NBA: 2018-2019 Season

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  1. the_boy

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    “Sit down and ice your knees, bro”

    Said the coward officer
     
  2. JohnBM01

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    After trailing by 25 points heading into the 4th Quarter, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Sacramento Kings 123-121 in Sacramento thanks to the heroics of D'Angelo Russell. Russell hung 27 points on the Kings in the 4th Quarter alone apart from the 44 points and 12 assists he accounted for. Quite a beast performance for this double-double.

    Meanwhile in Atlanta, my Houston Rockets won last night 121-105. James Harden has scored 30+ points or more against every team this season. They are at Memphis tonight as the back part of a back-to-back. I'll choose my words carefully because the Rockets have lost when I seem to mention them. The Rockets are 45-26 on the season so far, leading the Southwest Division and are 3rd in the Western Conference. Memphis, meanwhile, are 4th in the Southwest Division with a 28-42 record.


    A few teams have locked up Playoff berths. So far, these are teams with a chance to hoist the O'Brien Trophy at season's end:

    --- Who's IN! - Eastern Conference ---
    * Milwaukee
    * Toronto
    * Philadelphia
    * ...4th East...
    * ...5th East...
    * ...6th East...
    * ...7th East...
    * ...8th East...

    --- Who's IN! - Western Conference ---
    * Golden State
    * Denver
    * ...3rd West...
    * ...4th West...
    * ...5th West...
    * ...6th West...
    * ...7th West...
    * ...8th West...

    Still a lot of season left, so keep making that Playoff push if your team still has a chance!
     
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    ...also over are the 2018-2019 Los Angeles Lakers' playoff hopes. You can thank the Brooklyn Nets for knocking off the Lakers 111-106 last night in Los Angeles. Many Lakers haters have sounded off on Twitter and other social media on the Lakers' fail-tastic season. This elimination from the playoffs marks the end of LeBron James' 13-season streak of making the Playoffs. Something tells me this is only going to set up the Lakers to come back better than ever and make us pay for poking fun at them. You know, the classic case of "laugh now, cry later." I can really see this happen.

    As for my aforementioned Houston Rockets... I, of course, am pleased at James Harden's wicked 61-point performance. I missed most of the later stages of the game. I still enjoyed watching the fine performance even as San Antonio wiped out the Rockets' 19-something point lead. We still held serve against the boys from about three hours west of Houston. I think if the Playoffs started today, we'd have our series against the San Antonio Spurs. There is still a lot of season to be played even at this point.


    Hope your favorite team(s) is/are doing well.
     
  5. GTV0819

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    Not my fave team though. Chicago is still going through the drought and it will be turning two years already since they have last qualified in the playoffs. I hope for the best of them in the next season.

    Rebuild, rebuild, rebuild.

    It's also saddening too that for the first time in almost 10 years, that LBJ will not be in the Finals. Can't believe that he's the only guy who's done that straight 8 times in this era.
     
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    Heading into tonight, let's update the list of teams to make the playoffs:

    ! - Division winner
    !! - Home advantage

    --- Who's IN! - Eastern Conference ---
    * Milwaukee!
    * Toronto
    * Philadelphia
    * Indiana
    * Boston
    * ...6th Place East...
    * ...7th Place East...
    * ...8th Place East...

    --- Who's IN! - Western Conference ---
    * Golden State
    * Denver
    * Portland
    * Houston
    * Los Angeles Clippers
    * ...6th Place West...
    * ...7th Place West...
    * ...8th Place West...

    I saw that my Houston Rockets dropped down to 4th in the West after getting pimp slapped in Milwaukee last night. If your team(s) is/are in the Playoffs, congratulations! Go sweeten the offer if you can. If your team(s) is/are not in the Playoffs, there are still positions available. Just don't stop your Playoff Push!


    Good luck to all of your favorite teams.
     
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    I believe this is the last Thursday night of regular season NBA basketball. So to that end, here's what is on the schedule for tonight:

    * MIL Bucks at PHI 76ers (NBA on TNT)
    * CLE Cavaliers at SAC Kings
    * GS Warriors at LAL Lakers (NBA on TNT)

    Enjoy this last Thursday night of regular season NBA basketball.


    As the regular season winds down, I only want to update the teams currently in the Playoffs. So here's the list:

    ! = Division Winner
    !! = Home Advantage

    --- Who's IN! - Eastern Conference ---
    * Milwaukee!
    * Toronto!
    * Philadelphia
    * Boston
    * Indiana
    * ...6th place East...
    * ...7th place East...
    * ...8th place East...

    --- Who's IN! - Western Conference ---
    * Golden State!
    * Denver
    * Houston
    * Portland
    * Utah
    * Los Angeles Clippers
    * Oklahoma City
    * San Antonio

    Looks like the West is set, but the East is still yet to be determined. The current positions for the remaining East positions are as follows: Detroit (6th East), Brooklyn (7th East), and Orlando (8th East). First team below the cut-off line is the Miami Heat.


    To close out this post, it will be pretty busy to see which last-place team will have the best chance of landing future talent. Here are the current last-place teams in their divisions:

    --- Last Place Division Teams: Eastern Conference ---
    ATLANTIC: New York (15-63)
    CENTRAL: Cleveland (19-59)
    SOUTHEAST: Atlanta (29-50)

    --- Last Place Division Teams: Western Conference ---
    PACIFIC: Phoenix (18-61)
    SOUTHWEST: Dallas (31-47)
    NORTHWEST: Minnesota (35-43)

    More than likely, a lot of these Eastern teams in the lower portions of the division rankings will pick up some of the solid newcoming talent. So be sure to see which teams pick up who in the NBA Draft. One name to join that list will be Ja Morant of Murray State. Others include (but not limited to) Rui Hachimura (Gonzaga), Coby White (North Carolina)... and some guy named Zion Williamson (Duke).


    Whew... that was a lot to post! You all have a great Thursday, and good luck to all of your favorite teams!
     
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    I'm still upset my Houston Rockets couldn't lock down the No. 2 seed in the West. Denver lost to Utah, and all the Rockets needed to do was win at the Oklahoma City Thunder. They end up losing by one after James Harden misses one late free throw followed by OKC hitting a clutch 3-pointer. Sucks we couldn't sweeten our Playoffs offer playing our final regular season game. So we end up winning 53 of 82 games this season when we could have won 54 of 82, Southwest Division champs.

    Even still, I want to shout out to Dwyane Wade on an amazing career, not to mention an equally amazing final game he put up.


    Congratulations to all winners from Tuesday.


    [UPDATE] 53 games won by the Rockets, not the 55 I thought initially.
     
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    Dirk announcing during his ceremony tonight that he indeed was retiring. His issue with his foot became too much, and he physically didn't see any point in trying to push it through another season.

    Was happy to be at the game. I've never heard the arena so loud, every time he touched the ball. Hearing "MVP", "We want Dirk!", "1 more year!", "Thank you Dirk!" chanted was incredible. Watching Barkley, Bird, Kemp, Pippen, & Schrempf come out as well after Dirk said a few days ago that he admired their games, it was a perfect and emotional send off. This city is so fortunate to have had him, and the sacrifices he gave for us. Don't know how Cuban will top tonight when it comes time to retire Dirk's number, but he has said he will build him the biggest, baddest statue as well out front.

    Gonna miss this dude.
     
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    Dude, Houston only won 53 games, not 55 games. And yes, they could have won that game but I don't know why it seemed like James Harden had choked in the last quarter which is why OKC surged past them and took a win in a one-point differential. It's really upsetting if you think about it.
     
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    Well, I think the Houston Rockets could have been in a better place if they didn't have such a slow start to the season. This goes to show that it isn't how you start, but how you finish.


    Enjoy this final day of the regular 2018-2019 season!
     
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    Hoping that they'll fare better in the playoffs and be the eventual conference champions this year.
     
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    So when it seemed like the Houston Rockets would get the 3rd seed, we dropped down to 4th thanks to wins on Wednesday by Denver and Portland. Yay. The #4 vs. #5 match is usually a sign of mediocrity of both teams. I heard Minnesota had a decent lead that they eventually blown and let Denver secure their No. 2 spot.

    Last night was the final night of the regular season of NBA basketball in 2018-2019. Of the 30 NBA teams, only 16 can play in the Playoffs for the honor of getting the O'Brien Trophy and being declared the NBA champions. The playoffs tip off this Saturday. When the NBA Playoffs begin this season, the following matchups will commence:

    --- 2018-2019 NBA Playoffs: WEST ---
    * #1 GS Warriors vs. #8 LAC Clippers
    * #4 HOU Rockets vs. #5 UTA Jazz
    * #3 POR Trail Blazers vs. #6 OKC Thunder
    * #2 DEN Nuggets vs. #7 SA Spurs

    --- 2018-2019 NBA Playoffs: EAST ---
    * #1 MIL Bucks vs. #8 DET Pistons
    * #4 BOS Celtics vs. #5 IND Pacers
    * #3 PHI 76ers vs. #6 BKN Nets
    * #2 TOR Raptors vs. #7 ORL Magic

    This will give you an opportunity to think about each of the individual matchups and all of the possible scenarios in the Playoffs. Anything can happen, so let's not assume we'll have a Warriors vs. Bucks NBA Finals. Surely "anybody but the Warriors!" is the call for most people. Talent levels notwithstanding, any of these 16 NBA teams can become NBA champions. Who eventually will be champions remains to be seen.


    If your favorite team(s) made the postseason, congratulations! Better luck next season if your favorite team(s) did not make the postseason. Good luck to every Playoffs team in their hopes of hoisting the O'Brien Trophy and becoming NBA Champions.


    [UPDATE] Rearranged playoff match order to reflect playoff brackets.
     
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    Today begins the 2018-2019 NBA Playoffs! A few games are on right now, but it's time to play for the chance to hoist the O'Brien Trophy.

    Another interesting thing of note is what future plans could be in store for the National Basketball Association. Some of the things I read this morning about the NBA's future are a bit interesting. Check out some of the interesting plans that could surface: https://sports.yahoo.com/adam-silver-nba-changes-midseason-tournaments-045308015.html . You're free to discuss if you like.


    Good luck to all playoff teams.
     
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    It's really sad to see that there's no LBJ playing in the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
     
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    That's karma for going to the piss lakers. House Targaryen of the NBA.
     
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    Strangely fitting that the Warriors blew a 31pt lead today. :lol:
     
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    One team's season is done. In a 4-0 sweep, the Boston Celtics knocked out the Indiana Pacers. Boston will get the winner of MIL/DET in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Milwaukee Bucks currently lead their series 3-0 over the Detroit Pistons.
     
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    Don't forget another win for Houston, too and they will succeed in the second round. They even won Game 3 with Harden barely making any FGs during the 1st half. :lol:
     
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    Oh, don't even get me started on last night. I'm glad we won, but that game last night was UGLY. James Harden was pretty trash and got about five fouls in that game. What last night proved is that other non-star players have to step up when the stars don't exactly play their best. For the Houston Rockets, players other than James Harden and Chris Paul III have to step up. Players like Eric Gordon and P.J. Tucker were pretty solid, as was Clint Capela and Kenneth Faried. The Utah Jazz have one of the fiercest fan bases. Playing up in Salt Lake City is NOT easy for the Away team. For the Rockets' sake, they'd better go for the series sweep and hope this series doesn't go to a sixth game (assuming they lose GM4 in Salt Lake City and GM5 back in Houston).

    Still, I'm pleased we won Game 3. You sometimes have to learn to win ugly games.
     
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    What matters most is, at least they still won the game. I'd be a lot more disappointed if he was able to put a lot of numbers yet they still fail to win in the end, although admittedly, it was one of his poorest performance yet in a post-season.

    Throughout the game, I saw their scores being on par with each other and only some other occasions in which one of the teams were leading the other, although not that much of a big margin. It also seemed to me like Utah was playing more passively in their homecourt when they should have played more aggressively to win that game. That's why Houston was able to pull off that win, although only by a small margin. Lol. :lol:
     
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    Boston advanced earlier. Who else recently advanced?

    * It was a 4-0 sweep for Milwaukee. The No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks advanced; the No. 8 Detroit Pistons are DONE. The Bucks will get the Celtics in the next round.

    * The No. 2 Toronto Raptors won their series over No. 7 Orlando 4-1. So the Magic got "dropped off" by the Raptors. They'll get the winner of PHI/BKN. And speaking of...

    * The No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers took out the No. 5 Brooklyn Nets with a 4-1 series win. The Nets are DONE. They'll meet the Toronto Raptors in the next round.

    * I read this on Yahoo! Sports. The No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers won their series 4-1 over the Oklahoma City Thunder. What was so special about this win? It was a win I am (sadly) familiar with as a Houston Rockets fan- a game-winning, buzzer-beating shot by Damian Lillard to lift Portland into the next round. Portland will meet the winner of the DEN/SA series (DEN leads series 3-2).


    So all the top seeds advance in the East. No upsets out East. POR is the first to advance on the Western Conference side. We still have the Western Conference Semifinals to set up.
     
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    Just watching a replay of the game winner. Damian Lillard is ice, ice cold. Incredible shot from that far back. Never looked like missing.
     
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    That buzzer-beater shot was definitely awesome. A clutch play in which PG and his teammates definitely had nothing to stop it from happening.
     
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    Utah is DONE. With a 100-93 victory by the Houston Rockets, we're going to have some time to rest before finding out our Conference Semifinal opponent. As I got done typing up this post, the Los Angeles Clippers defeated Golden State at Golden State 129-121. So the GS/LAC series is now a 3-2 lead by the Golden State Warriors. It would be so crazy if the Clippers downed the Warriors in their series. All I know is that regardless of who wins this series, my Rockets will be facing SOMEBODY from California. Question is... will it be the SoCal team (LAC) or the NorCal team (GS)?


    Anyhow, Utah is DONE.
     
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    Oh, did GS blew another lead? It's still early to say yet but it looks like they are not taking an easy path through the next series this post-season.
     
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    The Denver Nuggets could close out the San Antonio Spurs with a win tonight in San Antonio. Or, we can have Game 7 of thia series to take place in Denver if San Antonio wins. The winner of this series gets Portland in the Conference Semifinals.

    On the Eastern Conference side, everything is all set. Here are the Eastern Conference Semifinal matches:

    * MIL Bucks vs. BOS Celtics
    * TOR Raptors vs. PHI 76ers

    Both of these should be some fierce series out East.


    Well, enjoy some NBA basketball tonight.