[size=110](Unlike real life) New Orleans can't hang with the Cavs without Anthony Davis, getting blown out on their homecourt in game three. LeBron posted yet another triple double, as he is now two games away from his seventh straight playoff appearance.
Cleveland 127, New Orleans 99 (CLE leads 2-1)
LeBron James: 24 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 steals
It'll take some serious meme magic for there not to be a Warriors/Cavs finals year again, as both teams lead their respective series 3-1. Helpless without Anthony Davis, they have once again been destroyed at home by the Cavs, and their most successful playoff run ever will soon be over.
Cleveland 126, New Orleans 94 (CLE leads series 3-1)
Kyrie Irving: 38 points, 9 assists, 9-14 3pt
The Davis-less Pelicans managed to keep it close at the Q, but LeBron and company weren't about to let a team led by Jrue Holiday beat them, as they advance to their third straight NBA Finals - the seventh straight for James.
Cleveland 108, New Orleans 102 (CLE wins 4-1)
Kyrie Irving: 26 points, 7 assists, 4 steals
NBA League Meetings
- Lottery to decide top 5 picks
Will it be a disincentive to tank? Probably not. Might even cause give teams further cause to avoid the 8 seed at all costs. Makes lottery night a bit more exciting. Still not good television though.
- Division Winners will once again get the top 3 playoff seeds
"Why is Portland the 4 seed?????" This is a bit of a surprise, undoing ten years of the league reducing the roles of divisions. While this means we will once again see teams with worse records with higher seeds, it also may restore some meaning to division titles... Still odd to see, since the rule was just changed a couple years ago with no fanfare...
Per the new rule, the top 5 picks in the draft are determined by the draft lottery. After that, draft order is based on record and appropriate tiebreakers.
2 Boston (via Nets)
6 Milwaukee 7 Denver 8 Orlando 9 Washington 10 Philadelphia (via Lakers) 11 New York
12 Indiana 13 Seattle 14 Utah 15 LA Clippers 16 Chicago (via Kings)
The Portland Trail Blazers own the 28th, 37th and 57th selections.
Lamrock wrote:I don't see why divisions even exist in today's NBA.
Warriors re-sign Stephen Curry: 4 years, $114.76M
Clippers re-sign Chris Paul: 3 years, $98.30M
Raptors re-sign Kyle Lowry: 4 years, $125.04M
Clippers re-sign Blake Griffin: 4 years, $114.76M
Jazz re-sign Gordon Hayward: 5 years, $146.47M
Magic re-sign Serge Ibaka: 4 years, $54.05M
Knicks re-sign Derrick Rose: 3 years, $69.06M
Celtics re-sign Kelly Olynyk: 4 years, $29.08M
Knights re-sign Amir Johnson: 5 years, $20.97M
Notable Free Agency Signings
Clippers sign Kevin Durant: 4 years, $133.89M
Mavericks sign Andre Iguodala: 4 years, $41.83M
Mavericks sign Paul Millsap: 3 years, $98.30M
Bulls sign Nerlens Noel: 3 years, $66.07M
Lakers sign Victor Oladipo: 3 years, $65.64M
Knights sign Rudy Gay: 3 years, $65.02M
Wizards sign Tyreke Evans: 4 years, $88.41M
Sonics sign J.J. Redick: 3 years, $42.67M
Hornets sign Jared Sullinger: 4 years, $72.88M
Jazz sign Rajon Rondo: 4 years, $48.17M
Knicks sign JR Smith: 2 years, $11.06M
Warriors sign Vince Carter: 1 year, minimum
Hawks sign Jeff Teague: 3 years, $43.47M
Sonics sign Shabazz Muhammad: 1 year, $1.66M
Warriors sign Doug McDermott: 4 years, $10.48M
Nets sign Patrick Mills: 4 years, $15.04M
Pistons sign Jeff Green: 2 years, $11.69M
Pacers sign Mario Chalmers: 4 years, $21.86M
Rockets sign George Hill: 2 years, $10.46M
Bulls sign Brandon Jennings: 3 years, $7.33M
Pelicans sign Deron Williams: 4 years, $10.69M
Kings sign Lance Stephenson: 3 years, $7.80M
Spurs sign Tony Allen: 1 year, minimum
Grizzlies sign David West: 1 year, minimum
Thunder sign Josh Smith: 1 year, minimum
Thunder sign Tony Wroten: 1 year, minimum
Bucks sign Festus Ezeli, Andrew Bogut to 1 year, minimum deals
Clippers sign Marcus Thornton, Ersan Ilyasova to minimum deals
Knicks sign Zaza Pachulia: 1 year, minimum
Lamrock wrote:- Lance Stephenson to start at point guard for Kings
Following a home blowout loss to the Grizzlies, the Blazers have caught fire, winning five straight, with three of those wins coming against division rivals. C.J. McCollum and Al-Farouq Aminu have been struggling with their shot, but they have been getting it done due to the team's much improved defense, as well as Damian Lillard's continued excellence.
L Vs. MEM 93-120 - RECORD: 1-2
W @ UTA 102-90 - RECORD: 2-2
W vs. UTA 91-86 - RECORD: 3-2
W @ KC 111-104 - RECORD: 4-2
W @ MIN 110-90 - RECORD: 5-2
W Vs. OKC 98-93 - RECORD: 6-2
W @ DEN 110-94 - RECORD: 8-2
W Vs. CHA 107-105 - RECORD: 9-2
W @ MIA 104-96 - RECORD: 10-2
Portland's win streak hits nine games with a trio of victories. Dwight and the Nuggets were no problem, but the Charlotte Hornets were no pushover. The win streak and undefeated road record was kept intact with a comeback win in Miami, in which Lillard scored 17 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.
Portland saw its win streak snapped at 12 games with a loss in Detroit. To make matters worse, Zach Randolph pulled his calf muscle in that game and will be missing 6-8 weeks. Still, the team finishes November with a 14-3 record, good for #1 in the league.
W @ HOU 100-89 - RECORD: 12-2
W @ TOR 110-100 - RECORD: 13-2
L @ DET 94-85 - RECORD: 13-3
W @ MIN 118-111 - RECORD: 14-3
Western Conference (PotM: Stephen Curry | RotM: Harry Giles)
1 Portland 14-3
2 San Antonio 9-5
3 Phoenix 9-6
4 Denver 11-4
5 Houston 10-7
6 LA Clippers 8-7
7 Memphis 7-7
8 Dallas 8-8
LA Lakers 8-9
Golden State 6-8
Oklahoma City 5-10
Kansas City 5-12
Eastern Conference (PotM: LeBron James | RotM: Dennis Smith)
1 Detroit 11-6
2 Toronto 10-6
3 New Orleans 9-6
4 Cleveland 10-6
5 Boston 10-6
6 Philadelphia 8-5
7 Brooklyn 10-7
8 Indiana 8-6
New York 4-10
*Note: The league has shifted back to the 2004-2006 system of awarding division winners top three seeds. Some league execs reportedly regret it already.
The Blazers have started a new winning streak. Portland has now won four straight, defeating the Westbrook-less Thunder, the Orlando Magic, and best of all a blowout win in Oakland.
W Vs. OKC 100-91 - RECORD: 15-3
W @ ORL 111-104 - RECORD: 16-3
@ @ GS 120-101 - RECORD: 17-3
W Vs. KC 125-109 - RECORD: 19-3
W Vs. LAL 123-102 - RECORD: 20-3
Two more blow-out wins for the Blazers, who are the first team to 20 wins. Damian Lillard scored a season high 51 points in the Kansas City win.
W @ DAL 100-97 - RECORD: 21-3
L @ SAC 105-101 - RECORD: 21-4
The Kings continue to have the Blazers' number, being responsible for two of their four losses this season, and ending their eight-game winning streak. Things got a bit testy late in the fourth. Is there a rivalry brewing?
After defeating the Denver Nuggets, the Trail Blazers have won five more games. Winners of six in a row, they sit at 27-4, on pace for 72 wins, which would be tied for the second best record in NBA history. With this streak, Portlamd has pulled away from the pack, and has become the betting odds favorite to win the 2018 championship.
W @ ATL 103-91 - RECORD: 23-4
W @ KC 126-75 - RECORD: 24-4
W Vs. OKC 102-95 - RECORD: 25-4
W Vs. ORL 101-96 - RECORD: 26-4
W Vs. MIN 112-102 - RECORD: 27-4
Lamrock wrote:Valor, Yeah, I'll probably tweak them again next season, but they look good for now. It's too bad you can only edit them once a year in myGM, but that's what I get for using the more restrictive mode. I'm fairly happy with these - my main issue with them is that it's hard to read the players' names on the road jerseys (which look just like the home ones but black), but that seems to be the case with most custom jerseys. Oh well.
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