Discussion in 'Know Your Enemy' started by Money, Jul 23, 2019.
Amazing. The Clips just can't handle Jokic. If they win game 7, I just don't know how they expect to handle Anthony Davis...
HAH. What a comeback by the Nuggets. They TOOK that from the Clips. The Clips didn’t lose it. No longer are the Warriors the recent 3-1 deficit failures.
Rooting for a Denver vs Miami final!
So, let's talk about the Clippers...
Kawhi had a bad game, their defense was supposed to be good but it's nothing, PG has played like shit the whole playoffs and they've traded a zillion picks to OKC.
If Kawhi and PG leave after next year (or one of them, at least), the Clippers will have screwed their whole 2020's decade for nothing.
As for Miami, I just love this team. Bam is amazing, Jimmy is a complete winner that has finally found a place where he can lead, Dragic is alive again... And adding Jae Crowder in mid-season has been such an underrated move. Here's hoping Miami goes all the way to the ring, although it's not an easy road.
Amazing the stories and excuses coming out of that locker room. Playoff P has the worst media quotes.
Doubt Kawhi leaves. He left Toronto because he wanted to be closer to home. PG is a toss up. But hey, I do that trade for Kawhi & PG ten out of ten times because Kawhi isn’t a Clipper if that trade doesn’t happen. The franchise doesn’t have a rich history so they had to play by Kawhi’s requirements.
Still, again credit to Denver for an amazing fight. Jokic cooked on Harrell and there was no one else that could hold him down. The rest of the team brought that same energy. And so now we get Jokic vs AD in the WCF. The big men species ain’t dead just yet!
As for Boston/Miami... give me 7 games of that. But damn, the Heat look so good. Now that’s a team with chemistry
Kawhi's biggest mistake ever has been leaving Toronto.
And he made a mistake leaving San Antonio, too, although he got lucky and managed to win a ring (lucky as in he played us banged up and not able to play at our usual level). As good as he is as a player, at this point we're pretty used to him making mistakes with his career. But yeah, it's hard to see him leaving LA... but what if he moves to the Lakers if they have another early exit next year? I totally can see him doing that.
Jokic was great, but Jamal Murray has also been a different player in these playoffs. Definitely took the step forward many people expected.
I expect the Lakers to beat Denver in 5. I hope that I'm wrong, but I really don't see Denver having another long series in them vs LAL.
As for Boston vs Miami, I hope Miami wins, but I'd be surprised if it takes them less than 6 games.
Rivers has the worst postseason record in clinching playoff games and it is not even close. 14-27...he has got to go. Historically terrible!
You know what's interesting, and I don't know if you noticed, but did Kawhi look like he kind of tailed off as the series continued? He just didn't look as dominant or explosive as we're used to seeing. The same happened in the Finals last year. It kind of validates why he load manages so much and why he essentially demanded he have PG play with him. Perhaps, his body has more wear and tear on it than we thought and his run as an elite #1 is closing faster? Maybe not, but just a thought as he didn't look great physically and may be the reason he bounces in the future.
And absolutely about Jamal Murray. He made a lot of naysayers put some respect on his name. A lot of guys wrote him off as the kind of so-so point guard where he can be pretty good, but that's about it. But year, the Lakers are so tough defensively. They clog the paint like crazy and communicate way better on defense than the Clippers. MPJ will get attacked more on defense than the Clippers did. And they will throw a lot of different bodies on Jokic. I think it'll come down to supporting cast play and if Murray can continue his tear. I hope for a long series, too. But I'm predicting Lakers in 6.
I am predicting Lakers in 5. They are well rested and the Nuggets will be burnt out. Then I root for whoever wins the East.
I don't know why, but it's true that Kawhi seemed to "get worse" during the course of the playoffs. Still good, but certainly not as a dominant.
Biggest issue was that PG played horribly on offense more often than not. And that their defense wasn't any good. I think the Clippers are in for a tough offseason in which they'll have to evaluate many things.
For a guy that load manages a lot, he does hold many hats. And like you said, with PG playing poorly, Kawhi is the primary scorer, defender and ball handler and distributor. Their point guard situation is Pat Beverley, who’s good at his role, but is not the type of PG Kawhi needs.
In Toronto, he had Lowry. In San Antonio, he had Parker. PatBev is better off the bench. They need someone else to help run the show.
I never go with my brain when it comes to the Lakers, so never predict their win if I can help it....
As I tell my Laker fan friend, it's the McDonalds of basketball teams, you might as well be a Cowboys fan...
Nuggets in 6
I never go with my brain when it comes to the Panthers. I think that's the only team that gets that out of me.
And the Heat are two wins away from the NBA finals. What a playoffs run they're having!
Boston’s had opportunities to take either of the first two games, but Miami tightens it up in close games. One of those late steals by Jimmy where he jumped the pass and ignited a fast break with Crowder was great. And Crowder’s three point shot has been so reliable. I’d like to see Boston go to Jaylen a little more. He makes so many great plays.
Dragic has been incredible. That three he hit after losing the ball trying to dribble behind the back was essentially a summary of his playoffs so far.
If there's a "comeback player of the year", that's Dragic. He looked done in the NBA one year away, not even caring about what was happening to his career. And this year, even tho Nunn was the starter for most of the regular season, he played well. But nobody expected him to play like this during the playoffs. It's a great story as well.
Got a feeling the LAL vs Denver series ain't going to be a long one...
It’s all about matchups and the Lakers have the right personnel to counter Denver. That defense is so much more in sync than the Clippers.
And nice to see Boston respond. I felt like things would’ve been a little easier for everyone had Gordon Hayward been healthy against the Raptors and low and behold... he returns in Game 3 against the Heat and makes an impact. He may not be a superstar, but what he brings to Boston is indispensable to their rotation. He takes the weight off guys by taking on a little of their responsibilities here and there.
We've got a series in the East!!
Denver looks mentally tired. It’s amazing that they’ve been down in games so often in these playoffs and have fought back every time. But that Plumlee/Grant defensive mistake looked like a brain fart of all sorts. They’ve exhausted too much energy coming from behind in games... and in both those series they were down 3-1!
They might win a game, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they get swept. It wouldn’t be a sweep in the sense that they were dominated necessarily. But more so they just didn’t have enough in the tank to pull out 4 wins versus these Lakers.
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