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Old 02-10-2015, 11:00 PM   #1
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Default Which team has more to prove in the playoffs

The Rockets making it past the first round for the first time in six years. The hawks making it to at least the ECF.
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Old 02-10-2015, 11:10 PM   #2
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Default Re: Which team has more to prove in the playoffs

Hawks IMO. West is too strong atm and the entire race is wide open, especially if Howard isn't healthy. Hawks has had a historic season so far and should have more pressure to build on that.
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Old 02-10-2015, 11:11 PM   #3
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The Hawks want the pressure - we deserve the pressure.
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Default Re: Which team has more to prove in the playoffs

Anything less than a WCF appearance is a complete failure for the Rockets, period.
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Old 02-10-2015, 11:20 PM   #5
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Default Re: Which team has more to prove in the playoffs

I actually think the Hawks are playing with house money, they're doing so much better than anyone expected that even a second round exit is only the end of a season they exceeded expectations...

Rockets, injuries obviously will play part, playoffs are a whole different animal than then the regular season but still, this team has been under construction for a few years now the season will be an huge disaster if they fall short of the WCFs

Spurs can they put together two back to back titles under Pops? if they do that would cement them as one of the all time great teams but if they exit early like they always do after a title run you have to question do they belong in the same conversation as teams that have repeated and more

Cavs, anything shy of a ECFs appearance is a disaster considering how stacked they are and how weak the competition is

Clippers it's time for them to step up, stacked roster, big money owner and big talking coach.. anything less than the WCFs would be sad

Warriors? a bit like the Hawks, playing much better than expected going in but still were tabbed to make some noise... a WCFs appearance would be a big leap for them


Rockets Spurs, Clippers and Cavs have the most to prove

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Old 02-10-2015, 11:33 PM   #6
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Default Re: Which team has more to prove in the playoffs

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I actually think the Hawks are playing with house money, they're doing so much better than anyone expected that even a second round exit is only the end of a season they exceeded expectations...

Rockets, injuries obviously will play part, playoffs are a whole different animal than then the regular season but still, this team has been under construction for a few years now the season will be an huge disaster if they fall short of the WCFs

Spurs can they put together two back to back titles under Pops? if they do that would cement them as one of the all time great teams but if they exit early like they always do after a title run you have to question do they belong in the same conversation as teams that have repeated and more

Cavs, anything shy of a ECFs appearance is a disaster considering how stacked they are and how weak the competition is

Clippers it's time for them to step up, stacked roster, big money owner and big talking coach.. anything less than the WCFs would be sad

Warriors? a bit like the Hawks, playing much better than expected going in but still were tabbed to make some noise... a WCFs appearance would be a big leap for them


Rockets Spurs, Clippers and Cavs have the most to prove


When Matt Barnes is your starting SF and Hedo TurkomillionyearoldGlu is your back up
You got it mixed up, The Warriors are the stacked team and although the clippers have big expections.. the warriors have to be thinking big things.. last year was a failure.

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Default Re: Which team has more to prove in the playoffs

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When Matt Barnes is your starting SF and Hedo TurkomillionyearoldGlu is your back up
You got it mixed up, The Warriors are the stacked team and although the clippers have big expections.. the warriors have to be thinking big things.. last year was a failure.
Everything is on Bogut imo. Difference between first round exit and a championship.
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When Matt Barnes is your starting SF and Hedo TurkomillionyearoldGlu is your back up
You have a head coach/GM with carte blanche to do anything personnel wise he wants, and he's made plenty of moves, the roster is exactly as Rivers wanted it to be... it's not like he's saddled with another persons idea of a championship roster... Poor bench play is not an excuse
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Lets hope the stupid ****in Rockets get rolled again 1st round.
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Everything is on Bogut imo. Difference between first round exit and a championship.


And the ownership/coaching staff pulling the plug on Mark Jackson and putting Steve Kerr in. They've made some great additions with Barbosa (Kerr) and Sean Livingston, but, if they fail to make the WCF do you see that as a failure? Would Steve Kerr be there next season?? At this point, the warriors should make the WCF I don't really see anyone challenging them and if Curry wins the MVP there will be massive amounts of expectation as there always is.
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:16 AM   #11
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Default Re: Which team has more to prove in the playoffs

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Anything less than a WCF appearance is a complete failure for the Rockets, period.
Yeah... I just don't get this angle. They're not even top 2 in their conference, and they've been dealing with injuries all year. How is it possible that it's WCF or bust for them, but apparently not for Memphis or Golden state?
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Yeah... I just don't get this angle. They're not even top 2 in their conference, and they've been dealing with injuries all year. How is it possible that it's WCF or bust for them, but apparently not for Memphis or Golden state?



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Yeah... I just don't get this angle. They're not even top 2 in their conference, and they've been dealing with injuries all year. How is it possible that it's WCF or bust for them, but apparently not for Memphis or Golden state?
It is WCF or bust for Memphis and GS? Multiple teams can have the same or similar goals/expectations..it's not like only 1 team wants to win every year.

Anyways, seeding doesn't matter in the west. They're all 50+ win teams, with a legitimate shot of coming out of the West. And when the game slows down, half court offense becomes more relied upon, rotations tighten up and stars are given the platform to perform..talent is at its most valuable. And I cannot under any circumstance understand why the MVP of the league should have expectations any lower than the championship. Unless we're gonna act like the MVP is completely worthless.
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Yeah... I just don't get this angle. They're not even top 2 in their conference, and they've been dealing with injuries all year. How is it possible that it's WCF or bust for them, but apparently not for Memphis or Golden state?
They've got the MVP and one of the best defenses in the league, pal.
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I don't expect much at all from the Rockets in the playoffs. They're not exactly a talented team. I don't really expect them to beat SAS, Dallas, OKC or whoever they play in thee first round. Hawks I view as ECF locks at minimum.
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