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The 2018 NBA Finals, NBA Draft, and Postseason Awards thread

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Beginning Thursday, May 31st, 2018 @ 9:00 p.m. EST, all games on abc-current-logo1-150x150.png preceded by



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Game 1: Thu, May 31: Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. ET
Game 2: Sun, June 3: Cavaliers at Warriors, 8 p.m. ET
Game 3: Wed, June 6: Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. ET
Game 4: Fri, June 8: Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. ET
*Game 5: Mon, June 11: Cavaliers at Warriors, 9 p.m. ET
*Game 6: Thu, June 14: Warriors at Cavaliers, 9 p.m. ET
*Game 7: Sun, June 17: Cavaliers at Warriors, 8 p.m. ET


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Reply #1 posted 05/30/18 9:13pm

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Reply #2 posted 05/30/18 9:20pm

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Cavs will get destroyed in 4. Last year WITH Kyrie Irving, they lost in 5. Aside from LeBron, there's no one on that roster who can create his own shot.

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Reply #3 posted 05/31/18 2:07am

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I'll get out on a out of the box and say Cavs in 7 or Warriors in 6

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Reply #4 posted 05/31/18 9:16am

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GS 4, Cavs 1 ref assisted win.

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Reply #5 posted 05/31/18 9:32am

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GS 4, Cavs 1 ref assisted win.


lol I love it.


I do think home cooking will allow the Cavs to save face at Quicken, for one game.

It would take Bron averaging 40 with a triple-double and 3 other Cavs shooting lights out for 2 weeks to beat GSW. Their defenders are far worse/mismatched than HOU's. GSW simply can't be beat by CLE.

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Reply #6 posted 05/31/18 11:57am

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If LeBron can guide this Cavs team to victory surely that cements his position as one of the all time greats. I can't see it going 7 but a sweep would be disappointing anti climatic end to an exciting post season. I'd rather have seen Houston v Boston instead of Cavs v Warriors IV.
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Reply #7 posted 05/31/18 5:49pm

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Call me crazy but I think the Cavs got a shot at this, only because everyone thinks this is a landslide.

Of course if you put a gun to my head I'd pick the Warriors though biggrin

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Reply #8 posted 05/31/18 8:54pm

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I just want to see a good series. The Cavs definitely wasted a golden opportunity.

A good game marred by Draymond Green being an ass as usual.

That was a bad call on Tristan Thompson at the end. He just made a play for the ball on

Livingston but he can't be drawn into foolishness from Green. I think the Cavs will make this

a good series just based on how well James has played in the postseason but the Warriors just

have too many weapons and good shooters. Tristan may hear from the league for his swipe at

Green but the ref should be held accountable for the terrible call throwing Tristan out the game

for a routine foul. Nothing remotely was fragrant.

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Reply #9 posted 05/31/18 9:19pm

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The NBA Finals

Game 1


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This was the beginning of Round 4 between these two teams seeking an NBA Championship, and despite the Golden State Warriors being more vulnerable this season than they have been the past three seasons, they are the prohibitive favorites to win their third NBA title in four years. Even with Lebron James, the consensus among experts and fans alike is that the Cleveland Cavaliers have a remote chance at best of winning an NBA title. If they do manage to surprise the world and win the NBA Finals, they will need a herculean effort for the ages from Lebron James plus some inspired effort from his supporting cast and maybe some really subpar performances or some misfortune to befall the Warriors.

Neverthless the Cavs came out of this game surprisingly strong, jumping out to a 13 point lead. Part of that was due to the poor shooting by Golden State from behind the 3-point line. But one of the highlights from the field was Stephen Curry, who hit five 3-pointers in this game including one from near half-court to tie the game at the half. The second half wopuld see the game go back and forth, with Lebron James having another game for the ages while Kevin Durant and the Splash Brothers kept pace. Lebron James scorred a playoff career-high 51 points in this game while also grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out eight assists. Kevin Love scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds whie J.R. Smith added 10 points.

But the trajectory of this game was decided in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. While Lebon and Stephen Curry went back and forth like prize fighters in the final minute of the game, it was the foul on George Hill with 4.7 seconds remaining that turned the tide. The Warriors were clinging to a one point lead before that foul, and after George Hill hit his first free throw to tie the game, he missed the second, and J.R. Smith grabbed the rebound and inexplicably began dribbling the ball away from the basket, apparently not aware the game was tied. By the time Lebron was trying to call a timeout, Smith passed the ball back inside, but it was too late to make a shot to win the game, thus sending the game into overtime.

The Warriors took control in the overtime period, playing stifiling defense and getting some timely shots from Shaun Livingston and Draymond Green. Things even got ugly towards the end, as Tristan Thonpson was ejected from the game with 2.6 seconds remaining in overtime and even got into a scuffle with Draymond Green. The Warriors managed to survive some poor performances early to pull out this hard-fought victory. Stephen Curry finished with 29 points, nine assists, and six rebounds; Kevin Durant finished with 26 points, nine rebounds, and six assists; Klay Thompson scored 24 points, and Draymond Green scored 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out nine assists, made five steals, and blocked three shots. For the Warriors it was a huge scare, but for the Cavs it was a game they desperately need to win that they let get away from them.

Golden State leads series 1-0.

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Reply #10 posted 05/31/18 10:09pm

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phunkdaddy said:

I just want to see a good series. The Cavs definitely wasted a golden opportunity.

A good game marred by Draymond Green being an ass as usual.

That was a bad call on Tristan Thompson at the end. He just made a play for the ball on

Livingston but he can't be drawn into foolishness from Green. I think the Cavs will make this

a good series just based on how well James has played in the postseason but the Warriors just

have too many weapons and good shooters. Tristan may hear from the league for his swipe at

Green but the ref should be held accountable for the terrible call throwing Tristan out the game

for a routine foul. Nothing remotely was fragrant.

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Reply #11 posted 06/01/18 3:09am

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Goddess4Real said:



phunkdaddy said:


I just want to see a good series. The Cavs definitely wasted a golden opportunity.


A good game marred by Draymond Green being an ass as usual.


That was a bad call on Tristan Thompson at the end. He just made a play for the ball on


Livingston but he can't be drawn into foolishness from Green. I think the Cavs will make this


a good series just based on how well James has played in the postseason but the Warriors just


have too many weapons and good shooters. Tristan may hear from the league for his swipe at


Green but the ref should be held accountable for the terrible call throwing Tristan out the game


for a routine foul. Nothing remotely was fragrant.




yeahthat Or maybe it was the Kardashian Curse? Ben Simmons Is About To Discover The Wrath Of The Kardashian Curse https://www.dmarge.com/20...curse.html




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Reply #12 posted 06/01/18 8:27am

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Graycap23 said:

GS 4, Cavs 1 ref assisted win loss.

Fixed that for you. CLE drew some terrible officiating down the stretch of that game.

But besides the bad officiating and the Warriors themselves, James had to contend with his supporting cast letting him down in key stretches. Love missed a couple of open shots, Korver picked up a dumb foul at the 3 line on Klay late, and of course, Hill misses a game winning FT and JR Smith JR Smith-ed.

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Reply #13 posted 06/01/18 10:40am

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You can always count on JR to make a bonehead play, but Hill deserves some heat too. You HAVE to nail both free throws. Cavs had their chance and blew it.

The trainwreck that is J.R. Smith.....smh.

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Graycap23 said:

GS 4, Cavs 1 ref assisted win loss.

Fixed that for you. CLE drew some terrible officiating down the stretch of that game.

But besides the bad officiating and the Warriors themselves, James had to contend with his supporting cast letting him down in key stretches. Love missed a couple of open shots, Korver picked up a dumb foul at the 3 line on Klay late, and of course, Hill misses a game winning FT and JR Smith JR Smith-ed.

Lol...that was a block btw.

Lebron only got away with 15 violations lat night. They choked the game away. Pure BONEHEADED plays.

Nba Rule book: Offensive Fouls and Penalty Rules

Any illegal contact, such as throwing an elbow, pushing or punching is an offensive foul. The offensive player cannot gain an advantage through illegal contact, like an illegal screen. A player setting a screen must remain still and in position. In addition, the NBA rulebook specifies the rules for offensive fouls that are not elbowing, punching or flagrant fouls. The rulebook says the offensive team gets no points and the offending player gets a personal foul, but the team does not get a team foul, according to NBA.com. The exception to the rule is if the offensive foul occurs after the ball has gone in the hoop. The offensive player is still charged with a foul, but the basket counts. This usually occurs after the ball has gone in, and the offensive player is coming down out and lands on a defensive player who has maintained his position. THEY NEVER CALL THIS AGAINST LEBRON.

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Reply #15 posted 06/01/18 12:23pm

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Those refs should not be allowed to work in the Finals. What a fucking joke.

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Reply #16 posted 06/01/18 1:49pm

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Graycap23 said:

namepeace said:

Fixed that for you. CLE drew some terrible officiating down the stretch of that game.

But besides the bad officiating and the Warriors themselves, James had to contend with his supporting cast letting him down in key stretches. Love missed a couple of open shots, Korver picked up a dumb foul at the 3 line on Klay late, and of course, Hill misses a game winning FT and JR Smith JR Smith-ed.

Lol...that was a block btw.

Lebron only got away with 15 violations lat night. They choked the game away. Pure BONEHEADED plays.

Nba Rule book: Offensive Fouls and Penalty Rules

Any illegal contact, such as throwing an elbow, pushing or punching is an offensive foul. The offensive player cannot gain an advantage through illegal contact, like an illegal screen. A player setting a screen must remain still and in position. In addition, the NBA rulebook specifies the rules for offensive fouls that are not elbowing, punching or flagrant fouls. The rulebook says the offensive team gets no points and the offending player gets a personal foul, but the team does not get a team foul, according to NBA.com. The exception to the rule is if the offensive foul occurs after the ball has gone in the hoop. The offensive player is still charged with a foul, but the basket counts. This usually occurs after the ball has gone in, and the offensive player is coming down out and lands on a defensive player who has maintained his position. THEY NEVER CALL THIS AGAINST LEBRON.

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Gray, you keeping score at home now? You got a foul ticker going? lol the Cavs drew a ton of physical contact on shots down the stretch last night without a call.


On the flip side, the NBA rules have been relaxed on charge v. block outside the restricted area. Tons of players draw charges while still sliding their feet to standing position. That was such a bang-bang call that they never should have reversed it under those circumstances.

As to the rule, GSW doesn't set screens, they run-block like John Hannah.


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Reply #17 posted 06/01/18 2:47pm

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namepeace said:

Graycap23 said:

Lol...that was a block btw.

Lebron only got away with 15 violations lat night. They choked the game away. Pure BONEHEADED plays.

Nba Rule book: Offensive Fouls and Penalty Rules

Any illegal contact, such as throwing an elbow, pushing or punching is an offensive foul. The offensive player cannot gain an advantage through illegal contact, like an illegal screen. A player setting a screen must remain still and in position. In addition, the NBA rulebook specifies the rules for offensive fouls that are not elbowing, punching or flagrant fouls. The rulebook says the offensive team gets no points and the offending player gets a personal foul, but the team does not get a team foul, according to NBA.com. The exception to the rule is if the offensive foul occurs after the ball has gone in the hoop. The offensive player is still charged with a foul, but the basket counts. This usually occurs after the ball has gone in, and the offensive player is coming down out and lands on a defensive player who has maintained his position. THEY NEVER CALL THIS AGAINST LEBRON.

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Gray, you keeping score at home now? You got a foul ticker going? lol the Cavs drew a ton of physical contact on shots down the stretch last night without a call.


On the flip side, the NBA rules have been relaxed on charge v. block outside the restricted area. Tons of players draw charges while still sliding their feet to standing position. That was such a bang-bang call that they never should have reversed it under those circumstances.

As to the rule, GSW doesn't set screens, they run-block like John Hannah.


On my TV, one ref called a block and the other one called an offensive foul.

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Reply #18 posted 06/01/18 7:52pm

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Klay Thompson kills me trying to be a tough guy.
He's soft just like Rick Fox was.
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Reply #19 posted 06/01/18 8:32pm

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phunkdaddy said:

Goddess4Real said:

yeahthat Or maybe it was the Kardashian Curse? Ben Simmons Is About To Discover The Wrath Of The Kardashian Curse https://www.dmarge.com/20...curse.html

Noooooooooooo! I'm a Sixers fan. mad mad mad mad

May 29

Ben simmons and kendall jenner are confirmed dating and within an hour, story breaks that colangelo has multiple burner accounts trashing his players and hinkie and the 76ers organization goes to chaos. The kardashian curse is real!!

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The NBA Finals

Game 2


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This Cleveland Cavaliers had a huge opportunity to pull one of the biggest upsets in the NBA Finals in game 1, yet it got away from them. Most people have been focusing on J.R. Smith and his apparent brain cramp at the end of the fourth quarter, but then again George Hill did miss the second free throw that would have put the Cavs up by one. In addition, a lot of people have blamed the referees for making a questionable reversal on an offensive foul called on Kevin Durant that was eventually changed to a blocking foul on Lebron James. Nevertheless, the Cavs blew a golden opportunity, and many wondered whether they had any chance of bouncing back from this debacle.

In this game the Cavs never really got a chance to come back. The Golden State Warriors came out of this game on fire, hitting their first seven shots from the field, en route to shooting 57% fom the floor in this game. The Warriors never trailed in this game, yet the Cavs would try to keep it close. Despite hitting nearly 80% from the field in the first quarter, the Cavs only trailed by four at the end of the first frame. But Warriors would pull away in the second quarter, and from then on it was a case of the Warriors jumping out to a double digit lead only to have the Cavs cone back within striking distance.

But every time the Cavs would get close, Stephen Curry would take over. He hit an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers in this game, finishing with 33 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds. Kevin Durant came back from a relatively poor perfomance in game 1, scoring 26 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and dishing out seven assists. Klay Thompson overcame an ankle injury from game 1 to score 20 points. Javale McGee got the start in the post tonight and scored 12 points on perfect 6 for 6 shooting while Shaun Livingston scored 10 points off the bench.

Lebron James led the Cavs with 29 points while also dishing out 13 assists and grabbing nine rebounds. Kevin Love scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds George Hill added 15 points while Tristan Thompson added 11 points. However, J.R. Smith was held to just five points and could not rebound from his error in game 1.

Golden State leads series 2-0.

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Reply #21 posted 06/04/18 2:56pm

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Series OVA

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Reply #22 posted 06/05/18 7:56am

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Graycap23 said:

namepeace said:


Gray, you keeping score at home now? You got a foul ticker going? lol the Cavs drew a ton of physical contact on shots down the stretch last night without a call.


On the flip side, the NBA rules have been relaxed on charge v. block outside the restricted area. Tons of players draw charges while still sliding their feet to standing position. That was such a bang-bang call that they never should have reversed it under those circumstances.

As to the rule, GSW doesn't set screens, they run-block like John Hannah.


On my TV, one ref called a block and the other one called an offensive foul.

And the crew as a whole skirted the review rule. The only reviewable issue was whether LBJ was outside the circle. They weren't supposed to overrule the charge call, which was the one that was actually made.

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Reply #23 posted 06/05/18 7:56am

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Goddess4Real said:

phunkdaddy said:

Goddess4Real said: Noooooooooooo! I'm a Sixers fan. mad mad mad mad

Mikaela Espanto‏ @mikaelaespantoo May 29

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I have to question the kid's judgment but he is a youngster.

But the Colangelo story is bigger. Unless he's cleared completely OR shown the door, they can forget having LeBron or any other big name sign with them.

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Graycap23 said:

On my TV, one ref called a block and the other one called an offensive foul.

And the crew as a whole skirted the review rule. The only reviewable issue was whether LBJ was outside the circle. They weren't supposed to overrule the charge call, which was the one that was actually made.

Did they make the correct call?

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Graycap23 said:

namepeace said:

And the crew as a whole skirted the review rule. The only reviewable issue was whether LBJ was outside the circle. They weren't supposed to overrule the charge call, which was the one that was actually made.

Did they make the correct call?


Nope. Totally inconsistent with how they've been interpreting the rule on the court in the last several years.

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namepeace said:

Graycap23 said:

Did they make the correct call?


Nope. Totally inconsistent with how they've been interpreting the rule on the court in the last several years.

Wow....they got the call correct. Dude was moving, sliding, and NEVER set.

There is more to an offensive charge than standing in or out of the restricted area.

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Reply #27 posted 06/06/18 6:03am

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LeBron's on his way to another Finals loss, which we all knew was going to happen. T

His haters will have a field day, but it doesn't hurt his greatness in my eyes. Is he on Jordan's level? No, but he's still top ten best ever.

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namepeace said:


Nope. Totally inconsistent with how they've been interpreting the rule on the court in the last several years.

Wow....they got the call correct. Dude was moving, sliding, and NEVER set.

There is more to an offensive charge than standing in or out of the restricted area.

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You're missing the points.

The official call was a charge.

There have tons of charges called in identical circumstances in the last few years (you know that).

They improperly used replay to overturn official call when they can only review whether the player was in the restricted area.


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Reply #29 posted 06/06/18 11:04am

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namepeace said:

Graycap23 said:

Wow....they got the call correct. Dude was moving, sliding, and NEVER set.

There is more to an offensive charge than standing in or out of the restricted area.

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You're missing the points.

The official call was a charge.

There have tons of charges called in identical circumstances in the last few years (you know that).

They improperly used replay to overturn official call when they can only review whether the player was in the restricted area.


I only care about them getting the call correct. They got it correct.

I get your point, but the reason they went 2 the tape is becuase both refs had opposite calls.

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