2020-21 Around the NBA Thread

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One night after a horrible shooting effort in a loss to the Warriors, Lonzo Ball leads the Pelicans to a win over the Warriors with 33 points including 2 huge 3's and 4 big FT's down the stretch, and a step back 2 that gave them a 2 point lead late. Curry had 37 but missed several big 3's late. Oddly the game was not on tv anywhere I could find.
 

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Pacers are suspending assistant Greg Foster for one game and fining Goga Bitadze for exchange on court Wednesday, sources tell ESPN. Foster and Bitadze have had a strong working relationship this season and that’s expected to continue, but emotions are running high in Indiana.
 

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TJ wanted out after a former suns coaching staff, Nate Bjorkgren, became head coach. someone maybe has the link or story.
 

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Hopefully the Lakers beat the Clippers tonight. Would make them finishing 4 and 5 more likely and we would be safe to finish 2 or 3.
 

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The way the seeding is bunched up 2-4 and 5-7 is gonna make me nuts watching games and scores hoping for the best outcome for the Suns hoping to somehow luck out and get the Lakers and Clippers in the opposite bracket.
 

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The way the seeding is bunched up 2-4 and 5-7 is gonna make me nuts watching games and scores hoping for the best outcome for the Suns hoping to somehow luck out and get the Lakers and Clippers in the opposite bracket.
Could really go any way. Still hoping the Lakers stay 5-6 and we stay 1-2 so we can avoid that in the first round. They lose tonight and the Blazers would be right there to push the Lakers to 7. Of course it would be awesome if they end up knocked out in the play in or fall to 8th and the Jazz get to deal with them in the 1st round.
 

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Could really go any way. Still hoping the Lakers stay 5-6 and we stay 1-2 so we can avoid that in the first round. They lose tonight and the Blazers would be right there to push the Lakers to 7. Of course it would be awesome if they end up knocked out in the play in or fall to 8th and the Jazz get to deal with them in the 1st round.

they look truly awful.

we got no help from anyone tonight. Needed Toronto to win to keep their hopes alive because they play someone (forgot who) we could use a loss from.
 

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Any team in the west is gonna be tough period. Bring on the Lakers first. We would take series 4 - 1. Ain't scared. House money baby
 

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Any team in the west is gonna be tough period. Bring on the Lakers first. We would take series 4 - 1. Ain't scared. House money baby
Suns Twitterverse is so terrified of the Lakers and it's clear there is no need to be. Even with Davis and Lebron, they are a very beatable team. Sure we have some matchup issues with them in the frontcourt, but I'll take the rest of our guys over all their guys not named Lebron and Davis any day of the week.

Honestly, I'm just happy to be in the playoffs, I could care less who we get in the first round. We haven't lost more than 2 games in a row since January 27th and we are easily the best road team in the NBA. Everyone keeps saying how the playoffs are going to hurt us because we haven't been there -- I say nuts to that. We are actually a pretty smart team and our ability to adapt has been why we have been so good. Frank plays well for a few games, then is benched for several. Then he comes back and he hasn't missed a beat. That's just a single example, but this team is full of them.

Of course we are all going to have preferences, but there is no team in the first round that I will think can beat us in a 7-game series. None. In the potential 2nd round, only the Clippers are the team I'd be afraid of.
 

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Suns Twitterverse is so terrified of the Lakers and it's clear there is no need to be. Even with Davis and Lebron, they are a very beatable team. Sure we have some matchup issues with them in the frontcourt, but I'll take the rest of our guys over all their guys not named Lebron and Davis any day of the week.

Honestly, I'm just happy to be in the playoffs, I could care less who we get in the first round. We haven't lost more than 2 games in a row since January 27th and we are easily the best road team in the NBA. Everyone keeps saying how the playoffs are going to hurt us because we haven't been there -- I say nuts to that. We are actually a pretty smart team and our ability to adapt has been why we have been so good. Frank plays well for a few games, then is benched for several. Then he comes back and he hasn't missed a beat. That's just a single example, but this team is full of them.

Of course we are all going to have preferences, but there is no team in the first round that I will think can beat us in a 7-game series. None. In the potential 2nd round, only the Clippers are the team I'd be afraid of.

I do not believe we can beat a healthy Lakers team (that's in game shape) but we haven't seen that team in months and I don't know if we're going to see that team any time soon. We can lose to anyone in the West but the way the Lakers are playing right now they might be our best chance for first round success.
 

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Any team in the west is gonna be tough period. Bring on the Lakers first. We would take series 4 - 1. Ain't scared. House money baby

no thank you. Anyone hoping for LeBron, the defending champions and the refs along with them is five cokes short of a six-pack, IMO.

if LeBron isn't playing, sure, bring them on. But healthy? They'll wipe the floor with us, IMO.
 

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no thank you. Anyone hoping for LeBron, the defending champions and the refs along with them is five cokes short of a six-pack, IMO.

if LeBron isn't playing, sure, bring them on. But healthy? They'll wipe the floor with us, IMO.
The refs are a wild card, sure, but I'd like to see the reasoning that the Lakers would "wipe" the floor with us. I don't see that as a given against them at all.
 

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I’m worried about an emotional plateau if we knock them out early. That was supposed to be a WCF caliber matchup.
 
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