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Re: Not Five, Not Six, Not Seven - Year 2 (Finals - SA v. OR

Postby megarover on Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:44 pm

I wonder what is going on in the off season. I didn't think the Spurs would make it back.
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Not Five, Not Six, Not Seven - Year 2 (Finals - SA v. ORL)

Postby Sasaki17 on Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:46 pm

Player Retirements:
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Antawn Jamison, F, Lakers
Tim Duncan, F/C, Spurs (Hall of Fame)


Coach Retirements:
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Doc Rivers, Celtics
George Karl, Cavaliers


BREAKING NEWS: Chris Bosh on Trade Block
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The Miami Heat are attempting to trade F/C Chris Bosh before the NBA Draft, as he has struggled both statistically and injury-wise in his four seasons with the Heat. The Heat are rumored to be interested in free agents Ty Lawson and Tyreke Evans, so Mario Chalmers may be included in a trade package, but that is unconfirmed at this time. The Heat are likely looking for a draft pick and salary cap space for Bosh.


Pre-Draft Information:
Remaining Outstanding Trades:
Rockets (Lottery Protected) --> Hawks
Bobcats (Top 12 Protected) --> Bulls
Kings (Top 12 Protected) --> Cavaliers
Mavericks (Top-20 Protected) --> Rockets
Lakers --> Suns (2015)

Draft Order:
1. 76ers
2. Suns
3. Timberwolves
4. Rockets (via Hornets)
5. Jazz
6. Hawks
7. Cavaliers
8. Rockets
9. Rockets (via Kings)
10. Bobcats
11. Celtics
12. Magic (via Clippers)
13. Thunder (via Bucks)
14. Pistons
15. Trail Blazers
16. Cavaliers
17. Bobcats (via Warriors through Heat)
18. Wizards
19. Magic
20. Mavericks (via Grizzlies)
21. Rockets (via Mavericks)
22. Knicks
23. Lakers
24. Bulls
25. Pacers
26. Nets
27. Thunder
28. Raptors
29. Warriors (via Heat)
30. Spurs


Note: Sorry about the long period between updates, I've been really busy and haven't had much time for 2k12. I've still got a lot of this to post, so I'm going to try to get through what I already have done rather quickly.
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Year 2 - Offseason (Cont.)

Postby Sasaki17 on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:20 pm

BREAKING NEWS: Bosh Sent to Clippers
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The Miami Heat have sent F Chris Bosh to the LA Clippers in a three-team trade. The Clippers get Bosh, the Charlotte Bobcats get C DeAndre Jordan, and the Heat get the Bobcats’ first round pick next year. This move gives the Heat some cap space to work with this offseason, and gives them four picks in the first round of next year’s draft. Bosh was given the choice to be traded to the Clippers or 76ers.


Heat Hire Patrick Ewing
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The Heat have hired legendary Center Patrick Ewing as their new assistant coach, as the contract of former assistant coach Bob McAdoo had expired.


Player Options:
Heat F Udonis Haslem has accepted his 1yr/$4.62M Player Option for the upcoming season.

The Miami Heat have accepted the second year of Norris Cole’s 2yr Team Option, worth $2.15M.

Knicks F Carmelo Anthony has declined his Player Option.

The Trail Blazers have declined F LaMarcus Aldridge’s Team Option. The team is expected to sign him to a long term deal before he hits the open market.

Grizzlies F Zach Randolph has declined his Player Option.


Draft Day Trades:
Magic Trade: 12th Overall Pick
Bulls Trade: C Nikola Pekovic

Grizzlies Trade: 2015 1st round pick, 2nd round pick 5
Magic Trade: C Darko Milicic, 2015 2nd round pick

Magic Trade: 19th Overall Pick
Celtics Trade: 2015 1st round pick


No Draft Activity for Heat:
The Miami Heat had no picks in this year’s draft, and it stayed that way. The Heat are more interested in next year’s draft class (Nicktional Draft Class 1), and they did not want to use any of their assets to move up into this draft.

Note: Since the Heat didn’t have any draft picks, I decided not to go in-depth with it this season. I’ll do more for it next season (scouting, mock drafts, etc.) because I’ll have four first-rounders next year.


Heat Free Agency Rumors:
The Heat are rumored to be interested in the following free agents:
Kings F/G Tyreke Evans
Trail Blazers F LaMarcus Aldridge
Nuggets G Ty Lawson


Heat Free Agency Recap:
Vince Carter – 1yr/$1.00M (Player Option)
Ty Lawson – 4yr/$21.90M (Player Option)
Joel Przybilla – 1yr/$487k
Al Harrington – 1yr/487k


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Carmelo Anthony surprised everyone, signing a 5yr/$117.00M deal with the Detroit Pistons. This is a phenomenal signing by the Pistons, who will now be strongly favored for the

Possibly even more surprising than Melo to the Pistons is the fact that the Trail Blazers let LaMarcus Aldridge walk to the Suns on a 5yr/$98.57M contract. The Suns managed to go from the worst team in the NBA to a contender in one offseason, as they also signed G Jrue Holiday to a 5yr/$79.07M contract. The Suns could have a very Magic-like run this season.

The Spurs went Guard crazy in free agency, signing Jeff Teague to a 4yr/$32.16M deal and Ramon Sessions to a 4yr/$31.54M deal. This is most likely going to turn out as a brilliant move, as they will probably be able to trade either Teague or Sessions for a good draft pick if they don’t work out in San Antonio.

The Nuggets lost two young free agents, with Ty Lawson going to the Heat and Quincy Miller signing a 5yr/$81.25M deal with the Bucks.

The Lakers addressed their Point Guard problem by signing Brandon Jennings to a 4yr/$26.50M deal. They were also able to re-sign both Kobe Bryant (3yrs/$55.20M) and Pau Gasol (4yrs/$57.59M).

The Grizzlies were able to re-sign Zach Randolph to a 4yr/$24.67M deal.

The Kings were able to keep both DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans with their qualifying offers.
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Re: Not Five, Not Six, Not Seven - Year 2 (Offseason)

Postby Ezio Auditore on Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:55 am

Great addition in Lawson. Not sure how old is Bosh now, but is he that bad to get just a first round pick in return?
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Re: Not Five, Not Six, Not Seven - Year 2 (Offseason)

Postby megarover on Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:48 am

Melo with the Pistons? Nooooooooo :(
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Re: Not Five, Not Six, Not Seven - Year 2 (Offseason)

Postby mrmoves20 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 11:56 am

The Lakers looking good. I like the addition of Lawson to Miami.
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Year 3 - Year 2 Recap/BALL NIGHT!

Postby Sasaki17 on Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:33 pm

Not Five, Not Six, Not Seven – Year Three

After falling short in the Eastern Conference Finals, the new-look Miami Heat will look to make it back to the NBA Finals. The loss of Chris Bosh and the additions of Ty Lawson and Vince Carter will certainly make this an interesting season for the Heat.

Year Two Recap:
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Heat trade Alonzo Gee to Kings for a first round pick.
Heat trade Quincy Acy to Bucks for a first round pick.
Heat finish season with a 59-23 record.
Heat G Dwyane Wade wins his second scoring title.
Heat G Dwyane Wade wins his first MVP award.
Heat sweep Wizards in the first round of the playoffs.
Heat win series v. Pacers 4-1.
Heat lose ECF v. Magic 1-4.
Heat trade F Chris Bosh to Clippers for a first round pick (via CHA).
Heat F Udonis Haslem accepts his Player Option.
Heat accept second year of Norris Cole’s Team Option.
Heat sign F/G Vince Carter (1yr/$1.00M).
Heat sign G Ty Lawson (4yr/$21.90M).
Heat sign C Joel Przybilla (1yr/$487k).
Heat sign F Al Harrington (1yr/$487k).


Opening Day Roster (2014-2015 Season):

Starters
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PG: Ty Lawson
SG: Dwyane Wade
SF: LeBron James
PF: Udonis Haslem
C: Serge Ibaka

Sixth Man
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G: Mario Chalmers

Bench
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F: Shane Battier
G: Norris Cole
F: Vince Carter
G: Myck Kabongo
F: Al Harrington
C: Joel Przybilla

Reserves:
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C: Dexter Pittman


BALL NIGHT!

Lawson Shines in Miami Debut as Heat Rout Celtics
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Man y questioned the addition of Ty Lawson this offseason with Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole both on the roster. Lawson has already begun to prove those doubters wrong, going off for 17 points and 15 assists in the Heat’s 126-101 victory. Vince Carter exploded off of the bench for the Heat, scoring 17 points in 7 minutes. Norris Cole also had a great night, with 13 points and 2 assists in 7 minutes of playing time. This was a great team effort by the Heat, and this post-Bosh Heat team will be extremely hard to beat if they keep firing on all cylinders like this.
Top Performers (MIA):
D. Wade – 30 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST, 5 STL, 9-17 FG, 2-3 3PT, 10-13 FT
L. James – 23 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 3 STL, 10-25 FG, 3-3 FT
T. Lawson – 17 PTS, 4 REB, 15 AST, 3 STL, 1 BLK, 6-14 FG, 3-8 3PT, 2-3 FT

Top Performers (BOS):
P. Pierce – 16 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST, 6-13 FG, 4-9 3PT
K. Garnett – 14 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 7-13 FG
J. Green – 14 PTS, 8 REB, 1 AST, 5 STL, 1 BLK, 6-16 FG, 2-8 3PT
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November Recap (11-3)

Postby Sasaki17 on Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:01 am

November Recap (11-3)
Miami Heat News:
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LeBron to Opt Out?
LeBron James has reportedly told management that he will be opting out of his contract after the season, in an attempt to sign a better extension. LeBron does not appear likely to leave the Heat, but the fact that he is apparently opting out will surely not help his public image.

Big Contract Year for Heat
Besides LeBron James, Dwyane Wade has a Player Option for this year, and Norris Cole will be a Restricted Free Agent after the season. Cole has told management that he wants to remain with the Heat, but he still wants a good contract. The Heat have already managed to re-sign F Udonis Haslem to a 2yr/$4.00M contract extension with a Team Option for a third year. Wade has already stated that he wants to retire with the Heat, so if he does opt-out of his contract it will likely only be to sign for a contract worth less than what the Option is in an effort to re-sign both Cole and James.

Chalmers on Trade Block?
Mario Chalmers is currently making $7.00M per year with his new contract, $7.00M which could be used to help the team re-sign both LeBron James and Norris Cole. With Ty Lawson averaging 13.9 PPG and 7.9 APG, and both Norris Cole and Shane Battier fully capable of taking a Sixth Man role, Chalmers has seemingly become expendable for the Heat, especially with top PG prospect Myck Kabongo on the roster. If Chalmers were to be moved, it would likely be either right before the Trade Deadline or before the NBA Draft.


Southeast Division News:
Magic Hoping to Continue Hot Start
The reigning Eastern Conference Champions are hoping to get a better seed in the playoffs this year, as opposed to the 7 seed they held last year. Both Chris Paul and Luol Deng are scoring at a good clip, with 22.6 PPG and 20.8 PPG respectively. Alec Burks and James McAdoo are continuing to improve, making the Magic a solid, young team that will be contending for an Eastern Conference Finals spot for many years to come.

Hawks Showing Promise, but Struggling
Lou Williams is showing great promise in his first season as a starter, scoring 19.8 PPG and 4.9 APG in his first month. Rookie G Mario Hezonja is also showing his potential, with 19.0 PPG, 2.6 RPG, and 3.4 APG in his first month in the NBA. The Hawks are only 5-8, but they have the potential to make a run at the playoffs.

Beal and Wall Continue Dominance, Wizards Losing Again
After being swept out of the playoffs by the Miami Heat last season, the Wizards are off to a 5-8 start to the season. Bradley Beal has had a great November, with 20.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and 1.0 APG, which are improvements over his career stats so far. John Wall has remained constant with 17.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, and 7.6 APG. The Wizards aren’t out of playoff contention, but as usual, fans are remaining skeptical of the team.

Those Crazy Bobcats
The Bobcats are off to a 4-11 start to the season, but at least they re-signed DeAndre Jordan. After sending a first round pick to the Heat and with Kemba Walker requesting a trade, the Bobcats look like they are headed straight to a long rebuilding process, if they ever got out of one. The Bobcats look lottery bound again, as they have absolutely no team chemistry.


Around the League:
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The most surprising team of the month has been the Sacramento Kings, who have stormed out of the gate to an NBA-Leading 12-3 record. Tyreke Evans is hoping to lead this team to the playoffs, which would be a breath of fresh air for Kings fans.

Celtics G Rajon Rondo wants to re-sign with the team as of now, but he may test free agency if the Celtics fail to reach the postseason again.


Injury Report:
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The Clippers have been hit hard by the injury bug, as both Chris Bosh and Chauncey Billups have broken their jaws and will miss the next 6-8 weeks of the season.

Hornets G Austin Rivers is still recovering from his MCL tear, and is expected to return in the next 2-4 weeks.

Reigning Finals MVP Manu Ginobili has a wrist injury and will miss time sporadically for the next 2-4 weeks.
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December Recap (22-6)

Postby Sasaki17 on Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:22 am

December Recap (22-6)
Miami Heat News:
Heat Edge out Magic for 1 Seed
The Heat are one game ahead of the team that eliminated them in the ECF last year, and they are hoping that it stays that way. The Heat do not want to face the Magic again, so as long as they are both the 1 and 2 seeds, the Heat will likely be fine with either outcome.

LeBron Hoping for MVP 4
After being plagued by injuries for the last two seasons, LeBron James is finally back on top of the MVP vote. He is averaging 27.8 PPG, 9.1 RPG, 4.9 APG, 2.1 SPG, and 1.2 BPG through the first two months of the season.

Chalmers Likely to be moved in January
Ty Lawson is having a great start to the season, averaging 15.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 7.4 APG, and 1.8 SPG through the first two months of the season. Mario Chalmers could be a starter somewhere, and the Heat want to give Norris Cole more minutes to see if they want to sign him to a long-term contract. The rumored leaders for Mario Chalmers are the Denver Nuggets, the Toronto Raptors, and the Detroit Pistons.


Southeast Division News:
Magic Making Run at 1 Seed
The Orlando Magic are one game back from the 1 seed Miami Heat, standing at 22-8 after the first two months of the season. Chris Paul is having an MVP season so far, averaging 20.7 PPG, 8.5 APG, and 2.8 SPG through the first two months of the season. If the Magic continue to click, they may be looking at a 1 seed and Chris Paul’s first MVP.

Wizards Rebound from Terrible November
After a 5-8 start to the season, the Washington Wizards are now 16-13 and the 5 seed in the East. Bradley Beal and John Wall are still lighting up the scoreboards, and Nerlens Noel is averaging an impressive 15.8 PPG and 9.3 RPG for a second-year player. The Wizards are hoping to get back to the playoffs after being swept by the Miami Heat last year.

Hawks > Bobcats (Barely)
The Hawks are lucky that the Charlotte Bobcats are in the league, because they are the only thing keeping them out of the cellar in both their division and the entire Eastern Conference. Josh Smith and Al Horford will likely be on the trading block if the Hawks don’t pull this out before the Trade Deadline.

Oh, Bobcats.
As Michael Kidd-Gilchrist gets better, the Bobcats are getting worse. They are the worst team in the Eastern Conference at 10-19, although they are only one game behind the Atlanta Hawks. Just to make things even better, the Miami Heat own the Bobcat’s first round pick this year. There is a strong possibility that they will hand one of the two best teams in the Eastern Conference the #1 pick on a silver platter after the DeAndre Jordan/Chris Bosh trade. Oops.


Around the League:
Pistons F Carmelo Anthony is averaging a career-worst 18.7 PPG with his new team.

Pacers G/F Paul George is prepared to test free agency after the season.


Transaction Report:
The Celtics and Rajon Rondo have agreed to a 5yr/$88.94M contract extension.

The Celtics and Jeff Green have agreed to a 6yr/$50.46M contract extension.


Injury Report:
Thunder G James Harden has torn his MCL again, and will miss the rest of the season. Harden has only played in 33 games since signing his max contract with the Thunder (13 last season, 20 this season), whereas Serge Ibaka has flourished after being traded to the Heat.

Celtics F Kevin Garnett will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a broken back.


Award Races:
MVP
1. LeBron James, F, Heat
2. Chris Paul, G, Magic
3. Derrick Rose, G, Bulls
4. Jeremy Lin, G, Rockets
5. Dwyane Wade, G, Heat

Rookie of the Year
1. Andrew Harrison, G, Jazz
2. Jabari Parker, F, 76ers
3. Andrew Wiggins, F, Suns
4. Julius Randle, F, Bulls
5. Aaron Gordon, F, Rockets

Sixth Man of the Year
1. Jared Sullinger, F, Celtics
2. Ryan Anderson, F, Cavaliers
3. Toney Douglas, G, Rockets
4. Rodrigue Beaubois, G, Mavericks
5. Evan Turner, G, Pacers

Defensive Player of the Year
1. Dwight Howard, C, Mavericks
2. JaVale McGee, C, Nuggets
3. Blake Griffin, F, Clippers
4. LeBron James, F, Heat
5. Josh Smith, F, Hawks

Most Improved Player
1. CJ McCollum, G, Bucks
2. Nerlens Noel, C, Wizards
3. Iman Shumpert, G, Knicks
4. Quincy Miller, F, Bucks
5. Josh Selby, G, Hornets


Playoff Picture:
Eastern Conference
1. [N/A] Miami Heat (22-6)
2. [N/A] Orlando Magic (22-8)
3. [N/A] New York Knicks (18-10)
4. [N/A] Chicago Bulls (19-11)
5. [N/A] Washington Wizards (16-13)
6. [N/A] Brooklyn Nets (15-13)
7. [N/A] Detroit Pistons (14-13)
8. [N/A] Milwaukee Bucks (14-15)
First Out: [N/A] Indiana Pacers (13-14)

Western Conference
1. [N/A] Sacramento Kings (20-9)
2. [N/A] Houston Rockets (20-9)
3. [N/A] Los Angeles Lakers (18-13)
4. [N/A] Denver Nuggets (17-15)
5. [N/A] San Antonio Spurs (15-13)
6. [N/A] Golden State Warriors (16-15)
7. [N/A] Dallas Mavericks (15-15)
8. [N/A] Utah Jazz (14-16)
First Out: [N/A] Minnesota Timberwolves (13-16)
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January Recap (34-10)

Postby Sasaki17 on Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:06 pm

January Recap (34-10)
Miami Heat News:
Heat Pull Ahead in Playoff Race
The Miami Heat are now 3 games ahead of the Orlando Magic in the race for the 1 seed. The Heat also have 3 MVP candidates on their roster (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Ty Lawson), and they are hell-bent on getting back to the Finals after being eliminated by the Magic last year. The Heat are hoping that the Magic stay in the 2 seed, so that they would not have to face the Magic until the Eastern Conference Finals if at all.

Chalmers’ Tenure Ends
Mario Chalmers was traded to the Toronto Raptors this month in exchange for Amir Johnson and a first round pick in next year’s draft. Johnson’s contract expires after this season, and the Heat need all of the cap space that they can get in order to re-sign LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Norris Cole, and even then they might not be able to re-sign all three.


Southeast Division News:
Magic Keep Hold on 2 Seed
The Orlando Magic used a good January to keep their hold on the 2 seed. The Magic want to get back to the Finals after falling short against the Spurs last year, and they are hoping that an MVP-like season from Chris Paul will be enough to get them there.

Wizards Fall Out of Playoffs
Bradley Beal, John Wall, and Nerlens Noel are having great seasons, but the Wizards are losing. They are a very streaky team, so the good news is that this losing streak is happening sooner as opposed to later. The Wizards will likely be in the hunt all year, with the last month of the season determining if they make the playoffs or not.

Hawks to Begin Fire Sale?
With the Trade Deadline a month away, the Hawks already have no chance at making the postseason. Josh Smith is having his worst statistical season since his sophomore campaign, and Al Horford has been injury-plagued for the last four seasons. One of the two will likely be moved before the trade deadline, as the Hawks should be able to get a good package of picks/players for one or both of them. The Hawks are expected to keep Lou Williams, as he and rookie Mario Hezonja appear to be the future of the Hawks.

Those Crazy ‘Cats
The Charlotte Bobcats are just lucky that the 76ers had an abysmal January, as they are no longer the worst team in the Eastern Conference. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is having the best season of his young career (19.4 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.2 SPG), yet the Bobcats are having the worst season since he has been there, likely caused from the loss of Ramon Sessions. Kemba Walker is furious about the way he has been handled; as he was not promoted to the starter after Sessions left (Rookie G Kasey Hill is the starter). The Bobcats are going nowhere fast, so they might as well try to trade Walker before the deadline.


Around the League:
Raptors G Jose Calderon is likely to be moved before the Trade Deadline.

The Hornets are fielding offers for C Marcin Gortat.

C Jordan Hill has requested a trade from the Charlotte Bobcats.


Transaction Report:
Jan. 17: The Miami Heat traded G Mario Chalmers to the Toronto Raptors for C/F Amir Johnson and a future first round pick.

Jan. 25: The Raptors have signed C Omer Asik to a 1yr/$4.32M deal.


Injury Report:
Raptors G J.R. Smith has torn his hamstring and will miss the next 4-6 weeks.

Heat F/G Vince Carter is recovering from his torn meniscus and will miss another 1-2 weeks.


Award Races:
MVP
1. LeBron James, F, Heat
2. Chris Paul, G, Magic
3. Dwyane Wade, G, Heat
4. Tyreke Evans, G, Kings
5. Ty Lawson, G, Heat

Rookie of the Year
1. Andrew Harrison, G, Jazz
2. Jabari Parker, F, 76ers
3. Andrew Wiggins, F, Suns
4. Julius Randle, F, Bulls
5. Aaron Gordon, F, Rockets

Sixth Man of the Year
1. Royce White, F, Hornets
2. Jordan Farmar, G, Hawks
3. Ryan Anderson, F, Cavaliers
4. Toney Douglas, G, Rockets
5. Jason Thompson, F, Kings

Defensive Player of the Year
1. Dwight Howard, C, Mavericks
2. Anthony Davis, F, Hornets
3. LeBron James, F, Heat
4. Josh Smith, F, Hawks
5. JaVale McGee, C, Nuggets

Most Improved Player
1. CJ McCollum, G, Bucks
2. Iman Shumpert, G, Knicks
3. Isaiah Austin, C, Timberwolves
4. Nerlens Noel, C, Wizards
5. Gerald Henderson, G, Bobcats


Playoff Picture:
Eastern Conference
1. [1] Miami Heat (34-10)
2. [2] Orlando Magic (32-14)
3. [4] Chicago Bulls (28-18)
4. [3] New York Knicks (23-21)
5. [6] Brooklyn Nets (23-22)
6. [N/A] Toronto Raptors
7. [7] Detroit Pistons (14-13)
8. [N/A] Indiana Pacers (21-22)
First Out: [N/A] Boston Celtics (22-24)

Western Conference
1. [1] Sacramento Kings (30-14)
2. [2] Houston Rockets (28-16)
3. [3] Los Angeles Lakers (26-20)
4. [4] Denver Nuggets (24-22)
5. [5] San Antonio Spurs (24-19)
6. [6] Golden State Warriors (23-20)
7. [8] Utah Jazz (22-21)
8. [N/A] Minnesota Timberwolves (21-22)
First Out: [N/A] Los Angeles Clippers (22-25)
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Y3 - Trade Frenzy Week 1 (Feb. 1-8)

Postby Sasaki17 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:27 pm

Trade Frenzy – Week 1 (February 1-8)
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Feb 8: The 76ers have traded their first round pick and Sam Young to the Nuggets for Anthony Randolph. This is a great move for the Nuggets, as they move a role player with a huge contract and get an expiring contract and what will probably end up being a top-3 lottery pick. This is a decent move for the 76ers, as Randolph has good potential, although his $75.00M contract is definitely a concern.


Trade Rumors:
The Spurs are apparently going to deal Tony Parker before the trade deadline, with the Bobcats and Nuggets being the most likely teams. The Bobcats are in talks with the Spurs, while the Nuggets have reportedly asked a team in the Eastern Conference to help facilitate a trade for Parker. The Spurs may also decide to move Manu Ginobili before the deadline, as they are in full rebuild mode just one season after winning the Finals.

The Nets are reportedly working out a trade that will send G C.J. Watson to the Boston Celtics.

The Raptors want to move Jose Calderon, and sources indicate they are engaging in talks with the Mavericks, Clippers, Hornets, and 76ers.
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Y3 - Trade Frenzy Week 2 (Feb. 9-16)

Postby Sasaki17 on Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:32 am

Trade Frenzy – Week 2 (February 9-16)
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Feb 9: Looks like the Eastern Conference team that the Nuggets contacted was the Miami Heat, as they have helped get Tony Parker to Denver in a three-team trade. The Heat traded Amir Johnson, a first round pick this year (via Toronto), and a second round pick this year (via Philadelphia) to the Spurs, who traded Tony Parker to the Nuggets. In exchange for facilitating this trade, the Heat got Arron Afflalo and Denver’s first round pick next year.

Trade Rumors:
The Spurs are going to trade Manu Ginobili before the deadline, they just aren’t sure where yet. The frontrunners are believed to be the Utah Jazz and the Orlando Magic. The Spurs are also fielding offers for Ramon Sessions, who was expecting a bigger role when he signed with the Spurs.

Glen Davis is done in Utah; the only question is if he will be dealt before the deadline or walk away after the season. The Jazz will likely try to move him so they get something in return for him.

The Timberwolves are engaging in trade talks for Chase Budinger, with the Clippers and Wizards rumored to be the frontrunners.
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Y3 - Trade Frenzy Conclusion (Feb. 17-27)

Postby Sasaki17 on Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:40 pm

Trade Frenzy – Conclusion (February 17-27)
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Feb 22: Manu Ginobili’s long tenure as a member of the Spurs has ended, as the reigning NBA Finals MVP was traded to the Orlando Magic, along with Matt Bonner and a future first round pick, in exchange for Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, and promising Center Kaleb Tarczewski. The Spurs were decimated when Tim Duncan retired, and the Big Three era is now officially over, with Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili all no longer members of the Spurs.


Feb 25: The Spurs continue their fire sale, sending Stephen Jackson to the Knicks for Steve Novak and a second round pick in this year’s draft. People might start to wonder if the Spurs are tanking. They are.
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Year 3 (All-Star Break)

Postby Sasaki17 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 6:09 am

All-Star Break Recap:
Eastern Conference All-Stars:
Starters
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Dwyane Wade, G, Heat
Derrick Rose, G, Bulls
LeBron James, F, Heat
Andre Iguodala, F, Bulls
Al Horford, C, Hawks

Bench
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Chris Paul, G, Magic
Monta Ellis, G, Bucks
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, F, Bobcats
Josh Smith, F, Hawks
Steven Adams, C, Celtics
Deron Williams, G, Nets
John Wall, G, Wizards


Western Conference All-Stars:
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Kobe Bryant, G, Lakers
Russell Westbrook, G, Thunder
Kevin Durant, F, Thunder
Blake Griffin, F, Clippers
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Kings

Bench
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Jeremy Lin, G, Rockets
Eric Gordon, G, Warriors
Harrison Barnes, F, Warriors
Anthony Davis, F, Hornets
Cody Zeller, C, Trail Blazers
Kevin Love, F, Timberwolves
Andrew Harrison, G, Jazz


All-Rookie Team:
Starters
Andrew Harrison, G, Jazz
Mario Hezonja, G, Hawks
Jabari Parker, F, 76ers
Andrew Wiggins, F, Suns
Kaleb Tarczewski, C, Magic

Bench
Kasey Hill, G, Bobcats
Wayne Selden, G, Rockets
Kyle Anderson, F, Cavaliers
Julius Randle, F, Bulls
Cameron Ridley, C, Kings


All-Sophomore Team:
Starters
Shabazz Muhammad, G, Suns
C.J. McCollum, G, Bucks
Alex Poythress, F, Cavaliers
James McAdoo, F, Magic
Nerlens Noel, C, Wizards

Bench
Ryan Harrow, G, Jazz
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, G, Kings
Adonis Thomas, F, Cavaliers
Tony Mitchel, F, Nets
Steven Adams, C, Celtics


Rising Stars Challenge:
Rookies Can’t Complete Comeback, Sophomores Win 103-100
Despite the best efforts of #1 pick Jabari Parker, the Rookies could not finish their comeback in the fourth quarter, and they fell just short of the Sophomores. The Sophomores were led by the scoring and defense of both Shabazz Muhammad, who probably could have won the MVP last season if he wasn’t on the Suns, and C.J. McCollum, the promising Guard for the Bucks.
Top Performers (Sophomores):
C.J. McCollum (MIL): 32 PTS, 3 REB, 7 AST, 2 BLK, 9-18 FG, 5-7 3PT, 9-10 FT
S. Muhammad (PHX): 20 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST, 1 STL, 7-13 FG, 1-5 3PT, 5-5 FT

Top Performers (Rookies):
J. Parker (PHI): 25 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST, 1 BLK, 9-13 FG, 7-10 FT
J. Randle (CHI): 18 PTS, 13 REB, 1 BLK, 6-17 FG, 1-4 3PT, 5-6 FT


All-Star Game:
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Wade Wins All-Star MVP as East Destroy West
Dwyane Wade was awarded the All-Star MVP after leading the Eastern Conference to an extremely lopsided 132-84 victory. The last two players to win the All-Star MVP (Wade, Paul) led their teams to the NBA Finals that year.
Top Performers (East):
D. Wade (MIA): 29 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 12-15 FG, 1-1 3PT, 4-7 FT
L. James (MIA): 23 PTS, 8 REB, 7 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 9-15 FG, 0-1 3PT, 5-6 FT

Top Performers (West):
J. Lin (HOU): 13 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK, 4-9 FG, 0-1 3PT, 5-5 FT
E. Gordon (GS): 11 PTS, 2 AST, 4-7 FG, 1-3 3PT, 2-3 FT
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February Recap (41-15)

Postby Sasaki17 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:26 am

February Recap (41-15)
Miami Heat News:
Heat-Centric MVP Race
While Ty Lawson has fallen out of the Top 5 for the MVP award, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are at the top of the votes. If Lawson can keep getting the ball to Wade and James, however, don’t be surprised if he makes a late push for the trophy.

Heat Stay Solid atop Shifting East
The Miami Heat have managed to stay at the top of the Eastern Conference for the entire season, whereas the rest of the Playoff Picture has been shifting around a lot. The Heat, Magic, and Bulls seem to have a firm grip on the top 3 seeds, but 4-8 are going to be a bitter fight to the end. Not one team in that range has stayed in the same spot they were in last month, and one of the teams wasn’t even in the top 9 last month. This playoff race should be one of the most interesting ones in years.

LeBron to Opt Out
LeBron James will not pick up the Player Option on his contract after the end of the season, as he sees this offseason as his last opportunity for a big contract. LeBron is likely to re-sign with the Heat, but not until after testing the market to see what his value is.


Southeast Division News:
Magic Retain Firm Grip on 2 Seed
The Magic are the only Eastern Conference team besides the Heat that has stayed at the same spot in the seeding for the entire season so far. The Magic have been dominant all season, with a +6.9 point differential (2nd), the fourth best defense in the NBA, and the ninth best offense in the NBA. Chris Paul would be the runaway MVP candidate if LeBron James and Dwyane Wade weren’t so dominant. The Magic are not expected to give up the 2 seed, and the only team even close to them is the Chicago Bulls.

Hawks’ Offense Still an Issue
The Atlanta Hawks are doing great defensively this season, only surrendering 96.7 PPG. The problem is that they are only scoring 95.5 PPG. They failed to trade for an offensive weapon, and they have been below .500 all season. Don’t expect that to change.

Same Old Wizards
The Wizards always have so much potential, but they never have any chemistry. They were in striking distance of the playoffs, but a terrible February may have made it impossible for them to get back into the chase. They’ve fallen behind the lowly Hawks, and they are only 2.5 games ahead of the Bobcats, not a good sign for this team. They are likely going to be petitioning the team to let them select “Chemistry” in this year’s NBA draft.

Bobcats…
Who knew that Ramon Sessions was so important to a team? The Bobcats went from barely missing the playoffs last year to one of the worst teams in the NBA. The only solace that the Bobcats have is that the Thunder have a worse record than them this season. Sure, they did lose James Harden to a torn MCL, but you have to take the little victories while you can, especially when the best team in your division has your first round draft pick this year. Oh well.


Around the League:
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Carmelo Anthony may have made the worst decision in his career by going to the Pistons, as he is averaging a career-low 17.2 PPG with his new team. Hopefully for Melo, he’ll be able to pull it out, but more importantly the Pistons might have just wasted $117.00M.


Transaction Report:
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The Re-signing Deadline was very quiet, with Alec Burks being the only player to ink a new deal. He will stay with the Magic on a 4yr/$22.90M deal.


Injury Report:
Kings Star G and MVP Candidate Tyreke Evans will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a back injury.

Trail Blazers F Nicolas Batum has torn his MCL and will miss the remainder of the season.

Magic G Manu Ginobili has a minor MCL strain and will miss time sporadically over the next 2 weeks.

Raptors G J.R. Smith is now day-to-day with his torn hamstring and is expected back soon.


Award Races:
MVP
1. LeBron James, F, Heat
2. Dwyane Wade, G, Heat
3. Chris Paul, G, Magic
4. Derrick Rose, G, Bulls
5. Tyreke Evans, G, Kings

Rookie of the Year
1. Andrew Harrison, G, Jazz
2. Jabari Parker, F, 76ers
3. Andrew Wiggins, F, Suns
4. Julius Randle, F, Bulls
5. Mario Hezonja, G, Hawks

Sixth Man of the Year
1. Royce White, F, Hornets
2. Ryan Anderson, F, Cavaliers
3. Toney Douglas, G, Rockets
4. Jeff Teague, G, Spurs
5. Jarrett Jack, G, Warriors

Defensive Player of the Year
1. Dwight Howard, C, Mavericks
2. Josh Smith, F, Hawks
3. JaVale McGee, C, Nuggets
4. LeBron James, F, Heat
5. Anthony Davis, F, Hornets

Most Improved Player
1. CJ McCollum, G, Bucks
2. Nerlens Noel, C, Wizards
3. Iman Shumpert, G, Knicks
4. Isaiah Austin, C, Timberwolves
5. Gerald Henderson, G, Bobcats


Playoff Picture:
Eastern Conference
1. [1] Miami Heat (41-15)
2. [2] Orlando Magic (38-20)
3. [3] Chicago Bulls (36-21)
4. [5] Brooklyn Nets (31-26)
5. [8] Indiana Pacers (30-24)
6. [4] New York Knicks (29-27)
7. [N/A] Cleveland Cavaliers (29-29)
8. [6] Toronto Raptors (28-28)
First Out: [7] Detroit Pistons (26-29)

Western Conference
1. [1] Sacramento Kings (37-18)
2. [3] Los Angeles Lakers (36-21)
3. [2] Houston Rockets (32-24)
4. [4] Denver Nuggets (31-27)
5. [6] Golden State Warriors (33-24)
6. [8] Minnesota Timberwolves (29-26)
7. [5] San Antonio Spurs (30-27)
8. [N/A] Los Angeles Clippers (30-28)
First Out: [7] Utah Jazz (25-29)
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March Recap (52-21)

Postby Sasaki17 on Wed Jan 16, 2013 3:03 pm

March Recap (52-21)
Miami Heat News:
LeBron a Lock for MVP 4?
LeBron James is one month away from securing his fourth MVP trophy. Reigning MVP and teammate Dwyane Wade is second in voting, but he would likely need an amazing final month of the season to overtake LeBron. There are rumors that Erik Spoelstra may reduce LeBron’s minutes due to his injuries over the last two seasons, which may be the only thing to keep LeBron away from the MVP trophy.

Cole to Miss Rest of Season
Norris Cole has broken his foot, and he will miss the remainder of the regular season. Cole is expected to be back for the first round of the playoffs, although he may miss one or two games.


Southeast Division News:
Magic Clinch Playoffs
The Magic have stayed firm in the 2 seed for the entire season, and they don’t appear to be going anywhere with one month left in the season. Sure, they are only 1.5 games ahead of the Bulls, but they are 5.5 games ahead of the 4 seeded Raptors. Neither the Magic nor the Heat want to face each other until they have to, so don’t expect the Magic to lose the 2 seed without a fight.

Playoffs Possible for Hawks?
The Hawks are 5.5 games out of the 8 seed with 10 games left to play. The playoffs are a possibility, but they are highly unlikely due to the continued offensive struggles of the Hawks. To make things worse, their defense has gotten worse, and they now have a -2.5 point differential. The Hawks are a longshot at best for the postseason.

Bobcats 5.5 Out
The Bobcats are riding a 4 game winning streak and are 5.5 points and a tiebreaker with the Hawks out of the postseason. However, they are near the bottom of both scoring (94.8 PPG) and defense (100.4 PAPG). They are trending upwards, but the playoffs are very unlikely.

Wizards Getting Worse
The Wizards are riding a 5 game losing streak, and are now one of the cellar dwellers in the Eastern Conference after an abysmal March. John Wall may walk in free agency after the season, as he wants to win. Bradley Beal is scoring at a good clip, but if Wall leaves, the Wizards are doomed. They will have a high draft pick as a fallback, but that hasn’t exactly worked out too well for them.


Around the League:
Cavaliers G Kyrie Irving will test free agency after the season. He is a restricted free agent, however, and he will likely remain with the Cavs.

Grizzlies F/G Rudy Gay may test the open market after the season.

Rockets G Jeremy Lin is expected to test the free agent market after the season.

The Hornets are expected to pick up the team options for both Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers, and both are expected to sign long-term extensions with the team.


Injury Report:
Timberwolves G Ricky Rubio has injured his wrist and will likely sit for the remainder of the season.


Award Races:
MVP
1. LeBron James, F, Heat
2. Dwyane Wade, G, Heat
3. Derrick Rose, G, Bulls
4. Deron Williams, G, Nets
5. Chris Paul, G, Magic

Rookie of the Year
1. Andrew Harrison, G, Jazz
2. Jabari Parker, F, 76ers
3. Andrew Wiggins, F, Suns
4. Julius Randle, F, Bulls
5. Mario Hezonja, G, Hawks

Sixth Man of the Year
1. Jordan Farmar, G, Hawks
2. Royce White, F, Hornets
3. Rodrigue Beaubois, G, Mavericks
4. Jarrett Jack, G, Warriors
5. Ryan Anderson, F, Cavaliers

Defensive Player of the Year
1. Josh Smith, F, Hawks
2. Dwight Howard, C, Mavericks
3. LeBron James, F, Heat
4. Anthony Davis, F, Hornets
5. DeMarcus Cousins, C, Kings

Most Improved Player
1. CJ McCollum, G, Bucks
2. Iman Shumpert, G, Knicks
3. Isaiah Austin, C, Timberwolves
4. Nerlens Noel, C, Wizards
5. Gerald Henderson, G, Bobcats


Playoff Picture:
Eastern Conference
1. [1] Miami Heat (52-21) {Clinched Playoffs}
2. [2] Orlando Magic (46-27) {Clinched Playoffs}
3. [3] Chicago Bulls (44-28)
4. [8] Toronto Raptors (40-32)
5. [4] Brooklyn Nets (40-33)
6. [5] Indiana Pacers (37-34)
7. [7] Cleveland Cavaliers (38-36)
8. [6] New York Knicks (37-36)
First Out: [N/A] Detroit Pistons (34-37)

Western Conference
1. [1] Sacramento Kings (47-25) {Clinched Playoffs}
2. [3] Los Angeles Lakers (45-26) {Clinched Playoffs}
3. [6] Minnesota Timberwolves (38-33)
4. [7] San Antonio Spurs (37-35)
5. [5] Golden State Warriors (44-28)
6. [8] Los Angeles Clippers (41-33)
7. [4] Denver Nuggets (38-34)
8. [3] Houston Rockets (36-36)
First Out: [N/A] Oklahoma City Thunder (34-38)
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Re: Not Five, Not Six, Not Seven - Year 3 March Recap (52-21

Postby Mark. on Thu Jan 17, 2013 5:47 am

Loving these little monthly recaps. This is a great, simple way of sharing your dynasty association. I will be reading (Y)
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Playoff/MVP Race Week 1 (54-21)

Postby Sasaki17 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:40 pm

Playoff Race – Week 1 (April 1-5)
Eastern Conference
1. [1] Miami Heat (54-21) {Clinched Conference}
2. [2] Orlando Magic (47-29) {Clinched Playoffs}
3. [3] Chicago Bulls (45-30) {Clinched Playoffs}
4. [4] Toronto Raptors (42-33)
5. [5] Brooklyn Nets (40-36)
6. [7] Cleveland Cavaliers (40-36)
7. [6] Indiana Pacers (38-35)
8. [8] New York Knicks (39-36)
First Out: [N/A] Detroit Pistons (36-38)


Western Conference
1. [1] Sacramento Kings (49-25) {Clinched Playoffs}
2. [3] Los Angeles Lakers (47-27) {Clinched Playoffs}
3. [7] Denver Nuggets (39-25)
4. [8] Houston Rockets (38-36)
5. [5] Golden State Warriors (44-30) {Clinched Playoffs}
6. [6] Los Angeles Clippers (44-33) {Clinched Playoffs}
7. [3] Minnesota Timberwolves (38-36)
8. [4] San Antonio Spurs (38-37)
First Out: [N/A] Oklahoma City Thunder (36-39)


MVP Race:
1. LeBron James, F, Heat
2. Dwyane Wade, G, Heat
3. Derrick Rose, G, Bulls
4. Chris Paul, G, Magic
5. Ty Lawson, G, Heat
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Year 3 Playoff/MVP Update 2 (56-22)

Postby Sasaki17 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:36 pm

Playoff Race – Week 2 (April 6-12)
Eastern Conference
1. [1] Miami Heat (56-22) {Clinched Conference}
2. [2] Orlando Magic (48-31) {Clinched Playoffs}
3. [3] Chicago Bulls (47-31) {Clinched Playoffs}
4. [4] Toronto Raptors (44-35)
5. [8] New York Knicks (42-36)
6. [5] Brooklyn Nets (42-37)
7. [7] Indiana Pacers (40-37)
8. [6] Cleveland Cavaliers (41-38)
First Out: [N/A] Detroit Pistons (40-38)


Western Conference
1. [1] Sacramento Kings (53-25) {Clinched Playoffs}
2. [2] Los Angeles Lakers (50-28) {Clinched Playoffs}
3. [3] Denver Nuggets (42-36) {Clinched Playoffs}
4. [4] Houston Rockets (39-39)
5. [5] Golden State Warriors (45-33) {Clinched Playoffs}
6. [6] Los Angeles Clippers (45-34) {Clinched Playoffs}
7. [7] Minnesota Timberwolves (40-38)
8. [8] San Antonio Spurs (39-40)
First Out: [N/A] Oklahoma City Thunder (37-42)


MVP Race:
1. LeBron James, F, Heat
2. Dwyane Wade, G, Heat
3. Derrick Rose, G, Bulls
4. Ty Lawson, G, Heat
5. Deron Williams, G, Nets
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Year 3 Playoff/MVP Update 2 (56-22

Postby Mark. on Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:43 am

Looking forward to the playoffs. Interesting to see Lawson as a MVP candidate. What is he averaging?
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Year 3 Playoff/MVP Update 2 (56-22

Postby Sasaki17 on Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:30 am

Mark. wrote:Looking forward to the playoffs. Interesting to see Lawson as a MVP candidate. What is he averaging?


He was averaging about 17 and 7 for the year. I made sure to record the stats for the award races for next season so you guys can see how/why the players are candidates for each award.

Sorry I haven't updated in a while, should have the next playoff update tonight or tomorrow.
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Year 3 - Final Standings

Postby Sasaki17 on Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:20 pm

Final Playoff Standings
Eastern Conference
1. [1] Miami Heat (60-22)
2. [2] Orlando Magic (50-32)
3. [3] Chicago Bulls (49-33)
4. [4] Toronto Raptors (46-36)
5. [5] New York Knicks (44-38)
6. [7] Indiana Pacers (43-39)
7. [N/A] Detroit Pistons (43-39)
8. [8] Cleveland Cavaliers (42-40)


Western Conference
1. [1] Sacramento Kings (56-26)
2. [2] Los Angeles Lakers (51-31)
3. [7] Minnesota Timberwolves (43-39)
4. [8] San Antonio Spurs (41-41)
5. [5] Golden State Warriors (49-33)
6. [6] Los Angeles Clippers (46-36)
7. [3] Denver Nuggets (43-39)
8. [4] Houston Rockets (41-41)
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Year 3 Final Standings

Postby Mark. on Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:11 am

Solid record, look in firm control of the East being 10 games clear of second.
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Year 3 - Awards & Predictions

Postby Sasaki17 on Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:11 am

Season Awards:
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Scoring Leader: Kevin Durant, F, Thunder (2426 Points)


All-NBA First Team
Derrick Rose, G, Bulls
Dwyane Wade, G, Heat
LeBron James, F, Heat
Kevin Durant, F, Thunder
Dwight Howard, C, Mavericks

All-NBA Second Team
John Wall, G, Wizards
Deron Williams, G, Nets
Kevin Love, F, Timberwolves
Perry Jones, F, Thunder
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Kings

All-NBA Third Team
Jeremy Lin, G, Rockets
Chris Paul, G, Magic
Anthony Davis, F, Hornets
Harrison Barnes, F, Warriors
Nerlens Noel, C, Wizards

All-Defensive First Team
Dwyane Wade, G, Heat
John Wall, G, Wizards
Josh Smith, F, Hawks
Anthony Davis, F, Hornets
Dwight Howard, C, Mavericks

All-Defensive Second Team
Rajon Rondo, G, Celtics
Paul George, G, Pacers
LeBron James, F, Heat
Tyrus Thomas, F, Bobcats
DeMarcus Cousins, C, Kings

All-Rookie First Team
Andrew Harrison, G, Jazz
Jabari Parker, F, 76ers
Andrew Wiggins, F, Suns
Julius Randle, F, Bulls
Kasey Hill, G, Bobcats

All-Rookie Second Team
Mario Hezonja, G, Hawks
Rodney Purvis, G, Trail Blazers
Kyle Anderson, F, Cavaliers
Ben McLemore, G, Bulls
Ricardo Ledo, G, Pistons


Playoff Predictions - Eastern Conference:
Heat v. Cavaliers
The Heat rampaged their way through the regular season, and LeBron locked up his fourth MVP award. The Cavaliers made the playoffs on a tiebreaker and struggled all season. The Heat will likely be without Ty Lawson for this series (Back Spasms), but it probably won’t hurt them much.
Prediction: Heat in 4

Magic v. Pistons
Chris Paul is coming off of an MVP-like season, while Carmelo Anthony is coming off of the worst season in his career. This will be a good showcase of team basketball, but the Magic shouldn’t have much of a problem with the Pistons.
Prediction: Magic in 5

Bulls v. Pacers
Derrick Rose is out with a broken toe for the next 2-4 weeks, so Marquis Teague will start this series. The Bulls still have Andre Iguodala, Tony Allen, and Julius Randle, so this won’t be a runaway for the Pacers, who did struggle at times this season.
Prediction: Pacers in 7

Raptors v. Knicks
Amar’e Stoudemire has done an admirable job leading the Knicks this season, but the Raptors are a very bad matchup for them. The Knicks’ defense may slow the Raptors down a little, but their offense likely won’t be able to keep up with them. The Raptors will likely make short work of the Knicks.
Prediction: Raptors in 5


Playoff Predictions - Western Conference:
Kings v. Rockets
The Kings have had an amazing season, never relinquishing their 1 seed. They don’t have any real playoff experience, although neither do the Rockets. The Rockets have been streaky all season, fluctuating between the 4 and 8 seeds. The Kings will also be getting Tyreke Evans back, who was an MVP candidate before his injury.
Prediction: Kings in 4

Lakers v. Nuggets
The Lakers are stacked this year, and the only thing that kept them from the 1 seed was the Kings’ amazing run. The only thing that could be a problem for the Lakers is that the Nuggets are stacked at Small Forward, whereas Andrei Kirilenko cannot play due to a torn MCL. The Lakers also have to worry about Tony Parker, who was just in the Finals last year and has a Finals MVP under his belt. This will be a battle between a team with a stacked starting lineup and a mediocre bench and a team that has solid starters and one of the better benches in the league. It should be an interesting series.
Prediction: Lakers in 6

Timberwolves v. Clippers
Chris Bosh had a decent season when he could actually stay on the court, but Blake Griffin will miss the first 1-2 games with a quad injury. Chauncey Billups and Chris Bosh won’t be enough to get past Kevin Love, Derrick Williams, and Brandon Roy. Ricky Rubio will also miss the first couple of games with his wrist injury, but he won’t be as big of a loss to the T-Wolves as Blake Griffin will be to the Clippers.
Prediction: Timberwolves in 5

Spurs v. Warriors
The Spurs are in the 4 seed due to a tiebreaker over the Rockets, but they really don’t have much of a chance at beating the Warriors, who have a great starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Eric Gordon, Harrison Barnes, and David Lee. The only thing that could hurt the Warriors is that Andrew Bogut will miss the first few games. The Spurs are a young team with a lot of potential, but they have no chance against the Warriors.
Prediction: Warriors in 4
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Year 3 Awards/Predictions

Postby Mark. on Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:51 am

Wow the rookies in your save have really powered to the top (PJones, Davis, Barnes etc)

Looking in a strong position for the title (Y)
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Heat v. Cleveland - Games 1&2

Postby Sasaki17 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 5:04 pm

Game 1: Heat v. Cavaliers
Wade’s Double-Double Lifts Heat Past Cavs
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LeBron James led the Heat to a 15 point lead in the second quarter, and Dwyane Wade put the game away with an amazing second half. Wade did a fantastic job starting at the point with Ty Lawson out, posting a double-double in the Heat’s 113-103 win over the Cavaliers. Serge Ibaka got into early foul trouble, but Joel Przybilla put up an admirable performance off of the bench, tallying 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks. The Cavaliers struggled without Dion Waiters, but he is expected to be back by game 3 at the latest.
Top Performers (MIA):
D. Wade: 45 PTS, 3 REB, 10 AST, 4 STL, 18-26 FG, 0-1 3PT, 9-10 FT
L. James: 27 PTS, 2 REB, 2 AST, 4 STL, 2 BLK, 11-22 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-6 FT

Top Performers (CLE):
B. Mullens: 23 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL, 1 BLK, 10-14 FG, 3-3 FT
K. Irving: 18 PTS, 7 REB, 11 AST, 2 STL, 2 BLK, 7-12 FG, 1-5 3PT, 3-3 FT


Game 2: Heat v. Cavaliers
Wade, James Come up Clutch
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Lebron James hit a clutch three, and Dwyane Wade made a clutch free throw to put the Heat up by four with nine seconds left. That free throw turned out to be the last point scored, as the Heat held on to win 88-84. The defensive contributions of Serge Ibaka and Udonis Haslem had a huge impact, as they came up with 5 and 3 blocks, respectively. The series will move to Cleveland for game 3.
Top Performers (MIA):
L. James: 32 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 4 BLK, 13-23 FG, 2-3 3PT, 4-5 FT
D. Wade: 23 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST, 4 STL, 11-17 FG, 0-2 3PT, 1-2 FT

Top Performers (CLE):
T. Thompson: 22 PTS, 14 REB, 3 AST, 10-14 FG, 2-2 FT
K. Irving: 14 PTS, 3 REB, 10 AST, 2 STL, 5-11 FG, 0-1 3T, 4-4 FT
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Heat v. Cleveland - Games 3&4

Postby Sasaki17 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:28 am

Game 3: Heat @ Cavaliers
Heat Blast Cavs in Cleveland
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The Heat picked up a great team win in Game 3, using solid defense and efficient offense to rout the Cavaliers 99-82. Myck Kabongo and Dwyane Wade did great at moving the ball, with 8 and 7 assists respectively. The Cavs now have their backs against the wall, and will try to overcome the 0-3 deficit tomorrow night at home.
Top Performers (MIA):
L. James: 29 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 3 BLK, 12-18 FG, 2-3 3PT, 3-4 FT
D. Wade: 20 PTS, 8 REB, 7 AST, 2 STL, BLK, 8-17 FG, 1-2 3PT, 3-4 FT

Top Performers (CLE):
A. Thomas: 16 PTS, 5 REB, AST, STL, BLK, 5-13 FG, 1-5 3PT, 5-6 FT
K. Irving: 16 PTS, 8 REB, 11 AST, 3-11 FG, 1-1 3PT, 9-10 FT


Game 4: Heat @ Cavaliers
Clutch Wade Gives Heat Sweep
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Dwyane Wade made 6 free throws in the last 45 seconds of regulation to defeat the Cavaliers 98-90. The Cavs made a valiant effort, leading the game 75-70 after three quarters, but were outscored 28-15 in the fourth quarter to knock them from the playoffs. The Heat will face (4) Toronto in the next round of the playoffs. Toronto is coming off of a sweep of the Knicks.
Top Performers (MIA):
D. Wade: 36 PTS, 11 REB, 6 AST, 2 STL, 3 BLK, 12-29 FG, 2-5 3PT, 10-11 FT
L. James: 20 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST, 2 STL, 9-13 FG, 1-3 3PT, 1-1 FT

Top Performers (CLE):
T. Thompson: 17 PTS, 14 REB, 2 AST, BLK, 8-13 FG, 1-3 3PT
A. Thomas: 15 PTS, 5 REB, 8 AST, STL, 5-13 FG, 0-3 3PT, 5-5FT
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Round 2 Predictions

Postby Sasaki17 on Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:17 am

Playoff Predictions - Eastern Conference:
(1) Miami Heat v. (4) Toronto Raptors
These two teams do not like each other. This series will be a fight to the death, but the Heat have the edge as Ty Lawson will be returning from injury, and Norris Cole should be back by Game 3.
Matchup to Watch: LeBron James v. Andrea Bargnani
Prediction: Heat in 6

(2) Orlando Magic v. (6) Indiana Pacers
The team that destroyed the Heat in the ECF last year is up against the team that got blown out of the playoffs by the Heat last year. The Magic are upset after being taken to 7 games by the Pistons, and they will take it out on the Pacers. They scored 144 points against the Pistons in game 7, showing that they are unstoppable when they want to be. The Pacers might not even get a lead in this series.
Matchup to Watch: Luol Deng v. Danny Granger
Prediction: Magic in 4


Playoff Predictions - Western Conference:
(1) Sacramento Kings v. (5) Golden StateWarriors
The Kings rolled past the Rockets, while the Warriors were taken to 7 games by the Spurs, a team who seemed like they were trying to tank after the trade deadline. The Warriors will need a miracle to win this series.
Matchup to Watch: Tyreke Evans v. Eric Gordon
Prediction: Kings in 5

(6) Los Angeles Clippers v. (7) Denver Nuggets
This matchup between two offensive juggernauts will likely be decided by whoever has the ball in their hands last. The Clippers have a better starting rotation, but their bench has been mediocre at best. The Nuggets have arguably the best bench in the Western Conference, but their starting lineup is inconsistent at best, save for Tony Parker. This should be a close series.
Matchup to Watch: Chris Bosh v. JaVale McGee
Prediction: Clippers in 7
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Y3 2nd Round Predictions

Postby Mark. on Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:59 am

Good sweep. Some interesting matchups coming up. Would be good to see a Florida ECF!
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Heat v. Raptors Games 1 & 2

Postby Sasaki17 on Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:25 am

Game 1: Heat v. Raptors
Heat Attempt to Lose, Fail
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With 5 minutes left, up by 15 points, the Raptors had seemingly won Game 1 of the Semifinals. Somebody forgot to tell Ty Lawson, who had entered the 4th quarter 1-5 behind the arc with 17 points. He left the game 6-10 behind the arc with 43 points. Lawson scored 25 fourth quarter points to lift the Heat past the Raptors 119-110. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James apparently decided not to show up, scoring 12 and 15 points respectively. The Heat will host Game 2 in Miami tomorrow night, and they are in trouble if they continue to play how they did for 3.5 quarters last night.
Top Performers (MIA):
T. Lawson: 42 PTS, 2 REB, 10 AST, 6 STL, 17-23 FG, 6-10 3PT, 2-2 FT
A. Afflalo: 23 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 5 STL, 9-23 FG, 5-12 3PT

Top Performers (TOR):
J.R. Smith: 33 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, STL, 14-19 FG, 3-6 3PT, 2-3 FT
D. DeRozan: 18 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST, BLK, 7-11 FG, 2-3 3PT, 2-2 FT


Game 2: Heat v. Raptors
Team Basketball Lifts Heat over Raptors
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Myck Kabongo stepped up big after Ty Lawson fouled out, hitting the game-winning three with .03 left to lift the Heat over the Raptors 104-102. The Heat used team basketball to defeat the Raptors, with six players in double digit scoring and only 5 turnovers. The series will head to Toronto for Game 3, where Norris Cole will be returning for the Heat.
Top Performers (MIA):
L. James: 25 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, 11-20 FG, 1-4 3PT, 2-5 FT
S. Ibaka: 17 PTS, 8 REB, 2 AST, STL, 2 BLK, 8-10 FG, 1-1 3PT
T. Lawson: 17 PTS, 5 AST, STL, BLK, 7-12 FG, 3-4 3PT

Top Performers (TOR):
J.R. Smith: 21 PTS, 6 REB, 3 AST, 10-14 FG, 0-3 3PT, 1-4 FT
D. DeRozan: 19 PTS, 6 REB, BLK, 9-16 FG, 0-3 3PT, 1-1 FT
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Heat v. Raptors Games 3 & 4

Postby Sasaki17 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:53 am

Game 3: Heat @ Raptors
Cole and Lawson Lift Heat in Ugly Game
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With both LeBron and D-Wade struggling, the Heat relied on the tandem of Norris Cole and Ty Lawson to lift them over the Raptors 111-108. Cole, back from injury, came off the bench and fueled the Heat’s comeback in the third quarter. Down 71-60 in the third, Cole rallied the Heat to take a 82-81 lead heading into the 4th, a lead that they never gave up. The Heat moved the ball best when both Cole and Shane Battier were on the court, especially with LeBron in foul trouble for most of the game. The Heat now hold a 3-0 series lead, and they hope to wrap it up in Toronto tomorrow night.
Top Performers (MIA):
T. Lawson: 28 PTS, 3 REB, 8 AST, BLK, 11-17 FG, 6-10 3PT
N. Cole: 24 PTS, 2 REB, 9 AST, 2 BLK, 9-17 FG, 4-8 3PT, 2-2 FT

Top Performers (TOR):
A. Bargnani: 24 PTS, 6 REB, 9-14 FG, 1-3 3PT, 5-6 FT
D. DeRozan: 23 PTS, 4 REB, AST, 2 STL, 11-17 FG, 0-3 3PT, 1-2 FT


Game 4: Heat @ Raptors
Heat Sweep Raptors in OT Thriller
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When DeMar DeRozan drilled a contested three over Ty Lawson at the buzzer, it seemed that the momentum swung in the Raptors’ favor. However, the Heat’s smart team basketball in OT led them to a 123-119 win over the Raptors and a berth for the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat will play the winner of the Magic-Pacers series in the ECF.
Top Performers (MIA):
L. James: 36 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST, 3 STL, BLK, 15-24 FG, 6-9 FT
S. Ibaka: 29 PTS, 12 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 5 BLK, 13-20 FG, 3-4 FT

Top Performers (TOR):
J.R. Smith: 23 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL, 10-19 FG, 3-3 FT
J. Valanciunas: 22 PTS, 16 REB, 4 AST, BLK, 9-17 FG
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Y3 Semis v. Raptors (4-0)

Postby Mark. on Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:01 pm

Made it, good work. Those are some impressive numbers from LeBron and Ibaka in that last game.
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Conference Finals Predictions

Postby Sasaki17 on Sat Apr 06, 2013 7:57 am

Playoff Predictions - Eastern Conference:
Eastern Conference Finals: (1) Miami Heat v. (2) Orlando Magic
This ECF rematch should be a good one. The Heat are bitter after dropping the ECF to the Magic last year, and with Norris Cole back their bench has a great boost. CP3 has killed the Heat since joining the Magic, and he wants to get that ring after coming so close last year.
Prediction: Magic in 7


Playoff Predictions - Western Conference:
Western Conference Finals: (1) Sacramento Kings v. (7) Denver Nuggets
With Nuggets PG Tony Parker out for the next week or two, the Kings should wrap this series up quickly. The Nuggets might be able to put up a fight, but they don’t have a realistic shot to win this series with Markel Starks as their starting PG.
Prediction: Kings in 4
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Y3 Eastern Conference Finals - Heat v. Magic

Postby Sasaki17 on Sun Apr 21, 2013 11:43 am

Game 1: Heat v. Magic
Heat Rout Magic in Game 1
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Ty Lawson’s double-double led the Heat to a 101-85 rout of the Orlando Magic in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. This was a blowout from the start, as the Heat opened the game with a 10-0 run. Game 2 of the ECF will be tomorrow night in Miami.
Player or the Game:
Ty Lawson (MIA): 17 PTS, 3 REB, 17 AST, 7-12 FG, 2-5 3PT, 1-2 FT


Game 2: Heat v. Magic
Ibaka Leads Beatdown over Magic
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The Miami Heat powered their way past the Orlando Magic in Game 2, winning 105-96. Serge Ibaka dominated the glass, and Ty Lawson dished out 20 dimes as the Heat rolled for the second straight game. The series heads to Orlando next for Game 3, where the Magic will hope to avoid falling into a 0-3 hole.
Player of the Game:
Serge Ibaka (MIA): 28 PTS, 14 REB, AST, 4 BLK, 11-14 FG, 6-6 FT


Game 3: Heat @ Magic
Heat Blaze Back to Take 3-0 Lead
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Down 15 at the end of the third quarter, Dwyane Wade led a furious comeback to lead the Heat to a 110-109 victory over the Orlando Magic. The Heat’s hopes seemed shot when LeBron James fouled out in the middle of the fourth, but Wade and Ibaka were able to get to the line a combined 10 times in the fourth quarter, hitting all of their free throws. This was a devastating loss for the Magic, as the Heat seemed extremely vulnerable for three and a half quarters. The series will remain in Orlando for Game 4, where the Magic will hope to recover from this loss and stop the series sweep.
Player of the Game:
Dwyane Wade (MIA): 34 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST, 3 STL, 12-17 FG, 2-4 3PT, 8-8 FT


Game 4: Heat @ Magic
Heat Pull Away in 4th to Complete the Sweep
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With the score tied at 67 at the end of the third quarter, the Heat opened the fourth with a 14-2 run to put the Magic away for good. Bench player Arron Afflalo was the key in the second half, as he hit six threes off of the bench to help the Heat pull away to their 105-93 victory. The Magic simply did not show up for the series, and as a result the Heat will be fresh when they play the winner of the Kings-Nuggets series, which is tied at two games apiece.
Player of the Game:
LeBron James (MIA): 45 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST, 3 STL, 3 BLK, 17-28 FG, 2-3 3PT, 9-9 FT
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NBA Draft Lottery

Postby Sasaki17 on Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:45 am

BREAKING NEWS: NUGGETS WIN DRAFT LOTTERY
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The Denver Nuggets, who will be representing the Western Conference in the NBA Finals, have also been awarded the #1 pick in the draft, and presumably the top prospect, UCLA C Lou Reynolds. However, the Nuggets may be looking to trade out of this spot, as they have no need for a big man with Kenneth Faried and JaVale McGee on the roster. Two possible teams that would be interested are the Orlando Magic (Picks #5, #6) and the Washington Wizards (Pick #7).


Remaining Outstanding Trades:
Rockets (Lottery Protected) -> Hawks (Will be honored this year)
Bobcats -> Bulls (Next Draft)
Kings -> Cavaliers (Next Draft)
Lakers -> Suns (Will be honored this year)


Full Draft Order:
1. Nuggets (via Trade)
2. Pistons (via Trade)
3. Heat (via Trade)
4. Trail Blazers
5. Magic (via Trade)
6. Magic (via Trade)
7. Wizards
8. Heat (via Trade)
9. Mavericks
10. Hornets
11. Jazz
12. Suns
13. Thunder
14. Nets
15. Spurs
16. Hawks (via Rockets)
17. Cavaliers
18. Timberwolves
19. Pistons
20. Pacers
21. Nuggets
22. Knicks
23. Clippers
24. Spurs
25. Warriors
26. Bulls
27. Magic
28. Suns (via Lakers)
29. Heat
30. Thunder
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Y3 Draft Lottery

Postby mp3 on Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:03 am

Nice clear recaps pal, like the presentation!

Nuggets looking good in the playoffs and they have the no.1 pick too reminds me of the 2002 Pistons but lets hope they dont draft no Darko !
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Y3 - Finals Prediction

Postby Sasaki17 on Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:49 am

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NBA Finals Preview: (1) Miami Heat v. (7) Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets managed to pull the upset over the Kings, but the Heat just swept the reigning Eastern Conference Champions. Tony Parker is still injured, but the Nuggets have been able to cope with it so far. If they can hang around until Parker comes back, this could be an interesting series, but Nuggets fans probably shouldn’t get their hopes up.
Prediction: Heat in 5
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NBA Finals Game 1

Postby Sasaki17 on Wed May 01, 2013 6:40 am

Game 1: Heat v. Nuggets
Heat Roll Past Nuggets to Take 1-0 Finals Lead
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The Miami Heat had their reserves in with 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter as they rolled to a 97-82 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Heat just dominated the Nuggets, blocking 11 shots and tallying 10 steals. The series stays in Miami for Game 2 before heading to Denver.

Player of the Game:
Ty Lawson (MIA): 17 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST, STL, BLK, 6-7 FG, 5-5 3PT
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Norris Cole on the Outs?

Postby Sasaki17 on Thu May 09, 2013 9:40 am

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Norris Cole Playing His Way out of Miami?
Heat Sixth Man Norris Cole has been abysmal over the last 5 games, going 6-33 (1-15 3PT). Cole will be a restricted free agent after the season, and he would likely be moved in a sign-and-trade after the season if the Heat do not want him back.

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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Y3 Norris Cole on the Outs?

Postby Mark. on Thu May 09, 2013 10:12 am

Yeah do it, sounds like he has overstayed his welcome!
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NBA Finals Game 2

Postby Sasaki17 on Sat May 11, 2013 6:43 pm

Game 2: Heat v. Nuggets
Parker’s Return Sparks Nuggets Beatemdown
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Tony Parker returned to the Nuggets with a bang as he lead them to a 112-80 beatdown of the Miami Heat. The Nuggets led by 5 at the half, but terrible shooting in the second half doomed the Heat, who were only able to come up with 33 points after halftime. Norris Cole, who has been the subject of some doubt lately, led the Heat with 24 points as Dwyane Wade was in foul trouble early. The series moves to Denver for Game 3, where both teams will attempt to take a 2-1 series lead.

Player of the Game:
Tony Parker (DEN): 21 PTS, 4 REB, 12 AST, 10-17 FG, 0-1 3PT, 1-2 FT
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Y3 NBA Finals Game 2 v. Denver

Postby Mark. on Mon May 13, 2013 9:02 am

Man a real beating. Who is on that Denver Roster? They look good.
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Y3 NBA Finals Game 2 v. Denver

Postby Sasaki17 on Mon May 13, 2013 10:59 am

I can't remember their starting SG (Kevin Martin?) But they had Tony Parker, Gallo, Faried, and McGee starting with Wilson Chandler as their sixth man.
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Y3 NBA Finals Game 2 v. Denver

Postby Mark. on Mon May 13, 2013 11:41 am

Oh yeah pretty similar to what they currently have. Aside from Parker of course!!
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Y3 NBA Finals Game 2 v. Denver

Postby megarover on Tue May 14, 2013 7:39 am

Finally! Someone was able to give you an L!
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NBA Finals Game 3

Postby Sasaki17 on Tue May 14, 2013 7:45 am

Game 3: Heat @ Nuggets
Heat Rip Nuggets to Take 2-1 Series Lead
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The Heat beat the Nuggets 109-87 to take a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Both Ty Lawson (17 PTS, 12 AST) and LeBron James (22 PTS, 10 REB) tallied double-doubles in the blowout win. The Nuggets looked lost tonight, as they trailed by 20 points at halftime. The series will stay in Denver for the next two games before moving back to Miami if necessary.

Player of the Game:
Ty Lawson (MIA): 17 PTS, 6 REB, 12 AST, 3 STL, 2 BLK, 7-12 FG, 3-5 3PT
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Y3 NBA Finals Game 3 v. Denver

Postby Mark. on Tue May 14, 2013 7:51 am

Nice win. Would be interested to see some full box scores. Also what level are you playing on?
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Y3 NBA Finals Game 3 v. Denver

Postby Sasaki17 on Tue May 14, 2013 8:00 am

I could definitely start doing full box scores for the games I play, but it would have to start after Year 4, because I just finished that offseason. I'm playing on Pro with custom sliders because I like how the AI plays.
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Re: Not 5, Not 6, Not 7 - Y3 NBA Finals Game 3 v. Denver

Postby Mark. on Tue May 14, 2013 8:10 am

Ah ok nice. The games a pretty close in this series so I like how your sliders are set up :)
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NBA Finals Game 4

Postby Sasaki17 on Sat May 18, 2013 7:08 am

Game 4: Heat @ Nuggets
Dual Double-Doubles Lead Heat Past Nuggets
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The Heat had two players with double-doubles yet again (Lawson – 17 PTS, 15 AST; Ibaka – 16 PTS, 16 REB) as they beat the Nuggets 95-83 to take a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. The Heat flat-out outplayed the Nuggets, and they will be looking to finish up this series tomorrow night.

Player of the Game:
Ty Lawson (MIA): 17 PTS, 4 REB, 15 AST, 8-17 FG, 1-2 3PT
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