I see a lot of similarities between the Sixers and Rockets.  Both teams seem to think theyโ€™ve earned the right to run their mouths instead of letting their play speak for itself.   Pretenders wanting to be contenders.  

Save the drama for your mama 

As for Golden State, people do realize they won it all without Durant, right?  Itโ€™s not like Curry and Green and Klay canโ€™t rise up and get another one. 

I'm skeptical on GSW winning without Durant mostly because the depth from that 2014-2015 squad is gone, plus a few players are not what they were back then.   Maybe it's just my perception, but I don't think Green, Iguodala, Livingston, or Bogut are what they were back then and of course Barnes is long gone. 

Curry and Thompson certainly can put the fear of God into anyone when they are hot, but that team is definitely very beatable if Durant isn't there.  Heck, I think they're beatable even if he is there.  Now.... get back a healthy Durant AND a healthy Cousins.... forget it, they're not getting beat.  But these injuries do appear to have opened a door for some other teams.  

The team that will suit up tonight has 6 of the 8 rotation guys that played on the Pre-Durant title team. These 8 guys played more than 10 minutes a game in the playoffs in 2014-15 and 2015-16. 

Curry, Thompson, Green, Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, Livingston, Bogut, and Leandro Barbosa

I think the Rockets should be favored, but don't write off this group. It will all come down to whether Kevon Looney and McKinnie can play close enough to the Barnes/Barbosa level in one of the next two games.

Looney can't shoot outside so that's a huge drop-off in terms of spacing the floor from Barnes who is excellent 3 point shooter for his size (although he did choke in the Finals a few times). The drop-off from Barnes to Looney isn't that much defensively and Looney is a much better rebounder (and a decent matchup against Capela). 

It may come down to whether McKinnie (or maybe Quin Cook) can hit a couple wide open 3s. That's not out of the question - but will likely be easier playing at home. 

YATittle posted:

Just don't think with Curry's injury the Warriors will survive the Rockets. Just a hunch.

Assuming you meant Durant. Durant went out with 3 minutes left in the 3rd. 4th started 72-72 and GS pulled away. 

Harden was given a red carpet to swipe a game in Oakland and he shit down both legs for 12 minutes. If Harden wins MVP itโ€™s a mother ****ing traveshamokery. Durant and Yannis are easily the best NBA players today. By far. They are completely unguardable without the ref dependent help Harden looks for on every possession.

GS can get past Denver or Portland without Durant but Its going to be a battle to get past the Bucks. 

Assuming the Bucks advance to the Finals and face the Warriors I give them a decent chance of winning it all.  Why?

The Bucks have home court advantage.  They also have a deeper and better bench.  They play killer defense.  And theyโ€™ve already beaten GS so itโ€™s not like they are afraid of them.  

Plus, the Bucks have 34. Durant and Curry are really good but GA is the man. 

Packdog posted:
MichiganPacker2 posted:
MichiganPacker2 posted:

How can the Rockets ever recover from this? 

Dantoni is toast. He may last another year or two in Houston, but what can you even say? 

The Rockets roster doesn't compare to the Golden State roster. Not a Dantoni fan - think he's a whiner- but Golden State is stacked.

Good series. 

Kevon Looney outplayed Capela.