NBA Finals: Celtics vs Mavs

Who wins?

  • Celtics in 4

    Votes: 22 5.0%
  • Celtics in 5

    Votes: 120 27.3%
  • Celtics in 6

    Votes: 222 50.6%
  • Celtics in 7

    Votes: 52 11.8%
  • Mavs in 4-5

    Votes: 3 0.7%
  • Mavs in 6-7

    Votes: 20 4.6%

  • Total voters
    439
  • Poll closed .

tims4wins

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‘People are making a big deal out of it’: Celtics’ Sam Hauser downplays his quick-release three-pointer from Game 1

Sam Hauser downplays his Game 1 quick-release three-pointer (boston.com)


“I work on it every day in practice. You don’t really get an opportunity to shoot them in the game very often,” he told reporters during Saturday’s media day. “I maybe had one or two throughout this season. But that one just happened to be in the NBA Finals and people are making a big deal out of it.”
Jrue actually had one too in the 2nd half but he missed.
 

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Probably, but it's also theoretically possible for losing teams to be positive in point differential.
Bill Russell's last Celtic chamiopship team, 1968-69, beat the Lakers 4-3 but had a negative point differential in the series.

Game 1, @LA 120, Boston 118
Game 2: @LA 118, Boston 112
Game 3: @Boston 111, LA 105
Game 4: @Boston 89, LA 88
Game 5: @LA 117, Boston 104
Game 6: @Boston 99, LA 90
Game 7: Boston 108, @LA 106
 

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Jrue actually had one too in the 2nd half but he missed.
Hauser’s was early in the shot clock and in rhythm from where the pass was delivered by Jrue. Iirc, Jrue’s was up against the shot clock as more of a desperation heave (I could be wrong about this).
 

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Hauser’s was early in the shot clock and in rhythm from where the pass was delivered by Jrue. Iirc, Jrue’s was up against the shot clock as more of a desperation heave (I could be wrong about this).
It was with 8-9 seconds on the shot clock, so not really (4th one in the link below)

https://www.nba.com/stats/events?CFID=&CFPARAMS=&ContextMeasure=FG3A&EndPeriod=0&EndRange=28800&GameID=0042300401&PlayerID=201950&RangeType=0&Season=2023-24&SeasonType=Playoffs&StartPeriod=0&StartRange=0&TeamID=1610612738&flag=3&sct=plot&section=game
 

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Yeah that was the one. I assumed it was against the clock since that isn't a shot Jrue generally takes with a defender closing out like that. Thanks for digging it up.
 

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I think Tony Brothers is a terrible official but any particular reason you think he is gonna favor Luka?
For me the issue is more the unpredictability of Brothers decisions - I'd prefer a predictable referee as I think the default here is Boston is the better team.

Though, I would say Brothers quick trigger-finger on Ts/ejections is his most defining trait and that is at least as likely to take out Luka as anyone else.
 

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I think Tony Brothers is a terrible official but any particular reason you think he is gonna favor Luka?
Not really. If anything, his whistle favors the home team. He's more incompetent than biased vs someone like Marc Davis who is both.

Foster is the one who gives Luka every call.
 

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Luka hurt? Shit. They got brooms in Dallas. Get 'em ready.
He always has an injury when he feels the odds are against him. It is amazing how it heals as the Mavs play better. If they are down 3-0 zero chance he plays.
 

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Is this true? It would be hilarious if it is.
He looked absolutely broken for large stretches against OKC and LAC, then looked 100% against Minnesota. 7 days off, and he immediately starts limping in game 1. All circumstantial and really only fit for gamethreads, but Luka is absolutely one of those players that will limp around when things are going badly and will like totally fine when he's winning.
 

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He looked absolutely broken for large stretches against OKC and LAC, then looked 100% against Minnesota. 7 days off, and he immediately starts limping in game 1. All circumstantial and really only fit for gamethreads, but Luka is absolutely one of those players that will limp around when things are going badly and will like totally fine when he's winning.
In this case, they're saying it's a chest thing from falling or taking a charge? Could well be something new; he wasn't grabbing his chest earlier in the playoffs when hurt.
 

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He looked absolutely broken for large stretches against OKC and LAC, then looked 100% against Minnesota. 7 days off, and he immediately starts limping in game 1. All circumstantial and really only fit for gamethreads, but Luka is absolutely one of those players that will limp around when things are going badly and will like totally fine when he's winning.
He did it in Game 1. He also tends the limp when Kidd is getting on him to play defense or he is ignoring a play to complain the refs. Then the basketball magically heals him as soon as it gets in his hands.
 

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In this case, they're saying it's a chest thing from falling or taking a charge? Could well be something new; he wasn't grabbing his chest earlier in the playoffs when hurt.
Sure and it seems like the chest injury was what made it a game-time decision, but he was still on the injury report for knee and ankle injuries that he sustained earlier in the playoffs. I have no doubt that all of these injuries are real, I'm just of the belief that similar ailments are impacting most of the guys still playing. I'll take it back if and when he plays terribly tonight, but I fully expect him to come out and look as good as he has for most of the playoffs.
 

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Mavs have to win 4 of 5. Fewest games that Celtics lost 4 games this season was 9...did that once, the last 9 games of the season...lost two to ATL, won 5, lost the last two when they didn't give a shit.
Credit to Mavs if they can knock off these guys 4 of 5.

Also, I would have been terrified to play that game against Indiana.
 

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KP not being able to make it another 3 - 5 games is a bummer. At least Horford was able to save some minutes on his legs for G1 and G2.
 

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The old adage is, that a series doesn't truly start until the home team loses a game. If the series heads back to Boston tied 2-2 with KP out for the count, I'll be very, very nervous. That said, when it comes to the playoffs, nervous is my baseline.
 

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Way too early to declare KP out for the series, IMO. But the importance of Game 3 is now magnified.
 

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I fucking love Marcus Smart. I love him. Arguably one of my five favorite players ever. Not just to play for the Celtics, but ever.

If the Marcus instead of Jrue, this series is probably 1-1, not 2-0. He's just the right player for This Team at This Time.
 

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KP not being able to make it another 3 - 5 games is a bummer. At least Horford was able to save some minutes on his legs for G1 and G2.
I'm be shocked if KP is not there for G3. He might have tweaked something but he was still getting up and down the court. I don't think it's any kind of tear. They'll treat it. He'll rest. He'll be able to give them something.
 

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You know what? This team reminds me of a hockey team, having their mentality. To steal from Shoresy to explain, all the positivity from interviews is either team oriented or towards a teammate, all negativity is a player owing their mistakes. I love rooting for these guys
 

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I’ll dig in more after I watch again in a bit, but that was one of the more interesting games I’ve seen in a long time.

Joey Mazz just may be a fucking genius.
 

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I'm be shocked if KP is not there for G3. He might have tweaked something but he was still getting up and down the court. I don't think it's any kind of tear. They'll treat it. He'll rest. He'll be able to give them something.
He was similarly gingerly getting up and down the floor against Miami until he just laid down, IIRC.
 

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The old adage is, that a series doesn't truly start until the home team loses a game. If the series heads back to Boston tied 2-2 with KP out for the count, I'll be very, very nervous. That said, when it comes to the playoffs, nervous is my baseline.
That adage is dumb if you have home court, though.