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Old 04-11-2018, 08:35 PM
 
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Sixers end the season on a 16-game winning streak. Can they keep this up in the playoffs?
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:36 PM
 
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Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for two seasons in a row.
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Early bonus playoff action w/ the Nuggets/Wolves in OT.

Wolves up 1 w/ 40 sec left.
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:47 PM
 
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Minnesota secures a playoff spot with the victory in overtime. Give credit to Denver for making the Timberwolves work for tonight's victory. It was a fun game to watch.
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Old 04-11-2018, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Houston got the best scenario they could ask for.

No Thunder, no Spurs or GSW until the Conf Finals. That's all of the real playoff experience.
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Old 04-11-2018, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Russell Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double for two seasons in a row.
He needed 16 tonight to get it, and no surprise his teammates didn't get in his way


Glad the T-Wolves finally got their playoff berth, even if it was ugly. I like the playoff matches so far...
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Old 04-12-2018, 04:42 AM
 
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If the Warriors don’t win they’ll probably be considered one of the weakest “dynasties” - down 1-3 to OKC, blew a 3-1 lead in finals and possibly a no show in year 4.
I'm not sure what qualifies as a dynasty.
I thought you'd need more than 2 championships to be a dynasty.
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Old 04-12-2018, 04:45 AM
 
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"Plenty of teams"?

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/c...nba-dynasties/

The Warriors are 255-63 since the start of the 2014-15 season. That's the best 4-year run in NBA history. They've also been in the Finals the last 3 years and are aiming to make it a 4th consecutive time, which hasn't been done since the Celtics of the 60s. There really haven't been any teams that have been in a comparable position.

As someone already pointed out, the Bulls had mediocre (by their standards) regular season results after 2 consecutive trips to the Finals and the Pistons were a complete shell of their former selves after 3 consecutive trips, posting a 50-32 record before being ignominiously swept out of the Playoffs. I'm not sure who these teams are who worked harder than Golden State has and did so for more consecutive years.

I doubt the Warriors care very much about the regular season any more. They're damned if they do, damned if they don't. Win 73 games and people say they've used up all their gas. Win 60 games and people say they're not motivated. So for a team to win a championship, should we agree that 64-66 wins is the magic number?
But the Warriors have more talent than any team ever, so they are all sharing the work load and cruising compared to other top teams.
A team that loses in the Conference Finals each year is giving more effort than the Warriors, because teams have to fight harder for wins in the regular season than the Warriors do (and in the playoffs too).
There are teams that lost in the Conference Semis that expended more energy that the Warriors did last year, as the Warriors played almost the bare minimum of games for a championship, and cruised in plenty of them.

The 1990s Bulls fought harder to win games than the Warriors did last year, that is for certain.
When the Bulls slipped during the regular it was often because it was genuinely hard, not because they lacked motivation.
In 1997-98, Pippen only played 44 games, and the Bulls still won 62 games led by 35-year-old Jordan.
The Bulls were horribly old (oldest team in the NBA), had to deal with more physical defense, and sub-par accommodation compared to today's lazy players.

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Old 04-12-2018, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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He needed 16 tonight to get it, and no surprise his teammates didn't get in his way


Glad the T-Wolves finally got their playoff berth, even if it was ugly. I like the playoff matches so far...

I think it was ugly because there was so much on the line. The Timberwolves may have gotten rid of some of the playoff jitters in this game since it essentially was a playoff game.


On to the playoffs and Houston. "So you say there's a chance?"
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Old 04-12-2018, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Houston got the best scenario they could ask for.

No Thunder, no Spurs or GSW until the Conf Finals. That's all of the real playoff experience.
Scratch that - didn't realize OKC would flip up to #4 with the Utah loss.
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