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2012 Finals !!

Discussion in 'Around The NBA' started by FiveThous, Jun 10, 2012.

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Who wins the Finals?

Poll closed Jun 12, 2012.
  1. OKC in 4

    1 vote(s)
    0.9%
  2. OKC in 5

    15 vote(s)
    13.0%
  3. OKC in 6

    71 vote(s)
    61.7%
  4. OKC in 7

    8 vote(s)
    7.0%
  5. Other team in 4

    1 vote(s)
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  6. Other team in 5

    2 vote(s)
    1.7%
  7. Other team in 6

    10 vote(s)
    8.7%
  8. Other team in 7

    5 vote(s)
    4.3%
  9. I don't care either way.

    2 vote(s)
    1.7%
  1. Walter White

    Walter White Preview Team

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    Not when Battier and Chalmers have been shooting the ball of late. And James Jones is always available too.
     
  2. Numbers Guy

    Numbers Guy 1234567890

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    The Thunder are athletic enough to get back to provide at least a decent contest.. zone has caused the Heat to fluster quite a bit when used. Man to man just doesn't work against the Heat.. and Spoelstra still has no answer for the zone.
     
  3. Walter White

    Walter White Preview Team

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    It might be worth a shot if the Thunder are down and they need to change things up. The Heat have played really good against the zone at times, and really poorly at times. But it might be too late to try to experiment at this point.
     
  4. Rich

    Rich Hall-of-Famer

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    Westbrook and Durant have already been locked up on long deals. Their window is wide open.
     
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  5. mhi

    mhi Situational Stopper

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    Bingo.

    That team is too athletic to play the ragged man on man D that they play.

    Imagine if these guys played the Thibadau defese.
    Comparing the defensive philosophies of the Heat and Celtics « HoopSpeak.com
    http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2011/4/7/2096557/bull-celtics-defense-tom-thibodeau

    Commonality is communication,positioning, and tight rotations. Not this bullshit where Harden is left on an island guarding Lebron , or terrible strong side double teams that come way after Lebron is already on the low block.
     
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  6. Mdog1

    Mdog1 NBA Starter

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    Their window is open as long as Durant is on the team imo, but that doesn't mean that they will be real title contenders for years. This might be just like the 2007 Cavs. The East had a down year (maybe this is a down year for the West), and the Cavs didn't make the finals again. I can definately see this as a down year for the West. The Lakers were old, the champion Mavs didn't sign some key players, and other than the Spurs and Thunder the West was rather ordinary.

    It really sucks though when you think that it is possible that OKC will be burned for being good at evaluating talent when they lose one of their four best players.
     
  7. WellYouNeednt

    WellYouNeednt Needles and Pins

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    Where is Nick Nolte when you need him?


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  8. jay_em

    jay_em i'm THAT dude

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    Thats why i cautioned all the pro hard salary cap fans. You're punishing OKC for good drafting. Beware Cavs fans...this could be you in a few years if Tristan...and say Harrison Barnes and Shabazz Muhammad become great young players.
     
  9. Mdog1

    Mdog1 NBA Starter

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    I'd be shocked if Harrison Barnes re-uped for more than 3 million... But that's not the point I guess.
     
  10. KilgoreTrout

    KilgoreTrout Sixth Man

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    Indeed. They appear to have ascended into his body cavity, in fact.
     
  11. NorthCoastBias

    NorthCoastBias All-Star

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    I think that's a problem I'd be ok with having. Thanks for your concern though.
     
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  12. Montana

    Montana Situational Stopper

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    After a day of trying to avoid all the media slobbering over lebron comparing his leg cramp to Jordan's flu, it was nice to see this article. At least some non-Cavs fans out there can see still through his BS:

    NHL Players Mock LeBron James’ Leg Cramps Via Twitter During Game 4 Of NBA Finals « CBS Boston

    OSTON (CBS) — There may be no tougher group of athletes on the planet than hockey players. They regularly block 90 mph shots without so much as grimacing, they are happy when a high stick causes them to bleed so that their teams will get extra power-play time, they lose teeth and don’t miss a shift, and they play through serious injuries in their quest for winning a Stanley Cup.

    So when it comes to toughness, hockey players can’t really be questioned. And if they want to have a little fun at the expense of an NBA player being praised for playing through some leg cramps? Well, they’ve kind of earned that right, too.

    That NBA player was LeBron James on Tuesday night. The Heat superstar went down in the fourth quarter with leg cramps. At first, he was able to stay in the game, hitting a one-handed bank shot before nailing a crucial 3-pointer minutes later. It wasn’t exactly a Willis Reed moment, but given that he’s the biggest basketball star on the planet, LeBron was receiving a healthy amount of praise for playing through the pain.

    But color some NHL players unimpressed.

    Thanks to the miracle of Twitter, we were able to see some of their thoughts as they were happening.

    “Lebron James is embarrassing himself and the NBA or actually all athletes,” tweeted Ryan Potulny, a forward in the Washington Capitals system.

    “I wonder what kind of face LeBron would make if he took a slapper off the laces?” wondered former Bruin and current Jet Blake Wheeler.

    “We get it Lebron, it doesn’t hurt when you’re running around but it looks unbearable when the cameras are close up during the timeouts,” wrote Nick Bonino, former BU player and current Anaheim Duck.

    “What a gutsy performance by lebron #not” wrote Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski.

    “Oh my god guys, Lebron has a cramp, everyone get on their feet, standing O for somehow staying in the game,” wrote Scott Valentine of the Milwaukee Admirals, the AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators, before sarcastically adding, “If Lebron somehow manages to pull off winning a ring after fighting through a thigh cramp.. it will be a story I tell my children’s children.”

    Taylor Hall, the No. 1 pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, didn’t take a shot directly at LeBron, but rather at the whole sport.

    “So much flopping going on.. Wondering what these bball players would do if they got a skate in the face haha,” wrote Hall, who himself received a cut on his face that required 30 stitches this season.

    NHL players weren’t the only athletes taking shots at LeBron, as Jordan Lewis, an Australian Rules Football player, thought the injury ought to have been serious, considering the way James was acting.

    “Anyone heard what Lebron’s injury was??” he tweeted. “I’m tipping Torn hamstring, ACL or dislocated knee cap by the way he was carrying on!!”
     
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  13. Futuredome

    Futuredome In the Rotation

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    Lebron faked that. He got caught.
     
  14. Mdog1

    Mdog1 NBA Starter

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    I've been hit with a hockey puck in the face before, and I can clearly say that it hurts more than a leg cramp. Mind you i've never had a leg cramp that caused me to need to miss time out of an NBA finals game, and i've also never had to be hit by a Chara slap shot, so my opinion has little basis I guess. Just saying I would rather get a cramp.
     
  15. PosterTime

    PosterTime you wot m8?

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    I was playing basketball at the gym on campus this year. I believe it was my second or third straight game and I got a breakaway jam (layup :chuckles:) I went to plant my foot and take off and my leg just shat out on me. MASSIVE leg cramps. I kept playing though because I didn't want to be a pussy and I didn't want to forfeit my spot........

    LeBron is a pussy or he was acting.
     
  16. PosterTime

    PosterTime you wot m8?

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    I feel like the salary cap rules should make exceptions if you drafted the players yourself. You should be able to pay them "max money" but not have it count against the cap as much.

    If only players cared about winning more than money........then they would simply all take small pay cuts to play on a well developed contending team. Example: Kyrie, TT, and #4 pick are committed to winning so they each decide to take a slightly lower paycheck in order to have a solid team. I know, that's asking too much.
     
  17. FiveThous

    FiveThous Redeux

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    The NBPA would never allow thats the problem
     
  18. MoneyMP3

    MoneyMP3 Long Live The Idols

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    Shoot. I was in an intramural bball league at my college and the first game, five minutes in, I hyper-extended my knee. Played through it and ended up going to the ER when I got home cause my leg went numb. Missed the whole season and was able to play in the first playoff game. 10 minutes in and I tore ligaments in my ankle going for a block. That was not pleasant. Ankle swelled to twice its size.
     
  19. Rainman

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    I was playing in a league couple years ago and jumped up for a ball, came down on someone's foot and twisted my knee. It hurt like hell. Sat out for a few then went back in. Later that week I found out I tore my ACL. Now that's a motherfucker
     
  20. Mdog1

    Mdog1 NBA Starter

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    You're lucky man. I couldn't even put any weight on my knee when I tore my ACL/MCL. I tried to stand, and went right back down.
     

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