The Basketball Gods

And just like that, boom! The Warriors are back in the game! I'm not saying they have this, but I got Westbrook picked..


The Thunder squandered their chance to finish off the Warriors in Game 6. Now they have to do it on the road... in Oakland... amidst an expected loud crowd... against the defending champs. They have to be their best version to pull this off. We've seen it before. Let's see if they can do it again.

The Warriors cannot breathe a sigh of relief. Three straight wins were out of our sights from days ago. Now, we can see it. It can be done. They are generally favored to win Game 7, but first they have to do it.

Unless the gods thunder up!

Yeah they must be crazy.

19 comments:

  1. Maccabi de LevantarMay 29, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Damn, I took the risk of not picking Paul George, not picking all of the Spurs, and I didn't do it with the Warriors. Yeaaahh, you know the results. Now I will do a favor to all of you by announcing that I will not take the risk of not picking Kevin Durant for game 7. So you know in advance what the result will be...Thunder up! and Warriors watching the Finals on tv

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  2. Oh my goodness. I just went through the play-by-play on NBA.com and what did I see? Klay Thompson hitting 3 after 3 after 3. Curry, my pick, missing shot after shot after shot. In the end Thompson had 11 threes for 41 pts, while Curry at least reached 31. Luckily he bolstered his stats with 10/9 RA, so he had 5 more PRA than Thompson (6 more PRABS). I lost a little with the wrong order of my Splash Brothers picks, but not as much as I feared.

    Still, what´s really bad for my game here is that the Warriors pulled this one out. The parallels to the 2007 Mavs are now officially done. They weren´t that great anyway, I mean, the Warriors are the reigning champs :)

    So, Westbrook is a no-brainer for game 7 as he is the last good pick I have left. So, for the Finals it will be the Cavs big 3 and scrubs from the West. Whoever remains standing after an anticlimactic game 7 with 15 minutes of garbage time (121:82 for the Warriors). Heed my words.

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  3. "I'm going down with my ship"
    ...
    I'm holding on to my OKC players in hopes they win. I will be taking another GSW player for G7.
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    Either A.I. or Gogut...
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    Thunder Up !!!!!

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  4. Well the last time a team was up 3-1, lost games 5 and 6 and then won a road game 7 was the Chicago Bulls over the Brooklyn Nets in 2013. Now that isn't going to excite anyone at all since the Nets were a placebo team (and now they are an absolute mess aho has only 2 first round draft picks in a FIVE year span and both of those are getting flipped to much later positions) and the Bulls haven't been more than "a playoff team" for a while and weren't even that this year)! However the previous such time and most recent occurance in the West should excite the Mavericks fans! In 2006 the Spurs and Mavs had the 2 best records in the west but the Mavericks were only seeded 4th which resulted in them meeting up in the 2nd round instead of the West Finals (and also lead to the seeding format being changed which just got changed again as of this season). In that series the Mavs took a 3-1 lead then lost games 5 (at SA) and 6 (home) but prevailed in game 7 at SA! Any hope for the Thunder?

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    1. Very possible the Thunder come out tonight and win it. They've proven they can hang with Golden State. I like the similarities to the Dallas vs. San Antonio series (which was definitely a great series!). BUT, I've gotta pick Durant tonight in all formats for me. Gotta be KD.

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    2. Every year we get an upset or two that can throw us off our game. OKC did one with the Spurs. Whether they want to do another, it's up to them. LBJ vs KD again will be nice. A Finals rematch will be nicer. Cleveland winning is the nicest.

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    3. Last years disaster team was the LA Clippers vs. the Houston Rockets. They looked headed for easy victory, until the inevitable loss happened.

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  5. Oklahoma City had everything going their way, with a lead even in the beginning of the 4th quarter, in a game all they had to do was win playing at home to get to the Finals. They had destroyed Golden State in the two prior playoff home games, and looked well on their way to at least winning the deciding game in Game #6 at home to move to the next round. But then it happened, an absolutely catastrophic collapse of the ages, that will be remembered forever (unless they somehow right their ship in Game #7). OKC completely fell apart as their two biggest stars (Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant) both had a complete meltdown, Westbrook with his foolish turnovers and errant play and Durant with his numerous missed shots. The OKC completely imploded in an improbable defeat in a game they never should have lost, a game that was all theirs to win. But in usual OKC Thunder fashion, the Thunder choked. This finally looked like their year to overcome their playoff failures of the past, but this looks to be the worst one ever now after the debacle that transpired in Game #6.

    Sure they could win Game #7 still @Golden State, but after that catastrophic collapse, does anyone now really think that is going to happen? I don't, and history suggests it isn't going to happen either. Golden State is 47-3 at home this year, and sure 1 of those losses is to the Thunder during the Playoffs, but in Game #7, in Golden State, does anyone really believe the Thunder are going to win this deciding game now on the road? No, I don't see that happening either.

    So all of the planning after the initial upset by the Thunder over San Antonio (known as Plan B) is now once again thrown into a tizzy, and it is time to try to make the best of a horrendous situation heading towards the Finals. I will now have to burn an OKC player tonight, I only really had two left, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. So now I will be left with one of those Thunder players or Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut as my Warriors players (should they now wrap this at home) for the Finals.

    The only good news in all of this is I did manage to pick Klay Thompson on the right day (for a refreshing change) as he had an absolutely fantastic day netting 45 PRA for me, with which I am totally ecstatic. And of those 45 PRA, 41 of them were just points (many 3 pointers, 11 to be exact), and virtually nothing else. If only Klay Thompson contributed any other peripheral stats, this could have been one monstrous day for him PRA-wise, but it still was one hell of a game for him, and by proxy for myself, which I needed (and several more games like it unfortunately). Also unfortunate though is that the Warriors won, and now I won't have Klay Thompson any more for the Finals, where Golden State looks likely to be headed, whereas they were not just one significant game ago.

    So with all of those changes of events taking place, I now must pick an OKC Thunder player tonight, instead of getting to carry both to the Finals. I am going with Russell Westbrook tonight, hoping he can crack the 50+ PRA mark, but 45+ PRA seems like a more realistic expectation with him playing on the road in this one. What a shame that everything I had planned out for the Finals has turned to complete garbage now.

    No matter who wins/loses tonight I will at least have one elite Thunder/Raptor player plus the entire Cleveland roster to use in the Finals. If you saved more than this from the West teams going forward, Kudos to you, you have definitely done well navigating this wild ride in this years playoffs.

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    1. Correction to last paragraph: Will have one elite Thunder/Warriors player plus the entire Cleveland roster to use.

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  6. And then... Varejao happened :)
    He can't wait Cavs series ;)

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    1. And KD happened. Cuts it to 4-pt deficit. This time this beer is worth it.

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  7. Come back in the morning, we'll have the picks for Finals ready after work.

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  8. If GS hadn't lost G1 most of us would still have the big 3+Cavs big 3 for the finals. This will be a great finals to watch.

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