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Because it's more than just the Celtics playing this season. :)

The Lakers (LOL), follow the C's tonight on the road vs. the defending champs, GS. Let's go.
 

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I like Kyrie's book, Westbrook on the outside of the bus, and Embiid looking bitter while he sits next to Jokic and his two MVPs.
 

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Giannis is reading a "Dad Jokes" book. Klay and Ja are beefing. Kawhi is in sleep mode.

Why does Deuce resemble Bryan Doo?
 

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What's with the traffic cone? Reference to Progressive?
 

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What's with the traffic cone? Reference to Progressive?
Paul is a "traffic cone" on defense for Luka, who is looking at Booker/Paul the same way he was looking at them during the playoffs last year, which became a meme.

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I can't believe Russ is actually officially starting in the first game of the season for the Lakers after this offseason. Lakers gonna Laker. :p
 

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Dubs still scare me. I’d rather not have a rematch, would prefer anyone else to come out of the West.
If it makes you feel better, I felt the same watching the Cs.

Edit: except I don't think I could ever actually root for the Sixers or Nets over the Celtics. Sixers have real fans but play a lame brand of b-ball; and the Nets don't have real fans (and have Kyrie).
 

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I enjoy the theory that LeBron HATES Steph and thinks that he is standing on his corner as being the best player of his generation; and that he is forced to watch this (comparatively) shrimpy guy run around and rain threes and be beloved by everyone while he is wasting away with this ridiculous Lakers team.

That maybe isn't the reality, but it's funny to think about.
 

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Dubs still scare me. I’d rather not have a rematch, would prefer anyone else to come out of the West.
We’ll see how the rest look but wouldn’t surprise me if these two teams are the best again. Will be tough to oust both teams, if they’re healthy come playoff time.
 

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I think that a fully healthy Celtics team would beat a fully healthy Warriors team. It would be a great rematch
 

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Simmons mentioned this today on his podcast, but the Lakers rotation outside of LeBron/Davis/Westbrook is really grim. Schroeder coming back will help, but you look at the guys who played significant minutes last night; Pat Bev, Nunn, Lonnie Walker, Matt Ryan, Austin Reaves, Juan-Toscano Anderson, Wenyen Gabriel...that's not a great supporting cast. They need real perfect health from LeBron/Davis to even have a prayer of making the playoffs this year
 

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James Wiseman looked like a one/one pick last night and the perimeter D and PnRs they ran with him and Poole and DiVincenzo (Myers is so good at fits) were pretty tough to stop. If this kid stays healthy, the Warriors may have a Patriots window given their other young pieces. Holy hell.
 

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For those who partake, how is the quality on League Pass streams? I am not in MA so I usually snag whatever games are national then find, uhh, other ways to watch the non-national games but frankly it is silly that I'm still doing the latter and clicking through a billion ads that are probably breaking my computer when I could get every game for $90.

Does League Pass include every game (including national + local) or are there blackouts?
 

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Local games are blacked out for me. I cannot watch Hawks games at all because I don't have the RSN for that.

National games are weird. If the game is on TNT you get five or so feeds of the game: one focusing on a particular player on a team (Tatum, for example) and one behind each backboard. Can't remember what the other one is. I don't think there are announcers (Can't remember because I do get TNT). I don't recommend watching a game this way.

ESPN I can't remember if it's blacked out.

I love it though. I would ditch every streaming service before League Pass. And I recommend getting commercial free so you get the view in the arena during commercial breaks, halftime, etc.
 

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For those who partake, how is the quality on League Pass streams? I am not in MA so I usually snag whatever games are national then find, uhh, other ways to watch the non-national games but frankly it is silly that I'm still doing the latter and clicking through a billion ads that are probably breaking my computer when I could get every game for $90.

Does League Pass include every game (including national + local) or are there blackouts?
I also love League Pass. The quality is fantastic for me, no hiccups or crap like Sunday Ticket. The only blackouts are usually whatever the local team is. I believe it's $99 for the season right now which is a great deal if you enjoy watching basketball.
 

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Local games are blacked out for me. I cannot watch Hawks games at all because I don't have the RSN for that.

National games are weird. If the game is on TNT you get five or so feeds of the game: one focusing on a particular player on a team (Tatum, for example) and one behind each backboard. Can't remember what the other one is. I don't think there are announcers (Can't remember because I do get TNT). I don't recommend watching a game this way.

ESPN I can't remember if it's blacked out.

I love it though. I would ditch every streaming service before League Pass. And I recommend getting commercial free so you get the view in the arena during commercial breaks, halftime, etc.
I also love League Pass. The quality is fantastic for me, no hiccups or crap like Sunday Ticket. The only blackouts are usually whatever the local team is. I believe it's $99 for the season right now which is a great deal if you enjoy watching basketball.
Awesome, thanks!
 

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Kyrie Irving made a great defensive play to force a tie up with Nance, but then he didn’t even contest the jump ball… what?
 

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Kyrie Irving made a great defensive play to force a tie up with Nance, but then he didn’t even contest the jump ball… what?
I feel like this is pretty common in the NBA. Kyrie has as good of a chance of winning a jump ball against Nance as I have of hitting cleanup for the Sox, so why risk any sort of potential injury by jumping for it? After Nance hits it, your team might get the ball anyway.
 

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Aaron Nesmith is 0/5 including 0/3 from deep and 4 fouls in 18 minutes. I assume he leads the Pacers in running around, however.
 

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Ben Simmons with 1 FGA (which he made) thru 3 quarters as the Nets are getting smoked by the Pelicans.
 

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Aaron Nesmith is 0/5 including 0/3 from deep and 4 fouls in 18 minutes. I assume he leads the Pacers in running around, however.
Looks like Romeo Langford isn’t in the Spurs rotation to start the season.

Ben Simmons just fouled out with nine minutes left on 2-for-3 shooting. I’ve missed him so much.
 

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I feel like this is pretty common in the NBA. Kyrie has as good of a chance of winning a jump ball against Nance as I have of hitting cleanup for the Sox, so why risk any sort of potential injury by jumping for it? After Nance hits it, your team might get the ball anyway.
some guys who are small even try to play the tip, basically don't jump and try to read where it'll go and snag it.
 

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RJ Barrett looking particularly slow and unatheltic to start the year (plus over weight/out of shape)
 

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I feel like this is pretty common in the NBA. Kyrie has as good of a chance of winning a jump ball against Nance as I have of hitting cleanup for the Sox, so why risk any sort of potential injury by jumping for it? After Nance hits it, your team might get the ball anyway.
This is correct. Teams run off the ball actions on uncontested jump balls to try and steal it. This is actually a thing now.
 

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Ben Simmons with 1 FGA (which he made) thru 3 quarters as the Nets are getting smoked by the Pelicans.
Also 0-2 from the stripe, after going 1-6 in preseason, after putting up the single worst performance from the FT line in NBA playoff history in ‘21 (25-73, .342).
 

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I'll be sticking with my "Banchero and Mathurin will be the top 2 players in this draft" pre-draft prediction.

In case anyone is keeping track...
 

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Looks like Romeo Langford isn’t in the Spurs rotation to start the season.

Ben Simmons just fouled out with nine minutes left on 2-for-3 shooting. I’ve missed him so much.
Romeo and Nesmith are both mere footnotes in the annals of Celtics history but I will still go to the mat for the former as an alternate universe stud, or quality rotation player at least. His individual D here was no joke, but everything else just never came together whether it was health or opportunity or offensive development.

Amazingly still only 22.
 

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RJ Barrett looking particularly slow and unatheltic to start the year (plus over weight/out of shape)
Barrett and Quickley a combined 3-22 shooting. Barrett appears to have worked as hard this summer as Ben Simmons.
 

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I think that charge call was right, but a tough time to call it.
A big pet peeve of mine is the refs just look at the restricted area and if the defensive player is set, but not at the actual play.

I don't really think that's a charge, Morant hit Brunson but it was contact as he jumped at an angle. What's wrong with a no call when you brush by someone?

I don't know why the refs feel obligated to call one or the other every time. The goal is to prevent the offense player from running through a set the defender, didn't really seem like that's what happened to me there.
 
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Also 0-2 from the stripe, after going 1-6 in preseason, after putting up the single worst performance from the FT line in NBA playoff history in ‘21 (25-73, .342).
Not only is he 1-8 from the line so far this year including preseason, he's got just 20 FGAs in 108 total minutes. Exactly 0 of those attempts were from outside the paint.

There's a scenario in which he gets back to 99% of what he was with Philly, but:

-The word is out on him and his complete unwillingness (or inability) to shoot from more than a few feet away. He'll be a liability in the halfcourt offense for the rest of his career, which is a disaster for a team hoping to go deep into the playoffs.

-This is who he is. It's year 7, not only will he never develop an outside shot, he's going backwards. At this point he's a defensive specialist who can make some beautiful plays in transition, which is such a disappointment given what he looked like in his ROY season.
 

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I think that charge call was right, but a tough time to call it.
It’s rare that you hear a whistle in that spot but in this case it seemed like the right call as there was significant contact by Morant. It was also a makeup call from the no-call when he fouled Brunson on blocked shot earlier.
 

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So Herro got his wish and started. Went 8-15, including 4-8 from 3P, and 3-4 from the line. 23 pts, 6 rebs, and 2 steals. And -18.

Will be interesting to see Lowry and Herro work together on both ends. Old friend Strus went 5-7 from 3P.
 

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So Herro got his wish and started. Went 8-15, including 4-8 from 3P, and 3-4 from the line. 23 pts, 6 rebs, and 2 steals. And -18.

Will be interesting to see Lowry and Herro work together on both ends. Old friend Strus went 5-7 from 3P.
Very interesting to watch going forward. Lowry and Butler a year older, Tucker gone and Herro in the starting lineup...they were 5th in defensive rating last year. I doubt they are that good again this year.
 

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Not only is he 1-8 from the line so far this year including preseason, he's got just 20 FGAs in 108 total minutes. Exactly 0 of those attempts were from outside the paint.

There's a scenario in which he gets back to 99% of what he was with Philly, but:

-The word is out on him and his complete unwillingness (or inability) to shoot from more than a few feet away. He'll be a liability in the halfcourt offense for the rest of his career, which is a disaster for a team hoping to go deep into the playoffs.

-This is who he is. It's year 7, not only will he never develop an outside shot, he's going backwards. At this point he's a defensive specialist who can make some beautiful plays in transition, which is such a disappointment given what he looked like in his ROY season.
It’s a usage thing with Simmons. He’s the same player as he’s been since he entered the league except now the Nets want to play him like he’s Draymond offensively rather than how he was used to break down defenses with his dribble in the past. Unless the Nets change their way is using Simmons it’s going to be a train wreck year for him.
 

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It’s a usage thing with Simmons. He’s the same player as he’s been since he entered the league except now the Nets want to play him like he’s Draymond offensively rather than how he was used to break down defenses with his dribble in the past. Unless the Nets change their way is using Simmons it’s going to be a train wreck year for him.
I'll be keeping a really close eye on his FT%. It's always been lousy (60%, give or take) but it can get a lot worse. He may become unplayable late in games even during the regular season if he dips below 50%.
 

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I'll be keeping a really close eye on his FT%. It's always been lousy (60%, give or take) but it can get a lot worse. He may become unplayable late in games even during the regular season if he dips below 50%.
Meh FT% isn’t his issue. If he’s being used off the ball or on the weak side during Kyrie PNR action the least of his problems is going to be his FT%.