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Old 05-04-2011, 11:38 AM   #1
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Default Five Critical Questions

1) Though they were a popular pick to pull the first round upset, Portland eventually fell to Dallas in six. Now the Blazers, who have one of the deepest and most intriguing rosters in the league have a few questions to face. Who stays, who goes and who has value? The most interesting decision will pertain to Brandon Roy. With Webster and Wallace on the wings and Miller manning the point, the former emerging superstar seems to be odd man out. Does he have a role? Does he have trade value? What does Portland do with Brandon Roy?

2) Two first round exits in three seasons and it's becoming very clear that Duncan will never be able to carry a team again and Manu and Parker can not be counted on to stay healthy for an entire season. For a long time everything R.C Buford, Greg Poppovich and the Spurs touched turned to gold, now things get more complicated. What do the Spurs do now?

3) The Miami Heat have come a long way since the start of the season and the chemistry between their big three is only going to get better. However their window may not be as big as it appears from the surface. Dwyane Wade will turn 30 before the all-star break next season, he was for his first five or six seasons as reckless a player as there was in the league. While he has curtailed his frenetic style a bit, a recent report noted that he is among the worst form runners in the league and that he is doing extra damage to his body with his style of movement. Without Wade having that extra gear, the Heat are not the same team. How many more years can Wade play at an elite level?

4) Their six game series win over #1 seed San Antonio made the Grizzlies the third eight seed in NBA history to pull off the opening round upset, the first since it became a seven game series. The key to the Grizzlies success has been their willingness to pound the ball inside in contrast to early in the season when Gay and Mayo were putting up big numbers but the team was foundering. In mid-January, Gay was averaging 23 points per game and Memphis was 19-23. In the 14 games after, Rudy averaged under 17 ppg and than missed the remainder of the season and playoffs so far, in that time, Memphis is 32-16. Is Memphis better without Rudy Gay?

5) We've seen a round of the playoffs and the opening few games of the second round. So who you got? With San Antonio having fallen in the West and the Lakers struggling, can Dallas or OKC break on through? Has Miami emerged as the beast of the east or will Chicago's possession of home court and the MVP be the difference. Can the Hawks or Grizzlies spring another upset? What is your updated Finals prediction?
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1) Though they were a popular pick to pull the first round upset, Portland eventually fell to Dallas in six. Now the Blazers, who have one of the deepest and most intriguing rosters in the league have a few questions to face. Who stays, who goes and who has value? The most interesting decision will pertain to Brandon Roy. With Webster and Wallace on the wings and Miller manning the point, the former emerging superstar seems to be odd man out. Does he have a role? Does he have trade value? What does Portland do with Brandon Roy?

2) Two first round exits in three seasons and it's becoming very clear that Duncan will never be able to carry a team again and Manu and Parker can not be counted on to stay healthy for an entire season. For a long time everything R.C Buford, Greg Poppovich and the Spurs touched turned to gold, now things get more complicated. What do the Spurs do now?

3) The Miami Heat have come a long way since the start of the season and the chemistry between their big three is only going to get better. However their window may not be as big as it appears from the surface. Dwyane Wade will turn 30 before the all-star break next season, he was for his first five or six seasons as reckless a player as there was in the league. While he has curtailed his frenetic style a bit, a recent report noted that he is among the worst form runners in the league and that he is doing extra damage to his body with his style of movement. Without Wade having that extra gear, the Heat are not the same team. How many more years can Wade play at an elite level?

4) Their six game series win over #1 seed San Antonio made the Grizzlies the third eight seed in NBA history to pull off the opening round upset, the first since it became a seven game series. The key to the Grizzlies success has been their willingness to pound the ball inside in contrast to early in the season when Gay and Mayo were putting up big numbers but the team was foundering. In mid-January, Gay was averaging 23 points per game and Memphis was 19-23. In the 14 games after, Rudy averaged under 17 ppg and than missed the remainder of the season and playoffs so far, in that time, Memphis is 32-16. Is Memphis better without Rudy Gay?

5) We've seen a round of the playoffs and the opening few games of the second round. So who you got? With San Antonio having fallen in the West and the Lakers struggling, can Dallas or OKC break on through? Has Miami emerged as the beast of the east or will Chicago's possession of home court and the MVP be the difference. Can the Hawks or Grizzlies spring another upset? What is your updated Finals prediction?


1. Don't know. They might be screwed.

2. The Spurs need to add more size. The big 3 are still very good. They should continue to try and compete for a title.

3. I think Wade has 3 more years at an elite level. After that, because he'll have Lebron and Bosh (and most likely an improved roster)....he'll be able to play 28 to 32 minutes a game and still be a top 10 or top 15 player in the game for a few more seasons.

4. No.

5. Lakers vs. Heat.
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:51 AM   #3
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1. Get rid of
2. They should try and trade their stars while their value is still remotely high, which I doubt they will
3. Impossible to tell, if he can stay injury free for the most part it could be 5 more years but it could be done in 2 if he gets seriously injured.
4. No, they just need to keep playing as a team and he'll be their star/go-to-guy. Dude can ball, I don't see why they'd be better without hi, if he doesnt chuck up 40 shots a game.
5. Heat vs Dallas part 2, Heat in 6
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1) Though they were a popular pick to pull the first round upset, Portland eventually fell to Dallas in six. Now the Blazers, who have one of the deepest and most intriguing rosters in the league have a few questions to face. Who stays, who goes and who has value? The most interesting decision will pertain to Brandon Roy. With Webster and Wallace on the wings and Miller manning the point, the former emerging superstar seems to be odd man out. Does he have a role? Does he have trade value? What does Portland do with Brandon Roy?

2) Two first round exits in three seasons and it's becoming very clear that Duncan will never be able to carry a team again and Manu and Parker can not be counted on to stay healthy for an entire season. For a long time everything R.C Buford, Greg Poppovich and the Spurs touched turned to gold, now things get more complicated. What do the Spurs do now?

3) The Miami Heat have come a long way since the start of the season and the chemistry between their big three is only going to get better. However their window may not be as big as it appears from the surface. Dwyane Wade will turn 30 before the all-star break next season, he was for his first five or six seasons as reckless a player as there was in the league. While he has curtailed his frenetic style a bit, a recent report noted that he is among the worst form runners in the league and that he is doing extra damage to his body with his style of movement. Without Wade having that extra gear, the Heat are not the same team. How many more years can Wade play at an elite level?

4) Their six game series win over #1 seed San Antonio made the Grizzlies the third eight seed in NBA history to pull off the opening round upset, the first since it became a seven game series. The key to the Grizzlies success has been their willingness to pound the ball inside in contrast to early in the season when Gay and Mayo were putting up big numbers but the team was foundering. In mid-January, Gay was averaging 23 points per game and Memphis was 19-23. In the 14 games after, Rudy averaged under 17 ppg and than missed the remainder of the season and playoffs so far, in that time, Memphis is 32-16. Is Memphis better without Rudy Gay?

5) We've seen a round of the playoffs and the opening few games of the second round. So who you got? With San Antonio having fallen in the West and the Lakers struggling, can Dallas or OKC break on through? Has Miami emerged as the beast of the east or will Chicago's possession of home court and the MVP be the difference. Can the Hawks or Grizzlies spring another upset? What is your updated Finals prediction?

1. They should drop B. Roy.

2. I think the spurs should push for a longer center, and try to get steve nash

3. Wade has a good 4 years left.

4. Well, I'm not sure if they will improve with Rudy Gay, I think their chemistry is much better without him. The defense is amazing.

5. Grizz vs Heat or Grizz vs Bulls
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Old 05-04-2011, 11:57 AM   #5
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1. I'd try to trade him to Cleveland for Baron Davis
2. Not a clue
3. 3
4. No, but it was good that they got a chance to play w/o him. Now it should be thoroughly established that the offense runs thru Z-Bo.
5. Lakers-Bulls, actually that's more of a hope..lol. Lakers-Heat
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1. Brandon Roy has three more years on his deal starting next season. Is anyone going to take him on this contract? No. Absolute best case scenario is that Portland trades him for a very small amount of salary cap relief and get absolutely nothing otherwise, it's not worth it. Keep him and hope he learns to adapt and can thrive in a new limited minutes role, or convince him to retire.

2. It all depends on what Duncan decides to do. If Duncan stays, they can make another run. Try to use Splitter more, add some size if at all possible, use their younger talents more and they will be fine for another season.
If Duncan retires they need to find a new home for Ginobili at least.

3. Three more seasons.

4. Rudy Gay? They need to get rid of Conley.

5. Mavs - Heat
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What does Portland do with Brandon Roy?

Roy has a big contract (considering his conditions) and not a lot of teams will be willing to take a risk on him (if any). I'm a Portland fan and I still like Broy.. especially after what he showed in the playoffs.. dude can still play.

I think that Portland hangs on to him for another year at least and put him in a 6th man role, mayb letting him play some point as well. I wouldn't be surprised if they move Miller at some point Rich Cho has showed that he is not afraid of making moves and he knows how to get deals done. The Gerald Wallace trade was a steal and if they can get some value for Miller, why not? He's still a solid player, but he's not getting any younger.
This would make Roy a bit happier too I think and Miller is easier to move than Roy.


What do the Spurs do now?

I don't think the Spurs will trade Duncan.. ever.
They should definitely move some pieces though and break up their 'big three', instead of putting players around them.
In some way it's too bad that they had a great regular season.. I'd be surprised if they really blow up this team's core this summer.

Trading Manu seems kinda foolish, since he was their best player this season, but in some way.. I think that he is more expendable than Parker(like I said, they won't give up Duncan). So I think they should try to move Manu for some talent/picks and try to get some length on that squad.


How many more years can Wade play at an elite level?
Wade didnt get any MVP mention this year, because he played with James of course.. but last year he was up there. He's still playing at the same level, just not in the same spotlight. I see him playing this well about 2/3 more years, but he'll be a superstar for about 5/6 I think.
It might seem a bit much, but he has improved his jumpshooting and might improve more over time.. He has great handles and is a solid playmaker too. Even if he loses some athleticism, I think that he will still be a solid defender and his offensive talent won't fade that quick.

Is Memphis better without Rudy Gay?

Yes. More balance and better ballmovement without him. Gay is a scorer and needs to have the ball in his hands. They started playing better when he was out.

What is your updated Finals prediction?

Same as it was - Miami vs. LA
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1. stick with Brandon. dude has good attitude and huge contract
2. not expecting to see many changes in Spurs roster unless Greg gets fired (NOT likely;D). However, in their shoes I would start rebuilding next season
3. 2-3 years if he wont be haunted by injuries. 4-5 if his outside shooting% goes up.
4. dunno, wasn't following them during regular season;D
5. dallas in the finals. best team of Nowitzki era at the moment.

p.s. good thread sir

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1. Brandon Roy has three more years on his deal starting next season. Is anyone going to take him on this contract? No. Absolute best case scenario is that Portland trades him for a very small amount of salary cap relief and get absolutely nothing otherwise, it's not worth it. Keep him and hope he learns to adapt and can thrive in a new limited minutes role, or convince him to retire.

2. It all depends on what Duncan decides to do. If Duncan stays, they can make another run. Try to use Splitter more, add some size if at all possible, use their younger talents more and they will be fine for another season.
If Duncan retires they need to find a new home for Ginobili at least.

3. Three more seasons.

4. Rudy Gay? They need to get rid of Conley.

5. Mavs - Heat


Strongly disagree with bolded part. Conley has been averaging pretty much 17/7 this entire post-season so far and his consistency and team-play is one of the reasons why they finished the regular season so strong and performed so well in the play-offs so far.
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Strongly disagree with bolded part. Conley has been averaging pretty much 17/7 this entire post-season so far and his consistency and team-play is one of the reasons why they finished the regular season so strong and performed so well in the play-offs so far.
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Strongly disagree with bolded part. Conley has been averaging pretty much 17/7 this entire post-season so far and his consistency and team-play is one of the reasons why they finished the regular season so strong and performed so well in the play-offs so far.

The 6,5 assists per game in 39 minutes on this Grizzlies team, as the primary distributor? 16 points per game on 14 shots?

That's not very good at all to me. He is a place holder, good enough to not be a weakness but he adds absolutely nothing to the team. No creativity, no stand out skills. Just a solid all around guy who would be a back up on most teams, but is getting paid like a starter until the end of time.
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Default Re: Five Critical Questions

1) What does Portland do with Brandon Roy?

they could try to trade him to a contending team that needs a 3rd option on offense he is a decent shooter but not so explosive anymore and more injury prone
he could come off screens like ray allen
he definitely needs pg that can get him open looks that way he will still be a useful player

2) What do the Spurs do now?
try to trade manu and parker for some young talent and draft picks and the spurs already showed that they always use their picks wisely

3) How many more years can Wade play at an elite level?
about 2seasons

4) Is Memphis better without Rudy Gay?

no gay is their leading scorer and the go to player in clutch situations with him next year they could be a top5 team in west

5) What is your updated Finals prediction? [/quote]

hawks vs. lakers
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What does Portland do with Brandon Roy?
They gave him an extension just befory his knee issue.
They won't be able to trade except for a bad contract (Hedo, Arena etc...)
Portland has to keep him and hope he can perform well in limited strecth like he did in his monster playoff game.

What do the Spurs do now?
They won't change a lot. They will start Splitter next year

Their best trade asset is the 4 or 5 million contract of McDyess. He will retire and his contract is an instant cap space.
Duncan may also opt out his contract and get a new one more balanced (6M / year for 3 years ?)

With this, they can get a long wing defender or/and a defensive big

How many more years can Wade play at an elite level?
3 year at an all nba level and 1 more year at an all star level.
The main thing is that Wade seems to be the nba player that is using the more doping. The thread showing his jaw evolution was scary

Is Memphis better without Rudy Gay?
Memphis is definitely better than earlier in the season because it forced them to trust their frontcourt a lot
Now it seems clear that Randolph is a better go to player than Gay.
When Gay will return, Memphis will be way better if they give him the 2nd option role and keep trusting their frontcourt

What is your updated Finals prediction?
West is very difficult to predict. Lakers lost a small step, Memphis is dangerous...
Let say Dallas - Miami with Miami winning it all
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What does Portland do with Brandon Roy?
Make him 6th man.

What do the Spurs do now?
Give it one more run so Duncan can retire or change team.

How many more years can Wade play at an elite level?
Around 4 years. Elite teammates make everything easier thus prolonging career.

Is Memphis better without Rudy Gay?
Not really. Maybe when Rudy's shots aren't falling.

What is your updated Finals prediction?
Miami vs Lakers. Miami in 6 or 7.
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1... Haha if I am Portland... I wonder how I became a city haha.. Just kidding... But really i think Portland needs to trade Roy for anything...maybe for mike Miller?... Miller can be a 20/5/5 player that is very good... Also u
Can have Miller 2 miller which would be dangerous....damn... Miami gets a nice bench piece...

2...if I am the spurs... I keep the nucleases... Maybe trade Tony Parker... For amare stodamire... That would be nice... Timmy and Stat... Haha but i doubt spurs want a player who doesn't play defense... So nvm.... I think just do the best u can to get a legit big man to play with Timmy the beamer Duncan... The big fundamental...haha

3...wade now that he has LeBron to lead Miami... Will be very elite for about 5 more years,.. I think he will have a breakout year next year... Haha maybe average 34/9/8... He is not at prime yet..

4...I think no homo is good for Memphis...they look so good... Get rid of gay ass faaaggot...trade him for... Durant??... Or maybe for gary Neal

5..I got Miami vers LA.... Haha
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