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    2020 NBA Playoffs

    Whoís watching? Iíll admit that I enjoy getting to watch a 4th quarter in a meaningful game during lunch. Jazz and Nuggets trading threes and playing a fun game right now.
    Carolina delenda est

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    Quote Originally Posted by cato View Post
    Whoís watching? Iíll admit that I enjoy getting to watch a 4th quarter in a meaningful game during lunch. Jazz and Nuggets trading threes and playing a fun game right now.
    Quinn cannot be happy with his teamís play in OT.

    I look forward to seeing his answer to the Mitchell/Jokic combo that has buried them.
    Carolina delenda est

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    Loving weekday afternoon hoops of consequence. Sounds like March.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cato View Post
    Quinn cannot be happy with his teamís play in OT.

    I look forward to seeing his answer to the Mitchell/Jokic combo that has buried them.
    Assume you mean Murray/Jokic combo? Cus if it's a Mitchell/Jokic combo, I now understand why the Jazz lost...
    Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. - Winston Churchill

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingdutchdevil View Post
    Assume you mean Murray/Jokic combo? Cus if it's a Mitchell/Jokic combo, I now understand why the Jazz lost...
    Right you are. I started watching in the late 3rd quarter. Not sure what was happening before that, but somewhere along the way Denver figured out that Utah just could not stop Murray and Jokic playing off each other. It did not look like classic PnR stuff to me, but IĎm not the in-game analyst other here are.

    Either way, in classic NBA fashion Denver exploited the mismatch until they could get a few stops/run outs in OT and that was that. A very entertaining start to the playoffs.
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    Opening day of the playoffs somehow managed to be 4 games that I have 0 interest in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acymetric View Post
    Opening day of the playoffs somehow managed to be 4 games that I have 0 interest in.
    Sounds like youíre not really a fan of the NBA. There are several good teams and a bunch of great players in action today. I think all four games have various things of interest worth watching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven43 View Post
    Sounds like youíre not really a fan of the NBA. There are several good teams and a bunch of great players in action today. I think all four games have various things of interest worth watching.
    No teams that I like or pull for. Although I misspoke, I'll tune in to try and catch some Seth minutes later tonight although I probably won't watch the whole game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acymetric View Post
    No teams that I like or pull for. Although I misspoke, I'll tune in to try and catch some Seth minutes later tonight although I probably won't watch the whole game.
    No love for Mason Plumlee? Or Lance Thomas? Both of whom played today.

    As an aside, if you want to see Lance, better watch soon. Brooklyn won't be around long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acymetric View Post
    No teams that I like or pull for. Although I misspoke, I'll tune in to try and catch some Seth minutes later tonight although I probably won't watch the whole game.
    Definitely agree about Seth. I would love to see him play well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimsumner View Post
    No love for Mason Plumlee? Or Lance Thomas? Both of whom played today.

    As an aside, if you want to see Lance, better watch soon. Brooklyn won't be around long.
    To be fair, Lance only played 4 minutes, and Mason 11 (both were easy to miss). When I checked sometime in the 2nd half Lance hadn't yet checked in, and the game was well in hand so I didn't bother to tune in. Much love for both, certainly, but I'm not going to watch two full games I'm otherwise not interested in just for 15 minutes of court time. If it looked like either were going to get any significant burn whenever I checked the stats I probably would have tuned in.

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    So, who's left? Trent in Portland (Hood injured) Seth in Dallas. Tatum in Boston (Ojeleye, I suppose). Lance in BKN. Mason Plumlee in Denver. Austin in Houston*. Quinn with the Lakers. Not many out of our two dozen or so NBA players. Who am I missing?

    Kindly,
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    * As in Most Happy Fella's "Big D:" "Austin? Wouldn't get lost in -- Houston? Wouldn't get juiced in! Fort Worth? Har-de-har-har-har!" Must have been in the encore verses -- doesn't show up in a Google search.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven43 View Post
    Sounds like youíre not really a fan of the NBA. There are several good teams and a bunch of great players in action today. I think all four games have various things of interest worth watching.
    I love Duke basketball, but I also love basketball and the NBA playoffs are tough to beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cato View Post
    I love Duke basketball, but I also love basketball and the NBA playoffs are tough to beat.
    In terms of pure basketball, absolutely. It's the greatest basketball in the world. Also, this is arguably the greatest collection of "athletes" in the world. That combination of size, strength, speed, length, agility... it's truly amazing.

    I too love Duke basketball, but I'm losing my love for college basketball. It's just such an inferior product to the NBA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingdutchdevil View Post
    In terms of pure basketball, absolutely. It's the greatest basketball in the world. Also, this is arguably the greatest collection of "athletes" in the world. That combination of size, strength, speed, length, agility... it's truly amazing.

    I too love Duke basketball, but I'm losing my love for college basketball. It's just such an inferior product to the NBA.
    I guess if I ever lose my love for college basketball, I'll only love the bouncing golf ball and baseball. I lost my love for the NBA a while back and I don't even know why. I do watch a playoff game if one of my Dukies is playing but other than that, I can take it or leave it. Funny I feel that way when there's mostly nothing on tv other than re-runs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jv001 View Post
    I guess if I ever lose my love for college basketball, I'll only love the bouncing golf ball and baseball. I lost my love for the NBA a while back and I don't even know why. I do watch a playoff game if one of my Dukies is playing but other than that, I can take it or leave it. Funny I feel that way when there's mostly nothing on tv other than re-runs.
    The problem is the season is so long there's just no point in watching most of the season. This is why the NFL is so compelling. I'm a big NBA fan but even I can hardly see 1/10 of the games. They need fewer games (by a lot) but that has 0 chance of happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingdutchdevil View Post
    In terms of pure basketball, absolutely. It's the greatest basketball in the world. Also, this is arguably the greatest collection of "athletes" in the world. That combination of size, strength, speed, length, agility... it's truly amazing.

    I too love Duke basketball, but I'm losing my love for college basketball. It's just such an inferior product to the NBA.
    Passion is never inferior.
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    the Blazers

    I'm not usually that tuned in to the NBA season until at least 2nd round of the playoffs. I watched bits and pieces of bubble games just because I've mised sports so much. Damien Lillard and Portland have caught my attention, so I'm looking forward to seeing them matchup against Lebron and Co. Dame is moving into Steph Curry range almost at will now... I'm talking 2-3 dribbles past half court, pull-up, nothing but net. CJ McCollum can get red hot at any moment and becomes almost unstoppable as well. This can be an explosive, fun team to watch... as an added bonus, they have a Dukie playing better and better in Gary Trent Jr. I hope they give the Lakers at least a couple of close games, but still expect Lebron to advance.

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    Things get cooking today with Giannis, Dame, Rivers (even though I hate the Rockets), and Gary Trent Jr (we need some kind of nickname for him).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNort View Post
    The problem is the season is so long there's just no point in watching most of the season. This is why the NFL is so compelling. I'm a big NBA fan but even I can hardly see 1/10 of the games. They need fewer games (by a lot) but that has 0 chance of happening.
    I think youíve hit on a salient point. The seasons, other than football, have waaaay too many games. MLB has 161 regular season games. The NBA has 82. The NHL has 82.

    In comparison the NFL has only16. College Football has only 11 or 12 (not exactly sure on that one). And not only that, but MLB, the NBA, and the NHL also have way too many playoff games.

    What helps make a game interesting is the stakes which are riding on it. That is why the majority of NFL and College Football games are at least somewhat compelling while the vast majority of MLB, NFL, and NHL games are not.

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