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2021-06-23 2:56:10 PM  
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2021-06-23 3:08:29 PM  
Maybe because in this sport, most of the 'quarterbacks' are allowed to be Black.
 
2021-06-23 3:16:42 PM  

I am Tom Joad's Complete Lack of Surprise: Maybe because in this sport, most of the 'quarterbacks' are allowed to be Black.


What's it called when you feel bad because you know it's true, yet still chuckle?

/Never mind, just looked it up
//Hypocrisy is what it's called.
 
2021-06-23 4:17:03 PM  
That was an awesome ending to game 2. I'm excited to see if the Bucks can win the east, should be a fun series
 
2021-06-23 4:27:39 PM  
"Miami Heat is not in semis anymore? LETS WATCH BALL"
 
2021-06-23 4:32:29 PM  

TheManofPA: That was an awesome ending to game 2. I'm excited to see if the Bucks can win the east, should be a fun series


That game 2 is one of the only postseason games that I've missed this year.  Of all the luck.
 
2021-06-23 4:35:20 PM  
yeah, whoever wins, will end one of the longer droughts in sports.

Clippers:  Never even been to the Conference Finals (and by definition, no Finals)
Suns:  Finals 1976 (loss), Finals 1993 (loss)
Hawks:  Conference Final circa 2014 (loss) and as above, no Finals
Bucks: Conference Final 2019 (loss), Champions in 1971 (with Lew Alcindor).


but obviously, one streak ends but for the other three, the "no NBA championship since ever or 1971" knife twists that much harder....
 
2021-06-23 4:36:06 PM  
It's good for all leagues, amateur and professional.
 
2021-06-23 4:36:41 PM  

Naido: That game 2 is one of the only postseason games that I've missed this year. Of all the luck.


even though you know the outcome, watch it if you can.  Second half at least.  or just the 4th.  they were just trading all game.  that was anybody's game, the last 2-3 minutes.
 
2021-06-23 4:47:17 PM  
but the idiots on twitter kept saying that the nba went woke and everyone stopped watching. the idiots on twitter wouldn't lie to everyone, would they?
 
2021-06-23 4:48:07 PM  

rickythepenguin: Naido: That game 2 is one of the only postseason games that I've missed this year. Of all the luck.

even though you know the outcome, watch it if you can.  Second half at least.  or just the 4th.  they were just trading all game.  that was anybody's game, the last 2-3 minutes.


I'm sorry, but sitting around watching the refs watching the game on replay just sucked. And yeah, I understand, you can't fark that one up. Hell, judges/prosecutors/juries have probably sent people to jail w/ less evidence/deliberation, but as a fan at home, it sucked. Good play on the dunk, though, I'm mystified that play isn't more common at the end of close games.
 
2021-06-23 4:49:41 PM  

rickythepenguin: yeah, whoever wins, will end one of the longer droughts in sports.

Clippers:  Never even been to the Conference Finals (and by definition, no Finals)
Suns:  Finals 1976 (loss), Finals 1993 (loss)
Hawks:  Conference Final circa 2014 (loss) and as above, no Finals
Bucks: Conference Final 2019 (loss), Champions in 1971 (with Lew Alcindor).


but obviously, one streak ends but for the other three, the "no NBA championship since ever or 1971" knife twists that much harder....


Technically, and I've received grief before for complaining about this very topic, the Hawks won the title in 1958. (Which would be one of two in a thirteen year span that didn't go to the Boston Celtics.)

\I don't believe teams should be able to claim titles in previous cities is all
\\and it didn't even sink in until you said it that yes, this is in fact the first time the Clippers have made it past the conference semis ever in 51 seasons
 
2021-06-23 4:52:41 PM  

Trocadero: I'm sorry, but sitting around watching the refs watching the game on replay just sucked.


yeah that was a horribly officiated game.  Boogie had a two handed push on a Suns player early, no call.  the headbutt on Book, that was as they say in baseball, "intentionally unintentional".  he wasn't trying to hurt Book, but, golly, what a shame, i hurt Book *wink*.  the lack of calls for Book, butterfly lands on George's shoulder and he gets two.  that's wahts so damn frustrating about the NBA;  the calls are just so damn subjective.
 
2021-06-23 4:54:53 PM  

FriarReb98: the Hawks won the title in 1958.


wow.....i had to look that up.  did not know that.  but yeah, i don't think you can claim titles from other cities.
 
2021-06-23 5:01:46 PM  

rickythepenguin: FriarReb98: the Hawks won the title in 1958.

wow.....i had to look that up.  did not know that.  but yeah, i don't think you can claim titles from other cities.


The reason i got roasted for it is because I mistakenly claimed other teams besides the stupid evil obvious one that shares space with the Clippers didn't celebrate their championships, but at least a couple (Kings & Hawks, maybe Warriors too) of the teams that won titles in other cities. (I don't think the Thunder or Sixers celebrate their previous titles.)
 
2021-06-23 5:07:35 PM  
Suns vs Bucks... Bucks in 5
 
2021-06-23 5:13:40 PM  

NewportBarGuy: Suns vs Bucks... Bucks in 5


the obvious storyline there is the Suns infamously lost the coin flip when Lew Alcindor was the most obvious #1 pick ever (and possibly still;  Jordan went #3 overall and while LeBron went #1 there were questions - as ridiculous as it sounds to say now in light of what he's done, "but can he make the jump from high school to the NBA?", whereas Alcindor had 3 straight NCAA titles under his resume.  while in different eras, i submit that Alcindor (ok Kareem, Im not trying to deadname the guy) was obviously obvious, LeBron obvious but with a fair amount of skepticism.
 
2021-06-23 5:21:41 PM  

rickythepenguin: NewportBarGuy: Suns vs Bucks... Bucks in 5

the obvious storyline there is the Suns infamously lost the coin flip when Lew Alcindor was the most obvious #1 pick ever (and possibly still;  Jordan went #3 overall and while LeBron went #1 there were questions - as ridiculous as it sounds to say now in light of what he's done, "but can he make the jump from high school to the NBA?", whereas Alcindor had 3 straight NCAA titles under his resume.  while in different eras, i submit that Alcindor (ok Kareem, Im not trying to deadname the guy) was obviously obvious, LeBron obvious but with a fair amount of skepticism.


Don't get me wrong! I'm not being flippant here. The Suns? They have been awesome all year. I'm like... only 50.1% sure of Bucks in 5. I want to see the Suns win because they have busted their ass all season.

If the Bucks play like they did against the Nets the first 2 games? Changed everything. Suns take it. If the Bucks play like they can? They can do it.
 
2021-06-23 5:28:40 PM  

NewportBarGuy: If the Bucks play like they did against the Nets the first 2 games? Changed everything. Suns take it. If the Bucks play like they can? They can do it.


I've only seen them play maybe......2-3 games.  I've been fully immersed in the Suns playoffs but, the other games, i just can't really get into.  I have watched some but i find myself kinda losing interest.  but now that its the final four, i want to basically scout, as they say, the opposition so if the Suns are able to make the finals, the vaious Hawks/Bucks are n't total unkwons to me.
 
2021-06-23 5:31:37 PM  

rickythepenguin: while LeBron went #1 there were questions - as ridiculous as it sounds to say now in light of what he's done, "but can he make the jump from high school to the NBA?",


I don't remember that. I do remember the sports media talking about how he would have been the #1 pick the previous year if the NBA let highschool juniors in.
 
2021-06-23 5:37:12 PM  

Resin33: I don't remember that.


we're both right.  many were saying what you said, "generational prospect, no way you pass on him" but others saying, "he's been playing against AAU kids, many of whom will go on to play college ball, but how many have NBA talent?  and how's he going to handle an 82 game season against grown men, the best in the world?"

nobody was saying he was Korleone Young v2.0, but there were people at least questioning how'd he'd handle, pardon the pun, the jump from elite of the elite high school ball to the highest level of basketball on the planet.
 
2021-06-23 5:41:43 PM  

rickythepenguin: yeah, whoever wins, will end one of the longer droughts in sports.

Bucks: Conference Final 2019 (loss), Champions in 1971 (with Lew Alcindor).


IIRC, Milwaukee has one of the longest droughts for winning any championship since then.

/When excluding Green Bay
//Go Pack!
///#FreeJordanLove
 
2021-06-23 5:41:51 PM  
its a cryin shame the Braves beat the Eagles out of the post
 
2021-06-23 5:45:47 PM  

Local Man: IIRC, Milwaukee has one of the longest droughts for winning any championship since then.


yeah phoenix has that too (phoenix fan).  a few years ago Deadspin or whomever did this thing of, "who are the most cursed sports cities, of those that have the Big 3 plus hockey?"

when they added up the CArds' 31ish years without a Super Bowl, the Suns 46ish years, the Coyotes 15ish years, and then the one Snakes title (but still, just 1 in 22ish years, Phoenix ranked near the top.
 
2021-06-23 5:46:07 PM  

Trocadero: rickythepenguin: Naido: That game 2 is one of the only postseason games that I've missed this year. Of all the luck.

even though you know the outcome, watch it if you can.  Second half at least.  or just the 4th.  they were just trading all game.  that was anybody's game, the last 2-3 minutes.

I'm sorry, but sitting around watching the refs watching the game on replay just sucked. And yeah, I understand, you can't fark that one up. Hell, judges/prosecutors/juries have probably sent people to jail w/ less evidence/deliberation, but as a fan at home, it sucked. Good play on the dunk, though, I'm mystified that play isn't more common at the end of close games.


Well, that's because the refs were trying to give it to the Clippers, but Paul George chose not to take it
 
2021-06-23 5:49:35 PM  
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Opposing point guards kept exploiting Verbal's inability to drive to his left.
 
2021-06-23 5:51:11 PM  
oops

/I ment the Pisstons
 
2021-06-23 6:08:16 PM  

rickythepenguin: yeah, whoever wins, will end one of the longer droughts in sports.

Clippers:  Never even been to the Conference Finals (and by definition, no Finals)
Suns:  Finals 1976 (loss), Finals 1993 (loss)
Hawks:  Conference Final circa 2014 (loss) and as above, no Finals
Bucks: Conference Final 2019 (loss), Champions in 1971 (with Lew Alcindor).


but obviously, one streak ends but for the other three, the "no NBA championship since ever or 1971" knife twists that much harder....


The Bucks won the West twice, once in '71 and once in '74 where they lost game 7 to the Celtics.  They also lost the Eastern conference Finals in '01 behind Big Dog, Ray Allen, and some Alien Lifeform who played Pointguard.
 
2021-06-23 6:10:14 PM  

Rozotorical: The Bucks won the West twice, once in '71 and once in '74 where they lost game 7 to the Celtics.  They also lost the Eastern conference Finals in '01 behind Big Dog, Ray Allen, and some Alien Lifeform who played Pointguard.



shiat.  sorry!  i just pulled that data from i think CBSsports.com
 
2021-06-23 6:36:07 PM  
History has not been kind for the Bucks playing in Phoenix. I believe they have only won there one time since 1987.
 
2021-06-23 6:37:51 PM  

Rozotorical: rickythepenguin: yeah, whoever wins, will end one of the longer droughts in sports.

Clippers:  Never even been to the Conference Finals (and by definition, no Finals)
Suns:  Finals 1976 (loss), Finals 1993 (loss)
Hawks:  Conference Final circa 2014 (loss) and as above, no Finals
Bucks: Conference Final 2019 (loss), Champions in 1971 (with Lew Alcindor).


but obviously, one streak ends but for the other three, the "no NBA championship since ever or 1971" knife twists that much harder....

The Bucks won the West twice, once in '71 and once in '74 where they lost game 7 to the Celtics.  They also lost the Eastern conference Finals in '01 behind Big Dog, Ray Allen, and some Alien Lifeform who played Pointguard.


I will go to my grave believing the 2001 eastern conference finals were fixed. Not that it really mattered anyway since no one was going to stop the Lakers that year.
 
2021-06-23 6:58:55 PM  
i love having new teams in the hunt.  These super teams and the big market teams getting all the calls is why I usually don't watch the NBA playoffs other than my Nuggets but this year is different.  I sure hope the league takes notice and remembers there are basketball fans all over the country that will watch a fair game.
 
2021-06-23 10:44:51 PM  

RminusQ: but the idiots on twitter kept saying that the nba went woke and everyone stopped watching. the idiots on twitter wouldn't lie to everyone, would they?


Nobody that likes the NBA even casually would care about "wokeness". They already accept a game that is mostly black players.

The people who complain about wokeness are actually complaining about there being a lot of black people that aren't afraid of being themselves.

It's still kind of strange how that caught fire in the NFL which is also a black majority.

/I know you were being sarcastic
 
2021-06-23 11:20:44 PM  

RminusQ: but the idiots on twitter kept saying that the nba went woke and everyone stopped watching. the idiots on twitter wouldn't lie to everyone, would they?


Nah, most people stopped watching when 2 minutes of game action lasted 33 minutes in real time?

What is that, two pants-down sticky substance checks and 7 pitching changes?

I saw that stat and laughed uncontrollably. People actually sat there and waited over a half-hour to determine two minutes of a game? That's sad.

I'd give up on that even if it was a hockey game.
 
2021-06-23 11:46:24 PM  

FriarReb98: rickythepenguin: yeah, whoever wins, will end one of the longer droughts in sports.

Clippers:  Never even been to the Conference Finals (and by definition, no Finals)
Suns:  Finals 1976 (loss), Finals 1993 (loss)
Hawks:  Conference Final circa 2014 (loss) and as above, no Finals
Bucks: Conference Final 2019 (loss), Champions in 1971 (with Lew Alcindor).


but obviously, one streak ends but for the other three, the "no NBA championship since ever or 1971" knife twists that much harder....

Technically, and I've received grief before for complaining about this very topic, the Hawks won the title in 1958. (Which would be one of two in a thirteen year span that didn't go to the Boston Celtics.)

\I don't believe teams should be able to claim titles in previous cities is all
\\and it didn't even sink in until you said it that yes, this is in fact the first time the Clippers have made it past the conference semis ever in 51 seasons


For most of their existence, the Clippers have been lucky to pull off 30 wins a season.
I still remember an interview Bo Kimble gave about the Clippers in the 90s: "We were the 4th best team in LA. Right behind the Lakers, the Bruins, and Crenshaw High School."
 
2021-06-24 11:40:49 AM  
Seems like people are figuring out that the unpredictability that makes the Stanley Cup playoffs so much fun makes the NBA playoffs fun too.  Too bad that the only reason that it happened for the NBA was largely due to injuries; if the Nets were at full strength and Anthony Davis doesn't get hurt, then sadly we would have had a much more boring playoffs.
 
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