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Old 08-21-2012, 03:45 PM   #31
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1.Lakers
2.OKC
3.Spurs
4.Clippers
5.Nuggets
6.Grizzlies
7.Wolves
8.Mavs

Lakers/Mavs in 5
OKC/Wolves in 5
Spurs/Grizzlies in 7
Clippers/Nuggets in 6

Lakers/Clippers in 6
OKC/Grizzlies in 6

Lakers/OKC in 7
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:48 PM   #32
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Clippers @ 6? LOL
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:51 PM   #33
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T-Wolves over the Clippers? CF86 gonna have a field day when he sees this
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:55 PM   #34
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the nuggets will be a great regular season team. everyone keeps saying this

#3 seed is very possible IMO
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:07 PM   #35
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Not sure why everyone is completely writing off the Wolves. If Roy returns to 85% of what he was then it's very possible.
rubio is coming of a serious injury and might miss few months
you remember how bad they were after he got injured last year right?
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:15 PM   #36
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Consider me Miles Davis.....
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:08 PM   #37
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rubio is coming of a serious injury and might miss few months
you remember how bad they were after he got injured last year right?
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Roy being ball dominant wont be an issue. Rubio and Roy are both very smart players and they will learn to play together just fine. One of Minny's biggest problems last year was that we had NO wing player aside from our PGs that could handle the ball at all which is why Barea and Ridnour had to play the 2 guard last year.

People also seem to forget that a healthy Rubio + Love + Pek themselves are good enough to be an 8th seed. The Wolves started out 3-7 with Rubio coming off the bench last year and then went out and compiled an 18-13 (47 wins in an 82 game season.) and did this with a supporting cast full of extremely negative players in Beasley, Wesley Johnson, Dorko, Webster.

This off season we've gotten rid of all those negative players and replaced them with much superior players in AK47, Roy, Shved (wildcard but more suited to be a 2 guard then Ridnour or Barea), Chase, Steimsma (his passion for the game and hustle alone makes him better then a constantly lazy and sulking Dorko.) 50 wins is not out of the question at all but getting to that level would require Brandon Roy to play at a high level. Rubio also won't miss anywhere close to 40 games.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:49 PM   #38
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damn. i loved seeing denver at 3 until i saw minnesota at 4. means that list is pretty much garbage.

3rd seed woulda been nice though :)
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:58 PM   #39
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It will depend on chemistry a little, but the Mavs should win over 45 games. I really hope that 38 win mark is way off.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:22 PM   #40
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LOL wolves, what a joke .. at most they should be 8/9 and the clippers/SAS being underrated.
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Old 08-21-2012, 08:58 PM   #41
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Denver and Minnesota will be good this year, but no way either of those teams make it into the top 4. I see Minny 7th And Denver 6th.

And why the f*ck is everyone underrating Memphis. They are easily a top 5 team in the West.

If I was to make my own list, it would go something like:

1) OKC
2) LAL
3) SAS
4) LAC
5) MEM
6) DEN
7) MIN
8) DAL
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:08 PM   #42
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Let's be real. Lakers are going to wipe the floor with the rest of the conference.
This writer is smoking that dope. Nuggets and Wolves are way too high, Spurs continue to be disrespected and Phoenix is no shape or form will be the worst team in the West. That honour will go to the Rockets who have a bunch of rookies and back ups playing for them.
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Wolves over the Spurs and Clippers = Fail

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I don't think people realize that outside of the 98 lockout year where they played 50 games, the spurs haven't had a single season in which they won less than 50 games in the Duncan era, not even last season in which it was a 68 game season
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Clippers @ 6? LOL

not even a clippers fan (sure you know), but ya, #6 is perplexing to me. they're #5 at worst and very likely top 4. that said, it doesn't help that cp3 got hurt and will miss most of training camp. with blake on the mend, i thought they would really take a leap forward with their chemistry and PNR game. they're still going to take a step forward but i'm not sure they'll be the best PNR duo i thought they'd be next season.

i'm interested in seeing how memphis does because i really was not that impressed with gay's playoff games. the way he ran fast breaks, the way he tried to finish in traffic without success and just his overall decision making in general was...pretty bad.

denver is still in around 5/6 to me. i like what they have going on but gallo needs to stay healthy. they have depth which obviously keeps them in ball games and a decent size advantage over most teams. guys like chandler need to be more consistent...that way they hit you in waves. no real drop off and multiple ways to hurt you. i could see them making a run similar to memphis from a couple seasons ago.

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