Jay555 wrote:Assuming Kyrie can play unrestrictedly, our only threat in the East is MIL. I like what I have seen from CHI but they are kinda young and Derozan is a known playoff choker who plays small in the playoffs.
Well, everyone has a belief system, just that I don't share yours. The other top four teams are right there with us, and it's hard to have much faith in Kyrie and Nash until we hit a different gear for a solid stretch.
Also, the problem with putting so much of the offense in a few players's hands, then overplaying them, is that it's a great formula for someone getting injured. And now you have a much different situation, like we experienced last year vs MIL.
Warriors are intriguing but they need Klay to be 70%-80% of what he was to top the West. Otherwise, I would not count on their supporting cast to come up big in the playoffs. Their flashy plays might be effective in regular seasons but playoff is a different animal when physicality is allowed which would work against their playing style.
Uh, no... no, they don't. They don't need Klay to be anything in particular. They're already crushing it as is. Also, you're off on the 'flashy plays' observation. Because no-- those aren't ESPN-style plays that tend to dry up in the playoffs. Those are 'flashy plays' that are based on hard effort, excellent movement, great fundamentals, and a nice set of long-armed young guys that fantastically complement their big two. The Dubs right now are an almost dreamy mix of veteran, excellent leadership (starting with the HC) to go with a talented young crew who perform their roles to a tee.
Not to mention, when your players and your system is crushing it on D (including Curry himself), that's a great sign of playoff success.
Also, lest we forget, the Warriors in fact made five straight finals and won three chips with their system of 'flashy plays.'