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NBA Playoffs - 2018


#1

It’s that time of year! Meant to make this thread Friday but never got around to it.

Some good matchups this year!

Round 1:

Toronto and Washington
Boston and Milwaukee
Philly and Miami
Cleveland and Indiana

Houston and Minnesota
Golden State and San Antonio
Portland and New Orleans
Utah and OKC

Some general thought:

-I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wiz foiled the Raptors in the first round. I don’t think it’ll happen, but I also won’t be shocked.
-LeBron v. Lance Stephenson is my favorite story line forever and always
-OKC will under perform like they have all season
-Rockets won’t get it done despite their dominant season

Some homer thoughts:

-I think the C’s can get it done vs. the Bucks, but Giannas could take control of this series
-This years team is better than last years but won’t make it as far (even with injuries)

Saw a chunk of each of last nights games, some pretty good action. Lot’s of good stuff to come, I think this year will be way more enjoyable than last.

@ActivitiesGuy what will happen to Philly if the 6er’s pull off the improbable?


#2

I was REALLY REALLY REALLY hoping Kawhi was just waiting for the playoffs to come back. He’s such a weird cat.


#3

Why wasn’t Lebron guarding Oladipo yesterday? I don’t follow the Cavs enough to understand their thinking.


#4

Yeah something is fishy there, wonder what the real story is.

My best guess is that they don’t want him using more energy than he needs to on that end this early in the playoffs. I’m sure they’ll bounce back and be more competitive on both ends next game, but we probably won’t see LeBron matching up and trying to shut Vic down unless the series gets out of hand early,


#5

It’s gonna be Cleveland vs golden state or Houston in the finals.


#6

Sure seems that way doesn’t it? It would’ve been cool to see Toronto get past LeBron this year but… lol Raptors.


#7

I’ve been hearing so many people predict the Rockets beating the Warriors. People cite their regular season clashes, etc. I just don’t think people understand how different late stage playoff games are, and how comfortable Golden State is in this situation right now. I also think people don’t talk enough about the Warriors’ defense, with all their offensive power. I’m really bored of Warriors-Cavs, and I still think KD is a total puss for leaving to join the best regular season team in history after they came back to narrowly win against his young and exciting team, but I give this season to the Warriors. I hope I’m wrong.


#8

I think if the Rockets are and stay clicking, they certainly stand a chance. That said, I’ll never put money on Jim Soften to come through in the playoffs.

Warriors - Cavs 4 will be pretty boring if it comes to that again. Rockets - Cavs would be more entertaining for sure.