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Old 04-18-06, 09:52 AM
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Clippers/Grizzlies prediction

This will be one of the worst games in recent memory, as both teams feverishly try to tank the game so they can get in the Denver/Phoenix half of the bracket instead of the Dallas/San Antonio side.
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Old 04-18-06, 09:58 AM
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^^^ "rewarded" being used very, very loosely..........
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Old 04-18-06, 09:59 AM
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I can see a record number of missed layups, turnovers on nearly every possession and half court shots that look like a blind man shot them. Not that they would make it look deliberate but this game will be fun to watch just to see who can pull off the tank job.
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Old 04-18-06, 10:08 AM
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If you are a pro athlete surely you want the big games, no? Grizz sure seem to at least. If you lack confidence that you have a shot at going all the way why suit up?

If Miami were to meet Spurs in the finals, but Wade and/or Shaq got injured late in the ECF clincher would victory over a weakened opponent feel as good? I know personally that (when the dust finally settled) last year's ring was sweeter because of the tough battle vs. Detroit. Beating a strong team is more satisfying than rolling over a weakling.
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Old 04-18-06, 10:09 AM
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You want to make this a great game Mr. Stern?

Flip the rules. Every time either team scores a basket the points go to the other team. No resting starters in that game
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Old 04-18-06, 10:17 AM
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I almost feel really bad for Memphis. It sucks that they're going to go out and be true professionals and will probably pound the Clippers tonight who are obviously trying to tank it down to 6th and then they'll get run by Dallas and we'll see the Clippers in the Conference Semifinals.
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Old 04-18-06, 04:04 PM
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This will be one of the worst games in recent memory, as both teams feverishly try to tank the game so they can get in the Denver/Phoenix half of the bracket instead of the Dallas/San Antonio side.
Hmm no. The only team tanking is the Clippers. Memphis has been trying to win games thats why they have the 5th spot right now.
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Old 04-18-06, 07:18 PM
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Breaking news: Gasol is NOT playing tonight. Hmmmm... payback for Clipps recent losing streak????

Oh, and Vin Baker starting in place of Kamen.
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Old 04-18-06, 07:34 PM
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What a chessmatch going on between Mike Dunleavy and Mike Fratello. I'll see your no-Gasol with a no-Kaman AND I'll raise you a no-Cassell!!!

EDIT: Shane Battier is 2 of 2 from the field............yanked. Fratello still has some tricks up his sleeve.
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Old 04-18-06, 07:36 PM
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is this on TV somewhere other than league pass?
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Old 04-18-06, 07:38 PM
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Yes, if you live in Memphis or LA. ^^^
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Old 04-18-06, 07:40 PM
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is this on TV somewhere other than league pass?
Not that I know of. I'm following it on Yahoo GameChannel.
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Old 04-18-06, 07:44 PM
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IM wathcing this game in LA.

It is hillarious.

Lorenzen Wright looking like Shaq out there.

Mobley missing shots on purpose. Shoots a 20 footer instead of taking it to the hoop on a fast break.

No turnover-Livingston got 3 turnovers in 2 minutes.

Brand looking like a NBDL stud playing at about 20%.

LOL this is comedy.
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Old 04-18-06, 07:56 PM
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This is sad. The Clips aren't even trying to defend.
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Old 04-18-06, 07:59 PM
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Looks like Memphis is working harder to win than the Clippers. Cassell and Kamen are dressed but have not entered the game.
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if you were the Clips there would be no reason too

There is no reason whatsoever either team should want to win this game

that the seeding is causing this is pathetic
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Old 04-18-06, 08:01 PM
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To be a true contender, you have to be willing to play ANY and ALL teams. Clippers have not shown that they are a true contender.
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Memphis needs to start goaltending now if they want the Clips to catch up.
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Old 04-18-06, 08:07 PM
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Memphis, with a 20+ lead going into halftime, will probably rest their starters in the second half and play their ... um... who is left to play?
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Old 04-18-06, 08:11 PM
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To be a true contender, you have to be willing to play ANY and ALL teams. Clippers have not shown that they are a true contender.
Thats easy to say but facts are facts and the Clipps having homecourt in the first round and playing Denver is alot better than playing Dallas on the road. its the pathetic seeding thats caused this mess. The clipps prob get to at least the second round by losing this game

blame the NBA..dont blame either of these teams for not going all out to win
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Thats easy to say but facts are facts and the Clipps having homecourt in the first round and playing Denver is alot better than playing Dallas on the road

blame the NBA..dont blame either of these teams for not going all out to win

yup! my thoughts exactly.

Hope Stern is watching.

Anyone remember when they changed the playoff games to 7 games for first round to help out the Lakers... makes you wonder if Lakers were in the Clippers spot this year, if the NBA would have made a mid season change seeing this 3rd-6th seed scenario couldve happened.
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Old 04-18-06, 08:19 PM
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Well Clipper announcers are complaining constantly about thie seeding format. One of them said "This was supposed to be one of the best games of the regular season but we're watching an exhibition game"

LOL their "keys to the 2nd half" was PLAY WITH HEART for both teams
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If the Clippers are not careful, they are going to get back into this game.
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Old 04-18-06, 08:41 PM
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9 pt game. they are just hustling. They will make Mcarty their go to guy in the fourth. LOL
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Old 04-18-06, 09:23 PM
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This game is closer than I thought it would be at halftime. Someone had a good halftime discussion.

Man, that game was a nail biter. It could have gone either way. . Memphis was able to pull it off but I wasn't sure for a while there.
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If the Clippers are not careful, they are going to get back into this game.
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101-95 memphis win
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