2021 NBA Playoffs Gamethread

radsoxfan

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Some of these reviews are just so not needed. That was obvious.

Embiid can't blow that bunny. What an easy layup
 

Ale Xander

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Simmons on the bench, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

How do you do that with someone #1 overall for you
 

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This game was kind of a rock fight, especially at the end. You can see the clear difference between some older players with playoff experience versus the younger guys, some of whom appear to consider a playoff crunch time possession to be the same as a casual non conference game in February.

Its not even the D, its contested shots early in the clock.
 

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This game was kind of a rock fight, especially at the end. You can see the clear difference between some older players with playoff experience versus the younger guys, some of whom appear to consider a playoff crunch time possession to be the same as a casual non conference game in February.

Its not even the D, its contested shots early in the clock.
And then there's Embiid (0–12 in the 2nd half, basically physically collapsiing in the final minutes).
 

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Any team without a great center. He would be an incredible point center for the Celtics, for example.
I'd take him in a second. But was just talking with my son tonight about how just one year ago you could have offered me Simmons or Young and the answer "Simmons" would have been immediate. Now, it's less obvious.

Simmons is the same guy that first walked onto the court as a pro. Same guy.
 

radsoxfan

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Simmons is deeply flawed. It will show up on some teams more than others, but the flaws will remain.

I'll be honest, I'm pretty shocked the guy isn't a top 25 player in the NBA and can't be one of the top 2 guys on a title team by age 25. Even as a 3rd banana he needs a specific roster around him.

He has completely leveled off (maybe even slight decline?) over his 4 year career. What a disappointment.
 

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Simmons is deeply flawed. It will show up on some teams more than others, but the flaws will remain.

I'll be honest, I'm pretty shocked the guy isn't a top 25 player in the NBA and can't be one of the top 2 guys on a title team by age 25. Even as a 3rd banana he needs a specific roster around him.

He has completely leveled off (maybe even slight decline?) over his 4 year career. What a disappointment.
His defense is better than I expected coming into the league. Thought he was too passive. That has played out in some ways for sure, and the lack of improvement (from a very high baseline) is a huge issue.

I don’t think the roster fit is that big a hurdle. He just can’t be on this particular team with its great ball-dominant interior force in Embiid.
 

radsoxfan

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His defense is better than I expected coming into the league. Thought he was too passive. That has played out in some ways for sure, and the lack of improvement (from a very high baseline) is a huge issue.
Agree on the D, frankly that's the only thing keeping him even in the discussion for a fringe All-Star/top 25-30ish player.

He has some offensive skills of course, but he gives so much back with his lack of shooting and floor spacing that his offense is just shockingly "blah" overall.
 

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I'd take him in a second. But was just talking with my son tonight about how just one year ago you could have offered me Simmons or Young and the answer "Simmons" would have been immediate. Now, it's less obvious.

Simmons is the same guy that first walked onto the court as a pro. Same guy.
Simmons on D and Young on O would be a great player