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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby taowave » June 13, 2014, 8:50 am

Short answer is a resounding YES

The Knicks under Red Holzman with

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Barnett
Reed
Debusscre
Bradley

and Later with Jerry Lucas and Monroe were equally impressive with their team approach..



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I know, superlatives are often born out of the moment, but right now I can't think of any better than that in the over 20 years I have been following the league closely. I mean, I have seen better teams, but better team basketball?
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby rynyk222 » June 13, 2014, 9:15 am

i thought Detroit with LB as the coach was a pretty well balanced team...

but they didnt really dominate like the Spurs are right now.
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby shakespeare » June 13, 2014, 11:13 am

H20Knick wrote:It's going to be pretty awesome if he manages to win a title in 3 different decades. The spurs are some sort of mythological force that just restores order and peace to the world


That's a great way of putting it.

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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby shakespeare » June 13, 2014, 11:33 am

spree#8 wrote:
Great post, I second that. Last year I already thought that the Spurs showed in a fantastic way that, just because the Heat made the biggest free agent splash ever in 2010, the rest of the league doesn't stop to work on being the best and this year they might prove it with the title. 3 opportunities and 2 home games to get that 1 win. That has to be enough to do it, doesn't it?


Definitely.

Miami might win these last 3 games, but I seriously doubt it.

I now view the Spurs in a completely different light.
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby shakespeare » June 13, 2014, 11:44 am

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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby MrMajik2 » June 13, 2014, 1:23 pm

Duncan is not greater than Kobe. Sorry. Still an all time great though.
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby big_j_NY » June 13, 2014, 1:34 pm

Brooklyn wrote:By the way, after Diaw's success in Phoenix when Amare was injured, he spent years bouncing around teams looking as if he was washed up. Props to Pop and props to system ball for being able to utilize players to their strengths.


This is really Boris Diaw's true comeback..........granted, people forgot that Diaw was in Popovich's doghouse for the last couple of years since he joined San Antonio
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby nbafreak724 » June 13, 2014, 1:47 pm

Serious question. If the Spurs end up wrapping this up and winning their fifth title...how much closer does Pop get to being considered to GOAT coach? Obviously everyone considers Phil Jax the greatest NBA coach of all time and he has the titles to show for it. But if Pop can win it again this year, it'll be his most impressive achievement yet.

Since the late 90s, Pop transformed the San Antonio system from a slow paced, defensive "boring" juggernaut into the now fast-paced, ball moving, 3 point shooting havoc. And if he wins this year, he'll have won titles with the same core but a completely different system. How impressive would that be? PJ basically had the triangle and was very successful with that, but didnt abruptly switch systems while still remaining a dominant team.
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby shakespeare » June 13, 2014, 2:01 pm

MrMajik2 wrote:Duncan is not greater than Kobe. Sorry. Still an all time great though.


I agree. I got carried away.
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby shakespeare » June 13, 2014, 2:10 pm

Kawhi Leonard isn't the MVP, thus far?

For all the slack he took after missing that free throw that would've sealed the deal last season, it would be a perfect story line to win MVP of the Finals the very next season.
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby big_j_NY » June 13, 2014, 5:22 pm

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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby thewatcher » June 14, 2014, 6:18 am

LeBron said he might have to start being an asshole to "all-star"_ Chalmers again. ...no, that's just to "help" Mario..... :LOL:

Greatest series -finals starting line-up adjustment ever: starting Diaw in game 3 and moving Splitter to bench. Pop is a genius, and the funniest coach ever too., :clap: :popcorn:


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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby thewatcher » June 15, 2014, 6:38 pm

If Bill Simmons says: "Boston" one more time I will blow my brains out.


GO SPURS!!!! :drunk:
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby spree#8 » June 15, 2014, 7:05 pm

Go Spurs! Close-out time!
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby spree#8 » June 15, 2014, 7:31 pm

The Heat throwing the first punch. Now let's see how long it takes the Spurs to push back.

The Heat flying around on defense as usual for the first time this series.
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby spree#8 » June 15, 2014, 8:08 pm

Kawhi Leonard with the fast break pull up three for the first lead! 37-35! Spurs up 4 now (a Ginobili drive) after being down 16 early. Fans in a frenzy! Real fans, not like those Miami guys who leave finals games early.
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby big_j_NY » June 15, 2014, 8:19 pm

In last year's NBA Finals, Manu was basically the team's weak link on offense with his constant bricking and turnovers left and right. So far, it seems Manu is the comeback leader for the Spurs after being down early by 16
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby spree#8 » June 15, 2014, 8:20 pm

Talking to myself: Spurs weathered the storm and now have a seven point half time lead. Hopefully they can throw the first punch in the second half to finish them off! Manu Ginobili with an exclamation point dunk... :clap:
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby spree#8 » June 15, 2014, 8:22 pm

big_j_NY wrote:In last year's NBA Finals, Manu was basically the team's weak link on offense with his constant bricking and turnovers left and right. So far, it seems Manu is the comeback leader for the Spurs after being down early by 16


Ah, I'm not the only one watching and posting anymore. Yup, Ginobili was fantastic in the first half. Also great spurts from first Leonard and then Duncan. Parker is off so far and Green his usual close-out game no show. So there is still some upside for the second half. Hopefully...
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Re: 2014 NBA Playoffs Thread

Postby Mr3037 » June 15, 2014, 8:48 pm

Looks like the decision to go with Allen over Chalmers hasnt really worked hahahah
Couldnt have happened at a better time to a better bunch of scumbags!

Allen: 23mins, 3pts, 4rbs, 2ast, 3t.o's...

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