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  posted on 4/26/2018 at 10:49 AM
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When I used to follow the NBA, goaltending was a rule that was strictly enforced.
The way I understand the rules now is that the refs have to call goaltending on the floor for it to be replay reviewed.
If they replay that block it was clearly a goaltend and IIndiana gets 2 points there.
That's why people like me question the integrity of the game now.


given how difficult it is to ref these games and mistakes abound i'm not sure bringing the tired so called integrity issue into this is relevant or even factual on any level.

are there cheating refs in all sports? Yes.That's different then generalizing to suggest these are regular practices or worse, that the NBA is pulling the strings on these things.

and, for those who believe the fix is in they can watch and try to find the sports with the greatest "integrity"-good luck, since the NBA may be the cleanest sport.



The NBA has a different set of rules for the "superstar" players.
Last nights game is proof they won't make the critical call against the 'elite" players in the league.
If the refs can't get that critical a call right that determines the outcome of a game, then why watch?
So I stopped watching.
But I understand the NBA needs to promote the game to as large a fan base as possible.
And I'm glad fans enjoy watching the games and having fun.
But that fan base no longer includes me.
Otherwise, I say "enjoy".
I'll go upgrade my fishing gear.

 

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  posted on 4/26/2018 at 11:28 AM
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When I used to follow the NBA, goaltending was a rule that was strictly enforced.
The way I understand the rules now is that the refs have to call goaltending on the floor for it to be replay reviewed.
If they replay that block it was clearly a goaltend and IIndiana gets 2 points there.
That's why people like me question the integrity of the game now.


given how difficult it is to ref these games and mistakes abound i'm not sure bringing the tired so called integrity issue into this is relevant or even factual on any level.

are there cheating refs in all sports? Yes.That's different then generalizing to suggest these are regular practices or worse, that the NBA is pulling the strings on these things.

and, for those who believe the fix is in they can watch and try to find the sports with the greatest "integrity"-good luck, since the NBA may be the cleanest sport.



The NBA has a different set of rules for the "superstar" players.
Last nights game is proof they won't make the critical call against the 'elite" players in the league.
If the refs can't get that critical a call right that determines the outcome of a game, then why watch?
So I stopped watching.
But I understand the NBA needs to promote the game to as large a fan base as possible.
And I'm glad fans enjoy watching the games and having fun.
But that fan base no longer includes me.
Otherwise, I say "enjoy".
I'll go upgrade my fishing gear.


enjoy the fishing!

although i keep trying to remember how refs impacted the game when i was watching in the 60's and 70's-anyone recall?were there so called superstars rules? perhaps...just don't recall..

anyone remember?

 

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Wowie Zowie OKC comes from 25 points down to beat Utah 107-99. Westbrook took over the game completely in the 3rd quarter, ended with 45. Great game from Paul George as well. Carmelo Anthony notably planted on the bench for at least most of the game.


indeed a great game and yes, finally the coach benched a completely ineffective melo on both ends of the floor.

LEBRON-no need to say more...OMG





no need to mention the clear goaltend on that last shot the pacers took? ball hit the back board and came off then LeBron blocked


glad you mentioned it-it is an opinion some had while others differed...
thanks.



who had the opposite opinion? once a ball hits the backboard it can not be blocked. show me a replay that shows the ball was touched before it hit the backboard and I will agree it was a clean block. it was replayed about 40 times on sports center and the rotation of the ball was analyzed and without a doubt the showed how they know the ball hit the backboard first based on the rotation


turns out you are absolutely correct.

the interesting thing is that the superstar treatment didn't apply the play before when Lebron was called for tipping the ball out of bounds when all acknowledged it was off Indy.

guess, after all,2 bad calls were made-no conspiracy & no superstar stuff-they were both close,ddifficult calls to make.

in the end the game was decided by a 3 pointer anyway giving them the win.

an interesting game.

 

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  posted on 4/28/2018 at 06:18 PM
One more game Pacers!!!!

 

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  posted on 4/28/2018 at 07:34 PM
GO PACERS !

 

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  posted on 4/30/2018 at 06:44 AM
Pacers just could not get it done. It took a great performance from James and Tristan Thompson adding his stuff to beat the Pacers. Cleveland won 4 games by a total of 14. Those were all very close and could have went either . Pacers won three by a total of 54. Indiana is a good young team and hopefully on the rise.


I don't think the Cav's will get past the Raptors.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2018 at 08:42 AM
Well Stephen and other Celts fans good luck, starting tonight it's Sixers vs. Celts.

Two classic franchises and two currently very tough teams, this should be a great series. But with all the injuries, I have to go with Philly. If Kyrie had not gone down I wouldn't say that. Sure not gonna be easy though, Celtics are very tough defensively. I'll be watching tonight for sure...........love to watch Ben Simmons play. Just wondering where Celtics scoring is going to come from..........they are going to need 4 or 5 different guys to have a solid series on the offensive end, as in averaging in double figures.



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  posted on 4/30/2018 at 10:14 AM
I was really hoping the Bucks would finally get out of the first round for the first time since the BigDawg/Ray Allen-era. But not too surprised considering they couldn't get over the hump in the regular season. Hopefully they can carry that into next season and add some more shooters to support "the Freak", though that was the hope when the Raptors ousted them early last season. The NBA has always been top-heavy, but they are now 0-8 in first round series since 2003.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2018 at 01:57 PM
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I was really hoping the Bucks would finally get out of the first round for the first time since the BigDawg/Ray Allen-era. But not too surprised considering they couldn't get over the hump in the regular season. Hopefully they can carry that into next season and add some more shooters to support "the Freak", though that was the hope when the Raptors ousted them early last season. The NBA has always been top-heavy, but they are now 0-8 in first round series since 2003.


they need jabari parker to be healthy for an entire season

 

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  posted on 4/30/2018 at 04:35 PM
Hopefully a good series Rob -- Stephen C returns tomorrow nite, Xclnt news for GSW!
Unsure where the points will come from w/no Jaylen tonite -- plus, a good idea from Phila coach, he showed Sixiz videos of past Celtics-76ers games (espn article says)

he didn't show em the 1968 series tho -- they beat us the year before, crushing us 140-116 in the final game
they were up 3-1 the next year (1968), phans had their Boston Is Dead signs ready to break out once again
EL SMOKO -- we win the next 3 & win back the title

we'll give Phila a battle -- they're very good

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  posted on 5/1/2018 at 07:38 AM
No Jaylen Brown. No problem. Celts get big offensive games from Horford, Rozier and Tatum and continue to show they can play defense against anyone. No matter who is in the lineup they know how to play defense and how to execute the offense. It is amazing how deep in his bench Stevens has players prepared.
 

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  posted on 5/1/2018 at 08:16 AM
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No Jaylen Brown. No problem. Celts get big offensive games from Horford, Rozier and Tatum and continue to show they can play defense against anyone. No matter who is in the lineup they know how to play defense and how to execute the offense. It is amazing how deep in his bench Stevens has players prepared.


Could not agree any more! I've thought for years that The Warriors were the deepest team in the NBA. After last night, I may need to reassess that.

Terry Rozier was unstoppable in the second half, Tatum amazing as well. Al Horford also had a great game, mostly in the first half. Defense by the entire Celtics squad was just sterling.

I don't know how many teams could survive losing Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown and still come out with a performance like that against a very, very good 76ers team. But it's very early. Philly will be back. But if Boston plays overall like they did last night it's going to be a tough row to hoe for them.

I see this as a very, very fun series to watch!

 

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  posted on 5/2/2018 at 07:04 AM
I thought for sure the Raptors would have won last night. It looks like the rest of the Cav's(besides James) came to life for this one.

 

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  posted on 5/2/2018 at 08:13 AM
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I thought for sure the Raptors would have won last night. It looks like the rest of the Cav's(besides James) came to life for this one.


The Raptors had them and then let them off the hook. Will be a great series but Toronto had home court advantage for the first time against the Cavs and blew it.

 

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  posted on 5/3/2018 at 06:03 AM
Nice win for the Jazz!

 

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  posted on 5/3/2018 at 08:20 AM
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Nice win for the Jazz!


imo the jazz coach is coach of the year. look at what they lost who they gained and how they are performing

 

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  posted on 5/3/2018 at 07:33 PM
Here's an embarrassment of a sport. Tanking to get the best player is not a strategy. Possibly 5 good teams overall. Zero intensity in the playoffs.
 

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  posted on 5/3/2018 at 09:33 PM
I've watched LeBron for his entire career but game 2 vs. Toronto today was as dominant an offensive display from him as I have ever seen. Just unstoppable and it came from ALL over the court. And Oh Yeah.......Raptors seemed to have forgotten that this Kevin Love dude can do some things too. Toronto got steamrolled on their home court two consecutive games. Sure don't see them recovering from this. Just their luck to land in the same conference as The King because he's been doing this to them for a LOT of years now. LeBron must be the most hated man in Toronto.

 

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  posted on 5/4/2018 at 06:04 AM
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Sure don't see them recovering from this.


Yeah ,I agree at this point. I thought Toronto would have taken last nights game, but failed.

 

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  posted on 5/4/2018 at 07:50 AM
Another spectacular performance for LeBron and Love had a huge game and Toronto in deep trouble now.

Meanwhile a 22 point deficit for the Celtics. No problem. They roar back with an extended 50-20 run and Al Horford continues to provide great leadership and winning plays and to lead the youth brigade as the Celtics take a 2-0 lead and Tatum and Rozier and the rest continue to shine. Very impressive even to this old Celts fan.

 

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  posted on 5/4/2018 at 10:03 AM
The guy is just amazing -- as hard a competitor as there is -- LeBron is tops in every phase of the game
Russell Westbrook had a unstoppable performance like this in 2nd half of Gm 5 against Jazz, singlehandedly bringing OKC from Way back for a win -- these are amazing athletes in a zone and a treat to watch

May 3, 2017 comes right to mind for C's fans in this respect -- Isaiah Thomas, 53 points -- that little man, using the entire court, playing to the heavens on the occasion of the birthday of his sister, who'd recently died unexpectedly

Don't think Quin Snyder is coach of the year, but for sure he is right there w/coach Stevens & Brett Brown -- the Jazz use numerous players in a variety of scenarios around the Gobert/Favors/Rubio/Ingles nucleus -- Jonas, Royce O'Neal, their many guards like Exum, Burks, Neto

Jae Crowder has been a big addition -- Donovan Mitchell, rookie of the year in my view -- still early, Houston wasn't 1 seed for nothing


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  posted on 5/4/2018 at 10:17 AM
Lebron played in a zone & also made the team and each individual player way more effective.

a masterpiece of an artistic performance.


The Wall Street Journal
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May 4, 2018






Jason Gay has been letting his kids stay up late because he wants them to watch LeBron James play basketball while the Cavs star is still in his prime.

By Jason Gay
May 2, 2018 10:11 a.m. ET

If you run into my children in the next few weeks, a warning: they might be a nightmare. I mean, more of a nightmare than they usually are. They might be especially cranky and tired, demanding cheese sticks and juice boxes. They might wind up on the floor, kicking and howling, like an adult at the Apple Genius Bar.

Itís not their fault. Itís mine.

Iíve been letting them stay up late to watch LeBron.

My children are 5 and 3. They are not sports fans. They are children. They would much prefer to watch a crocodile wrestle a boa constrictor. Or a volcano eruption. Or ďOctonauts.Ē

But for the past few weeks, weíve fallen into a routine whenever the Cleveland Cavaliers have an evening playoff game. The children do their normal child-schtick of wandering out of their bedrooms after bedtime, complaining they canít sleep. This is a lie.

They ask if they can sit on the couch and watch a little TV.

MORE BY JASON GAY

Iím Letting My Kids Stay Up Late to Watch LeBron James May 2, 2018

I should say no, because they really need to go to bed. But I say yes, because LeBron James is playing basketballóand I want my children to have watched LeBron James play basketball, when he was still in his prime.

I know it sounds corny, but I think this is important. Itís pretty obvious by now that James is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. When he finally wraps his career, he may have a case alongside Michael Jordan as the greatest ever, and I want my children, when theyíre 35 or 62óor 147, living on Mars with their own great-great-great-grandkids, and Elon Musk and Tom Brady óto be able to say: Yeah, I saw LeBron James play.

I think this is the kind of thing Iím supposed to do as a parent. Sure: Iím supposed to teach them to brush their teeth, tie their shoes, drive a stick shift and make an Old-Fashioned the proper way, with a muddler and real sugar and not some garbage simple syrup. But I also think itís essential that when something miraculous is happening in sports, you make sure that your kids see it.

Cubs fans know what I mean. Cubs fans woke up newborns for the final out of Game 7.

My tennis-nut Dad did this with me, making sure I saw Jimmy Connors and Billie Jean King and Bjorn Borg. This was easier, since tennis was on during the dayóor in Wimbledonís case, the morning. I feel like I watched every point of Borgís 1980 Wimbledon epic with John McEnroe. Iím not certain I didóI may have taken a nap or wandered outside to chase squirrels. But I know what that match means to tennis, because I saw some of it live.

Thatís another thing. I know some people may ask: Hey, Jason, why canít you just DVR LeBron and show your kids the game in the morning? Blecch. It isnít the same. Itís really not. I may as well show them YouTube highlights of Bob Cousy. Or a crocodile wrestling a boa constrictor. Live in the moment is everything.

(I will show them YouTube highlights of Bob Cousy eventually, however. And Bill Russell, Jordan, Willie Mays, Billie Jean and Eddy Merckx. And the San Diego Chicken.)

My children are not watching the entire Cavs game. Calm down. They usually hang in for about 15 minutes. I think the longest anyone has gone is until halftime. But Iím pretty certain the 5-year-old knows who LeBron isó big guy, fishermanís beard, always has the ball, usually doing something thrilling. Thatís one of the many great things about LeBron. He always plays. He barely sits. And on the court, heís at the center of everything.

Thatís one of the greatest basketball players who has ever lived, I tell my children. I really do! Itís so pathetic and corny. I sound like Iím in a commercial for life insurance.

I think the 5-year-old gets it. I have no idea what the 3-year-old thinks. I think the 3-year-old is simply hoping to steal the remote and switch over to ďOctonauts.Ē


Iíll keep on letting them watch, because LeBron seldom fails to deliver. Even this season, when heís playing with a roster the Cavaliers found on eBay. Cleveland will have a hard time marching to the Finals this year. They barely squeaked past Indiana in the first round. James looks like someone whoís been asked to carry a piano up a staircase. And yet, heís doing it, somehow.

This is what matters in sports. I really believe that. We spend a lot of time today arguing with each other about controversies and contracts and inane topics like bat flips or Bill Belichickís cutoff sleeves, but the whole reason we get addicted to sports is the off chance of seeing the type of greatness like LeBron James is offering pretty much every other night. Heís 33 now, in his 15th season, and heís still the best. Itís amazing, close to magical, and I think everyone should be watching.




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  posted on 5/4/2018 at 11:06 AM
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This is what matters in sports. I really believe that. We spend a lot of time today arguing with each other about controversies and contracts and inane topics like bat flips or Bill Belichickís cutoff sleeves, but the whole reason we get addicted to sports is the off chance of seeing the type of greatness like LeBron James is offering pretty much every other night. Heís 33 now, in his 15th season, and heís still the best. Itís amazing, close to magical, and I think everyone should be watching.


YUP. X 3......

Kyle Korver in a live TV interview about a week ago gave probably the best summary of LeBron: "He doesn't have to say anything. You see it by the look on his face when you show up for practice 1/2 hour early and see him working. You know just by his attitude that he's wondering why you weren't there with him. Because you know that he was there 2 HOURS before practice working on his game."





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  posted on 5/5/2018 at 07:18 AM
"James continues to ascend and astound. He's averaging 34.4 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 41.7 minutes in his 13th postseason. He's led Cleveland in points and assists in 10 consecutive playoff games games, tying Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson for the longest such streak in postseason history." quote from AP article

Have been astounded by how Celts have ascended this season
expecting long stretches of dominant play by Phila -- it's just the pattern of the games, you can't help but have an extra spring in your step being cheered on your home floor -- we saw that last night in NO -- Simmons is unlikely to have another no show
Envision a split in Phila -- on a beautiful Saturday morning of Green Up Day, let's go boys, show em the green way

 

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  posted on 5/6/2018 at 09:25 AM
LeBron hits another game winner to take the commanding 3-0 lead over the Raptors. DeRozan gets benched down the stretch and the Raptors make a furious comeback only to see LeBron top them yet again.

Meanwhile. The Celtics continue to shrug their collective shoulders at any obstacle in front of them and now dead set on a collision course with the Cavs. And with the regular season that is 6 out of 7 over the Sixers so can we please stop all this silly idea that the Sixers are more talented or whatever. The Celtics are better than they are. Period.

 
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