2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

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2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Lamrock on Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:33 pm

Well, the 4 seed curse continues, as the Utah Jazz become the seventh straight Western Conference 5 seed to advance to the second round. They have to fire Billy Donovan, right?!

Anyway, the Jazz are taking on the Rockets in the conference semis. The Beard vs. the Rook... Should be a good series. I'm not totally sold on Houston, but they had the Jazz's number in the regular season, and with Rubio questionable, are clear favorites. Still, I think it should be competitive. Give me Rockets in 6!
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby JaoSming on Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:36 pm

Rockets in a tough 5. I'm still not sold on the Jazz at this high of a level.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby [Q] on Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:10 pm

Gobert won't be much of a factor with all them 3s. Rockets take this easily
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Murat on Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:34 pm

Mitchell goes off. Jazz can make a surprise.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby NovU on Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:06 pm

Gobert's rim protection is A++. I'm intrigued to see if he can scare Harden away from rim attacking as he did against Westbrook.

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Andrew on Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:48 pm

Rockets in five for me as well.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby shadowgrin on Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:47 pm

Capela gonna clamp down on Gobert like he did with Towns.

Rockets in 5 with the singlee Jazz win courtesy of Mitchell going nuts and/or Paul/Harden having an off day again.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby air gordon on Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:43 pm

I won't be surprised if the rockets win. Won't be shocked if the jazz win ;)
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Dee4Three on Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:13 am

Tough series to predict, but I just don't see the Jazz beating Houston in Houston.

I'm going with Houston in 6. I think Gobert gets taken out of his game a bit with the barrage of threes Houston puts on them. I'd love to see Mitchell have a great series again, who on the Rockets will really lock him down? I think he will get his.

Intriguing series, I love this series and the NO vs GS one. I don't think either series us a guarantee for Houston or GS.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Murat on Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:36 am

Given the fact that NBA pushes Donovan Mitchell, I'm sure that he will have at least 2 games with +30 points.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Dee4Three on Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:39 am

Murat wrote:Given the fact that NBA pushes Donovan Mitchell, I'm sure that he will have at least 2 games with +30 points.


I thought about that as well, just like they are pushing Ben Simmons.

Not to take away from Mitchell, because he's going to be a hell of a player for a long time.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Stress Fracture on Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:44 pm

Dee4Three wrote:I'd love to see Mitchell have a great series again, who on the Rockets will really lock him down? I think he will get his.


Probably Ariza will be the main man on him defensively.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Dee4Three on Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:24 am

Stress Fracture wrote:
Dee4Three wrote:I'd love to see Mitchell have a great series again, who on the Rockets will really lock him down? I think he will get his.


Probably Ariza will be the main man on him defensively.


Ariza is a solid defender, but I don't see him being able to match Mitchells speed and intensity.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby I Hate Mondays on Tue May 01, 2018 6:48 pm

Rockets in 5 with Rubio out
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby air gordon on Wed May 02, 2018 2:44 am

whats a coach nick vid without sneaking in some kind of plug.

i think really the issue is harden impeccable iso scoring and favors inability to switch on smalls. i say the jazz just have to let tucker bury that 3 for the series.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby NovU on Thu May 03, 2018 12:49 pm

Impressive. No Rubio no problem.

It's quite impressive. A lot of people wrote off the Jazz after losing Gordon Hayward to the Dirtics but they're achieving more with less. (Y)
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Lamrock on Thu May 03, 2018 12:50 pm

Might have to sharpen that outstanding sword, huh?
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Andrew on Thu May 03, 2018 12:55 pm

Joe Ingles. :bowdown2:
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby shadowgrin on Thu May 03, 2018 1:45 pm

Don’t see this D’Antoni team playing better defense than his past teams like airgordon? mentioned.
Only difference now is he got better individuals that are good on D instead of having better team defense. If in Phoenix he had Raja Bell and Shawn Marion as the only good players on D, now he has a rim/post protector in Capela, Ariza, and even Chris Paul. It’s more on the players that already know how to play good D rather than D’Antoni coaching them to play great D.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Phil89 on Thu May 03, 2018 1:48 pm

Andrew wrote:Joe Ingles. :bowdown2:

:applaud:

It was nice to see Dante Exum playing a role as well. Hopefully his injury problems are behind him.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Andrew on Thu May 03, 2018 2:45 pm

Here's hoping. He's had some terrible luck early on his career.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby NovU on Thu May 03, 2018 3:04 pm

Damn Aussies only naming their own players. Any love for Crowder and Burks?
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby air gordon on Thu May 03, 2018 11:37 pm

shadowgrin wrote:Don’t see this D’Antoni team playing better defense than his past teams like airgordon? mentioned.
Only difference now is he got better individuals that are good on D instead of having better team defense. If in Phoenix he had Raja Bell and Shawn Marion as the only good players on D, now he has a rim/post protector in Capela, Ariza, and even Chris Paul. It’s more on the players that already know how to play good D rather than D’Antoni coaching them to play great D.

that's a fair call. i don't feel like cuing up the old suns games on the youtube to compare but iirc this rockets team does a lot of switching. a crappy outside shooting/poor post passing unit like the thibs wolves make the houston d look like gangbusters

thought utah hit a fair share of open 3's as well as contested ones. gotta love that 3pt shot

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Andrew on Fri May 04, 2018 2:56 am

Jingles with the franchise Playoff record for most threes in a single game, too.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby [Q] on Fri May 04, 2018 3:06 am

NovU wrote:Damn Aussies only naming their own players. Any love for Crowder and Burks?

Watching highlights I got the sense that Burks played really well. And a lot of 3s from Ingles
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby shadowgrin on Fri May 04, 2018 1:09 pm

Watching Dante Exum reminds me of the current Shaun Livingston, playing defense and handling the ball, and Exum's playing well in that role too. Or Thabo Sefolosha with less shooting but better ball handling.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby NovU on Fri May 04, 2018 3:30 pm

shadowgrin wrote:Watching Dante Exum reminds me of the current Shaun Livingston, playing defense and handling the ball

Same. Athletic version of Shaun Livingston.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby NovU on Sat May 05, 2018 1:56 pm

Thought the Jazz had a nice momentum built up taking away homecourt advantage. 30 points deficit early in the game is little too much though.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Jackie Kong on Sun May 06, 2018 1:03 am

Rockets defense is looking better than I expected.
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Postby [Q] on Sun May 06, 2018 1:25 am

Houston has the talent to play good defense. They are scary when they choose to do just that.
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Postby Andrew on Sun May 06, 2018 2:17 am

That's long been the knock on Harden individually, too. As Jeff Van Gundy once put it, he's a "disinterested defender". It's not like he doesn't have the capability to play solid D, it's just been a matter of willingness and dedication.
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Postby [Q] on Sun May 06, 2018 9:41 am

I saw moments in the highlights of harden playing matador defense but saved by capela at the bucket
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Postby Andrew on Sun May 06, 2018 12:15 pm

What was that Alonzo Mourning quote when he won Defensive Player of the Year? "I thank my teammates for letting their men blow by them."
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Postby NovU on Sun May 06, 2018 3:06 pm

Looking past on some memorable players who relied on their defensive ability to be good, their good years were quite short. Perhaps enforcing Rule of Verticality due to Hibbert caused many players to suffer? Joakim Noah, Serge Ibaka, etc have struggled since great young days. It makes me wonder for how long Capela will remain great, and if is in similar situation as they were and will decline rather quickly heading toward age of 30.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Andrew on Sun May 06, 2018 4:09 pm

Limited offensive game, systems that can't utilise them effectively on offense, injuries, or a combination of the three. I don't think Capela is necessarily doomed, but being too one dimensional or at least somewhat of a liability at the offensive end obviously isn't great for your career's longevity, so it's something to avoid.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby Dee4Three on Wed May 09, 2018 4:37 am

Would have been nice to see Rubio able to play this whole series, I think the Jazz would have had a better showing. Its not over, but it's looking like it will be.

Mitchell seems to be doing the best he can adjusting to being more of a primary ball handler, but sometimes it's just not enough. It seems to be impacting his shot selection in a negative way. Agreed with him on his post game Harden comment though, Harden is annoying as all hell. He gets fouls by wrapping his arm around the defender while he is driving, he flops and flails around, his game can be so ugly. The refs give him the call the majority of the time, much to the dismay of the baffled players on the opposing teams. Mitchell will be one of my favorite players for some time now, I like the way he carries himself, how competitive/real he is.

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby NovU on Wed May 09, 2018 11:13 am

Man, I was hoping for Rubio to be back for this game then be 100% healthy for game 6. Could have been fun to see if his presence could have made the difference. But at the moment it's looking like there won't be a game 6.



Whatever happens, props to the Jazz team that were not expected to make this far considering how they lost Hayward for nada last offseason.

What the fuck are the Nuggets doing anyways? They gave the Jazz first the Rudy Gobert, now the Donovan Mitchell.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby [Q] on Thu May 10, 2018 3:16 am

Lyles for Mitchell? That's probably one of the more lopsided draft day trades in history
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

Postby NovU on Thu May 10, 2018 3:47 am

It seems they had already invested in Jamal Murray, a up and coming 2nd year sophomore point guard. On top, Barton and Gary Harris, they perhaps thought Mitchell was gonna cause a backcourt logjam issues. Same reason they traded Rudy Gobert away.to the Jazz. They already had McGee and Mozgov, lol.

You can't justify Mitchell for Lyles trade at this point. But if Murray turns out to be a star, maybe Jazz fans can forget. Like they found Jokic in 2nd round, so it made losing Gobert for washing machine a lot less salty.

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (5) Utah

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