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Old 12-24-2018, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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Paul wouldn't have been able to play the full season anyway, so I guess its good if he takes a long rest now and come back for the 2nd half of the season.
Houston showed enough during this recent winning streak, they'll be a contender if they can swing a trade for some defensive swingman, so when Paul returns they'll be basically the same as last year (almost good enough to eliminate Golden State).
And Golden State have an injury in the playoffs, Houston may win the West.
Houston ain't winning the West because you can't bank on Paul staying healthy for a playoff run, and who are they gonna beat in 7? Right now they're the 8th seed and they aren't as deep or consistent on either side to take out Denver, OKC, or GS. They sure as hell won't be getting home court advantage...

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That's like if the men's tennis tour started playing best-of-3-sets at majors.
Once you reduce the NBA to 50 games you feminize the NBA, so nobody in a 50 game NBA season will ever be viewed as impressively as the champions of 82 game NBA seasons.
Remember the 66-game season in the 2012 lockout year? I wouldn't be opposed to that, it would increase the urgency of the regular season and eliminate these goofy rest breaks the modern NBA loves. And while fan support has been on the rise for several years now, a 66-game season went hurt fan support, the only thing that would prevent it is the Greedy TV dollars the NBA wants...

The NBA should subtract to a 66-game year, MLB really would benefit in fan support and viewership by subtracting to around 130 games and the quality of baseball would absolutely improve...
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Old 12-24-2018, 09:04 AM
 
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That's like if the men's tennis tour started playing best-of-3-sets at majors.
Once you reduce the NBA to 50 games you feminize the NBA, so nobody in a 50 game NBA season will ever be viewed as impressively as the champions of 82 game NBA seasons.
Feminize the NBA??? LOL.

The flopping, superstars teaming up to win a ring, the fashion shows, NBA players with secret twitter accounts to defend themselves, etc, LOL

All-Stars to compete in NBA's first fashion show | NBA.com

12 pre-season games in markets that lack a NBA team. A 50 game regular season would put more urgency into every game especially with the way the NBA is played now. You have super-teams vs duds. The NBA of the past was way different.
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Old 12-24-2018, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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With the new playoff seeding where you get seeded 1-8 in conference based on overall record I wonder if weíll ever have a year where 1 division is so bad where they donít get a single team in at all?? Right now the #1 team in the Southeast division currently has the 6 seed in the East but they seem OK because outside of the Nets (now at #9) I donít think anyone else in the East outside of the playoff picture is a threat for the playoffs and the Southeast actually has 2 spots.

It could happen in the West however as the leaders of the Southwest division, Houston, currently is tied for the 7th best record with the Kings, and unlike in the East, I could see a run by Utah and or Minnesota, currently out of a playoff spot to knock the division winner out of their playoff perch.
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Old 12-24-2018, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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My Sacramento Kings are coming. This year we may still miss out on the playoffs, but this team is going to be a real issue in another year. Buddy Hield will be an All-Star in a year, and De'Aaron Fox is about two years from developing into one of The League's best points. Provided Bagley develops into a starting-level big, and there is no reason to doubt he becomes that at minimum (his rookie play has been terrific), we potentially have a core that can grow up together and carry this franchise for at least a half-decade of prosperity...

It's been a long time coming. The city is energized and we stuck with this franchise through a dozen years of hard losing, stuck with them through relocation threats. Sacramento deserves this team and we really may have hit the jackpot with Fox, who very well may turn out to be the best player in that draft. After flopping in Memphis, Joerger is proving his chops as a developer of young talent. He has to be on your Coach of the Year leaderboard so far...
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Old 12-24-2018, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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The East is wide open. Every time i get ready to buy into Milwaukee they go and lose to a Miami or something (last night). The supposed MVP was 3-12 shooting which is particularly horrendous given he rarely shoots outside of 12 feet. The bad part is this team plays down to its competition. The good thing is they also play up to their competition, and at their best i think they are a contender, but until they mature from this Dr Jekyll and Hyde thing they got going, they won't win anything. Good news for them is there is still time to grow.
The refs in the Heat game were weird, so Giannis had an off night. Refs aren't showing any consistency with Giannis. Giannis is having an MVP season so far. Named Eastern Conf player of the week for the 3rd time. He was also named player of the month for Oct & Nov. Watching him out there, it's almost unfair to opposing teams.

I thought I read somewhere the Bucks have the best record vs teams above .500. That Heat game was a trap game. Tough defensive game against a fast pace tired Bucks team. Nothing to worry about.
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Old 12-24-2018, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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The refs in the Heat game were weird, so Giannis had an off night. Refs aren't showing any consistency with Giannis. Giannis is having an MVP season so far. Named Eastern Conf player of the week for the 3rd time. He was also named player of the month for Oct & Nov. Watching him out there, it's almost unfair to opposing teams.

I thought I read somewhere the Bucks have the best record vs teams above .500. That Heat game was a trap game. Tough defensive game against a fast pace tired Bucks team. Nothing to worry about.

The Bucks beat the following teams on the road before losing to the Heat - Raptors, Cavs, Pistons, Celtics and then lost to the Heat. Most teams would take this, 4 out of 5 on the road. I would call this a success.

The Bucks were tired against the Heat. It happens all the time in the NBA on the end of road trips. Look at the teams the Bucks have beat this year - Raptors twice, Indiana, Philly, Boston, Golden State, Denver twice, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio and Charlotte all teams with winning records.

It's an impressive list.
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Old 12-24-2018, 10:47 PM
 
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It will be very refreshing to see Antetokounmpo win the MVP.
He's the newest superstar in the NBA.
His legacy will be surreal with a fast start like this.
He's a statistical machine, and may still improve significantly if his shooting improves (a jump shot will make his slashing even easier).
And he's not injury prone.
Very different situation to DRose.
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Old 12-25-2018, 07:46 PM
 
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Oh boy, LBJ just hurt himself. He said he heard a pop, he was clutching his groin area.

Not good...
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Old 12-25-2018, 08:26 PM
 
Location: West Los Angeles
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Oh boy, LBJ just hurt himself. He said he heard a pop, he was clutching his groin area.

Not good...
Yeah, the win is a silver lining...but man, this could be bad. Fortunately it's still early in the season.
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Old 12-25-2018, 08:56 PM
 
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Yeah, the win is a silver lining...but man, this could be bad. Fortunately it's still early in the season.
He's going to turn 34 soon.

He's always been so rock solid physically. You wonder whether father time is finally catching up to him, though his injury could have happened to anyone.
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