NBA season 2018/19



  • @raznomore said in NBA season 2018/19:

    @TeWaio this is true.

    Adams has a few major failings and one of them is not knowing when to take the reigns. The other is not just dunking when hes close to the hoop. It's great that he has this really subtle touch around the basket and all. But if he were to take a page out of Clint Capela's book and just dunk everything he'd be a high teens scorer immediately.

    Did you catch the end of the first overtime. That seemed like a pretty good dunk with a sore ankle.

    What a game. Russ with 20 something assists
    Aldridge with 56 points!
    Spurs were 14/14 from 3 point land at one stage ended 16/19.
    Double overtime.

    Really hurt have Noel out as Steven got injured and they got smoked for size (I only saw the end of the last quarter and 2 x OT)



  • Westbrook is shooting at 14% beyond the arc this season but kept throwing up three attempts in OT when the sensible play was a higher percentage two. I didn't see the last few seconds as it appeared to be over so don't know if he got any more shots off but think the had something like one point in the last ten minutes of the game or something like that. He should have fed Grant and George more in those final stages.





  • Watched the Warriors demolish the Nuggets yesterday in Denver. And now they've got Boogie coming in on Friday.

    For all of the interesting ins and outs of this season, it seems to me the gap is as large as it's ever been. They will likely face challenges in the playoffs, but is there a realistic chance of anyone beating them in a 7 game series?

    Injuries seem the only obstacle, or maybe a transcendent Harden and a healthy Chris Paul/Clint Capela.



  • @barbarian said in NBA season 2018/19:

    Watched the Warriors demolish the Nuggets yesterday in Denver. And now they've got Boogie coming in on Friday.

    For all of the interesting ins and outs of this season, it seems to me the gap is as large as it's ever been. They will likely face challenges in the playoffs, but is there a realistic chance of anyone beating them in a 7 game series?

    Injuries seem the only obstacle, or maybe a transcendent Harden and a healthy Chris Paul/Clint Capela.

    If everyone is healthy i don't see anybody touching them



  • Watching a great game LA should have closed out OKC for an unexpected away win. But a poor option on their penultimate offensive trip and a mindless foul on Westbrook by Lonzo Ball has sent the game to OT. Where I'd imagine L.A. will lose



  • The Lakers run away in OT. Westbrook was noticeably tentative in the 4th quarter and OT. Adams needs to shoot more



  • Adams got shown a bit by the young fella. Still put up solid numbers, but yeah he needed to shoot. His jelly to the rim from an alien to him perimeter position shows you what he has in his bag if he trusts himself. Too little too late. His pick and roll defence has gotten worse as his career has gone on. He got schooled on 3 consecutive and identical plays.



  • Boogie's first game and he looks pretty good. Call the season now.



  • The young Lakers and Lance Stephenson struggling to hold off the Houston Rockets late in the 4th quarter. I've heard a lot about it but having watched the entire second half it is not unfair to say that Harden is a cheating bastard who gets calls that everyone else doesn't get. He initiates contact more times than most, gets away with MJ on Bryon Russell style push offs. I can't possibly support them at any time, even against the dubs



  • Came to talk about Harden, and then read @canefan 's post.

    So, it's pretty obvious Harden is an unreal scorer. He makes putting up huge numbers look almost mundane. He scores from step back 3s like it ain't nothing.

    He's on a points scoring streak of the likes that hasn't been seen since Wilt. It seems like something that should be celebrated. And yet...

    There is constant chatter, on TV and online, about how he's actually a bit shit to watch. Fans straight up hate the fouls he gets (canefan's post is almost word for word what you can read on any forum). You watch the Rockets play, and it's effectively 4 guys on court watching one dude dribble the ball and then try something. I heard that none of his points v the Knicks were assisted? Obviously he's having to do it all while CP is out, but this is ridiculous. His teammates are so scared of touching the ball they gave up a basket on an inbound because the dude didn't want to catch the ball.

    He's jacking up massive numbers, but they are still only 5-5 in their last 10, and sit 5th. Their game style also doesn't look sustainable, especially in the playoffs (and yet this is the team that did everything but knock off the Warriors just last season).

    So the question is, is James Harden's current run something that should be celebrated more than it is?



  • @mariner4life said in NBA season 2018/19:

    Came to talk about Harden, and then read @canefan 's post.

    So, it's pretty obvious Harden is an unreal scorer. He makes putting up huge numbers look almost mundane. He scores from step back 3s like it ain't nothing.

    He's on a points scoring streak of the likes that hasn't been seen since Wilt. It seems like something that should be celebrated. And yet...

    There is constant chatter, on TV and online, about how he's actually a bit shit to watch. Fans straight up hate the fouls he gets (canefan's post is almost word for word what you can read on any forum). You watch the Rockets play, and it's effectively 4 guys on court watching one dude dribble the ball and then try something. I heard that none of his points v the Knicks were assisted? Obviously he's having to do it all while CP is out, but this is ridiculous. His teammates are so scared of touching the ball they gave up a basket on an inbound because the dude didn't want to catch the ball.

    He's jacking up massive numbers, but they are still only 5-5 in their last 10, and sit 5th. Their game style also doesn't look sustainable, especially in the playoffs (and yet this is the team that did everything but knock off the Warriors just last season).

    So the question is, is James Harden's current run something that should be celebrated more than it is?

    If people celebrated Russ for his MVP feats then I believe the answer probably is yes. The guy is defending better than he has previously and is getting assists too



  • Fucking Wizards. I was 4 Ariza rebounds away from a decent multi.



  • Boom goes the dynamite

    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/25868546/anthony-davis-told-new-orleans-pelicans-re-sign

    The Celtics and Lakers will fight this one out. The Cs have more to give, LBJ and Davis share management



  • Is Steven Adams now an All Star based on the voting which has now closed? 6th among WC forwards in fan voting (50% of the vote) , 7th among players and 8th in media voting, so 7th overall among WC forwards??



  • All Star reserves are chosen by coaches, I believe. So the fan vote is only relevant for the starter picks.



  • On holiday back in NZ at the moment went to book store they didnt have Kobe's book so grabbed Adam's one.

    Not a bad read. Shows why he is so level headed and also that its unlikely he will be the next NBA broke story.

    Has brought one house in OKC, two guitars, got a free loan truck from the dealership and has worn the same camo top to games/training/around town for two years. Doesn't wear shoes around the place because he didn't have any growing up. Loves OKC club due to the family feel.



  • Is the NBA regular season more a drama than a sporting competition?

    Just when i was starting to think the season is too damn long, with too many games, and far too few that actually mean anything, along comes Anthony Davis to rescue everything.

    He, well, his agent, says he wants a trade. It's basically assumed that means "i want to go to LA and play with LBJ". A shit storm follows. LBJ and his agency are blatantly tampering!! The small market teams are fucked!! The media only care about a few teams! Change the bargaining agreement!

    Then, on top of that, a couple of random, unrelated comments by Kyrie Irving a week or so back becomes "Kyrie won't sign with the Celtics" which becomes "LBJ is trying to get both AD and KI to the Lakers".

    And suddenly everyone has something to talk about, and something to have an opinion about. Which helps to disguise the fat that the Warriors have won 11 straight, and Cousins looks really fucking good post-injury. The Bucks continue to push for the best record in the league, but are being chased hard by Toronto. The Nuggets are still hanging around 2nd in the West. Paul George is in great form for the Thunder. There are some handy teams floating around.

    But the fucking Warriors man. They went to a pretty good Pacers outfit, and fucking flogged them. Flogged them. 11 straight wins.



  • This whole small market team thing is BS. People seem to forget that CLE were perennial finalists for a few years, SAS were great for years, and OKC have rebuilt nicely since KD left (including getting PG13 and Russ to sign and stay). In that time CHI, NY, Brooklyn, WSH and the Lakers have all been pus to name a few. All big market teams. Players just want to play for a well run organization that gives them a chance to win



  • @canefan said in NBA season 2018/19:

    This whole small market team thing is BS. People seem to forget that CLE were perennial finalists for a few years, SAS were great for years, and OKC have rebuilt nicely since KD left (including getting PG13 and Russ to sign and stay). In that time CHI, NY, Brooklyn, WSH and the Lakers have all been pus to name a few. All big market teams. Players just want to play for a well run organization that gives them a chance to win

    yep, that's pretty much it. New Orleans would actually be a pretty good place to live, but the Pelicans have been unable to build a team around Davis that makes him want to stay.

    The Warriors are warping people's perceptions around what is needed to win.


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