Official NBA Season Thread

#651 Edited by Boston_Boyy (3963 posts) -

There's no way Ballmer would move the team to Seattle, the franchise would instantly lose half of it's value. That being said pro sport franchise values are always going to be very fluid due to the tiny number of teams available and potential buyers.

#652 Posted by Bikouchu35 (7457 posts) -
@Boston_Boyy said:

There's no way Ballmer would move the team to Seattle, the franchise would instantly lose half of it's value. That being said pro sport franchise values are always going to be very fluid due to the tiny number of teams available and potential buyers.

I don't think losing money is foreign to Ballmer here. I mean look at his networth he can easily afford to bring them over despite the loss if he wanted to. He probably won't in the near future, but down the road... I rather have that douche Larry Ellison or better yet Patrick Shiong who is an LA guy by heart. Oh well worse comes to worst, he can just buy us a few ships before he takes the team with him.

#653 Edited by Ballroompirate (23052 posts) -

Is it just me or is this whole Spurs vs Thunder series seem...whack?

Both teams have been doing superb at home while they've been doing horrible on the road (specially the Thunder...)

#654 Posted by Boston_Boyy (3963 posts) -

Can Donald Sterling just take his $2B and fucking die already?

#655 Posted by yokofox33 (29910 posts) -

Lance lol

#656 Posted by Boston_Boyy (3963 posts) -

I can't wait until Stephenson realizes how many millions he cost himself when he tests the FA this summer.

#657 Posted by sfkm2 (67784 posts) -

*sighs* Meh The Heat.

#658 Posted by Master_Live (14854 posts) -

Unlike the OKC situation I see many possibilities of how the Pacers should go forward:

  • Fire Vogel
  • Rosters changes: Stephenson in or out, trade Hibbert, replace George Hill.
  • Stay put and see if the Heatles break up.
#659 Posted by Master_Live (14854 posts) -

OKC keeps switching, Spurs keeps going to the post and Fisher keeps fouling.

#660 Edited by Seabas989 (10405 posts) -

Miami in 6.

#661 Posted by yokofox33 (29910 posts) -

I'll stay a believer and say Heat in 6.

But I don't know if the Spurs are gonna let themselves lose to the Heat again.

#662 Posted by Silverbond (16070 posts) -

Spurs in 6.

#663 Edited by Master_Live (14854 posts) -

OKC should trade for a brain for Westbrook. Duncan taking Ibaka to school.

#664 Posted by Chutebox (37374 posts) -

Wasn't really his fault in the situation, but that long 3 at the end of overtime from Westbrook totally reminded me of the fresh prince gif.

#665 Edited by Master_Live (14854 posts) -

#666 Edited by EPICCOMMANDER (587 posts) -

I'll go ahead and say that I think the Thunder got robbed. Second year in a row they got some tough luck and someone was injured.

Clearly, Ibaka was not a factor in the final game as I don't think he got even a single blocked shot this last game, but I think it really wore out Westbrook and Durant playing all of those minutes in the first two games because of the different lineup. Durant is obviously lacking the necessary bulk and or skills to guard the four well, at least against players like Duncan.

Thunder have got to get a better bench, and Westbrook's got to get that offensive IQ up and stop taking threes off the dribble and other wild/ill-advised shots and pass the ball more, and he'll be pretty much one of the best guards in the league. Steven Adams is machine. He's not that far away from being a starter IMO.

The NBA draft is rigged or it's enchanted by some magical spell. The Cavs get the no. 1 draft pick two years in a row, the Thunder pretty much always get a good/great player, and the Celtics get jack shit.

#667 Edited by CWEBB04z (4590 posts) -

@EPICCOMMANDER said:

I'll go ahead and say that I think the Thunder got robbed. Second year in a row they got some tough luck and someone was injured.

Clearly, Ibaka was not a factor in the final game as I don't think he got even a single blocked shot this last game, but I think it really wore out Westbrook and Durant playing all of those minutes in the first two games because of the different lineup. Durant is obviously lacking the necessary bulk and or skills to guard the four well, at least against players like Duncan.

Thunder have got to get a better bench, and Westbrook's got to get that offensive IQ up and stop taking threes off the dribble and other wild/ill-advised shots and pass the ball more, and he'll be pretty much one of the best guards in the league. Steven Adams is machine. He's not that far away from being a starter IMO.

The NBA draft is rigged or it's enchanted by some magical spell. The Cavs get the no. 1 draft pick two years in a row, the Thunder pretty much always get a good/great player, and the Celtics get jack shit.

The Thunder did not get robbed. Their coach is an idiot. He left Westbrook/Durant on the court for way too long. They should not be playing nearly the whole game. Also. the reason Ibaka didn't get any blocks is because they neutralized him. Brought him out of the paint and Duncan also schooled his ass on the low post by getting under Ibaka with his body. Brooks also started Perkins who sucks, Steven Adams should have started over Perkins and played much more minutes. The only bench player that logged any significant minutes was Derek Fisher.

Spurs in 6. The Spurs improved while the Heat stayed relatively the same. A shitty team like the Pacers beat the Heat twice... The Spurs will win the series.

#668 Posted by 36Ounces (2065 posts) -

I'll say Spurs in 7 IF Parker can stay on the court.

#669 Posted by Silverbond (16070 posts) -

Just realized that the Finals is going to be the 2-2-1-1-1 format.

Spurs... in 5.

#670 Edited by EPICCOMMANDER (587 posts) -
@CWEBB04z said:

@EPICCOMMANDER said:

I'll go ahead and say that I think the Thunder got robbed. Second year in a row they got some tough luck and someone was injured.

Clearly, Ibaka was not a factor in the final game as I don't think he got even a single blocked shot this last game, but I think it really wore out Westbrook and Durant playing all of those minutes in the first two games because of the different lineup. Durant is obviously lacking the necessary bulk and or skills to guard the four well, at least against players like Duncan.

Thunder have got to get a better bench, and Westbrook's got to get that offensive IQ up and stop taking threes off the dribble and other wild/ill-advised shots and pass the ball more, and he'll be pretty much one of the best guards in the league. Steven Adams is machine. He's not that far away from being a starter IMO.

The NBA draft is rigged or it's enchanted by some magical spell. The Cavs get the no. 1 draft pick two years in a row, the Thunder pretty much always get a good/great player, and the Celtics get jack shit.

The Thunder did not get robbed. Their coach is an idiot. He left Westbrook/Durant on the court for way too long. They should not be playing nearly the whole game. Also. the reason Ibaka didn't get any blocks is because they neutralized him. Brought him out of the paint and Duncan also schooled his ass on the low post by getting under Ibaka with his body. Brooks also started Perkins who sucks, Steven Adams should have started over Perkins and played much more minutes. The only bench player that logged any significant minutes was Derek Fisher.

Spurs in 6. The Spurs improved while the Heat stayed relatively the same. A shitty team like the Pacers beat the Heat twice... The Spurs will win the series.

Actually I might agree with you that Scott Brooks might have made a few questionable decisions regarding his rotation–but I think the only time he should not have played Westbrook and Durant so much was in the first two games. I'll never understand why Durant was playing the 4 at times in those two games when a combination of Colison, Adams, and Perkins could have provided that.

Anyway, moving away from the Thunder...

I don't think I'm with you with the Spurs in 6...especially if part of your argument for that statement is the Heat's performance in the last series. The Pacers second win with George's 37 points comes with the biggest asterisk I've ever seen in that the league's best perimeter defender wasn't guarding him but sitting on the bench with 5 fouls.

I'm not sure who will win the finals but 6 games at least for sure.

#671 Posted by Braun_Roid_Rage (720 posts) -

Don't blow it this time Spurs.

#672 Posted by Master_Live (14854 posts) -

Relevant NBA on NBC video:

#673 Edited by Master_Live (14854 posts) -

If I knew Parker was 100% healthy I would say Spurs in 6.

My prediction is Spurs in 7.

#674 Edited by Boston_Boyy (3963 posts) -

I just don't get this cramping stuff sometimes. How can a player that athletic and and that fit become that immobilized? It's sad to watch and I can't blame him for what's happening to his body, but Christ does he ever suffer with them at some seriously inopportune times.

#675 Posted by Master_Live (14854 posts) -

If LeBron misses a fucking game because of the stupid air conditioner Adam Silver is going to murder the technician in charge of this fucking mess. As for the Spurs: TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO. Can you take care of the fucking ball?

***Nice jobs guys, not one comment until the 4th. I'm glad that I'm reminded why I won't mind when this piece of shit of a site goes down with its stupid too many posts in a row rule.

#676 Posted by Seabas989 (10405 posts) -

I've been to San Antonio in the summer and yeah it's ridiculously hot. So I can imagine how hot it was inside that arena. Still ridiculous that it broke lol.

Sucks for Lebron.

#677 Posted by yokofox33 (29910 posts) -

Wow. Lebron is a bitch,

You force 23 turnovers and still lose. That's not a good sign.

#678 Edited by Master_Live (14854 posts) -

LeBron is no bitch, it wasn't his fucking fault.

#679 Posted by yokofox33 (29910 posts) -

Jordan, Kobe, Magic... they would have never taken themselves out of the game.

Whatever. He's not really a bitch, but the Spurs had to play in that crap, too. They seemed to persevere better than the Heat. I'm very complacent though. I'm happy the Heat made it to the Finals again. I'm content win or lose, no matter what any one else says.

#680 Posted by CWEBB04z (4590 posts) -

Cramps are no fun, when I played football in college, I got a cramp on my calf.. It hurt like hell and I could barely move.

#681 Posted by yokofox33 (29910 posts) -

Ehhh, I probably overreacted because it was Lebron. I just remember Kobe walking off the court after tearing his ACL and thinking Lebron can't play through a cramp?

#682 Edited by Boston_Boyy (3963 posts) -

Yeah. I feel like anybody who is talking shit has never actually had bad cramping. It doesn't matter how fit you are, when it hits you will be immobilized. That being said it's unfair to blame the loss on a bad a/c or cramping, both teams dealt with it and by a stroke of bad luck the Heat were the ones who suffered.

#683 Edited by EPICCOMMANDER (587 posts) -

San Antonio More like Sans A/C

Seriously, San Antonio needs to get their shit together with the A/C, and I hope the Heat players have nightmares about Danny Green and remember last years finals where he had like 6 threes.

@Master_Live said:

If LeBron misses a fucking game because of the stupid air conditioner Adam Silver is going to murder the technician in charge of this fucking mess. As for the Spurs: TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO, TO. Can you take care of the fucking ball?

***Nice jobs guys, not one comment until the 4th. I'm glad that I'm reminded why I won't mind when this piece of shit of a site goes down with its stupid too many posts in a row rule.

I'll try to make up for that right now. Wade looked damn good out there in the first quarter, he totally took Duncan to school multiple times that game. Also that dunk by Allen was sick. Also also, where were the fouls in that game?? Were the refs succumbing to the heat as well or something!? Either that, or the refs suddenly got a whole lot better because there were fouls that I 'thought' would be called fouls that turned out to be nothing—but 99% of the time are called fouls, so it was odd.

EDIT: Some other things...

-hoped to maybe see an appearance from Oden

-as I expected the heat will not hesitate to put LeBron on parker

-Chalmers was awful

#684 Posted by Put_in_Kitna (2647 posts) -

Yeah. Heat got gaped in 4th. It owned. 14-16 from the field. 6-6 from 3 in the 4th. Clutch time happened and the Spurs prevailed. If the games are close I like the Spurs all day. Good start.

#685 Posted by Braun_Roid_Rage (720 posts) -

You can't blame it on the AC because it caused problems with both teams. Bu bu it was a conspiracy! GTFO the Spurs just outplayed them when it counted. Excuses are for bitches man.

#686 Edited by Master_Live (14854 posts) -

Nah, the refs had an ok game. No more touchy and foul after baskets made at the rim. On the Finals the games are call tighter and the players adjust accordingly.

#687 Posted by Ballroompirate (23052 posts) -

@yokofox33 said:

Wow. Lebron is a bitch,

You force 23 turnovers and still lose. That's not a good sign.

Actually the Spurs should have lost the way they played in the 3rd quarter, but they got it done by the 4th and Green went beast mode at the right moment. Honestly it was quite nerve racking to see this game so close compared to other games in the series. Also that pass from Parker in the I think it was in the 3rd was pretty sick.

#688 Posted by -Blasphemy- (3110 posts) -

spurs turned it up in the last 4 minutes miami just looked ridiculous without lebron pretty sad considering all that talent on that team

#689 Edited by Put_in_Kitna (2647 posts) -

Wade is the biggest pussy ive seen since chris paul.

#690 Posted by EPICCOMMANDER (587 posts) -

LeBron's got that look in his eyes.

#691 Edited by Master_Live (14854 posts) -

Chalmers went to Wade's bush league school.

#692 Edited by Boston_Boyy (3963 posts) -

That was so dirty, but can we please get more than one replay in real-time? Slow-motion is great when used right, which contrary to the average sports TV directors opinion, is not of the same thing from 10 different angles.

#693 Posted by Put_in_Kitna (2647 posts) -

Chalmers is a pos. No surprise here. Hit your damn FT's. Unbelievable swing right there. 4 free points back to back you miss out on. Parker wasn't right yet, idk why you let him shoot those FTs.

#694 Posted by Put_in_Kitna (2647 posts) -

Ha. FIgures those 4 miss FTS in a row, was a 7 point swing would of come back to bite them in the ass. Costly turnover, and shit defense in the last minute. Awful loss. Miami the favorite after 2.

#695 Posted by Seabas989 (10405 posts) -

Like a Bosh.

#696 Posted by mont13 (1466 posts) -

Great 2nd half for Lebron (offense and defense), good win. Once again he passes to Bosh late in the game and Bosh hits the shot this time. Lebron got undue criticizism last game for passing to Bosh.....I wish people would stop the comparisons to Jordan, Lebron is GREAT in his own right and in his own way.

#697 Posted by PSP107 (11941 posts) -

@Put_in_Kitna said:

Ha. FIgures those 4 miss FTS in a row, was a 7 point swing would of come back to bite them in the ass.

lol, the Spurs should be banned from shooting free throws. It cost them in Game 6 last year and Game 2 tonight.

Mike Green pointed it out after Duncan missed that last free throw that this might cost them. And it did. lol at missing 4 fts in a row.

#698 Posted by yokofox33 (29910 posts) -

Mario won't be back next year. Not saying the Heat won't miss him, but Norris Cole is a capable starter. Heat only need one dirty player on the team in Wade.

Although kudos to Chalmers for seemingly lighting a spark for the Heat.

#699 Posted by CWEBB04z (4590 posts) -

The Spurs do love giving away games that they could have won. Jeesh.

#700 Edited by EPICCOMMANDER (587 posts) -
@yokofox33 said:

Mario won't be back next year. Not saying the Heat won't miss him, but Norris Cole is a capable starter. Heat only need one dirty player on the team in Wade.

Although kudos to Chalmers for seemingly lighting a spark for the Heat.

Well...I mean Chalmers is a pretty great spot-up guy, and he's pretty valuable in a starting lineup that only occasionally features another shooter like Battier (who is leaving) or Lewis, and sometimes features Haslem. That's the only reason (other than maybe because Chalmers is a Heat vet.) that I could see why Chalmers is still in the lineup. If James comes back, I'm willing to bet Chalmers will be as well, though probably on a smaller contract.