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HoboJoeKelly Olynyk must have killed the ref's dog or something for that awful call and even worse non-call.

The refs have given Chicago at least three or four terrible calls on top of these, which is insane for an away team in a playoff game.

Don't worry, they made up for it in the 4th.

The officiating has been awful all series, but yeesh, that no-call on Crowder trapping Lopez with his legs followed by Horford getting that and-1...
Apr 27, 2017 4:22 PM
Butler just took literally five steps toward the basket and didn't get called for traveling
Apr 27, 2017 1:37 AM
HoboJoeKelly Olynyk must have killed the ref's dog or something for that awful call and even worse non-call.

The refs have given Chicago at least three or four terrible calls on top of these, which is insane for an away team in a playoff game.
Apr 27, 2017 1:33 AM
Kelly Olynyk must have killed the ref's dog or something for that awful call and even worse non-call.
Apr 27, 2017 1:13 AM
MosesFor some reason, the NBA started Wednesday's games at 6pm EST. So, I am sorry -- none of you will be rich this weekend.

'Some reason' being that no one gives a shit about Washington vs Atlanta
Apr 27, 2017 12:22 AM
How long does it take for point differential to stabilize? Wondering just how long the Yankees can keep drubbing the rest of the league like this.
Apr 25, 2017 9:07 PM
BigwigA squirrel got into the house of my parent's friends while they were away for a month. They returned to literally thousands of dollars worth of damage and a squirrel corpse.

Here's hoping they have Allstate and are protected from mayhem, like that squirrel.
Apr 25, 2017 5:05 PM
The polling was spot on for the first round. Macron has a 26 point lead over Le Pen in head to head polling. The final round of voting is in two weeks. It's absolutely nothing like Trump or Brexit, in which the polls were only a few points off. And Le Pen has actually lost ground in the past few months compared to Macron.
Apr 25, 2017 12:56 AM
HurricaneKid
chunkyloverHoiberg's gotta just let Butler or Wade play the point. All these other dudes are terrible.

I'm floored that Rondo could be so indispensable to the Bulls.

Let's pump the brakes on this. Boston's best player went through an unfathomable tragedy right before the series started. This also undoubtedly affected his teammates. It's not shocking that Boston started playing better once Isaiah went home and saw his family for a few days.

Second, give credit to Stevens for making adjustments. He started Green and benched Amir to outshoot the Bulls, and it worked. He ran far more 1-5 high pick and rolls with Horford and Isaiah, essentially forcing Hoiberg to take Lopez out.
Apr 24, 2017 4:32 PM
WrecklooseThat 4th quarter by Westbrook was hard to watch.

Russ missed 27 shots, including 14 in the 4th quarter. Meanwhile, every Thunder player other than Oladipo that played more than 5 minutes shot 50% or better.
Apr 20, 2017 11:13 AM
HurricaneKid
HoboJoe
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Paris the GoatSomeone should bust HoboJoe's balls over this, I just assumed it would be HK.

If anyone is going to bust someone's balls about their team falling apart because of the unexpected loss of a loved one it would HAVE to be IC or BW. Maybe Moses.

It's impossible to distinguish how much of Boston's suckage is from that, but it doesn't completely excuse the team playing like butt. Hard to understand how Thomas's tragedy is turning Sideshow Bob into Dennis Rodman, for example.


Lesser Lopez is still a giant and the Celtics have been a dreadful rebounding team all season. Horford hates playing C and Olynyk, et al are hardly behemoths.

Rondo and Wade were the surprises to me. After Rondo publicly blasted Wade and Jimmy Gets I thought he was out of the league. For him to look like 2010 Rondo was jarring (though considering our disagreement about IT2s defense, maybe not THAT surprising). And I haven't seen DWade hit 3s like that (or even long 2s) ever.

I do think teams predicated on movement pay the price during the playoffs. Defenses are allowed to hold players more, bump them off cuts, etc. And that has been problematic for Boston.

I am curious what you think will happen to Olynyk. Pretty sure he is a RFA after this year. Are you wanting to match a ~12-16M offer sheet? I would kill to dump Teletovic and bring in Olynyk.

Olynyk is easily the most polarizing Celtic since Rondo - I'm generally a Kelly defender. He's a 7 footer shooting 37% from 3 for his career who can also dribble and pass. Advanced stats and on/off ratings really like him. He also had shoulder surgery last summer which takes a while to fully recover from. On the other hand, he's maddeningly inconsistent. He'll throw up 16/7/5 and then disappear the next game. He pump fakes when he's wide open instead of shooting like, all the time. He has really short arms so he can't block shots and has never been a good rebounder. He just turned 26 so he is what he is at this point.

His flaws are also magnified because of the Celtics roster, which isn't really his fault. His other bigs are Amir Johnson, barely playing 20 mpg this year, Horford, a stretch 4 masquerading as a center, and Tyler Zeller. He would be awesome paired with the right big man *cough* Noel or Nurkic *cough*.

So what do I want to do with him? Plan A is to go after Gordon Hayward this offseason which would mean renouncing Olynyk. Can't say the odds look good if they lose this series. Plan B, I think Ainge matches any reasonable offer sheet. Boston will almost certainly be capped out after this summer, so unless they're signing a better free agent they aren't going to let him walk for nothing. Of the available guys, only Hayward, Blake (also unlikey) or Gallinari (ehhh) look like better options.

I'm also really high on Zizic and Yabusele, Boston's two draft and stash guys. ESPN ranked the 2016 rookies as prospects and both Ford and Pelton had Zizic going 5th, and one of them had Yabusele going 4th. Zizic is a legit 7 footer who rebounds well and plays mean, which is exactly what Boston needs. Zizic is exactly the type of big Olynyk can pair well with.
Apr 19, 2017 9:44 PM
ShocKed
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Esoteric AllusionLooks like Aaron Hernandez has killed again.

He died doing what he loved.

...yeah, but he totally choked under pressure.

Man, this guy just can't stop killing people
Apr 19, 2017 5:47 PM
HurricaneKid
Paris the GoatSomeone should bust HoboJoe's balls over this, I just assumed it would be HK.

If anyone is going to bust someone's balls about their team falling apart because of the unexpected loss of a loved one it would HAVE to be IC or BW. Maybe Moses.

It's impossible to distinguish how much of Boston's suckage is from that, but it doesn't completely excuse the team playing like butt. Hard to understand how Thomas's tragedy is turning Sideshow Bob into Dennis Rodman, for example.
Apr 19, 2017 5:46 PM
Paulson27 points on 7 field goal attempts has to be the record for points per shot, right?

Billups had 29 pts on 4/7 shooting (3/3 3pt, 18/19 FT) in 2006 and Gordon Hayward had 28 pts on 6/7 shooting (3/4 3pt, 13/15 FT) in 2016
Apr 18, 2017 5:23 PM
Esoteric Allusion
chunkyloverOoh look at Thon Maker.

I know he's supposed to be 37 years old, but he's got the face of a middle-schooler. I'm not sure if that enhances or detracts from the case for him being a teenager.

In retrospect it's surprising how his projections went from a possible next Durant to late 1st rounder. Clearly looks worth the risk of a lottery pick, if not higher than that.
Apr 16, 2017 2:47 AM
Deadspin reporting that Isaiah Thomas's younger sister was killed in a single car crash earlier today
Apr 15, 2017 11:23 PM
Esoteric AllusionI'm torn between Kawhi and Westbrook for MVP, with a slight preference for Westbrook. I think people are losing sight of the fact that the ability to generate offense for yourself and your teammates is the single most valuable skill in the NBA, and the ability to continue to do it even when the defense is keyed on stopping you because you're doing it a lot is the single best quality a player can have. Westbrook is doing that at otherwordly levels.

It reminds me of Lebron two years ago in the NBA finals, one of the if not thee greatest individual NBA finals performance of all time. Some sophomoric people crushed him for being relatively inefficient. As if giving more of his shots to Delly would've been a better option. The efficiency James gave you given how much the offense relied on him was absurd. And riding James that hard was the single best offensive strategy Cleveland had available to them. Westbrook is doing a slightly less impressive version of that over the course of an entire season.

Kawhi isn't on Westbrook's level offensively (though I love the fact that Leonard almost never makes dumb mistakes with the ball), but he is an all-NBA level defender whereas Westbrook is a bad defender when he's trying and he's not even trying this year. Hence my hesitation. Still, probably Westbrook.



Exempt LeBron was doing it in the Finals against the best team in the league. We're celebrating Russ as if beating Orlando and Denver is some world shattering accomplishment.
Apr 15, 2017 9:28 PM
HurricaneKid
Paulson

If by "shirking his team responsibilities" you mean "dragging a thirty win team to the playoffs" then I wish we could all shirk our duties that badly. Since you ignored it the first time, I'll ask again: Do you think the Thunder would be a title contender (hell, even a top three seed if we're going to use your arbitrary cutoff) if you replaced Westbrook with any player other than LeBron James? Do you think James Harden was worth 7 more wins than Westbrook this year?


Dozens of guys drag 30 win teams to the playoffs. Jimmy Butler, Millsap, Giannis, Harden, Wall, Lillard, Marc Gasol all did that this year. We don't even award All NBA selections for that much less MVPs.

I don't think OKC is a contender with Westbrook. I don't think they would be one with Harden. What does that have to do with MVP?

No, but I sure think he carried a monstrous burden for a team with an SRS of 5.84. And you can't stat pad your way to wins. I'd put Kawhi AND Harden ahead of him.

Hey guys, remember two years ago when Anthony Davis put up 24/10, lead the league in blocks and PER and dragged a dogshit team to 45 wins and a playoff berth?

Compare that to Russ this year - Davis had higher WS, WS/48, an identical PER and was one of the best defenders in the league. Both teams made the playoffs with an identical point differential. Where's his MVP?
Apr 14, 2017 6:44 PM
wirthlingIn other T-Wolves news: KAT season summary....

- Youngest player ever to average 25-and-10
- 15th and youngest player to score 2000+ points and get 1000+ rebounds in a season (the other 14 are in HoF or are Tim Duncan)
- First player ever to score 2000+ points and get 1000+ rebounds AND make 100+ three-pointers in a season
- First player ever to get 1000+ rebounds and make 100+ three-pointers AND get 100+ blocks in a season
- Set T-Wolves single-season scoring record

For all of the (deserved) love for Jokic, I'm still taking Towns if I'm starting a franchise today.
Apr 14, 2017 2:44 PM
Zach Lowe has Kawhi for MVP
Apr 13, 2017 2:06 PM