NBA 2019-20: Fresh Champs, Fresh Faces, Fresh Places!

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Load management by the best NBA team for their MVP didn’t hurt much as the Bucks crushed visiting Washington 151-131 behind Chris Middleton’s 51/10/6 career night.

Zion has his minutes restriction lifted and goes for a 14/9 line in 29 minutes as NOP wins in a visit to the Cadaver Cave, 125-111.

Memphis continues their defense of the #8 slot with a home win vs Denver, current #4 in the West, 104-96. Morant was decent not great (14/6/7 with 3 swipes) but their youngster Dillon Brooks garnered his third straight 20 plus points game and eighth in the last 10 games. Not bad for a 2R pick who lost most of last year to a big toe injury.

The battle for #8 in the WC is going to be the dogfight to watch, especially after a very impressive win tonight by Phoenix over host Dallas, 133-104. That blowout was thanks in much to a 48 point third quarter. Memphis leads SAS by 2.5, PTB and Phoenix by 3 and NOP by 4.5.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Nasty NYK/Memphis melee over a needless trey attempt by Grizz Jae Crowder while leading big time in the last minute.

Another big night for Dillon Brooks and Morant went 18/10 dimes with zero TOs.

The return of Victor O in Indianapolis was a dramatic success as he hit a late trey to force the OT and eventual 115-106 win vs Chicago. Oladipo played limited minutes off the bench and finished with 9 points but the clutch trey was beautiful to see!

Bow down to Dame Time, Hardenbrooks! PTB knocks off visiting Houston 125-112 behind the 36/10/11 trip dub from Lillard
 
Bradley Beal is "upset" and whining about his All-Star Game snub. Says it's "disrespectful".

You know what's disrespectful? Beal expecting fans to pay to watch him play defense for the woeful wiz. He ranks 471 out of 471 players (yes, dead last in the entire NBA!) in Defensive Real Plus-Minus.
 

T1000

Legend
Booker should be in over Paul and arguably Westbrook. Beal should be in over both Lowry and Simmons. They really messed up the reserved with those two snubs

edit - I’d also easily take Lavine over Lowry
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
Booker should be in over Paul and arguably Westbrook. Beal should be in over both Lowry and Simmons. They really messed up the reserved with those two snubs

edit - I’d also easily take Lavine over Lowry
All-Star starters are picked by the fans?
 

T1000

Legend
All-Star starters are picked by the fans?
None of the guys I’m talking about are starters, they’re reserves. Those are selected by the coaches And fans dont pick the starters, their votes account for 50% of the starter votes. Media members get 25% and current nba players get 25%.
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
None of the guys I’m talking about are starters, they’re reserves. Those are selected by the coaches And fans dont pick the starters, their votes account for 50% of the starter votes. Media members get 25% and current nba players get 25%.
Thanks Curious, seems to be a popularity contest. Instead of inclusion by merit. Pity there is no NBA All-star Saturday Night dodgeball featuring players with beef. Jae Crowder, where R U?
 
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Midaso240

Hall of Fame
Watching the Lakers' emotional return to Staples Center vs the Trailblazers but what happens if the Blazers win? That wouldn't be following the script surely. If it gets to 99-99 with 20 seconds left maybe the Blazers will purposely airball it?
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
They started the season very slowly but had a surge before Zion was ready. Ingram has been great and Ball is now balling. Holiday, Redick and Favors give them veteran experience.

Tonight’s crushing of #8 Memphis was big but they have a lot of teams to jump for a playoff spot.
Odd, was going to mention just how well the Grizzled were playing too. Pity the Lakers cannot hit treys to open the middle.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Milwaukee gives up 40 in the third quarter to visiting Denver and that was enough to secure a 127-115 win for the Nuggets. Just the 7th loss for the Bucks. Nine Nuggets played and every one of them had a double digit scoring night. Michael Porter Jr had a 15/11 dub dub as did Jokic with a 15/10/9. Will Barton had a 24/7/8 night as Denver now continues into a third week without Jamal Murray.

MVP Giannis went 31/16/9 in 31 minutes.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Having heard several references to Kobe’s Oscar for the Dear Basketball animated short, I searched and found it on Dailymotion.

Best three minutes or so of the last week!
 
Interesting stat:

As of this morning, LBJ leads the NBA by a huge margin with 11.05 Wins (i.e., win shares) based in ESPN’s Real Plus-Minus.

That is more than double the Wins of every other player in the NBA,
except for Beard, Greek Freak, and Load Manager.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
It’s Dame Time, even on back-to-backs! 51/12 vs visiting Utah the night after a 48/10 in LA. He broke The Chef’s one-year-old record for most treys in a 6-game run with 49.

The b2b sweep moves PTB within 1.5 games of #8 Memphis and both NOP and Phoenix lost today to fall back vs Memphis, PTB and SAS for #8.

The Jazz current 4-game skid has allowed Denver to take #3 in the WC and they looked poised to add to their margin at 31-10 in the first quarter vs host Detroit. In a Lee Corso, “Not so fast!” mode, Detroit rallied, forced OT and won 128-123 despite allowing a Jokic trip dub (39/10/11 with 3 thefts and 2 erasures).
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
It’s Dame Time, even on back-to-backs! 51/12 vs visiting Utah the night after a 48/10 in LA. He broke The Chef’s one-year-old record for most treys in a 6-game run with 49.

The b2b sweep moves PTB within 1.5 games of #8 Memphis and both NOP and Phoenix lost today to fall back vs Memphis, PTB and SAS for #8.

The Jazz current 4-game skid has allowed Denver to take #3 in the WC and they looked poised to add to their margin at 31-10 in the first quarter vs host Detroit. In a Lee Corso, “Not so fast!” mode, Detroit rallied, forced OT and won 128-123 despite allowing a Jokic trip dub (39/10/11 with 3 thefts and 2 erasures).
Pistons won despite Derrick Rose only playing 12 minutes, leaving with a bad hammy. Reggie Jackson really played well. Pistons have had more different starting line-ups than any other team this season.
 

donquijote

Legend
It’s Dame Time, even on back-to-backs! 51/12 vs visiting Utah the night after a 48/10 in LA. He broke The Chef’s one-year-old record for most treys in a 6-game run with 49.

The b2b sweep moves PTB within 1.5 games of #8 Memphis and both NOP and Phoenix lost today to fall back vs Memphis, PTB and SAS for #8.

The Jazz current 4-game skid has allowed Denver to take #3 in the WC and they looked poised to add to their margin at 31-10 in the first quarter vs host Detroit. In a Lee Corso, “Not so fast!” mode, Detroit rallied, forced OT and won 128-123 despite allowing a Jokic trip dub (39/10/11 with 3 thefts and 2 erasures).
Only player in NBA history to average 45 points and 10 assists over 6 games.
 

donquijote

Legend
Just noticed the Raptors have quietly snuck their way to the 3rd best record in the NBA, and are heating up. Wouldn't that be sweet if they found a way to repeat after being spurned by LM and left for dead?
They could be one trade away from repeating.
Today they played without Gasol and Powell and rookie Davis had a career high 31 points.
Nurse has been doing a tremendous job without key players last two months.
 
They could be one trade away from repeating.
Today they played without Gasol and Powell and rookie Davis had a career high 31 points.
Nurse has been doing a tremendous job without key players last two months.
This season might reveal that Nurse deserves a bigger share of the credit for last year's title than most folks were giving him.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Somebody had to lose but it was the host Cadavers falling to NYK in OT 139-134. Knick guard Elfrid Payton had a nice 17/11/15 trip dub.

Somebody had to lose but it was host Washington falling to GSW 125-117. Warrior guard Alec Burks had a nice 30 points in 29 minutes off the bench.

Somebody had to lose but it was host Charlotte falling to the Magic 112-100 behind 14 dimes from ever improving Markelle Fultz.

Hurting Dallas beat host Indiana 112-103 behind The Unicorn’s 38/12 night.

The host Heat thumped Philadelphia 137-106 with The Butler erupting for 38 in just 29 minutes. He likes smacking his ex-buds!

The Grizzlies bounced back to keep their noses in front for that #8 seed with a 96-82 win at home. This was highlighted by the dueling centers Valunciunas (26/17) and Drummond (25/18).
 

T1000

Legend
Lost all respect for Andre Iguodala. CP3 (an actual star) didn’t want to go to OKC and yet he’s playing hard every night and helping the young guys out. Iguodala (a role player) hasn’t suited up once for Memphis and is still crying about not wanting to play for them despite being the 8 seed. Clown is making $17 mil this year on a playoff team but since he’s not on a team giving him a free ride to the finals he wants out. Pathetic
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
Somebody had to lose but it was the host Cadavers falling to NYK in OT 139-134. Knick guard Elfrid Payton had a nice 17/11/15 trip dub.

Somebody had to lose but it was host Washington falling to GSW 125-117. Warrior guard Alec Burks had a nice 30 points in 29 minutes off the bench.

Somebody had to lose but it was host Charlotte falling to the Magic 112-100 behind 14 dimes from ever improving Markelle Fultz.

Hurting Dallas beat host Indiana 112-103 behind The Unicorn’s 38/12 night.

The host Heat thumped Philadelphia 137-106 with The Butler erupting for 38 in just 29 minutes. He likes smacking his ex-buds!

The Grizzlies bounced back to keep their noses in front for that #8 seed with a 96-82 win at home. This was highlighted by the dueling centers Valunciunas (26/17) and Drummond (25/18).
Pistons misfired in the third qtr, scoring a season-low 10 pts. Another reason there may be no love for AD this summer
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Monster trip dub (30/21/10) by Jokic to go with returning Jamal Murray’s 32 points was just enough for visiting Denver to edge slumping Utah 98-95.

Host Toronto fell behind by 19 in the first half but rallied for the 119-118 win behind at first deadly inaccurate arc shooting (5 of 6 missed) by Serge Ibaka but he made the one that counted with 30 seconds left.

Three-way trade is being finalized that will send disgruntled AI to Miami from Memphis along with OKC’s Gallinari. The Heat will send Winslow to Memphis but The Woj was non-specific about the total sweetener headed OKC’s way to extract Gallinari and how it’s going to link to the AI deal.
 

donquijote

Legend
Toronto was trailing by 10 points in the last 2:10 if I am not mistaken.
Raps had a 30+ comeback before against Mavs and they lead the NBA in 10+ pts comeback wins.
With this win, Toronto breaks the franchise record for the most consecutive wins. They had 11 twice during Casey-DeRozan period.
This time they have done it while missing key players!
 

T1000

Legend
Russell to the wolves for Wiggins and one first. I don’t get this trade at all. Wiggins sucks and makes more money than Russell. Golden state turned down multiple firsts from other teams but take an offer for one? I really don’t get this trade

Monster trip dub (30/21/10) by Jokic to go with returning Jamal Murray’s 32 points was just enough for visiting Denver to edge slumping Utah 98-95
To add some more context to this Denver had 7 players available last night. One was a two way player and the other a rookie who had like 5 mins of playing time. It was also the second night of a back to back and 5th game in 7 days. Definitely one of the most impressive performances I’ve ever seen.
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
Will the Pistons trade AD to the Cadavers for stiffs to-be-named later? Gonna spoil Hooper's B-day 4sure! Only 11 games out of the playoffs
 
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stringertom

Bionic Poster
Giannis with a 36/20 night against visiting IGking Embiid, who shot 6 of 26 as Philly faded in the third quarter to lose by 11.
 
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