2022 NBA Playoffs Gamethread

lars10

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Have to think that the C's would defend GS a lot better than this Dallas effort, but they do have a lot of shooters. I guess the question is how well they can defend the C's.

Luka is getting hacked every time he goes to the rim and is getting zero calls so far.
 

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Have to think that the C's would defend GS a lot better than this Dallas effort, but they do have a lot of shooters. I guess the question is how well they can defend the C's.

Luka is getting hacked every time he goes to the rim and is getting zero calls so far.
C’s matched up well, until all of Golden State’s secondary players went super shredder. I’m really not sure who can defend Al and Timelord, though.
 

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C’s matched up well, until all of Golden State’s secondary players went super shredder. I’m really not sure who can defend Al and Timelord, though.
Yeah.. I think the Celts will feast inside. And it’s unlikely GS will drive nearly as much with TL inside.. if you play Al and TL together GS is going to have to take a shooter off the floor. Who does Green usually guard?
 

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Yeah.. I think the Celts will feast inside. And it’s unlikely GS will drive nearly as much with TL inside.. if you play Al and TL together GS is going to have to take a shooter off the floor. Who does Green usually guard?
I assume Wiggins takes Tatum and Green guards Al…but do they play Poole and leave Timelord to feast, or sit Poole and play Looney? Or if they try Green on Timelord, who covers Al?

We are a much tougher matchup for them than Dallas.
 

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I expected GS to win but I didn't expect this massacre. we're into "stop stop he's already dead" territory here, and the second half's barely started.
 

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I assume Wiggins takes Tatum and Green guards Al…but do they play Poole and leave Timelord to feast, or sit Poole and play Looney? Or if they try Green on Timelord, who covers Al?

We are a much tougher matchup for them than Dallas.
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GSW might not of beaten Memphis with a healthy Ja, and Memphis D isn't Celts D. Is GSW ready for the "novacaine D"?
 

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I was told stars never have awful games. But Luka is 2-12
It is more than 2-12. He’s triggered the Warriors fast break like close a dozen times than watched them run from the other end. Complete no show from effort perspective.
 

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The bigger thing is that the Mavs finally got a few stops. They'd periodically had real success on offense, their problem has been that whenever it mattered, they would go multiple possessions in a row without getting a stop.
 

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I would say that Doncic defends like it’s summer league but that would be disrespectful to summer league players.
 

Euclis20

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Luka looks dead on his feet. He'll keep shooting because that's what he does and that's what they need, but I don't see this getting any better (unless GS keeps fouling Dinwiddie behind the arc).
 

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The Mavs gave up. It doesn't seem like it, but it's only because the Warriors play with their food. 7 offensive rebounds in the last 7 minutes for GS, ugly.
 

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I like reggie doing analysis of both matchups like the heat arent dead on their feet.

Congrats to the dubs. Getting back to the mountain top after 2 years of hell isnt easy
 

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Lol, Draymond: “you ask me who I wanna play? I’ll tell you who we’re gonna play. We’re gonna play Boston.”
 

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Didn't realize that last year ended a 37 year streak where a teammate of Shaq's was in the Finals.

This article - https://deadspin.com/a-75-year-streak-is-in-danger-of-being-broken-tonight-1848983949 - also mentions another semi-serious streak: since 1947, with the exception of 1981, someone who had played on the NYK played in the Finals. (note in 1981, nobody in that series had played for the Knicks prior. but Gerald Henderson and Eric Fernsten would wind up becoming Knicks later in their careers in 1986 and 19831983 and 1986, respectively; in addition Archibald and Billy Paultz had both played for the New York Nets if one counts that).

I'll also note that the article is wrong as if BOS makes the finals, Luke Kornet played for NYK. Not sure how the author missed that one.

edit: sorry, I had Fernsten's and Henderson's NYK years backwards.
 
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Henderson was on the 1983-84 Celtics and had a famous steal in the Finals v. LAL in game 2.
Gerald also was the player traded to Seattle for the draft pick that would become Len Bias once Ainge was ready to assume a larger role in the starting lineup.
 

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I assume Wiggins takes Tatum and Green guards Al…but do they play Poole and leave Timelord to feast, or sit Poole and play Looney? Or if they try Green on Timelord, who covers Al?

We are a much tougher matchup for them than Dallas.
A wayyy tougher matchup than Dallas, to be sure. But I think the core eight rotation guys match up pretty evenly, give or take.

Bigs
Green, Looney, Porter
v.
Williams, Horford, Williams

Mediums-Smalls
Curry, Thompson, Wiggins, Poole, Payton
v.
Tatum, Brown, Smart, White, Pritchard

Eye of the beholder, but I don't see any kind of glaring mismatch either way, in terms of size, skill, offense, or defense. Beyond that, I think the Ws get a slight bump for home court advantage, more playoff experience, and a deeper roster #9-12 (esp. if Payton and Iguodala are both good to go). I'm perplexed by the 538 model's current 76/18 split, but 538's gonna 538. They had the Warriors as 0.1% shot going into the season, behind the Blazers and Knicks.

Anyway, take care of Miami tonight and we'll chat. I for one am looking forward to the last NBA game of the season that I can watch without needing a stiff drink.
 
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