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2014-05-05 06:03:13 AM  
ESPN is actually rooting for a Spurs-Pacers final so they can spend the entire series talking about Donald Sterling.
 
2014-05-05 06:10:27 AM  

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Was zum Teufel ist passiert?

 
2014-05-05 08:25:51 AM  

Anarchangel: ESPN is actually rooting for a Spurs-Pacers final so they can spend the entire series talking about Donald Sterling.


Ohhhh a good try, a valiant effort. But the troll falls short of greatness because everyone knows they're going to talk about Sterling regardless of who makes the Finals.

Good win for the Spurs. Really shouldn't have been a 7 game series, Dallas played way over their heads and hit some...fortunate...shots. SA is going to have their hands full with Portland though, they matchup well with SA. A good PG to neutralize Parker and wear him out on defense. And LA inside to handle Duncan.
 
2014-05-05 09:24:07 AM  
That game was over in the first quarter. The rest was just kind of painful to watch.

And I say that as a Spurs fan.
 
2014-05-05 09:43:57 AM  
Miami Heat - 30.3
Brooklyn Nets - 29.2
Los Angeles Clippers - 29.1
Chicago Bulls - 28.9
Dallas Mavericks - 28.5
San Antonio Spurs - 28.5

That is the average age of each team this season. Someone needs to forward this data to ESPN commentators who get off on calling the Spurs old in every single game.

By the way, Tony Parker is younger than Dwyane Wade.
 
2014-05-05 10:29:44 AM  
they had to go the full series against an 8 seed.

crap ton of work if they even want to touch the finals.
 
2014-05-05 10:49:07 AM  

Outlaw2097: they had to go the full series against an 8 seed.

crap ton of work if they even want to touch the finals.


Well that 8 seed would have been a 3 or better in the east, is an in state rival, and played valiantly down the stretch.

/Agrees with Gonz and coolio mack
 
2014-05-05 10:53:08 AM  
Well the Spurs won't get passed Houston with Dwig... ohh.
 
2014-05-05 11:10:04 AM  

Gonz: That game was over in the first quarter. The rest was just kind of painful to watch.

And I say that as a Spurs fan.


As if you can believe when a Spurs fan acts in pain.
 
2014-05-05 11:14:48 AM  

Outlaw2097: they had to go the full series against an 8 seed.

crap ton of work if they even want to touch the finals.


Every series went to seven except Heat-Bobcats and Bulls-Wizards, right? Seems like the NBA is not as top-heavy this year as it usually is.
 
2014-05-05 11:15:22 AM  

EyeballKid: Gonz: That game was over in the first quarter. The rest was just kind of painful to watch.

And I say that as a Spurs fan.

As if you can believe when a Spurs fan acts in pain.


Lolz

/A+++++, would laugh again
 
2014-05-05 11:21:03 AM  

js34603: Anarchangel: ESPN is actually rooting for a Spurs-Pacers final so they can spend the entire series talking about Donald Sterling.

Ohhhh a good try, a valiant effort. But the troll falls short of greatness because everyone knows they're going to talk about Sterling regardless of who makes the Finals.

Good win for the Spurs. Really shouldn't have been a 7 game series, Dallas played way over their heads and hit some...fortunate...shots. SA is going to have their hands full with Portland though, they matchup well with SA. A good PG to neutralize Parker and wear him out on defense. And LA inside to handle Duncan.


The Spurs generally hide Parker on a lesser offensive player, so it wouldn't shock me to see Parker on Batum and Danny Green start out on Lillard.  I think the Spurs win in 5 or 6; I just don't trust Portland's defense to stop anyone.
 
2014-05-05 11:21:56 AM  

EyeballKid: Gonz: That game was over in the first quarter. The rest was just kind of painful to watch.

And I say that as a Spurs fan.

As if you can believe when a Spurs fan acts in pain.


I seriously LOL'd. Got a weird look from a co-worker.

Well played.
 
2014-05-05 11:24:49 AM  

veedeevadeevoodee: Was zum Teufel ist passiert?


I hate to be a grammar nazi, but the helping verb goes in the second position. So it would be "Was ist zum Teufel passiert?"

I still think the Thunder match up well with the Spurs, so if I was a Spurs fan I'd be hoping for a match up with the Clippers in the WCF. I'm curious to see how Aldrige and Lillard do against the Spurs. That series with the Rockets might be their apex for this postseason.
 
2014-05-05 11:26:22 AM  
On another subject, how much of the Wizards' bandwagon will be filled with "CUZ FARK COLIN COWHERD, THAT'S WHY!"?
 
2014-05-05 11:32:23 AM  

EyeballKid: On another subject, how much of the Wizards' bandwagon will be filled with "CUZ FARK COLIN COWHERD, THAT'S WHY!"?


What did he say? Was it something interesting, or just something inflammatory to get people talking about him instead of the games? I am excited to see the Wizards doing well. John Wall is a lot of fun to watch. Nets vs. Heat has the potential to be an epic showdown, and it might just be the speed bump Miami sort of needs to give this run to the Finals some legitimacy.
 
2014-05-05 11:35:24 AM  
The Heat may just go fo fo fo on their end, the East is really bad.

Maybe Indiana gets it together to compete, but doubtful.  Evan Turner!

The Heat are going to house Brooklyn.  LeBron will eat Joe Johnson alive.
 
2014-05-05 11:39:01 AM  

Arkanaut: Every series went to seven except Heat-Bobcats and Bulls-Wizards, right? Seems like the NBA is not as top-heavy this year as it usually is.


Blazers-Rockets didn't, though it might've been the closest series of all.
 
2014-05-05 11:41:45 AM  

coolio mack: Miami Heat - 30.3
Brooklyn Nets - 29.2
Los Angeles Clippers - 29.1
Chicago Bulls - 28.9
Dallas Mavericks - 28.5
San Antonio Spurs - 28.5

That is the average age of each team this season. Someone needs to forward this data to ESPN commentators who get off on calling the Spurs old in every single game.

By the way, Tony Parker is younger than Dwyane Wade.


Is that just a straight average age of all players, or is it adjusted for playing time? A couple of teenagers will pull down the average, but if they never leave the bench because your rotation is 8-10 guys in their thirties, you are an old team.

Honestly asking, because I don't watch the NBA until after hockey, and I'm not a particularly big hockey fan.
 
2014-05-05 11:43:46 AM  

Conthan: veedeevadeevoodee: Was zum Teufel ist passiert?

I hate to be a grammar nazi, but the helping verb goes in the second position. So it would be "Was ist zum Teufel passiert?"

I still think the Thunder match up well with the Spurs, so if I was a Spurs fan I'd be hoping for a match up with the Clippers in the WCF. I'm curious to see how Aldrige and Lillard do against the Spurs. That series with the Rockets might be their apex for this postseason.


I'd rather see the Clippers than the Thunder, but neither team will be a cakewalk. Going in, though, anyone with half a brain could see that the West was going to be a meat grinder.

The matchup I was most concerned about was Houston, to be honest. Not that Portland's chopped liver, but the Rockets were 4-0 against the Spurs this season.
 
2014-05-05 11:44:38 AM  

Conthan: What did he say? Was it something interesting, or just something inflammatory to get people talking about him instead of the games? I am excited to see the Wizards doing well. John Wall is a lot of fun to watch.


Cowherd has done everything short of saying John Wall's near. And, yeah, John Wall is a great reason to watch these Wizards play.
 
2014-05-05 11:46:56 AM  

coolio mack: Miami Heat - 30.3
Brooklyn Nets - 29.2
Los Angeles Clippers - 29.1
Chicago Bulls - 28.9
Dallas Mavericks - 28.5
San Antonio Spurs - 28.5

That is the average age of each team this season. Someone needs to forward this data to ESPN commentators who get off on calling the Spurs old in every single game.

By the way, Tony Parker is younger than Dwyane Wade.


Duncan - 37
Manu - 36 (and a 36 with tons of miles)
Diaw/Parker - 31

So 4 of their top 5 in minutes are over 30 with 2 being  way over 30.  They're old.
 
2014-05-05 11:47:39 AM  

IAmRight: Arkanaut: Every series went to seven except Heat-Bobcats and Bulls-Wizards, right? Seems like the NBA is not as top-heavy this year as it usually is.

Blazers-Rockets didn't, though it might've been the closest series of all.


You're right - it just seemed like it, and probably could have gone to seven easily.
 
2014-05-05 11:49:54 AM  

IAmRight: Arkanaut: Every series went to seven except Heat-Bobcats and Bulls-Wizards, right? Seems like the NBA is not as top-heavy this year as it usually is.

Blazers-Rockets didn't, though it might've been the closest series of all.


No shat.  3/6 games went to overtime, and the other three might as well have (well at least game 2 and 6).  This year I love and hate that I'm from Houston, my mom's family is from the San Antonio area, and I've always kinda liked the Blazers.  If the winner of that series doesn't take the title I'm done with basketball, at least until next fall.
 
2014-05-05 11:50:15 AM  

jdjoker: coolio mack: Miami Heat - 30.3
Brooklyn Nets - 29.2
Los Angeles Clippers - 29.1
Chicago Bulls - 28.9
Dallas Mavericks - 28.5
San Antonio Spurs - 28.5

That is the average age of each team this season. Someone needs to forward this data to ESPN commentators who get off on calling the Spurs old in every single game.

By the way, Tony Parker is younger than Dwyane Wade.

Is that just a straight average age of all players, or is it adjusted for playing time? A couple of teenagers will pull down the average, but if they never leave the bench because your rotation is 8-10 guys in their thirties, you are an old team.

Honestly asking, because I don't watch the NBA until after hockey, and I'm not a particularly big hockey fan.


It's all players, but if you look at just the starters, it goes to 29.5 for the Heat and 28.4 for the Spurs.
 
2014-05-05 11:51:18 AM  

js34603: Anarchangel: ESPN is actually rooting for a Spurs-Pacers final so they can spend the entire series talking about Donald Sterling.

Ohhhh a good try, a valiant effort. But the troll falls short of greatness because everyone knows they're going to talk about Sterling regardless of who makes the Finals.

Good win for the Spurs. Really shouldn't have been a 7 game series, Dallas played way over their heads and hit some...fortunate...shots. SA is going to have their hands full with Portland though, they matchup well with SA. A good PG to neutralize Parker and wear him out on defense. And LA inside to handle Duncan.


Carlisle is vastly underrated as a coach.  He's absolutely terrific.  He's the reason the series lasted so long.

Portland is a tough call.  Aldridge/Lillard are an ungodly duo, and the team was coached well in the Houston series, i.e. Harden plays for the foul more than he does a good shot, so give him space to neutralize him, and the Spurs' bench looks pretty bad right now, neutralizing Portland's already bad bench.

But as others have said, Parker won't guard Lillard too much.  The real problem is Aldridge.  Spurs' defense is to run teams off the 3-point line and guard the rim.  Aldridge is incredible in the midrange.
 
2014-05-05 11:59:40 AM  

MugzyBrown: coolio mack: Miami Heat - 30.3
Brooklyn Nets - 29.2
Los Angeles Clippers - 29.1
Chicago Bulls - 28.9
Dallas Mavericks - 28.5
San Antonio Spurs - 28.5

That is the average age of each team this season. Someone needs to forward this data to ESPN commentators who get off on calling the Spurs old in every single game.

By the way, Tony Parker is younger than Dwyane Wade.

Duncan - 37
Manu - 36 (and a 36 with tons of miles)
Diaw/Parker - 31

So 4 of their top 5 in minutes are over 30 with 2 being  way over 30.  They're old.


31 is square within 'playing prime' in most any professional sport.  The only two players on the team who are old are Manu and Duncan.  Obviously incredibly important players, but they are outliers on the team as a whole.
 
2014-05-05 12:09:24 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: MugzyBrown: coolio mack: Miami Heat - 30.3
Brooklyn Nets - 29.2
Los Angeles Clippers - 29.1
Chicago Bulls - 28.9
Dallas Mavericks - 28.5
San Antonio Spurs - 28.5

That is the average age of each team this season. Someone needs to forward this data to ESPN commentators who get off on calling the Spurs old in every single game.

By the way, Tony Parker is younger than Dwyane Wade.

Duncan - 37
Manu - 36 (and a 36 with tons of miles)
Diaw/Parker - 31

So 4 of their top 5 in minutes are over 30 with 2 being  way over 30.  They're old.

31 is square within 'playing prime' in most any professional sport.  The only two players on the team who are old are Manu and Duncan.  Obviously incredibly important players, but they are outliers on the team as a whole.


Not to mention centers can and do play quite effectively well into their 30's, and Manu isn't a starter.
 
2014-05-05 12:11:12 PM  
Bosh and Lebron have played hundreds more minutes than Duncan and Manu this year (actually about 1000 minutes more than Manu). They may be old, but they're as rested as you can be after an 80 game season. (Wade has played as many total minutes as Manu, in about 20 fewer games).
 
2014-05-05 12:11:25 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: 31 is square within 'playing prime' in most any professional sport.  The only two players on the team who are old are Manu and Duncan.  Obviously incredibly important players, but they are outliers on the team as a whole.


In basketball, the team as a whole is mostly irrelevant.  The sport is dominated by the play of 2, 3 players per team.  Doesn't really matter how young your 6th and 7th man are
 
2014-05-05 12:14:04 PM  

gwowen: Bosh and Lebron have played hundreds more minutes than Duncan and Manu this year (actually about 1000 minutes more than Manu). They may be old, but they're as rested as you can be after an 80 game season. (Wade has played as many total minutes as Manu, in about 20 fewer games).


That doesn't mean Manu & Duncan are rested, it means they're old and can't play 35 min/game
 
2014-05-05 12:19:27 PM  

MugzyBrown: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: 31 is square within 'playing prime' in most any professional sport.  The only two players on the team who are old are Manu and Duncan.  Obviously incredibly important players, but they are outliers on the team as a whole.

In basketball, the team as a whole is mostly irrelevant.  The sport is dominated by the play of 2, 3 players per team.  Doesn't really matter how young your 6th and 7th man are


We've shown you that only two players on the team can be classified as old.  One is a center who has been maintaining a high level, the other is an admittedly fragile 6th man.  That's it.

As important are Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard, their primary defenders.  Splitter may play a major role, as he did in the first series.
 
2014-05-05 12:20:14 PM  

MugzyBrown: gwowen: Bosh and Lebron have played hundreds more minutes than Duncan and Manu this year (actually about 1000 minutes more than Manu). They may be old, but they're as rested as you can be after an 80 game season. (Wade has played as many total minutes as Manu, in about 20 fewer games).

That doesn't mean Manu & Duncan are rested, it means they're old and can't play 35 min/game


They can play 35 min/game (or at least Duncan can) because Duncan did in the 2013 play-offs. Coach Pop is too smart to ask him to do it in the regular season. Manu is no longer a starter, so thats neither here or there.
 
2014-05-05 12:22:34 PM  

dikkcor28: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: MugzyBrown: coolio mack: Miami Heat - 30.3
Brooklyn Nets - 29.2
Los Angeles Clippers - 29.1
Chicago Bulls - 28.9
Dallas Mavericks - 28.5
San Antonio Spurs - 28.5

That is the average age of each team this season. Someone needs to forward this data to ESPN commentators who get off on calling the Spurs old in every single game.

By the way, Tony Parker is younger than Dwyane Wade.

Duncan - 37
Manu - 36 (and a 36 with tons of miles)
Diaw/Parker - 31

So 4 of their top 5 in minutes are over 30 with 2 being  way over 30.  They're old.

31 is square within 'playing prime' in most any professional sport.  The only two players on the team who are old are Manu and Duncan.  Obviously incredibly important players, but they are outliers on the team as a whole.

Not to mention centers can and do play quite effectively well into their 30's, and Manu isn't a starter.


Who is the best over-30 center in the NBA? Pau Gasol? That doesn't exactly confirm your theory.
 
2014-05-05 12:48:33 PM  

coolio mack: Miami Heat - 30.3
Brooklyn Nets - 29.2
Los Angeles Clippers - 29.1
Chicago Bulls - 28.9
Dallas Mavericks - 28.5
San Antonio Spurs - 28.5

That is the average age of each team this season. Someone needs to forward this data to ESPN commentators who get off on calling the Spurs old in every single game.

By the way, Tony Parker is younger than Dwyane Wade.


People on the bench may skew data.  It would be more logical to have the starting line-up average.
 
2014-05-05 12:49:19 PM  

gwowen: dikkcor28: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: MugzyBrown: coolio mack: Miami Heat - 30.3
Brooklyn Nets - 29.2
Los Angeles Clippers - 29.1
Chicago Bulls - 28.9
Dallas Mavericks - 28.5
San Antonio Spurs - 28.5

That is the average age of each team this season. Someone needs to forward this data to ESPN commentators who get off on calling the Spurs old in every single game.

By the way, Tony Parker is younger than Dwyane Wade.

Duncan - 37
Manu - 36 (and a 36 with tons of miles)
Diaw/Parker - 31

So 4 of their top 5 in minutes are over 30 with 2 being  way over 30.  They're old.

31 is square within 'playing prime' in most any professional sport.  The only two players on the team who are old are Manu and Duncan.  Obviously incredibly important players, but they are outliers on the team as a whole.

Not to mention centers can and do play quite effectively well into their 30's, and Manu isn't a starter.

Who is the best over-30 center in the NBA? Pau Gasol? That doesn't exactly confirm your theory.


Tim Duncan
 
2014-05-05 12:54:56 PM  
moistD:

Tim Duncan

Best all around, agreed.  I hope he plays a couple more years.  Duncan is someone I would out in the foul line at the end as well.  Since the media rarely talks about the Spurs, does anyone know i he is playing next year?
 
2014-05-05 12:55:14 PM  

moistD: gwowen: dikkcor28: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: MugzyBrown: coolio mack: Miami Heat - 30.3
Brooklyn Nets - 29.2
Los Angeles Clippers - 29.1
Chicago Bulls - 28.9
Dallas Mavericks - 28.5
San Antonio Spurs - 28.5

That is the average age of each team this season. Someone needs to forward this data to ESPN commentators who get off on calling the Spurs old in every single game.

By the way, Tony Parker is younger than Dwyane Wade.

Duncan - 37
Manu - 36 (and a 36 with tons of miles)
Diaw/Parker - 31

So 4 of their top 5 in minutes are over 30 with 2 being  way over 30.  They're old.

31 is square within 'playing prime' in most any professional sport.  The only two players on the team who are old are Manu and Duncan.  Obviously incredibly important players, but they are outliers on the team as a whole.

Not to mention centers can and do play quite effectively well into their 30's, and Manu isn't a starter.

Who is the best over-30 center in the NBA? Pau Gasol? That doesn't exactly confirm your theory.

Tim Duncan


While thats probably true, it doesn't really confirm the theory, as Tim Duncan is a) a statistical freak/outlier/exception to the rule and b) not really a center.
 
2014-05-05 01:01:04 PM  

JohnnyRebel88: moistD:

Tim Duncan

Best all around, agreed.  I hope he plays a couple more years.  Duncan is someone I would out in the foul line at the end as well.  Since the media rarely talks about the Spurs, does anyone know i he is playing next year?


He hasn't formally said one way or another. Rumor is that he is leaning towards this being his last year, but my guess is unless he wins a championship or gets seriously injured, he'll keep playing
 
2014-05-05 01:36:49 PM  

js34603: Anarchangel: ESPN is actually rooting for a Spurs-Pacers final so they can spend the entire series talking about Donald Sterling.

Ohhhh a good try, a valiant effort. But the troll falls short of greatness because everyone knows they're going to talk about Sterling regardless of who makes the Finals.

Good win for the Spurs. Really shouldn't have been a 7 game series, Dallas played way over their heads and hit some...fortunate...shots. SA is going to have their hands full with Portland though, they matchup well with SA. A good PG to neutralize Parker and wear him out on defense. And LA inside to handle Duncan.


i'd like to say "this" & add:
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/go rip city
 
2014-05-05 02:45:45 PM  

gwowen: moistD: gwowen: dikkcor28: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: MugzyBrown: coolio mack: Miami Heat - 30.3
Brooklyn Nets - 29.2
Los Angeles Clippers - 29.1
Chicago Bulls - 28.9
Dallas Mavericks - 28.5
San Antonio Spurs - 28.5

That is the average age of each team this season. Someone needs to forward this data to ESPN commentators who get off on calling the Spurs old in every single game.

By the way, Tony Parker is younger than Dwyane Wade.

Duncan - 37
Manu - 36 (and a 36 with tons of miles)
Diaw/Parker - 31

So 4 of their top 5 in minutes are over 30 with 2 being  way over 30.  They're old.

31 is square within 'playing prime' in most any professional sport.  The only two players on the team who are old are Manu and Duncan.  Obviously incredibly important players, but they are outliers on the team as a whole.

Not to mention centers can and do play quite effectively well into their 30's, and Manu isn't a starter.

Who is the best over-30 center in the NBA? Pau Gasol? That doesn't exactly confirm your theory.

Tim Duncan

While thats probably true, it doesn't really confirm the theory, as Tim Duncan is a) a statistical freak/outlier/exception to the rule and b) not really a center.


A quick google search says there were rumors in February that he shot down, but he's said he'll retire when his contract is up at the end of next season.
 
2014-05-05 02:46:43 PM  
Oops.  Replied to the wrong post.  Meant to reply to:

JohnnyRebel88: moistD:

Tim Duncan

Best all around, agreed.  I hope he plays a couple more years.  Duncan is someone I would out in the foul line at the end as well.  Since the media rarely talks about the Spurs, does anyone know i he is playing next year?

 
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