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    I know you didn't ask me, but I don't think so, nor do I think they would have even reached the Finals. In fact, Portland would have defeated them if some other team in the West didn't.
    Portland ran into the Dubs three times in the playoffs and went 1-12. They weren't the heirs apparent.
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    Re: NBA 2020-21: The Final Covid-19 Season?


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    Quote Originally Posted by adkindo View Post
    Just to be clear, you think the following lineups could not have won a championship a couple years ago against those Cavs teams? In 2017 and 2018, there were 9 Finals games and the Warriors won 8 of them.

    Lineup #1 - Curry, Harden, Thompson, Iguodala, Green
    Lineup #2 - Curry, Westbrook, Thompson, Iguodala, Green
    We'll never know, of course, but yeah. Of course. If that's the defensive alignment you're putting up against the Cavs, I'm even more sure of it.

    Harden, at that point in his career, was completely uninterested in playing defense. Replace Durant with him, and there's nobody to guard Love or LeBron. Too, on offense, what more could he provide? Durant was, in the playoffs, a superior offensive force inside and out. Harden has stretches of brutal shooting and is so ball-dominant that he stops offensive movement cold. It was worse then than now. He's also turnover prone. In the finals, those turnovers matter more. (Because teams slow down, possessions are more precious.)

    The Cavs would have slowed the game to a crawl and driven to the hoop at every opportunity. Or posted whomever guarded Love or LeBron incessantly. A pick and roll between those two would leave either Iguodala on Love (major mismatch on a post) or Green on LeBron (same outside-- and inside).

    You fail to recognize how dominant Durant is. He's a 7'0" elite shooter who's also elite defensively. (Or was at this point in his career.) He was unselfish enough to be a willing passer and secondary option on offense too. I'm nearly positive neither Harden nor Westbrook are able to do that consistently. (Or at least they weren't at that point in their careers.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    Portland ran into the Dubs three times in the playoffs and went 1-12. They weren't the heirs apparent.
    With a healthy Kawhi, the Spurs might have been.

    In this hypothetical, NOLA might have been able to pull that upset too.

    They matched up well with the Dubs, who were all shooting rocks. Except Durant.

    Durant's defense against AD was incredible, and he was the only guy on his team who could score without turning the ball over. (My recurring memory of that series was Rondo stripping the ball from Curry multiple times. So much that, by the last game, Kerr had Durant and Green bring the ball up the floor and initiate the offense.)

    In this alternative earth, after the upset and as a team on the rise, perhaps NOLA is able to interest Chris Paul into re-joining the franchise. Or JJ Redick. Or Paul George. Or, gulp, LeBron. (Who we know liked AD.)

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    I see your filthy and raise you monstrous:


    BTW, those Knick unis are sweet. Randle looks like he belongs on that early 70s team alongside Frazier and Reed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourgeois Zee View Post
    With a healthy Kawhi, the Spurs might have been.
    The Spurs and the Rockets strike me as the two who might have been able to hang.
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    Andre Drummond went for 30 and 20 last night. The Cavs also traded for Jarrett Allen.

    Drummond's in the last year of his contract and will be a free agent next season.

    He's owed just under $29M.

    What team can afford him, has contracts of that value, and has need of a beefy big guy who gobbles up rebounds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourgeois Zee View Post
    Andre Drummond went for 30 and 20 last night. The Cavs also traded for Jarrett Allen.

    Drummond's in the last year of his contract and will be a free agent next season.

    He's owed just under $29M.

    What team can afford him, has contracts of that value, and has need of a beefy big guy who gobbles up rebounds?
    Buddy Hield works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M2 View Post
    The Spurs and the Rockets strike me as the two who might have been able to hang.
    I agree in 2017 a healthy Spurs or the 2018 Rockets with a healthy Paul....but I still think the Warriors would be the favorites. As much as we claim that Westbrook and Harden will only play one way, they also have never joined a 73 win team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adkindo View Post
    I agree in 2017 a healthy Spurs or the 2018 Rockets with a healthy Paul....but I still think the Warriors would be the favorites. As much as we claim that Westbrook and Harden will only play one way, they also have never joined a 73 win team.
    Agreed. Any quality player joining those Warriors would have made them incredibly good. Durant was probably the best fit, and the other Dubs did a remarkably unselfish thing in letting him have the biggest spotlight, but I think that was a team built for good fits.
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    Yeesh...

    Indiana Pacers wing Caris LeVert is out indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney, the team announced Saturday.

    The mass was found during a physical prior to the Pacers finalizing the trade to acquire LeVert. He will undergo further tests.
    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...s-found-kidney

    I'm not a big Lavert fan, but I sure will be as far as his wellbeing goes. Hope whatever it is gets taken care of and he gets back healthy.
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    Harden puts up a triple double in his Nets debut....32 Points, 12 Rebounds and 14 Assists. He added 4 steals just to really piss off Rockets fans. He almost pulled off the quadruple double with 9 Turnovers. The bad news is they still barely beat the Orlando Magic with Durant adding 42 Points.
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    Re: NBA 2020-21: The Final Covid-19 Season?

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelSD View Post
    Yeesh...



    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...s-found-kidney

    I'm not a big Lavert fan, but I sure will be as far as his wellbeing goes. Hope whatever it is gets taken care of and he gets back healthy.
    hopefully it is nothing terrible. Guy was born with a ton of talent, but his body has not made the road easy.
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    Re: NBA 2020-21: The Final Covid-19 Season?

    Quote Originally Posted by adkindo View Post
    Harden puts up a triple double in his Nets debut....32 Points, 12 Rebounds and 14 Assists. He added 4 steals just to really piss off Rockets fans. He almost pulled off the quadruple double with 9 Turnovers. The bad news is they still barely beat the Orlando Magic with Durant adding 42 Points.
    WOW!!!
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    Re: NBA 2020-21: The Final Covid-19 Season?

    Does Rotoworld know something the rest of us don't know?

    From Rotoworld w/ Rotoworld comments:

    Hassan Whiteside (left hip) has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday after missing the Blazer's last game. Whiteside doesn't have any fantasy value through the first month of the season but if Marvin Bagley (left wrist) can't play on Sunday, he could get some burn behind Richaun Holmes. That's not us saying pick him up but rather just letting you know he might step onto the court. He's only played 10 minutes in each of the Kings last two games, totaling just 15 points and four rebounds.


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