Thoughts after an action-packed weekend:
- Brooklyn is a real threat to Philly if they manage to beat them it would be a real shocker that would move a lot of chairs.
Unfortunately, it would almost completely diminish Hinkies "Gods work".
- Embiid is once again troubled physically in the playoffs. He will always be able to feast on teams in regular season. But playoffs require more, both physically and mentally. That is the reason he still isn't the best center in the league, yet.
- Russell Westbrook is really not a game-changing guard, at least not in a good, playoff performance way, especially when he is surrounded by such poor shooters. It surprises me that he has so many flaws to exploit while still being considered as a star. His lack of shooting, discipline, touch, diversity and often respect for opponents. All that, plus he routinely gets bounced in the 1st round.
- Paul George's injury looks like it will define their success. Shame, he had a great year.
- Kanter gave Portland a great game and us a great comeback story.
- Nuggets may be a more talented team than the Spurs, but that doesn't have to be the dealbreaker. I think they will be lacking playoff experience, since the last two years they finished 9th in the west. Spurs can and will out-execute and outsmart them.
- Lowry is once again "a playoff Lowry", has any player got so many chances to deliver in the playoffs and failed?
- Toronto will solve Orlando regardless.
- By many; The brutal, unstoppable, most skilled center of our times DeMarcus Cousins, now has a whole career playoff game to add to his record. Numerically that is - 1.
- Detroit is by far the weakest team in these playoffs. In reality, without Blake, they are a 24-27 win team. That is in the east.
- Smart won't be missed in our series vs Indy, they don't have great attackers. We will miss him in the Milwaukee series.