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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby hova- on Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:31 am

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[Q] wrote:Makes sense, probably the least two "deserving" all stars.

lol what?
Horford, possibly, but Aldridge least deserving?
Putting up 22-8-1 on 50-33-83 % shooting and leading the team to the 3rd best record in the competitive Western Conference despite no Kawhi and surrounded by the ghost of Pau Gasol, corpse of Danny Green, and young players who weren't even a big part of the rotation a season ago?



lol what?

Neither Aldridge nor Horford are 'least deserving'.

How did John Wall even sneak in? Kevin Love also very questionable imho. I'd consider KAT also a tier lower than Aldridge and Horford given his improved, but still bad defense.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:13 am

So I guess they don't have to run through cones anymore in the Skills Challenge. That's kind of weak. No wonder the bigs have as much of a chance as the guards these days.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:27 am

OK, so they are going through the markers, but only one way. Still a bit weak, especially with only one pass.

Also, Embiid trying to get away with not completing the pass. :lol:
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby [Q] on Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:28 pm

I was hoping Harris would take it after that blazing start in the first 3 racks. He was in a rhythm but lost it in the last 2 racks
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:36 pm

Great performance by Booker. 3/4 on my picks so far.

I'm still not a fan of the money rack, as it artificially inflates the scores and feels a bit cheap. It's the only reason the old record of 25 fell. It is what it is though, and Booker put on a show in the final round.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:21 pm

Dunk contest was a bit of a letdown. Too many dunks banking on the nostalgia factor, cringe-worthy usage of props, and bad judging. Mitchell got a very generous 50 jumping over Kevin Hart and his family, and another one for the lob off the board in the final around. Dennis Smith Jr. was robbed on his first dunk, and had the dunk of the night with the 360 between-the-legs, switching hands. A bit anti-climactic, and again, the judging left much to be desired.

Terrible crowd, too.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby zzcoolj21 on Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:53 pm

If I'm the NBA I'm asking Gordon and LaVine how many zeros we need to add to this check to just have you 2 go against each other for 30 minutes next year.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:59 pm

Definitely hard to follow the show they put on a couple of years ago.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:00 pm

i wanna slap DJ Khaled every time i see him. the double tap dunk by larry was the best of the night and as Andrew said WOAT crowd. also every 3pt contestant hitting bricks was hilarious

hopefully will see a flashy yet competitive game tomorrow
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Stress Fracture on Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:14 pm

Andrew was on fire on Twitter :lol:
benji wrote:LeBron is such a choker. And people were talking about him as an all-time great. As having possibly surpassed Kobe. What a joke.

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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:21 pm

Anywhere but LA, following that lifeless crowd.

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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:34 pm

I liked Dwight Howard's double tap from a few years back a little more than Nance's, but it was one of the best dunks of this year's contest. I can't complain about the score on that one.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby [Q] on Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:46 pm

I think they need an extra dunk somewhere in the first round or finals

Maybe first round to feature more guys and to maybe discourage guys from saving dunks
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:07 pm

oladipo hype af every year and finishes last every year--so fucking hilarious
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:11 pm

With a bigger field, they could have first round, semi-finals, and then finals. If they want to go with just two rounds, six competitors, three finalists, and three dunks per competitor per round would be good.

I do think there should be less emphasis on props and gimmicks (though it wasn't as bad as in years past), and trying too hard to appeal to nostalgia. It felt like Nance and Mitchell got way too much credit simply for that, though that's not to say they didn't have a couple of good dunks.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Phil89 on Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:21 pm

Let's be honest. If you need Kevin Hart and children to crouch down in order to dunk over them, you may as well not bother.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:54 pm

Phil89 wrote:Let's be honest. If you need Kevin Hart and children to crouch down in order to dunk over them, you may as well not bother.

bro kevin hart's face when he was crouching and waiting had me dead
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:12 pm

Phil89 wrote:Let's be honest. If you need Kevin Hart and children to crouch down in order to dunk over them, you may as well not bother.


That's what bugged me about that getting a 50. We've seen every element of that dunk done better at some point. It was a blend of stuff that's been done, and done better. I feel like we missed out on another awesome dunk from Smith because of those inflated scores.

Oladipo though...yeah, no more invitations for him.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby hova- on Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:54 pm

I feel like Dennis Smith Jr had the best dunk with that between the legs switching hands and going 360. That was amazing!

Crowd was awful. Mitchells dunks were pretty boring if you ask me.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:06 pm

I thought they were OK, he was at least consistent. They just weren't that original though, and benefited from some generous 50s.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Uncle Drew on Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:40 am

Andrew wrote:Dunk contest was a bit of a letdown. Too many dunks banking on the nostalgia factor, cringe-worthy usage of props, and bad judging. Mitchell got a very generous 50 jumping over Kevin Hart and his family, and another one for the lob off the board in the final around. Dennis Smith Jr. was robbed on his first dunk, and had the dunk of the night with the 360 between-the-legs, switching hands. A bit anti-climactic, and again, the judging left much to be desired.

Terrible crowd, too.


They need to bring back the old rules, and reinstate the HOFamers as judges, Dr J was the only one who was there. Let the entertainers stay at home. Chris Rock, Mark Wahlberg, DJ Khalid ? C'mon man....
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Uncle Drew on Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:42 am

SoF'nAwesome wrote:oladipo hype af every year and finishes last every year--so fucking hilarious


Some guys are great in-game dunkers. Oladipo is one of them.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby NovU on Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:31 am

I thought the dunks were good but not great.



Feels like we are spoiled in this era. We've seen too much too good.

Team USA getting pwned by team world. Could have been fun if USA players took the game little more seriously. I thought the rosters were quite amazing for the new players in the league.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:56 am

Game started off alright, but now they're just standing around trying to pot threes.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:07 pm

They're a combined 7/31 from three in the first quarter. Players tossing up bricks and airballs from 40 feet out. A shame. It started out promising, but I think I'm out.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Dee4Three on Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:18 pm

Andrew wrote:They're a combined 7/31 from three in the first quarter. Players tossing up bricks and airballs from 40 feet out. A shame. It started out promising, but I think I'm out.


The all star game has become an embarrassment. It's turned into a joke really. I don't know how they can put incentive on it, but they need to find a way.

The problem is: Millions of dollars are at stake, so players won't risk getting injured, meaning effort will just be complete crap.

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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:26 pm

I got my hopes up, but only a few players are really trying, and it's still the same impromptu three-point shootout. I've given it a fair chance over the past few years, but it's obviously changed from what I enjoyed, so best not to punish myself. I've switched it off; I'll leave it for the people who still enjoy it, and just call it a weekend at the conclusion of the dunk contest from here on out.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Stress Fracture on Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:37 pm

I just saw a full court trap in this game
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby shadowgrin on Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:41 pm

Andrew wrote:I got my hopes up, but only a few players are really trying, and it's still the same impromptu three-point shootout. I've given it a fair chance over the past few years, but it's obviously changed from what I enjoyed, so best not to punish myself. I've switched it off; I'll leave it for the people who still enjoy it, and just call it a weekend at the conclusion of the dunk contest from here on out.



Watch back it's interesting again, at least by All-Star standards.
Nothing you can do with Reggie Miller and Webber still commentating the game unfortunately.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby shadowgrin on Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:10 pm

Refs reviewing a call and getting it wrong in an ASG.
Sums up the officiating this season in the league.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:15 pm

Tuned back in for the final minute or so when I saw the score. Man, I don't know what Curry was thinking on that last play. At least it ended up being competitive, though.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby shadowgrin on Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:19 pm

Curry showing why he's never the Finals MVP, a glorified sidekick.

Captain LeBron a true leader leading his team to a clutch victory, a true legend of the game and all of sports.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby shadowgrin on Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:24 pm

Being a Sixers fan I love Embiid but he shouldn't have engaged some trash talk with LeBron, made the GOAT mad and lead his team to a victory on the way to an ASG MVP.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:32 pm

A great game. That last stop by LeBron-Durant on Curry might just be the greatest thing I ever saw. I can't remember the last time I enjoyed an All-Star game this much, maybe the 2012 Orlando All-Star one.

Also, I fucking hate Embiid. I didn't like the social media antics and his personality before but now after this weekend I just hate him. shadowgrin, how can you root for this punk even if he is reppin your city nigga?
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby shadowgrin on Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:38 pm

SoF'nAwesome wrote:shadowgrin, how can you root for this punk

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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby bowdown on Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:39 pm

Lillard got to stunt on these hoe ass niggas with his 21 points at least.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby shadowgrin on Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:51 pm

Yeah he made great shots in the 4th, should have stayed for crunch time, D'Antoni with the questionable subs like removing his best defender Embiid (who made that crucial block) for a short time in the 4th when the game was close.
Not surprisingly the basket by LeBron in the paint to put his team ahead happened without Embiid.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby air gordon on Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:15 pm

Good game, Super Friends. All hail the King

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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby [Q] on Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:53 pm

bowdown wrote:Lillard got to stunt on these hoe ass niggas with his 21 points at least.

Yes, even though they lost, this was one good thing that came out of this.

This was the first all star game I watched in over 10 years and it did not disappoint. Sure, they're not going to play defense for 48 minutes, but this was as much defense as you could hope for in a meaningless game. You could see guys get competitive and Webber was correct in that playing a bit of defense actually creates more exciting plays as the degree of difficulty goes up as opposed to a glorified dunk contest/layup line

Internet is talking about that Fergie national anthem and how it was "cringeworthy". I actually skipped it but rewatched it once they were talking about it and I thought it was a perfectly fine performance if you knew what they were going for. It was an obvious nod to Marvin Gaye's 83 performance in LA and she sang the song in a different style (not sure what it's called but a like vintage jazz style)
She's no Marvin as he was able to sing the song his way and get people to clap along during the song but to me I appreciated that she sang it differently instead of the same way that everybody does.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Jackie Kong on Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:06 pm

lol at Butler resting.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:24 pm

Marco20 wrote:lol at Butler resting.

such a bitch move. if he wasn't going to play, he should have given his spot to somebody else. why just waste 1 spot when being an all-star is a big thing among the nba players

[Q] wrote:Internet is talking about that Fergie national anthem and how it was "cringeworthy". I actually skipped it but rewatched it once they were talking about it and I thought it was a perfectly fine performance if you knew what they were going for. It was an obvious nod to Marvin Gaye's 83 performance in LA and she sang the song in a different style (not sure what it's called but a like vintage jazz style)
She's no Marvin as he was able to sing the song his way and get people to clap along during the song but to me I appreciated that she sang it differently instead of the same way that everybody does.

the internet(specially reddit) just likes to bitch. nothing about that. one of the top comments was "she sexualized the national anthem", like HOW BRO? what was sexual about that performance? i liked the performance because it was a different take than the usual boring ones we get every game. also the constant shitting on marv albert. yes, he makes mistakes sometimes but overall he is a great commentator.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby NovU on Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:43 pm

At least great fun ending.

SoF'nAwesome wrote:such a bitch move. if he wasn't going to play, he should have given his spot to somebody else. why just waste 1 spot when being an all-star is a big thing among the nba players

Kinda agree. If he wanted to rest, perhaps someone else should have been given a shot like Wade.

Perhaps though this rest was good for the Wolves as he leads the league in minutes per game.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:57 pm

I remember Karl Malone did that once (back in 2002, I believe), pulled out at the last minute so a replacement couldn't be named.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:12 pm

Apparently Butler was hungover. He was seen in an Instagram story taking shots(the getting drunk kind) at 4:00 in the morning
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Andrew on Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:36 pm

Fine incoming, I imagine.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby big-shot-ROB on Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:42 pm

Going watch the entire game some day this week. 10-minute recap seemed fine although quarters 2 and 3 appeared quite "skippable". I was expecting more flashy plays though.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby shadowgrin on Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:07 pm

lol Butler is weak, should never be an all-star again if he can't handle the partying.
The all-star weekends are days of partying for players, that's why we sometimes see players whom aren't participating in any all-star event or connection to the host city be in the crowd watching the events instead of getting their midseason rest.

Notable examples would be involving Iverson who supposedly partied for 3 days straight and played the 2001 ASG with minimal or no sleep.
Also the 2002 all-star weekend in Philly where he hosted 4 parties a day for 2 days straight. It showed in the ASG where no one played more than 25 minutes except for the boring Tim Duncan who probably drank milk before going to bed early, and Kobe who's not known to socialize even with his own teammates.

Even retired players still throw all-star parties like Kenny Smith every year.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby big-shot-ROB on Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:14 pm

shadowgrin wrote:lol Butler is weak, should never be an all-star again if he can't handle the partying.
It showed in the ASG where no one played more than 25 minutes except for the boring Tim Duncan who probably drank milk before going to bed early, and Kobe who's not known to socialize even with his own teammates.


Good line, really intellectually and well-thought. Didnt expect that one based on your usual contributions.
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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Murat on Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:05 pm

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Re: 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend

Postby Jackal on Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:53 am

A much better game than previous years, there were some moments some players resorted to the 3's but overall the starters really played a good game.

If they play like this in the coming years I'll definitely enjoy it more than the no defense trash of previous years. Really enjoyed the game this year.
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