2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

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2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Lamrock on Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:54 pm

We knew it was going to be Blazers/Pelicans before they played the Jazz, but with the win they get the 3 seed and home court in the first round..

New Orleans has surprised me. When Cousins went down, I didn't think they'd have the talent to stay in the playoff race, but they ended up going on a tear. They've cooled down, but thanks to AD being a beast, and their other role players stepping up, they've managed to win 48 games.

Too bad they gotta play Portland!

Honestly, I think this is going to be a fun series. Lots of storylines, one of my favorites being playoff Rondo. Still, I think having the home court advantage and a more healthy roster benefits Portland. Blazers in 6.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Kevin on Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:12 pm

Blazers have a ton of bodies they can throw around to bug Davis, they wont stop him but he'll at least be exhausted in some games. Really hope Nikola and Rondo do their thing and more to surpass the blazers backcourt's production on offense but that probably won't happen because Lillard is due for a 50 point game anytime soon. Blazers in 5.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby [Q] on Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:28 pm

Unfortunately Portland picked up a few injuries at the end of the season. Who will be out and who will be back?

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Brave Sir Rubin on Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:45 pm

Blazers in 6. Should be a fun one. NO could have taken this is Cousins was healthy.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Lamrock on Thu Apr 12, 2018 4:56 pm

[Q] wrote:Unfortunately Portland picked up a few injuries at the end of the season. Who will be out and who will be back?

Harkless is the only guy who's still out after getting arthroscopic surgery on his knee. He's apparently supposed to be back soon, but probably won't play in the first round. It sucks because he's our starting small forward, but Evan Turner has been almost decent at times so he'll have to do. Lillard is back though and looked great against Utah tonight, as is Ed Davis. Can't complain all in all. (Y)
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:45 pm

Blazers in 6, but I wouldn't be totally shocked by a Pelicans upset. Having home court advantage to begin the series and in a potential pivotal Game 5 is significant though, and I'll say that helps the Blazers take the series.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby shadowgrin on Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:07 pm

Blazers in 6, Pelicans looked fucked whenever Unibrow is harrassed by the defense all game. One game where Davis plays insane, the other win will be role players like Rondo or Mirotic dropping big stats for the win.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby NovU on Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:18 am

Lillard let's go. Blazers in tough 7.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Dee4Three on Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:30 am

Blazers in 6. Portlands backcourt will be to much for the Pelicans to handle.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby bowdown on Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:08 am

Don't count Pelicans out. They still have good players and are hungry to get to the 2nd round in a long time. Blazers ended the season in kind of a slump and Harkless will not play for the first few games. Should be a tough fought 6-7 game series.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby [Q] on Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:41 am

It will be tough for blazers to overcome the loss of harkless but it's totally doable
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby NovU on Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:05 am

Man, DeMarcus is still very overrated to this day. His big empty stats might be able to fool a lot of people but look at the team stats while he's on & off the court. The team actually played about the same(slightly better in fact) whether or not he played.

The Kings gave up on him for good reasons. Should have done it much sooner and kept Whiteside instead.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Andrew on Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:16 pm

Pelicans draw first blood.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby NovU on Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:56 pm

Upset coming?

Rondo/Jrue backcourt triumphs tonight vs Lillard/McCollum.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Lamrock on Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:15 pm

Not that much of an upset. I'm sticking with my prediction, but the 48 win Pelicans beating the 49 win Blazers wouldn't be a huge shock. New Orleans has a good squad. Lots of guys who I'd either written off or never heard of.

It always sucks to lose a game 1 at home. Makes game two more or less a must-win. Lillard and McCollum really struggled but that comeback was awesome til they blew it. On to the next one...
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby cavs4872 on Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:09 am

Probably the most fun game of opening night, and for some reason I got stuck watching WAS @ TOR and MIA @ PHI.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Dee4Three on Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:28 pm

CJ was an absolute ghost in the first half. Can't have that... him and Lillard both need to be consistent to win this series.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby air gordon on Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:03 am

Lamrock wrote:Not that much of an upset. I'm sticking with my prediction, but the 48 win Pelicans beating the 49 win Blazers wouldn't be a huge shock. New Orleans has a good squad. Lots of guys who I'd either written off or never heard of.

It always sucks to lose a game 1 at home. Makes game two more or less a must-win. Lillard and McCollum really struggled but that comeback was awesome til they blew it. On to the next one...

Blazers were a legit #3 seed then harkless got hurt and a few days later lillard got hurt. too bad for harkless really since he just started playing well.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Lamrock on Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:54 pm

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Andrew on Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:41 pm

Doubting my prediction, just saying.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Kevin on Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:34 pm

Playoff Rondo AND playoff Jrue went off. bye bye to my 4-1 prediction.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Dee4Three on Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:57 pm

I can admit when I'm wrong.

I thought the backcourt of the Blazers would win them this series... Lillard has been dissapointing to say the least, and CJ has had far too many stretches where he just vanishes.

Nurkic had a strong first half last night, but did absolutley nothing in the 3rd quarter, and by the end of the 3rd the Pelicans were up by 9.

The Celtics climbed out of a 0-2 hole against CHI last year... after Rondo went down. I don't think Portland can come back in this series... I'm sad because Portland is one of my favorite teams in the NBA.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Andrew on Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:46 am

Saw a stat on social media earlier that noted Lillard is scoreless when being guarded by Holiday in the series. Admittedly that amounts to being 0/8 against him, but he and McCollum are really being outplayed by the Pelicans' backcourt. Throw in Davis continuing to play at an MVP level and Mirotic chipping in as well, and the Pelicans are looking good to advance. I underestimated them.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby bowdown on Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:50 am

I told you guys Pelicans were no slouch.

Blazers on the other hand are such a sorry franchise. If it is not injuries it is giving massive contracts to trash players. As someone on RealGM said the salaries of Turner and Leonard make room for another max lever player. Turner and Leonard are awful. Turner is simply a gap filler AT best.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Lamrock on Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:37 am

Turner and Leonard's salaries almost add up to a max player, but no max player would be willing to sign with Portland, unless they were to offer the max to someone like Marcus Smart. Besides, they are so over the cap that dumping those two would still leave them with very little cap room.

Definitely a frustrating first two games. Yesterday, AD didn't have his best game and McCollum was hitting a lot of his low-percentage looks, but once again Portland took the L. The 2013 all-star guard tandem of Rondo and Jrue played exceptionally well, but this was a game Portland should have won. I'm not sure if it's more on Stotts or Lillard but Dame needs to pass out of these double and triple teams. All these turnovers and bad shot attempts are cratering an already mediocre offense, and allowing the Pelicans to score in transition. The Blazers are looking like the 2015 Raptors out there, and it's hard to watch.

Credit where it's due to the Pelicans though. Gentry is out-coaching Stotts, and Jrue is playing the best ball of his career. It's a shame they have so many injury prone starters, because they actually have a very solid team right now. Still don't think they have a very good chance against the Warriors, should they win this series.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Andrew on Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:10 pm

Can the Blazers avoid a sweep at this point?
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby NovU on Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:42 pm

Man, You know I've been a Lillard supporter over Wall and Irving but Lillard largely is at fault for their post season shortcomings. He's the best player on this team and his drop offs in playoff performance is inexcusable. Considering he was "red hot" in team's last 30 or so games, they enjoyed huge success and landed 3rd seed in West. Without him playing a good ball, this team is just another overachievers. He's to make the ALL NBA 1st TEAM first time in his career, then play like a fucking superstar. KAT is a disappoint? I'd say Lillard is a bigger one at that. Nobody sane considered Wolves to pose real threats to the Rockets anyways.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby bowdown on Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:54 pm

Im willing to blow the whole team up and start over.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Dee4Three on Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:11 am

Lillard said he's never seen a defense like that (specifically the PNR defense). I see what he is talking about, he's being hounded all game by the bigs fighting over the top of the PNR and they are staying with him, and sometimes the guard/forward stays up as well and they just create a wall/havoc.

I am still a huge Lillard fan, but he's just stifled in this series. It also shows how weak the team is as a whole... when Lillard can't go nuts, the team looks below average.

I wouldn't say blow it up completely, as I do think that Lillard is a keeper...

I'm not sure what they should do, honestly. Disappointed though, I did think Portland would win this series, and I did think Lillard would show out. I was dead wrong.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby bowdown on Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:28 am

The Turner and Leonard contracts really fucked us. We cant make any major moves to make this team better. So time to start over since we have seen how much of a joke this team really is.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby [Q] on Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:46 am

I dunno everyone seems down on Portland especially with harkless out but it sounds like the pelicans defense is severely underrated

Haven't seen a game yet but I'm guessing AD is erasing everything inside
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby air gordon on Sat Apr 21, 2018 4:51 am

i suppose most teams don't have an answer for Davis but really that problem is magnified for the Blazers. Chief isn't a respected as a perimeter shooter so Davis can roam on defense and nurk seemed to peak last year (lol).

certainly helps to have Niko in the Pels lineup on both sides of the ball.

really a big shock for lillard's poor play. he's got to be up there in contested made shots for the regular season. it's impressive really and now he's flustered.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Lamrock on Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:24 am

Portland can continue to make the playoffs every year for the foreseeable future, but 50 wins and sneaking into the second round is pretty much their ceiling. He's a decent coach, but after six seasons, it might be time to move on from Terry Stotts. He's been soundly out-coached by Alvin Gentry (who is underrated in my opinion, he just gets a bad rap) and hasn't made any adjustments in this series. Lots of fans like him, and I'll admit that he's done some great work, but it might be time to get rid of his down-on-his-luck used car salesman ass.

Damian Lillard has been pretty bad this series. I do think his "gravity" has led to some other guys getting more buckets than usual, but he really struggles when teams focus on him specifically. Playoff Lillard died when Aldridge left the team, as now opposing defenses can just double team him, knowing that he struggles to pass out of them and isn't good playing off the ball. And with all this adversity, he went back to not playing defense. He's my favorite player in the NBA, but when I saw him not even try to contest Rondo's dagger three in game 2, I was ready to trust the process.

McCollum's gotta go. He's very talented, and when he's on, he's ON. But his shot selection has been terrible, and him and Dame will always be a problematic back-court defensively. I also hope they let Nurkic walk. He's younger than I am, and has been integral in the team's defensive transformation, but he is also injury prone, a diva, bad on offense, and not a good fit in today's game. Hassan Whiteside is better than him, and he's not seeing the floor much for the same reason.

So I wouldn't be opposed to seeing them blow it up this Summer. In all likelihood, rebuilding will lead to another roster that peaks at 45-50 wins, but that's how the NBA goes, and at least with a rebuild there's some hope at being a serious contender. The 2015-16 season was a fun ride, but they probably would have been better off sucking.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Andrew on Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:02 pm

I'd say it might be difficult to blow everything up, but I'm sure GarPax would take on a bad contract or two. You might even get a lottery pick out of it. :roll:
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby air gordon on Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:47 pm

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Andrew on Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:59 pm

Gladly, as soon as they give me reason to feel more positive about them.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Lamrock on Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:17 am

Andrew wrote:I'd say it might be difficult to blow everything up, but I'm sure GarPax would take on a bad contract or two. You might even get a lottery pick out of it. :roll:

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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Andrew on Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:41 am

All over in four. I really underestimated the Pelicans.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby cavs4872 on Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:39 am

The burning question is if this happens with DeMarcus.

For people who actually watch this team, how does Davis/Cousins compare to Mirotic/Davis, or is it a moot point?

It astounds me they can thrive with essentially three point guards in their backcourt; the next burning question is how will Moore not get destroyed by Durant, or do you put Mirotic, or even Davis on him?

It will be interesting to see if they continue to play their game or if they'll adjust and get destroyed like Utah last season - a Steph-less Warriors honestly opens the door for a legitimate upset here, and I'd say they could steal Game 1 and even a home game if he doesn't play; maybe even the series if he isn't 100%.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby NovU on Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:05 pm

This is a stinker and a huge disappointment. :shake: They had a real good regular season so I was hoping for them to finish this season on a high note so they can continue building on a successful season next year. But all of sudden, this is looking like a lost season.

cavs4872 wrote:The burning question is if this happens with DeMarcus.

For people who actually watch this team, how does Davis/Cousins compare to Mirotic/Davis, or is it a moot point?

You guys probably know me by the record for saying the team could do well without Cousins. Especially with Jrue and Rondo stepping up in his absence, I am more firm on this stance than before.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby [Q] on Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:27 pm

I think the loss of harkless was too much. They were already lacking in depth before the injury. And lack of defense
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby shadowgrin on Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:44 pm

Dat 6.8 PER from Lillard. Credit to the Pelicans for exposing Lillard, he’s not a franchise player, he’s a sidekick at best.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Kevin on Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:05 pm

shadowgrin wrote:he’s not a franchise player, he’s a sidekick at best.

alright lets calm down now.

Lillard was a no show, props to CJ for actually showing up after a horrible first game.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Andrew on Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:18 pm

It's a fair question, though. Sure, some of the best players of all-time have had series that were stinkers, but considering everything as the Blazers move forward, is Lillard a franchise player, or "just" a very good one?
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Lamrock on Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:23 am

He's my favorite player, but you definitely aren't winning a title with him as your best player. Granted, he usually doesn't play this bad even on the worst of occasions but he's struggled in the playoffs without Aldridge.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Dee4Three on Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:02 am

shadowgrin wrote:Dat 6.8 PER from Lillard. Credit to the Pelicans for exposing Lillard, he’s not a franchise player, he’s a sidekick at best.


*That PER was 9.1 for the series.

Still not good. But that was the actual PER.

I'm not writing off Lillard yet, his previous 4 playoff trips weren't even close to this bad individually. I want to see what the Blazers do this offseason, and I wonder if moving CJ will be the go to attempt at being better competitively next year.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby bowdown on Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:58 am

Lillard makes for an awesome second option. As a first option his ceiling is exactly a 2nd round exit. Lillard and Kawhi together could be magic.

One thing that really irks me about Lillard is that he is not all that great of a 3pt shooter. He has deep range but almost always shoots a very average percentage. Never cracked the 40% mark in his career from 3.
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Re: 2018 PLAYOFFS: (3) Portland vs. (6) New Orleans

Postby Andrew on Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:09 am

Who should the Blazers keep out of Lillard and McCollum?
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