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Title: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on April 25, 2022, 08:19:49 PM
We're back again for more coverage of the NBA play-offs. Here's a quick run-down of where we are with every series as of the time I'm writing this...
Eastern Conference:
#1 MIAMI HEAT vs #8 ATLANTA HAWKS (MIA Leads 3-1) Game 5, Tuesday 4/26, 7 PM EST
#2 BOSTON CELTICS vs #7 BROOKLYN NETS (BOS Leads 3-0) Game 4, Monday 4/25, 7 PM EST (Currently at half, BOS 58 - BKN 50)
#3 MILWAUKEE BUCKS vs #6 CHICAGO BULLS (MIL Leads 3-1) Game 5, Wednesday 4/27, Time TBD
#4 PHILADELPHIA 76ERS vs #5 TORONTO RAPTORS (PHI Leads 3-1) Game 5, Monday 4/25, 8 PM EST (In action, 8:03 1st Quarter, TOR 16 - PHI 9)

Western Conference:
#1 PHOENIX SUNS vs #8 NEW ORLEANS PELICANS (Series tied 2-2) Game 5, Tuesday 4/26, 10 PM EST
#2 MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES vs #7 MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (Series tied 2-2) Game 5, Tuesday 4/26, 7:30 PM EST
#3 GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS vs #6 DENVER NUGGETS (GS Leads 3-1) Game 5, Wednesday 4/27, 10 PM EST
#4 DALLAS MAVERICKS vs #5 UTAH JAZZ (Series tied 2-2) Game 5, Monday 4/25, 9:30 PM EST
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on April 26, 2022, 12:38:36 AM
Well, the Nets are the first team sent packing following a 116-112 loss to the C's. Other finals include the Raptors beating Philly 103-88 to force a game 6 in that series on Thursday in Toronto with tip-off at 7 PM EST. The Mavericks routed the Jazz 102-77 thanks to a 33-point performance from Luka Doncic. Game 6 in that set will be Thursday at 10 PM EST from Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on April 27, 2022, 01:28:53 AM
4/26 Updates:
Miami ousts Atlanta 97-94, despite the Hawks' DeAndre Hunter dropping a career-best 35 points. It seemed like Trae Young was stymied throughout a good chunk of this series. Miami advances to play either Philadelphia or Toronto.
Switching to the Western Conference, Ja Morant hit the game-winning shot with a second left in regulation and finished an assist short of a triple-double as Memphis wins 111-109 over Minnesota. Game 6 will be Friday, April 29 at Target Center with a tip-off time TBD.
For the 1-8 showdown, Mikal Bridges dropped 31 big points, including 24 in the second half, as Phoenix outlasts New Orleans, 112-97, The Suns have a 3-2 lead, and Game 6 is Thursday night, April 28, in New Orleans. Tip-off is at 7:30 PM EST.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: moneygamelover on April 27, 2022, 12:21:46 PM
Happy to see my Phoenix Suns take the series lead last night

I'll be stunned if the Bucks and Warriors don't both advance tonight. The Bulls and Nuggets aren't nearly on their levels. It's gonna be weird if we end up with an MVP from a 6th seeded team that lost in the 1st round winning only one game.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on April 27, 2022, 11:52:03 PM
So far the Bucks took care of business.  Golden State & Denver were tied at the half, but it was imperative for the Bucks to win tonight.  No good travelling back to Chicago when their foes in Boston await their winner.

As mentioned, things can only go up from here for the Bulls.  They were missing a lot in their series against Milwaukee, in addition to having a young team playing for the future (while doing what they could against the defending champions).

Celtics & Milwaukee will be, or should be a great series.  I imagine the winner of that series may be representing the East (or losing to Miami if the Heat can take advantage of the fact that Philadelphia may be on their way to ultimate history and not in a good way).

Speaking of epic collapses, both Doc Rivers and the Warriors are rather famous for those.  While I doubt either will definitely complete the deal, it wouldn't be unprecedented.  It's a tight game at home for the Warriors, and I don't know if it helps for them to have to extend their series either
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on April 29, 2022, 12:11:28 PM
4/28 Update:
East - Despite expletives, it was Joel Embiid who had the last laugh as the Sixers demolished the Raptors in game six 132-97. They now advance to play Miami.
West - Suns advance to round 2, thanks to a perfect 14-of-14 shooting performance by Chris Paul, as Phoenix defeats the Pelicans 115-109.
Bojan Bogdanovic missed the game-winning three with 1.9 seconds left, and Dallas survives Utah 98-96 to advance to the second round.
Game 6 is tonight between Memphis and Minnesota, with tip-off at 9 PM EDT on ESPN.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: PatrickRox80 on May 01, 2022, 06:33:08 PM
Warriors survive a crowd-induced Draymond Green ejection to win Game 1 over the Grizzlies 117-116.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on May 04, 2022, 07:42:27 PM
Ja Morant dropped 47(!!!) points including a late dagger for Memphis to tie their series with Golden State 1-1. Their Game 3 is Saturday in San Francisco, with tip-off at 8:30 PM EDT.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on May 08, 2022, 09:57:58 PM
Updated Series Scores:
PHX 2 - DAL 2
BOS 1 - MIL 2
MEM 1 - GS 2
MIA 2 - PHI 1 (Game 4 is currently in progress)
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: moneygamelover on May 10, 2022, 12:54:06 AM
Warriors go up 3-1 over Memphis. The other 3 series are all 2-2 now.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: moneygamelover on May 11, 2022, 02:18:24 AM
Glad to see my Phoenix Suns take a 3-2 with a dominant 2nd half performance leading to a game 5 win over the Mavericks. GO SUNS!!! :)

Similarly, the Heat gave the 76ers a nice ass whipping from start to finish to take a 3-2 series lead.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on May 16, 2022, 12:09:11 PM
Celtics thrash Bucks, and MoneyGameLover, sorry man, but your Suns got shellacked and are therefore history. We now have our Conference Finals matchups set.
Game 1 in ECF: BOS @ MIA - Tuesday night, tip-off slated for 8:30 on ESPN
Game 1 in WCF: DAL @ GS - Wednesday night, tip-off at 9 on TNT
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: GoldenBulldog on May 17, 2022, 12:57:31 AM
Conference Finals picks:

WESTERN - Mavericks over Warriors in 6.
EASTERN - Celtics over Heat in 7.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on May 17, 2022, 09:59:35 AM
Celtics opened at -170 odds to win the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday, I didn't see who was favored to win the West.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on May 17, 2022, 08:27:16 PM
Celtics opened at -170 odds to win the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday, I didn't see who was favored to win the West.


Warriors at -250.  That's courtesy of Caesars.  FWIW, against Dallas and then the East champion, they're at +135 to win out
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on May 19, 2022, 09:49:00 AM

Warriors at -250.  That's courtesy of Caesars.  FWIW, against Dallas and then the East champion, they're at +135 to win out

Thanks, Seabreeze. And recaps:

Miami goes on a huge run to open 2nd half, dispatching the Celtics in Game 1 118-107. Game 2 is tonight at 8:30 PM EDT on ESPN.
And in the West, the Warriors have 7 players score in double figures as they pound the Mavericks 112-87. Game 2 Friday at 9 PM EDT on TNT.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on May 26, 2022, 11:21:21 AM
At the end of the day on Thursday, 05.26.22, all 4 teams would have completed action through five games.  Golden State is one win away from reaching their first NBA Final in 3 years, while in the East, Boston is a win away from the reaching their first NBA Final in quite awhile.  Both the Celtics and Warriors can close things on their home court.  Itís rather important for the Celtics to do so as itís their last time at the Garden.   Though to be honest, they probably could still take down the Heat in Miami for a third time if they can get it done on Friday.  Meanwhile, Iíd think the Warriors would love to take out Dallas tonight.  They had 2 games to give against the Mavericks.  In the very rare case the West goes 7 games, two of them will be in San Francisco; barring epic injury, the first 3-0 fall isnít happening this month.

If Golden State wins, theyíll have a least a day against Boston, and 3 if Miami comes back down 3-2.  Itís pretty important; if the WFC extends into the weekend, they could lose their rest advantage against Boston.  However, a big deal & major advantage over a banged up Celtics & even Heat squad; Golden State will stay put for their first game a week from now
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on May 27, 2022, 11:29:59 PM
Golden State is through to the Finals, thanks to Klay Thompson stepping up big time in the first half, the final count of 120 to 110. 

Meanwhile, in the East, we have a game 7 to look forward to on Sunday night at 8:30. Jimmy Butler puts in a playoff career-high 47 points to lead the Heat past the Celtics 119-113. All eyes will be on Miami Sunday to determine who will represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on May 27, 2022, 11:40:32 PM
Vegas still likes Boston to represent the East.  I'm not sure it matters, because it'll be a very, very difficult task to battle successfully against the Warriors, who not have earned an additional two-day advantage in terms of rest.  On the other hand, the NBA Finals starts on Thursday so it might be a tad too much rest.

FanDuel has the Celtics favored by 2 on the road in Miami.  FWIW, Boston has gone from +130 to +300 to win the 2022 NBA Finals, while the Heat moved from +2400 to +300 to win their first title in 9 years (major move for being on the brink & on the road before regaining home court for a second time).

Golden State was -150 but now are at -195 to win their fourth title since within the past 10 years.

This year marks the first time the lNBA is awarding players for their performances within the conference, in the postseason.  Steph Curry (the favorite to win the Finals MVP, which would actually be his first), is the first player to win a conference finals MVP (the Magic Johnson Trophy).  Someone in the East will be the second, but first in that conference
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on May 30, 2022, 10:46:38 PM
The NBA Finals are set with the Golden State Warriors facing the Boston Celtics.  The (series) opening tip is slated for Thursday, 06.02.22 after nine oíclock Eastern in the PM somewhere in San Francisco.  In terms of Game 1, Golden State is favored by 3.5; in terms of winning the title, the Warriors are currently at -160 (while the Celtics are at +130).

Barring injury, if Golden State wins but Curry exits without his first Finals MVP, Iím not sure when or if heíll ever get there.  Iíd be a little shocked if he doesnít get it this season (unless Boston wins).

Iím not going to be here to post the results & reactions/updates as the series progresses.  I know Nate will if he can & is available (has time).  Iíll be tuned into the NBA Finals this year but I have a couple of thing s (at least) to do/focus on this summer.  What I can say is that anything can happen despite the notion that Boston will get run out of the tourney.  Itís possible, but if they lose Game 1, people will say the Warriors were spotted 72 hours & didnít have to travel (twice).  To be fair, the GSW are the better team, but far from the most accomplished franchise.

I can totally see this NBA Finals as a competitive back-and-forth contest, and I can see the opposite too.  Iím not sure I can see Boston winning outright, but I donít know if Iíd bet for them to get run out the door either.  The ďoriginalĒ trio of Curry, Thompson, and Green are still a big deal, but during a rather brief down period, they got to acquire some awesome talent that usually ends up with teams that just plain suck.  BTW, I believe Payton returns on Thursday, and in addition, Poole & Wiggins are pretty good.

Steph Curry remains the NBA Finals MVP favorite, followed by Tatum and Brown.  BTW, all the totals/line/whatever are courtesy of Fan Duel.  With the exception of next week, all games are 3 days apart (days off for travel & practice).  Theyíre not running things normally for games 1-2 as the series starts on Thursday.  The league typically doesnít start on Friday, and theyíve avoided Saturday games for quite some time.  If the NBA finals go the distance, itíll end on 06.19.22
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Richie on June 01, 2022, 01:33:56 AM
With the Finals being Golden State VS Boston, I see this going ALL 7 games.   This will NOT be easy.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: geniusinmath on June 01, 2022, 09:18:23 PM
Something tells me it is going to be 6 games and Warriors are going to win in my opinion.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on June 03, 2022, 10:29:13 AM
Al Horford leads the charge with a career-high 6 three-pointers made en route to a 26-point performance off the bench, Celtics erupt for a 40-point 4th quarter and take care of business in Game 1 against the Warriors 120-108. Jayson Tatum also had a double-double with 12 points and 13 assists. Game 2 is back at the Chase Center on Sunday night with a tip-off shortly after 8 EST. Right now, the Warriors are listed as 4-point favorites for Game 2.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on June 06, 2022, 10:31:31 AM
Warriors bounce back nicely with five players in double figures for scoring, including Jordan Poole becoming the youngest player to hit 5 3s in a Finals game, as they cruise to a 107-88 win in Game 2. The series now shifts to the TD Garden in Boston tied at 1-1, with Game 3 slated to tip-off on Wednesday a little after 9 PM EST.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on June 10, 2022, 12:14:06 PM
A bit delayed, I know, but Celtics take game 3 from Wednesday thanks to a combined 53 points from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum in 116-100 victory over Warriors. Concern for Golden State is the health of star guard Stephen Curry after sustaining an injury going after a loose ball. Game 4 is tonight at the TD Garden in Boston, tip-off at 9 EST.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: Nate Powalie on June 16, 2022, 11:43:44 PM
Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors, your 2022 NBA Champions. Curry drops a 34-point performance in Game 6, giving GSW the 4-2 series win and the Dubs their fourth title in eight years.

Naturally, Curry gets that elusive first Finals MVP award for his career. I want to know what you guys think about this year's Finals and the playoffs overall.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: geniusinmath on June 17, 2022, 09:51:27 AM
It was very awesome like always. I can't recall 1 finals in my opinion that was bad.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: mellongraig on June 17, 2022, 10:56:53 AM
Warriors parade is set for Monday, this time in San Francisco.
Title: Re: NBA 2022 Playoffs Thread
Post by: SeaBreeze341 on July 15, 2022, 08:00:53 PM
Sorry for the tardy response (I was not available as mentioned during the NBA Finals period).  While I was on point with Warriors in Six, I felt that Boston couldíve won the series given the matchups.  They did lack the experience (while Golden State did not), but they had the defense to stop the West Champs.

As mentioned, it was a great series, and Iím glad that it was rather competitive.  Looked like the Celtics were in position to put the Warriors on life support.  However, the talk of Curry never winning a Finals MVP surfaced.  Game 4 was the type of performance needed to be the guy.

Then when Steph struggled, the rest of the team rose to the occasion, and the rest was history.

So glad that Golden State won it all, and happy for Steph Curry.  Hats off to the Boston Celtics.  Despite questions on the validity of Miami and Milwaukee, they won the games that were played.  Iím not sure that itíll be easier next season despite their gained experience.  As for the Warriors, they might be great again for a very long time.  Or theyíre going to be really very good for a while, especially given the fact that their future stars didnít contribute that much!