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Old 12-07-2010, 09:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Pick Top 4 Teams in Playoffs - West

Considering the defending champs are the #4 seed, they are only 1 game ahead of the 7th seed, and the top 3 teams by record probably aren't what people expected, the conversation for the top 4 teams in the West should be a little more interesting than that other thread.

I'll start off :

1. San Antonio Spurs
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Dallas Mavericks
4. Oklahoma City Thunder

As long as the Spurs are healthy, they're still capable of playing at a high level. And they've done it with a less-than-impressive Duncan, which indicates to me they've got the depth and balance to keep winning, plus I don't want to jinx the Mavs.

Bynum has returned to practice apparently, so the Lakers could be playing well again soon, and they are the easiest lock to win their division.

Mavericks seem to be the best potential non-division winner, so they clock in at 3.

Throwing a slight curveball here picking the Thunder over the Jazz who are 1.5 games ahead. I'm gonna say that once Durant relocates his game, the Thunder overtake the Jazz, who I think are overperforming to some extent. Plus, I didn't want to just recreate the current top 4.
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I pick Nuggets to win 60 games and pass the first round.
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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1. Lakers
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Pick Top 4 Teams in Playoffs - West

No clue, but I do think Denver (if Melo stops sulking and actually competes) can be a top 4 seed. Denver-Utah-OKC is not settled yet.
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Nobodies beating the Lakers.
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Old 12-07-2010, 12:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Pick Top 4 Teams in Playoffs - West

Anybody in the west pretending like they're beating the Lakers needs to wake up. I would love to hear an argument for a San Antonio team that isn't even as good as the '08 incarnation taking out the champs. It's not happening. Right now the list goes as follows -

1.) Lakers

2.) Spurs
3.) Mavericks
4.) Jazz

The Thunder may jump into the top four once Durant gets his **** straight.
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Re: Pick Top 4 Teams in Playoffs - West

No one is beating the Lakers in a 7 game series out west, but there is a chance a team like the Spurs or Dallas could become the number one seed. It really comes down to health and whether the Lakers are motivated to get HCA in the west.
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Re: Pick Top 4 Teams in Playoffs - West

It was aiming for the thread to be about the seedings heading into the playoffs, but it seems a couple Laker fans are getting unnecessarily defensive..
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It was aiming for the thread to be about the seedings heading into the playoffs, but it seems a couple Laker fans are getting unnecessarily defensive..
It's not being "defensive" if you're right. But I wasn't aware that we were talking about seeding, in that case it's entirely up for grabs. Could be any of the Lakers, Spurs, or Mavericks at this point. Though I do expect one of the two Texas teams to level off sooner or later.
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Re: Pick Top 4 Teams in Playoffs - West

I'm not a Laker fan but I'm just being realistic, as are the other two guys. We're talking under the pretense that noone can beat the Lakers is all.

This is funny cause two years ago midseason I made the thread about them not being championship material and Jamel will take it to his grave...
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Re: Pick Top 4 Teams in Playoffs - West

We're back to this again, but if Bynum isn't playing, the Lakers aren't unbeatable playing with two bigs alone. Last two years, Bynum has been available for the playoffs.
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It was aiming for the thread to be about the seedings heading into the playoffs, but it seems a couple Laker fans are getting unnecessarily defensive..
You said pick the top 4 teams in the West. I hate the Lakers, but I'm realistic.
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We're back to this again, but if Bynum isn't playing, the Lakers aren't unbeatable playing with two bigs alone. Last two years, Bynum has been available for the playoffs.
The Lakers demolished the west in '08 without Bynum and won the west with a useless Bynum in '09. The only time we've had a sembelance of the real Bynum in the postseason was last year.
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