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Old 02-26-2013, 11:36 AM   #1
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Default What Would Be More Shocking? Lakers Not Making Playoffs or Miami Losing in the Finals

What would shock you the most? Lakers not making the playoffs with all the pre-season hype they had, by signing Dwight and Nash. Or, would Miami losing in the finals and not repeating like most think they will shock you the most?

Lakers were thought to have one of the most stacked teams in the NBA, in the pre-season. Now, they look like a shell of a team trying to grasp at the fountain of youth, but ultimately may fall inches short of it and not make the playoffs, let alone contend for a title. With all the pre-hype, this would be extremely shocking. No one would of thought that THIS team would not make the cut in the West.

Miami. Oh, Miami. Where art thou Miami. The ultimate sleeper team. Goes to sleep for a few games and people forget how powerful a combination of Lebron, Wade, Bosh, Allen and company can truly be. This team is easily the best team in the league. They have it all at this point. The best player in the league. An elite shooting guard. An all-star power forward. 3 point specialist. A slew of grunt men that know their role. Miami is truly a work of basketball art. So.... that leads us to this question.

If some how this work of art DOES NOT win the championship, will that be more shocking than the Lakers not making the playoffs? Would more stories be written about how Lebron and company failed to win the title? Or, would most people care about why the Lakers failed to make the playoffs?

What would be most shocking?
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:46 AM   #2
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Default Re: What Would Be More Shocking? Lakers Not Making Playoffs or Miami Losing in the Finals

Lakers not making the playoffs without context of the actual season & injuries and what not, just because we haven't seen the Lakers not make the playoffs for a long time, we've seen the HEAT lose in the finals just 2 years ago.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:47 AM   #3
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Default Re: What Would Be More Shocking? Lakers Not Making Playoffs or Miami Losing in the Finals

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What would shock you the most? Lakers not making the playoffs with all the pre-season hype they had, by signing Dwight and Nash. Or, would Miami losing in the finals and not repeating like most think they will shock you the most?

Lakers were thought to have one of the most stacked teams in the NBA, in the pre-season. Now, they look like a shell of a team trying to grasp at the fountain of youth, but ultimately may fall inches short of it and not make the playoffs, let alone contend for a title. With all the pre-hype, this would be extremely shocking. No one would of thought that THIS team would not make the cut in the West.

Miami. Oh, Miami. Where art thou Miami. The ultimate sleeper team. Goes to sleep for a few games and people forget how powerful a combination of Lebron, Wade, Bosh, Allen and company can truly be. This team is easily the best team in the league. They have it all at this point. The best player in the league. An elite shooting guard. An all-star power forward. 3 point specialist. A slew of grunt men that know their role. Miami is truly a work of basketball art. So.... that leads us to this question.

If some how this work of art DOES NOT win the championship, will that be more shocking than the Lakers not making the playoffs? Would more stories be written about how Lebron and company failed to win the title? Or, would most people care about why the Lakers failed to make the playoffs?

What would be most shocking?
I guess Miami not winning the Finals would be more shocking as of right now. Lakers not making the playoff is not shocking at all considering their record.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:48 AM   #4
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Lakers not making the playoffs without context of the actual season & injuries and what not, just because we haven't seen the Lakers not make the playoffs for a long time, we've seen the HEAT lose in the finals just 2 years ago.

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Old 02-26-2013, 11:53 AM   #5
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Default Re: What Would Be More Shocking? Lakers Not Making Playoffs or Miami Losing in the Finals

Prior to the start of the season, it had to be the Lakers not making the playoffs. Odds makers had them as heavy favorites to come out of the West and their roster justified the expectations of a Miami/LA Finals. Plus, given their massive size advantage with Gasol/Howard, it was certainly a legitimate question how Miami would be able to defend them given their lack of size.

But now, seeing how terrible Gasol and Howard are and how idiotic D'Antoni is, plus given the actual standings... PLUS how unstoppable the Heat and LeBron are... it's pretty obviously more shocking if Miami loses in the Finals. Miami can't lose, and all LA does is lose. They lose more often than they win, hence their sub .500 record.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:56 AM   #6
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Default Re: What Would Be More Shocking? Lakers Not Making Playoffs or Miami Losing in the Finals

If asked before the season....

Lakers not making the playoffs – absolutely.

Given the Lakers current position...

Would still be the bigger upset.
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Default Re: What Would Be More Shocking? Lakers Not Making Playoffs or Miami Losing in the Finals

Lakers not making the playoffs. Spurs can easily beat the Heat.
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Default Re: What Would Be More Shocking? Lakers Not Making Playoffs or Miami Losing in the Finals

Well right now it's Miami not winning, that said, it's not gonna shock me if a favorite lost in the finals.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:11 PM   #9
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Default Re: What Would Be More Shocking? Lakers Not Making Playoffs or Miami Losing in the Finals

of course lakers not making the playoffs. is it that surprising for lebron to choke again? looking at the odds, and having happened before, i would not be surprised.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:15 PM   #10
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Default Re: What Would Be More Shocking? Lakers Not Making Playoffs or Miami Losing in the Finals

It would be the Lakers. Anything can happen in a 7 game series and SA and OKC are capable of beating the Miami. If the question asked about Miami being swept, then I would have to think about it.
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Miami not winning the Finals. They are on a mission. Good luck stopping them.
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Miami not winning the Finals. They are on a mission. Good luck stopping them.
not 1, not 2, not 3...

right?
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not 1, not 2, not 3...

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Miami not winning the Finals. They are on a mission. Good luck stopping them.
Well, I'd say it looks like there are a few other teams on a mission as well, considering there are a few West teams with similar records.

Lakers not making the Playoffs would be more shocking.
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Default Re: What Would Be More Shocking? Lakers Not Making Playoffs or Miami Losing in the Finals

Miami losing. LA has a solid chance at the playoffs but they're still outside of the top 8. On the other hand if Miami is in the Finals someone has to stop James and Wade. No one can do that in either conference right now.
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