May 13, 2017

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round: The third round of the NBA playoffs begins Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern with the Celtics/Wizards second-round series still to be decided on Monday. Ufez Jones leads with 22 followed by bender at 21 and three others at 20. Pick the two teams that will advance to the NBA Finals and the number of games each series will require: San Antonio vs. Golden State and Cleveland vs. the Boston/Washington winner. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Two more points for picking the top points scorer in each series (total points) and top rebounder (total rebounds). The winner receives NBA 2K17.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:49 PM - 11 comments

The scores are in the previous discussion. The top scorers in the completed series were Lebron James (everybody got that one), James Harden (Ufez) and Gordon Hayward by one point over Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant (nobody).

Standings

 Week 1Week 2Total
Ufez Jones17522
bender14721
grum@work15520
Howard_T15520
ic23b15520
rcade13013
jimmydiscount10--10

posted by rcade at 01:50 PM on May 13

There are two bonus categories this time: points and rebounds.

Does anyone else question the NBA playing two conference final games in the West before a single one in the East? If Golden State or San Antonio wrapped that series up in 4 or 5, Cleveland could do the same and have a lot less time to rest before the Finals.

posted by rcade at 01:57 PM on May 13

Golden State in 4 +2

Points Scorer. Stephen Curry +1

Rebounds. Draymond Green +1

Cleveland in 4

Points Scorer. LeBron James

Rebounds. Tristan Thompson

I think the conference finals shouldn't start until both match-ups are decided.

posted by ic23b at 02:29 PM on May 13

Golden State in 5 +1
Points: Curry +1
Rebounds: Aldridge

Cleveland in 4
Points: James
Rebounds: Thompson

The conference finals schedule is ridiculous. Cleveland is at a disadvantage because their opponents are playing a long series. Like rcade says, they could stomp the other East team in 4 straight and still end up with less time to rest for the finals if the GS/SAS go 6 games.

Edit: Why does NBA.com say that the third game for GS/SAS isn't until next Saturday?! Maybe that's to balance out the early lead in games played (vs the East)?

posted by grum@work at 06:33 PM on May 13

I will leave the Eastern Conference predictions until I have begun to heal the very sore throat I will have on Tuesday morning. A game 7 in Boston is unlike nearly any other sporting experience. Yours truly and his son will be in Section 316, Row 5, Seats 9 and 10. It will be intense.

Warriors vs Spurs will not be the walkover it might appear. Much will depend on the health of Kawhi Leonard and his ability to defend Curry and company. The ultimate result is predictable, but the number of games and the props are not. Let's go with Golden State in 6, Leading Scorer Curry, Glass Cleaner Green. +1 +1 +1

posted by Howard_T at 11:17 PM on May 13

West:
GSW in 5 (although I'd be happy to be wrong) +1
PTS: Curry +1
REB: D. Green +1

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:57 AM on May 14

San Antonio in 7
Leonard
Aldridge

Cleveland in 6
LeBron
Thompson

posted by rcade at 01:06 PM on May 14

Golden State in 6, Steph Curry, Draymond Green +1 +1 +1
Cleveland in 6, LeBron James, LeBron James

posted by bender at 10:43 PM on May 14

It's time to make the prediction for the Eastern Conference and to take another look at the West. First, in the West, I said that Kawhi Leonard's defense would be the factor in the length of the series. Not that I will get any points for it, but Leonard goes down, Warriors go on an 18-0 run, and win a game in which they trailed by 25. No way this series is going past 5, and likely it will end in 4.

The game at TD Garden last night was all that a game 7 should be. It was close for the better part of 3 quarters, and then the Wizards' emphasis on double teaming Thomas began to leave too many holes for others (Olynyk for one) to exploit. Heavy minutes in the first half on the Washington starters was a contributing factor to their legs beginning to go late in the game. The crowd was loud and rowdy, the atmosphere was electric, and it was a great evening. Now Celtics have to face Cleveland. This one will bring a lot of people back to reality, but it won't be boring. Cleveland will win the series, but Celtics will make it interesting. Cleveland in 6, LeBron James to lead the scoring, and LeBron James to haul in the most rebounds.

posted by Howard_T at 01:20 AM on May 17

CLE in 5 - James, James.

posted by Ufez Jones at 11:16 AM on May 17

Results

Golden State in 4

Top scorer: 126, Stephen Curry, Golden State (everyone but rcade)

Top rebounder: 31, Draymond Green, Golden State (ic23b, Howard_T, Ufez Jones, bender)

posted by rcade at 08:18 AM on May 23

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