NBA 2018-19: Dynasty Season 5; Can The Carrington Warriors Defend???

stringertom

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The Kawhi steal will be the play that wins this one.

Good game!

Who will be fresher from the 58 minutes when they play Tuesday?
 
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I’ve been saying for years any player at five fouls entering OT should receive an additional foul for extra time. If you’re disqualified in regulation you sit.
As in football (the real one), when they added, recently, the fourth change if there is extra time.
 
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Kawhy or KD?
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I like Kawhi, but I think most experts prefer KD. Though they admit Kawhi is the best two way player in the game. But are Kawhi's quads hurting? I just tuned in at the end there and saw him grimacing.
 

donquijote

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Kawhi was a beast playing injured. He is a better player than Giannis by a mile who cannot shoot,.dribble or make free throws. He is a monster at the D though, I'll give him that.
 
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Kawhi was a beast playing injured. He is a better player than Giannis by a mile who cannot shoot,.dribble or make free throws. He is a monster at the D though, I'll give him that.
o_O Giannis is a beast on both ends! At least he was against the Celtics.
 

donquijote

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I like Kawhi, but I think most experts prefer KD. Though they admit Kawhi is the best two way player in the game. But are Kawhi's quads hurting? I just tuned in at the end there and saw him grimacing.
He said it's playoff basketball and everyone plays injured.
 
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o_O Giannis is a beast on both ends! At least he was against the Celtics.
I’m a big fan of both players but at this point I’m still taking Kawhi > Giannis. Tbh I’m probably taking Leonard over everyone in the league besides LeBron and maybe Kd
 

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Too late I guess. I've been saying KL and VV are not reliable, why not mix Lin in and try to get the best out of the three pgs.
Lowrys played better, but VV simply isn’t cutting it at all. I doubt Nurse is gonna roll that dice though as he’s proven to be a stubborn coach
 

donquijote

Legend
What was the main reason why he did not want to continue with the San Antonio Spurs?
Nobody knows but I think first he didn't want to risk his injiury, then Lakers secured Bron and someone got into Kawhi's head that he could land in LA but no GM in their right mind would trade Leonard for Kuzma and Lonzo.
 
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I’m a big fan of both players but at this point I’m still taking Kawhi > Giannis. Tbh I’m probably taking Leonard over everyone in the league besides LeBron and maybe Kd
Before the playoffs, I would have guessed:
1. Lebron
2. KD
3. Harden
4. Kawhi
5. Giannis

Now it's
1. Lebron
2. Kawhi
3. KD
4. Steph Curry (if KD isn't there)
5. Giannis

Harden is my favorite player, so it hurts writing this. Hopefully next year, in the playoffs, he'll change my mind. I saw him giving up the ball too much in crunch time against the Warriors.
 

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Before the playoffs, I would have guessed:
1. Lebron
2. KD
3. Harden
4. Kawhi
5. Giannis

Now it's
1. Lebron
2. Kawhi
3. KD
4. Steph Curry (if KD isn't there)
5. Giannis

Harden is my favorite player, so it hurts writing this. Hopefully next year, in the playoffs, he'll change my mind. I saw him giving up the ball too much in crunch time against the Warriors.

dont forget this fella:

 
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stringertom

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He cannot shoot the ball and that's the end of the story for me. He is a very hard worker and a great professional and I respect that.
He is an evolving story. Have some imagination and a little faith in the hard work you credit him with.

All these h2h comparisons don’t reflect he’s three years younger and has two less seasons in the NBA than Leonard. I’m sure he’s already going to devote a lot of time on his shooting range during his off-season. As a rookie he was a 41% shooter. This year he’s at nearly 58%.
 
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dont forget this fella:

But who do I get rid of? Draymond has been playing amazing though. I don't really like him so it annoys me haha.

Edit: This may come off as if I think Draymond is top 5 potential, which is not the case. I'm merely giving him props for his performance in these recent couple of series.
 

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But who do I get rid of? Draymond has been playing amazing though. I don't really like him so it annoys me haha.

Edit: This may come off as if I think Draymond is top 5 potential, which is not the case. I'm merely giving him props for his performance in these recent couple of series.
Get rid of Flopper!
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Get rid of Flopper!
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He's actually gone already in my revised preference. But flopper will be back. He will prove us wrong next season, and after his contract expires, he will join the Celtics as a free agent and lead us to a championship.

Man, his contract is insane.
 

donquijote

Legend
He is an evolving story. Have some imagination and a little faith in the hard work you credit him with.

All these h2h comparisons don’t reflect he’s three years younger and has two less seasons in the NBA than Leonard. I’m sure he’s already going to devote a lot of time on his shooting range during his off-season. As a rookie he was a 41% shooter. This year he’s at nearly 58%.
I wish the best for him, he deserves it.
 

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Hall of Fame
Before the playoffs, I would have guessed:
1. Lebron
2. KD
3. Harden
4. Kawhi
5. Giannis

Now it's
1. Lebron
2. Kawhi
3. KD
4. Steph Curry (if KD isn't there)
5. Giannis

Harden is my favorite player, so it hurts writing this. Hopefully next year, in the playoffs, he'll change my mind. I saw him giving up the ball too much in crunch time against the Warriors.
It's hard to rank them in order because they seem to change all the time and there's just sooo much high-end talent right now that it makes these lists even tougher. But gun to head I'll say:
1. LeBron
2. KD
3. Kawhi
4. Curry (ngl this dudes become quite underrated since KD joined)
5. Harden

In a season or two though, I fully expect Giannis to be at the top or near the very top of this list though. Harden deserves to be on this list cuz he's been the best regular season player in the league over the last 3 seasons as he's gonna finish in the top 2 (at least) in MVP voting for the 3rd straight year, with a good shot at b2b MVPs. As for team accomplishments, the Rockets have been the best team outside GSW for the last 2 seasons now and I feel like other guys on the Rockets were more liable for their shortcomings than Harden was imo
 
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stringertom

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He's actually gone already in my revised preference. But flopper will be back. He will prove us wrong next season, and after his contract expires, he will join the Celtics as a free agent and lead us to a championship.

Man, his contract is insane.
Insane in what way? He got a big raise from ~$1million to ~$15million after the Warriors first championship and he’s now escalating to ~$18million as he approaches the tail end of the five-year deal next summer. He wants a max deal but that’s a cap assault (5 years/$226million) GSW may not be able to afford if KT gets paid his desired max contract this summer. If KD is out the door there may be enough to pay both but Iguodala/Curry already will eat up more than half the hard cap. If both KT and Green do get max money then there’s nothing left for players 5-12 on the roster. The luxury tax will kick in to field some form of the team.
 
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Insane in what way? He got a big raise from ~$1million to ~$15million after the Warriors first championship and he’s now escalating to ~$18million as he approaches the tail end of the five-year deal next summer. He wants a max deal but that’s a cap assault (5 years/$226million) GSW may not be able to afford if KT gets paid his desired max contract this summer. If KD is out the door there may be enough to pay both but Iguodala/Curry already will eat up more than half the hard cap. If both KT and Green do get max money then there’s nothing left for players 5-12 on the roster. The luxury tax will kick in to field some form of the team.
I meant Harden's contract. But the Celtics will be ready in 2023 when he is available.
 
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GSW is 29-1 in their last 30 games with Steph in and KD out. As many other posters have already stated above, KD is a luxury for the Warriors, not a need.
Did you influence the title of this video?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Alex Len going crazy for PTB in the first half with 25 on 10/12 shooting, including 5/5 from the arc. I hope Chuckles is watching his “white boys all look alike” baller.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
GSW means business in the end, serving a double dose of triple double Green Curry. A Draymond trey in OT was the dagger and he sealed the win with a block.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Middleton finally breaks out of his slump or else it would have been even worse a bloodbath. Cheers to Ibaka for being a monster like he was in his prime.

Series hasn’t officially begun yet as home court advantage is still pure.

All preordained to allow GSW to fully heal and play a battered EC survivor.
 

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Hall of Fame
Hugeee Win by the raps. Their bench dominated this game and Lowry stepped up big time. Kawhi also played the least amount of mins since game 5 vs Orlando in round 1 which is huge for his health moving forward.

Game 5 is gonna be the biggest game in modern history for both franchises, although it’s definitely more important for the Bucks since they’re the home team
 

donquijote

Legend
I would now prefer a Canada [if Greek Freak and co., would allow it] versus the U.S.A. finals. However, coach Nurse gotta start rotating his underutilised bench in anticipation for another double or triple overtime.
Bench came up big this time.Funny all players played well to help Kawhi. Powell has been playing like the player on his contract lately on both ends.
 

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Raptors kicking themselves hard for letting game 1 slip now
tbh I think the Bucks are kicking themselves more for letting game 3 slip away than the raps are for game 1. The raps laid an egg in the 4th quarter in game 1, while Milwaukee had countless chances to go in for the kill in game 3 as it went all the way to double OT; really all they needed to do was to hit another shot or two and Toronto would've been in an insurmountable 3-0 hole
 

WhiskeyEE

Legend
Basketball is the only team sport I really watch. I used to follow the Raps a lot more closely and then the team became unrecognizable and I stopped watching them much outside of playoffs. I will say that the Raps are a lot more exciting to watch. The Bucks play like a boring European team.
 

donquijote

Legend
Basketball is the only team sport I really watch. I used to follow the Raps a lot more closely and then the team became unrecognizable and I stopped watching them much outside of playoffs. I will say that the Raps are a lot more exciting to watch. The Bucks play like a boring European team.
I am a Raptors fan but I like watching the Bucks more. They are truly an amazing team. Budenholzer did a great job this year.
Bucks vs GSW is a great final but as a Torontonian, I would like Raptors to be there and make history.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
What was the main reason why he did not want to continue with the San Antonio Spurs?
Diverse opinions offered in this thread on this so far. Here’s mine:

1. Quad injury very similar to Parker’s almost simultaneously and Parker’s decision to take surgery as the path to recovery as recommended by SAS’s medical experts went against the grain with Leonard and his crew’s recommendation to take time consuming rest and rehab. That created the rift between Pop and Kawhi that became irreparable.

2. Kawhi and crew knew their path was for winning in 2020 and beyond at the FA destination of their choice. That means signing with a club that has at least a decent supporting cast and cap room for another “max cat” that complements Kawhi’s game. LAC looks most likely IMO. They have a great roster and cap space along with the front office and HC that have championship pedigrees.
 

donquijote

Legend
Diverse opinions offered in this thread on this so far. Here’s mine:

1. Quad injury very similar to Parker’s almost simultaneously and Parker’s decision to take surgery as the path to recovery as recommended by SAS’s medical experts went against the grain with Leonard and his crew’s recommendation to take time consuming rest and rehab. That created the rift between Pop and Kawhi that became irreparable.

2. Kawhi and crew knew their path was for winning in 2020 and beyond at the FA destination of their choice. That means signing with a club that has at least a decent supporting cast and cap room for another “max cat” that complements Kawhi’s game. LAC looks most likely IMO. They have a great roster and cap space along with the front office and HC that have championship pedigrees.
If it is about winning, Raptors have much more chance than LAC. It was first about winning with LAL and Bron, but it wouldn't happen and everyone saw that.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
If it is about winning, Raptors have much more chance than LAC. It was first about winning with LAL and Bron, but it wouldn't happen and everyone saw that.
LOL! There’s no space to sign Kawhi and bring a second “max cat” when ancient Lowry and aging Ibaka command $55million in ‘19-20. The biggest cap hit LAC has is $22million for age 30 Gallinari. Trust me...Jerry West and Lawrence Frank have a clue on how to compete with GSW while Ujiri is all in for making the Finals this season only.
 

donquijote

Legend
LOL! There’s no space to sign Kawhi and bring a second “max cat” when ancient Lowry and aging Ibaka command $55million in ‘19-20. The biggest cap hit LAC has is $22million for age 30 Gallinari. Trust me...Jerry West and Lawrence Frank have a clue on how to compete with GSW while Ujiri is all in for making the Finals this season only.
So it's not about winning then. We were talking from Kawhi's perspective.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
Cheering for the Raptors, but I honestly don't think they'll beat the Bucks. You get the feeling Kawhi is running on fumes so unless the bench and the other starters can come up huge in the next 2-3 games the Bucks are going to win. It also feels like it doesn't matter one bit who wins this series.

The Raps have a chance in this series if they can keep playing great defence though. This is the best defence the Raptors have ever had IMO.
 
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