pepe1991 wrote:It's just seeding. If Nets won 1 more game and won East, we would be talking how Hawks have no businesss being deep in playoffs and how Nets can beat them with half of a roster.
Healthy East has ¸1 and half team capable of winning title. Nets and Celtics, if Celtics get their s*** together and find center.
Bucks are expensive mess at this stage. Jrue Holiday is better than Bledsoe but nowhere near as impacful as he was few years ago. Lopez is aiging, Middelton is ***t and Giannis can't pull his head out of his a** in playoffs.
The Young-Hawks remind me of the regular-season excitement of the Wilkins-Hawks. Yes it is fun watching an explosive offense, and that sells tickets and jerseys, but until Atlant gets serious about slowing down the game to focus on defense, I cannot see the Hawks ever getting out of the second round of the playoffs; maybe slip in to the Eastern FInals for a near-sweep.
As to the Bucks, I do think there is a championship roster to construct around Middleton and Antetokounmpo. My problem is that Jrue Holiday is probably at the end of his career and thus the Bucks cannot exploit the talent of their two stars because of this guard. Also, Lopez needs to be upgraded. But all the LLE and half-MLE contracts on the Bucks roster, I like most of them. Still it will take a cleaver GM to find out how to convert Holiday into a younger version of himself (imagine what Gilgeous-Alexander could do for that roster, for example). In conclusion: if I was a Milwaulkee fan, I would be hoping for a Final's appearance this year. That is the best path to form a roster moving forward. That means "hoping" that Harden does not mend to 100%.
Atlanta almost blew up 30 point lead in previous game. We talk about team who almost lost playoff game because they didn't know how to handle full court press.
Interesting, fun, entertaining, but strange team. I really struggle to see how they can have even average offense as long as Trae Young can't do anything on defense.
Cam Reddish, Okongwu are former lottery picks turned into G league guys. Why not trade them for some valuable asset in sign & trade for John Collins who is leaving anyway?
Bucks are perfect regular season team. Giannis is probably the most freak athlete in basketball history that runs at you at full force and in regular season teams & players don't want to die and move away. Bucks rain 3s and have 10 men rotation and they just run opponents over. But in playoffss Giannis can't sprint in tranistion and attack you because in playoffs teams "wall" him up and others get less open looks so they choke every year.
This is third year where same thing happends.
Coaching, imo is still issue. Also paying Middelton like he is Anthony Davis is another issuse. And they simply lack versitality on offense. They could use some mega-scorer over Middelton, somebody who will execute pick&roll with Giannis. And it's not Jrue Holiday. They could use some Lavine , Paul George type of guy. In perfect world, best fit is Lillard but hey...
There is also something awkward about Giannis and how other stars don't really like him.
Harden described him with "I wish I could be 7-feet, run and just dunk. That takes no skill at all"
Durant hated when somebody comapred him to Giannis....
Feels like part of nba superstars think that he is not that talented as basketball player, but was born in best body to be basketball player. Witch is kind a true. HE is taller than Lebron, he is faster than most guards, he is stronger than probably anybody and he is one of most durable players. Guy is like hidden character in fighting game. Some demigod
Prediction day after Vuc, Gordon, Evan departure - most fans who are celebrating birth of new rebuild will be crying how rebuild is painful before 2022-23 season ends.
Date of writeup: March 26th, 2021.