2022 NBA Playoffs Gamethread

Ed Hillel

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That was an offensive foul, it’s a good call. He forearmed his face. But I wish it wasn’t lol.
 

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That was an offensive foul, it’s a good call. He forearmed his face. But I wish it wasn’t lol.
He definitely did not. His arm hit him in the chest. Complete acting job from Doncic (who is underrated as a whiner and foul merchant)
 

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He definitely did not. His arm hit him in the chest. Complete acting job from Doncic (who is underrated as a whiner and foul merchant)
Ok the chest, but he extended his arm out.

I don’t understand NBA rules. If you do that on the floor, it’s a foul.
 

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Not sure it’s a bad foul, Reggie? Fouling Wiggins shooting a 3 down 11 with 4 min left?
 

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But the Mavs can’t seem to get a stop.
Over the course of the game defense wasn’t Dallas’ issue. Golden St played well but didn’t set the world on fire on either end really. The Mavs problem was Bullock and Kleber shooting a combined 0-15!! 12 of those from 3 and most clean looks. Look at all those empty possessions.
 

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I don't think anyone is beating the Warriors unless they start playing a lot worse than they have been. If it is the Heat, they will get swept by the Warriors.
Healthy Celts, and probably healthy Heat, can beat this impressive (but not juggernaut) Warriors. Alas, odds of either of the ECF teams being less healthy than they are now have got to be nearly 100%.And they are both very dinged right now.

Maybe celts and heat should form a non-aggression pact to try to avoid more injuries?

(Not Serious About The Above)
 

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Healthy Celts, and probably healthy Heat, can beat this impressive (but not juggernaut) Warriors. Alas, odds of either of the ECF teams being less healthy than they are now have got to be nearly 100%.And they are both very dinged right now.

Maybe celts and heat should form a non-aggression pact to try to avoid more injuries?

(Not Serious About The Above)
Can there be a Lowry carve out?
 

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Over the course of the game defense wasn’t Dallas’ issue. Golden St played well but didn’t set the world on fire on either end really. The Mavs problem was Bullock and Kleber shooting a combined 0-15!! 12 of those from 3 and most clean looks. Look at all those empty possessions.
Oh, for sure. I’m just talking about the last few minutes when the Mavs were trying to scratch back.
 

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I don't think anyone is beating the Warriors unless they start playing a lot worse than they have been. If it is the Heat, they will get swept by the Warriors.
Dallas matches up very poorly with the Warriors. They don't have the length and athleticism on defense to trouble the Dubs, and on offense they're too one-dimensional. Unless Dallas gets hot from 3 (like in the first half of Game 2), they just can't keep pace with GS. Memphis was a much more difficult opponent because they had the athletes to really bother the Warriors defensively.
 

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The Warriors feast on teams who don't protect the rim. Bam or Timelord (if available) will make life tough for the Dubs. Also, Dallas is losing because none of their secondary players have shot well at any time other than the first half of game 2. Strus and Herro likely will make the Warriors pay for leaving them open.

Edit - Ha - coremiller typed faster than me...
 

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Is it just me, or in the last few years have we had really disappointing playoffs after seasons in which it looked like everything was lining up for something epic? Not a lot to be invested in unless your a big fan of one of the teams left.
 

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Is it just me, or in the last few years have we had really disappointing playoffs after seasons in which it looked like everything was lining up for something epic? Not a lot to be invested in unless your a big fan of one of the teams left.
Maybe it has something to do with the team you root for? That said, I agree that I had hoped for a better WCF than we've had to date.

That said, I disagree with the take that the Warriors will just walk all over the EC representative, even if the latter is short-handed due to injuries. Whomever advances from the ECF is going to be battle hardened, Pickle Rick-style. My base case would be a six or seven game finals regardless of whether Golden State (assuming the close they series out) faces Miami or Boston.
 
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Dude a majority of the playoffs has been trash blowouts. A real lack of quality throughout the league.
I actually don’t like what I’m seeing here after the first 6-7 minutes. Actually played a little on the other side.
 

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I actually don’t like what I’m seeing here after the first 6-7 minutes. Actually played a little on the other side.
I revise my assessment. Pure hot steaming garbage. Teams routinely mailing in games after the first few minutes dont go their way.

It's been awful.
 

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Margin of victory, last 17 playoff games: 20 9 6 9 25 25 11 33 28 13 14 27 9 3 39 30 35 Average margin of victory has been 19.8 points. There's been a total of 7 clutch time minutes.


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Only 7 total clutch time minutes and an average victory of 19.8 points over the last 17 games is absolutely nuts.
I think at least part of this is due to the tight schedule and lesser recovery time (at least in the 2 final series).
 

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I think at least part of this is due to the tight schedule and lesser recovery time (at least in the 2 final series).
I’ve been pulling my hair out over this. The regular NBA in-season schedule is almost lackadaisical in his sparse it is. There are some weeks I think teams only play two or three games. Why they actually then play any back-to-backs is beyond me. And then, in the most important games of the year, playoff teams pretty much play every other night regardless of travel.

And then, if that was wasn’t different enough from the regular season, the refs “let the teams play” – which is to say, beat the living shit out of each other. Which of course carries over from one series to the next (see Giannis trucking half the Celtics team in the last series, setting up guys missing games in this series and some ugly over the top physical play that has led to injuries on both teams. As a result, it’s going to be a Finals of injured, tired guys no matter who wins.

It’s insane and a terrible look for a league trying to showcase its stars and elite teams.
 

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Make or miss something, something...

In all seriousness, it really feels like part of these lopsided games is a function of how the game is played. Teams just chuck and if shots fall it can feel like an avalanche. As others have noted, fatigue is also a factor. Coming back against a big lead always seems tough but at this point in the season, with all the wear, it has to feel impossible.
 

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I’ve been pulling my hair out over this. The regular NBA in-season schedule is almost lackadaisical in his sparse it is. There are some weeks I think teams only play two or three games. Why they actually then play any back-to-backs is beyond me. And then, in the most important games of the year, playoff teams pretty much play every other night regardless of travel.
There are more moving parts during the regular season including the league making their best effort to construct a reasonable travel schedule of road teams which is required by the CBA. The league also much have the teams at home for the purpose of players having a certain number of required “days off” with no team activities while squeezing in 82 games within the required x number of days. These are all CBA-related topics for the regular season and restrictions that don’t occur during the playoffs.
 
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I’ve been pulling my hair out over this. The regular NBA in-season schedule is almost lackadaisical in his sparse it is. There are some weeks I think teams only play two or three games. Why they actually then play any back-to-backs is beyond me. And then, in the most important games of the year, playoff teams pretty much play every other night regardless of travel.
The NBA regular season started on October 19 and ended April 10. That's 82 games in 174 days. While that's not quite a game every other day, it does include breaks for the All-Star game as for some teams a mini-break over Christmas (Cs for example played 12.22, had two days off, played 12.25, had another day off, and then played 12.27).
 

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Hockey playoffs also play into the playoff schedule. As do things like TV ratings. I get it all but I just think the contrast—especially when you add the different whistle—is pretty striking. Other than Horford and Rob, this is generally a young, healthy team and yet this playoff run is potentially in jeopardy because of two factors that really shouldn’t be factors. Meanwhile, as has been noted there have been a ton of blowouts across the league.

I’m not losing my mind over it—I still think the Celtics are in good shape and nobody’s died yet—but if I’m Adam Silver I might try to stretch things out a bit schedule-wise to ensure the best teams play the best games at the best time of year.
 

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Hockey playoffs also play into the playoff schedule. As do things like TV ratings. I get it all but I just think the contrast—especially when you add the different whistle—is pretty striking. Other than Horford and Rob, this is generally a young, healthy team and yet this playoff run is potentially in jeopardy because of two factors that really shouldn’t be factors. Meanwhile, as has been noted there have been a ton of blowouts across the league.

I’m not losing my mind over it—I still think the Celtics are in good shape and nobody’s died yet—but if I’m Adam Silver I might try to stretch things out a bit schedule-wise to ensure the best teams play the best games at the best time of year.
The weird thing is, didn’t this happen a lot in rounds 1 and 2? Didn’t the Celts get 3 days off between one of their games?
 

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A much as I'd like to see the Mavs partake of the gift that keeps on giving, I sense the '04 Sox are not in any danger of sharing honors.At this point I'm hoping that rust overtakes the relaxation the Warriors seem poised to grab and it presents a problem in the G1 Finals, no matter who they play.
 

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A much as I'd like to see the Mavs partake of the gift that keeps on giving, I sense the '04 Sox are not in any danger of sharing honors.At this point I'm hoping that rust overtakes the relaxation the Warriors seem poised to grab and it presents a problem in the G1 Finals, no matter who they play.
Would it be wrong to simply hope for extending the series under the theory that the Warriors would like any team be at risk to the normal bumps, bruises/sprains as any team and that might help the Cs if they advance? I'd never HOPE for an injury, but as both the Cs and Heat have seen, the longer you play the more stuff happens.
 

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Would it be wrong to simply hope for extending the series under the theory that the Warriors would like any team be at risk to the normal bumps, bruises/sprains as any team and that might help the Cs if they advance? I'd never HOPE for an injury, but as both the Cs and Heat have seen, the longer you play the more stuff happens.
That is one reason why I am rooting Dallas today (despite my non-love for most things Texas)
 

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As much as I’ve been on the Jordan Poole bandwagon these past two years he’s been exposed defensively to degrees that is pretty much unfathonable. You can’t even play him if your Kerr.
 

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This is what happens when Bullock and Kleber don’t shoot 0-15. Dallas can get open looks whenever they want. This has gone on all series.
 

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Poole. LOL!!!

Unplayable.

Not sure I’ve soured on a player more quickly in my lifetime. Nesmith is the only one that comes to mind.