2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

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2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby NovU on Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:04 pm

Is the Celtics vs 76ers RIVALRY back? Looking so as core of both teams are fairly young.

Hoping to see the 76ers led by Simmons and Embiid send Celtics back to the 'trust process' era.

The 76ers should be just bigger and better than the Celtics. 76ers in relatively not so exciting 6.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Andrew on Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:42 pm

Probably one of the more underrated rivalries in NBA history. It could really heat up again when both teams are at full strength, but as for this series, the lack of Kyrie and Hayward does put a damper on things.

As such, I'll pick the 76ers to "86" the Celtics' season in 6.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby shadowgrin on Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:17 pm

Fuck NovU for making the thread. Lamrock playoff threads give the NLSC life. Fuck NovU.

Sixers in 4, with one game where Fultz goes beast mode.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Lamrock on Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:45 am

Nice work, NovU! Anyway I got the Sixers in 5. Celtics may have overcome their massive talent deficiency against an incompetent Bucks team, but the 76ers are actually good, winners of 20 of their last 21 games. Prove me wrong, Scary Terry
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Dee4Three on Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:54 am

I wouldn't say the Celtics have a massive talent deficiniancy.

While young, Tatum/Brown/Rozier/Horford/Morris have all shown to be very skilled. All 5 of them can get shots basically whenever they want (unless Horford is having one of his "I look like an old man" games)

Celtics have also not gotten worse defensively with the loss of Irving. Long, athletic, motivated and full of energy, they are still all of that. They still have Brown, Semi and Tatum who can guard 1 through 4.

Where I'm concerned is the second unit, I feel like Philly has more talent on the bench. I feel like the Celtics have the offensive weapons still to stay in the game and compete with most anybody, I am concerned about Embiid and Simmons In the paint.

Curious to see what the Celtics do defensively, I'm expecting that Aaron Baynes will play a bigger role in this series. He's the C's bruiser, and they will need his physicality in the paint.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby JaoSming on Tue May 01, 2018 12:30 pm

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Dee4Three on Tue May 01, 2018 12:37 pm

Lamrock wrote:Nice work, NovU! Anyway I got the Sixers in 5. Celtics may have overcome their massive talent deficiency against an incompetent Bucks team, but the 76ers are actually good, winners of 20 of their last 21 games. Prove me wrong, Scary Terry


This is why I said they didn't have a major talent deficiency. Morris, Rozier, Tatum, Horford are all guys that create there own shots. Even Marcus Smart has that ability in spurts.

If I said that the Celtics would start the season with a starting lineup of Rozier, Smart, Tatum, Baynes and Horford, you would have said lottery team. And if I said that team would beat a team who won 20 out of 21 games in a playoff game, you would have laughed in my face.

Stevens gets the best out of his guys, gives them confidence. Rozier showed glimpses of what he could do in the playoffs last year, and showed it in the first round and when Irving was out at the end of the season this year. Tatum didn't average more points during this season because he didn't have to, same with Morris and Horford.

Great win for the C's without Jaylen Brown. Pretty awesome.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Andrew on Tue May 01, 2018 12:39 pm

We've been so focused on the impressive run by the young Sixers and all their talent, we overlooked the young Celtics and all their talent, even minus some key players. Well, you Celtics fans probably didn't, but the rest of us did. Impressive victory to open the series and hand the Sixers only their second loss in the past 22 games.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby NovU on Tue May 01, 2018 2:40 pm

I guess we all forgot this is where Brad Stevens' strength lie. Without true ballhogging superstar, the Celtics make balanced and disciplined plays. Stevens, praised to be a statistical analytic and moneyball nerd since college, has been building reputation for making something out of thin air.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby I Hate Mondays on Tue May 01, 2018 6:50 pm

76ers in 6. The sixers can have a really tough defense and the Celtics really need that allstar talent.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Dee4Three on Tue May 01, 2018 11:51 pm

I'm not guaranteeing a Celtics series win, but they absolutely have a chance to take this series. Great ball movement, to go along with players who can create, intense lockdown D, etc. Horford plays well against the 76ers, so this should be a great series for him.

But because we are all making predictions, I go C's in 7.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby air gordon on Wed May 02, 2018 2:26 am

NovU wrote:I guess we all forgot this is where Brad Stevens' strength lie. Without true ballhogging superstar, the Celtics make balanced and disciplined plays. Stevens, praised to be a statistical analytic and moneyball nerd since college, has been building reputation for making something out of thin air.

really good on stephens. it was a good defensive scheme for game 1. even if philly 3pt shooting was turrible and i think a lot of those were just the ball not going in instead of as a result of boston defense.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby NovU on Fri May 04, 2018 11:44 am

Large lead by 76ers gone down to 5 in just matter of seconds. Darn these juiced up Celtics...

Rozier > Hayward / Irving

The Celtics are gonna have hard time choosing between those 3.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby NovU on Fri May 04, 2018 1:03 pm

76ers stagnant offense, keeps jacking up contested 3s. In contrast, the Celtics move the ball really well, selfless plays are finding open man.

Tatum played great while Simmons... is worst I've seen him playing. 2 best rookies of the year, Tatum came out a clear winner for the night.

Also fucking stupid Embiid on the near last defensive play against Horford. It doesn't matter if you have 5 fouls, you need to contest a shot when it's a ONE possession game. Frustrating to be rooting for 76e... or just against the Celtics.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Andrew on Fri May 04, 2018 1:08 pm

Celtics have a lot of heart, and still a considerable amount of talent, depleted as they may currently be. Stevens is a great coach.

Smart's shot selection continues to be anything but, though.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby air gordon on Sat May 05, 2018 12:55 am

celtics have 76ers scrambling on defense like the bucks were. why not just concede perimeter shots to players like smart

i hope home cooking does philly well. i hate to see this series play out at this pace
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby [Q] on Sat May 05, 2018 1:15 am

air gordon wrote:celtics have 76ers scrambling on defense like the bucks were. why not just concede perimeter shots to players like smart

Judging by the highlights, game 2 was a 3 point shootout. I don't know if I want to be conceding anything if they're hitting them consistently with a hand in the face. Boston shot 48 and 41% in each game with over 30 attempts in each game. But then Philly was also giving up layups and dunks so I don't know what to think lol
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby air gordon on Sat May 05, 2018 3:14 am

from the highlights you could say baynes is a nahtzee
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Andrew on Sat May 05, 2018 11:46 am

[Q] wrote:But then Philly was also giving up layups and dunks so I don't know what to think lol


Definitely a couple of weak defensive possessions by the 76ers in crunch time, letting Rozier and Horford get to the hoop for very casually contested layups.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby [Q] on Sun May 06, 2018 9:34 am

Almost a complete choke job by Philly, let's see if it pays off in overtime
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Dee4Three on Sun May 06, 2018 9:58 am

Gotta love all the people who said the C's would get pummeled by Philly.

3-0.

Certainly won't be Cleveland vs Philly, like many were so confident about. Lack of "all star power", no problem.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Lamrock on Sun May 06, 2018 10:11 am

This just about does it for the 76ers' season. Disappointing to go down in a series most picked them to win, but you have to call the year a huge success for them overall. Embiid proved he could stay healthy (for the most part), Simmons looks like a future star, and some of their other guys made big strides as well. With Fultz hopefully ready to go next season, and some real playoff experience behind them, they'll be one of the most exciting teams to watch next year. As good as the Celtics played, the 76ers beat themselves this game. They made a ton of fixable mistakes, and if they let it, this loss could be a very valuable learning experience for them.

Kudos to Boston though. Holy shit.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Dee4Three on Sun May 06, 2018 10:49 am

It's not 100% over yet, but agreed that it was a hell of a season for Philly, and priceless playoff experience/learning lessons. They would have nothing to be ashamed about.

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Andrew on Sun May 06, 2018 12:19 pm

I'll admit to underestimating the Celtics, but in my defense, the 76ers came into the series red hot. As noted, it has been a tremendous season for them, and the future is bright. I think the Celtics' run will end with LeBron and the Cavs, but then again, who knows. Again, I've already underestimated their ability to play better than the sum of their parts when shorthanded.

As for this series, the 76ers might still take Game 4 to avoid the sweep, but I certainly don't see them pulling off the improbable four straight wins to win it.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby NovU on Sun May 06, 2018 2:58 pm

When I was making this thread poll, I was thinking about excluding 'Celtics in 4' option as it was deemed impossible task atm. But with all the 76ers choking and playing to their age and Celtics fluking out like Andre Miller's 52 points game, the poll option purposed for only 'lolz' might become the winner.

Or they can become the first team ever to blow 3-0 lead. Let's go Philly.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby shadowgrin on Sun May 06, 2018 8:13 pm

Brad Stevens outcoaching and bamboozling Brett Brown this series.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Jeffx on Mon May 07, 2018 1:51 am

shadowgrin wrote:Brad Stevens outcoaching and bamboozling Brett Brown this series.


Is there any one better at drawing up inbounds plays than this cat? See, he's the type of out-of-the-box thinking coach we need in NY. Props to Danny Ainge. With all the shit that happened to Boston this season, they're one win away from the conference finals. It would be so much sweeter if Kyrie was playing.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Andrew on Tue May 08, 2018 12:07 pm

No brooms, but still delaying the inevitable.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby shadowgrin on Tue May 08, 2018 5:03 pm

Sixers finally win after putting a second ballhandler with Simmons in TJ despite Redick stinking it up and GOATvington getting limited minutes. Good sign that Fultz and Simmons can play together next season without ruining the offense.
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Postby Sauru on Tue May 08, 2018 11:56 pm

NovU wrote:When I was making this thread poll, I was thinking about excluding 'Celtics in 4' option as it was deemed impossible task atm. But with all the 76ers choking and playing to their age and Celtics fluking out like Andre Miller's 52 points game, the poll option purposed for only 'lolz' might become the winner.

Or they can become the first team ever to blow 3-0 lead. Let's go Philly.



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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby NovU on Wed May 09, 2018 12:21 am

Well, I guess at least I won't be wrong anymore when LBJ pummels on Celtics again en route to the Finals, again. :wink:

shadowgrin wrote:Sixers finally win after putting a second ballhandler with Simmons in TJ despite Redick stinking it up and GOATvington getting limited minutes. Good sign that Fultz and Simmons can play together next season without ruining the offense.
Brett Brown should really use up some plays for Embiid in the post.

Can't agree more about Embiid. Not sure it was the Celtics doing something to keep him out of the paint but we didn't see him a lot in the post in this series. It's also one thing that's holding him down a bit.

Fultz and Simmons duo sounds great on paper but neither can shoot, not even freethrows. They could possibly be the worst shooting backcourt duo ever. Lonzo, Fultz, Simmons are 3 youngsters that I like watching and they all apparently have shooting mechanism issues, lolz. Wonder if any of these kids will become a good/great shooter.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby [Q] on Wed May 09, 2018 1:21 am

I don't know if Danny ainge is a genius or just working with some stupid or desperate GMs but he seems to be great at swindling them into really great deals. Trading down for Tatum and getting an extra pick, getting Kyrie for damaged goods, the whole Garnett and Pierce trade
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby air gordon on Wed May 09, 2018 1:24 am

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby shadowgrin on Wed May 09, 2018 2:06 am

It's as retarded as the fanbase.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby [Q] on Wed May 09, 2018 2:54 am

shadowgrin wrote:It's as retarded as the fanbase.

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Dee4Three on Wed May 09, 2018 4:22 am

If retarded means loyal, I guess that's the case.

Celtics went 15-67 in 96-97, and had a higher attendance average in that season than when they made it to the Eastern Conference finals in 01-02. Attendance was higher when we went 40-42 in 14-15 (Post KG/Paul/Ray) than it was in 11-12 when they were all with the Celtics.

The Celtics fans I know are not bandwagon fans, they are passionate. Celtics fans might be the least bandwagon fans in the NBA. You may mean "annoying" when you say "retarded", annoying how? Because the crowd is loyal and loud? Boston fans for the most part also seem to be quite educated about the game, and the team specifically.

Nothing more funny than a NBA fan not actually hating the coach, or players, or even management of a team, but just hating them because they are the Celtics. Hating them because of the City itself. Not one of you dudes hate Tatum, or Brown, or Rozier, you guys totally like those guys. But you will hate Boston because its... well.... Boston....

To call the fans retarded in Boston, means you would need to call the fans retarded for every other team in the NBA. So I find that quite amusing.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Sauru on Wed May 09, 2018 5:36 am

[Q] wrote:I don't know if Danny ainge is a genius or just working with some stupid or desperate GMs but he seems to be great at swindling them into really great deals. Trading down for Tatum and getting an extra pick, getting Kyrie for damaged goods, the whole Garnett and Pierce trade



the best part about these trades is how much the internet collectively shits on him for them. so many people on this forum were saying how he lost his touch with the kyrie deal. everyone was saying trading down was a dumb idea. lots of people looking pretty stupid in hind sight
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Lamrock on Wed May 09, 2018 8:22 am

Every sports team has a "retarded" fanbase. Usually if a team's fanbase is truly hated, it's because there team is either really good, really popular, or both. I'm sure the New Orleans Pelicans fans would be pretty annoying were there more than ten of them.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby NovU on Wed May 09, 2018 10:59 am

Lamerock, but I would still argue Celtics have a "retarded" fanbase in unsual larger percentile. cus crise did it for me.

Sauru wrote:the best part about these trades is how much the internet collectively shits on him for them. so many people on this forum were saying how he lost his touch with the kyrie deal. everyone was saying trading down was a dumb idea. lots of people looking pretty stupid in hind sight

LoL, you are the one who was hyped up about Fultz. I kinda remember bringing up the subject of trading down for a lower pick then you bursting into rage mode how you have man crush on Fultz. I remember this because I didn't think Fultz was worth #1 over Lonzo who(or Lavar) said he's only going to the Lakers so might as well trade down and let others deal with a headache who should go #1.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Dee4Three on Wed May 09, 2018 11:27 am

NovU wrote:Lamerock, but I would still argue Celtics have a "retarded" fanbase in unsual larger percentile. cus crise did it for me.

Sauru wrote:the best part about these trades is how much the internet collectively shits on him for them. so many people on this forum were saying how he lost his touch with the kyrie deal. everyone was saying trading down was a dumb idea. lots of people looking pretty stupid in hind sight

LoL, you are the one who was hyped up about Fultz. I kinda remember bringing up the subject of trading down for a lower pick then you bursting into rage mode how you have man crush on Fultz. I remember this because I didn't think Fultz was worth #1 over Lonzo who(or Lavar) said he's only going to the Lakers so might as well trade down and let others deal with a headache who should go #1.


C us Rise wasn't fan made, it's a marketing tool/saying created by the teams marketing department. The t shirts the fans wear are handed out before the games.

The fans have zero responsibility for that saying, literally all marketing.

And I agree Lamrock, a teams fan base is attacked more excessively when the team is doing well. I stand by my paragraph about those who call it retarded, though. And my statement about the hate for a city/team, even when they don't hate the players/coach or even management.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby air gordon on Thu May 10, 2018 7:51 am

Lol see what you guys did

There is something about that areas fans for sure though

Great trades really by ainge. Most critics of the trade were railing him with the assumption IT injury wasn't as serious as it was. And can't close the book on fultz yet

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Jeffx on Thu May 10, 2018 8:36 am

[Q] wrote:I don't know if Danny ainge is a genius or just working with some stupid or desperate GMs but he seems to be great at swindling them into really great deals. Trading down for Tatum and getting an extra pick, getting Kyrie for damaged goods, the whole Garnett and Pierce trade


Danny Ainge learned from the best. Red Auerbach was a master at the art of the swindle. Look at how he got Kevin McHale & Robert Parrish.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Jackie Kong on Thu May 10, 2018 12:58 pm

That was not an easy last quarter for the Celtics so congrats!
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Smart with the Havlicek impression.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Thu May 10, 2018 1:06 pm

Embiid lost them this one. That last play
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Dee4Three on Thu May 10, 2018 1:08 pm

Clutch by Tatum.

Tatum has been the go to for the majority of the playoffs, and hes been so cool under pressure. Kids only 19 or 20, he is going to be something else (kind of already is).
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby Sauru on Thu May 10, 2018 1:18 pm

NovU wrote:Lamerock, but I would still argue Celtics have a "retarded" fanbase in unsual larger percentile. cus crise did it for me.

Sauru wrote:the best part about these trades is how much the internet collectively shits on him for them. so many people on this forum were saying how he lost his touch with the kyrie deal. everyone was saying trading down was a dumb idea. lots of people looking pretty stupid in hind sight

LoL, you are the one who was hyped up about Fultz. I kinda remember bringing up the subject of trading down for a lower pick then you bursting into rage mode how you have man crush on Fultz. I remember this because I didn't think Fultz was worth #1 over Lonzo who(or Lavar) said he's only going to the Lakers so might as well trade down and let others deal with a headache who should go #1.



yup i wanted fultz over thomas. if you are going to remember be sure to remember everything. once we got kyrie i was all for us trading down. thats when you went into your typical anti celtics circle jerk saying how they needed to take lonzo as he was the second coming of jesus himself. again if you bring up the past dont be selective about it
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (2) Boston vs. (3) Philadelphia

Postby NovU on Thu May 10, 2018 7:47 pm

Ofc I said that. Lonzo at the time was a great deal.

Kyrie's trade panned out because he's not playing right now. lol
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