NBA Playoffs

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    ^^^^ was just about to post those exact thoughts. This has been a great opening round. Also, it seems like there's no clear cut favorite. Pretty open, if you ask me. Slight edge to the champs, I guess. But what do I know. :)
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    I was on the Thunder bandwagon coming into the playoffs, if only because Durant has that major "don't **** with me or I will kill you" vibe going on right now. But the Griz are giving them all they can handle. Tony Allen may be the best perimeter defender in the game, if not the best since Artest was in his prime.
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    I'll tell you what with the way Aldridge is playing Portland might have the best well rounded starting 5 in the playoffs. Every piece just seems to fit. Also, Matthews was a great find as an UFA a few years ago. You do not find many three point specialist that can defend like he does.
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    Or post up like Matthews, too. He is solid. And I completely agree on your comment about the best starting five. Without question. They have four lottery picks on that unit (everyone but Matthews), and each one of them is very, very solid. Stotts runs great stuff for them at both ends of the floor, too.
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    It truly is a great playoff year for the NBA so far.

    Of the 8 series only two are being run away with (Miami over Charlotte and Washington over the Bulls).
    The only other 3-1 series is Portland over Houston and while Portland probably wins 4-2 or 4-1 it has been an absolutely mind-blowing series. Every game is down to the wire.

    I've lost count of the number of OT games.
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    It really is interesting to watch. The first game KD did his thing, got his 33 points and was fairly efficient. Second game he got his points but needed more shots to get them. That trend continued in the third game with him hitting only 10 shots form the field. The fourth game though. WOW. Inefficient, didn't get to the line, and didn't get his points. A better game form Zach Randolph and Memphis is running away with the series.
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    I was thinking Portland might be a good darkhorse pick for the championship. Unfortunately, no Gators (or LeBron - my favorite player) on that team, so I hope they don't.
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    Hawks had a 30 pt lead cut to 18 by the Pacers.
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    They're letting Allen get away with more and more as the series goes along, though. A guy doesn't go from leading the league in scoring and getting to the free line far more than anyone else to being terrible because of one guy. Allen has been mauling him more and more since they're letting him. The hand check rule has basically gone out the window and he bear hugs him when he doesn't have the ball.

    That's not to say Allen isn't a great defender, he's probably the best, but a lot of what he's doing isn't just good defense.

    Still, 2 series with 3 overtime games in just 4 total games, it has been amazing so far. I could 7 total overtime games in the first 30 played.
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    Easily the most bizarre series to me is the 8th seeded Hawks beating the Pacers again in Indy. Pacers bust their butts all year to get the number 1 seed and now are in total collapse mode. What has happened to Roy Hibbert? Didn't see the game, but his stats indicate another no show.
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    This Spurs-Mavs game is great. Mavs have cut the Spurs lead from 17+ to tie it.
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    I love TNT's cast. These guys crack me up every time. And they know their stuff, for the most part. Anyone else like them?
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    Everyone but Shaq.
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    I like that they are giving Allen some room to play. Durant has been getting ticky tack calls all year by flailing his arms while initiating contact. Durant and Harden both have done this and need to adjust to not getting bailed out. They also need to stop forcing threes and start driving to the basket. It would help both if they had better coaches who ran playes for them to run them off screens but that's a whole other issue.

    I do think that Durant will break out and have a big game.
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    Why? Are you a disgruntled Magic fan? Or do you just not think he brings enough to the table? I've been a magic fan for years. (Not a diehard) but I'm a fan of Shaq. He doesn't bring a lot to the table, but he works well with the rest. It's a good fit, if that makes sense. Jmo though.
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    I don't think he has the right personality for tv, offers very little insight, and he doesn't speak clearly. Basically the opposite of the Jet and Barkley.
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    There's a far cry from calling too many ticky tack fouls, to basically ignoring the rule book. What Allen does with his hands is illegal according to the rules, but he's not called for it. I like letting them play, but sometimes it just swings too far.

    This video is an example. Hand checking is illegal on the perimeter. It's usually called, but rarely called when players do it against Durant. I think it's because he's just not a normal guard. Allen placing his hand on Durant here is supposed to be an automatic foul, but it isn't called. It allows the defender to easily track the ball-handler and be in a better position to steal the ball or stop ball movement. He also grabs Durant whenever he's going around a screen and wraps him up when Durant doesn't have the ball to deny it.

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    That is not going to be called as a hand check and it shouldn't be at any level of basketball. The hand checking rule is as follows "A defender may momentarily touch an opponent with his hand anywhere on the court as long as it does not affect the opponent’s movement (speed, quickness, balance, rhythm)." So you are correct when you say by the letter of the law you can't keep and leave your hand on an opponent. The spirit of the rule though is to allow offensive players freedom of movement and so it is only called when you affect the opponent's movement. That isn't the case here and while the definition of "momentarily" is certainly stretched, I have no issues with the non-call.
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    Definitely. More comedic relief than hoops analysis, but still the best studio show covering any sport.
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    The TNT guys' comments on Sterling was not quite as bad as Costas and the Russia situation in the Olympics but I wish they would just acknowledge that something egregious happened and that the league took proper steps. After that they are up there with the female sideline reporters. More fluff than substance.

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