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Loved the playoffs so far, great series of Nuggets-Jazz with Mitchell and Marray performances, a great series between Mavs and Clippers (too bad for the Porzingis' injury), nice series between Thunder and Rockets. The Heat owning Bucks, also nice series so far in Celtics-Raptors excep for the 5th match Toronto played terrible.

I think it's going to be a Lakers-Celtics final with Lakers winning on 6
 

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Nothing against small ball per se but if the Rockets "40 3s and baiting fouls" style becomes the norm, they're gonna have to change the rules to keep anyone watching.
Rockets' style is now failing them. For one, even if a three will get you more points, it's by default the hardest shot to take. Second, you don't have the size (particularly against Lakers) so you're more likely to lose the REB battle. So many more possessions for LAK.

Game 4: LAK OREB 12 DREB 40; HOU OREB 1 DREB 25; OVERALL 52 vs. 26.
Game 3: LAK OREB 9 DREB 34; HOU OREB 6 DREB 24; OVERALL 43 vs. 30.
Game 2 wasn't that bad, OVERALL 41 vs. 35.
And Game 1, which HOU won, OVERALL even at 41 each.

Rondo has been a great addition. LAK-LAC is enticing.
 

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Rockets' style is now failing them. For one, even if a three will get you more points, it's by default the hardest shot to take. Second, you don't have the size (particularly against Lakers) so you're more likely to lose the REB battle. So many more possessions for LAK.

Game 4: LAK OREB 12 DREB 40; HOU OREB 1 DREB 25; OVERALL 52 vs. 26.
Game 3: LAK OREB 9 DREB 34; HOU OREB 6 DREB 24; OVERALL 43 vs. 30.
Game 2 wasn't that bad, OVERALL 41 vs. 35.
And Game 1, which HOU won, OVERALL even at 41 each.

Rondo has been a great addition. LAK-LAC is enticing.
Yesterday in the final game of the series, again a huge gap in rebounds, 50 vs. 31 for LAK. Basically you need to redline your 3 pt shots, cause you won't get many 2nd opportunities. Perhaps analytics gone wrong for HOU...
 

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Season starts in a few days, so here are my picks:

East

1. Bucks
2. Celts
3. Pacers
4. 76ers
5. Raps
6. Nets
7. Heat
8. Hawks

West

1. Clips
2. Rockets
3. Nugs
4. Blazers
5. Jazz
6. Wars
7. Spurs
8. Kings

Hornets to finish last.

Final: Bucks vs. Clips, Clips are the Champs.

MVP: Leonard.
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Sorry mate, such ridiculous post deserves nothing less. It was nice to see Bucks and their fake MVP getting humiliated by Miami, but what happened tonight is one of the more beautiful things in this sport in the last decade. Overrated loser franchise who were title favorites by some "experts" losing in conference semi after being 3-1 up and wasting a double digit advantage in 3 consecutive games. Lmfao.

PG23% with his standard playoff performance, so glad he stayed away from the Lakers. They gave up all first round picks until 2027 for this guy lmao. And "MVP" Leonard with 14 points lol. Still without a conference final in the entire franchise history.
Time for the best team and the best franchise and the real MVP to lift that #17 :cool:
 

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Yeah that was such a dumb prediction. Last night was such a feel good moment.

I thought the Clippers got the better looks to start the 4th quarter (without Jokic), but one brick followed another. They froze three 4th quarters in a row, insane choking.

We should be glad Butler didn't join them for free instead of PG. Then they also would have had SGA over Bev. Although I'm surprised how bad PG was im the playoffs.
 

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For regular season Miami was 2nd in 3pt% (37.9%; on that note, Houston with their small ball approach was 23rd shooting 34.8%). 4 shooters above 40%. Duncan Robinson's release is killer.

Nice brand of basketball from Miami at the moment. Celtics not done yet though.
 
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