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(Sportige)   The Miami Heat & San Antonio Spurs can't win the NBA title this year, because teams that sweep through the first round of the playoffs never go all the way. This is your NBA Playoffs discussion thread   (sportige.com) divider line 30
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2013-05-05 11:46:00 AM  
Huh?
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2013-05-05 12:07:23 PM  
hoopedia.nba.com
 
2013-05-05 12:16:00 PM  
Spurs WILL take the west.  After that who knows.

/Thunder is not the same without Westbrook
 
2013-05-05 12:57:15 PM  
I bet no team that got swept in the first round ever won an NBA title either.

/about as likely a predictor of the outcome of the NBA playoffs as TFA
 
2013-05-05 01:16:36 PM  
The way LeBron is playing, I have a hard time seeing anyone beating Miami.
 
2013-05-05 02:21:57 PM  
Never underestimate the effect that dominating one opponent can have against the next one.  The next opponent is hyped up to face a dominating opponent while the sweeping team has to adjust to a more powerful opponent than what they had just faced.
 
2013-05-05 02:27:42 PM  

SilentStrider: The way LeBron is playing, I have a hard time seeing anyone beating Miami.


Yes, but his hairline and the Decision. That thug.
 
2013-05-05 03:02:53 PM  

Lord Jubjub: Never underestimate the effect that dominating one opponent can have against the next one.  The next opponent is hyped up to face a dominating opponent while the sweeping team has to adjust to a more powerful opponent than what they had just faced.


I love these faux psychological arguments. They can simply be pulled out of someone's ass and you can't argue it since there is literally no way to research it.
 
2013-05-05 03:05:36 PM  
As a Magic fan, I have fond memories of the '09 playoffs when they beat the favored Lebron & the Cavs in the ECF after CLE swept thru the first 2 rounds. I have not-so-fond memories of the following year when the Magic swept the first 2 rounds, looking like the best team in the playoffs, then got thoroughly punked by the Celtics.
 
2013-05-05 03:17:09 PM  

bartink: Lord Jubjub: Never underestimate the effect that dominating one opponent can have against the next one.  The next opponent is hyped up to face a dominating opponent while the sweeping team has to adjust to a more powerful opponent than what they had just faced.

I love these faux psychological arguments. They can simply be pulled out of someone's ass and you can't argue it since there is literally no way to research it.


Except that it seems to happen.  This argument is not that a team that sweeps will lose the next round.  It is that not all teams make the psychological adjustments when they face a new opponent.  Sloppy play isn't merely an artifact on insufficient talent.
 
2013-05-05 03:27:09 PM  
This Memphis/OKC game is great. Hope Pacers/Knicks is watchable.
 
2013-05-05 03:29:09 PM  
Hey San Antonio, remember the last time you played Memphis in the playoffs? I wish I had bet on Memphis' chances to win the West right after Westbrook went down. They were probably 20:1 dogs.
 
2013-05-05 03:31:57 PM  
Memphis +2, 2:08 left to play...
 
2013-05-05 03:34:52 PM  
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Right... of course...
 
2013-05-05 03:51:43 PM  

Palmer Eldritch: Hey San Antonio, remember the last time you played Memphis in the playoffs? I wish I had bet on Memphis' chances to win the West right after Westbrook went down. They were probably 20:1 dogs.


I guess.  The Spurs were a different team then.  No size, no SF, the walking wounded.  Meanwhile Memphis chokes against OKC without Westbrook.
 
2013-05-05 03:57:09 PM  
So Memphis plays lockdown defense and maintains the lead throughout the game, then just blows it w/ turnovers and dumb plays in the last 3 mins. Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

/Kevin Durant going all "Kevin Durant" didn't help either.
 
2013-05-05 04:06:29 PM  

SilentStrider: The way LeBron is playing, I have a hard time seeing anyone beating Miami.


Barring a Lebron injury, there is no team I can imagine beating the Heat 4 of 7. Or even 2 of 7, really.
 
2013-05-05 04:31:30 PM  
nelsonhaha.jpg @ Memphis.
 
2013-05-05 04:32:11 PM  
Oh, hold on guys, I'm hearing that Cindy Crosby just tripped over his tutu and drew another penalty.

/wait, wrong thread
 
2013-05-05 05:04:49 PM  
Pacers looking good for a team that generally sucks on the road.
 
2013-05-05 05:16:34 PM  
the jane seymore pendant looks like ass to ass
 
2013-05-05 05:22:35 PM  

SpikeStrip: the jane seymore pendant looks like ass to ass


I think it's a woman twisting at the midsection.
 
2013-05-05 06:20:35 PM  
Pacers steal game 1 and home court advantage... if the Celtics can't win it, my preferences are, in order:

Grizzlies
Warriors
Pacers
Spurs
Thunder
Heat
Nets
Knicks

So, uh, now you know who I'm going to root for in any given matchup, I guess.
 
2013-05-05 06:35:51 PM  
Fo, Fo, Fo
 
2013-05-05 07:00:42 PM  

Fallout Boy: SilentStrider: The way LeBron is playing, I have a hard time seeing anyone beating Miami.

Yes, but his hairline and the Decision. That thug.


at this point the only people still mad about the decision are Dan Gilbert and whatever Cavs fans aren't laboring under the delusion that James will opt out of his Heat contract and return to Cleveland.
 
2013-05-05 10:47:23 PM  

Palmer Eldritch: Pacers steal game 1 and home court advantage... if the Celtics can't win it, my preferences are, in order:

Grizzlies
Warriors
Pacers
Spurs
Thunder
Heat
Nets
Knicks

So, uh, now you know who I'm going to root for in any given matchup, I guess.


You want the Bulls to give up their spot the the Nets?
 
2013-05-05 10:48:10 PM  
skrame:

You want the Bulls to give up their spot the the Nets?

"the the"?

*to the
 
2013-05-05 11:56:02 PM  
er. swap Bulls for Nets. Doesn't matter because Miami would roll either of them.
 
2013-05-06 08:18:58 AM  

pjlawrence81: As a Magic fan, I have fond memories of the '09 playoffs when they beat the favored Lebron & the Cavs in the ECF after CLE swept thru the first 2 rounds. I have not-so-fond memories of the following year when the Magic swept the first 2 rounds, looking like the best team in the playoffs, then got thoroughly punked by the Celtics.


Those were some good times, man. I was at that game against Cleveland and I was so drunk and tired, yet the excitement in the arena propped me up.

/some day soon..
//hopefully
 
2013-05-06 08:53:52 AM  
Maybe I'll end up eating my words but  Spurs-GSW isn't exactly a run-away.  If the Spurs can play like the Spurs 5 years ago and grind it out with half court sets and great defense, then yeah, Spurs in 5...

But this high octane up-and-down the court style they've adapted this season is EXACTLY how the Warriors would want to play it.
 
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