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    NBA 2015-2016 Season thread

    Crown the <insert your team here>!

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    Going out on a super lonely limb and calling it Spurs over Cavs in 6.

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    If everyone stays healthy...OKC!

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    Dubs are going to have one of the most healthy seasons ever again and continue to dominate.

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    Cavs win 75 games this year. Tristan Thompson watches them all from home since apparently 5/80 is not a big enough contract for that asshole.

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    Raptors go 81-1 (they rest their starters the last game of the season), then lose to the Paul Pierce-led Clippers in the Finals.

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    Wolves win 25...30 if Flip actually croaks.

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    Rockets attempt to play entire season without a power forward


    get 3 seed


    on Thompson, even as a UT guy I'm like wtf?? It's already a contract reflecting the new CBA imo, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE IN YOUR CAREER BESIDES HUSTLE. Jesus christ. I'm glad the Cavs are punking his ass

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    Cavs are going to get off to a rocky start with our injuries but we should start to bounce back early next year and we'll be fine come playoffs. Being the weak east we'll make the playoffs at a much lower seed than what the team actually is capable of due to those injuries. And I'm, honestly, not sure who can stand in our way of reaching the finals this year once things get going.

    The whole Tristan Thompson thing is beyond stupid. $80 million for 5 years is already overpaying. I want him signed but the whole situation is just dumb.

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    Sixers win 10 games and get 1 overall in lottery.

    Spurs win it all.
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    Mavs make the 8th seed, and yeah.

    Spurs over the Cavs in 6.

    I also get arrested when the Clippers come to Dallas in Nov.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ham View Post
    Rockets attempt to play entire season without a power forward
    You telling me Jones isnt the answer?
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    Cavs over Spurs in 7. Fuck Tim Duncan, fuck Kawhi Leonard, and fuck Aldridge. That's all I got.

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    Cavs... lol
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    [Under Construction]

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    Are the Knicks still a team?

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    Tristan Thompson finally signs with the Cavs. $82 million over 5 years.

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    He's good but not that good.

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    LBJ getting players paid.
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    What a joke. I hope the contract becomes an albatross.

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    How can they even afford to have 3 max players and then overpay mediocrity like that?

    After looking it up they are now $50 million over the cap

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    In some ways they kind of have to overpay people already on their roster. That contract is massively inflated but they could not get anyone as useful as a free agent because of being over the cap from the big three. It will hurt a lot when they're no longer contending, though.

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    They still wont beat the Spurs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ambiturner View Post
    How can they even afford to have 3 max players and then overpay mediocrity like that?

    After looking it up they are now $50 million over the cap
    NBA is a softcap iirc. When you go over that softcap, it is something like a $1.50 tax for every $1 over.
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    Yeah luxury tax. Also means no free agents except for exemptions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muurloen View Post
    NBA is a softcap iirc. When you go over that softcap, it is something like a $1.50 tax for every $1 over.
    You can go over the cap to re-sign players and there are specific dollar amount exemptions which complicate things. They also changed luxury tax so the more you go over, the more you owe per dollar. I think it maxes out at $5 tax for every $1 of salary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelwatch View Post
    Cavs are going to get off to a rocky start with our injuries but we should start to bounce back early next year and we'll be fine come playoffs. Being the weak east we'll make the playoffs at a much lower seed than what the team actually is capable of due to those injuries. And I'm, honestly, not sure who can stand in our way of reaching the finals this year once things get going.

    The whole Tristan Thompson thing is beyond stupid. $80 million for 5 years is already overpaying. I want him signed but the whole situation is just dumb.
    Agree completely. Even if someone not named Lebron gets hurt late I think they still make the finals.

    I'll add I think Spurs beat Cavs in finals without or without a healthy Cavs team, though.

    I'd like to see OKC contend, but my irrational hatred for Westbrook makes me want to see them come up short again.

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    I'm interested in seeing what the Clippers do this season. Theoretically, Pierce is a pretty major upgrade over the Butler/Dudley/Barnes journeyman, role playing SF they've fielded the past few seasons. He is old as geezer balls though and has to break down sometime. And while you have to wonder how the chemistry will all work together, Stephenson and Smith certainly make their bench about 100x more talented this coming season than the dumpster fire they subbed in last year.

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    As usual, the west is going to be extremely interesting this year and the Least is a joke, what's new? Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Dubs, Rockets, anybody's guess who makes it out. 4 of those teams should be significantly improved. It's pretty difficult to see the Dubs improving on last season, the question is can they sustain that level of play or will having the championship take some of their fire?

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    We Gonna Be Championship

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    Quote Originally Posted by popsicledeath View Post
    Agree completely. Even if someone not named Lebron gets hurt late I think they still make the finals.

    I'll add I think Spurs beat Cavs in finals without or without a healthy Cavs team, though.

    I'd like to see OKC contend, but my irrational hatred for Westbrook makes me want to see them come up short again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelwatch View Post
    Dear God... Popsicledeath and I are in agreement on something. This is surely a sign of the end times. BRB prepping my fallout shelter.
    New thread. New slow buildup to ridiculous, extreme arguments! :P

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    Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders dies of cancer at age 60

    This could turn it around for the Timberwolves.

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    RIP Flip Saunders.

    Fuck cancer.
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    tbh i'd suck a penis

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    Seriously tho, RIP and horrible how it can end a life so quickly.

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    Damn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy View Post
    Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders dies of cancer at age 60

    This could turn it around for the Timberwolves.
    Holy fuck, I'm legit shocked. He had a very treatable form of cancer. I knew it got bad but I didn't think that bad. Very sad day. =(
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    Damn, I was rooting for him. Was looking forward to him coming back to coach/GM.

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    That sucks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Convo View Post
    Slaythe Killed him
    I've made quite a few jokes about his potential death leading to an improvement in wins for the team assuming he was going to recover. Now I feel like kind of a dick. I mean not really...I still think the jokes were funny. In poor taste for sure though.

    Cancer sucks. I think Flip was a bad GM and a worse coach, but he was a Minnesota sports icon up here and someone that added to the community. Everyone loved him.

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    they need something to rally around... saw a mock draft with them getting 1st pick and drafting simmons! That's can't happen...
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    I'm more excited about the Warriors game than the World Series tonight. Pumped NBA is back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post
    Pumped NBA is back.
    Awwww, shit yeah.

    Crown the Heat...wait, what?

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    Is this the thread where I predict D-Will resurrects his career and establishes himself as a top 5 PG in the league? If so, checking in. Hope Dirk survives the season

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    He can't stay healthy. Can't wait to see my sixers. Noel looks so explosive under the net.
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    Crown the BULLS!

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    Gasol just officially pushed Bron Bron's shit in.

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    Cavs might not even make the playoffs at this rate

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    Goddam, this fucking DFS advertising plague has infected the NBA too. Shit is fucking insufferable.

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    Curry on fire early. 20 points in the 1st quarter. Still almost four minutes left.

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    Curry in full video game mode

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    Not fair Curry gets to play on Rookie while everyone else in on All-Star

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    Curry 40 points, that motherfucker is a PIMP!

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    I love this new Donovan offense for the Thunder. Nonstop iso's by Westbrook and KD.

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    Spurs and baseball on at the same time! Need to keep the Thunder from getting all these little runs.

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    Kawhi is such a great defender, beasted KD first half. Great opening game, both teams will push GS in the west

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    Fuck the end of this game. That Green shot was WTF bad. He's better than that.

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    Cavs and Spurs both in last place

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    Is Rose injured yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ambiturner View Post
    Cavs and Spurs both in last place
    Indeed. And only 81 games to go!

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    Do The Lakers even know what a fucking offensive rebound is!!

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    I don't think they know what offense or rebound means. Hopefully they tank to the bottom this year instead of winning a few games.

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    Zach Lavine at PG should never happen but they keep trying to do it despite it being a catastrophe. There is zero ball movement out there when he is at PG.
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    Mudiay and Okafor look amazing, even if Mudiay turned it over approximately 17 times. Porzingis wasn't bad either. This rookie class might be really, really good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Araxen View Post
    Zach Lavine at PG should never happen but they keep trying to do it despite it being a catastrophe. There is zero ball movement out there when he is at PG.
    It is very bad it has always been really bad. With his poor judgement and atrocious defense we're essentially conceding the game when he plays PG.

    But Towns looks like a baller as expected.

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    Fuck Deandre Jordan fan club president is here!

    When did Rubio decide to play like Tony Parker, Jesus. Also Wiggins, get fucking aggressive, you have so much talent!

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    I thought the Lakers being terrible would be more enjoyable. I kind of just want Kobe to go away at this point.

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    Haha I was listening the pregame and they talked about how Kobe indicated that his plans are to play measured minutes and take fewer shots. More jump shooting (yay chuck up 19 footers). Goes 8 for 24 and takes about half a dozen shots in the first 6 minutes. 3 for 13 from three. All in 29 minutes. Loooooong season Laker fans.

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    That was the most aggressive nba game Rubio has ever played.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Book View Post
    I thought the Lakers being terrible would be more enjoyable. I kind of just want Kobe to go away at this point.
    I find the lakers comically bad to watch, though I happen to secretly be a timberwolves fan. Grew up watching my twolves suck. I went to probably 100 of their games when I lived in minnesota.

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    Al Horford, long range gunner, is now apparently a thing.

    Porzingis looks like a newborn colt.

    Sasha Vujevic is playing meaningful minutes for an NBA team in 2015.

    Melo: still dogshit.
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    Knicks and Lakers are the same team. Both trying to build around a washed up all-star and doing horribly because of it.

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    Boogie cousins hit four threes last night. The second coming of Josh smith!

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    Clips looking good so far. And Rivers is actually MAKING shots!

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    Quote Originally Posted by joz123 View Post
    Knicks and Lakers are the same team. Both trying to build around a washed up all-star and doing horribly because of it.
    Just to be clear, this isn't really true at all. The Lakers are rebuilding. Kobe being there doesn't impact that whatsoever. He's on the last year of an extension he signed two years ago. Two years ago the Lakers had just traded for Nash and Dwight and had championship aspirations. Today it doesn't matter that they're paying Kobe 30 million or that they signed Hibbert to a one year 15 mil deal. They have one key piece in Russell and a big question mark in Randle and an ok roleplayer in Clarkson, but otherwise that roster is absolute dog shit. They're letting Kobe play out his contract but I can promise you no one in that front office thinks this team is actually going anywhere this year.

    Now the Knicks? I don't know. Maybe. Porzi wasn't the draft pick from a team looking to win right now. My guess is Phil's eyes are looking past Melo as well.

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    I'd definitely put Clarkson above "ok" roleplayer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ambiturner View Post
    I'd definitely put Clarkson above "ok" roleplayer
    In what context? That he might one day get to that? Ok, maybe, but let's not go overboard here. Guy was a 2nd round pick and played on an awful team. He's a matador on defense and on the other side of the ball he doesn't do anything but score (he is ok at this). What am I missing?

    Either way, this isn't the type of guy a rebuilding team cares about. Your winning core isn't going to be Russell, Randle and Clarkson. I could see the Lakers overpaying him though.

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    As a starter Clarkson was averaging 15 points, 4.7 assists, and 4.2 rebounds. Made the all-rookie team as the 46th pick despite not playing much until later in the year. I'd say that's more than role player status. He outplayed Wiggins if you ask me and would have won rookie of the year had he played the entire year.

    He's certainly better than Russell at this point. Randle is going to be a beast, I'm not worried about him at all.

    I'm more worried about Russell being a bust at this point but he's 19 and is going to need some time to grow.

    Kobe had little to do with that opening night loss. Yeah, he wasn't good in the 2nd half, but the Lakers had a 16 point lead until Byron Scott decided to run Brandon Bass at center in the middle of the 3rd quarter. Then after watching the lead dwindle because we sent Kevin Martin to the line 500 times on touch fouls, instead of doing anything about it during the one timeout he called, he fucking put that exact same lineup back out there and let them start the 4th as well.

    He ran that same lineup all preseason and it never worked. It worked in the first half because Lou and Nick hit some ridiculous 3 point shots. Zero defense small ball lineup with a 16 point lead, just genius level shit.

    Scott is the worst coach in the NBA and it's not really close. How he managed to get another job after his Cavs stint I'll never know.

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    Did you just say he was better than Wiggins last year? Hoooooly fuck.

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    Got my 76ers tickets for next Friday.

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    Man how terrible is the East going to be this year

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    Holy shit the ending to this Thunders - Magic game

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    Quote Originally Posted by joz123 View Post
    Clips looking good so far. And Rivers is actually MAKING shots!
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    Can I play the sample size game too? In the 29 games after the all star game Wiggins went 20 5 and 2.

    I'll admit Clarkson's starting stats look better. 15 4 and 5 on 46% shooting isn't horrible. He's pretty awful defensively though. Like very bottom of the league starters in RAPM. He's not Zach Lavine bad, but he's still pretty bad. I'll eat some crow though. Better player than I thought. I'm still not sure I'd say he's shown enough to be a "core" guy, especially considering you'd have questions about how he and Russell would play next to each other long term, but sure. He's a good young piece.

    I have zero worry about Russell. He was incredibly efficient both as a scorer and passer on an awful Ohio State team in college. Kid will ball and definitely was the right choice over Okafor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slaythe View Post
    Can I play the sample size game too? In the 29 games after the all star game Wiggins went 20 5 and 2.

    I'll admit Clarkson's starting stats look better. 15 4 and 5 on 46% shooting isn't horrible. He's pretty awful defensively though. Like very bottom of the league starters in RAPM. He's not Zach Lavine bad, but he's still pretty bad. I'll eat some crow though. Better player than I thought. I'm still not sure I'd say he's shown enough to be a "core" guy, especially considering you'd have questions about how he and Russell would play next to each other long term, but sure. He's a good young piece.

    I have zero worry about Russell. He was incredibly efficient both as a scorer and passer on an awful Ohio State team in college. Kid will ball and definitely was the right choice over Okafor.
    KAT is the real deal man. Dude is going to be a Superstar. Just after two games you can tell. He has the skills.
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    Yeah. He's the prototype for a modern NBA big man. Offensive skill all over the floor, defensive presence around the rim and quick enough to hedge pick and rolls. As long as whoever the new GM ends up being for the Wolves doesn't really mess up the players they put around them, Rubio/Wiggins/Towns should be a playoff core in a couple years here.

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    Warriors still look like a really good team.

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    Lakers still look like a really bad team. Watched half the GS/Houston game. GS is just fun to watch.

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    Pistons are the first team in the NBA to be 3-0....on pace for an undefeated season.

    CROWN THE PISTONS!
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    Steph with 53 on 27 shots. Dare I say he's been looking like he's taken it up another notch..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pharazon View Post
    Steph with 53 on 27 shots. Dare I say he's been looking like he's taken it up another notch..
    Holy balls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pharazon View Post
    Steph with 53 on 27 shots. Dare I say he's been looking like he's taken it up another notch..
    cue slugs claiming Korver's the best "pure shooter" on the planet despite this.

    what a joy Curry is to watch.

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    Mello actually had a nice game as well for once. 37 on 11/18, 11/12 from the line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sterling View Post
    Mello actually had a nice game as well for once. 37 on 11/18, 11/12 from the line.
    He's still shit don't let it fool you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilgamel View Post
    He's still shit don't let it fool you.
    I realize this. I just need him to score a bunch without completely shitting the bed on his fg% for fantasy! I do not care if he makes players around him better or not!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pharazon View Post
    Steph with 53 on 27 shots. Dare I say he's been looking like he's taken it up another notch..
    At one point he had 48 points while only making nine two-pointers. Dude was on it last night. Great start to the season.

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    Yup, don't think I've ever seen a defending champ get so little hype/credit as GSW. Curry is ridiculous - as an aside, reckon OKC will be alright if they get rid of KD and build around Rusty - kids been awesome this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Springbok View Post
    Yup, don't think I've ever seen a defending champ get so little hype/credit as GSW. Curry is ridiculous - as an aside, reckon OKC will be alright if they get rid of KD and build around Rusty - kids been awesome this week.
    It looks like GSW is taking all the "they lucked out by missing the Clippers and Spurs" and "if any of the teams they played in playoffs were healthy..." narratives to heart. They want those people to shut the fuck up.

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    So apparently the french guard on the Magic is nicknamed Evan "Do Not Google" Fournier. Google his last name to see why.

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