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    Re: NBA 2019-20: Hoopingest place on earth

    MIL put an end to any talk that they aren't ready.
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    Re: NBA 2019-20: Hoopingest place on earth

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    MIL put an end to any talk that they aren't ready.
    I think they can only do that if they win the Eastern Conference finals.
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    I think they can only do that if they win the Eastern Conference finals.
    (referring to their 20-0 run without Giannis against MIA in the 4th). But, yes....certainly it's the NBA Finals for a minimum of expectations for them.
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    Re: NBA 2019-20: Hoopingest place on earth

    The West 8 seed race has been super fun. Not surprised that Portland has been good since they got their team back, but the Phoenix Suns would never have guessed that.

    Also the Jazz play the Spurs today without Mitchell, Gobert, Conley and O’Neale. If the Clarkson 50 point game was ever going to happen...

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    Sacramento and NOLA have the exact same overall record. As a UK fan, I remember D'Aaron Fox destroying UCLA and Lonzo Ball in the NCAA Tournament. Nothing has changed. 30/10/3/3/1 is getting it done on both ends.

    I suspect NOLA's going to have to let Ingram go in order to let Williamson eat. Ingram just cannot stick with opposing SF. Neither can Zion. (And, to be fair, he doesn't want to yet.) Ball has become better at defense than I ever thought he would, but he's still underwhelming. They need an elite 3 and D guy on the wing, perhaps two. Dealing Ingram's RFA for that guy would make sense.

    I'd relax on crowning Milwaukee king of anything. Miami didn't have Jimmy Butler in this game. That said, Kendrick Nunn has really struggled in the bubble. 12 of 37 from the floor (and 5 of 17 from deep) don't help a team fighting for seeding-- especially if that's really his only skill. As the playoffs begin, look for Miami to play Iguodala and Herro much more. (Herro has such a confidence about him. But he is brutal with the ball (loose handle) and on the ball (rookie defense).

    Miami's frontcourt defense was perhaps the worst it's been all season. That'll be interesting to watch, as Philly and Boston can take advantage.

    Booker's line is deceiving. 20/10/3 is good, no doubt, but he's getting the '86 Bulls stop-Jordan-at-all-costs treatment. What's weird is that the Suns are doing this without Kelly Oubre and Aron Baynes. Both of whom have been very good this season. Part of the reason? Cameron Payne has been outstanding in a reserve guard role. He's always been talented, but has a history of clanking. Perhaps it's because he's been given extended minutes? Perhaps it's a hot streak? Nice to see, at any rate. 11/3/2 across 20 mpg would be among the best backup guards in the league. 53% shooting from deep helps, obviously, but he's only averaging 1.0 TO/ game and helping on D with almost two steals/blocks. Nice find.

    Rick Carlisle does some stuff as coach that's difficult for me to wrap my head around. Almost always, it turns out to be genius. (The Rajon Rondo friction is perhaps his biggest blunder. That team could have, IMO, done some damage if he'd just given Rondo more leash. Instead... Ah well.) I can't figure out why he's playing Trey Burke 30+ minutes in a game against the Clippers he could have won. Delon Wright was better on the night, has been better in his career, and will be better in the future.

    Ivica Zubac was 10-10 from the floor with 15 rebounds. Marcus Morris finally had a very good game at PF. That's an interesting team, IMO. Montrezl plays hard, no doubt, but his lack of rim protection will always be an issue. If Zubac is developing (only 23) into what he could be, they may make some serious noise. The team works much better with Morris and Zubac joining Leonard and George and one of Beverly or Sweet Lou at crunch time.

    Jusuf Nurkic is taking a step forward. Partially, I suspect, because he's been given the minutes (over 30 mpg for the first time in his career). He's the guy the offense runs through when he's on the floor too. (4 assists from a center is outstanding.) For the first time in his career, he's also blocking shots at a high rate. Part of his coming-out party is that he's undeniably more aggressive. (3.6 more shots per 36 underscores that.) Part of it is that he's playing at a high level defensively. That makes his entire team better, as they just don't have any defenders worth a crap without him. He's integral to the Blazer D. He has to be this Nurkic for them to sniff the playoffs.

    Love to see Porter's emergence in Denver, but it comes at a cost. Paul Milsap is the captain of their defense and, while he's lost a (couple) step(s), he's still really smart. Porter's lackadaisical approach on D means other Nuggets have to pick up the slack. They've struggled to do so. Harris is due back this week. Murray should be back before the playoffs. Those are two starters who'll be rested and ready. It'll be fun to watch who goes to the bench when they return. Jerami Grant is mercurial, but necessary. Milsap is steady and smart. Barton is a scorer.

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    Re: NBA 2019-20: Hoopingest place on earth

    So...Ben Simmons is out for potentially to 6 weeks with a partially dislocated kneecap.

    I don't really think they were going anywhere in the playoffs anyway but I'm consistently disappointed that, as a Sixers fan, I don't get to have nice things.
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    Re: NBA 2019-20: Hoopingest place on earth

    OKC threw up an absolute stinker today v Memphis who have been awful in the bubble


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