esqtvd wrote: wco81 wrote:
nickhx2 wrote:not worried about beating the mavs. but i do think the team is gonna look rough for at least a couple games, similar to last season.
still displeased with the team's tanking strategy at the end.
Basically the odds are the Clippers won't face the Lakers until the WCF, if both make it that far.
But it means the Clippers chose to be in the winner of the Jazz/#8 bracket for the second round as opposed to the winner of the likely Phoenix/Lakers bracket.
Not a bad idea to avoid the Lakers until the last minute, maybe hope Lebron and AD are hobbled and they get upset. But they must be more confident in beating Utah in the second round than the Suns or Lakers?
Ro Parrish on NBA-TV thought it as great, lol. But he's not in the hot takes business.
Yeah, I don't know about Parrish's take. My main takeaway from him, in general, has been "stylish glasses."
In terms of the series—it’s a 4 seed vs. a 5 seed; anyone who expects a walkover is likely wrong. As for tanking and etc.--it’s not worth the time and effort to discuss. Said it before; I'll say it again. You can put in any reason you want to fit your narrative. We had no control over what Denver or the Lakers or Dallas or Portland did. None. Zero. They were doing what we did; focusing on their own team and players. The decision was to rest players. It's not some sort of new idea or strategy. Remember what happened last year when we got to games six and seven in the semis; remember how our players looked and acted? Our top 6 players in MP this year played something like 55 minutes in our final 2 games. Four of them are over 30; Kawhi is 29. I mean, did anyone expect us play all our guys in both games? Really?
If I'm Dallas, I'm concerned about two things--Porzingis's knees and, especially, Maxi Kleber's health. Kleber is their best interior/perimeter defender. He's got a bad achilles, and that's no fun. Kleber is also their best floor spreading big. Porzingis is a better player, but Kleber's a glue guy. If either or both of those guys misses time, Dallas could be in some trouble. Same is true with us; Ibaka's health is critical. We may have a little more breathing room than the Mavs, but not much.
And, briefly, re: "Hall Monitors." Grow up. Seriously. I'm speaking for myself. I came back as a Mod this year; I've been on RealGM for over 20 years and modded a real whole lot of forums. And, frankly, if you're spending time on a playoff thread talking about moderators and negativity from years past--get over it. I could care less what individual posters think of me--but if people keep complaining about irrelevant things and it derails the discussion, bans are gonna happen.