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  1. #1
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    Bulls. Spurs. NBA Finals. Who ya got?

    It's been awesome watching D-Rose play well. Hopefully he stays healthy this season. If so, I see Chicago defeating Cleveland in the ECF and reaching the Finals. If the Spurs somehow defy father time once again and try for a repeat* (*=threepeat, essentially), which team do you think obtains the Larry O'Brien trophy? Both teams play good defense. Spurfection, D-Rose, new shooters (Doug McD, Mirotic), Danny Green dropping bombs, Joakim bringing the energy, Gasol going at Duncan, Parker and Rose, Ginobili nailing stepback 3's...

    I think Spurs would win in 7 games.


    6/15/19...when my wish became a reality.

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    I think Cleveland & Spurs, this time Lebron's team beating them and bring his record versus Spurs big 3 to a record of 2-2. TD and Manu retire after this year.



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    Your baby can't do this

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    I think people are really underestimating how dominant LeBron/Love/Irving has the potential to be…
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    Unprecedented pussification.

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    Bulls. Spurs. NBA Finals. Who ya got?

    Spurs/Cavs spurs repeat

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    Bulls in the finals is not gonna happen. They're a second round exit. Maybe conference finals at best.
    Kings of New York

    WELCOME TO PLANET ORANGE & BLUE

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    Do people really think lebron is gonna lose with kyrie and love? Bulls aren't gonna beat them

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    Cavs!!!


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    cavs/spurs final with the spurs winning once again. It'll take a year for the cavs to gel the same way miami did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sly Guy View Post
    cavs/spurs final with the spurs winning once again. It'll take a year for the cavs to gel the same way miami did.
    This, I'm not sold that this Cavs squad can play legit defense.

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    Why it would not take a year for Cleveland to gel like Miami did:

    -This roster is 10x better than Miami's 1st season with the Big Three.
    -Kevin Love is a better player than Chris Bosh. He can play the pick and roll, he can shoot threes, and he can rebound. Two things Bosh didn't do well. Bosh is a better defender but c'mon, stop acting like he's Anthony Davis. The dude was getting destroyed in the paint consistently. Bosh is an above average help defender and that doesn't make him the better player. What does Bosh do better than Love?
    -Kyrie is a better fit for LeBron than Wade was. Wade isn't a three point shooter and James loves playing with three point shooters. Often, with Wade/LeBron on the court, LeBron had to look for Wade near the paint because that is where Wade excels. With Kyrie, LeBron can look for him anywhere on the court because Kyrie can score on the paint, midrange, and three. He's also a great free throw shooter and has the ball handling Wade never had. Let's not forget that this team knows who's team it is; LeBron's. In Miami's 1st year, they were still shifting the role of Wade>LeBron<Wade.
    -Let's be honest.. Spo can't coach. He's too busy riding on his star players and not offending them that he forgets that he needs to dictate and motivate his team. He's analytical but he comes off as someone who doesn't inspire his players. David Blatt does that. He will bench you if you lack the willingness to win. He's also the greatest coach in Euro basketball.. something I don't think Spo would be able to achieve.
    -Back to the bench, this is much better than what Miami had. You have Mike Miller, Shawn Marion, Tristan Thompson, James Jones.. Those guys are better than what Miami had their first season together. They are veterans (outside of Thompson), who knows what it takes to win games.
    -The difference is LeBron. It wasn't that Miami didn't "gel". Yes, that was one reason but the biggest reason was LeBron's growth and understanding of his placement in NBA. He's the undisputed top dog and he learned from his mistakes. I think we can all agree that he underachieved against Dallas. I won't say he had a horrible performance because he did average 17/7/7 on 47% but that was just not enough when your name is LeBron. He elevated his game and that was why they won.

    All in all, this all comes down to how healthy they are. There is no doubt that with LeBron's improved leadership/mental state of the game, this team will only gel quickly. But, if Irving/Love are constantly injured, this will be a huge blow to them. LeBron said it himself that he's only worried about whether or not guys are healthy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kobe4thewinbang View Post
    It's been awesome watching D-Rose play well. Hopefully he stays healthy this season. If so, I see Chicago defeating Cleveland in the ECF and reaching the Finals. If the Spurs somehow defy father time once again and try for a repeat* (*=threepeat, essentially), which team do you think obtains the Larry O'Brien trophy? Both teams play good defense. Spurfection, D-Rose, new shooters (Doug McD, Mirotic), Danny Green dropping bombs, Joakim bringing the energy, Gasol going at Duncan, Parker and Rose, Ginobili nailing stepback 3's...

    I think Spurs would win in 7 games.
    Keep in mind he looked awesome last preseason, too, and we saw how that translated when the games actually became competitive. While I do think he'll start this season off better than he did last year (and hopefully stay healthy), I still think there will be some adjustment periods for him early on.

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    Cavs Clippers/Thunder

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