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Old 09-16-2020, 02:13 PM   #561
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This might be the homer in me, but I think the Mavs had a hand in this for sure. When we tied the series 2-2 with Luka and Trey Burke beating them it destroyed any talk of being great or invincible. Paul George got hammered online and Morris exposed as a dirty player. Pat Beverly a no show.
This is definitely the homer in me, but I think if KP plays this whole series, the Mavs might be the ones basking in upset glory right now.
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This is definitely the homer in me, but I think if KP plays this whole series, the Mavs might be the ones basking in upset glory right now.


Mavs played the Nugs really well in the regular season, but man I don't know. Jokic and Murray are at another level right now.
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Mavs played the Nugs really well in the regular season, but man I don't know. Jokic and Murray are at another level right now.
I didn't mean that the Mavs would beat the Nuggets. I mean that they might have beaten the Clippers.
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Shoulda woulda coulda. Maybe next year. As fun as it is to see them lose in epic fashion, We have our own issues to solve.
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Shoulda woulda coulda. Maybe next year. As fun as it is to see them lose in epic fashion, We have our own issues to solve.
Come on, don't be a buzzkill. This place is a ghost town. It's not like there's much else conversation going on here.
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God, the whole basketball world is just crucifying the Clippers right now (rightfully so) and I'm loving it. No NBA season is complete without a real villain, and the Clippers fill(ed) that role beautifully. I don't know that I've ever seen a more arrogant team in my life that hadn't won a damn thing. Seeing them not only lose but get flat out humiliated by a gritty underdog team like the Nuggets? B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.

Also, if there was any question before, it should be settled already; Jokic is the best passing center in NBA history. Yes, better than Walton. Granted, we didn't get to see Sabonis in his prime, but Jokic has earned that title.

Jokic might be my favorite non-Maverick player. I just love his game, love watching him play. Great passers have always been my favorite thing to watch.
Agree. I absolutely love his size and game. Too bad he's not such a great 3-pt shooter. He wouldn't fit with the Mavs. :-O
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Houston ratio meltdown (language warning for those at work/around kids)

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And this is why Dallas has no respect for Houston. Wow.
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Miami might be better now than when they had LeBron and Wade

Dragic also seems like a decent player. I'm actually a little sad that we didn't get him this summer. He definitely would have been better than Wright.
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Dragic also seems like a decent player. I'm actually a little sad that we didn't get him this summer. He definitely would have been better than Wright.
I do remember Butler getting flak for joining Miami and wasting his career away. Whoops.
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Dragic also seems like a decent player. I'm actually a little sad that we didn't get him this summer. He definitely would have been better than Wright.
With Dragic and KP there's a damn good chance we are in the WCF. Dragics stat history is all over the place, but he has been a real solid player for years.
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Gotta hand it to Pat Riley. The old man still knows how to run the hell out of an NBA franchise.
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With Dragic and KP there's a damn good chance we are in the WCF. Dragics stat history is all over the place, but he has been a real solid player for years.
Cuban and Riley letting their egos get in the way of that deal.
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Just think, we could’ve had Dragic (Luka friend and mentor and certified baller) but the Mavs insisted on Derrick Jones Jr. who can hardly crack Miami’s playoff rotation. Instead we got an albatross in Delon and let the excess space go to waste. Because we were waiting for a washed Danny Green to play us? MBT wayyyyy over thought that one. And I kind of like Jones Jr.
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We actually have no idea what happened with the Dragic deal. It was reported weirdly.
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We actually have no idea what happened with the Dragic deal. It was reported weirdly.
Yeah, both sides leaked incorrect info to save face afterwards.

My best guess is that the Mavs ultimately decided that Delon Wright + Danny Green (who they didn't even get, but who was stringing them along at the time) was a better use of their cap space than Dragic.
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We actually have no idea what happened with the Dragic deal. It was reported weirdly.
This is true. We may never know exactly what went down unless Cuban goes back on his Adderall or whatever and starts talking again. But there is perhaps a decent chance that what Miami said is true: they had a deal in place for Dragic and Dallas reneged. Dallas saves face by saying they had agreed to something else when they maybe thought they could have something they liked better than Dragic lined up, and then it didn’t come to fruition.
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Yeah, both sides leaked incorrect info to save face afterwards.

My best guess is that the Mavs ultimately decided that Delon Wright + Danny Green (who they didn't even get, but who was stringing them along at the time) was a better use of their cap space than Dragic.
What makes you think they BOTH leaked incorrect info? What would be the purpose? So as not to offend the almost traded players? The whole thing was very strange. Either Miami or Dallas saw something they liked better and backed out and the aggrieved party complained aloud.

Obviously it’s in the past, my pint was just that there is a good chance we passed on Dragic. Which isn’t even that big a whiff. Except the alternative turned out to be beyond underwhelming: Delon (now negative value) and wasted cap space. Dragic worst case was an expiring buddy of Luka. Best case he’s healthy and vaults us to a 3 or 4 seed and maybe we re-sign him. Of course, they could’ve also landed something better potentially, but it didn’t work out that way.

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Rmemeber that Miami had to clear cap space for Butler so Mavs thought they had more of a drivers seat for negotiations. But as we know, good gms can clear up space in many ways. Dallas likely wanted an extra piece or two abd miami wouldn’t have it.
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Damn, this Lakers-Nuggets game was intense! Great duel between Jokic and Davis to close it out. I said it was put up or shut up time for AD, and he responds with a cold blooded game-winner.
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Paul George is basically Joe Johnson. Super talented players that just don't have the motivation or "it" factor to be superstars.
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Hilarious. I was just making this exact comparison in a discussion with someone the other day.

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I have a higher opinion of Joe Johnson than I do of Paul George for one reason. Joe Johnson did maybe the single toughest thing I've ever seen in an NBA game. In 2005, Mavs/Suns western semis, JJ went up for a dunk or layup, got fouled by Stackhouse, fell HARD on his face. We found out after the game that he had a motherf****ing shattered orbital socket. The dude not only still took both of his free throws, but even made one of them. He earned my respect forever that night. You can call him a lot of things, but one thing you can never, ever call him is soft. Paul George on the other hand, I have absolutely zero problem with calling him soft.
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I wouldnt be surprised if Kawhi tells the Clippers to shop George for someone else like Beal
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I just now saw this story, but... oof.

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The Los Angeles Clippers' loss to the Denver Nuggets in the NBA Western Conference semifinals was an enormous disappointment on its own. But there may be deeper issues brewing off the court as well.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, there was a disconnect between Paul George and his teammates by the end of the season:

"For his part, George had a disappointing series against Denver, and had several moments that left him in compromising positions with his teammates—beyond just his production. Multiple teammates had verbal spats with George throughout the postseason, citing in their exchanges a lack of accountability from him.

"In the postgame locker room Tuesday night, George was preaching to teammates to remain committed, for all the players to return to the team this offseason and stay ready to make another run. It was met by some eye rolls and bewilderment, sources said, because George did not back up his words with action in the series and the team has multiple free agents with decisions to make. George scored 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting and 2-of-11 from 3-point range in the Game 7 defeat."

George was up-and-down in the postseason in general, averaging 20.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting just 39.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three.

Those aren't terrible numbers by any stretch, but they also aren't "we gave up Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, three first-round picks, two first-round choices and two first-round pick swaps to bring you aboard as the second superstar Kawhi Leonard demanded as a condition of signing here" numbers.

Because George is billed as a star, he's going to be scapegoated to a degree. That comes with the territory. It is fair to point out that he wasn't the only issue at play, however.

Head coach Doc Rivers blamed a lack of cohesion, per Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe:

"You could just see the difference in the two teams; they've been together and we haven't. We didn't meet [expectations]. That's the bottom line. I'm the coach and I'll take any blame for it. If we had [met expectations] in my opinion, we'd still be playing. And although our numbers said we were a good defensive team, I don't think we realized that part of our game at all.

"It was hard to watch because I've got a good group of guys, I really do. Obviously, I could have done something more. I always think it's me, no matter what. I'll look at this and try to figure it out. But it's very disappointing."

Guard Lou Williams called it a lack of chemistry:

"We understood that this was going to take some time. A lot of the issues that we ran into, talent bailed us out, chemistry didn't. In this series, it failed us. This is our first year together. We're a highly talented group and we came up short.

"Chemistry is something you've got to build, and I thought we were moving in the right direction at the end of the year before the COVID thing happened."

And perhaps a team that had multiple players join the bubble late for various reasons never quite got back into game shape:


It was more than just George. No matter how you slice it, it wasn't good enough. But the 30-year-old wasn't good enough, either, and the Clippers' future is tied to him and Leonard living up to expectations and leading them to a title.

Anything less, and the Clippers gave up years of valuable draft assets for nothing.
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I have a higher opinion of Joe Johnson than I do of Paul George for one reason. Joe Johnson did maybe the single toughest thing I've ever seen in an NBA game. In 2005, Mavs/Suns western semis, JJ went up for a dunk or layup, got fouled by Stackhouse, fell HARD on his face. We found out after the game that he had a motherf****ing shattered orbital socket. The dude not only still took both of his free throws, but even made one of them. He earned my respect forever that night. You can call him a lot of things, but one thing you can never, ever call him is soft. Paul George on the other hand, I have absolutely zero problem with calling him soft.
No, soft isn't what I mean. A certain lack of motivation is more the ticket. No killer instinct.
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No, soft isn't what I mean. A certain lack of motivation is more the ticket. No killer instinct.
I didn't think you were calling him soft. I'm saying I have a higher opinion of him than I do of Paul George because I think Paul George is soft, and I could never say that about JJ.
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I didn't think you were calling him soft. I'm saying I have a higher opinion of him than I do of Paul George because I think Paul George is soft, and I could never say that about JJ.
But that article you posted reflects more on Doc Rivers than anything. The entire team rolling their eyes and acting like petulant children is most definitely a coaching problem. Mavs have had their issues in the past, but I'm not sure anything like that has happened on the team.
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But that article you posted reflects more on Doc Rivers than anything. The entire team rolling their eyes and acting like petulant children is most definitely a coaching problem. Mavs have had their issues in the past, but I'm not sure anything like that has happened on the team.
We're talking about two different things now. I wasn't insinuating that the article was about Paul George being soft. That was just about his Clipper teammates not liking him.
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Paul George was the guy who seemed off in the Clippers’ Game 7 loss to Denver — and it’s not just his shot off the side of the backboard or his 2-of-11 shooting from during the game. It was his comments after the game that “this is not a championship-or-bust” season for the Clippers when everyone in the organization, top-to-bottom, had been saying it was. It was his postgame dismissal of the pressure or the need to make changes.

Paul George was making some interesting decisions during the game, too, which led to an exchange with Montrezl Harrell, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Early in the second quarter, a struggling George had committed two careless turnovers in less than a minute. The second mishap was a half-court pass to Harrell, who was near the paint but surrounded by Murray and Michael Porter Jr. Murray picked off the pass…

Harrell approached his teammate about the risky pass, with George not taking responsibility and arguing the pass could have been caught had Harrell made the right play, sources said…

Harrell responded with something along the lines of, “You’re always right. Nobody can tell you nothing,” and expletives were uttered from both players, sources said. George eventually toned down his rhetoric, but a heated Harrell wasn’t having it. Teammates began clapping on the sideline, in part to disguise what was going on and in an attempt to defuse the situation. The incident deescalated shortly after as coach Doc Rivers took his seat to go over the game plan.

Those are the frustrations of a team coming apart in a playoff game, players get on each other and point fingers.

It also points to something Kawhi Leonard said postgame — the Clippers have to play higher IQ basketball. They made too many mental mistakes, had too many lapses. Which is spot on. The lack of chemistry was obvious, and then players just got tight and missed shots. There is plenty of blame to go around for the Clippers — Doc Rivers was slow to make adjustments, sticking with playing Harrell against Jokic, or doubling Jokic, when that was not working. The Clippers thought they could flip the switch, but they had never flipped it before, so it wasn’t something they knew how to do.

Haynes also makes it clear that Rivers will be back next season. That was never in question outside some talking heads trying to be heard. Leonard came to the Clippers in part to play for Rivers, if the Clippers want to keep their best player — and they do — then they don’t dump the coach he likes.
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He's not great, but in my book Webber is the worst.
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