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Peaking at just the right time for him and the Rox.

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Woj Bomb: Tom Thibodeau is out as head coach and president of Minnesota. Fired. Trust the process.

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Man, his Minnesota run really killed his reputation. 

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Udonis Haslem will retire alongside Dwyane Wade at the end of the season.

That just seems right.

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Bucks get that W and Harden takes one to the mug; I couldn't love it more.

 

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Harden’s weakness is dodgeball.

Bucks defense on Harden was interesting. Force him right and drive, try not to foul. He got 42 but it mostly worked. I wonder if other teams will copy, and how Harden will adjust. 

 

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What's the matter with Lebron? Is he really hurt or trying to avoid the blame for Laker suckiness?

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So JJ Barea probably has a torn achilles, and I am literally heartbroken right now. At his age and style, an injury like that pretty much has to be career ending. He was having a career year, and was the heart and soul of the team.

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Yeah that looked like an Achilles to me. Great game from him up until that point as well. Bummer. 

Luka doing Luka things in the 4th. Wolves doing Wolves things.

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The absolutely carry job going on in Houston right now is amazing. Hard to deny the man his 2nd MVP if this keeps up.  This is one of the best offensive stretches of basketball I have ever seen. 

I did really enjoy how the Bucks tried to guard him. Very odd visually to see guys shade over that much. It was less "force him right" and more "here is the right side my good sir." It did sort of work though with Lopez protecting the rim. Reminded me a little of the Spurs series where they sunk so far back because they knew Houston wasn't taking 2 point jumpers.  Not sure if the Bucks strategy works when the secondary ball handler is CP3 instead of Austin Rivers.  Interesting concept though for sure.

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I get it. He spent his entire career there, was the last holdover Sonic, and was beloved by the locker room and front office.

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I'm about it. I like teams being selective and having a certain criteria to retiring numbers. Unlike the Celtics that retired pretty much every jersey that played in the Russell or Bird years.

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Are taking 'first half' to mean 'All-Star Break'?   Because every team is at or over 41 games played now.  Just wondering.

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GSW just isn't going to lose when Curry has a game like he did tonight. Warriors got outhustled, outcoached and outworked tonight, and still got the win. Steph was at his Curry-est.

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Oh, well I'm conflicted now.

 

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Mavs might simultaneously make a trade that puts them in the playoffs and also sell low on DSJ.

Not sure what Phoenix would have to offer, but Aaron Gordon would be a major get from Orlando.

I absolutely think they need to trade him because the fit isn't great with Luka, but not sure if I would rush it unless you get an  AG type return.

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Not taking fit into account how would you all redraft this class of rookies?

At this point I would go:

1. Luka

2. Ayton 

3. Knox 

4. Jaren 

5. Trae

My main takeaway from watching the Knicks this year is that Kevin Knox offensive upside is off the charts. Someone on twitter said "just wait til Kevin Knox figures out how his arms and legs work" and I couldn't agree more haha. Dude is obviously still growing but his combo of 3pt shooting/slashing/floater is legit.

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1 hour ago, Jrag said:

Mavs might simultaneously make a trade that puts them in the playoffs and also sell low on DSJ.

Not sure what Phoenix would have to offer, but Aaron Gordon would be a major get from Orlando.

I absolutely think they need to trade him because the fit isn't great with Luka, but not sure if I would rush it unless you get an  AG type return.

Seems like a big part of the story is DSJ wanting out too. I still feel like he could slide into Barea's spot and be super effective, but I think Rick has already decided on Brunson for that and DSJ may not see himself as a 6th man.  I don't think Phoenix offers much of value outside of a package that includes Josh Jackson and a first rounder(that they are willing to trade, obvi). Orlando would have to give up no less than Gordon, Bamba or Isaac.

As much as I like Dennis and want him on the team, Luka is clearly the man now, and DSJ hasn't shown a real desire to be "second fiddle". Was hoping we had a Westbrook/Durant on our hands.

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Although the Lakers/Bulls game going on right now is going to ruin it, every winning team so far tonight has scored 120+ points.

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9 hours ago, Brian Fowler said:

Although the Lakers/Bulls game going on right now is going to ruin it, every winning team so far tonight has scored 120+ points.

Sucks to be Denver. Score 38 in the first quarter and still trail the Warriors by double digits at the buzzer.

51 points by GSW is the most points scored in the opening stanza since Phoenix dropped 50 on Paul Westhead's Enver* back in 1990. Should that even count?

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* = no D

 

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