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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:02 pm 
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LeBron most likely off to the Lakers innit? Big market and live by the beach again etc.


Not saying he won't end up there but it is par for the course for the Lakers to be linked with any big name, star free agent. The last time Lebron was a free agent (in 2014) there were constant rumors that LA was his likely destination:
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Several teams' executives have told ESPN.com they believe the Lakers are positioning themselves to make a run at LeBron James in 2014, when the Miami Heat star can choose to become a free agent.

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/8518 ... james-2014


To further illustrate the point, two years ago the talking heads believed that Durant AND Westbrook would both end up in LA:
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“Keep in mind this,” Smith told the “Mason and Ireland” show. “One of the biggest reasons, I’m told, that Kevin Durant may have the Lakers at the top of his list is because the Lakers have been led to believe — by whom specifically I do not know — but the Lakers have been led to believe that it is a very good chance that the following year Russell Westbrook is coming.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ear ... e74972a4ef


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:47 pm 
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I don't think the Lakers will acquire any big free agents until their current squad - the baby Lakers - starts winning games more consistently.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:20 am 
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Would he want to be a part of a rebuild at this stage of his career? Unless he could pull off another Miami situation with a couple of other big free agents (PG being the obvious), I'd be surprised if he'd wanna go to LA. Whereas CP3 is one of his banana boat crew and Houston are already a top contender. Dunno if they could afford him though.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:45 am 
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Not sure if this is optimism or naivety, but I like to think he’ll choose to finish out his career in Cleveland.

Paul George on the other hand will almost certainly be in LA next year. If he’s smart he’ll opt for the Clippers (can you imagine how good their D would be with him, Beverley, and Jordan...)


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:48 am 
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I think he's gonna stay in Cleveland too. Mainly because I think he's going to take it season by season going forward.

And he doesn't wanna deal with Lavar Ball. :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:49 am 
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Not gonna happen, but it'd be hilarious if he signed with Boston just to f*ck with Kyrie.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:26 am 
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fonzeee wrote:
Not sure if this is optimism or naivety, but I like to think he’ll choose to finish out his career in Cleveland.

Paul George on the other hand will almost certainly be in LA next year. If he’s smart he’ll opt for the Clippers (can you imagine how good their D would be with him, Beverley, and Jordan...)


Not as good as Roberson-George-Adams, especially next year with Bev coming off a major knee injury and on the wrong side of 30. I'd back last year's Paul-Mbah a Moute-Jordan as better as well.

I'm not sure the older core of the Clippers is all that attractive really...

He'll be wearing purple and gold.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:13 am 
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Halfway, this picture's not getting any clearer.

Predict your final 4

Denver
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:25 am 
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I'll be disappointed if the Pelicans don't make the playoffs. The team is certainly good enough to.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:49 am 
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I still think the Thunder finish ahead of Denver... but I wouldn't bet on it.


Steve v. Dwight was fun today. Melo is washed.


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The Warriors are sending out a message to every other team in the league.

Warriors lead 81-54 at HT against Toronto at Toronto.

They are so far ahead of every other team it's ridiculous.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 3:48 am 
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:lol:

Warriors lead 119-115 with 3:11 to go.

Let this be a lesson to you youngsters out there about the folly of fat ladies singing too early.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:03 am 
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:lol:

Warriors hang on.

They're on the second night of a road B2B.

Unfortunately they won't look so weary in 2nd halves come the playoffs...

Nonetheless, gutsy effort by the Raps without Lowry. They're playing some damn fine basketball this season.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:54 am 
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Please sporting gods, we need this


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:31 am 
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Davis has been unreal these last two games. Guys a beast.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:43 am 
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Jay Cee Gee wrote:
Davis has been unreal these last two games. Guys a beast.

Last 3. He's un-guardable when he has the mid-range rainbows falling


Jrue Holiday has been outstanding lately too. He is low-key averaging 26pts, 6 Ass and 4 steals over this little win streak. He was clutch tonight with the last 2 go-ahead buckets in OT and then great defence on Kyrie


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:07 am 
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Yeah - Jrue was great today.

Always happy to see Boston lose - especially those clown fans that wouldn't trade Tatum for AD! :lol:


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Always happy to see Boston lose - especially those clown fans that wouldn't trade Tatum for AD! :lol:


Say what? I must have missed that rumour.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 9:56 pm 
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AD to Boston rumours are always out there... Nothing serious of course - the Pellies would never give-up AD unless he wanted out.


Anyway, in more pressing news - Kawhi could be done for the season! :(

http://www.nba.com/article/2018/01/17/san-antonio-spurs-kawhi-leonard-out-indefinitely-right-quad#/

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The San Antonio Spurs announced that forward Kawhi Leonard will be out indefinitely as he continues his rehabilitation process from right quadriceps tendinopathy.

"Kawhi has made significant progress and continues to move forward in his rehabilitation," General Manager RC Buford said in a statement released by the Spurs. "This is the best approach for the next steps in his return to play.”


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:51 pm 
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Watching First Take this morning :uhoh: ... they were talking about the Cavs or Celtics trading for AD, like it was an actual possibility :lol:. Any time we're relevant this is all you hear about

The Pelicans have never given any indications that he is available at any cost, according to actual insiders. Woj recently said they're not even taking calls on Boogie at the moment


A member of the Boston media tweeted this today:
    This AD to Celtics thing has gotten so misconstrued. There has never been a report that I know of that AD wants to go to Boston. It's always been a one-way street, with the NBA hoping AD will get frustrated by lack of success and Cousins will leave and he'll want out. That's it.
    Every league source I've talked to about this connected to NOLA has said things ranging from "AD is not ever getting traded" to "Pry him from cold dead hands" to "Stop calling me."


The idea of trading away a stud like AD to rebuild only works for teams in big markets like your Chicagos and LAs. But for teams in small markets, it's such a struggle to attract free agents that it would be madness to get rid of the only attraction in town. And when you get a freakish talent like AD, you hold on for dear life (that draft lottery was an amazing fluke! He was supposed to go to the Bobcats)


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Marshall Banana wrote:
Anyway, in more pressing news - Kawhi could be done for the season! :(

http://www.nba.com/article/2018/01/17/san-antonio-spurs-kawhi-leonard-out-indefinitely-right-quad#/

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The San Antonio Spurs announced that forward Kawhi Leonard will be out indefinitely as he continues his rehabilitation process from right quadriceps tendinopathy.

"Kawhi has made significant progress and continues to move forward in his rehabilitation," General Manager RC Buford said in a statement released by the Spurs. "This is the best approach for the next steps in his return to play.”

Also, hardest remaining schedules according to BPI:
1. Spurs
2. Suns
3. Blazers
4. Wizards
5. Nuggets


p.s. I agree the Thunder will finish above Denver. Didn't take this into account and thought Millsap was almost back


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:11 am 
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I read that the Lakers are worst in the NBA in allowing layups/tip ins from offensive boards - Adams must have been salivating before the game knowing that. 4 OR leading to 8 points for him at halftime.


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Yeah - 21/10 in 26 minutes. 7 offensive boards...

Great to see Robes back. He covers so much on defence - it's ridiculous.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:25 pm 
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Said all the time but it's a players' league.

Watching the Bulls without Wade, Rondo and Jimmy Buckets and it's the most fun I've had since the year Noah went bezerk... Hoiberg was a total dud and now he's shooting the lights out.

And of course, lauri >>>> Porzingis


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OKC obliterating the Cavs. Cavs have been shite recently. They are going to really need to pull something out of their ass to get back to the finals this year.
Another big game from Steven Adams(25 points so far!), really enjoying his play this year, he is a beast on the offensive glass.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:09 am 
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That Cavs defence is something! :lol:

They are in big trouble.

Thunder bench still sucks, outside of Felton + 2Pat...

Steve's FTs have gone to shit as well - like they did about this time last year. Needs to sort that out - 50% will do.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:14 am 
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Marshall Banana wrote:
That Cavs defence is something! :lol:

They are in big trouble.

Thunder bench still sucks, outside of Felton + 2Pat...

Steve's FTs have gone to shit as well - like they did about this time last year. Needs to sort that out - 50% will do.


Lebron is surely going to leave Cleveland after this season. He knows this team isn't good enough.

As for the Thunder, they are looking better than earlier in the year but don't really look like serious contenders.


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Didn't watch but was Isaiah's shit defense a factor?


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Didn't watch but was Isaiah's shit defense a factor?


The whole team.


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The whole team was bad - but IT is as bad as a defender as you'll find in the NBA.

He did cook Russ on the other end, tho. Russ couldn't be arsed to stay in front of him...


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:07 am 
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Didn't watch but was Isaiah's shit defense a factor?


The whole team sucked. IT at least was able to score efficiently. There is still loads of time left this season for the Cavs to sort things out, but they are more and more looking like a team that isn't good enough to even make an NBA finals. Their D is giving up almost 110 points a game!


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76ers on 22 wins, will they make 40 wins?


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76ers on 22 wins, will they make 40 wins?


I hope so - but it will probably depend on this: http://www.nba.com/article/2018/01/18/philadelphia-76ers-joel-embiid-back-backs-end-january#/

EDIT: 9 left, I think.


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Marshall Banana wrote:
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76ers on 22 wins, will they make 40 wins?


I hope so - but it will probably depend on this: http://www.nba.com/article/2018/01/18/philadelphia-76ers-joel-embiid-back-backs-end-january#/

EDIT: 9 left, I think.

Embid is definitelythe key. 9 what?


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9 back-to-back games left.

Well, 18 left, but 9 games left which Embiid would usually sit out.


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Down by 19 midway thru the 4th.... nek minute, Boogie is the first man since Wilt with 40-20-10!!!!!!!

Double OT win


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:27 am 
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That's like their 3rd OT win in the last week isn't it? That stat line :shock: :shock: :shock:


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Yep. Won 5 of the last 6

(including an embarrassing 1 point loss in Atlanta after being up 60-45 at the half. But that was at the end of the 2 OT road trip so it can be forgiven)


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Down by 19 midway thru the 4th.... nek minute, Boogie is the first man since Wilt with 40-20-10!!!!!!!

Double OT win


Cousins & Davis are impressive. Any chance they can acquire Kembra Walker from Charlotte?


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