2019-2020 WC Seeding Predictions, as they stand Late July 2019.

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  1. Money

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    Unless there is a massive turnaround, that series is over. They are tying up the Joker too well and Murray can't win it all by himself. Got to be a masterstroke of effort and strategy to gain any traction against the LeBron's. AD stepping into his own with that buzzer beater last night... yeah, the matchups are not favorable for the Nuggs
     
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    This series is done...Lakers will either sweep or take it in 5
     
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    That was awesome! Nuggets regrouped and took that game. Most teams would’ve let that Game 2 ending deflate them. But Denver is well coached and has players with that dog mentality. Much like Mitchell, Morant, etc... Jamal Murray is only 23 so yeah, the future of the league is in good hands.
     
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    These series are basically Davis & LeBron vs Murray & Jokic. And in case it matters, Denver's supporting cast is better... With Denver, it's not over til it's over, as they've proven so far in these playoffs.
     
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    And Herro almost sent Miami to the finals! What a game by the rookie. I love this kid. The core of Jimmy, Bam and Herro is going to be great for Miami moving on.

    Also, what an odd game by Tatum going scoreless in the entire first half and scoring 28 in the second...
     
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    Regardless what happens here (I have hard time seeing them lose 3 straight though), what a turnaround for Miami. It wasn’t too long ago they were striking out on their top targets in free agency, adding bad contracts and players who underachieve.

    Chris Bosh was forced to retire. Lost out on Gordon Hayward. Gave money to James Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Dion Waiters and Hassan Whiteside. Winslow was hurt often. Heck, even the Goran Dragic acquisition didn’t pay off until now.

    They were able to flip all those guys for people who are big contributors now in Crowder and Iguodala. Get great production out of the unstaffed in Duncan Robinson (who hesitated to shoot!), Derrick Jones Jr. and Kendrick Nunn. Olynyk’s been solid when healthy and even Leonard has made his share. They drafted some quick developing studs in Herro and Adebayo. And then brought in the ideal Heat player in Jimmy Butler. Oh, and Haslem is still around, who’s basically the keeper of keys to what this franchise has been about for nearly two decades.

    Incredible job by Riley, Elisburg and the entire bbops team in Miami.
     
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    Miami is one of the few teams that truly has developed a culture that identifies with the team. Not many teams have done so. From the top of my mind: Miami, San Antonio, Boston, LAL and the Dubs. Different cultures, but I think all of those have something you can identify with the team. That "culture".

    I don't see anybody else that can talk about team culture like those franchises. I think Toronto is on their way to do so, tho, and would have been in the conversation if Kawhi had decided to stay.
     
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    The Lakers back in the Finals is good for the NBA. But subjectively... gross.

    Go Heat/Celtics!
     
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    Yep, although I think this year has been an invaluable experience for the young Nuggets. But LAL was much, much better when it mattered. Maybe if Denver had won that second game the series would have been different.
     
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    fuck I hate the lakers...
     
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    Boston or Miami in 7.

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    Go Heat!

    Looking forward to this series. Such intriguing teams. I really think Miami can pull it off. They have the better supporting cast, IMO.
     
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    It is done. Heat vs Lakers
     
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    I think Miami has a chance, and I'm gonna be rooting for them all the way. But it's going to be hard. They have to find a way to slow down Davis, and Bam is going to be the key to this series, imho.

    Go Heat!!
     
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    Bam is the most important player in this series in many ways. If he can stay out of foul trouble and tie up AD, Pierre 2x, and DHoward... that's going to be tough. But they don't have many bigs and they will need him to stay on the floor.

    The Heat are a lot more disciplined team and won't get caught up in some of the Laker's defensive schemes.. They will adjust, quickly.
    Love to see Iggy do another number on Ledouche. strip,,, strip... strip again...
     
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    I think LeBron is going to unstoppable for the Heat. But he can't win the series by himself. If they do a half-decent job with his supporting cast, particularly Davis, the Heat will have a chance to win in every game. And I think the rebounding battle is going to be particularly important.
     
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    AD saying this will be the toughest championship to win ever in NBA history is waaaaay reaching. Why does one have to be tougher than the other? Winning one is hard no matter the circumstance. Period. Quit trying to make it more than that. Especially odd quote from a guy that’s never been to the Finals so what experience is he comparing it to?

    This is just another way for them and some fans to legitimize the title should they win. In the past decade, the 2011 Mavericks, 2015 & 2017-18 Warriors, 2019 Raptors have all been disrespected with asterisks on how they won. If the Heat win, I look forward to hearing all the excuses as to why the Lakers lost and how the Heat were so fortunate *this* and *that* happened.
     
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    Guess he says that because of the pandemic and the bubble more than anything... BS, of course. It was one of the safest environments in the USA, and it's not like the Lakers have had a tough road to the finals, particularly because the team everybody expected to fight them in the Western finals imploded.

    But people like being victims. AD has done that quite a few times in New Orleans, too.
     
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    Game one today, should be fun. You guys are right, though. LeBron and AD are such a load to handle. How they scheme against those two are key. The scouting reports this season all centered on slowing down AD... then you worried about LeBron.

    It will be a collective effort, but the Heat have the players for it! Bam, Crowder, Butler, Iguodala. On top of those 4, can Robinson/Dragic/Herro outproduce Caruso/Green/Kuzma/Morris?
     
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    That was a physical beat down. AD and LeBron ate up the Heat’s zone. And it doesn’t get better with Dragic tearing his plantar fascia. Butler’s ankle is going get some extra ice and elevation over the next 48 hours. Adebayo has a shoulder strain. Tough start to Game 1 for them.
     
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    Doesn't look good for Miami. Bad game, Dragic's injury will carry on for the rest of the series (if he can play at all), weren't able to stop AD and LeBron in any way... Hope all this changes for next game, but game one wasn't even competitive at all.
     

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