View Poll Results: Which 6 make the dance in April ?

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  • Celtics

    37 100.00%
  • Hornets

    30 81.08%
  • Pistons

    16 43.24%
  • Wizards

    11 29.73%
  • Knicks

    15 40.54%
  • Bulls

    29 78.38%
  • Bucks

    24 64.86%
  • Hawks

    29 78.38%
  • Magic

    1 2.70%
  • Pacers

    26 70.27%
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Thread: Eastern Conference: Who's going to the playoffs?

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    And so it begins....the first loose threads in the unraveling of the lab experiment put together by the duo known as GarPax..

    Dwyane Wade not pleased with hometown Chicago fans booing Bulls at home.The guard said the team didn't deserve it

    This after they got beat by 25 and put up less than 70 points at home against a team they have to beat out to make the playoffs.

    by James Herbert
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    He is much more accustomed to fans leaving in 3Q when their team is losing by 20.

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    I hope the knicks, bulls and pacers don't make it. And celts lose to LBJ in first round. Take that overrated teams!

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    Celtics, Hornets, Hawks are sure things imho. One of the Bulls, Knicks, Pacers, or Pistons won't make it. I left off the Pacers, I think they made the wrong changes this past summer. Knicks and Bulls have enough veteran talent to at least make the playoffs. Pistons struggled without Reggie Jackson, I'm going with their second half being a lot stronger than their first half this year.
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    Quote S.R. wrote: View Post
    Celtics, Hornets, Hawks are sure things imho. One of the Bulls, Knicks, Pacers, or Pistons won't make it. I left off the Pacers, I think they made the wrong changes this past summer. Knicks and Bulls have enough veteran talent to at least make the playoffs. Pistons struggled without Reggie Jackson, I'm going with their second half being a lot stronger than their first half this year.
    So far, both Ish & Leuer have looked like smart moves on their half though. Leuer's been very helpful on D and on offense.
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    So a couple games of interest tonight in the East.

    The Orlando Magic who have garnered exactly no support from voting republicans venture out of the land god gave to mickey and minnie to take on the Knicks in the mecca. Both Hornacek and Vogel are good coaches who would deserve coach of the year consideration if they can whip either of these flea bags across the finish line and into the PO. The Knicks are a better constructed team but have a lot of players who are held together by duct tape and string... where the Magicans have fairly young and healthy players but under Hennigan have one of wonkiest team constructs in the league.

    The Leprechauns venture to Indy to take on Larry Legends crew. Indy is pretty good at home at 11 and 4 but the Heihnson's are pretty good on the road at 9 and 7. Indy should pound the glass pretty hard tonight with Turner and Big Al giving a pretty decent edge to the pacers... Thomas is going to have fun in the lane against the defensively challenged Pacers.

    Home cooking is likely to define both outcomes.


    EDIT... Took in the Pacers game on League Pass... might want to rethink the Pacers as one of my picks for the playoff bracket.... Empty suits tonight.
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    Post Christmas and 4.5 games separates 3rd from 12th... To say its still wide open on who makes the post season is an understatement.

    On tonights docket are some pretty great games...

    Bucks n Whiz in DC... 7 vs 9... Might be the best game of the night. If the Whiz want to be taken seriously these are the games they HAVE to win. The Bucks have a huge advantage in the frontcourt which is mitigaged by the Whizs backcourt. Its a guards league according to Jack so look for the Whiz to climb up another rung .

    Memphis at the Magicians. A magic win would be outta left field but if they do they move up from 12 to 9/10 depending on other outcomes. Tall order but they are at home.

    Cleveland at Detroit Detroit is reeling. The Cavs just made a statement against the Warriors and spent a lot of physical and emotional energy doing it. Its a back to back and the Cavs just might rest one of Lebron or Irving.. If they rest Kyrie Cavs still have enough... If they rest Lebron the Pistons could steal one.

    Indy at the Bulls Jalen's team, on their meandering route to second best in the east, have lost 6 of their last 7. Indy looked bad.... real bad in their last game at home against the Leprechauns after they lost to the Knicks the night before. Two pretty desperate teams looking to stop the bleeding. In the tourniquet game of the night... take the Pacers. They can at least shoot the ball.

    Atlanta and Minny Can the Hawks buck the trend and shake off the Dwight effect to make the playoffs with a win in Minny tonight against the fast sinking Timberpuppies who are now tied for last in the West. This is a tossup as its a roadie for the Hawks... but the Pups despite all that talent... just suck when it comes to being able to win games. Hawks keep pace in the race.
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    You guys are seriously underrating the knicks. I think after being overrated for so long, people are starting to underrate them. As soon as they take the ball away from Melo and put it in Drose's hands, they will be successful. I have watched many, many knick games. Kristaps Porzingis is the real deal and he has the toughness and skill to win. Derrick Rose is back, and he needs the keys to the offense. The knicks have played really well when Derrick gets the ball and can go downhill and attack without having to worry about keeping Melo involved. I can see them finishing as high as the 3rd seed, but I'm guessing they will be in the 4-6 range. All I can say is they aren't a team you want to play in the playoffs.

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    Quote Maury wrote: View Post
    You guys are seriously underrating the knicks. I think after being overrated for so long, people are starting to underrate them. As soon as they take the ball away from Melo and put it in Drose's hands, they will be successful. I have watched many, many knick games. Kristaps Porzingis is the real deal and he has the toughness and skill to win. Derrick Rose is back, and he needs the keys to the offense. The knicks have played really well when Derrick gets the ball and can go downhill and attack without having to worry about keeping Melo involved. I can see them finishing as high as the 3rd seed, but I'm guessing they will be in the 4-6 range. All I can say is they aren't a team you want to play in the playoffs.
    Gotta play both ends and the Knicks have shown little ability to defend at a playoff level. People here complain about our middling 104.5 DRTG, Zinger's 106.5 DTRG is best among the starters and only 1 rotation player better than 105.9. The lack of respect for the Knicks will stay well deserved unless they dramatically improve their D.
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    Quote Maury wrote: View Post
    You guys are seriously underrating the knicks. I think after being overrated for so long, people are starting to underrate them. As soon as they take the ball away from Melo and put it in Drose's hands, they will be successful. I have watched many, many knick games. Kristaps Porzingis is the real deal and he has the toughness and skill to win. Derrick Rose is back, and he needs the keys to the offense. The knicks have played really well when Derrick gets the ball and can go downhill and attack without having to worry about keeping Melo involved. I can see them finishing as high as the 3rd seed, but I'm guessing they will be in the 4-6 range. All I can say is they aren't a team you want to play in the playoffs.
    They are hanging around... telling stretch coming up though.... not that its a killer sched but its against teams they are going to have win against to make the dance..and they have to cope with 3 b2b's and in one of those b2b's is sandwhiched into a 3 games in 4 nights stretch. Tough stretch from the schedule maker.

    If they can go 6 and 4 then you have to start liking the the Knicks chances to get in... 5 and 5 not much changes for them as they are still on the bubble with the Bucks and Hawks and Pacers and Wizards
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    If they go 4 and 6 or a catastrophic 3 and 7 the Knicks wouldn't merit as much support as you give them. ...

    The Next 10 for the men from Gotham..

    Atlanta on the road.
    New Orleans home and away
    Bucks home and away
    Orlando at home and Philly away
    Houston on the road
    Bulls at home...
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    Quote 3inthekeon wrote: View Post
    Gotta play both ends and the Knicks have shown little ability to defend at a playoff level. People here complain about our middling 104.5 DRTG, Zinger's 106.5 DTRG is best among the starters and only 1 rotation player better than 105.9. The lack of respect for the Knicks will stay well deserved unless they dramatically improve their D.
    I'm no way saying they are a super team. I understand their defensive woes as well, but they are improving slightly on that end. The big difference maker here is they can outscore teams if they run their offence the right way. I truly believe if they could trade Carmelo for a 3 and D big wing, they would be very good.


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    Quote Maury wrote: View Post
    I truly believe if they could trade Carmelo for a 3 and D big wing, they would be very good.
    That's never going to happen, no matter how many toxic quotes Phil Jackson makes about Melo, he has no trade clause and likely want to stay in New York a while longer.

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    Quote Majesiu wrote: View Post
    That's never going to happen, no matter how many toxic quotes Phil Jackson makes about Melo, he has no trade clause and likely want to stay in New York a while longer.
    It probably won't happen. But you never know, maybe a team like the clippers would want a guy like him. It's a trade I could see doc making.


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    Quote Maury wrote: View Post
    It probably won't happen. But you never know, maybe a team like the clippers would want a guy like him. It's a trade I could see doc making.


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    What would the Knicks get from the Clips in this trade?
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    Quote 3inthekeon wrote: View Post
    What would the Knicks get from the Clips in this trade?
    No idea. Probably a 3 team trade, but the clips have expressed interest in Rudy before so they do want that kind of player. If melo wanted to go play with cp3 then maybe they would get it done.


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    Quote Maury wrote: View Post
    No idea. Probably a 3 team trade, but the clips have expressed interest in Rudy before so they do want that kind of player. If melo wanted to go play with cp3 then maybe they would get it done.


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    The reason I asked is that the Clippers really don't have trade chips. Stars, scrubs and already owe multiple 1st rounders.
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    Quote 3inthekeon wrote: View Post
    The reason I asked is that the Clippers really don't have trade chips. Stars, scrubs and already owe multiple 1st rounders.
    Maybe a blockbuster trade centred around Blake Griffin. If the clips play well without him they may think about moving him before he hits the open market and demands a max contract.


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    Quote Maury wrote: View Post
    No idea. Probably a 3 team trade, but the clips have expressed interest in Rudy before so they do want that kind of player. If melo wanted to go play with cp3 then maybe they would get it done.


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    tough trade to make even if new york centric carmello agrees to waive his no trade..
    He makes 25M... so who ever is coming back from the clips has to be making max moneyish ...

    Paul makes 22
    Griffin makes 20
    Jordan makes 20....

    assume they stay or why would carmelo agree to go ..... maybe griffin for a change of pace for the clips but think PF is the zingers best spot
    So that means its austin rivers and jamal crawford and draft picks... which is likely not nearly enough for NY to even take the phone call...
    agree that the knicks could use someone to grow with zinger ... besides the clips... anyone you have in mind ?

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    Quote Demographic Shift wrote: View Post
    tough trade to make even if new york centric carmello agrees to waive his no trade..
    He makes 25M... so who ever is coming back from the clips has to be making max moneyish ...

    Paul makes 22
    Griffin makes 20
    Jordan makes 20....

    assume they stay or why would carmelo agree to go ..... maybe griffin for a change of pace for the clips but think PF is the zingers best spot
    So that means its austin rivers and jamal crawford and draft picks... which is likely not nearly enough for NY to even take the phone call...
    agree that the knicks could use someone to grow with zinger ... besides the clips... anyone you have in mind ?
    I think the clippers are the best trade partners for the Knicks, but I could see Danny Ainge pulling the trigger for his start. Jae Crowder would be a great fit in New York. Add in Jaylen brown or one of the great point guards the celtics have and it's possible. I don't think it's a very good trade for the celtics tho so I don't see them doing this.


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