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SSJPhenom 10-17-2017 08:25 PM

2017-2018 NBA Season
 
Well the Celtics season is shot as Hayward just went down with a horrific broken ankle. It was awful looking. Almost as bad as when Sid Vicious broke his leg coming off the top rope. I really feel sorry for him. First game as a Celtic and this happens.

Get well soon Hayward.

SSJPhenom 10-19-2017 06:27 AM

For some odd reason I didn't even know that the Spurs got Rudy Gay. IMO that closes the gap between them and Golden State and makes the Spurs the second best team in the west without question.

Also, through all the trades and what not over the summer and all the Lonzo Ball talk I completely forgot that Ben Simmons is healthy and ready to go. He had 18 and 10reb in his pro debut. That's not a bad start. 76ers might be a lot better than I thought they'd be.

LODemolition 10-19-2017 06:31 PM

I meant to post a prediction thread and forgot. Cavs/Warriors III is pretty inevitable, but here are my picks anyway. Here are my playoff teams:

Eastern Conference:

1. Cleveland 55-27
2. Washington 51-31
3. Boston 48-34
4. Milwaukee 48-34
5. Miami 47-35
6. Toronto 44-38
7. Charlotte 43-39
8. Philadelphia 39-43

Western Conference:

1. Golden State 70-12
2. Houston 61-21
3. Oklahoma City 55-27
4. San Antonio 55-27
5. Minnesota 50-32
6. Denver 47-35
7. Utah 46-36
8. New Orleans 43-39

2018 Playoffs - 1st Round :

#1 Cavaliers 4
#8 76ers 0

#4 Bucks 4
#5 Heat 2

#3 Celtics 4
#6 Raptors 1

#2 Wizards 4
#7 Hornets 1

#1 Warriors 4
#8 Pelicans 0

#4 Spurs 4
#5 Timberwolves 1

#3 Thunder 4
#6 Nuggets 1

#2 Rockets 4
#7 Jazz 0

2018 Playoffs - Conference Semifinals:

#1 Cavaliers 4
#4 Bucks 2

#2 Wizards 4
#3 Celtics 3

#1 Warriors 4
#4 Spurs 1

#2 Rockets 3
#3 Thunder 4

2018 Playoffs - Conference Finals:

#1 Cavaliers 4
#2 Wizards 2

#1 Warriors 4
#3 Thunder 2

2018 NBA Finals:

Warriors 4
Cavaliers 2

Regular Season MVP: LeBron James, Cavaliers
Coach of the Year: Tom Thibodeau, Timberwolves
Rookie of the Year: Ben Simmons, 76ers
Sixth Man of the Year: Rudy Gay, Spurs
Most Improved Player of the Year: Jusuf Nurkic, Trail Blazers
Defensive Player of the Year: Rudy Gobert, Jazz

Rainbow Yaz 10-20-2017 04:41 AM

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Originally Posted by SSJPhenom (Post 5754937)
For some odd reason I didn't even know that the Spurs got Rudy Gay. IMO that closes the gap between them and Golden State and makes the Spurs the second best team in the west without question.

Also, through all the trades and what not over the summer and all the Lonzo Ball talk I completely forgot that Ben Simmons is healthy and ready to go. He had 18 and 10reb in his pro debut. That's not a bad start. 76ers might be a lot better than I thought they'd be.

The early reports all said that Gay wasn't fitting in well with Pops' system and was a real squeaky wheel on an otherwise professional mild mannered team. No idea how far he has come, but if those are still the case then Pops will likely look to ship him out. He gave Aldridge time to fall in line and things look better there so who knows at this point though.

Speaking of debuts, Lonzo only getting three points wasn't a good look, but at least he started the game. Rookie of the Year looks like Dennis Smith based on one game, but man Lonzo and Fultz didn't look great.

Mantaur Rodeo Clown 10-20-2017 07:37 AM

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Originally Posted by SSJPhenom (Post 5754535)
Well the Celtics season is shot as Hayward just went down with a horrific broken ankle. It was awful looking. Almost as bad as when Sid Vicious broke his leg coming off the top rope. I really feel sorry for him. First game as a Celtic and this happens.

Get well soon Hayward.

Celtics season being shot means they still make the playoffs, probably bow out in the second round, given the Eastern Conference.

If anything Kyrie is probably breathing a sigh of relief that his first season can be chalked up to Hayward's injury rather than the team just not being good enough to beat the Cavaliers at full strength.

JGlass 10-20-2017 09:57 AM

What's wild about the Celtics is that they are still the heir apparent to win their division. I think the Raptors arguably could take it from them, but Kyle Lowry is on the wrong side of 30 and I think Brad Stevens makes Dwayne Casey look like Isaiah Thomas (the coach, not the player). If the Celtics are able to continue to get good work out of Horford and Smart and young guys like Brown, Tatum, and Rozier all continue to develop, I think the Celtics will be able to outperform the Raptors.

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Originally Posted by Rainbow Yaz (Post 5755111)
Speaking of debuts, Lonzo only getting three points wasn't a good look, but at least he started the game. Rookie of the Year looks like Dennis Smith based on one game, but man Lonzo and Fultz didn't look great.

Given time I'm sure that at least Fultz will be able to find his place in the 76ers system. Lonzo I'm not as positive about because it seems like he's under a lot of pressure to be the future of the NBA's most prestigious franchise with absolutely nobody there to help him apart from an oft injured Brook Lopez.

But I get what you're saying. If either of these guys make the Hall of Fame they aren't going to be able to find too many highlights from their debut games.

SSJPhenom 10-20-2017 01:02 PM

Ben Simmons, as far as I know, is still considered to be a rookie since he didn't play any last season. If that's still the case, I think that he has a strong chance of being the Rookie of the Year.

Papa Pillman 10-20-2017 02:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rainbow Yaz (Post 5755111)
Rookie of the Year looks like Dennis Smith based on one game, but man Lonzo and Fultz didn't look great.

Ben Simmons is a rookie as well. He may have something to say about that early season RotY favorite prediction.

Edit: I embarrassingly missed that I was beat to this point. Props SSJ.

SSJPhenom 10-21-2017 10:21 PM

So I guess Lonzo Ball will be something to watch after all. Last night in his game against the Suns he had 29pts, 11reb, and 9ast. 1 assist away from a triple double in his second game? I know it was against the Suns. They're not one of the elite teams of the NBA but who cares? Triple doubles are hard to get and the fact that he was going against two outstanding guards all night in Bledsoe and Booker is impressive as well.

Ball might be better than we originally thought.

Cena Is A Punk Rocker 10-22-2017 05:34 AM

Portland beat the Suns by 48 opening night. Everyone is balling on the Suns this year.


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