2012 NBA Playoffs

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Who will win the 2012 NBA Championship?

Poll closed Jun 12, 2012.
  1. Chicago Bulls

    4.2%
  2. San Antonio Spurs

    25.4%
  3. Miami Heat

    21.1%
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder

    22.5%
  5. Los Angeles Lakers

    8.5%
  6. Boston Celtics

    12.7%
  7. Los Angeles Clippers

    1.4%
  8. Memphis Grizzlies

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Indiana Pacers

    1.4%
  10. Other

    2.8%
  1. jamesblakefan#1

    jamesblakefan#1 G.O.A.T.

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    I know there's already a thread for the regular season, but decided to make a new one w/ a poll to see who everyone thinks will take the 'ship.

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    My Expert Predictions:

    East:
    Bulls over Philly in 5
    Celtics over Hawks in 6
    Pacers over Magic in 5
    Heat over Knicks in 4

    Bulls over Celtics in 5
    Heat over Pacers in 6

    Bulls over Heat in 6

    West:
    Spurs over Jazz in 6
    Grizzlies over Clips in 7
    Lakers over Nuggs in 6
    Thunder over Mavs in 6

    Spurs over Grizz in 7
    Thunder over Lakers in 5

    Spurs over Thunder in 7

    Finals:
    Bulls over Spurs in 6

    May be more of my heart than my head, but not sold on OKC in the playoffs and Miami's supporting cast is even worse than last year it seems.
     
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  2. Fifth Set

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    JB, except for maybe finals (do you know who has tiebreaker between Spurs and Bulls?), these are safe picks in that you're going with the higher seed in each matchup.

    Nothing wrong with that I suppose from an odds standpoint and I agree that OKC is probably another player away from a finals appearance.

    But I do hope we see at least a couple upsets here and there. Especially if it means Denver makes a run!

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  3. hollywood9826

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    Im pretty sure the Bulls got supreme home court advantage.

    But here is what I got.

    Bulls over Philly in 5
    Celtics over Hawks in 6
    Pacers over Magic in 6
    Heat over Knicks in 5

    Celts over Bulls in 7
    Heat over Pacers in 5

    Heat over Celts in 6

    West:
    Spurs over Jazz in 5
    Grizzlies over Clips in 6
    Lakers over Nuggs in 7
    Thunder over Mavs in 5

    Spurs over Grizz in 7
    Thunder over Lakers in 5

    Spurs over Thunder in 6

    Finals:
    Heat over Spurs in 6



    Its just hard to pick. I can see all of these teams winning any series. minus Utah, the Sixers, and The Hawks.

    but the title is truly up for grabs.

    I would love to the Spurs do it, but I they probably dont even make the finals. Its just I have no clue so might aswell pencil them in there.
     
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  4. r2473

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    I've got Utah winning it all (again) this year.

    You just can't stop "Stockton to Malone".
     
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  5. jamesblakefan#1

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    Yeah, Chicago has HC advantage throughout, though they did last year as well and we see how that turned out...

    I can def see Denver upsetting LA if LA comes unglued and turns against Brown. Not a big fan of Atlanta, but they could upset Boston. Miami's been off, but with the 3 guys they have they obviously could turn it on and dominate almost any team in the league. Just like last year, their lack of depth is an issue. I think Chicago's experience from last year will help them. The big question mark is Rose's health.
     
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  6. tennismonkey

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    i think the bulls get to the eastern conference final. but if rose doesn't play like a super duper star - it's going to be another loss to the heat. he's basically got 2 series to put on his superman cape. deng, noah, boozer in teenage mutant ninja turtle costumes won't cut it.

    out west i like the spurs. too solid in all facets.
     
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  7. Feña14

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    Bulls over Philadelphia in 5
    Hawks over Celtics in 6
    Pacers over Magic in 4
    Heat over Knicks in 5

    Bulls over Hawks in 6
    Heat over Pacers in 5

    Heat over Bulls in 6

    West:
    Spurs over Jazz in 5
    Grizzlies over Clippers in 6
    Denver over Lakers in 7
    Thunder over Mavericks in 5

    Spurs over Denver in 7
    Thunder over Grizzlies in 6

    Spurs over Thunder in 6

    Finals:
    Spurs over Heat in 6
     
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  8. BigServer1

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    In a hopeful jinx pick, I'll take the Heat.
     
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  9. bezs

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    I didn't give the Mavs a chance last year and i'm a fan but i'm hopeful.
     
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    East:
    Bulls over Sixers in 5
    Hawks over Celts in 6
    Pacers over Magic in 6
    Heat over Knicks in 5

    Bulls over Hawks in 5
    Heat over Pacers in 6

    Bulls over Heat in 7

    West:
    Spurs over Jazz in 5
    Clippers over Grizzlies in 6
    Lakers over Nuggets in 6
    Thunder over Mavericks in 7

    Spurs over Clippers in 7
    Thunder over Lakers in 5

    Thunder over Spurs in 6

    Finals:
    Thunder over Bulls in 6

    ...and that's coming from a Mavs fan for anyone curious.
     
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  11. hollywood9826

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    Until the playoffs then everybody stops them.
     
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    Miami has the best draw in the East. Getting the 2 seed ended up really benefiting them, minus not having home court in a possible game 7 in Chicago.

    They draw NYK, who they match up well against, then the Pacers (good match up) or Orlando (no D-Ho). They should lose 2-3 games max in their first two rounds, so they'll be well rested for Chicago/Boston in the ECF.

    I hate the Heat, but the skies seem to be opening up for them nicely.
     
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  13. jamesblakefan#1

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    You can say the same for Chicago though. Philly's tough but have been slumping big time, then we match up well w/ Boston or Atlanta. Atlanta would probably be more dangerous of the two.

    I've said all season, anything other than a Bulls-Heat ECF would be a big time upset. West's a lot more wide open.

    The worst case for both teams would've been Bulls-Pacers and Heat-Celtics. Instead it's the opposite.
     
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  14. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I'm be surprised if the Magic can even get a game during these playoffs.
     
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  15. jamesblakefan#1

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    Rose knee injury. No details yet.
     
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  16. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    The refs sure love their LeBron James.
     
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  17. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    OH COME ON! That was not a technical foul on Carmelo!
     
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  18. Feña14

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    Wish I could see! We don't get any games till Tuesday :-?
     
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  19. pepka

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    Rose done for the playoffs SMH. Refs don't need to help Miami that much now, it's to damn obvious.
    Edit: Greg Couch
     
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  20. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Sideline ref called a foul on Carmelo, at the elbow. The ref then turned his back and signaled the stats people of the foul.

    That's when Carmelo made a bounce pass to the ref who called the foul on him, ref didn't see it and the ball went past him.

    This is when another ref on the baseline hit Carmelo with the technical for apparently throwing the ball at the original ref.
     
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  21. pepka

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    NBCMiami has now retracted its report that Rose has torn ACL and MCL and is out for season
     
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  22. Feña14

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    I suppose they're looking to stamp their authority early on, with the history these two teams have had over the years.

    It does sounds like a bit of a strange one though. The score looks like it was pretty painful to watch, hammered by 33 in game 1? Ouch.
     
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  23. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    The Miami Heat were on point, and NY Knicks struggled. Foul troubles as early as the 2nd quarter (again, refs love LeBron James).

    But I think even without the foul troubles, the Miami Heat was on lockdown mode.

    I will say this, NY Knicks should not have JR Smith to handle the ball. He's not the best handler, and he makes horrible decisions!
     
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  24. tennismonkey

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    Rose torn ACL. Out for season.
     
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  25. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Tom Thibodeau must be feeling pretty good about playing Rose until the end when the game was pretty much over.
     
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  26. jamesblakefan#1

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    It could've happened anytime. You can't really blame anyone, though of course hindsight's 20/20. This is just a sickening thing to happen. I'd feel the same if it was LeBron w/ a torn ACL. It's never good when stars go down. That being said, if any team can overcome this this year it's the Bulls. Not sure they can beat Miami w/o Rose though.
     
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  27. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Of course, but I think the chances of tearing something gets increasingly higher as the game wears on. When the ligament goes, it goes.

    I'm just saying with the game essentially won, let's take out the star players with 2mins left in the game, and eliminate the possibility of injuries.
     
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  28. T1000

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    Well we got absolutely destroyed today lol. Hoping this Dallas-OKC game is good, best chance of a first round upset on either side imo.
     
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  29. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Well, looks like I spoke too soon. What happened to the Pacers at the end? It's like they faded away...

    Way to hang tough Magic.
     
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  30. Feña14

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    What do you think about the theory with the Pacers not really having a go to guy when the pressure is on at the end of games? Sometimes you need someone to take over a game and finish it.

    The end of Dallas and Oklahoma was crazy, Durant does it to them again!
     
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  31. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    They do have a go to guy, in fact, I think they have two. Danny Granger and David West. Yeah they're not a Kobe Byrant or a Dwayne Wade, but Danny Granger and David West are still great one-on-one, play maker.

    As far as having someone to take over a game and finish it, that's why I see the Lakers to be in the Western Conference Finals. If they win the West, I won't be surprised either. :)

    I don't know what happened at the end, and to lose at home.
     
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  32. jamesblakefan#1

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    Indy's tough, but at the stage we were last season without a go to guy and not enough support to make up for it. They won't make it past 2R, though I was surprised to see them lose tonight.
     
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  33. Feña14

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    The Lakers are flying under the radar a bit. When you have Kobe and the length of Gasol and Bynum, you're always going to have a chance. The lack of depth on the bench will probably hurt them, whilst i'm still not sold on their pick and roll defence at times. They don't seem to have their rotations down and the Spurs really feasted on it towards the end of the season.

    I actually picked the Nuggets to take them in 7, but you can never rule them out.

    I was surprised too. You have to give the Magic alot of credit though. I heard somewhere that no team have won a playoff series whilst missing their regular season top scorer for something like 25 years. Not sure if that's true or not, but they're really up against it if it is.
     
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  34. Ballinbob

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    Nuggets are playing in 2 and a half hours. I really hope they can steal a win in LA, that would be great. Hopefully Lawson and Aaflalo can lead the Nuggets to a victory here. It will be a close series for sure. Nuggets have won 11 out of the last 15 games in the regular season, so they are playing pretty well
     
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  35. jamesblakefan#1

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    Tony Parker may be the most underrated player in the NBA. Never hear him mentioned w/ the great PGs in the league (Paul, Williams, Rose, Nash, Rondo) but he's more accomplished than all of those guys. Most ppl still think of SA as Duncan's team, but Parker's taken over the past few years. And he's still relatively young (29). Maybe b/c SA tries to trade him every year, lol.
     
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  36. Feña14

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    Pleased to see Hayward having a decent game, I think he has alot of potential.

    But yeah, not really a big surprise to see Parker and Duncan taking over. They've been doing it all season, that's the thing with these Spurs though, even if you take them out the game someone else will step up and fill the void.
     
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  37. Ballinbob

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    Nuggets-Lakers game in 25 mins fellas. And yeah the Spurs don't get the attention they deserve. They play good old fashioned defense and they play great as a team. They've really been flying under the radar, ESPN never talks about them it seems
     
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  38. Feña14

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    Should be a good one, I think the Nuggets have a chance. They have the highest ppg in the regular season I think? Will be interesting to see how they cope on the defensive end though.
     
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  39. Ballinbob

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    They do have the highest ppg, but as you said, it all comes down to defense. I'm not sure who is guarding Bynum, but we need to keep him under control in order to win. We limited Kobe to 17 points (I think ) in the last regular season game, but Bynum just killed us.

    Well I'm going to make some popcorn, check back with you guys later. Hoping for a tight game
     
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  40. Feña14

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    Yeah, defense matters more than ever in the playoffs. Maybe they'll put "The Manimal" on Bynum ;)
     
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    Pop or the GM or the scouts (or probably the whole team), have a great knack of finding guys who will fit in and contribute and not try to get numbers. Would be nice to see them win one more Championship. OKC can wait one more year. And watching LJ23 have to listen to the whispers one more year wouldn't be the worst thing in the world either. :)
     
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  42. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    Javale McGee is on TV! Oh man I'm waiting for some hilarious plays from him.

    He already made a pretty good pass to Lakers' Matt Barnes.
     
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  43. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    -.- Somebody tell Pau Gasol to stop shooting the corner 3. It's the shortest 3, but it's still beyond his range.

    Just because he made a few desperation 3s in the regular season doesn't mean he's a 3 point threat.
     
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  44. Ballinbob

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    Really disappointing game so far for the nuggets. We can sometimes get on a good streak but can never keep it up. Not sure what's happening, but someone needs to take the lead for the Nuggets. Gallanari has been looking alright, but thats about it.

    Not the type of game I was hoping for
     
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    I would say Bulls, but wi out D-Rose i dont think they could go all the way. OKC wins.
     
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    9 blocks for Bynum? Outstanding.
     
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  47. Ballinbob

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    If Ty Lawson decides to show up next game, this series could be close. But yeah, 15 blocked shots this game for LA. Pretty ridiculous
     
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  48. Say Chi Sin Lo

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    I don't think it would have mattered if Ty Lawson showed up. It's not like they are blocking jumpers, they are blocking layups, dunks, point-blank shots. Basically automatic shots.

    15 blocked shots, that's 30 points off the game.
     
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  49. Ballinbob

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    I agree, the Lakers are doing a really good job at that, all credit to them. However, Lawson, who is our leading scorer, having only 3 (i think) points and very few assists hurts us. He is our point guard and we need him to get the Nuggets offense flowing. That's the point I'm trying to make.

    This has been an impressive game for LA though, no doubt about it
     
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  50. jamesblakefan#1

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    After Rose's injury I think I'm seeing SA go all the way. Probably will beat the Heat in the finals. Still hoping for a miracle in Chi town.
     
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