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    Golden state is on a tier unto themselves. Putting philly next to them instead of with the rockets and the bucks? Nah chief this ain't it
    I think they're winning the championship, regardless of what kind of tension is happening over there.

    I'm speaking strictly on a talent-on-paper standpoint.

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    Philly on one level has the core talent + potential to be a top team. But such big fit question marks - for the importance of that, look to how Bud has changed the Bucks or to how Houston has fallen off from losing 2 of their 3 3+D wing role players. That' all it take to drop off the very top level, everything has to be going right for you to be up there (save for GS, which has so much talent they can have hissy fit bench fights or an All-Star sitting out for half the year or their best player sitting out the first round and none of that even matters, they'll beat everybody anyway).
    Yeup. Simmons is already an all-star level talent, Embiid is a star, if the health is consistent, and Butler is also an all-star/fringe superstar player.

    It was hard for me not to put Houston in the 1st tier, considering Harden/Paul/Capela, but there's so much inconsistency around them on that roster. Damn. Everyone said losing Ariza and Mbah a Moute would be huge, but it's crazy it would affect them this much.
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    As I say golden state is on their own tier, they're a steph curry injury from us being the best team in the NBA.
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    As I say golden state is on their own tier, they're a steph curry injury from us being the best team in the NBA.
    1969....NY Jets vs Baltimore Colts
    1983....North Carolina State vs. Phi Slamma Jamma
    1985 ...Villanova vs Georgetown
    1990....Career Tomato Can Buster Douglas vs. Iron Mike Tyson
    2015.....Leicester City wins the Preimer League

    It’s sports..anything can happen.
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    Quote Demographic Shift wrote: View Post
    1969....NY Jets vs Baltimore Colts
    1983....North Carolina State vs. Phi Slamma Jamma
    1985 ...Villanova vs Georgetown
    1990....Career Tomato Can Buster Douglas vs. Iron Mike Tyson
    2015.....Leicester City wins the Preimer League

    It’s sports..anything can happen.
    What about yhe CFL where teams with losing records can make the playoffs and some. 500 club wins the championship every year? Miracles I tell ya.

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    Quote Demographic Shift wrote: View Post
    1969....NY Jets vs Baltimore Colts
    1983....North Carolina State vs. Phi Slamma Jamma
    1985 ...Villanova vs Georgetown
    1990....Career Tomato Can Buster Douglas vs. Iron Mike Tyson
    2015.....Leicester City wins the Preimer League

    It’s sports..anything can happen.
    Lebron 1-3 comeback vs. the Warriors.
    Stacked Lakers lose to the Pistons in 04 (I think it was 04).

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    What about yhe CFL where teams with losing records can make the playoffs and some. 500 club wins the championship every year? Miracles I tell ya.
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    Lebron 1-3 comeback vs. the Warriors.
    Stacked Lakers lose to the Pistons in 04 (I think it was 04).
    It’s all possible..even a now suspect 12 and 3 raptors team could recover from a game 15 of 82 crippling loss that puts the season on the brink. It could happen.

    Raptor fans are the best. In a 48 hour cycle they can go from planning the parade route to firing the coach and cutting anyone that can’t be traded.

    Hope we win n Boston or the fire nurse thread will be up and pushing 50 pages.

    Can’t believe Utah lost by 50..let alone to Dallas.
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    what about yhe cfl where teams with losing records can make the playoffs and some. 500 club wins the championship every year? Miracles i tell ya.
    argooooooozzzzzz

    If you think the raps can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory think about the calgary stampeders...two years in a row the best team in the league takes it in gonads....
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    argooooooozzzzzz

    If you think the raps can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory think about the calgary stampeders...two years in a row the best team in the league takes it in gonads....
    And dozens of people went wild
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    And dozens of people went wild
    you will always have the red mile in 04

    and we leaf fans can fixate on the the missed call on Dougie by Kerry Fraser...oh what could have been eh ?

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    you will always have the red mile in 04

    and we leaf fans can fixate on the the missed call on Dougie by Kerry Fraser...oh what could have been eh ?
    That will remain one of mine and many calgarians most magical times of our lives. Just an indescribable aura around that very few Canadian cities have ever matched.

    It was the perfect storm of getting out of s flames drought, civic pride, healthy economy, bursting at the seams to celebrate. Today's generation would never pull it off like we did. They'd be busy at home hiding in their safe space, too much social anxiety to slap a strangers hand.

    I was 17. May and June of 04 showed me more boobies in person than I ever anticipated seeing at that time. So. Many. Boobies.
    It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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    and back to basketball after a short detour to the rink....

    In baseball the unofficial end of the "its still early" stage of the season comes around the end of may when teams are about 20% plus of the way into the season and the non waiver trade deadline is about a month away.... Its are you buying or selling time...

    Next week most teams in the east will be approaching the equivalent of the end of the "its still early" stage ...
    Who has exceeded expectations and whose not living up to the preseason hype.

    Exceeded Expectations

    Raps .. at 12 and 3 and currently playing without a full complement of starters and rotation players most nights they not only lead the division but the conference in wins. Without alcohol most thought they'd be 2 or 3.
    Bucks... 10 and 3.. the preseason dark horse has bolted out of the gate and has served notice that the team with the most promise over the last 5 years has now turned that potential energy into kinetic energy.
    Hornets... They should stink.. and they just might.. but so far they are in the playoff picture
    Nets...Tough losing Levert but this is the Easts plucky band of warriors this year. After years of sleeping in the garage the Nets are not an easy win anymore.
    Magic... They are beating the teams they have to beat to remain in the playoff picture.... They like the Suns need a PG in the worst way as DJ Augustine won't be able to do it all year long.. but so far. there they are.. a lottery team on most scorecards in the picture for the playoffs.


    Courtesy of Denny Green. "They are who we thought they were"

    Miami and Detroit... expected to challenge for the playoff seeds 6 though 8... and they are so far.
    Pacers....Right where they were expected to be... challenging for homecourt.
    Atlanta and the Bulls and the Knicks....Expected to be shitty.. and they are.


    As my grandmother told us..."Looks like your eyes are bigger than your stomach

    Celtics From every corner of the National MSM NBA media the Chowders were touted to be the only team with a snowballs chance to take out the warriors and were a foregone conclusion to run away and hide in the east. Well so far they are a bit short. As the theme says its the tail of the "its still early" stage of the season and the Chowders may go on a 12 game win streak but as of righ now they are an IPO at $50 bucks currently selling at $35. There is still time... but so far Gordon Hayward is struggling and not yet close to what he was and the Kyrie Irving to the Knicks with KD rumours are ready to go.

    WizardsScott Brooks is pulling back hard on the stick to pull out of the nose dive the Wiz have started the season on. They are 5 and 9 but have played a pretty soft schedule. The team with the best backcourt in the east is stumbling badly. This is as an unlikeable team as they come. Maybe the the steady and unwithering criticism will light a fire in DC with the Whiz.... Or maybe they Hindenburg and blow it all up. Tough call for Ernie G in DC.

    SixersPicked by a majority of the ESPN/TNT/THeJump types to push the Chowders for first have also started out slow and have not met preseason expectations and maybe unlikely to unless they find some 3 point shooting. Picked to be second they might just finish without homecourt behind the Chowders / Raps / Bucks and Pacers.

    Cavs aka The DeadlooksThey might have had enough with Love and Hill and a breakout rookie performance from Colin Sexton to challenge for the 7th or 8th seed... If they whiffed ok.. they finish 10th. 5 games in they waved the white flag and have embraced tank nation. Love was put on the IR and told he should really really take his time to make sure he is 100% before he comes back. The Cavs just Joffery Lupul'd Kevin Love.

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    and back to basketball after a short detour to the rink....

    WizardsScott Brooks is pulling back hard on the stick to pull out of the nose dive the Wiz have started the season on. They are 5 and 9 but have played a pretty soft schedule. The team with the best backcourt in the east is stumbling badly. This is as an unlikeable team as they come. Maybe the the steady and unwithering criticism will light a fire in DC with the Whiz.... Or maybe they Hindenburg and blow it all up. Tough call for Ernie G in DC.
    The Wizards are the current the poster-child for mediocrity in the NBA, in my opinion. Good enough to be in the playoff race, not good enough to be a top-four team/win/compete for a ring. Their young guys are not developed well, and they stink from a organizational-culture standpoint. Ugly, ugly times in DC.
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