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and you would know this how?

lol
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and you would know this how?

lol


Hey, I'm laughing out loud too. It's nice to share.
post #3393 of 27330
hahaa Well I hope the bulls win or okc, would be nice to see them advance.
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hahaa

Well I hope the bulls win or okc, would be nice to see them advance.


Yeah, it's been so great to see what Coach Thibs and Rose have been able to pull off this year. And that's with a sub-par Boozer too. Way beyond most everybody's expectations. Hope Rasual Butler gets a shot at shooting guard next year.
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No one can stop the big 3 in Miami
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Heat fans, probably.

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There's just more room now without all the Laker talk.

How dare anyone but Laker fans post in this thread?!
post #3397 of 27330
Should be an interesting game in OKC tonight.

If Dallas manages another win, the series is over. OKC will not beat Dallas 3 straight. If OKC wins, it will go 7. It will all come down to how Dallas plays defense. If Dallas plays defense like they did in game 3, OKC doesn't have enough offensive weapons to stay up. If they play like they did in games 1 & 2, then Dallas won't win in OKC.

Good matchup. I think Dallas has too many weapons to lose 3 of 4 to the Thunder, but it's pretty close. Durant is a beast and OKC has lots of playoff appearances in their future.
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Good matchup. I think Dallas has too many weapons to lose 3 of 4 to the Thunder, but it's pretty close. Durant is a beast and OKC has lots of playoff appearances in their future.

i think both okc and chicago are good examples of why playoff experience is so important. until you've been in that 7-game series against top talent, i don't think teams really understand how deep they have to dig. both are good teams, but they still may be a year away. miami's the exception because even though they don't have a lot of playoff experience, they're playing a team that doesn't really, either, plus they've got 3 guys who can create their own shots.
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It's going to be dallas and miami in the finals.
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Miamis big 2 are pretty playoff tested, LBJ and Wade have been to the Finals and have played in a bunch of playoff games. This is Bosh's first time past the first round iirc but Miamis stars, the ones that matter and has to play big, have been there.
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i think both okc and chicago are good examples of why playoff experience is so important. until you've been in that 7-game series against top talent, i don't think teams really understand how deep they have to dig. both are good teams, but they still may be a year away. miami's the exception because even though they don't have a lot of playoff experience, they're playing a team that doesn't really, either, plus they've got 3 guys who can create their own shots.

Really the Mavs don't have all that much playoff experience either, they haven't been past the first round since 06 when they lost to Wade and Co in the Finals. They're an older more established team, but they really haven't had a bunch of deep playoff runs.

These playoffs are refreshing really, it's nice seeing the balance of power shaken up a bit.
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I think Dallas is an interesting matchup for either of the East teams. Both East teams are younger, faster and better defensively than Dallas. Miami has the edge over Chicago offensively, but neither team is as good offensively as Dallas. Dallas has a much deeper bench, with up to 3 guys off the bench that are capable of dropping 20-25 on you (Terry, Peja, and Barea). Add those to Marion, Dirk and Stevenson in the starting rotation and you don't know where the punch will be coming from.

I think that Miami scares me a bit more than Chicago. Both are tough defensively, but Miami can really punish Dallas' defensive breakdowns.

I think either East team beats OKC rather handily, only because OKC won't be able to match the defensive intensity and don't have as many scoring weapons.
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Really the Mavs don't have all that much playoff experience either, they haven't been past the first round since 06 when they lost to Wade and Co in the Finals. They're an older more established team, but they really haven't had a bunch of deep playoff runs.

These playoffs are refreshing really, it's nice seeing the balance of power shaken up a bit.

This is just not right. Dallas has been in the playoffs every year for the past decade. They've never won a ring, but they have experience both beating and being beaten by top teams. They've won big series now against San Antonio (05-06;08-09), Phoenix (05-06) and the Lakers (this year). They've lost as well. I don't know how you call that a lack of experience.

Plus several members of the team have significant playoff experience with other teams. Kidd has been to the finals with the Nets, for example.

This is a veteran, hungry team that all know that the window is closing on their chance to get a ring. Spend some time watch Dirk's eyes. I've watched this team for 15 years now and have watched Dirk ever since he came into the league. He's got a look in his eye that I've never seen before. He knows this is the best team he's ever had around him and he's committed to not squandering this opportunity.

If they get back to the Finals in Miami this Dallas team won't have a #2 scorer who is more interested in partying on South Beach than playing basketball, the way the 2006 team did.
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If it's Dallas and Miami in the Finals and Dallas wins, I wouldn't mind that at all. Would really like to see Dirk and Kidd get a ring. Tyson Chandler is all right by me, too. He suffered through some awful teams here in Chicago and played hard,
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This is just not right. Dallas has been in the playoffs every year for the past decade. They've never won a ring, but they have experience both beating and being beaten by top teams. They've won big series now against San Antonio (05-06;08-09), Phoenix (05-06) and the Lakers (this year). They've lost as well. I don't know how you call that a lack of experience.
I said they don't have a bunch of deep playoff runs. They don't. They've only won one playoff series (which I forgot about) since the '06 run. They are not grizzled playoff veterans like the Spurs, the Celtics, the Lakers; no team left in the playoffs can make that claim. The Mavs are an experienced team, for sure, but much less so with long playoff runs.

Point here is that nobody left in the playoffs can really act like they do this conference finals thing all the time. The Thunder and the Bulls are totally new to the scene, the Heat have guys like LeBron, Wade, Haslem that have gone deep or won it, but the team isn't all that experienced, and the Mavs are an overall experienced team that hasn't been consistent enough to make deep runs until now. It's a good story whoever ends up making the Finals.

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This is a veteran, hungry team that all know that the window is closing on their chance to get a ring. Spend some time watch Dirk's eyes. I've watched this team for 15 years now and have watched Dirk ever since he came into the league. He's got a look in his eye that I've never seen before. He knows this is the best team he's ever had around him and he's committed to not squandering this opportunity.

If they get back to the Finals in Miami this Dallas team won't have a #2 scorer who is more interested in partying on South Beach than playing basketball, the way the 2006 team did.
A Dallas/Miami finals would be fun. I don't know how those matchups work out, the Heat have a lot of very good long defenders to put on Dirk and are athletic enough to defend the 3. The Mavs have some other scorers, unlike the Bulls. It should be a good series, but a lot of basketball left before we get there.
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