OT: 2021 NBA Playoffs

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Giannis is regretting that max contract he signed in the fall. The Bucks look terrible. Some organizations just are too steeped in failure to ever be anything other than a loser. The Milwaukee Bucks are one of those organizations.
Pay him by his FT %.
 

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Giannis is a 2x MVP with two supermax players and can't make it past the second round. Either he's overrated or the Nets are insanely real.
 
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Giannis is a 2x MVP with two supermax players and can't make it past the second round. Either he's overrated or the Nets are insanely real.
Looks like both are true. Though saying Giannis is overrated is purely subjective. There are at least 5 players better than him for post season play.

The playoffs are a completely different beast than the regular season. No one is preparing schemes for specific matchups during the regular season. Versatility and adaptability are two of the most important traits for a team to possess in the playoffs. Giannis hasn't developed an outside shot at all and struggles from the line. The Bucks haven't had an answer to teams clogging the paint for 3 years now.
 
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Giannis is an immense disappointment and the poster child for the "regular season doesn't mean a damn thing" brigade. It's wild that a two-time MVP is so bad in the postseason. His game can dominate 75-80% of the league but he doesn't have the polish to beat better defensive teams. It's one thing to lose, but to not even be competitive is a bad look.

The Nets are real, but I don't think anyone can believe they're sans Harden and doing to MIL.
 
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2 years ago after the Raptors beat the Bucks in the playoffs Giannis said he needed to develop a midrange game, he cited Kawhi and how he was able to get to his spots against playoff defenses and still score. 2 years later and he still hasn't developed and figured out a way to score when playoff defenses form that wall that makes it harder to score at the rim. Midrange, post-up game, something, he needs an alternative to straight line rim-runs and 3s.
 
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Giannis is an immense disappointment and the poster child for the "regular season doesn't mean a damn thing" brigade. It's wild that a two-time MVP is so bad in the postseason. His game can dominate 75-80% of the league but he doesn't have the polish to beat better defensive teams. It's one thing to lose, but to not even be competitive is a bad look.

The Nets are real, but I don't think anyone can believe they're sans Harden and doing to MIL.
Don't think I've ever hated a superstars game as much as his game.
 
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Giannis wasn't the problem, though the argument that he wasn't the solution is valid. But he had 18 and 11 on >50% shooting with more assists than turnovers.

Middleton is 13/43 through two games. 30% on 20+ shots a game. Horrendous. 43 shots, 2 FTs attempted. 7 turnovers.
 
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Don't think I've ever hated a superstars game as much as his game.

It's like a poor man's LeBron's game without the otherworldly vision/passing. Just barrel into the lane and try to overpower guys or use your spin move. I really cannot stand watching him play. He's not an entertaining player, either from a casual fan's or a purist's standpoint.
 
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Lol at the thought that the Bucks could beat the Nets. Its not like I wanted to be right about this series.
 
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Giannis wasn't the problem, though the argument that he wasn't the solution is valid. But he had 18 and 11 on >50% shooting with more assists than turnovers.

Middleton is 13/43 through two games. 30% on 20+ shots a game. Horrendous. 43 shots, 2 FTs attempted. 7 turnovers.

Middleton has played like garbage, but Budenholzer is just that bad a playoff coach.
 
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I understand folks ragging on Porzingis but playing in that kind of offense when one guy dominates the ball for a possession is tough. CP3 and Russ reportedly expressed similar complaints behind the scenes about Harden while with the Rockets and that offense.
 
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I understand folks ragging on Porzingis but playing in that kind of offense when guy dominates the ball for a possession is tough. CP3 and Russ reportedly expressed similar complaints behind the scenes about Harden while with the Rocket and that offense.


We have all played with that guy, albeit on much lower levels. They look for their own shot first, and then look for the pass second. So every shot of theirs is contested and every pass is a second or two late. At the NBA level, all the shooters are good, so winners and losers often come down to which team gets the most good shots. Somewhere in this thread are some tweets about the crazy shooting Dallas' bench had to do in order to win the first two games. Maybe there is a reason for that.

CP is the opposite. He scores when it is time to score, but he is a master of keeping everyone involved and getting their own points.
 
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Man, the takes here are stupid. Doncic would've had 20 assists in each of his last couple games if his teammates could make any shots. Mavs outscored the Clippers in the series with Doncic on the court and got curb stomped in the 50 or so minutes he was off the court. Blame Carlisle and management, blaming Doncic is ridiculous.
 
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Man, the takes here are stupid. Doncic would've had 20 assists in each of his last couple games if his teammates could make any shots. Mavs outscored the Clippers in the series with Doncic on the court and got curb stomped in the 50 or so minutes he was off the court. Blame Carlisle and management, blaming Doncic is ridiculous.
Who is blaming Doncic for the Mavs getting beat? Why is it so difficult for you to express yourself in a non *****made manner?
 
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Who is blaming Doncic for the Mavs getting beat? Why is it so difficult for you to express yourself in a non *****made manner?
Was in the middle of responding before you edited.

Waylon, he's crapped all over him this thread.
 
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Doncic also got into it with Carlisle during a timeout.

By comparison, Trae Young acts like a jerk on the court, but his teammates all seem to like playing with him.
Oh wow oh no a superstar got into it with his coach
 

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We have all played with that guy, albeit on much lower levels. They look for their own shot first, and then look for the pass second. So every shot of theirs is contested and every pass is a second or two late. At the NBA level, all the shooters are good, so winners and losers often come down to which team gets the most good shots. Somewhere in this thread are some tweets about the crazy shooting Dallas' bench had to do in order to win the first two games. Maybe there is a reason for that.

CP is the opposite. He scores when it is time to score, but he is a master of keeping everyone involved and getting their own points.
And cam Thomas is coming to the NBA next year…
 

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Was in the middle of responding before you edited.

Waylon, he's crapped all over him this thread.

You are the one taking a discussion about Luka Doncic personally.
 
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Man, the takes here are stupid. Doncic would've had 20 assists in each of his last couple games if his teammates could make any shots. Mavs outscored the Clippers in the series with Doncic on the court and got curb stomped in the 50 or so minutes he was off the court. Blame Carlisle and management, blaming Doncic is ridiculous.
Picture averaging 36 on basically 50/40/notgoingto mentionft% with 10+ assists per game & someone criticizing you sharing the ball
 

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Embiid is too important a player for his team to do something that stupid, Galinari did not deserve a T. He was just getting up as Embiid was stepping over him.

Teams have been writing off Galinari for 3 years. He is just a baller.
 

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This is a fun series to watch. I like the way both teams play. Both teams are kind of flawed, and both have great story lines.

Philly - May have the best player in the NBA in Embiid, but with his fragile body, he has a small window to win a title. Harris is one of the best "good, not great" players in the NBA. Seth Curry, younger brother of a superstar who has been a role player his whole career, is having a monster playoffs. And Ben Simmons, a very flawed superstar wannabe that has a chance to quarterback a team to a title. And the bench has some talent, especially over the hill former stars Dwight Howard and George Hill.

Atlanta - cocky rising star in Trae Young who is trying to be the next villain in the NBA. Great complementary pieces assembled in the offseason, including Bogdanovic and Galinari. Some solid homegrown players like Collins, Huerter and Hunter. There is a "not ready for prime time" vibe with this team, but they are dangerous.

Philly is going to win if Embiid stays healthy, but this series is likely going at least 6 games.
 

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