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#5681 Post by Juana » Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:10 pm

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So stoked for him
So am I especially how last season ended with his health scare etc. Hated losing him.

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#5682 Post by Artemis » Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:38 pm

Congrats again, SR! Tonight's game was better for us. First half was good then started to fizzle out from the 3rd. Down 0-2...can we come back like last year??? :scared:

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#5683 Post by kv » Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:02 pm

Wow, what a series between utah and denver...those two are gonna be running this league for a while

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#5684 Post by Juana » Wed Sep 02, 2020 10:14 am

Yeah its amazing that the two budding stars for those squads decided to check one another in Mitchell and Murray in game 7 and make the other players win it.

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#5685 Post by kv » Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:28 pm

I'm still shocked utah got stuck in the half court corner and had to blow their last time out....and then mitchell turns the ball over and never ran back on d so he couldn't get the ball in the run back...also shocked conley missed...I yelled game...pics of it half in too....crazy blunders late...jokic was getting rick rolled in the 4th and gets winner..gobert had a DBL DBL in the 4th on him...

The nba is so reloaded...it's rad...donic, morant, zion, tatum, donovan, jamal, trey, booker, ingram, brown fuck kat it's nuts....

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#5686 Post by SR » Thu Sep 03, 2020 2:29 pm

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Congrats again, SR! Tonight's game was better for us. First half was good then started to fizzle out from the 3rd. Down 0-2...can we come back like last year??? :scared:
Hey Arty...nothing is ever for granted. Things look to be good for us. And the Bucks? I never saw them as true chip material

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#5687 Post by SR » Thu Sep 03, 2020 3:49 pm

It's on. Good luck Arty!!!!!!

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#5688 Post by Artemis » Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:18 pm

Holy moly! OG!!! :rockon:
Hangin' by a thread.. :lol:

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#5689 Post by kv » Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:19 pm

Wow...I said fish did it in .4 during the time out...anything could happen...cold blooded

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#5690 Post by SR » Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:06 am

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Holy moly! OG!!! :rockon:
Hangin' by a thread.. :lol:
And just like that, it's a series. Movin on!

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#5691 Post by Artemis » Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:44 pm

So, the Nets have hired Steve Nash as the head coach. I guess the talk of Gregg Popovich going to Brooklyn was just rumours.


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#5692 Post by kv » Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:07 am

Welp, trash that one....on to game 2! I'd love some adjustments...like not playing small ball with a small team....and....let's see...move around some like move.....not just watch lebron and ad? And someone needs to report rondo for no mask and get him out of the bubble ..stat...and someone go find kuzma and tell him the playoffs started... :He's three games from being a king...

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#5693 Post by Artemis » Sat Sep 05, 2020 2:09 pm

Didn't catch the Lakers/Houston game last night, will watch tomorrow.

So, the Bucks could be done tomorrow. I would have never thought that it would be Miami to take them out ! :yikes:

Okay, fingers crossed for the Dinos tonight. I'm hoping for a tie. If not, we'll be done too.

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#5694 Post by kv » Sat Sep 05, 2020 6:14 pm

3 game series art! :thumb:

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#5695 Post by Artemis » Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:35 am

:rockon: The guys looked in better form last night. I hope it sticks for the rest of the series to lead to a victory.

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#5696 Post by SR » Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:32 am

Shit. Literally in a split second and it's a series. Game 4 put a scare in me, but I don't know (because you never do), until it's played out. Good luck...and I am a bit nervous on Miami. They too match up so well. They remind me a lot of the overachieving/well coached/starving teams of recent C's past.

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#5697 Post by Artemis » Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:59 am

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Shit. Literally in a split second and it's a series. Game 4 put a scare in me, but I don't know (because you never do), until it's played out. Good luck...and I am a bit nervous on Miami. They too match up so well. They remind me a lot of the overachieving/well coached/starving teams of recent C's past.
Yep, we'll see how things play out. The pressure to win it all isn't as much for us as it was in the past few years. Of course it would be awesome to win it back to back but I don't think that's happening this year. I think the Cs and Brad Stevens have a lot of pressure to win, more than in the last few seasons. Miami this year is really something else...totally a surprise. Looks like Jimmy Butler found his "forever home" so to speak. :lol:

Unrelated to the above...I have to say I'm used to no fans now. The first game or two was a little weird but I like it now. The NBA and technology has done a really excellent job in recreating the fan experience, imo.

Nice win for the Lakers last night. :thumb:

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#5698 Post by Artemis » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:31 am

Nice piece on on Jamal Murray from Raptors Republic.

https://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2020/09 ... nian-star/
Jamal Murray: The First Torontonian Star
Jamal Murray puts Toronto on the map in a unique kind of way.


I have no qualms falling in love with every single Canadian who enters the NBA. From Andrew Wiggins to Oshae Brissett and everyone in between. There are more Canadians in the league now than ever before (22) and the flood shows no signs of slowing down. In the 2019 Draft NBA teams selected a record six Canadians with 3 going undrafted and joining teams later on. Brandon Clarke is a lock for the all-rookie first team, R.J. Barrett is the toast of New York (god that’s sad), Luguentz Dort was holding James Harden to 30.5% when guarding him, and Jamal Murray is hotter than a summer seatbelt.

It’s that last one that I want to talk about in particular. Born in Kitchener Ontario (about an hour west of Toronto), and appropriately nicknamed “The Blue Arrow” for his piercing scoring style, Jamal Murray has been a big-time player for the Nuggets for a few years now, but not until this summer did he truly blossom into a star.

In the first round against the Jazz, Murray averaged 31 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, all while shooting 55% from the field, and 53% from 3pt. This offensive explosion from Murray peaked in games 4, 5, and 6, where in a historic duel with Donovan Mitchell, Murray dropped 50, 42, and 50.

The reason I say Murray is the first Torontonian star is because he truly plays like one of us.

Let me explain. Our city has had a handful of NBA players, some good ones too. Andrew Wiggins was a rookie of the year, Tristan Thompson was a starter on the champion ‘16 Cavs, and Jamaal Magloire was an all-star in 2004. All of that is awesome, I love those guys, they’re great, but Murray is the first Torontonian to fully embrace his city and make it part of his game.
Many of the great sports cities spark specific personalities amongst their native players. L.A. is cool and smooth, New York is loud and gritty, Boston is loud and feisty, Philly is loud and loud, etc. Guys from New York play like New Yorkers, guys from Philadelphia play like Philadelphians, you get it.

Now, I don’t think we’ve been able to peg Toronto as a basketball personality until now, but Jamal Murray embodies the city’s game perfectly. He isn’t loud, he isn’t really that tough, but Jamal Murray has a nasty streak. He has no problem playing mean, playing dirty, and telling you about it. He’s not gonna punch you in the face, but he might whack you in the balls as he runs past. The man has no problems taking the biggest shot in the game or talking smack when he makes a good move, not because he’s petty, but because he needs to show everyone how good he truly is.

“We were always the underdogs, we always had our own little energy.” Said Murray, speaking on Toronto ball players in an interview with VICE Sports.

No other Canadian NBA player was so fully in tune with the culture of his city. Even the great Steve Nash was a soccer and hockey player before he found basketball. He grew up in a time and place that didn’t really have a basketball identity. Murray did.

Because of the melting pot of culture Toronto is, the city plays basketball with a mix of American and Euro influence. Combining the athleticism of the States with the tricks and turns of the international game to make a delicious smoothie of craftiness and explosion. That’s Murray. He’s a Torontonian who plays like a Torontonian, and he’s shown time and again how much the city and its team means to him.

Growing up a Raptors fan, Murray often talks about how playing in Scotiabank Arena gives him a boost on the floor.
In an interview with Ryan Wolstat of The Chronicle Herald: “Only when I play (in Toronto). Here (in Denver), it’s just another home game for me. But when I go there the energy is definitely different.”

And the numbers back that up. Against Toronto, Jamal’s career points per 36 minutes average rises from 19 to 20, despite Toronto’s defensive metrics suggesting he should be closer to 17.
It is true our Raptors have often had trouble with players like Murray. Lowry and VanVleet are great guarding multiple positions, but against athletic combo-guards who’re quicker and bigger than they are, they have been known to struggle (think Russell Westbrook, or Jaylen Brown). Murray fits this description with his 6’4 frame and sneaky athleticism, so while it’s fun to root for him, it’s less fun when he drops 30 on your head.

Murray has always played better on the Raptors floor, but for a minute this year there were rumours that he might be on that floor more often.
In late April, Bleacher Report suggested the Raptors may be interested in swapping Kyle Lowry and OG Anunoby for Jamal Murry and Jerami Grant. The key component of this trade being that both teams were at a “crossroads” so to speak. The Raptors because of Lowry’s age (34), and the Nuggets because Murray had just signed a five-year $170-million extension that to that point he had yet to live up to.

It’s hard to imagine that trade happening now, but it did make Raptors fans’ ears prick up.
Murray’s rise as the face of Canadian hoops has been one of the feel-good stories of this playoffs, but he knows it isn’t all laughs. The main message of the NBA this year has been the fight for racial justice. Players have been pushing hard to forward the message of equality for months now, but in the post-game interview after game 6, Murray gave Toronto and the NBA another angle on the fight for justice. Speaking to NBA TV’s Jared Greenberg with power and emotion in his voice, Murray addressed the issues that plague both countries via the shoes he had on, adorned with the faces of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

“Cause it’s not just in America, it happens everywhere. For us coming together in the NBA, it doesn’t just take one meeting, it takes a few meetings, it takes phone calls, it takes resistance, and it’s not going to take one night. We’ve been trying to fight for 40 years, but these shoes give me life. Even though these people are gone, they give me life, they help me find strength to keep fighting in this world.”

When we consider the criteria for an NBA star, it all starts and ends on the court. But when we think about the players who are most remembered, LeBron, Jordan, Kobe, Wade, Bill Russell, they’re remembered not just because of how they played, but how they resonated with the league and the fans. Jamal Murray has a long way to go if he wants to be mentioned in the same breath as those guys, but when we see him drop 50 playoff points to stave off elimination, then turn around and give the most powerful interview of these wild past three months, it’s clear that Murray resonates. He resonates with all NBA fans, but especially with us, because when he speaks, it comes from the place we speak from, when he plays, he plays the way we play, and he does so spectacularly. America has hundreds of special athletes to play for them, fight for them, and move them. Toronto has Jamal Murray, and we’re proud of it.

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#5699 Post by Artemis » Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:16 pm

Ouch! The Boston beatdown was painful to watch. :wavesad:

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#5700 Post by kv » Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:06 pm

:drink: one more.... :aoa:

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