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@Skyline the sky is falling! the chosen one loses again!
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Video: Game 1
@twistdov Perspective certainly may have something to do with it, though I think you're trying to avoid the word 'bias' here and I don't like to make arguments about "bias" anyways. But when people are playing word association and "podunk" still registers when someone from Florida, NYC, or LA hears "Oklahoma," well sure, Miami going from "obvious underdog" to "a decent shot of winning" makes more sense, when most of the national sportswriters are coming from those big sports cities.
I would just rather believe that there are a just a lot of people with really cracked out ideas out there... These people should stay fans, and not try to become sportswriters.
And there are also people out there who don't know how to properly use reason, find fallacies, etc. Superstars make a huge difference on a team in the NBA, moreso than other professional sports. But superstars aren't a team. Nike and the NBA plays up the "Superstars ARE the team" angle, because it's sexy. It sells. And people buy it. It's just not true.
Trade Durant and Westbrook to the Heat as currently assembled for Wade and Lebron for the Thunder as currently assembled. What happens? Most likely, Lebron gets his first ring. Not because he's any better, but because he's on the better team.
I like the way Lebron has carried himself throughout this postseason. I just think the Thunder are clearly a better overall team, and that isn't sexy to write about, but it's true.
thabo and collison did incredible things in game 1. i'm still surprised that so many experts picked the heat in this one, and i'm still surprised that the "experience, taste of losing, lebron needs this more therefore he will win it" arguments still held any weight before this series.
I know they weren't favorites, but they weren't exactly underdogs the way a lot of people were spinning this.
We have a finals, in my opinion, that would only be close if we switched up the role players on both teams. As I see it, the Heat will have to work very hard if they want to make this a 6 game series, with some otherworldly performances not only by LeBron, but from Wade as well.
It's not a good thing when you have older superstars with less energy and worse teammates going up against young, determined, experienced guys with teammates who know EXACTLY what they have to do to help the team win.
As an aside, I want to give some credit to LeBron and Wade in their postgame interviews yesterday. They were classy, and they were respectful. If there's one thing that the NBA seems to exude lately from the teams that play the Thunder, it is respect for our talent. Whether it's Kobe, Dirk, Duncan, Lebron, or heck, even Stephen Jackson talking, I think that this current group of all-stars know when to give credit when credit is due.
didn't pop have some options to review? doesn't a more fatigued team commit more fouls? yes, the whistles definitely went our way. but it isn't a night-and-day black and white sort of thing.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on A moment in the making: OKC wins in six over the Spurs, 107-99
thank you fisher. thank you harden. clutch as a ferrari's gearbox. dual icicles. we're going to the finals.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Spurs vs. Thunder: Game 6 Pregame Primer
I work in Korea but am able to watch the thunder every morning, since I work afternoons and evenings. It's amazing how much this team has grown in just one series. This team has the perfect combination of playoff experience and youth. And what does youth bring with it? The ability to adapt.