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Old 09-25-2018, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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There was this exchange between Pritchard and a reporter early in the offseason:

Toronto's lack of success (against Cleveland in the second round) ... does it make you feel you're closer? Or is it just like, 'Hey, we've got to move on?'
"It's funny. I took Thursday and Friday off and we came back in this week. It was after Cleveland swept Toronto. I looked at my guys, and I said, 'We beat a team that swept another team.' Does it affect our decisions, moving forward?


"I think it's only human nature that it does. ... We just took a punch from Cleveland, with LeBron playing at the highest level I've ever seen him play."

And this from Pritchard at media day: "I don't want to see us win 50 games and not be more prepared for the playoffs. I was very lucky. I was coached by some very good coaches Larry Brown, Coach (Roy) Williams, Gregg Popovich some of the great coaches. Sometimes they sacrificed some stuff in the middle of the season to make sure there was an opportunity to be right at the end of the season, which is what we're all about. Getting to the playoffs. That's our goal. We want to get to the playoffs, because you have to get to the playoffs to get to the second round."

This kind of talk indicates that someone expects to be in the second round, and feels very good about where they were vis-a-vis the conference's top teams last year. You don't manage expectations by suggesting that you'll obviously move farther along than you did last year.
Well, they won 48 games and took Cleveland to 7 games. What else is he supposed to say? I don't see anything here that is out of bounds, and you seem to be reaching. Pritchard on local Indy radio this week, said he expected Boston and Toronto to be one and two in the east with Philly and the Pacers in the 3-4 range. That does not seem unreasonable either.
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Old 09-27-2018, 07:40 PM
 
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The Nuggets finally get over the hump and make the playoffs! ��
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Old 09-29-2018, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Western US
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We are less than a month away from the season opener. Time to offer your predictions, the mild and the wild.

Here are mine:
-Toronto represents the East in the Finals
-A 50 win team misses the playoffs in the West
-Miami makes the playoffs
-The Blazers again seem too good to break up, but it's illusory
-LeBron does not make it past the first round of the playoffs--I am tempted to predict that he misses the playoffs, but I'm not quite ready to go there
-Anthony Davis wins the MVP
-Embiid wins DPOTY
-Doncic wins ROTY
-All-NBA 1st Team: Curry, Harden, KD, LBJ, Davis
-Most disappointing acquisition: this is a tough one--I'm taking Cousins and Melo out of the running because I think expectations are low for both; I'm picking DeAndre Jordan. While Jordan can be an excellent defensive anchor, he is going to be surrounded by one of the worst perimeter and team defending squads in the league. He'll still get his dunks and rebounds, but Dallas is going to be bad, and this will not be the year that Dallas turns around their defensive performance, which is the reason for bringing in Jordan.
-Acquisition that most surpasses expectations: Danny Green in Toronto. He can play both ends of the floor, and will fit in seamlessly with a team that has been a top defense & offense in the league for years.
-Fired coaches: Scott Brooks (probably should have already been fired, and there's nowhere to hide in the East anymore), Dave Joerger (the Kings don't know what they're doing, and Joerger isn't a very good coach, anyways), Terry Stotts (somebody has to take the blame for this team's shortcomings, and I don't think the Blazers are ready to lay it with the Lillard-McCollum pairing), Nate McMillan (a good coach, but expectations are unreasonably high in Indiana, imo), Tyronn Lue (a coach who has always been criticized is about to run a roster that makes no sense and captain a team that just went to 4 straight Finals to the race for the best lottery odds)
-COTY: Mike Malone (the Nuggets are good, and their record will show it)
-WCF: Warriors-Thunder
-ECF: Raptors-Celtics
-Warriors in 5
As long as they stay healthy, Golden State three-peats. Doncic had a great first preseason game tonight, and he's got a lot of potential in him. He may have said Ayton will win ROTY, but he can win it himself should he have a stellar rookie season. The Warriors will face either Boston or Toronto in the Finals. Both those teams would give Golden State a fight. Either way, the Warriors prove too much to handle for either team. Warriors win the Finals in either six or seven games.
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Old 10-01-2018, 07:31 AM
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Kyrie Irving has the ball in his hands with 10 seconds left in game seven of the Finals. Oh, Boston is down by two and Stephen (pronounced Steven people, wake up!) tries to check him again. Curry knows he's toast as Uncle Drew knifes his way past center court and makes all of Cali (because you know Laker fans might reason that Golden State is all inclusive and not specific enough) hate the word "butter."
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Old 10-01-2018, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Warriors over Celtics in six. The regular season is a whole lot of "who cares".
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Old 10-01-2018, 02:58 PM
 
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If Irving and Hayward stay healthy this year, I think it just might be the Celtics year to dethrone the Warriors, something LeBron could not do.
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Old 10-01-2018, 09:37 PM
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If Irving and Hayward stay healthy this year, I think it just might be the Celtics year to dethrone the Warriors, something LeBron could not do.
Yeah, the Celtics bench is enough to offset KD. Steven Curry and Kyrie offsets. Klay and Hayward are close. Stevens is a better coach.
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Old 10-02-2018, 07:01 AM
 
Location: Slovakia
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Cheering for Celtics, Bulls and Jazz If someone can dethrone Warriors, its Celtics. Looking forward if Donovan Mitchell can lead Jazz and how Allen fit in. And secret wish is Bulls in playoffs
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Old 10-02-2018, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Even with Kawhi I don't think the Raps have passed the Celtics in the East pecking order. I think in order for the Raps to go all the way they need another debilitating injury to one of the Celtics players again. At full strength or even less than 100% but all playing I don't see how the Celtics DON'T win the East. And Philly may even better too, who knows??

And don't discount the Raps chemistry either with new coach and new personnel. Casey had his faults, but everyone could co-exist with Lowry & DeMar, there was no in fighting, no pouting at least as far as I can tell. Kawhi can say all the right things now about how he loves this team & city blah blah blah, but I think he knows that everyone knows he already was 1 foot out the door, and he's already pulled this act once, what's not to say it's not going to happen again??
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Old 10-03-2018, 09:58 AM
 
Location: OHIO
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I'd like to see two totally different teams in the finals, but I think the Warriors will still be there.
I'm guessing Celtics and Warriors in the finals. I'm hoping Boston can get it done and win it.
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