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  • #91
    What a depressing conversation. But very, very credible I think. Basketball is certainly a sport where officiating has a huge impact. The basic concept where body contact is theoretically illegal...but occurs on almost every play makes "judgement" calls constant. There have been a number of series over the years where I was convinced that the officiating determined the outcome. One of the most blatant was when Miami beat Dallas the first time the Mavs were there. Dirk should have two championships. This was the origin of Mark Cuban's sometimes over the top ref baiting. Dwayne Wade was at the line constantly on marginal calls and it was nowhere close to being called the same way at the other end. A couple of the Suns series in Nash's prime featured him being beaten to a pulp with very few calls.

    I'm already half dreading the Raptors opening series this spring and what it will bring. Demar and the rest need to go in with the mindset that NOTHING will be called and they need to power through, finish and not sulk if calls aren't happening. Hopefully superior talent and effort will overcome that 10 points the league will seed Boston, Cleveland or even I fear Washington (the Wall/Beal combo gets a lot of attention) or the Bucks ( the Freak is being groomed to replace Lebron).
    Last edited by Mitch P; Fri Jan 5th, 2018, 07:31 PM.

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    • #92
      Mitch P wrote: View Post
      What a depressing conversation. But very, very credible I think. Basketball is certainly a sport where officiating has a huge impact. The basic concept where body contact is theoretically illegal...but occurs on almost every play makes "judgement" calls constant. There have been a number of series over the years where I was convinced that the officiating determined the outcome. One of the most blatant was when Miami beat Dallas the first time the Mavs were there. Dwayne Wade was at the line constantly on marginal calls and it was nowhere close to being called the same way at the other end. A couple of the Suns series in Nash's prime featured him being beaten to a pulp with very few calls.

      I'm already half dreading the Raptors opening series this spring and what it will bring. Demar and the rest need to go in with the mindset that NOTHING will be called and they need to power through, finish and not sulk if calls aren't happening. Hopefully superior talent and effort will overcome that 10 points the league will seed Boston, Cleveland or even I fear Washington (the Wall/Beal combo gets a lot of attention) or the Bucks ( the Freak is being groomed to replace Lebron).
      Depressing and credible indeed. You can't get too far down the rabbit hole or it all becomes too nihilistic.

      Crack a beer, boo the bad guys, cheer the good guys, and hope for nice ball movement

      It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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      • #93
        Time for canada to join the US -- Toronto would instantly get a Christmas Game and prime time spots in playoffs..

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        • #94
          Demar has been on a role lately -- seeing a tiny bit more ISO play starting again with Lowry and Demar, but since Demar has been so hot lately it hasn't really shown...

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          • #95
            That NBA tv commentary by Grant Hill that TRex posted is pretty outstanding. Well......I've heard from an insider that Grant Hill is one of the finest people in all of the NBA. Now I like him even more. He has Demar in the top 5 MVP candidates! Well all righty then! Why not? Who's playing better right now? That's right......nobody.

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            • #96
              Mitch P wrote: View Post
              That NBA tv commentary by Grant Hill that TRex posted is pretty outstanding. Well......I've heard from an insider that Grant Hill is one of the finest people in all of the NBA. Now I like him even more. He has Demar in the top 5 MVP candidates! Well all righty then! Why not? Who's playing better right now? That's right......nobody.
              The way the team and Derozan is playing, he should be a top 5 MVP candidate.

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              • #97
                A non-story like LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball's trip to Lithuania is getting more coverage on ESPN right now than the Raptors. Smh.

                I don't really understand why those 2 are getting so much coverage. They're not NBA prospects. They're not good enough to play in this league. They're not as good as their brother Lonzo. Why the hype?
                What it do baybeeee!!

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                • #98
                  Mitch P wrote: View Post
                  That NBA tv commentary by Grant Hill that TRex posted is pretty outstanding. Well......I've heard from an insider that Grant Hill is one of the finest people in all of the NBA. Now I like him even more. He has Demar in the top 5 MVP candidates! Well all righty then! Why not? Who's playing better right now? That's right......nobody.
                  Grant Hill is awesome. Was a huge Duke fan because of him (not so much of a fan of the NCAA anymore though). Always a class act. Such a big difference in his broadcasting skills from someone like Pierce (who's terrible). He's smart, well versed, and does his homework. If he ever wanted to get into coaching I think he would excel there too.

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                  • #99
                    planetmars wrote: View Post
                    Grant Hill is awesome...If he ever wanted to get into coaching I think he would excel there too.
                    Wonder why we haven't heard more of this. Maybe he is smart enough to realize that the life of a broadcaster is way easier and more fun?

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                    • Puffer wrote: View Post
                      Wonder why we haven't heard more of this. Maybe he is smart enough to realize that the life of a broadcaster is way easier and more fun?
                      Coaching is a grind.. maybe he just wants to hang up his feet and chill out with his family after his day ends.

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                      • TRex wrote: View Post
                        A non-story like LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball's trip to Lithuania is getting more coverage on ESPN right now than the Raptors. Smh.

                        I don't really understand why those 2 are getting so much coverage. They're not NBA prospects. They're not good enough to play in this league. They're not as good as their brother Lonzo. Why the hype?
                        Same daddy

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                        • tDotted wrote: View Post
                          Same daddy
                          The world is slipping further and further into TMZ/Kardashian/Bahelor(ette) reporting for ratings ..... sad days

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                          • Mitch P wrote: View Post
                            That NBA tv commentary by Grant Hill that TRex posted is pretty outstanding. Well......I've heard from an insider that Grant Hill is one of the finest people in all of the NBA. Now I like him even more. He has Demar in the top 5 MVP candidates! Well all righty then! Why not? Who's playing better right now? That's right......nobody.
                            Grant Hill is the man. You watch him analyze a game, and you compare it to someone like Paul Pierce. It's like night and day. Hill does his homework unlike Pierce or other former NBA players turned analyst.
                            What it do baybeeee!!

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                            • If Antetokonmpo's team was 27-10. He'd be #1 on the MVP ladder. GUARANTEED.

                              I still don't understand how Durant is #1? obviously you pair him with Curry and Green and Klay....and those guys, they're going to win a lot of games. Curry at #5 also doesn't make any sense.
                              What it do baybeeee!!

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                              • TRex wrote: View Post
                                Grant Hill is the man. You watch him analyze a game, and you compare it to someone like Paul Pierce. It's like night and day. Hill does his homework unlike Pierce or other former NBA players turned analyst.
                                Some years ago when Hill was with the Suns I was sitting behind their bench with the Phoenix team doctor. As I'm a physician myself he was very friendly and chatty and told me lots of gossip. He loved Nash but also said that Hill was a complete class act; allegedly one of the few guys in the NBA faithful to his wife on the road and very dedicated to his craft.

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