Honestly, if St. Joseph put JJ on Harden I would have considered their team a lot more, JJ's a really underrated defender, he's one of the top 5 iso defenders statistically. Battier is just blehh
I voted Saint Joseph not because I liked their duo better. On the contrary, I think Bosh and Harden would be every bit as dangerous an offensive duo as JJ and Aldridge. I voted for Saint Joseph because they are just a better constructed basketball team. And I like the way they match up with Winterfell. Bosh HAS to guard Aldridge in this matchup, whereas Aldridge only has to deal with Humphries on the other end. So not only will Bosh be more tired and get beat up more over a seven games series, he's far more likely to get into foul trouble than Aldridge.
I think Saint Joseph wins this series in six.
Plus I'd have thought you'd be more swayed by their lack of scoring.
Battier - 4.8ppg in the regular season / 7.0ppg in the playoffs
Perkins - 5.1ppg in the regular season / 4.7ppg in the playoffs
Chalmers is not a #3. Battier is not a #4. And Perk is a non-factor. You talk about a player being tired, how bout Aldridge logging 40 minutes and being expected to score 27-30ppg just to carry the offense? His previous playoff experience and the fact that he will be guarded by Bosh make that seem even more unlikely.
I initially liked St. Josephs a lot more and feel they would be a fantastic triangle offense, but I slowly started talking myself out of it more and more as I realized JJ and LA are going to have ALOT of pressure on them to make plays.
I feel St. Josephs is the better assembled team but winterfell just seems to have more options. Also Winterfell included a writeup for their bench so I have to give that to them by default.
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Going down to the wire.
I'd take Joe Johnson and Aldridge led team ahead of Harden and Bosh every day. Perkins and Battier will make St Joseph's defense really solid and Barbosa can spot Battier for some instant offense.
I do like S-Jax on the bench for Winterfell though.
Both have 2 offensive weak spots in starting lineup and would be interesting matchup but will go with St Joseph's purely because Aldridge and Johnson have experience as number 1 options. Harden's success has been a product of greater teammates.
Thought long and hard about it re-read the write ups and the arguments made for and against both teams I'll give my vote to Winterfell in this one.
Battier and Barbosa's reputations are working favorably in their advantage here. Battier's defense was average last season and Barbosa has turned into an ineffecient scorer who can't penetrate or create for teammates. Think Nate Robinson.
What's being overlooked is how much of playoff failures Aldridge and JJ have been in their careers. JJ has probably been the biggest disappointment for a "Star" player in the playoffs the last 5 seasons and Alridge has yet to win a playoff series. Harden and Bosh weren't the #1 guys on their respective teams, but neither OKC or Miami make the finals without them