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Post#21 » by Jamaaliver » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:57 pm

Jeff Teague and the pacers were just swept out of the playoffs by the Cavs. That places Jeff Teague's postseason record at 0-16 against LBJ.

Indy is uncertain whether he will be back next season.


The Indiana Pacers could lose Jeff Teague and C. J. Miles during free agency as the franchise begins a critical offseason after being swept in the first round.

Teague is an unrestricted free agent. After earning $8 million in each of the past three seasons, Teague will triple that, if not more.

Teague is going to get paid.
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Post#22 » by ATL Boy » Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:08 pm

Goodness how I miss Joe Johnson


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Post#23 » by Jamaaliver » Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:34 pm

ATL Boy wrote:Goodness how I miss Joe Johnson



I WAS THINKING THAT SAME THING THIS MORNING!!!

I'd have much rather signed him to a $11 million per year deal than the contract we gave to Bazemore.

A veteran core of Howard, Millsap, Korver, Thabo, JJ plus young cats like THJ, Taurean and Dennis...would have been a solid rotation on the court at least.

Joe has helped three different franchises end long playoff droughts in the last decade. Playing in every postseason since 2008.

With JJ and Paul being virtually the same size, they'd be a matchup nightmare on the pick and roll...

(Imagine Beal trying to guard Millsap in the paint, or Gortat trying to defend JJ on the perimeter.)
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Post#24 » by Jamaaliver » Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:10 pm

Bleacher Report assesses our playoff performance to date:

To this point, the battle between the all-offense Washington Wizards and all-defense Atlanta Hawks favors the team that scored the ball better during the year.

But the Hawks have made a series of it, getting a combined 47.4 points per game from Dennis Schroder and Paul Millsap, plus tantalizing defense from Taurean Prince, who's also averaging 12.6 points on 57.4 percent shooting.

Dwight Howard's mobility looks increasingly compromised, and Thabo Sefolosha has been glued to the bench in a series wherein his defense should have mattered.

Before we say goodbye to the Hawks, it's worth celebrating a sneakily sharp strategy they've employed to capitalize on the Wizards' woeful bench.

This is an imperfect measurement, and the sample is small, but Atlanta's reserves are playing at a scorching paceā€”the fastest of any playoff team. That's exactly what they should be doing to maximize the number of possessions against the Wizards' shoddy backups.

And if this is all just a coincidence, at least we've said something nice about the Hawks.
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Post#25 » by Jamaaliver » Mon May 1, 2017 2:29 am

Our old center fared slightly better than our new center against Gortat and Wizards defense.


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Post#26 » by Jamaaliver » Tue May 2, 2017 1:11 pm

Max effort: Al Horford showing he's worth his salary this postseason

Horford has been nothing short of spectacular this postseason. He's averaging 16.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal and 0.6 blocks over 34 minutes per game. He is shooting 62.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. The Celtics own a net rating of plus-9.7 points when he's on the floor in the postseason.

Horford finished one rebound shy of a triple-double in Game 1 against Washington...he became the first center since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1995 to finish with at least 20 points and 10 assists in a playoff game.

Just how good has Horford been this postseason?

Of the 44 players in the playoffs with at least 75 plays finished, Horford ranks No. 1 while averaging 1.27 points per play. He's fractions of a point better than San Antonio cyborg Kawhi Leonard (1.268), and the rest of the pack is farther back.

Not only does Horford rank as one the postseason's top spot-up shooters, but also he's far and away the best roll man in these playoffs. Horford is averaging an absurd 1.667 points per play as the roll man, per Synergy data.

Synergy also has a metric called "plays + assists," a measure that rewards those who also create offense for teammates.
Of the 106 players with at least 40 plays + assists in the playoffs, Horford tops the list at 1.681 points per play, per Synergy data.
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Post#27 » by Jamaaliver » Wed May 3, 2017 5:30 pm

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Post#29 » by HMFFL » Thu May 4, 2017 3:27 pm

Kobe helping the little man out!!

Boston has been fun to watch and with everything Thomas has been dealing with in his personal life I have been pulling for him. It's not like I would have wanted Washington to win anyway. GO BOSTON!!!
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Post#30 » by Jamaaliver » Thu May 4, 2017 3:44 pm

Source: Spurs' Tony Parker may have torn quadriceps tendon

The San Antonio Spurs fear Tony Parker may have a torn quadriceps tendon, which would mean season-ending surgery for the point guard, a source told ESPN's Michael C. Wright on Thursday.

Parker, 34, had an MRI after suffering the injury during the Spurs' 121-96 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

The most likely candidate to receive first crack at replacing Parker in the lineup is veteran Patty Mills, who averaged 9.5 points per game and 3.5 assists during the regular season and contributed seven points on Wednesday against the Rockets.
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Post#31 » by Jamaaliver » Mon May 8, 2017 11:04 pm

Kyle, Edy and the defending champs just plowing their way through another post season.


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Post#32 » by Jamaaliver » Thu May 11, 2017 11:38 am

Horford and the Celtics have really impressed me this post season. They lack elite talent (IT2 isn't elite, is he?) and a few weeks back they were in talks as the worst #1 seed of all time.

But it's clear this collection of players performs well in each of their roles.

No guarantee they win this round. They're unlikely to do much to slow the Cavs. But what they've accomplished this season is noteworthy.

...and they're still adding a lottery pick plus top Free Agent this summer.

Impressive. Enjoy your moment, fellas.

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NOTE: AL is having his most productive post-season since the pre-Budenholzer era. There's a chance that Bud's system simply isn't Center friendly. Cause every Center we get has lower numbers playing for him.
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Post#34 » by HMFFL » Fri May 12, 2017 2:17 pm

I'd like to see Boston upset Washington tonight.

People believe Houston was given every opportunity last night due to the Spurs injuries, but that's not the case, because with Nene out, they have nobody that can handle the Spurs frontcourt. Great win by the Spurs.
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Post#35 » by Geaux_Hawks » Sat May 13, 2017 2:48 am

Man I wish we had a deep playoff caliber team. Just watching Wall sink that 3 had me pumped.. :/
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Post#37 » by Jamaaliver » Tue May 16, 2017 3:05 am

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Congrats to Al. He managed to match the most successful Hawks season in his first season in Boston.

Bittersweet seeing our two big locker room figures having so much success with our two biggest rivals.


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Post#38 » by Jamaaliver » Tue May 16, 2017 11:55 am

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seriously, DUDE.

Horford is so good. He was underappreciated by so many Hawks fans and largely misused by Mike Bud.

Al's not a stretch Center, he's a point forward and he makes pretty much any team better in the locker room and on the floor.

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Post#40 » by Jamaaliver » Sat May 20, 2017 1:57 am

Celtics getting embarrassed. Lebron was left off as a finalist for MVP and is taking his frustration out on the Celts. 41 point halftime lead is biggest ever, apparently.

Boston will get trounced like all the rest as Cavs set an all time record most consecutive playoff wins...until the Warriors break that record (later this post season?)
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