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1. Warriors vs. 8. Clippers
2. Nuggets vs. 7. Spurs
3. Blazers vs. 6. Thunder
4. Rockets vs. 5. Jazz

1. Bucks vs. 8. Pistons
2. Raptors vs. 7. Magic
3. Sixers vs. 6. Nets
4. Celtics vs. 5. Pacers

you know who deserves sitewide mod privileges? (m bison), Thursday, 11 April 2019 04:58 (two months ago) Permalink

posters only!

k3vin k., Thursday, 11 April 2019 04:59 (two months ago) Permalink

I am a friend of the hoop

Clay, Thursday, 11 April 2019 05:02 (two months ago) Permalink

if rockets beat the warriors in the second round the spurs are going to the motherfucking finals baby spurs over the bucks in six 😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤😤 https://t.co/AWSTOhH6TV

— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) April 11, 2019

you know who deserves sitewide mod privileges? (m bison), Thursday, 11 April 2019 05:03 (two months ago) Permalink

I reserve the right to change this in a couple of days after thinking about it more, but it's hard to go against chalk:

warriors > clips 5
nuggets > spurs 6
thunder > blazers 7
rockets > jazz 6

bucks > pistons 4
raptors > magic 4
sixers > nets 5
celtics > pacers 5

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warriors > rockets
nuggets > thunder

bucks > celtics
raptors > sixers

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warriors > nuggets
raptors > bucks

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warriors > raptors

k3vin k., Thursday, 11 April 2019 05:09 (two months ago) Permalink

the time is here the offs are for the people

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 11 April 2019 05:21 (two months ago) Permalink

After their game, Patrick Beverley wasted no time on giving Jae Crowder advice on how to guard James Harden 😭

Jazz vs. Rockets in Round 1 (via @ToddPatton) pic.twitter.com/Ox2QeJJn6c

— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) April 11, 2019

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 11 April 2019 05:33 (two months ago) Permalink

it will be interesting to see who will win the nba playoffs

ciderpress, Thursday, 11 April 2019 12:37 (two months ago) Permalink

it's going to be fun watching the games but I don't forsee a lot of surprises, hopefully I'm wrong. Houston looks like the only team that could even make GSW sweat a little and they're going to have their hands full just getting past Utah. the bracket broke perfectly for the Dubs, I see them sleepwalking in the WCF round. I don't see anyone with a realistic shot of getting out of the East besides Bucks or Raps, but that ECF is gonna be lit. and maybe, just maybe, the winner of that series can test the Dubs a little.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Thursday, 11 April 2019 13:32 (two months ago) Permalink

Bucks in 6

frogbs, Thursday, 11 April 2019 13:46 (two months ago) Permalink

bracket definitely did not break perfectly for the warriors, I’m sure they’re not thrilled to match up against houston in round 2

k3vin k., Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:07 (two months ago) Permalink

They may be happy that the rockets have to play the jazz first round tho

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 11 April 2019 14:44 (two months ago) Permalink

brooklyn over philly would be a fun upset...

portland/okc should be super interesting

such a bummer Oladipo is out...feel like Boston v Pacers could be a good one

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:05 (two months ago) Permalink

boston v pacers could still be good lol. boston is just weird man who knows what we are gonna get from them... and now they are without their best player marcus smart

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:09 (two months ago) Permalink

it will be interesting to see who will win the nba playoffs

― ciderpress, Thursday, April 11, 2019 8:37 AM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm

call all destroyer, Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:16 (two months ago) Permalink

xpost yeah I still think it good be good! just a bummer VO won't be there

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:18 (two months ago) Permalink

ciderpress otm and the magic theory finally has a chance!

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:18 (two months ago) Permalink

should we make a separate offseason thread so as not to dilute the 'offs? kings management drama already starting up!

call all destroyer, Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:20 (two months ago) Permalink

haha was thinking the same thing. cad you're on it.

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 11 April 2019 15:23 (two months ago) Permalink

boston v pacers could still be good lol. boston is just weird man who knows what we are gonna get from them... and now they are without their best player marcus smart

― but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, April 11, 2019 11:09 AM (fifty-seven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i agree. hell, I know how valuable Smart is to them but with as weird as that team has been who knows, maybe the adversity will actually be beneficial? i know that makes no logical sense but very little about the Celtics does. rationally though, this should be a more competitive series with Smart out, otherwise I think it would have been fairly comfortable for Boston but now I suspect it goes 7. I also don't think there's any way in hell they beat Milwaukee now, but again, knowing this team, they'll like lose Tatum and Baynes too and somehow beat the Bucks in 6.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Thursday, 11 April 2019 16:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Sounds about right

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 11 April 2019 16:12 (two months ago) Permalink

wld be interested in seeing a huge kyrie-hayward-tatum-horford-baynes lineup

lag∞n, Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:14 (two months ago) Permalink

brooklyn over philly would be a fun upset...

― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, April 11, 2019 11:05 AM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

feels karmically correct

lag∞n, Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:14 (two months ago) Permalink

philly just has too much top end talent but they have all the pressure here brooklyn can just hoist away with out a care in the world

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:20 (two months ago) Permalink

other thing to consider re smarts injury is that he just plays in game 2 cause hes a lunatic

lag∞n, Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:35 (two months ago) Permalink

and the celtics still have plenty of talent w shortened playoff rotations, one under examined cause of the bad vibes season is brother brads insistence on playing every single player often in less than ideal combos especially in the 3rd quarter , but once youre getting 38mins of kyrie/horford a night that whole math changes

lag∞n, Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:37 (two months ago) Permalink

also shd go w/o saying that al will be yelling

lag∞n, Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:38 (two months ago) Permalink

if we get an Al flex in game one its gonna be a sweep.

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:51 (two months ago) Permalink

also hearing that gordo is rounding into shape again ill be-live it when i see it.

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:52 (two months ago) Permalink

he had some strong games down the stretch

ciderpress, Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:52 (two months ago) Permalink

hes been playing great very physical

lag∞n, Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:53 (two months ago) Permalink

hes a big dude

lag∞n, Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:54 (two months ago) Permalink

i feel p good abt the indy series w/o smart but yeah u def want all hands on deck for the bucks hopefully he can come back early

lag∞n, Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:55 (two months ago) Permalink

I also don't think there's any way in hell they beat Milwaukee now, but again, knowing this team, they'll like lose Tatum and Baynes too and somehow beat the Bucks in 6.

no

Bucks in 6.

yes

frogbs, Thursday, 11 April 2019 17:55 (two months ago) Permalink

uhhh

Nothing the 76ers said about Joel Embiid on Wednesday night was good. Nothing. First, there was general manager Elton Brand, acknowledging that Embiid might not be ready to play in Game 1 of the Sixers’ first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets. Later, there was coach Brett Brown, refusing to answer more than three Embiid-related questions following the team’s meaningless victory over the Chicago Bulls. Two poles on the same spectrum, the big reveal and the media blockade, both signifying the same thing: that Embiid’s health – his knee, his conditioning, his apparent weight gain – is cause for concern.

For most of his pre-game remarks Wednesday night, Brand tried to sell the idea that the starting five he had assembled – Embiid, Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris – was talented enough to carry the Sixers to the Eastern Conference Finals, at least. That’s a dubious notion, considering that those five have played just 10 games together and that the Sixers’ bench is so weak, and it rested on the premise that the organization was sacrificing continuity and familiarity among the starters for the sake of their being as fresh and healthy as possible. But when he spoke about Embiid, who has missed 14 of the team’s last 24 games, Brand seemed ready and willing to dispense with the head-faking and butt-covering and let everyone understand where things really stood.

He was not asked directly whether Embiid might not play. Someone brought up Embiid’s conditioning, about the easy-to-see 10-to-15 pounds that he has added over these last few weeks of intermittent action, and Brand instead offered a non-denial denial. He answered a question that no one had thought to ask.

“I’m optimistic,” Brand said. “I’ve seen him. He’s doing everything in his power to be ready for this weekend.”

Optimistic? It was a curious word choice. Is his health at all an issue?

“No, I’m optimistic that he’ll be ready this weekend and he’s doing everything he can to get back.”

So there’s a possibility he won’t be ready …

“Again, I’m optimistic he’ll be ready.”

But it’s possible he won’t?

“It’s possible.”

https://www.philly.com/sixers/sixers-joel-embiid-health-nba-playoffs-nets-20190411.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:09 (two months ago) Permalink

that team is ass without Embiid. I wouldn't say they're incapable of beating the Nets without him because honestly Brooklyn is not very good either, but it would probably be tooth-and-nail.

Evans on Hammond (evol j), Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:16 (two months ago) Permalink

the well coached scrappy over achievers vs team of loony superstars who dont mesh, classic dynamic, throw in some injury issues and you might have a series

lag∞n, Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:28 (two months ago) Permalink

well we dont know if they mesh ha. 10 games tells not a story

but I can't let Trae do it I got Huerter on my mind (Spottie), Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:30 (two months ago) Permalink

feel pretty confident in saying they dont mesh, i mean they just added harris for those 10 games, like embiid and simmons def dont mesh

lag∞n, Thursday, 11 April 2019 18:32 (two months ago) Permalink

idk if i'm allowed to post in this thread having once been yellow carded by yr tyrannical mod but go spurs > blazers > bucks

gbx, Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:26 (two months ago) Permalink

u shd be rooting for the celtics otherwise im going to revoke yr university degrees

lag∞n, Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:30 (two months ago) Permalink

lagoon, what if I told you Jimmy and Ben are bringing back the Headband Brothers for the playoffs?

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:31 (two months ago) Permalink

hmm will factor into my equations and get back to you

lag∞n, Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:34 (two months ago) Permalink

see the problem is that i hate boston (the city)

gbx, Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:35 (two months ago) Permalink

all the more reason!

lag∞n, Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:41 (two months ago) Permalink

I hate Boston (the city) too

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 11 April 2019 20:00 (two months ago) Permalink

I love Boston (the band)

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 11 April 2019 20:06 (two months ago) Permalink

im gonna try to go to one of the nets home games, should be a fun series. allen is a decent foil for embiid, but i don't really see a way the nets stop simmons. maybe the brooklyn backcourt can make some things happen. spencer dinwiddie, for one, seems like he was born for playoff basketball.

to halve and half not (voodoo chili), Thursday, 11 April 2019 20:11 (two months ago) Permalink

i also hate boston (the band and the city)

to halve and half not (voodoo chili), Thursday, 11 April 2019 20:11 (two months ago) Permalink

To foul or not to foul

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Sunday, 26 May 2019 02:59 (three weeks ago) Permalink

dont imo

lag∞n, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

what an f'n pass

call all destroyer, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:01 (three weeks ago) Permalink

game ops folks screwed the home team

Clay, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ha yup

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:03 (three weeks ago) Permalink

More reviews please

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

at least Drake is going home happy, that's nice

frogbs, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:07 (three weeks ago) Permalink

hah was gonna say they’ve reviewed every half second of the last two minutes feels like xp

Clay, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

nick nurse seems like he knows what he's doing for the most part which makes it really weird that his team can't get the ball inbounds.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lol one final humiliation

frogbs, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:10 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Lowry pure joy aww

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

kawhi just drinking some gatorade

lag∞n, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:11 (three weeks ago) Permalink

very happy for lowry, gasol, and the toronto fans.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink

thrilled for that sikh guy who's at every raps game

call all destroyer, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i don't think ive ever been this depressed about a sporting event in my life

frogbs, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Sorry frogs. Giannis will learn from these he’s got work to do

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:13 (three weeks ago) Permalink

he's got one more year in Milwaukee

frogbs, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink

the bucks can get there. they're really close.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

well the bucks have a whole offseason and prob a lot of next season to try and figure out what their halfcourt playoff offense looks like and which players on their team can make it happen

J0rdan S., Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:16 (three weeks ago) Permalink

coach bud might want to brush up on some “plays”

J0rdan S., Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:17 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Step one trade Bledsoe

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

And do they retain Middleton or not

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:18 (three weeks ago) Permalink

did they run any functional p&rs in the second half

Clay, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

my questions for them are whether they can get outside their preferred system on offense when it gets really tough and if their 2nd-best player can be a championship-level 2nd best player.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:19 (three weeks ago) Permalink

toronto was swarming them man it was like a bunch of bees

lag∞n, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

congrats to masai btw love that dude

Clay, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i continue to feel like they need a pure point guard

call all destroyer, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:20 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i remain a bledsoe fan and anyway since they gave him that contract they’re prob better off trying to figure out how to get him to succeed in the playoffs than dumping him

J0rdan S., Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

I am optimistic about next year especially since the Warriors will probably no longer be an unstoppable force BUT I'm not really sold on the idea of the Bucks' "bright future", for one they've traded like all their draft picks for the next couple years, and for two either Giannis leaves & they and revert back to the shitty overpaid vets teams you had for over a decade or he takes a supermax and you basically become the Rockets, except with Bledsoe instead of CP3

frogbs, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:24 (three weeks ago) Permalink

if kawhi leaves the raptors giannis will be the best player in the east by a significant margin

J0rdan S., Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:25 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Feel like this roster could’ve gotten it done I blame coaching here. Just no adjustments and he never figured out his best lineup

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Unless kd goes there xp

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:26 (three weeks ago) Permalink

this is an amazing moment for kyle lowry getting cheered by the raps fans

call all destroyer, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

This kawhi playoff run seems historical but I haven’t seen any comparison stats yet

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:28 (three weeks ago) Permalink

happy for lowry

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:29 (three weeks ago) Permalink

gets to guard steph now

lag∞n, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

congrats to my close friends the canadians

Clay, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:35 (three weeks ago) Permalink

alright I'm gonna stop being a dumb idiot whiner and go to bed. Raptors are a cool team. I hope they win it all.

frogbs, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

The city is going nuts right now.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:37 (three weeks ago) Permalink

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D7dqOQtUYAIPDKj.jpg

lag∞n, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:38 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lol congrats to the actual raptor

call all destroyer, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:40 (three weeks ago) Permalink

just want to say that im willing to root for the warriors if e40 does something even mildly bitchy to drake

lag∞n, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:42 (three weeks ago) Permalink

i mean you all have to cheer for the warriors its USA vs Canada afterall

easy ball shooter (Spottie), Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:47 (three weeks ago) Permalink

hmm that is true they are a slightly different country

lag∞n, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:48 (three weeks ago) Permalink

drake must be stopped

ciderpress, Sunday, 26 May 2019 03:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

They may be headed for that moment in Ball Four where, when the Pilots start getting trounced by the league's best teams, Bouton says it was like recess in grade school when the big kids showed up, but for tonight exhilarating. (I wish I were downtown, Thermo.) I don't know if we share the American feed, but the endless shots of Drake after every single big Raptor play were somewhere between tiresome and nauseating. He's a fan, great, and sort of works for the team. But he surely realizes he's deflecting attention from the players. To know that, and be okay with that, makes him something of a vainglorious idiot.

clemenza, Sunday, 26 May 2019 05:09 (three weeks ago) Permalink

vainglorious idiot
thats aubrey drake graham, former television star and current biggest rapper!!!

be the 2 chainz you want 2 see in the world (m bison), Sunday, 26 May 2019 13:08 (three weeks ago) Permalink

yeah i think it's pretty clear we can skip to the finals now

no shot at whoever wrote this way up above but i love it every time sports reminds us that games are won and lost on the court/field and nowhere else - not on twitter, not in a win probability statistic, not in comparing players' strengths and weaknesses, not in the halftime analysis of talking heads, etc., etc.

alpine static, Monday, 27 May 2019 08:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

former television star and current biggest rapper!!!

He keeps getting rapper and Raptor mixed up.

clemenza, Monday, 27 May 2019 11:43 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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