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    Warriors faltering, but...

    ...what the heck is happening in the Western Conference? Can anyone take advantage? I can't seriously imagine that the Trailblazers are the best the conference will have to offer in terms of challenging the Warriors in the playoffs, but they're the only Western Conference team that has looked good on the season-to-date. I actually like the top five teams in the East (Toronto, Milwaukee, Indiana, Philadelphia and Boston) better than any team in the west other than the Warriors right now. At least Houston has won four straight and seven out of ten and may be poised to get back to an approximation of what they were last year, and the Thunder could make some real noise, but overall there's just a lot of disappointment with the play/consistency of the Western teams so far.

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    It's been a weird season so far. It's hard to imagine the Warriors not getting it together and winning it all again -- they're still massive favorites unless someone is hurt going into the playoffs or the culture has gotten completely poisonous (mixed reports on that). I like the Nuggets -- not to win the West, but they're exciting and capable of outscoring anyone on a given night. They need more depth and defense but getting Barton back will help a lot. Very surprised by the Grizzlies and have to think they recede a bit. Ditto on the Clippers. The Rockets will continue to improve, as will the Jazz. We're only one fifth of the way in so things should even out but I do agree that the Thunder are an interesting team to watch.

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    Here come James Harden and the Rockets. The Beard is on another planet of late. Meanwhile, the Nuggets and Thunder are still looking very good and, to paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of the Spurs death have been greatly exaggerated.

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    The Rockets are surging, and so are the Spurs, Jazz and Clippers, while the Warriors continue to look very beatable, although it's probably just a classic rope-a-dope. Amazing given how badly they started the season that the Rockets at this pace could still conceivably pass Denver and/or Golden State.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B-Fly View Post
    The Rockets are surging, and so are the Spurs, Jazz and Clippers, while the Warriors continue to look very beatable, although it's probably just a classic rope-a-dope. Amazing given how badly they started the season that the Rockets at this pace could still conceivably pass Denver and/or Golden State.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve 2.0 View Post
    I've been wondering where you were.......you've been hiding in the Basketball forum!!
    LOL. Yeah, I'm popping into Baseball now that draft season has started, but the rest of the year I'm in Basketball or Hot Topics.

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    Last night's Clippers comeback and Cousins injury -- most important game of the 2019 NBA post-season, or a footnote in another Warriors' championship run?

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    The Warriors add fuel to the "get off my lawn" crowd not respecting today's NBA.

    blowing a 31-point lead in the middle of the third quarter? as a 1 seed and prohibitive favorite to win it all? nothing close to it has ever happened before.

    it's amazing that there probably isn't one Warriors ticket buyer in all of San Francisco who will say, "Look, if you get beat, you get beat. But when you don't give a shit to that level, I want my money back."

    that is one hell of a brainwashing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judge Jude View Post
    The Warriors add fuel to the "get off my lawn" crowd not respecting today's NBA.

    blowing a 31-point lead in the middle of the third quarter? as a 1 seed and prohibitive favorite to win it all? nothing close to it has ever happened before.

    it's amazing that there probably isn't one Warriors ticket buyer in all of San Francisco who will say, "Look, if you get beat, you get beat. But when you don't give a shit to that level, I want my money back."

    that is one hell of a brainwashing.
    Why would you think there isn't one Warriors ticket buyer who would say that? Not that the Warriors now (or thirty years ago) would have ever refunded fans' money for a crap showing, but I'm sure there are lots of fans reacting that way. I didn't watch the game since it was on too late, but the Sixers' fans booing of their team during the Game 1 loss to the Nets was pretty extreme, so I don't think NBA fans in general are brainwashed into accepting underperformance by their team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B-Fly View Post
    Last night's Clippers comeback and Cousins injury -- most important game of the 2019 NBA post-season, or a footnote in another Warriors' championship run?
    I'm pretty sure that game 2 between the sixers and nets was the most important game of the 2019 NBA post-season... Sixers were cooked if they lost that one...
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