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#1 BSLChrisStoner

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:28 AM

NBC Sports / Pro Basketball Talk: NBA Power Rankings 4/9
http://probasketball...s-they-are-old/

1. Spurs
2. Heat
3. Bulls
4. Thunder
5. Celtics
6. Grizzlies
7. Lakers
8. Clippers
9. Pacers
10. Hawks
11. Knicks
12. Mavericks
13. Rockets
14. Magic
15. Suns
16. Nuggets

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:35 AM

How many teams do you think are capable of getting to their respective Conference Finals?

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:17 PM

How many teams do you think are capable of getting to their respective Conference Finals?


I'd say the top 8 on that list and the Mavs and Nuggets as long shots.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:30 AM

I'd say the top 8 on that list and the Mavs and Nuggets as long shots.


That should make for a pretty interesting playoffs.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:26 PM

That should make for a pretty interesting playoffs.


The West is pretty wide open imo. OKC is the favorite, but can be beaten by a few teams. The Spurs are very good, but lost in the first round last year. The Lakers have 3 great players plus a great pickup in Sessions, so they have a shot. The Grizz are very talented and having been playing very well of late. The Clippers are a bit of a long shot, but I wouldn't count them out with CP3. The Nuggs have been hurt by injuries all year, but are a very good team when healthy, and now Gallinari is back. Lastly, the Mavs are the defending champs.

So yeah, the West should be exciting!

In the East, it's been pretty much assumed that it would be Heat-Bulls, and that's still very likely imo, but the Celtics have shown that they are a contender.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:30 PM

These West playoffs should be terrific. You can honestly make a case for at least 5 teams. I'm on the Memphis bandwagon right now, they can absolutely win the West. It's a shame Rubio got hurt, I'd have loved to see Minnesota in the playoffs..Next year for sure.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:04 PM

These West playoffs should be terrific. You can honestly make a case for at least 5 teams. I'm on the Memphis bandwagon right now, they can absolutely win the West. It's a shame Rubio got hurt, I'd have loved to see Minnesota in the playoffs..Next year for sure.


Going against your boy Durant huh.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 01:15 PM

Not official until we make our picks..

But I am intrigued by the Griz.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:22 PM

Not official until we make our picks..

But I am intrigued by the Griz.


As you should be. Lots of talent, and they arguably outplayed The Thunder last year, even without Gay.

Outside shooting is the biggest concern with them imo.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 04:06 PM

I really can't wait to watch the West. EVERY series will be terrific, start to finish.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:28 PM

They did just sign Gilbert Arenas...He could really help them if he has anything left. Just as that Kyle Korver type shooter
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 09:35 PM

As you should be. Lots of talent, and they arguably outplayed The Thunder last year, even without Gay.

Outside shooting is the biggest concern with them imo.


Randolph was huge for the Grizzlies in the playoffs last year. (Vasquez was also good off the bench.)

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:05 PM

Randolph was huge for the Grizzlies in the playoffs last year. (Vasquez was also good off the bench.)


Yeah, Zach can be a beast when healthy and featured in the offense.

They have a tremendous front court with 3 all-star caliber players, but the back court isn't that good, at least on offense. Allen is an elite defender.

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:21 AM

NBC Sports / PBT: Updated 4/16
http://probasketball...ls-back-on-top/

1. Bulls
2. Thunder
3. Spurs
4. Heat
5. Celtics
6. Pacers
7. Lakers
8. Clippers
9. Grizzlies
10. Hawks
11. Mavericks
12. Knicks
13. Nuggets
14. Rockets
15. 76ers
16. Suns

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:53 AM

Man, the Sixers have really fallen apart of late, if they're not careful, they'll miss the playoffs.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:59 AM

The Celtics, Pacers, and maybe even the Knicks won't go out easy in the East.

With Deng dealing with the ligament issue, and Rose still being banged up; long-series' won't be easy for Chicago.

Miami has played better in recent games, but there was a long lull to start the 2nd half. I'm sure they will shine when the lights come on, but grind-it-out 1/2 court games vs. Boston and Indy won't be easy either.




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