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    This is too early imo
    Just a little

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    It's never too early to get your playoffs hopes up and then watch them burn. lol

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    It's never too early to get your playoffs hopes up and then watch them burn. lol
    To be fair, I expected the Raptors to be the 6th best team in the East.


    I sure as hell did not expect 59 wins and to win the East.
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    EAST
    1. Toronto - 61/21
    2. Boston - 59/23
    3. Philly - 54/28
    4. Indiana - 50/32
    5. Milwaukee - 49/33
    6. Detriot - 45/37
    7. Washington - 44/38
    8. Miami - 42/40

    WEST
    1. Golden State - 69/13
    2. Utah - 59/23
    3. Houson - 59/23
    4. OKC - 51/31
    5. San Antonio - 50/32
    6. Lakers - 48/34
    7. New Orleans - 46/36
    8. Denver - 43/39
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    This photoshop is so good, I feel like we already did! Go Raps! Woo!

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    This photoshop is so good, I feel like we already did! Go Raps! Woo!
    They even got OG excitement right.

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    The new look Lakers?
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    EAST:

    Boston
    Toronto
    Philly
    Milwaukee
    Indiana
    Washington
    Miami
    Detroit
    ---
    Cleveland
    Charlotte
    NewJersey
    NewYork
    Chicago
    Orlando
    Atlanta

    WEST

    Gsw
    Houston
    Utah
    Oklahoma
    Lakers
    Spurs
    New Orleans
    Portland
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    Nuggets
    Minnesota
    clippers
    dallas
    phoenix
    Memphis
    sacramento

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    Quote Bonus Jonas wrote: View Post
    LMAO at best front court in the east

    I’ll take Boston, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Toronto and maybe even Washington’s front court before Detroit’s

    Griffin is over the hump, Drummond still can’t do anything but rebound, and after that you’re left with a 3 point specialist, Zaza, Ellenson who’s been a bust, Leuer and Johnson who’s been a bust.
    I think you might be underrating Griffin/Drummond quite a bit. Drummond may not have high BBIQ, but 16rebs a night is nothing to scoff at. Good shot blocker as well. And Griffin is still a really physical and imposing player. He's had his way with every forward we've sent against him. Smart player and a really good passer. That team needs some a competent guard play to take a leadership role and they can be dangerous imo.

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    Raps make the conference finals and everything else is a bonus. Setting myself up for a satisfying season, not failure. Finals or bust sounds great but it's too much pressure to put on Kawhi in his first of 8 years here ....
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    It’s late August. The CNE has opened and Staples is running their back to school ads which signal the end of the summer is on the horizon. The end of summer means NBA ball is not that far off.

    So who is going to do what in the East this year?

    For me it’s a two horse race. Raps ‘n Chowdas. Philly takes the most “over respected” crown this year as the NBA MSM tries to rekindle a rivalry between the Celts n Sixers.

    The Raps had to make a seismic change from last year’s epic pratfall in the playoffs. And they did. Gone are the coach and the team’s best player. Coming in is a bigger and better star player than the beloved player who unwillingly left town and the “new” coach who is technically a rookie head coach has continuity with the team and has shown in his past stints he can adapt on the fly. The Raps are younger and they are faster and they have the personnel to defend like madmen. This team represents the best chance the Raps have had to make the finals since inception.

    The Chowdas are really really good too. They as well will make life miserable for teams as they can and will defend other teams to distraction. They too are mostly young and fast. They are as deep as the Raptors. Just like we await the results of Leonard’s injury so too do the Leprashits await the results of Irvings 3rd knee surgery and Haywards gruesome compound fractures in his leg. If ESPN or TNT doesn’t televise these matchups between Raps n Chowdas they are truly fucktards.

    In the second tier of teams are the Sixers, Pacers and the perennially on the cusp of breaking through Bucks.

    Philly for all the press they are getting as this year’s team to beat the Hinkies got exposed bad by Boston in the playoffs. Horford ran Joel Embiid off his feet and showed that Embiid isn’t in great cardio shape. Simmons without a jimmy was good at penetrating but the Chowdas were able to render him ineffective because of his abject reluctance or ability to hit jumpers. Fultz is a wild card coming in. Has the APB on his lost jumper been answered over the summer? Have they effectively replaced the leadership and outside shooting? Belly and Illyasova out and Korver and Chandler in. It will come down to the King of Twitter and how durable the part time star is this year and if Fultz and Simmons can at least hit for 30% from outside 10 feet.

    The Bucks will be as good as Giannias can be. He still doesn’t have a jumper but the wild card is the good Lopez…Brook at the 5. Yes the C position in the NBA is not what it used to be but the Bucks have some serious bulk in the middle for a change and he can get boards and score. How much he plays will be dictated by matchups but Lopez has gas in the tank and will make the Bucks better. A bona fide 5, a legit star at the 4 with the Alphabet Middleton on the wing if he can make 3s make the Bucks a threat for third. We say this every year. This year we may be right.

    The Pacers were last years biggest surprise. Picked as a lottery team they pushed the Lebrons to 7 games. They are still young and they added McBuckets and Evans to their core. With Evans, Bogdonavic and Dougie aligned at the arc, Myles Turners ability to stretch the floor and Olipdipo emerging as a star and the guy who stirs the drink these guys are good and they will score. A lot. They will get home court this year either at 3 or 4.

    On the bubble between the second tier and freefalling to the 4th tier and the lottery are the Whiz. This is a powderkeg that Ernie Grunfeld has crafted. John Wall will enter his 9th campaign and he still thinks he is the best PG in the league. He is not even close to that. He isn’t even in the top 5. This grates on him and his resulting demeanour and play is sour at best. He and the Whiz’s next best player Beal will never have dinner at home with each other. Johnny wanted Gortat out of town and he is. Replacing the steady if unspectacular Gortat is proven team killer Dwight Howard. Mix in the mercurial temperament of Markeif Morris and we could see a redux of the Crittendon – Arenas meltdown. Or it could all work out and the Whiz might push one of the Bucks, Pacers or Sixers for fourth. I am betting a Hindenburg like crash for Washington with a Wall trade at the deadline and the lottery for the Whiz.

    The third tier is a bunch of teams named Moe. Detroit, Miami ,The Deadlooks(Cleveland) and the Nets. Of these these vanilla entries it looks like two or three will make the playoffs. The Heat have coach Spo who can work miracles but with a disengaged Whiteside who knows he won’t play when it matters and an aging Dragic portends the Heat will likely tank by Christmas. Which leaves a very very ordinary Pistons squad, the Kevin Love / Colin Sexton (the next Donovan Mitchell?) Cavs and the Nets to possibly make the playoffs.

    The Bulls are going to be interesting. They could choose to tank again but the talent they have may push them to a playoff race for 8th. Carter is a solid C and Markaanen can score. The Bulls have to sort some things out between Dunn and Lavine but they could make the post season this year.

    The Knicks are actually building a team. It all hinges on the health and recuperative powers of the Zinger. If he gets back by Christmas the Knicks with a young core of Knox and Ntilanaka, The Zinger and a possibly now ready for prime time Hezonja could be a surprise team this year.

    Orlando and Atlanta and Charlotte will suck. As great a player as Jordan was he is the polar opposite as the worst exec and judge of talent in the NBA outside of the Kings. Orlando .. well this is year 7 of the rebuild and they are no closer than the Hawks who have taken the biggest chance of them all by taking Trae Young.

    Best in Class will be the Raps and Chowders. 1A and 1B. Flip a coin.
    Most overhyped is the Sixers.
    Gotta be right once that its their breakout year are the Bucks.
    Most improved will be one of or all of the Bulls and Knicks and Nets
    Dark horse to kick serious ass come playoff time are the Pacers
    Most mediocre teams to make the playoffs will be the Pistons . Nets and Cleveland.
    Team Turmoil and it’s not even close… the Whiz.
    Team sewage... the Hawks.
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    Quote Demographic Shift wrote: View Post
    The Chowdas are really really good too.
    It's Klaw Season. Time to hunt.

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    Quote KeonClark wrote: View Post
    Those words were like vinegar passing my lips...

    The Raps n Chowders are the class of the East...and unlike he CBC I can’t be biased forever.

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    Quote G__Deane wrote: View Post
    Raps make the conference finals and everything else is a bonus. Setting myself up for a satisfying season, not failure. Finals or bust sounds great but it's too much pressure to put on Kawhi in his first of 8 years here ....
    I'm sorry but for me that's not good enough. We've done that before.

    We just got Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Conference finals should be a bare minimum expectation. Losing to Boston or whoever in the ECF is not going to be a good season. Hell if we just kept DeRozan, with LeBron gone we easily could've gotten to the conference finals and lost to the Celtics.

    The whole point of that deal was to challenge for the title. So a good season would be getting to the finals and not getting smacked silly by Golden State.

    Honestly if we were to lose in the ECF with this team, I'd be thinking about firing Nurse. Especially if it's not in a road game 7.

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    Quote Demographic Shift wrote: View Post
    The third tier is a bunch of teams named Moe. Detroit, Miami ,The Deadlooks(Cleveland) and the Nets.
    LOL "deadlooks"... I can't lmfao

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    Quote Demographic Shift wrote: View Post
    It’s late August. The CNE has opened and Staples is running their back to school ads which signal the end of the summer is on the horizon. The end of summer means NBA ball is not that far off.

    So who is going to do what in the East this year?

    For me it’s a two horse race. Raps ‘n Chowdas. Philly takes the most “over respected” crown this year as the NBA MSM tries to rekindle a rivalry between the Celts n Sixers.

    The Raps had to make a seismic change from last year’s epic pratfall in the playoffs. And they did. Gone are the coach and the team’s best player. Coming in is a bigger and better star player than the beloved player who unwillingly left town and the “new” coach who is technically a rookie head coach has continuity with the team and has shown in his past stints he can adapt on the fly. The Raps are younger and they are faster and they have the personnel to defend like madmen. This team represents the best chance the Raps have had to make the finals since inception.

    The Chowdas are really really good too. They as well will make life miserable for teams as they can and will defend other teams to distraction. They too are mostly young and fast. They are as deep as the Raptors. Just like we await the results of Leonard’s injury so too do the Leprashits await the results of Irvings 3rd knee surgery and Haywards gruesome compound fractures in his leg. If ESPN or TNT doesn’t televise these matchups between Raps n Chowdas they are truly fucktards.

    In the second tier of teams are the Sixers, Pacers and the perennially on the cusp of breaking through Bucks.

    Philly for all the press they are getting as this year’s team to beat the Hinkies got exposed bad by Boston in the playoffs. Horford ran Joel Embiid off his feet and showed that Embiid isn’t in great cardio shape. Simmons without a jimmy was good at penetrating but the Chowdas were able to render him ineffective because of his abject reluctance or ability to hit jumpers. Fultz is a wild card coming in. Has the APB on his lost jumper been answered over the summer? Have they effectively replaced the leadership and outside shooting? Belly and Illyasova out and Korver and Chandler in. It will come down to the King of Twitter and how durable the part time star is this year and if Fultz and Simmons can at least hit for 30% from outside 10 feet.

    The Bucks will be as good as Giannias can be. He still doesn’t have a jumper but the wild card is the good Lopez…Brook at the 5. Yes the C position in the NBA is not what it used to be but the Bucks have some serious bulk in the middle for a change and he can get boards and score. How much he plays will be dictated by matchups but Lopez has gas in the tank and will make the Bucks better. A bona fide 5, a legit star at the 4 with the Alphabet Middleton on the wing if he can make 3s make the Bucks a threat for third. We say this every year. This year we may be right.

    The Pacers were last years biggest surprise. Picked as a lottery team they pushed the Lebrons to 7 games. They are still young and they added McBuckets and Evans to their core. With Evans, Bogdonavic and Dougie aligned at the arc, Myles Turners ability to stretch the floor and Olipdipo emerging as a star and the guy who stirs the drink these guys are good and they will score. A lot. They will get home court this year either at 3 or 4.

    On the bubble between the second tier and freefalling to the 4th tier and the lottery are the Whiz. This is a powderkeg that Ernie Grunfeld has crafted. John Wall will enter his 9th campaign and he still thinks he is the best PG in the league. He is not even close to that. He isn’t even in the top 5. This grates on him and his resulting demeanour and play is sour at best. He and the Whiz’s next best player Beal will never have dinner at home with each other. Johnny wanted Gortat out of town and he is. Replacing the steady if unspectacular Gortat is proven team killer Dwight Howard. Mix in the mercurial temperament of Markeif Morris and we could see a redux of the Crittendon – Arenas meltdown. Or it could all work out and the Whiz might push one of the Bucks, Pacers or Sixers for fourth. I am betting a Hindenburg like crash for Washington with a Wall trade at the deadline and the lottery for the Whiz.

    The third tier is a bunch of teams named Moe. Detroit, Miami ,The Deadlooks(Cleveland) and the Nets. Of these these vanilla entries it looks like two or three will make the playoffs. The Heat have coach Spo who can work miracles but with a disengaged Whiteside who knows he won’t play when it matters and an aging Dragic portends the Heat will likely tank by Christmas. Which leaves a very very ordinary Pistons squad, the Kevin Love / Colin Sexton (the next Donovan Mitchell?) Cavs and the Nets to possibly make the playoffs.

    The Bulls are going to be interesting. They could choose to tank again but the talent they have may push them to a playoff race for 8th. Carter is a solid C and Markaanen can score. The Bulls have to sort some things out between Dunn and Lavine but they could make the post season this year.

    The Knicks are actually building a team. It all hinges on the health and recuperative powers of the Zinger. If he gets back by Christmas the Knicks with a young core of Knox and Ntilanaka, The Zinger and a possibly now ready for prime time Hezonja could be a surprise team this year.

    Orlando and Atlanta and Charlotte will suck. As great a player as Jordan was he is the polar opposite as the worst exec and judge of talent in the NBA outside of the Kings. Orlando .. well this is year 7 of the rebuild and they are no closer than the Hawks who have taken the biggest chance of them all by taking Trae Young.

    Best in Class will be the Raps and Chowders. 1A and 1B. Flip a coin.
    Most overhyped is the Sixers.
    Gotta be right once that its their breakout year are the Bucks.
    Most improved will be one of or all of the Bulls and Knicks and Nets
    Dark horse to kick serious ass come playoff time are the Pacers
    Most mediocre teams to make the playoffs will be the Pistons . Nets and Cleveland.
    Team Turmoil and it’s not even close… the Whiz.
    Team sewage... the Hawks.
    This was actually a pretty balanced, well thought out and reasonable analysis. Who are you and what have you done with Demo Shift? lol.

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    Quote golden wrote: View Post
    This was actually a pretty balanced, well thought out and reasonable analysis. Who are you and what have you done with Demo Shift? lol.
    Any analysis is either an insightful look at things or a piece of drek...it usually depends on wether the reader agrees with it as to which column it falls under.

    Boston is not without its questions...

    This is Irving’s 3rd knee procedure and he isn’t the most durable of guys. Lots of talk about Rozier..but he ain’t Irving..and if Irving slows down because of the knee Boston is going to be lesser for it.

    Hayward is a good player but not a great player. He has been off a year so he may chug a bit at the start but that was just an awful break. Paul George came back well, however, everyone heals differently. Hayward is going to push hard as he has expectations for himself as does the team.

    Horford and Baynes know their roles and minutes allocations so they are solid at the 5.

    It’s a good problem to have but there maybe to many guys on the wings for the Chowders..Brown, Hayward, Tatum, Morris, and to a degree Smart. Lots of guys who want to play and maybe not enough minutes to go around. Egos do terrible things to dressing rooms.

    They are set at PG with Irving and Rozier.

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    Quote Shaolin Fantastic wrote: View Post
    I'm sorry but for me that's not good enough. We've done that before.

    We just got Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Conference finals should be a bare minimum expectation. Losing to Boston or whoever in the ECF is not going to be a good season. Hell if we just kept DeRozan, with LeBron gone we easily could've gotten to the conference finals and lost to the Celtics.

    The whole point of that deal was to challenge for the title. So a good season would be getting to the finals and not getting smacked silly by Golden State.

    Honestly if we were to lose in the ECF with this team, I'd be thinking about firing Nurse. Especially if it's not in a road game 7.
    I think I'm OK with being a bit more of a realist than some, even in the pre-season. Raps should make the conference finals but I see the Celtics as the favourite and I'm OK with that. Others see it differently so they can see negatives should the Rpas not make the finals (and show well there).

    For me, that will make it all the more sweeter when the Raps DO make the finals (and show well there) since I consider it a distinct possibility but still a bonus to reasonable expectations.

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