Basketball is back! Unbounded optimism for the Celtics which absolutely means they'll fall flat on their face a la Notts and the Texans already this year. Advanced stats love the team this year which is nice but it's hard to forget how brutally Cleveland dealt with them last year. I'll stay conservative and predict 45-37, just above their over/under, assuming there's no big trade.
Anthony Davis MVP
Serge Ibaka DPOY
Jahlil Okafor RoY
Isaiah Thomas 6th man
Aaron Gordon MIP
West - Warriors, Clippers, Thunder, Spurs, Rockets, Pelicans, Grizzlies, Jazz
East - Cavs, Bulls, Wizards, Celtics, Heat, Raptors, Pacers, Bucks
WCF - Thunder beat Rockets in 6
ECF - Cavs beat Wizards in 5
Finals - Cavs beat Thunder in 7
Nets give a top 5 pick to the Celtics
Mavs tank hard enough to get the 7th pick and avoid giving it to the Celtics, Dirk retires
Lakers give a pick between 4 and 8 to the 76ers, Kobe retires
Spurs lose in first round to Houston and Duncan retires
DeMarcus Cousins is traded or George Karl quits/is fired before January
As for other results, Philadelphia are awful. Its getting to the point where not even drafting is helping them. Once Jrue Holiday left the team just went seriously downhill. Houston get their first win of the season over OKC.
Was impressed with Toronto @ Boston, though they looked good for long stretches last season before falling off.
Celtics are still plagued by starting lineup issues and I'm not sure when we'll see that change without moving at least Johnson into the starting 5. There is such a thing as having too many players and it does seem that way with 5 big playing every night. Luckily the Nets are 0-4 already and the Celtics have their pick so
I was at the game last night and this whole Kobe's retirement wankfest is starting to piss me off. Kobe deserves a standing ovation but the thing that bugs me is at the game last night the people would applaud everytime Kobe scored a point. Its like they wanted the team to lose just so Kobe did well. Fucking tourists
The Golden State Warriors are from another planet. They are unstoppable. Just when everyone thought they would lose to Indiana, they killed it. Don't let the scoreline fool you, this was a walk in the park for Golden State. 23 games won in a row, and looking at their next few games, it doesn't look like its going to stop soon. I reckon they'll finally lose on Christmas against Cleveland.
From what I'm seeing, the west is taking it this year again. San Antonio or Golden State my picks.
Everyone is saying that the east is better than the west this year, but I don't think so. The best team in the east, Cleveland, is still missing something to actually win a championship in my opinion. Lebron will probably show up in the playoffs when it most matters though and reach the final but I don't think they'll win it.
The eastern conference final could be between anyone really. If you look at the standings at this current moment, I'd only rule out Detroit and Boston. Toronto is a doubt because of the last 2 playoffs but maybe they get it right this time?
Yeah San Antonio and GSW look a class apart in the west. Either of those two would beat Cleveland in the final imo. Now the Cavs have got Irving back fit and firing they might start to look more of a threat though.
Spurs @ Warriors will be an interesting one and the match everyone has been talking about for some time. I think the Warriors will take it on monday when the match is scheduled. Spurs are the only team that can stop Golden State in my opinion but I don't think they'll do it in Oakland during the regular season.
Yes, and that's the reason the NBA ASG game is the only good ASG. It's a pageant, it's daft, it's fun - stars and names and Shaq attempting to beat a PG off a dribble for a 30 foot 3 pointer. And long may it continue thus.