Without Westbrook, could we beat them. I think we could. But if Westbrook comes back healthy I don't see anybody in the league stopping them.
For the Starting Lineup....yeah...they are as talented as us. Heck...add in Barnes and their top 6 Players could be considered comprable. But beyond that....the rest of the bench is simply no comparison. The Warriors has some combination of Crawford and ( in a pinch ) Kent Bazemore playing backup PG minutes....Draymond Green playing backup PF.
I've watched a lot of Warriors games and the one thing that the Warriors TV play by play guys mention is that their bench is really weak and lack the necessary depth to get that far. If anything, the Warriors are like the 2011-2012 Pacers. They have a very strong Starting Lineup.....but their bench consists of Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, Marisse Speights, Jordan Crawford and ( when healthy ) JONeal.
On paper...it looks decent....but in reality...it's quite terrible. There's a reason why Curry, Lee and Klay play 36 to 38 minutes and Iggy 33 nog.....for the same reasons why we so heavily relied on our Starters last season...cuz the Bench simply doesn't cut it.
The Warriors will make the Playoffs....they may even squeak into the 2nd round....maybe Curry would even pull out a win or two with his insane shooting....but they won't go that far simply cuz they don't have enough depth to sustain a deep Playoff run.
Last edited by CableKC; 02-03-2014 at 04:02 PM.
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The way for us to beat the Thunder is to slow the game way down, pound it inside, and take advantage of our size and strength. IF (big if) Bynum were able to be anything close to healthy, then there's another scoring piece coming off the bench.
When we play our best game, I think we can beat the Thunder. But it would certainly require us to play at our best
I never said it was a good excuse to lose in the second night of a back-to-back on the road, I really wish they would play better in those situations. But we don't. And therefore, to draw conclusions from that game would be ill-advised. Because our play in those situations is not indicative of our true level of play.
Our only encounter this year with OKC, was on the 2nd night of a back-to-back, on the road, at the end of a long road trip. I know you want them to dominate game in and game out, but reality is --- that was a schedule loss. OKC is playing very well right now, and Indy isn't, so it's REAL easy to get sucked into the Durant-mania. But Indy has played better than them for most of this season. I wouldn't get sold by Durant's explosion lately... I've said it before, and I stick by it --- he isn't going to continue that all the way through this playoffs. And Indy is going to find their groove again and all of this will be silly talk.
Last edited by Kid Minneapolis; 02-03-2014 at 04:53 PM.
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Portland is a fantastic up and coming team... I'll be surprised if they aren't in the Western Finals... But I will be shocked if they get past there...
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This team is almost perfectly constructed for the playoff grind. When the games slow down the Pacers can easily revert to bludgeoning teams with physical play, post scoring and putbacks. If Bynum can provide a reliable bench contribution this advantage could border on dominance.
Two things work against this advantage:
1. The Pacers star is a level (or two lately) below those operating in Miami or OKC. Get in a series with too many one possesion games and these guys can (will) make the difference. PG really needs to recapture the offensive effeciency he displayed early in the season. If he can do a better job offsetting their stars production I'm not convinced there will be that many games that come down to one shot.
2. Ball security. Larry Legend was 100% correct. Get the turnovers under control or all those extra possesions created by the defense & rebounding mean nothing. I believe if the Pacers win the possesion battle against either of these two teams they will win the series.
I don't see the Pacers as underdogs. I see three teams on the top level who all have the pieces to win a title. It will come down to the team who best understands who they are, owns it and consistently executes.
Last edited by Downtown Bang!; 02-04-2014 at 07:50 AM.
If Indiana beats Miami, they win the title.
Being unable to close out a game in which you have a comfortable lead in the 4th Q = Pulling a Frank Vogel