2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

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2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby Lamrock on Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:31 am

As expected, the Spurs and Rockets will face off for the right to lose to Golden State in the conference finals. Mike D'Antoni led the Suns to four playoff appearances, and Popovich was responsible for ending three of those runs. Can he finally get revenge?

I think so. Kawhi is a god, but Tony Parker can't always be relied on to produce at this point (despite some good games of late), and Aldridge is usually good for one or two monster games before going full Hibbert the rest of the series... Rockets aren't the best defensively, but I don't think San Antonio can outscore them four times out of seven.

I'm feeling Rockets in 6.

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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby Andrew on Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:49 am

I'll go with the Spurs in six.
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby Dee4Three on Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:53 am

I feel this series goes 7 games, but Spurs prevail.

However, I feel that the Rockets are far more equipped this season to put up a fight, and possibly steal the series. I'm looking at you Nene, Ryan Anderson, Trevor Ariza, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Eric Gordon. Harden is obviously a hell of a player, but they can have success with him OFF the floor because of Harden's impressive supporting cast (As proven when they played the Thunder in the first round, something The Brodie lacked).

I'm actually expecting a big series out of Lamarcus Aldridge. He's no longer in the grind house, he will have better looks at the hoop, and less of a physical toll put on him. I'm also expecting Ryan Anderson to have more of an impact in this series than he did in the first round. Leonard will be Leonard, I don't expect anything different from him.

This Rockets team is deep, but so are the Spurs. It will be a great series.
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Postby JaoSming on Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:11 am

Going Rockets in 7. Spurs seemed like they were running out of gas at the end of the Grizzlies series
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby [Q] on Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:28 am

I don't think Houston wins this one. San Antonio is too experienced and too disciplined to lose against a Pringles team
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby big-shot-ROB on Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:19 am

I had everything clear before reading everyone else's opinions. I thought Houston didn't stand a chance. Voted for Spurs in 5 still.
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby PeacemanNOT on Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:49 am

I have to agree that the Spurs didn't look like their selves in the Grizzlies series. However looking at how close those games against the Thunder were and how poor OKC played as a unit it kind of makes you wonder how good are the Rockets really? For that I feel like the Spurs will steal this series.

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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby Dee4Three on Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:48 am

Nobody really looks like themselves against the Grizzlies in important games, because of the style they play. Teams end up grinding to get wins, having to play more physical than normal.

The Spurs should look much more cozy against the Rockets.
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby air gordon on Sun Apr 30, 2017 2:07 am

love to see harden and the rockets take out another MVP candidate

but i'd also like to see kawai face off against the lebron jameses
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby deihatein on Mon May 01, 2017 3:21 pm

As a Dallas Mavericks fan, I want these two teams to spontaneously combust.

That is all Rockets in 7 :shake:
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby Dee4Three on Tue May 02, 2017 1:55 am

deihatein wrote:As a Dallas Mavericks fan, I want these two teams to spontaneously combust.

That is all Rockets in 7 :shake:


You had 10-11, hopefully you still are high off of that title run.
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby NovU on Tue May 02, 2017 12:41 pm

The Rockets WOW. Amazing, what can I say. They are more energetic, play young, and making all the winning plays especially from downtown.

Damn, the Spurs look old. Gino and Tony look half step slow and get stuck between defense so easily now. Reminded me of watching Wade.
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby bowdown on Tue May 02, 2017 3:11 pm

Aldridge has become one lazy SOB since coming to the Spurs. He was already fat last season now his production has started to drop considerably.
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Postby Andrew on Tue May 02, 2017 5:07 pm

For now, it is but one game. Still, it makes a statement out of the gate, and the Rockets are looking pretty good right about now.
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby Stress Fracture on Tue May 02, 2017 9:22 pm

bowdown wrote:Aldridge has become one lazy SOB since coming to the Spurs. He was already fat last season now his production has started to drop considerably.


I thought Aldridge would Barbecue Chicken the Rockets' big men, but damn, it looked like the Monstars stole his talent.

His back to back 40 point games in 2014 still haunts me to this day.
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Postby air gordon on Wed May 03, 2017 2:25 am

NovU wrote:The Rockets WOW. Amazing, what can I say. They are more energetic, play young, and making all the winning plays especially from downtown.

Damn, the Spurs look old. Gino and Tony look half step slow and get stuck between defense so easily now. Reminded me of watching Wade.

Add lee and Pau to the list. Maybe kawhi will be forced to be Pf now
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby Andrew on Thu May 04, 2017 2:06 pm

Spurs tie it up, but may have lost Parker to a knee injury.
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby Valor on Thu May 04, 2017 3:38 pm

Kawhi made the Rockets look like little kids today, but TP's injury might have just killed off the Spurs championship chances :(
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Postby volsey on Thu May 04, 2017 3:55 pm

First off christ, Kawhi is just a monster. His game is so groomed, and the best part of it is he doesn't rely purely on his athleticism. I'm really hoping he's MVP next season; It honestly hurts to think that Harden is a runner up MVP candidate when you watch him play defense sometimes.

Second I really hope TP is all right. Between his play and Vince Carter's in the last series (which wasn't quite on the same level as TP's but none the less he was contributing), I felt some MAJOR nostalgia, and almost forgot what era of ball I was watching.
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Postby NovU on Thu May 04, 2017 8:49 pm

I'd say Westy and Harden are considered more valuable players only because of larger role they take on for their team. Both are otherwise inferior players imho. Kawhi is close to being a best player in the league if not for playoffs mode LBJ.
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Postby Lamrock on Fri May 05, 2017 5:29 am

As expected, Tony Parker out for the season with a torn quadriceps tendon (ouch!). He's had an excellent post-season so far, but the Spurs are a deep team, so this may not necessarily be the end of the world for them.

The rest of the team is going to need to be at the top of their game. Patty Mills has an opportunity to earn himself a max contract here.
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Postby Andrew on Fri May 05, 2017 10:36 am

Even if he's past his prime, that is a tough break for the Spurs. Patty Mills' time to shine.
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby air gordon on Thu May 11, 2017 4:22 am

Game 5 was the best game of the playoffs thus far. Not too many Spurs - rockets fan here lol
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Postby Lamrock on Thu May 11, 2017 5:38 am

Really not much enthusiasm for these playoffs in general, given everything leading up to the finals is just pre-season. Sad I had to work though, as this game sounds epic.
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Postby Andrew on Thu May 11, 2017 11:07 am

Lamrock wrote:Really not much enthusiasm for these playoffs in general, given everything leading up to the finals is just pre-season.


Agreed. With all the blowouts and seemingly inevitable result of Warriors vs. Cavs, it's been hard to get invested in the Playoffs, and I've found myself switching off. Unfortunate, because Game 5 did sound like a good one.
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Postby Stress Fracture on Thu May 11, 2017 5:56 pm

It will just pain your eyes if you watched game 5. End of 4th and OT, Harden was just holding the damn ball. The others just stood where they were, not setting screens and all that.

And Ginobili with that block, probably the block of the season.
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby air gordon on Fri May 12, 2017 2:15 am

If I was a rockets fans i would have taken the tv off the mount and throw it

The final possessions I agree were terrible. Get some movement going, run harden off a screen.. and early in the clock. That was OKC play calling in the elimination game ironically
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Postby volsey on Fri May 12, 2017 5:57 am

Man nobody thinks SA stands a chance against GS? Seems everybody is already convinced it's GS to the finals with a sweep over SA/HOU. I think at the very least it will come down to a game 6 or 7. Meanwhile the ECF will be over after 4 or 5. (I know I'm getting ahead of myself, semis aren't even over, SA better advance)
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Postby Andrew on Fri May 12, 2017 9:42 am

It may be selling the Spurs short, but the Warriors are pretty damn good, and the Spurs are also hobbled by a couple of injuries at the moment.
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Postby Andrew on Fri May 12, 2017 12:16 pm

...or you know, maybe not. Golden opportunity for the Rockets, and they squandered it.
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Postby Dee4Three on Fri May 12, 2017 1:49 pm

Well.... that was embarrassing for Houston...
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Postby bowdown on Fri May 12, 2017 2:46 pm

Believe it or not but with Patty Mills playing like he is it gives the Spurs better fire power to go against the Warriors. Mills is quicker and can atleast stay with Curry better than Parker one would imagine.
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Postby Brave Sir Rubin on Fri May 12, 2017 4:22 pm

Harden just threw away an MVP caliber season in one night.

Played like a little bitch. Something seriously isn't right here. It almost looked like someone paid him off to not play.
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Postby Sauru on Fri May 12, 2017 5:38 pm

volsey wrote:Man nobody thinks SA stands a chance against GS? Seems everybody is already convinced it's GS to the finals with a sweep over SA/HOU. I think at the very least it will come down to a game 6 or 7. Meanwhile the ECF will be over after 4 or 5. (I know I'm getting ahead of myself, semis aren't even over, SA better advance)



they dont have any chance. this season has been a big waste of time just waiting for the cavs and warriors to meet up in the finals. in my opinion this has been the most boring season since i started watching basketball
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Postby Andrew on Fri May 12, 2017 6:05 pm

Sauru wrote:this season has been a big waste of time just waiting for the cavs and warriors to meet up in the finals. in my opinion this has been the most boring season since i started watching basketball


I agree, capped off by the most anti-climactic postseason in memory. Even in other seasons where the finalists and eventual champion stood out from the pack somewhat, there was still more competition, more great and exciting basketball being played. Right now, it's just blowout after blowout, and a feeling that no one is going to give the Warriors or Cavs a challenge until they meet each other. If you're not a fan of either of those teams, what's there to enjoy get invested in?
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Postby [Q] on Sat May 13, 2017 3:42 am

[Q] wrote:I don't think Houston wins this one. San Antonio is too experienced and too disciplined to lose against a Pringles team

Weird start to the series, but it would up with spurs in 6 like I thought

Funny that despite this being dantonis strongest team since the suns days, the result was the same. Losing to the spurs
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Postby Jeffx on Sat May 13, 2017 3:59 am

air gordon wrote:If I was a rockets fans i would have taken the tv off the mount and throw it

The final possessions I agree were terrible. Get some movement going, run harden off a screen.. and early in the clock. That was OKC play calling in the elimination game ironically


Like Dennis Scott & Sam Vincent said last night - when the 3s aren't falling, Houston had no "Plan B".

Popp is 20-6 all-time vs. Pringles in the playoffs.
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Postby air gordon on Sat May 13, 2017 6:40 am

volsey wrote:Man nobody thinks SA stands a chance against GS? Seems everybody is already convinced it's GS to the finals with a sweep over SA/HOU. I think at the very least it will come down to a game 6 or 7. Meanwhile the ECF will be over after 4 or 5. (I know I'm getting ahead of myself, semis aren't even over, SA better advance)

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lol tough crowd? are the playoffs really as bad as some are making it out to be or is that GSW and Cle are playing at another level? Ljames is playing some of his best basketball.

there were some good 1st round series and this series was a good one as well.
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Postby volsey on Sat May 13, 2017 7:20 am

bowdown wrote:Believe it or not but with Patty Mills playing like he is it gives the Spurs better fire power to go against the Warriors. Mills is quicker and can atleast stay with Curry better than Parker one would imagine.

I was thinking the same thing. While Parker was playing good, and his mid range and drive/control of pace will be missed (and although he was shooting good from deep) Patty is a better long range threat, and likely a better matchup for Steph on D.

I've heard the 'worst playoffs ever' a lot lately. I'm still hoping a healthy Claw and company can make WCF interesting. All I ask is for some close games and a >=6 game series. ECF is over already, but would actually jizz if Boston made LBJ sweat.

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Also it's hilarious to see all the videos blaming Harden. And while I'm not defending him, you gotta put a LOT of blame on Dantoni. I just can't see him being a good coach. That half court offense was atrocious at times.
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Re: 2017 Conf. Semis: (2) San Antonio vs. (3) Houston

Postby [Q] on Sat May 13, 2017 9:55 am

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volsey wrote:Man nobody thinks SA stands a chance against GS? Seems everybody is already convinced it's GS to the finals with a sweep over SA/HOU. I think at the very least it will come down to a game 6 or 7. Meanwhile the ECF will be over after 4 or 5. (I know I'm getting ahead of myself, semis aren't even over, SA better advance)

Tig! man i miss that show


Ljames is playing some of his best basketball.

I read that his inside fg% and 3pt % in the playoffs tops curry and shaqs highest percentages

Playoffs couldn't have been worse than the year we got spurs pistons finals. We still have 3 more series to go.
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Postby air gordon on Tue May 16, 2017 2:48 am

volsey wrote:
Also it's hilarious to see all the videos blaming Harden. And while I'm not defending him, you gotta put a LOT of blame on Dantoni. I just can't see him being a good coach. That half court offense was atrocious at times.

How different is the offensive coaching of him compared to someone like brad Stevens? The Boston offense relies on the 3pt shot. They play at a slower pace but have almost as many 3pt attempts as Houston... more than GSW
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