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Post#1 Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:20 pm by The Infamous1

Strictly playoffs, who was a better in their primes?
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Post#2 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:31 pm by colts18

Easily Duncan. Bird was a playoff failure from 80-83 and 88-92. He had a few good playoff years but for the most part played his worst basketball in the playoffs.
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Post#3 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:48 pm by kaima

Bird gets hammered for playoff failures with homecourt around here.

Interesting fact? Duncan has lost 8 times in 15 seasons in the playoffs with homecourt. Yet we hear that his teams always finish where they should.

Further, Duncan's a rather large question mark at the end of games due to his clockwork inability to nail a FT.

Just two points amongst others, that get swept under the rug when discussing Duncan.

I think the issues are debatable, Unfortunately, they never seem to be debated at all, or discussed.
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Post#4 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:59 pm by JordansBulls

kaima wrote:Bird gets hammered for playoff failures with homecourt around here.

Interesting fact? Duncan has lost 8 times in 15 seasons in the playoffs with homecourt. Yet we hear that his teams always finish where they should.

Further, Duncan's a rather large question mark at the end of games due to his clockwork inability to nail a FT.

Just two points amongst others, that get swept under the rug when discussing Duncan.

I think the issues are debatable, Unfortunately, they never seem to be debated at all, or discussed.

Actually the records are as follows:

Duncan 23-6 in Series with HCA
Bird 24-7 in series with HCA
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Post#5 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:02 pm by ahonui06

Duncan. He has one more ring than Bird and won with weaker supporting casts.
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Post#6 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:03 pm by Clyde Frazier

You could look at it 2 ways. Overall "winning":

Duncan - 4 rings, 3 finals MVPs
Bird - 3 rings, 2 finals MVPs

I'd say it's pretty arguable that bird had better #s than duncan when he won, though.
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Post#7 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sat Nov 17, 2012 7:12 pm by Kobe Bean

Duncan

I'd pick the entire top 10 GOAT list, as well as LeBron and KG over Larry
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Post#8 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:06 pm by semi-sentient

Duncan is one of the most consistent performers in history. His post-season play rarely regresses and in most instances improves. There aren't many in history that can make that claim.

I'll take Duncan as Bird's play, injury-related or not, tended to dip in the post-season. He rarely ever maintained his scoring and/or efficiency in the post-season, and that's where his main value lies. In fact, in 8 of 12 seasons he regressed significantly as a scorer and that can't just be wiped under the rug.
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Post#9 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:27 am by ardee

I think peak for peak, as in '86 and '03, I think Bird was a bit more spectacular then Duncan. It's just a personal preference, Duncan was a grind it out and squeeze out the win type of player, Bird at his best used to eviscerate and humiliate teams on an NBA 2K level.

Career wise is a toss-up, I feel Bird's playoff 'failures' are overstated. Only '83 and the one Detroit series in '88 were true 'failures'. There's a reason people call him the clutchest player ever.
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Post#10 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:02 am by The Infamous1

ardee wrote:I think peak for peak, as in '86 and '03, I think Bird was a bit more spectacular then Duncan. It's just a personal preference, Duncan was a grind it out and squeeze out the win type of player, Bird at his best used to eviscerate and humiliate teams on an NBA 2K level.

Career wise is a toss-up, I feel Bird's playoff 'failures' are overstated. Only '83 and the one Detroit series in '88 were true 'failures'. There's a reason people call him the clutchest player ever.


He was terrible in the 80',81',82', and 83' playoffs, his efficiency and PPG dropped almost every year

I can't think of a worse 4 year run in the playoffs for a superstar then that.
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Post#11 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:50 am by Shot Clock

The Infamous1 wrote:
ardee wrote:I think peak for peak, as in '86 and '03, I think Bird was a bit more spectacular then Duncan. It's just a personal preference, Duncan was a grind it out and squeeze out the win type of player, Bird at his best used to eviscerate and humiliate teams on an NBA 2K level.

Career wise is a toss-up, I feel Bird's playoff 'failures' are overstated. Only '83 and the one Detroit series in '88 were true 'failures'. There's a reason people call him the clutchest player ever.


He was terrible in the 80',81',82', and 83' playoffs, his efficiency and PPG dropped almost every year

I can't think of a worse 4 year run in the playoffs for a superstar then that.



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Post#12 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:57 am by The Infamous1

A 51%TS in the 80' playoffs, garbage.
A 53% TS in the 81' playoffs and was bad in the finals against a mediocre rockets defense(1981 Rockets DRtg 106.7(#16)). 15 PPG on a 46% TS in the finals. :lol:
A 47% TS in the 82' playoffs(17 PPG)
A 47% TS in the 83 playoffs and was swept by the bucks

That's allen iverson like efficiency, think about this for a second.

All with loaded teams. This myth of bird being this playoff performer on this whole other level is just that... a myth. Don't get me wrong Duncan has had his moments(that people like to sweep under the rug like the disaster that was the 2005 NBA finals) but bird at times has been godawful. But I'm thankful on realgm in the last year or 2 he's finally being exposed for being the overrated postseason fraud that he is. Larry literally has had 3 good playoff runs and the rest mostly crap. That's nice but I can't judge someone on 3 good(or their best)years, I judge players on their entire bodies of work in the playoffs and larry just isn't as good as advertised
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Post#13 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:49 am by ardee

The Infamous1 wrote:A 51%TS in the 80' playoffs, garbage.
A 53% TS in the 81' playoffs and was bad in the finals against a mediocre rockets defense(1981 Rockets DRtg 106.7(#16)). 15 PPG on a 46% TS in the finals. :lol:
A 47% TS in the 82' playoffs(17 PPG)
A 47% TS in the 83 playoffs and was swept by the bucks

That's allen iverson like efficiency, think about this for a second.

All with loaded teams. This myth of bird being this playoff performer on this whole other level is just that... a myth. Don't get me wrong Duncan has had his moments(that people like to sweep under the rug like the disaster that was the 2005 NBA finals) but bird at times has been godawful. But I'm thankful on realgm in the last year or 2 he's finally being exposed for being the overrated postseason fraud that he is. Larry literally has had 3 good playoff runs and the rest mostly crap. That's nice but I can't judge someone on 3 good(or their best)years, I judge players on their entire bodies of work in the playoffs and larry just isn't as good as advertised


You do realize it's possible for a player to impact a game in other areas besides scoring? In the title year of '81 he was averaging 15 rpg, up there with Moses for crying out loud.

And you conveniently picked his first 4 years.... How do you judge someone's career over their earliest seasons?

Bird was a monster, calling him a fraud is absolutely laughable.



1981 ECF vs. Sixers - hits game winning shot to send the Celtics to the finals (had 23/11/5/5 overall in the game).

1984 ECSF vs. Knicks - 39/12/10, dominates his matchup with King.

1987 ECF vs. Pistons - 37/9/9 including scoring or assisting on all but two points in the last 6 minutes of the game.

1987 ECSF vs. Bucks - 31/10/8, 13 of them in the fourth quarter of a very close game.

1988 ECSF vs. Hawks - Outduels Nique by scoring 20 pts in the fourth quarter, made 9 of 10 shots. Celtics needed every single one of those points to pull out the win as well.




These are some of Bird's game 7s. Whenever his team needed him to, he came up big. I can't people I just read someone compare him to Allen Iverson.
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Post#14 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:09 am by The Infamous1

ardee wrote:
The Infamous1 wrote:A 51%TS in the 80' playoffs, garbage.
A 53% TS in the 81' playoffs and was bad in the finals against a mediocre rockets defense(1981 Rockets DRtg 106.7(#16)). 15 PPG on a 46% TS in the finals. :lol:
A 47% TS in the 82' playoffs(17 PPG)
A 47% TS in the 83 playoffs and was swept by the bucks

That's allen iverson like efficiency, think about this for a second.

All with loaded teams. This myth of bird being this playoff performer on this whole other level is just that... a myth. Don't get me wrong Duncan has had his moments(that people like to sweep under the rug like the disaster that was the 2005 NBA finals) but bird at times has been godawful. But I'm thankful on realgm in the last year or 2 he's finally being exposed for being the overrated postseason fraud that he is. Larry literally has had 3 good playoff runs and the rest mostly crap. That's nice but I can't judge someone on 3 good(or their best)years, I judge players on their entire bodies of work in the playoffs and larry just isn't as good as advertised


You do realize it's possible for a player to impact a game in other areas besides scoring? In the title year of '81 he was averaging 15 rpg, up there with Moses for crying out loud.

And you conveniently picked his first 4 years.... How do you judge someone's career over their earliest seasons?

Bird was a monster, calling him a fraud is absolutely laughable.



1981 ECF vs. Sixers - hits game winning shot to send the Celtics to the finals (had 23/11/5/5 overall in the game).

1984 ECSF vs. Knicks - 39/12/10, dominates his matchup with King.

1987 ECF vs. Pistons - 37/9/9 including scoring or assisting on all but two points in the last 6 minutes of the game.

1987 ECSF vs. Bucks - 31/10/8, 13 of them in the fourth quarter of a very close game.

1988 ECSF vs. Hawks - Outduels Nique by scoring 20 pts in the fourth quarter, made 9 of 10 shots. Celtics needed every single one of those points to pull out the win as well.




These are some of Bird's game 7s. Whenever his team needed him to, he came up big. I can't people I just read someone compare him to Allen Iverson.


First off

1. I never said bird never had great playoff games, series, or overall years. I've stated he had about 3 good postseason runs(84',86', and 87'). But outside of that, it's awful. Terrible from 80-83 and a disaster from 88-92', Im sorry but I have to look at the whole picture when judging someone's playoff career not just 2 or 3 of his best years.

2. Of course you can impact the game outside of scoring(even though I've always believe its the most important part of being a superstar) and I've always advocated that but it's always a double standard on here where efficiency matters when talking about some players and not about others. I remember Kobe for example averaged 8 rebounds per game in the 2010 finals for the series and had 15 in the game 7 clincher but no one cared because he shot 6/24 in that game(had a 52% TS for the series). We have to be consistent

3. And the AI comparison is valid, compare the TS's during the playoffs. Lots of AI's runs were sub 50 and barely over. Which is like Larry in the years I pointed out.

But overall for this thread, Larry at his absolute best is as good as Timmy in the playoffs but nowhere near as consistent year in and year out
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Post#15 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:19 am by G35

I'll take Duncan. As was mentioned a player can impact his team beyond the typical "Hey look at his TS%!" It goes without saying that Duncan blows Bird away defensively. How many big men can stay on the court vs a team that runs like the 2005 Suns and THEN grind it out vs arguably one of the top defensive teams ever in the Pistons?

Does anyone think about that? Duncan went up against Sheed/Ben Wallace/McDyess in the finals and Amare in his PRIME best and beat them both. The reason the Spurs have always owned the Suns is because Duncan has been versatile enough to be able to run the floor on offense AND get back in transition defense. There are few big men that could run that gauntlet.

Duncan's consistency is what is overlooked. He rarely throws up duds. When he does he comes back with a strong performance in the next game.

Duncan's average playoff game is 22/12/2.5 and that's in 190 playoff games.

For reference:

Garnett 19/11/1.4 125 games
KAJ 24/10/2.4 237 games
Shaq 24/11/2.1 216 games
Hakeem 26/11/3.3 145 games

Duncan has a level of consistency that few can touch......
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Post#16 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:42 am by Shot Clock

Ummm Duncan defensively vs the 05 Suns? Amare torched them that series and he was the Suns only big. 37 ppg. I really wonder how that's a positive for Duncan's d
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Post#17 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:57 pm by Blame Rasho

Shot Clock wrote:Ummm Duncan defensively vs the 05 Suns? Amare torched them that series and he was the Suns only big. 37 ppg. I really wonder how that's a positive for Duncan's d


You know only a clueless people takes stats at face value and make assumptions like you have.... It might be beyond your conceptualized ability to realize that the Suns weren't even close to winning that series depite Amare scoring, You know Amare was an overall negative contributor (+/- bares that out) in that series, aka.. the Suns were outscored more when he was on the court), that Marion was a complete non factor(7 ppg compared to 19/ppg) Why, because of Duncan? If you want to allowed to think otherwise but you are laughably wrong.
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Post#18 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:09 pm by JordansBulls

Blame Rasho wrote:
Shot Clock wrote:Ummm Duncan defensively vs the 05 Suns? Amare torched them that series and he was the Suns only big. 37 ppg. I really wonder how that's a positive for Duncan's d


You know only a clueless people takes stats at face value and make assumptions like you have.... It might be beyond your conceptualized ability to realize that the Suns weren't even close to winning that series depite Amare scoring, You know Amare was an overall negative contributor (+/- bares that out) in that series, aka.. the Suns were outscored more when he was on the court), that Marion was a complete non factor(7 ppg compared to 19/ppg) Why, because of Duncan? If you want to allowed to think otherwise but you are laughably wrong.

I agree that the Suns were not close to winning the series, but someone averages 37 ppg on you or that is playing your same position is not to be seen as a positive for your defensive abilities.
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Post#19 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:29 pm by Blame Rasho

JordansBulls wrote:
Blame Rasho wrote:
Shot Clock wrote:Ummm Duncan defensively vs the 05 Suns? Amare torched them that series and he was the Suns only big. 37 ppg. I really wonder how that's a positive for Duncan's d


You know only a clueless people takes stats at face value and make assumptions like you have.... It might be beyond your conceptualized ability to realize that the Suns weren't even close to winning that series depite Amare scoring, You know Amare was an overall negative contributor (+/- bares that out) in that series, aka.. the Suns were outscored more when he was on the court), that Marion was a complete non factor(7 ppg compared to 19/ppg) Why, because of Duncan? If you want to allowed to think otherwise but you are laughably wrong.

I agree that the Suns were not close to winning the series, but someone averages 37 ppg on you or that is playing your same position is not to be seen as a positive for your defensive abilities.


Wel lAmare is the stupid fans favorite player for the most part... so you can think whatever you want... It was a part of the Spurs plan.. have one player try and beat you... and did they... no. They laughably failed.
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Post#20 Re: Playoffs only, Tim Duncan or Larry Bird?
Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:32 pm by Shot Clock

Blame Rasho wrote:
Shot Clock wrote:Ummm Duncan defensively vs the 05 Suns? Amare torched them that series and he was the Suns only big. 37 ppg. I really wonder how that's a positive for Duncan's d


You know only a clueless people takes stats at face value and make assumptions like you have....


And only clueless mods set such a great example for everyone else around here by ignoring the rules of the board. It's pretty easy to disagree and make a sensible argument without this.

It might be beyond your conceptualized ability to realize that the Suns weren't even close to winning that series depite Amare scoring, You know Amare was an overall negative contributor (+/- bares that out) in that series, aka.. the Suns were outscored more when he was on the court), that Marion was a complete non factor(7 ppg compared to 19/ppg) Why, because of Duncan? If you want to allowed to think otherwise but you are laughably wrong.

Really, the Suns won that? And Amare's +\- wasn't good. (Still beyond my conceptual ability to fathom how Amare's plus minus has anything to do with Duncan's defense when he was tearing it up on offense) Wow I had no idea. Suns went with one big man most of the time as did the Spurs. Duncan Horry vs Amare, Marion. Amare was unstoppable and somehow Duncan gets prpped up for good D because his team won.

No other player would get a pass on this except Teflon Timmy.
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