

Carlos Boozer Finals MVP

:P Muck Fiami

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I think many experts are counting the Celtics out this year, which is a huge mistake. The C's have added fantastic pieces in the offseason to make it another run at a banner for the now "Big 4, plus Shamrock". I don't think i've been pumped to get a season underway in quite a while...

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Alrighty. Here's my honest to goodness (though homer-leaning) predictions :P

--First Round--

Western Conference

1)Oklahoma City over 8)Portland

5)Phoenix over 4)Houston

3)Utah over 6)Dallas

2)LA Lakers over 7)San Antonio

Eastern Conference

1)Miami over 8)New Jersey

5)Atlanta over 4)Chicago

3)Orlando over 6)Milwaukee

2)Boston over 7)Washington

--Second Round--

Western Conference

1)Oklahoma City over 5)Phoenix

3)Utah over 2)LA Lakers (it's due. It'll happen.)

Eastern Conference

1)Miami over 5)Atlanta

2)Boston over 3)Orlando

--Conference Finals--

Western Conference

3)Utah over 1)Oklahoma City

Eastern Conference

1)Miami over 2)Boston

--NBA Finals--

W3)Utah over E1)Miami

MVP: Deron Williams, PG, Utah

I know i'll get blasted for these, but that's okay. I'm a believer! :grin:

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I think there's already an NBA thread going...but people were still arguing about LeBron in the offseason thread, so that other thread died. Oh well, looks like this one has legs so I'll go in.

Eastern Conference

1 Miami - NBA Finals Runner-Up (Not ready to pick em yet. Still don't think that the team as a whole is better than Kobe n'them.)

2 Orlando - Conference Finals Exit in 7 (A Miami-Orlando Conference finals would be fun as HELL to watch. Can't wait to see it. )

3 Boston - Second Round Exit in 7 (Age is going to catch up to this team...not this year, though)

4 Atlanta - Second Round Exit in 5 (No way in hell this team is getting past the 2nd Round. As much as I'd love it...no chance in hell.)

5 Chicago - First Round Exit in 7 (Because it isn't an Atlanta Hawks first round playoff series w/o them underachieving but winning it)

6 Milwaukee - First Round Exit in 6 (Hey, Boston always lets these young whippersnappers stay around in the first round. Milwaukee will be the next. Bogut not being 100% still will hurt them.)

7 New York - First Round Exit in 5 (They are much better, but still can't play any defense. That's the Mike D'Antoni way, though.)

8 Washington - First Round Exit in 4 (Wall + Arenas = FUN FUN FUN)

Miami > Washington in 4

Orlando > New York in 5

Boston > Milwaukee in 6

Atlanta > Chicago in 7

Miami > Atlanta in 5

Orlando > Boston in 7

Miami > Orlando in 7

Western Conference

1 LA Lakers - NBA Champs (They're the defending champs, and they got better over the offseason. Why not pick them for the 3-peat?)

2 Dallas - First Round Exit (I know, I know...picking a 2 seed, then predicting them to be 1-&-Done. This is Dallas, that's what they do.)

3 OKC - Conference Finals Exit in 7 (They're everybody's sexy pick to take a big leap forward. Who am I to not be sexy? :P)

4 Utah - Second Round Exit in 5 (Gotdamn Lakers will get them again.)

5 Portland - First Round Exit in 7 (Utah-Portland will be an exquisite first round series.)

6 Phoenix - First Round Exit (Nash is starting to get up there, the decline is coming for the Suns.)

7 Denver - Second Round Exit in 6 (If Melo stays, they're a playoff team & could do some damage if they get there. If not, disregard.)

8 Houston - First Round Exit in 5 (24 mins-a-game Yao > No Yao. First round is as far as they get, though.)

LA Lakers > Houston in 5

Dallas < Denver in 6

OKC > Phoenix in 6

Utah > Portland in 7

LA Lakers > Utah in 5

OKC > Denver in 6

LA Lakers > OKC in 6

NBA Finals

LA Lakers > Miami in 7

I tell you what though, it's gonna be a fun season to watch. Yeah, anybody outside of Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, & Boston (Maybe OKC if Durant takes another quantum leap) have outsider's chances of winning it all, but it will still be an entertaining season of basketball. So many changes, so many old faces in new places, so many interesting storylines both on & off the court. This season is gonna be awesome.

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Eastern Conference

1)Miami

2)Orlando

3)Boston

4)Chicago

5)Atlanta

6)Milwaukee

7)New York

8)Washington

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9)Cha, 10)Phi, 11)NJ, 12) Det, 13)Ind, 14)Cle, 15)Tor

Western Conference

1)LA Lakers

2)Oklahoma City

3)Dallas

4)Portland

5)San Antonio

6)Denver

7)Utah

8)Phoenix

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9)Hou, 10)NO, 11)LAC, 12)Mem, 13)Sac, 14)GS, 15)Min,

1st Round:

EAST: 1)MIA def. 8)WAS, 2)ORL def. 7)NY, 3)BOS def. 6)MIL, 4)CHI def. 5)ATL

WEST: 1)LAL def. 8)PHX, 2)OKC def. 7)UTAH, 3)DAL def. 6)DEN, 5)SA def. 4)POR

2nd Round:

EAST: 1)MIA def. 4)CHI, 2)ORL def. 3)BOS

WEST: 1)LAL def. 5)SA, 2)OKC def. 3)DAL

EAST FINALS: 1)MIAMI def. 2)ORLANDO

WEST FINALS: 1)LA LAKERS def. 2)OKLAHOMA CITY

NBA FINALS: 1)LOS ANGELES LAKERS def. 1)MIAMI HEAT

Season Awards:

MVP: Kevin Durant, OKC

Rookie: John Wall, WAS

Defensive: Dwaight Howard, ORL

Coach: Scott Brooks, OKC

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Eastern Conference:

1. Orlando Magic

2. Miami Heat

3. Chicago Bulls

4. Boston Celtics

5. Atlanta Hawks

6. Milwaukee Bucks

7. Charlotte Bobcats

8. New York Knicks

Western Conference:

1. Oklahoma City Thunder

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Houston Rockets

4. Portland Blazers

5. Utah Jazz

6. Phoenix Suns

7. New Orleans Hornets

8. Los Angeles Clippers

MVP: Kevin Durant, Thunder

ROY: Blake Griffin, Clippers

DPOY: Dwight Howard, Magic

Coach: Scott Brooks, Thunder

No playoff predictions because those are always a crapshoot, especially when Donaghy-esque refs get involved.

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EAST

1. Miami

2. Orlando

3. Boston

4. Atlanta

5. Chicago

6. Milwaukee

7. Charlotte

8. New York

1. Miami > 8. New York in 4

2. Orlando > 7. Charlotte in 5

3. Boston > 6. Milwaukee in 6

4. Atlanta > 5. Chicago in 7

1. Miami > 4. Atlanta in 5

3. Boston > 2. Orlando in 7

3. Boston > 1. Miami in 7

WEST

1. Los Angeles Lakers

2. Oklahoma City

3. Dallas

4. Portland

5. Phoenix

6. Utah

7. San Antonio

8. Denver

1. Los Angeles > Denver in 5

2. Oklahoma City > 7. San Antonio in 6

3. Dallas > 6. Utah in 6

4. Portland > 5. Phoenix in 7

1. Los Angeles > 4. Portland in 6

2. Oklahoma City > 3. Dallas in 6

1. Los Angeles > 2. Oklahoma City in 6

FINALS

1. Los Angeles vs. 3. Boston in 7

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Atlantic

3Celtics 50-32 (an old team just got older)

6knicks 45-37 (homer pick, a good stoudemire with an improved gallinari turns the knicks around)

12raptors 30-52 ( bargnani, calderon and jack isn't too bad)

13nets 28-54 (improving but not a playoff team)

15 76ers 21-61 (turner is still a rook)

central

4Bulls 48-34 ( noah and rose improve, boozer proves to be a good addition to a good team)

8bucks 40-42 (i'm smelling overrated )

9pacers 36-46 ( good trades, young players improve)

11cavs 32-50 ( williams, jamison, hickson prove that the cavs weren't all lebron)

14pistons 23-59 ( a disaster of a season)

southeast

1Heat 75-7 ( they're just too good)

2 magic 54-28 ( same as last year)

5 hawks 46-36 ( johnson's contract doesn't look too stupid, yet)

7 bobcats 43-39 ( underrated)

10wizards 35-47 ( improving, but no playoffs yet)

southwest

3mavericks 54-28

5 spurs 49-33

6 grizzlies 47-35 ( yeah I picked it)

7 rockets 46-36 ( yao)

8 hornets 45-37 ( effort to keep paul)

northwest

2nuggets 56-26 ( career year for melo)

9 thunder 45-37 ( injuries )

jazz 40-42 ( miss boozer)

blazers 38-44 ( quickly becoming the mets of the nba)

t-wolves 18-64 ( darko is the only one who doesn't disappoint)

pacific

1lakers 59-23

4suns 50-32 ( turkoglu does well)

warriors 38-44

kings 37-45

clippers 35-47

east

1heat 4

8 bucks

4 bulls 6

5 hawks

2 magic 5

7 bobcats

3celtics

6 knicks 7

west

1lakers 5

8hornets

4 suns 5

5 spurs

2nuggets 6

7rockets

3 mavs 6

6 grizzlies

5 heat-bulls

5 magic-knicks

6 lakers-suns

7 nuggets- mavs

6 heat-magic

7 lakers-nuggets

7 heat-lakers

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Wow...making Playoff predictions in mid-October. Well here is mine:

Eastern Conference:

1. Orlando Magic(Deepest team in the league)

2. Miami Heat

3. Boston Celtics(Oldest deepest team in the league)

4. Chicago Bulls

5. Atlanta Hawks

6. Milwaukee Bucks

7. New York Knicks

8. Charlotte Bobcats

Western Conference:

1. LA Lakers

2. OKC Thunder

3. San Antonio Spurs(if they can stay healthy)

4. Dallas Mavericks

5. Utah Jazz

6. Portland TrailBlazers

7. Phoenix Suns

8. Denver Nuggets(w/ Melo...w/o Melo= NO PLAYOFFS)

Playoffs

East

1) Magic over 8)Bobcats

5) Hawks over 4) Bulls

2) Heat over 7) Knicks

3) Celtics over 6) Bucks

1) Magic over 5) Hawks

2) Heat over 3) Celtics

1) Magic over 2) Heat

West

1) Lakers over 8) Nuggets

5) Jazz over 4) Mavs

2) Thunder over 7) Suns

3) Spurs over 6) Blazers

1) Lakers over 5) Jazz

3) Spurs over 2) Thunder

1) Lakers over 3) Spurs

NBA FINALS

Magic over Lakers in 7(Re-match of 2009 Finals- With a different outcome)

MVP: Kevin Durant

NBA Finals MVP- Dwight Howard

ROY: Blake Griffin & John Wall(Co-ROY)

DPOY: Dwight Howard

Coach: Scott Brooks

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Heat F Mike Miller out until January w/ thumb injury.

Well, that was one of the better role players to compliment that three-headed monster that they have, so this is a bit of a hit.

Which also brings up an interesting question: What happens if one of LBJ/Wade/Bosh gets injured? Especially Wade, who isn't exactly known as being the most durable player in the NBA & already had a small problem with his hamstring during the preseason. Of course they'd still be a playoff team...but it would be terrible for them if the injury bug decided to hit.

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Heat F Mike Miller out until January w/ thumb injury.

Well, that was one of the better role players to compliment that three-headed monster that they have, so this is a bit of a hit.

Which also brings up an interesting question: What happens if one of LBJ/Wade/Bosh gets injured? Especially Wade, who isn't exactly known as being the most durable player in the NBA & already had a small problem with his hamstring during the preseason. Of course they'd still be a playoff team...but it would be terrible for them if the injury bug decided to hit.

Depends when it hits. So long as they are healthy in the playoffs, they should be fine.

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Welp, looking like HEAT-CELTICS GAME OF THE CENTURY I will be going down to the wire, despite the Celtics almost leading from wire-to-wire.

Celtics are really pissing this game away. I still think they pull it out, though.

If you can slow the game down and force the Heat to play in the halfcourt offense, I think you can beat them. So when the playoffs come around and the games slow down, Miami may have issues.

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Miami is starting to get it together, but it's too little too late tonight, as the C's have this one locked up.

And all the talk about the Heat making a run at the Bulls' single season wins record is out the window, at least for the time being.

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