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@  RollingWave : (28 August 2014 - 07:34 AM) But yeah, I can understand luxury tax / revenue sharing, but the cap's sole purpose is to help the Owner's pockets and also give jobs to all those captologist
@  RollingWave : (28 August 2014 - 07:33 AM) The irony obviously, sports being the one thing where the US is much more socialist than their European counter part ;)
@  thenit : (27 August 2014 - 08:43 PM) Unless Cle wins 2 rings in 4 years I rather have what Mia has now 2 rings and a likely playoff team
@  thenit : (27 August 2014 - 08:43 PM) That's why I don't like American sports, there shouldn't be any salary cap. It should be like Europe. Hating Socialism except for sports where the whole idea of is to compete to be the best. should be capitalistic and a free for all
@  rocketrick : (27 August 2014 - 11:53 AM) Boring...so which situation is better going forward? Miami Heat with practically no salary cap room after winning 2 titles in 3 years or Cleveland with all kinds of cap room? No wonder LeBron and KLove chose Cleveland. Just saying. NBA Salary Cap is quite onerous in the end.
@  thenit : (27 August 2014 - 02:53 AM) I think it's about right where we should be. We are a contender under the radar
@  rocketrick : (27 August 2014 - 12:42 AM) Las Vegas places 16-1 odds for the Rockets chances this season as the eventual NBA Champion. Only the Cavaliers, Bulls, Spurs, Thunder and Clippers rate better odds than the Rockets. Perhaps too much negativity this off-season in H-town???
@  rocketrick : (26 August 2014 - 11:40 PM) Troy Daniels is more of a SG, too with limited, at best, PG skills. I'm with Rolling Wave, I'd rather have Sessions than Ish Smith backing up Beverley
@  RollingWave : (26 August 2014 - 03:23 AM) Session has about 6x the career minutes of those 5 combined, of course you'd rather have him instead of Ish Smith if you could.
@  rockets best... : (26 August 2014 - 02:31 AM) Basketball Insiders is reporting the Rockets are pursuing a sign and trade for Ramon Session. with Ish, Beverly, Canaan, Nick Johnson and Troy Daniels on the roster I don't understand the move unless one of them will be in the deal and it is a larger deal than being currently reported
@  rockets best... : (25 August 2014 - 06:28 PM) so what you're saying is if Morey does this deal he's stupid? I disagree. we have a thread discussing it below. we can continue our conversation there if your wish
@  rocketrick : (25 August 2014 - 12:18 PM) Morey is not stupid so that just is not gonna happen here period so can we FINALLY just move on now? Bledsoe will sign for the agreed $3.5 million amount for this season and become an UFA next season (for his sake, I truly hope he does not blow out another knee).........
@  rocketrick : (25 August 2014 - 12:16 PM) This is quite frustrating as an avid NBA fan......Bledsoe CLEARLY wants a Max Deal whether that be with Phoenix (impossible in my opinion) or one of the other teams.
@  2016Champions : (25 August 2014 - 12:30 AM) According to Cyberx, Morey wants Bledsoe on a 2 year deal but Bledsoe wants more stability than that.
@  Buckko : (22 August 2014 - 03:31 AM) A logical article from B/R http://bleacherrepor...ext-year/page/6 I'm shocked.
@  Johnny Rocket : (21 August 2014 - 03:20 AM) Thanks for the great links, Buckko!
@  txtdo1411 : (20 August 2014 - 10:13 PM) Bledsoe scares me because of the injuries... that being said it is still probably the right move.
@  jorgeaam : (20 August 2014 - 10:09 PM) Let's go Morey!
@  jorgeaam : (20 August 2014 - 10:09 PM) The Suns are now discussing trade possibilities for restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe, according to Jude LaCava of FOX Phoenix.
@  thejohnnygold : (20 August 2014 - 04:52 AM) That article is a nice change of pace :)

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#1 Rahat Huq

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 11:36 PM

So with things set to get underway, I thought I'd give my predictions and some general thoughts. Jacob provided his predictions this morning, which you can read on the front page.

Series I will watch every minute of: Memphis vs. LAC
This is about as good as it gets. I won't have time to watch every series like I used to in the past, with four final exams coming up in the next two weeks, but I plan to construct my study schedule around this series to ensure that I do not miss a minute. Here, you have the man who I think is the best player in the game (more on this in a bit), going up against the most feared defender in basketball, on maybe the most well-balanced team in the league. Can it really get any better than Tony Allen on Chris Paul? Think about it from a human perspective - you're barely 6 feet, and everything your team does relies upon you because Blake Griffin can only dunk, and you have the scariest man in the league hounding you up the court and weighing on you. And CP3 is one arrogant son of a bitch who will not back down or wilt away.

why CP3 is the best in the league: If I had to pick one guy over the course of the year, it'd be Lebron or DH12. They aren't the injury threats Paul is (despite Howard's back issues) and their aggregate productions carry out over the course of the season. But for just one game? Give me Paul, hands down, especially in the playoffs where he actually tries. I hate to be cliche, but I don't trust Lebron with the game on the line and neither Wade or Kobe is anywhere near the playmaker Paul is; and Paul can, when he wants, score at their rate.

I don't know how to predict this series. Memphis should win. But I don't want to sell Chris Paul short. What I do know though, with Chris Paul, Kenyon Martin, and Tony Allen all on the court, there's a probability of about 1.00 that an altercation erupts at some point, maybe after the inevitable hard foul on Blake Griffin. I'll go with Clippers in 7.

I'll try to catch a game or two: Miami vs. NYK, Utah vs. SAS
Lebron on Carmelo is the second best matchup in the first round. But the Knicks should probably get slaughtered. I'll say 4-1 Miami over New York.

Utah has the size inside to steal 2 from the Spurs and make everyone panic and say "it's happening again!" but San Antonio will ultimately prevail. 4-2 Spurs.

Maybe if it's on I'll watch a few minutes: LAL vs. DEN, OKC vs. DAL
I feel like Denver has the second unit to steal two against the Lakers and Kobe will invariably come back and go into hero-ball mode, denying touches from the Twin Towers and mitigating his own team's greatest strength. But the Lakers will ultimately prevail on sheer talent alone.

I want to think Dallas has something left in them but OKC should either sweep them or take this one 4-1.

I will purposely study in the library while these games are on so as to not accidentally catch them: CHI vs. PHI, BOS vs. ATL, ORL vs. IND

Yuck. Talk about some ugly series'. They could all very well go 4-0 and you don't need me to tell you who the favorite is in each. Really, the only interesting thing to glean from any of these is whether Rose is back at full strength.
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Posted 29 April 2012 - 10:50 PM

For the most part your predictions look pretty good. I have a hard time believing that Memphis can take the Clippers to a game 7, I think the Clips finish it in 6. Miami v NYK is the series I look forward to most, even though I see no way of the Knicks taking this series, and after seeing the first game it could very well be a sweep. If it didn't pain me to watch Dirk/Terry/Kidd Id try to catch a few games of OKC and Dallas, all I can do is hope you're right that its a quick 4-1 series in the Thunder's favor. The only thing that would've given me interest in watching any of those last three series was watching D Rose, but after he tore his ACL I have no reason to waste the time. WCF- OKC v LAC with OKC winning in 5. ECF- MIA v CHI(even without Rose theyre still better than Boston) with Miami sweeping CHI. This would also be the Finals I'd like to see most, so it may be bias!
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Posted 29 April 2012 - 11:05 PM

Rose's injury is going to cut a huge chunk out of my Eastern Conference viewing. I was planning on catching some Bulls games and was without a doubt going to watch every Bulls-Heat game. Now, I probably won't watch anything from that end until the Finals.
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 12:28 AM

I think memphis will beat the clips. LA is atrocious on the road, and tony allen will lock down (or slow down more likely) chris paul, and they will lose multiple games in the fourth Q. Memphis are just too deep, and i dont think blake griffin can guard either Z-Bo or Gasol in the low post, so i would say Memphis in 6. And i would switch the results for MIA-NYK and SAS-UTA so miami win in 6 and SAS win in 5, just because SA destroyed utah today despite Utah's huge frontline. And Melo needs at least one insane game that he will win on his own just to make up for that epic stinkbomb.
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 01:51 AM

And after Rondo's ejection and possible suspension looming, The Hawks road just got easier and they have a legitimate chance of winning the series, previously I thought it was a clear cut Boston win.
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 02:32 AM

I scheduled my entire weekend around this Grizzlies-Clippers matchup and it's a 20 point game right now...

Boy, the Grizz sure are fun to watch.
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:30 AM

Good thing you kept watching
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:30 AM

Wow. I walked away from my television in disgust at the start of the 4th quarter and went back to studying. I came back 30 minutes later just to check on things and there was 1 minute left and a 3 point game. Unbelievable! Very happy too because it seemed like that series was going to be a sweep.

Overall impressions right now after the first round of games:
-Heart goes out to Chicago. Nothing worse than that. Miami is pretty much a lock now to come out of the East. I think the only team that can even stand a chance in hell are the Pacers.
-Finals matchups, in order of preference:

1. MIA/LAC
2. MIA/LAL
3. MIA/MEM
4. MIA/SAS

I don't like watching OKC. Really ugly brand of ball. CP3 vs. the Heat would be heaven. Or, is this the year we finally see Kobe vs. Lebron?
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 04:31 AM

Good thing you kept watching

I left! Very mad at myself.
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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:19 AM

I agree clippers heat would be fun to watch, as would lakers heat. Can't count them out but i dont think the lakers can come out of the west. They're gonna have more difficult games than the first against denver.
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:25 AM

hate to break it to you guy, but SA is coming out of the west. I don't see anyone in the west who can handle their combo of offense/defense. in the east the heat was destined to win from the begining even if rose was healthy. the bulls still don't have a good enough #2 scoring option on that team. now the real question is whether SA can stop the transition game of the heat?
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you can only warn a man that the bridge is out.....if he keeps driving he's on his own B)


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:31 AM

I think you're probably right. All of these other west teams have too many holes.
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Posted 01 May 2012 - 04:21 PM

If Harden, Westbrook and Durant all heat up I don't know if the Spurs have the defense to stop all 3, I see the winner of a Spurs OKC series coming out of the West, it goes to 7, will be influence by an injury or 2 and with the genius of Pop perhaps it is advantage Spurs but who actually wins the Westbrook Parker matchup is key and I lean towards the kid negating the Frenchman so it's back to a draw in my mind...
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 03:09 AM

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 03:30 AM

The Rockets are better than the Knicks,the Dwight-less Magic and I'd argue better than the Rose-less Bulls.
I'd like to think the Rockets are better than the Jazz,but the Season proved otherwise.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 03:44 AM

The Rockets are better than the Knicks,the Dwight-less Magic and I'd argue better than the Rose-less Bulls.
I'd like to think the Rockets are better than the Jazz,but the Season proved otherwise.

Forgot about the Knicks - agreed.
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Posted 14 May 2012 - 04:59 PM

After thinking about it,you meant the teams as they are at full strength,so yeah,worse than Rose Bulls,but the train wreck that was the Magic this season,I'd take the Rockets over them even w/Dwight.
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:28 AM

I don't want to root for the Clippers just because of Stern's hand in the whole ordeal (were the Hornets really better off? I know no one saw Gordon getting hurt... but still).
Tired of the Lakers and Celtics. Also tired of the Spurs, but I have a hell of a lot of respect for Pop and Duncan.
It's fun to root against the Heat.
So that leaves the Thunder (who I think are the most complete team), the Pacers, and the 76ers. Either the Pacers or the 76ers would make me sick, just because I feel like we're just as talented as those guys - not to mention it would give us false hope for next season.
Leaves the Thunder. I know this is a predictions column - but I think the Thunder are the best team anyway.
I actually think the Thunder are more likely to lose to the Spurs than the Heat. The Heat and Thunder are remarkably similar, but the Thunder are more complete as a team. The Spurs, on the other hand, play complete, team basketball, and have been since most of the Thunder were in high school.
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:39 PM

I think a Thunder/Spurs matchup in the conference champs will be the most exciting series this playoffs will have to offer. Nobody left in the East stands a chance against either one, finals will go 5 games max. Not to take anything away from Clips/Grizzzz but these two teams are on another level. In the east I'm pulling for the 76ers simply because I see a team similar to the Rockets but I doubt they get past the Celts. I still favor the Spurs to win it all one last time. Pops will eat DelNegro, Brooks and Spoelstra for lunch.
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 01:49 PM

I wouldn't count Philly out just yet. They've kept themselves in both games so far and found a way to steal one in Boston, its at least a 6 game series, maybe seven. If the spurs can't beat the clips in 4/5 will they have enough gas left for the thunder? I dont think so.
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