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Old 04-04-2019, 10:25 PM
 
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Kevin Durant joining Knicks reportedly a ‘done’ deal

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“From everything I’ve heard, it’s done. Yes, he’s leaving,” Bucher said, as transcribed by NBC Sports Bay Area. “It’s not a matter of not liking or appreciating what he has. But being there, I can tell you that Kevin Durant has never been fully embraced by the Warriors faithful. And has never, from even a national perspective, been given the just due that you would expect for a guy who has been the NBA Finals MVP of their last two championships. It’s still Steph’s team. It’s still Steph, Klay, Draymond. KD thanks for coming along and helping us win these last two. He’s never gotten the just deserts.”

Bucher goes on to surmise that Durant wants to go someplace where he’ll be a “centerpiece,” which certainly would be the case with the Knicks.
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:16 PM
 
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Though this year's NBA MVP race has several serious contenders including Giannis and Westbrook (who will be averaging a mind boggling triple double for the third straight season), there is one clear cut winner.

And that player is none other than James Harden who has had an out of this world, incomprehensible season for the ages. Averaging an eye popping 36 points per game for the season (most since Michael Jordan's 86-87 season). Not only has his volume increased, but his efficiency has stayed the same. Harden has redefined iso ball as an effective weapon against opposing teams.

The only question will be if he has any gas left in the tank for the post season.

James Harden Was the Most Valuable Player. Then He Became Invaluable.
1.16 points or higher: Inside the Houston Rockets and their star player’s statistically incomprehensible season


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Rockets coaches and executives say he’s the greatest one-on-one player of all time. He also may be a back-to-back MVP—he’ll almost certainly be No. 1 or No. 2 in voting for the fourth season in five years—at a time when isolation specialists should be the T-rexes of the NBA. His style of play is deeply inefficient. The average iso this season is worth 0.88 points per possession. That suggests it’s a bad idea. Except it’s not for James Harden.

He turns one of the sport’s worst plays into one of the very best. After scoring 1.22 points per isolation possession last year, it would have been basketball malpractice for Harden to do anything else. And so he didn’t. Harden is No. 1 in volume and efficiency again this season.
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Old 04-06-2019, 11:59 AM
 
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Giannis is the MVP. He is putting up incredible numbers playing only 31 minutes per game. 27.7 points, 12.5 Rebs, 6.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and shots 58% from the floor. Team has the most victories, which nobody would have predicted. Has led the Bucks to the best record from the start of the season, not mid December. According to ESPN has the highest player efficiency rating at 30.7, Harden is 2nd at 30.5. Give Giannis six more minutes per game, like Harden, and he would average over 30 points per game and 14 or 15 boards. Why should Giannis be punished for his team and himself being so good that he only plays 31 minutes per game?

Giannis is up the Defensive player of the year and a 1st team all NBA Defensive team lock. Nobody in their right mind would put Harden on this team, because he sucks on defense. You do know defensive is half the game, some people forget this.

Harden is a great player, but is a world class chucker. In a way he is out for himself, selling himself for the MVP. Giannis doesn't mention this. He states over and over how he is working to improve and the team comes first. Never has he stated he should be the MVP. He worries more about winning.

The Bucks have the best record by 4 games. Top defense team in the NBA. Top five in offense. Largest margin of victory. Top rebounding team and on and on. Giannis has driven this, without question. C'mon this isn't even close.
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Old 04-06-2019, 05:43 PM
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harden is currently at .440 fg%, and .365 in threes. NBA league wide averages are .460 and .354. (latter number is down quite a bit from .362 last year).
https://www.basketball-reference.com..._per_game.html

So Harden is actually well below league average in overall fg%, and not much above average in 3pt%.
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Old 04-06-2019, 05:50 PM
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That to me is insanity if true. Why would you want to leave the league's best run franchise for the worst? Even if they get Durant and Kyrie Irving, they still are like the Lakers--no supporting cast. Much-vaunted Kevin Knox is shooting .373 fg%. They will get a good draft pick, but probably a 19 year old. And I see quite a drop-off in this years draft after the one & two picks (likely Zion and Ja Morant).

Kevin Durant seriously needs some counseling if he does this.
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Old 04-06-2019, 05:52 PM
 
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That to me is insanity if true. Why would you want to leave the league's best run franchise for the worst? Even if they get Durant and Kyrie Irving, they still are like the Lakers--no supporting cast. Much-vaunted Kevin Knox is shooting .373 fg%. They will get a good draft pick, but probably a 19 year old. And I see quite a drop-off in this years draft after the one & two picks (likely Zion and Ja Morant).

Kevin Durant seriously needs some counseling if he does this.
Because if you have 3 rings there is nothing else for you to prove and you can accept a new challenge of turning the knicks around
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Old 04-06-2019, 06:18 PM
 
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That to me is insanity if true. Why would you want to leave the league's best run franchise for the worst? Even if they get Durant and Kyrie Irving, they still are like the Lakers--no supporting cast. Much-vaunted Kevin Knox is shooting .373 fg%. They will get a good draft pick, but probably a 19 year old. And I see quite a drop-off in this years draft after the one & two picks (likely Zion and Ja Morant).

Kevin Durant seriously needs some counseling if he does this.
Durant is as mercurial a person as can be.

While it does seem odd that someone would forgot the chance for more rings, I do think Kevin was never fully embraced by the Warrior players or the fans as the article mentions.

Add in the drama with Draymond, and I think Kevin would rather start his own legacy and have his own team with a horrible team like the Knicks. Since he already has two rings, his legacy as a great player is already cemented. But in order to get to the next level of legendary status, he'd team with Kyrie and turn around the Knicks franchise. If he could do that, it would be huge as the Knicks have been a joke.
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Old 04-07-2019, 09:09 AM
 
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harden is currently at .440 fg%, and .365 in threes. NBA league wide averages are .460 and .354. (latter number is down quite a bit from .362 last year).
https://www.basketball-reference.com..._per_game.html

So Harden is actually well below league average in overall fg%, and not much above average in 3pt%.
The only thing that makes Harden stand out is the volume of his attempts.
If Harden played alongside another 25ppg scorer, he'd be forced to share the ball more and nobody would view Harden as the best offensive player in the NBA.
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Old 04-07-2019, 11:15 AM
 
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Miami heat has been playing very good lately even on the road and is currently up by 7 at Toronto. They probably will miss the playoffs if they lose today because they will only have 2 games left and the Pistons will have to lose 3 in a row while Miami would have to win their last 2.

Pistons-39-40

Heat-38-41
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:44 PM
 
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Wow. Congrats to the Brooklyn Nets for clinching a playoff spot. I was so sure that franchise was going to suck for years because of Billy King and his trades but they proved me wrong. D'Angelo Russell has been playing like a man possessed this season, almost like he wants to stick it to the Lakers.

Speaking of the Lakers, I remember Kyle Kuzma saying something recently about how he'd rather be in LA than be "irrelevant" in Orlando. Well the Magic also clinched a spot tonight, poetic justice. So Kuzma can sit on his couch next week and watch the "irrelevant" Magic in the playoffs. Also happy for Steve Clifford, I think he deserved another chance in Charlotte but the Hornets decided to cut ties.

One more spot in the East up for grabs.
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