2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

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Rockets in 4
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2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Lamrock on Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:57 pm

THIS IS NOT A DRILL. The Minnesota Timberwolves have beaten the Denver Nuggets and clinched their first playoff berth in 14 seasons. Their reward? A first round match-up with the Houston Rockets...

Although Jimmy Butler probably still isn't 100%, Minnesota is pretty much healthy going into this series and have a lot of talent. Houston should run them out of the building, but I think Minny might be able to pull out a close win at home. Rockets in 5.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Kevin on Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:14 pm

death, taxes, and lamrock playoff threads.

Rockets in 5 with Butler or KAT going crazy at home for 1 game.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby JaoSming on Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:19 pm

I'll take 2 surprise wins for Rockets in 6
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby [Q] on Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:32 pm

Too bad Jimmy Buckets got hurt (still crying for my fantasy team), they could have avoided this
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Brave Sir Rubin on Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:46 pm

Rockets in 5 highly entertaining high scoring games.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:32 pm

Rockets in 5. If the league were still using the 5-7-7-7 format then it'd likely be a 3-0 sweep, but the expansion to the 7-7-7-7 format back in the 2002-2003 season has given outmatched lower seeds an extra opportunity to pick up a lone win and avoid the broom. I think the Timberwolves will do just that, but the Rockets are primed for a good run this year if they remain healthy.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby shadowgrin on Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:21 pm

The best transition team on offense vs a team that plays terrible transition defense.

Rockets in 5, with the lone Minny win c/o Paul or Harden having an off-night for their usual playoff choke.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby SoF'nAwesome on Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:53 am

Rockets in 5. Would have liked more if they faced OKC
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby NovU on Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:21 am

So fun watching the Rockets. But they are bound to have off shooting nights from distance. Rockets in easy 5.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

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

This may be the most interesting series, the other two would be OKC vs UTA and PHI vs MIA (My opinion).

Rockets in 6, or maybe 7. The Wolves with a healthy Butler is scary, if they hit stride at the right time... who knows?
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby air gordon on Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:23 am

get 'er done Thibs. feed the KAT

will enjoy buckets vs harden

maybe if teague shows up the timberbulls can make it a series
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Lamrock on Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:19 pm

What a weird game. Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns all played like shit, and some truly bizarre late-game shenanigans gave Minnesota the chance to force OT in the end. I was kinda buzzed by the time this game came on, and I'm glad I was.

James Harden and Capela were absolutely unstoppable but Minnesota kept it close throughout. Major shout-out to Derrick Rose for playing his heart out.

Did not feel like a playoff game. Big missed opportunity here for the Wolves.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Andrew on Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:48 pm

When you think about it, the Timberwolves really are more of a third or fourth seed level team this year, and likely would've had 50+ wins if not for Butler's injury. They're not your typical eighth seed. I'll admit that I'd forgotten all about that, what with their push to qualify for the postseason after they dropped off in the wake of Butler's injury, and the subsequent tightening of the race in the West.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Dee4Three on Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:13 am

Capela can't outplay Towns like that.... Towns looked slow and honestly... out of shape? Not sure if anybody else noticed that, but he just didn't look good out there.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby shadowgrin on Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:20 am

Lamrock wrote:Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns all played like shit

The usual from Chris Paul in the playoffs then.

Butler and Towns already feeling the effect of Thibs' minutes management from the regular season.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Dee4Three on Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:24 am

shadowgrin wrote:
Lamrock wrote:Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns all played like shit

The usual from Chris Paul in the playoffs then.

Butler and Towns already feeling the effect of Thibs' minutes management from the regular season.


Which bugs me if that's the case, a center can't play 35.6 MPG anymore? Towns looked slow, tired and out of shape (like I mentioned above). They almost pulled off game 1 in Houston with Butler and Towns playing really poor, I wonder if that shows the Rockets are vulnerable.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby [Q] on Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:26 am

"Wolves Game 1 usage:

Rose 30.8%
Dieng 28.6%
Teague 26.4%
Wiggins 25.7%
Crawford 22.2%
Butler 15.6% <---
Towns 14.2% <---

Not ideal."
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Dee4Three on Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:27 am

[Q] wrote:"Wolves Game 1 usage:

Rose 30.8%
Dieng 28.6%
Teague 26.4%
Wiggins 25.7%
Crawford 22.2%
Butler 15.6% <---
Towns 14.2% <---

Not ideal."


Wow.

Is this 2011?
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby air gordon on Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:52 am

shadowgrin wrote:
Lamrock wrote:Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns all played like shit

The usual from Chris Paul in the playoffs then.

Butler and Towns already feeling the effect of Thibs' minutes management from the regular season.

nah. Towns played soft aka horford style. dude just kept on fanning out instead of pinning whoever on those switches. i think gibson and his broke neck had more inside points smh

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby NovU on Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:15 am

Harden's been a true beast even with CP3 joining him didn't hinder his awesome productivity. Glad he'll win the season MVP this year.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Jackal on Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:10 am

air gordon wrote:nah. Towns played soft aka horford style. dude just kept on fanning out instead of pinning whoever on those switches. i think gibson and his broke neck had more inside points smh

harden is awesome. he is so underrated


This shit right here was baffling. He'd get a switch on a small and either get waved off to the corner or just slip there himself without establishing position and demanding the ball against the mismatch. I lost count on how often he had Gordon or Tucker guarding him and let Wiggins/Teague shoot long shots instead of taking it down into the paint himself. I was afraid C-Webb was going to have an aneurysm repeating himself.

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Jeffx on Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:05 am

Dee4Three wrote:Capela can't outplay Towns like that.... Towns looked slow and honestly... out of shape? Not sure if anybody else noticed that, but he just didn't look good out there.


Took the words right out of my mouth. Why the f*** was he drifting to the 3-point line when smaller guys got switched on him?????? My dad & I were screaming at the TV, "get in the damn paint and call for the friggin' ball!" That game was there for the taking.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Stress Fracture on Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:19 pm

Barkley said that KAT should demand the ball in the post when he has the switch, not letting his guard isolate the big man switched on them.

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:15 pm

Not so close this time around. Towns was once again a non-factor on offense, though you could probably say that of the Timberwolves as a whole.

Rough shooting night for Harden though, reminds me of Karl Malone going 2-20 (or something like that) all those years ago.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Kevin on Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:11 pm

Towns looks like a rookie back there, what a disaster.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby NovU on Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:22 pm

Difference between previous rockets and this year's rockets is that Harden could afford to shoot shit and still contend to win games with CP3. You need only one of them to step up and your chance of winning is still quite high. Cant wait for Warriors series against these guys.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Jeffx on Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:58 am

I am SO disappointed in Towns. It's the friggin' playoffs, man....don't wait for the coach to call a play for you.....get nasty, get in the paint and DEMAND the ball like Shaq said!
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Dee4Three on Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:03 am

Jeffx wrote:I am SO disappointed in Towns. It's the friggin' playoffs, man....don't wait for the coach to call a play for you.....get nasty, get in the paint and DEMAND the ball like Shaq said!


I've always thought he was overhyped... I was telling my coworker before the series that he was going to be outplayed by Capela, and would be a huge disappointment to the fan base who thinks he's better than he actually is.

I hate to say it, but I don't think he has the moves or confidence to really score on guards/forwards. That sounds ridiculous to be saying about an all star, but the dude literally looks like he has no confidence to do anything, on anybody, in this series. He could be matched up with a dude 7 inches shorter, and I wouldn't expect him to score. He is also not demanding the ball AT ALL, he looks like he wants no part of it... in the playoffs......

Jimmy Butler should be ashamed of his shot attempts/aggressiveness, and Thibs should be all over him and Towns... instead I am watching Rose and Dieng shoot as many or more shots.... what? I've always liked Thibs, but I'm seriously questioning him at this point. The fact that he isn't laying into Towns and Butler to be more aggressive really bugs me.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Andrew on Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:19 am

Butler at least has the excuse of coming off an injury, which can make you tentative. Towns has flat out been a disappointment in the series.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby shadowgrin on Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:36 am

Seeing Towns attempt a drop step has been pathetic, not as pathetic as Blake Griffin’s but still pathetic for a supposedly talented bigman.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby air gordon on Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:58 am

how about that houston defense. d'antoni. defensive guru.
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Postby NovU on Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:02 pm

How about some praise for the 3rd best player on Rockets, Clint Capela. He has ORtg 126, PER 24.5 @ 19.4% Usage for the season, and his awesomeness carried into the playoffs. I am guessing CP3 has turned him into an efficiency juggernaut like he did for DeAndre Jordan. Capela was very good last year, this year he is great.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Andrew on Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:11 pm

He's certainly looking like the All-Star instead of Towns.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Andrew on Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:25 pm

Timberwolves showed up to make it a series. I'm still picking the Rockets to win the next two, but at the very least, Minnesota salvaged some dignity.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Kevin on Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:04 pm

that drive then the double-clutch layup was nice :(
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:08 pm

Rockets just scored 50 points in the third quarter, to the Timberwolves' 20. About to go up 3-1 in dominant fashion.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby NovU on Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:42 pm

My first reaction to that was WTF happened in the 3rd? But then they are the Rockets...
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby air gordon on Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:53 am

im convinced butler is still hurt. looks slow and can't overpower players like he was last year
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:59 am

He probably isn't 100%. Alternatively, he could just be lacking the confidence and willingness to be aggressive in the wake of the injury, leading to him being more tentative. Either way, it seems a safe suggestion that the injury is currently having a lingering effect, be it soreness, a mental hurdle, or both.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby [Q] on Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:04 am

He probably came back a little too soon from injury. Not Brandon Roy soon, but when his injury happened I didn't think he would play in the first round
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (1) Houston vs. (8) Minnesota

Postby shadowgrin on Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:58 am

Thibs ruining another career then. Next up, Taj Gibson.
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