Your Official 2017 NBA Finals Thread - now a 100% Aussie-free zone

Discussion in 'Basketball' started by Son of Skeletor, Jun 2, 2017.

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Who wins the NBA Finals?

Poll closed Jun 18, 2017.
  1. Golden State in less time than it takes Kevin Durant to quit and join the enemy

    27 vote(s)
    60.0%
  2. Cleveland in less time than it takes JR to propose the pipe

    3 vote(s)
    6.7%
  3. Golden State, but only after Zaza Pachulia wipes out Cleveland's entire team

    5 vote(s)
    11.1%
  4. Cleveland, but only because Mike Brown is now on the opposing bench

    2 vote(s)
    4.4%
  5. Whoever Stephen A. Smith doesn't pick

    6 vote(s)
    13.3%
  6. The butterfly

    2 vote(s)
    4.4%
  1. Son of Skeletor

    Son of Skeletor Brownlow Medallist

    Collingwood
    Other teams:
    Tottenham Hotspur, New Orleans Pels
    May 23, 2012
    10,006
    Smoothie King Central
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    What you need to know

    Cleveland has had a pretty good season, and LeBron James is a pretty good player. Meanwhile some low-key additions have made the Warriors a tough team to beat, and...

    ... ah, screw it. There's nothing that I, ESPN or Stephen A. Smith can tell you about these two teams that you don't already know. We may make up stuff though, just a warning.

    However we here at the BBall board pride ourselves on going that extra mile to get you the inside story. In that spirit then please enjoy the thoughts of a cast of industry heavyweights, exclusive to BigFooty.


    Mark Jackson - analyst, pastor, marriage guidance counselor, former caterpillar

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    "Well you talk about a great rivalry, you talk about the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors.

    Hands down, man down the best two teams in the league at the minute. You talk about LeBron James and his ability to extract more from his teammates than a stripper from an extra-marital affair with a God-fearing NBA coach. You talk about Steph Curry, he's a big time player in this league even if he's not the MVP. You talk about Zaza Pachulia, now there's a centre who doesn't injure his shoulder while sleeping.

    You talk about Kyrie Irving, MY GOODNESS a ball-handling wizard who is still movin' on up in the NBA. You talk about Draymond Green, my man is a basketball genius. You talk about Kevin Durant, who one minute was doing his thing in OKC and the next minute is on the Warriors' team - mama there goes that man.

    When I'm not praying that gays be behaving, I'm praying that these NBA Finals are banging. And finally to all those hating on the NBA playoffs so far, I only have one thing to say to you: you cannot disrespect the caterpillar and rave about the butterfly."


    Shaquille O'Neal - actor, rapper, anti-bullying activist

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    "Well Ernie, hrrnnm dnmmn frglees znununnmm lnllmlmm csdffnm brnmmn hooolnooom rprronm gfsrfggm acting like u a G frwlynm kcrzfzknym wlnhmn burnnmmomn jzngtrmm trgrrrrrm BUM ASS! frytrernm zrygm pllnmem flat earth wllmn ryllhm dggnn tryngnhm... my boy, JAVALE MCGEE!"


    jod23 - longtime poster, 1990s devotee, non troll

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    "They're still not better than Jordan"



    Stephen A. Smith - philosopher, NBA expert, hyperbole advocate

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    "Without a doubt, by the end of this series one of these two teams will be known as the greatest chokers in the history of sports.

    That loss by the Warriors last year after leading 3-1 was horrible, just horrible. To lose a series from that position is disrespectful to your coach, disrespectful to your owner, disrespectful to your fanbase and the city. I mean you got to be kidding me, you got Steph Curry one of the greatest shooters ever, you got Klay Thompson, you got Draymond Green... and now you got Kevin Durant too? C'mon man, it would be an unmitigated disaster if the Warriors don't win the championship this year, and you can quote me on that.

    Let me be very, very clear though, it would be a calamity of biblical proportions if LeBron and the Cavaliers don't win the championship this year. I know they won the championship last year, but that was only after LeBron hoodwinked, bamboozled, led astray, run amok and flat-out deceived the Cavaliers and their loyal fanbase by fleeing to Miami in 2010. What kind of superstar goes to play with other superstars? And some uneducated media members have the temerity, the unmitigated gall, the disgusting proclamation that LeBron James is the equal of Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant? This is outrageous, this is blasphemous, this is slanderous and I will not stand for it.

    The only thing more disappointing than seeing one of these two teams not win the championship is seeing Phil Jackson ruining the New York Knicks with picks like Kristaps Porzingis. Despicable."


    Bill Walton - herbalist, general enthusiast, colour commentator

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    "I am honoured, proud and priviliged to have a chance to review this wonderful Finals series for your incredible website. What an ornament to the game you guys are.

    Steph Curry, well what can you say about him? One of the great artists of our generation, a man who shoots a jumper so smooth it reminds me of Nat King Cole. LeBron James, what a privilege to witness greatness in our time as he conducts the Cleveland offense like Leonard Bernstein conducting an orchestra.

    Javale McGee, one my all-time favourite players, a big man who can throw it down and yet can also explore his continental side via Pierre on Twitter. Draymond Green, what a fabulous defender, a man who plays so many mind games he could have been a Medici in Renaissance Florence.

    Kyrie Irving, what a player this guy is - he's right handed, and will continue to be right-handed, but you wouldn't know it from the way he crosses up defenders and floats like a butterfly through the paint. Kevin Love, a big man who can shoot like Robin Hood, what an extraordinary talent.

    I'd keep going, but I have to eat breakfast. What a delight that will be, coffee as warm and tasty as a meadow dew, hash browns as crunchy and golden brown as my other favourite hash product..."


    Schedule (AUS)

    Game 1 - Friday June 2

    Game 2 - Monday June 5

    Game 3 - Thursday June 8

    Game 4 - Saturday June 10

    Game 5 - Tuesday June 13

    Game 6 - Friday June 16

    Game 7 - Monday June 19

     

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  2. fidstar

    fidstar Norm Smith Medallist

    West Coast
    May 9, 2013
    7,702
    My threads OP was far more detailed.
     
  3. Warsaw

    Warsaw Leviathan

    Carlton
    Other teams:
    76ers, Storm, Broad St.
    Mar 26, 2008
    13,806
    Fight Club
    I'm ready for the collective shitstorm when the Warriors win in 4.
    Which may or may not be surpassed by LeBron GOAT arguments if Cavs win.
    So either way we're ******.
     
  4. PP34

    PP34 Finals MVP

    Carlton
    Oct 8, 2009
    22,045
    Was going to watch on delay but good old League Pass doesn't let you watch from the start while the game is happening I've realised. **** me hopefully there's a fair bit of the game left at 12.
     
  5. AmericanCrow

    AmericanCrow Norm Smith Medallist

    Adelaide
    Other teams:
    Cleveland Browns, Indians and Cavs
    Jun 17, 2015
    6,208
    Cleveland, Ohio
    No reason for the Warriors not to win and win big these first two games.

    They are (of course) well tested from the daunting Western Conference playoffs....while the Cavaliers waltzed thru an Eastern Conference that put up no resistance whatsoever.

    Gotta figure Warriors by 20 plus tonight and maybe 30 plus. ;)
     
  6. nahnah

    nahnah Norm Smith Medallist

    Collingwood
    Sep 26, 2012
    9,381
    Already perspiring
     
  7. fidstar

    fidstar Norm Smith Medallist

    West Coast
    May 9, 2013
    7,702
    No one is saying that the Warriors had a harder run than the Cavs now (after the Leonard injury). I think Utah>Toronto, though not by enough to get too carried away.

    Still doesn't mean that WC=EC.
     
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  8. fidstar

    fidstar Norm Smith Medallist

    West Coast
    May 9, 2013
    7,702
    Hope Kerr is back tonight and Iggy's knee is alright.

    12 games in 48 days is slow going.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the first two games are split.
     
  9. PHX

    PHX Quarterback Style

    Richmond
    Other teams:
    Orlando, Baltimore, Hull City
    Jan 15, 2006
    32,249
    Oz
    1997 game 6 Bulls-Jazz is on NBA TV right now for those looking for a primer.
     
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  10. peternorth

    peternorth Facts Machine

    Richmond
    May 6, 2005
    69,932
  11. AmericanCrow

    AmericanCrow Norm Smith Medallist

    Adelaide
    Other teams:
    Cleveland Browns, Indians and Cavs
    Jun 17, 2015
    6,208
    Cleveland, Ohio
    So Warriors by 40 then ;)
     

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  12. AmericanCrow

    AmericanCrow Norm Smith Medallist

    Adelaide
    Other teams:
    Cleveland Browns, Indians and Cavs
    Jun 17, 2015
    6,208
    Cleveland, Ohio
    He will not be...announced yesterday I believe
     
  13. fidstar

    fidstar Norm Smith Medallist

    West Coast
    May 9, 2013
    7,702
    By half time... :p
     
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  14. AmericanCrow

    AmericanCrow Norm Smith Medallist

    Adelaide
    Other teams:
    Cleveland Browns, Indians and Cavs
    Jun 17, 2015
    6,208
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Geeze...with the soft schedule the Cavs had the last three weeks, I figured by end of 1 quarter, no? :)
     
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  15. fidstar

    fidstar Norm Smith Medallist

    West Coast
    May 9, 2013
    7,702
    Nah, the refs are in the Cavs pocket. So, it's going to take until half time.
     
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  16. rhaz

    rhaz Norm Smith Medallist

    Melbourne
    Jun 30, 2008
    6,087
    Happy to admit that I don't watch much regular season balls, just occasional highlights/listen to podcasts/follow the scores while I'm at work. But i'm here for the finals.

    Cavs to win one of the first two games in Oakland, Warriors get shook, Cavs in 6
     
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  17. SloaneysDanger

    SloaneysDanger Brownlow Medallist

    Adelaide
    Other teams:
    Adelaide Utd, Liverpool, Cavaliers
    Feb 26, 2014
    14,976
    Adelaide
    Coming into this series with no expectations and no predictions since usually my predictions are wrong (except for last year ;) )

    Let's do this.
     
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  18. Drummer_19

    Drummer_19 Brownlow Medallist

    Essendon
    Other teams:
    Sam Hinkie
    Feb 13, 2007
    10,294
    Not practice
    How are you still waffling on about this shit?
     
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  19. nahnah

    nahnah Norm Smith Medallist

    Collingwood
    Sep 26, 2012
    9,381
    It's the least nervous I've been before a cavs finals appearance... I wasn't as nervous when pies played Geelong in 2011 either so it's not a good sign
     
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  20. SloaneysDanger

    SloaneysDanger Brownlow Medallist

    Adelaide
    Other teams:
    Adelaide Utd, Liverpool, Cavaliers
    Feb 26, 2014
    14,976
    Adelaide
    We're supposed to lose this series (like last year) so if it happens it happens. Doesn't mean I won't be swearing every 5 seconds or getting over-excited like usual :D
     
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  21. AmericanCrow

    AmericanCrow Norm Smith Medallist

    Adelaide
    Other teams:
    Cleveland Browns, Indians and Cavs
    Jun 17, 2015
    6,208
    Cleveland, Ohio
    How do you not understand its banter mate? :rolleyes:

    Surely you are not that straight laced in person I hope. ;)
     
  22. Westy Bogan

    Westy Bogan Brownlow Medallist

    GWS
    Other teams:
    Bulls
    Oct 26, 2009
    15,278
    Western Bronx
    Is this the first time we have 2 black coaches in the NBA finals?

    Will make Stephen A happy.
     
  23. Westy Bogan

    Westy Bogan Brownlow Medallist

    GWS
    Other teams:
    Bulls
    Oct 26, 2009
    15,278
    Western Bronx
    Getting excited.:D
     
  24. SilentHunter_

    SilentHunter_ Norm Smith Medallist

    Sydney
    Other teams:
    Miami Heat
    Sep 15, 2014
    9,256
    Terra firma
    Hopefully a good series and LeBron puts up a legendary performance. But GSW the clear favs here.
     
  25. AngryRanga

    AngryRanga Premiership Player

    St Kilda
    Other teams:
    Toby Greene, Man City, Timberwolves
    Sep 6, 2013
    4,720
    Ready to watch my first full game of basketball ever. 3% basketball, 20% cheerleaders, 60% ads, 17% timeouts, what a spectacle.
     

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