WC PLAYOFFS RD 1: (4) HOU ROCKETS vs (5)POR BLAZERS

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HOU IN 4 0 0%
HOU IN 5 2 7.69%
HOU IN 6 4 15.38%
HOU IN 7 4 15.38%
POR IN 4 1 3.85%
POR IN 5 2 7.69%
POR IN 6 7 26.92%
POR IN 7 6 23.08%
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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STARTERS:

HOU

Patrick Beverley
James Harden
Chandler Parsons
Terrence Jones
Dwight Howard

POR

Damien Lillard
Wesley Matthews
Nic Batum
LaMarcus Aldridge
Robin Lopez

KEY ROTATION PLAYERS:

HOU

Jeremy Lin
Francisco Garcia
Omer Asik

POR

Mo Williams
Dorell Wright
Thomas Robinson

Key Matchups:

James Harden has had his way with POR this year, so despite POR having a huge mismatch with Aldridge v Jones, if they don't slow down Harden they have no chance of extending this series beyond 5 games. I think they'll find a way to slow him down, and POR will end up winning a few games this series, but I like HOU to come out on top. Beverley vs Lillard could also tilt the series, as if Lillard is slowed down, POR may have some problems scoring the ball as it'll limit their 3 point attack

PREDICTION:

HOU in 7, only because they're so inconsistent defensively, otherwise I'd pick them in 6
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I'm going Portland in 7.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Houston in 6. Will be rooting for Portland.
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I hope Portland wins but Houston in 6
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I see the rockets taking this, but probably one of the best if not the best 1st round match ups. Excited for this
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x-factor will be production from the wings for Portland. Harden ain't guarding shit.
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Portland in six. Houston gets its defense and bench exposed. Harden may as well be Bargs on D and Batum is going to make him positively uncomfortable on O. Dwight will beast the rebounds, but he isn't the defensive anchor he once was, and LMA is too consistent. I can't believe you guys think they're going to lose a game at the Rose Garden in the first round.
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Portland in 7. Despite that Houston is good offensively, they aren't good at defence, and especially they don't have decent backup for Beverly (Beverly ain't so good too). And Harden is very lazy in defence. Houston can't guard star guards. If Lillard is hot - they're having some problems.
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Portland in six. Houston gets its defense and bench exposed. Harden may as well be Bargs on D and Batum is going to make him positively uncomfortable on O. Dwight will beast the rebounds, but he isn't the defensive anchor he once was, and LMA is too consistent. I can't believe you guys think they're going to lose a game at the Rose Garden in the first round.
You're right. The Blazers are absolute beasts when playing at the Rose Garden.
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Blazers in 6 or 7, but I put 7.
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Always love your playoff matchup previews.
Appreciate it man. Its always fun talking playoff ball, but 10x better when the Raptors are in the conversation as well.
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Smart move by Stotts to go right at Harden early with Matthews' post ups, and forcing a switch onto Lillard. His defence may singlehandedly end up costing HOU the series
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Blazers looking good
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Wow, Harden sucks on D!!! He is getting abused by Wes Mathews! Didn't know he was this bad....
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Hardens defence is maddening. I dont know how Mchale hasn't lost it on him or benched him at any point this year.

He was guarding Batum at the end of the half, and on a screen roll, he got picked by Aldridge, took the hit, then stood at the 3 point instead of either trailing his man or trying to get in the passing lanes to the roller. Pathetic.

Also, Shaq is the worst. He just keeps repeating himself about Dwight. We get it, you think he should score 30 points because he's bigger than most guys. He's such a bad studio announcer, he's lucky that he's got the best crew in the business making up for his lack of insight and entertainment value. His analysis and entertainment value is the equivalent of James Hardens D.
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