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    Titles are overrated Kblaze8855's Avatar
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    Default Only twice since 2000 have the best record from each conference made the finals

    2016 and 2008.

    Those two aside there was always an upset.

    The Celtics are on pace for 65 wins so they’re gonna be top seed in the east. People are talking like they’re a juggernaut. Maybe they are maybe they aren’t but they’re definitely favorites. So let’s assume they make it.

    Minnesota, OKC, the clippers and Nuggets are all close enough they could shift one through four by the outcome of a few days play. But right now it’s Minnesota and the thunder.

    Assuming it’s one of them and not the clippers or nuggets who are both led by people who have already proven themselves, which newcomer do you give the best shot?

    OKC feels like the Nuggets a few years ago. Coming but maybe not ready. But Minny is gonna rely on Ant who(I think) we all view as a serious threat to be great but he’s not been through the usual career turmoil and growth we see being a star really takes over the league.

    Which young team do you think is most likely to make it out? Or will they both flame out to one of the more proven lineups?

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    Default Re: Only twice since 2000 have the best record from each conference made the finals

    Do you mean 1 seed vs 1 seed in the Finals? Because 2013 spurs weren't a 1 seed.


    With regards to the question 8 seeds are probably stronger than ever. I wouldn't be surprised at all if the Lakers or Warriors beat Minnesota and I also wouldn't be shocked if the Heat beat Boston.

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    Default Re: Only twice since 2000 have the best record from each conference made the finals

    Quote Originally Posted by Kblaze8855 View Post
    2016 and 2013.

    Those two aside there was always an upset.
    I wouldn't call the Cavs beating the Hawks in 2015 and Celtics in 2017 an upset.

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    Default Re: Only twice since 2000 have the best record from each conference made the finals

    Lakers and Celtics were both #1 seeds in 2008.

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    Default Re: Only twice since 2000 have the best record from each conference made the finals

    I think it's only 2008 and 2016.

    Crazy thing is that it happened 5 times in the 90's... 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998. Bulls every time.
    And 5 times in the 80's... 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1989. Lakers every time.

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    Default Re: Only twice since 2000 have the best record from each conference made the finals

    Quote Originally Posted by Kblaze8855 View Post
    2016 and 2013.

    Those two aside there was always an upset.

    The Celtics are on pace for 65 wins so they’re gonna be top seed in the east. People are talking like they’re a juggernaut. Maybe they are maybe they aren’t but they’re definitely favorites. So let’s assume they make it.

    Minnesota, OKC, the clippers and Nuggets are all close enough they could shift one through four by the outcome of a few days play. But right now it’s Minnesota and the thunder.

    Assuming it’s one of them and not the clippers or nuggets who are both led by people who have already proven themselves, which newcomer do you give the best shot?

    OKC feels like the Nuggets a few years ago. Coming but maybe not ready. But Minny is gonna rely on Ant who(I think) we all view as a serious threat to be great but he’s not been through the usual career turmoil and growth we see being a star really takes over the league.

    Which young team do you think is most likely to make it out? Or will they both flame out to one of the more proven lineups?
    I'll take OKC over Minny because I'm confident in them on both sides of the ball. Minny is playing great defense but I'm not sure their offense will be consistent enough in the playoffs.

    Shai is also three years older than Ant and at their age I think that extra bit of career seasoning matters in the playoffs, even if the latter has technically played more playoff games. Edwards will still get his points but I think how you get your points matters and right now I trust SGA a bit more when it comes to reading the game.
    Last edited by FultzNationRISE; 02-25-2024 at 03:04 PM.

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    Default Re: Only twice since 2000 have the best record from each conference made the finals

    2008 was the second year I was thinking of. Don’t know why I wrote 2013. I distinctly remember checking and being surprised the spurs weren’t number one.

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    Default Re: Only twice since 2000 have the best record from each conference made the finals

    Quote Originally Posted by 1987_Lakers View Post
    I wouldn't call the Cavs beating the Hawks in 2015 and Celtics in 2017 an upset.
    I wouldn’t either, but I didn’t think I needed to explain.

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