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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 12:56 am 
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Shams: Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 by NBA and issued technical foul for incident with Utah’s Rudy Gobert in Game 4 last night.

Too scared to suspend him...


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:02 am 
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Marshall Banana wrote:
Shams: Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 by NBA and issued technical foul for incident with Utah’s Rudy Gobert in Game 4 last night.

Too scared to suspend him...


It was kind of a grey area to be fair - he wasn't on the bench, he was at the scorers table waiting to enter and it wasn't a shooting foul so there was no reason why he couldn't enter.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:28 am 
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Jay Cee Gee wrote:
Marshall Banana wrote:
Shams: Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 by NBA and issued technical foul for incident with Utah’s Rudy Gobert in Game 4 last night.

Too scared to suspend him...


It was kind of a grey area to be fair - he wasn't on the bench, he was at the scorers table waiting to enter and it wasn't a shooting foul so there was no reason why he couldn't enter.


Yeah - I'm not sure there's a precedent?

Though I think if it was Dakari, he'd be getting a 1 game suspension...


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:33 am 
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Marshall Banana wrote:
Jay Cee Gee wrote:
Marshall Banana wrote:
Shams: Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook has been fined $10,000 by NBA and issued technical foul for incident with Utah’s Rudy Gobert in Game 4 last night.

Too scared to suspend him...


It was kind of a grey area to be fair - he wasn't on the bench, he was at the scorers table waiting to enter and it wasn't a shooting foul so there was no reason why he couldn't enter.


Yeah - I'm not sure there's a precedent?

Though I think if it was Dakari, he'd be getting a 1 game suspension...


:nod:


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:48 am 
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James with the winner!

Probably got away with a goal tend at the other end, but seeing as he hit a 3 it would have been a winner anyway.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:48 am 
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James is shit isn't he


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:11 am 
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Another epic Lebron finish...


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:01 am 
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OKC getting owned to end the season it looks like. Can they get some sort of a run going with Rudy in foul trouble? Probably not.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:27 am 
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OKC getting owned to end the season it looks like. Can they get some sort of a run going with Rudy in foul trouble? Probably not.


Turns out they can - down 21 when Gobert picked up his 4th they've tied the game heading into the 4th. Gobert checked back in and picked up a 5th too.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:03 am 
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OKC get the huge comeback win.

Russ was huge in the 3rd & 4th, but still had one boneheaded play in him. Up 7 with 53 seconds left out of a timeout. Run the clock down before taking your shot, right? Naw, jack it up for 3 after 1 second.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:29 am 
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Jay Cee Gee wrote:
OKC get the huge comeback win.

Russ was huge in the 3rd & 4th, but still had one boneheaded play in him. Up 7 with 53 seconds left out of a timeout. Run the clock down before taking your shot, right? Naw, jack it up for 3 after 1 second.


Run the clock down?!

He had 2.5 seconds to shoot! :lol:

That's what you'll find the shot clock was on when the timeout was called. :P

Anyway, that was one of the worst/best games I've ever watched. It encapsulates this season.

What a comeback.

They simply have to attack Gobert in Game 6. You're gonna get your ass blocked, but he's gonna foul...

I'm not sure what they've got left, tho - Russ + PG played the entire 2nd half, and Steve only had a minute rest!

Madness.

EDIT: And the run came with Melo off the floor! Thunder switched up their defence!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:26 am 
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Marshall Banana wrote:
Jay Cee Gee wrote:
OKC get the huge comeback win.

Russ was huge in the 3rd & 4th, but still had one boneheaded play in him. Up 7 with 53 seconds left out of a timeout. Run the clock down before taking your shot, right? Naw, jack it up for 3 after 1 second.


Run the clock down?!

He had 2.5 seconds to shoot! :lol:

That's what you'll find the shot clock was on when the timeout was called. :P
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:blush: I was writing an e-mail at that stage and only half paying attention! :lol: :lol:

Yeah, it was notable that they could actually defend without Melo. Still, the offence was essentially PG & Russ hitting jumpers off screens and I don't think that'll work next time.


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Game 6 OKC vs jazz is going to be a cracker.

I want a fairytale end to an exciting series


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:59 am 
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I saw the half time score in the Jazz v Thunder game, and I just assumed Jazz had won the series. What a comeback that was.

As for Lebron in game 5 against the Pacers - daaaamn!


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:10 am 
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Couch wrote:
Game 6 OKC vs jazz is going to be a cracker.

I want a fairytale end to an exciting series

Of course you do, you're a Wellington Lions fan right? You need to believe in fairytales.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:26 am 
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The Native wrote:
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Game 6 OKC vs jazz is going to be a cracker.

I want a fairytale end to an exciting series

Of course you do, you're a Wellington Lions fan right? You need to believe in fairytales.

It's pitiful that jafas are becoming more like a jealous female that got dumped for a better looking broad, talking about old times, clinging so tightly to their once prideful status as a married woman, only to realize 20 years past and you've become a $2 dollar crack whore selling your body like a slut just to pay for your crack addiction. Such is the state of Auckland rugby.

Sad to see.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:11 am 
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How many 3 point shot opportunities did OKC have to tie the game?

Useless.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:16 am 
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PG was fouled by Gobert...

But he probably would have missed all 3 FTs the way he was going anyway!

Melo sucks.

Relieved the season is over - but thinking about Melo being back on this team for another year is tough to stomach...

Well done to the Jazz. Young Mitchell was a superstar - unreal in the 3rd. Without Rubio they are going to get destroyed by the Rox, tho.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:16 am 
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PG with 5 points. Pacers going to game 7 on the back of a Dipo triple double.

Guess that settles that.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:19 am 
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Marshall Banana wrote:
PG was fouled by Gobert.


He totally was tbf. Horrendous no-call.

Commiserations MB


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Marshall Banana wrote:
PG was fouled by Gobert.


He totally was tbf. Horrendous no-call.

Commiserations MB


If it was Jane Harden dribbling the ball, the foul would have got called.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:23 am 
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Marshall Banana wrote:
PG was fouled by Gobert.


He totally was tbf. Horrendous no-call.

Commiserations MB


I'm OK.

This team wasn't going anywhere with Melo on it, and Robes off of it...

Good luck to your Pacers in Game 7. I've been rooting hard for Dipo + Bonis! They were superb today!


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Marshall Banana wrote:
fonzeee wrote:
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PG was fouled by Gobert.


He totally was tbf. Horrendous no-call.

Commiserations MB


I'm OK.

This team wasn't going anywhere with Melo on it, and Robes off of it...

Good luck to your Pacers in Game 7. I've been rooting hard for Dipo + Bonis! They were superb today!


I see Melo has a $28 million option for next season...yikes. Of all the overrated one-dimensional “pure scorers” in the league, he’s got to be there at the top.

Heads gotta roll in OKC.

Cheers though, it should be a cracker.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:43 am 
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fonzeee wrote:

I see Melo has a $28 million option for next season...yikes. Of all the overrated one-dimensional “pure scorers” in the league, he’s got to be there at the top.

Heads gotta roll in OKC.

Cheers though, it should be a cracker.



Yeah, that's the real kicker on the Melo trade - he's gonna stick around for another season for way too much and they can't trade him unless he agrees.


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As disappointed as I am in OKC going out (even though I didn't really expect much from them in the post season and was resigned to a series loss after game 4) I gotta say this is by far the most interesting opening playoff round in ages. Two game 7's coming up, a straight up dominant sweep by a 6th seed, good series in OKC/Utah, Toronto actually looking like a contender and Philly taking a big step up too. Even the Spurs & T-Wolves did a bit to make their series interesting.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:44 am 
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In what will come as no shock to anyone, Melo remains a delusional selfish plum:

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23349261/carmelo-anthony-oklahoma-city-thunder-says-come-bench-returns

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- If Carmelo Anthony returns to the Oklahoma City Thunder next season -- and that sounds like a bigger if than previously thought after his exit interview on Saturday -- it will not be in a bench role.

"Yeah, I'm not sacrificing no bench role," Anthony said. "That's out of the question.

Anthony's answer is consistent the way he felt on his first day with the Thunder, famously saying "Who me?" when asked about moving to the second unit, and asking Paul George as he walked by, "Hey P! They want me to come off the bench!"


I think the Thunder end up buying him out...


Anyway, let's go Bucks, and Pellies!

Steph a game-time decision tonight.


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Amped for this Pels-Warriors series...think the Pels could take it if Steph stays out, otherwise you have to think nature will take its course.


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I'm looking forward to the Pelicans v Warriors game. I'm glad the game is on a Sunday (NZT), I can't watch shit during the working week.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:17 am 
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Marshall Banana wrote:
In what will come as no shock to anyone, Melo remains a delusional selfish plum:

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/23349261/carmelo-anthony-oklahoma-city-thunder-says-come-bench-returns

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- If Carmelo Anthony returns to the Oklahoma City Thunder next season -- and that sounds like a bigger if than previously thought after his exit interview on Saturday -- it will not be in a bench role.

"Yeah, I'm not sacrificing no bench role," Anthony said. "That's out of the question.

Anthony's answer is consistent the way he felt on his first day with the Thunder, famously saying "Who me?" when asked about moving to the second unit, and asking Paul George as he walked by, "Hey P! They want me to come off the bench!"


I think the Thunder end up buying him out...


Anyway, let's go Bucks, and Pellies!

Steph a game-time decision tonight.


That's a lot of salary to eat even if someone else picks him up, but may be worth it.

Here's PG talking about if he'll come back - notably he doesn't mention Carmelo.
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"I think the biggest thing is just trying to keep a relationship with Sam, continue to talk with Sam. Continue to talk with Billy, with Russ, and figure out the direction we want to go as a group."


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:22 am 
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Carmelo isn't leaving OKC. No side will pay top dollar for his services. Carmelo's best position in the team is leading the second unit. He should be the Ginobli of OKC and be played for 20 odd minutes.

What's the future of Donnelly? He hasn't impressed me as a coach. But that's no surprise given the team's tendency to play hero ball when things are tough.


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Rozier and Mitchell, that Louisville backcourt.


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Sixers-Celtics, this is gonna be great and could develop into one of the biggest rivalries in the league for the next 5 years or so.


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Tehui wrote:
Carmelo isn't leaving OKC. No side will pay top dollar for his services. Carmelo's best position in the team is leading the second unit. He should be the Ginobli of OKC and be played for 20 odd minutes.

What's the future of Donnelly? He hasn't impressed me as a coach. But that's no surprise given the team's tendency to play hero ball when things are tough.


Oh he's picking up the option, the only question is if they release him and pay $24 mill (ie, his 28 minus the minimum someone else might pay him) for nothing.

Are teams able to trade someone but continue to pay part of their salary? They could maybe do that if it's allowed - get something in return and someone might be willing to pay him more than minimum.


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Jay Cee Gee wrote:
Tehui wrote:
Carmelo isn't leaving OKC. No side will pay top dollar for his services. Carmelo's best position in the team is leading the second unit. He should be the Ginobli of OKC and be played for 20 odd minutes.

What's the future of Donnelly? He hasn't impressed me as a coach. But that's no surprise given the team's tendency to play hero ball when things are tough.


Oh he's picking up the option, the only question is if they release him and pay $24 mill (ie, his 28 minus the minimum someone else might pay him) for nothing.

Are teams able to trade someone but continue to pay part of their salary? They could maybe do that if it's allowed - get something in return and someone might be willing to pay him more than minimum.


I can't see OKC paying Carmelo out, when they refused to pay Harden the approx $5M difference between what Harden's team wanted and what OKC were willing to offer.


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Pellies are getting wrecked.

Warriors, even without Steph, just have too much firepower.


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Jay Z and Beyonce sitting courtside...... :roll: These stars are such shameless frontrunners.


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The Warriors are back.

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The Warriors are too good for any team when they're firing. The Pelicans can still win game 2 though.


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I would love to hear the case against the warriors, other than injury, on a short term horizon (say, 3 years)

These young guns (Philly, boston, Denver etc) are cute... no one seriously thinks they're threatening golden state any time soon?


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I would love to hear the case against the warriors, other than injury, on a short term horizon (say, 3 years)

These young guns (Philly, boston, Denver etc) are cute... no one seriously thinks they're threatening golden state any time soon?


They gotta get paid:

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But that flash new stadium is going to print money, so who knows... ?


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