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SAS IN 4 6 20.69%
SAS IN 5 6 20.69%
SAS IN 6 10 34.48%
SAS IN 7 2 6.90%
OKC IN 4 1 3.45%
OKC IN 5 0 0%
OKC IN 6 2 6.90%
OKC IN 7 2 6.90%
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:13 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I dunno man, the SA machine is little scary, always has been. I don't disagree that Durant is ready, I'm just saying, I think the Spurs are in a good spot to open the series.


That said, all momentum and mystique is gone if OKC wins the first game. Then it's a war.
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:17 PM   #42 (permalink)
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What come with age is experience, efficiency, confidence and ability and know how to win when it counts. Now OKC is young and fiery and most likely not intimidated but surely it will play in the back of their minds. The advantage is the Spurs all the way.
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If I had to bet lots of money, it's on San Antonio. For sure. But I don't think Durant and Westbrook are scared. I think they believe in themselves, especially after going 8-1 against, arguably, better playoff opponents. And they know from experience that they can get it done in the 4th Q if the game is close.

I just don't see Durant and Westbrook being scared of anyone at this point. They have good reason to believe that if they play hard, they will be in the game.
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Old 05-24-2012, 03:21 PM   #44 (permalink)
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Durant will get his and he's surely ready for this BUT IMO the key to beating OKC is taking the passing lanes away from Westbrook and have Parker stay in front. Westbrook will try to push and go one on one and then watch the the emotions implode on that team.

Edit: of course that easier said that done.

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I dunno man, the SA machine is little scary, always has been. I don't disagree that Durant is ready, I'm just saying, I think the Spurs are in a good spot to open the series.


That said, all momentum and mystique is gone if OKC wins the first game. Then it's a war.
That's all I'm saying.

Of course SA is scary, they are favourites to win the whole thing. I have them beating OKC in 6. I just don't think this 18-game winning streak means anything especially when OKC just swept the defending champs and beat the Lakers in 5. Both Dallas and Lakers are better teams than BOTH Utah and LAC. So it's not like OKC isn't confident. You could make a case that OKC is just as hot considering the competition they've played against.

I'm not hating on Spurs or anything. I like them, I enjoy watching them, and I am rooting for them the rest of the way.
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If I had to bet lots of money, it's on San Antonio. For sure. But I don't think Durant and Westbrook are scared. I think they believe in themselves, especially after going 8-1 against, arguably, better playoff opponents. And they know from experience that they can get it done in the 4th Q if the game is close.

I just don't see Durant and Westbrook being scared of anyone at this point. They have good reason to believe that if they play hard, they will be in the game.
Exactly my thoughts.
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That's all I'm saying.

Of course SA is scary, they are favourites to win the whole thing. I have them beating OKC in 6. I just don't think this 18-game winning streak means anything especially when OKC just swept the defending champs and beat the Lakers in 5. Both Dallas and Lakers are better teams than BOTH Utah and LAC. So it's not like OKC isn't confident. You could make a case that OKC is just as hot considering the competition they've played against.

I'm not hating on Spurs or anything. I like them, I enjoy watching them, and I am rooting for them the rest of the way.
Fair enough but it wasn't about the win streak or 30-3 that makes the Spurs intimidating - those just exemplify the precision and ruthless efficiency of that team.
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If San Antonio wins, it's because they are the better team. It's not because Durant, Westbrook et al are scared or intimidated. Not buying it.
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Exactly my thoughts.
Should have said that from the start then
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I don't recall anyone saying Russell and Kevin were scared
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Westbrook will try to push and go one on one and then watch the the emotions implode on that team.
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To be fair, I will acknowledge that this is a very legit possibility. But I don't view Westbrook getting emotional as a sign of him being "intimidated" or "scared". He definitely can get flustered easier than KD, but, at this point, I don't think Westbrook gets scared. If anything, he probably overestimates his own abilities when he tries to do too much.
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I don't recall anyone saying Russell and Kevin were scared
What else is meant by "the streak plays in the minds of OKC"? That's what I was responding to, with the reference to them not being scared or intimidated.
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I don't even know what's being argued any more...
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What else is meant by "the streak plays in the minds of OKC"? That's what I was responding to, with the reference to them not being scared or intimidated.
You don't have to have someone scared or intimidated to get inside their head. All you have to do is get OKC thinking about it. To start second guessing themselves. Durant and especially Russell have way to much ego to be scared.

I agree with Superjudge though, IF OKC wins game one then the Spurs will have a war on their hands. If the Spurs win then add that to the entire package and OKC will have a tough time.

Game 1 is crucial to both teams IMO - more so than another other series being played.
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You don't have to have someone scared or intimidated to get inside their head. All you have to do is get OKC thinking about it. To start second guessing themselves. Durant and especially Russell have way to much ego to be scared.
To me, that's kinda just semantics. The line between second guessing yourself and losing confidence/being intimidated is blurry.

Anyway, he actually did make specific reference to intimidation in another part of that post, so i had reason to think that was what he meant by "playing in their minds":
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The article means nothing to me. The 30-2 streak plays in the mionds on teh OKC team, ESPECIALLY when you consider how young they are and that this is really their first kick at the can. The logical on paper thing to say is obvious, of course evry game is a new game, yadda yadda, but the fact is, SA has been there before, and have learned how to win, seeing it function so efficiently wi the new parts its added since they were last poised to win is EXTREMELY intimidating to the younger OKC team.
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Look, at least you and I agree they're not scared, so whateves. Let's just enjoy the show. Too bad we have to wait until Sunday.
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Old 05-24-2012, 04:29 PM   #56 (permalink)
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Well I think it was assuming that SJ meant OKC were intimidated from being scared - I just don't see anyone saying that at all. Semantics are important on this board - so much can be misread or interpreted from a word (and I'm not saying you just in general). Regardless, I thought you were referring to me but if you meant SJ, well he's more capable than I to defend his point if he feels so inclined to.

And you're 100% right, I can't wait for Sunday cause this is going to be one helluva series, whether it goes 4, 5, 6 or 7 games.
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Too bad they shut down the viewing party outside of the arena
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Spurs have won 18 straight and have gone 32-3 in their last 35 games. Even more impressive than both those streaks is this one: in their past 27 ROAD games, the Spurs are 24-3 with 2 of those losses coming as they rested their starters!!!
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Old 05-26-2012, 05:37 AM   #59 (permalink)
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I went with 6, but im thinking a 5 or 7 with the spurs at home, meh i dont know. I hope its a sweep though! Has any team ever went 16-0 in the playoffs?
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I remember the Lakers went 16-1 back when they beat the Nets in the Finals
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