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  • bhdevault

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  • ASitar

    Does GS close it out tonight? I think Portland comes out flat again, Dame is injured and their center position is a mess. I’m just doing a single bullet w the big 3 from GS and fading Dame/CJ, hoping for a comfortable GS win. Does Leonard get 30 minutes again? Who’s tonight’s Gasol/Hill? I’m not making the Jones mistake and going Bell again. GL

  • gaelicgirl

    @ASitar said...

    Does GS close it out tonight? I think Portland comes out flat again

    I’ll be shocked if they don’t.

    Blazers didn’t come out flat the last two games, they just looked that way at the end.

  • NDNole

    I hate knowing the big 3 is going to be like 70% owned. I will throw another 20 away in the showdown cause I don’t want to share with 255 other people. Perfectly fine with sharing with 20 I guess but not triple digits lol.

  • ASitar

    Watch Draymond get into foul trouble early (finishing w 31 DK points), Bogut gets 20 minutes and 25 DK points and Evan Turner drops a 30 burger. Only doing 1 LU I’m not building around that scenario but that’s how these Showdowns have been turning out.

  • NDNole

    @ASitar said...

    Watch Draymond get into foul trouble early (finishing w 31 DK points), Bogut gets 20 minutes and 25 DK points and Evan Turner drops a 30 burger. Only doing 1 LU I’m not building around that scenario but that’s how these Showdowns have been turning out.

    Totally agree.

  • tmarohl

    Not related to NBA playoffs, but for those of you who will be dabbling in WNBA, here is a really helpful list of all of the Athletics WNBA beat writers that I just came across.

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  • jman3034

    Safe to assume Iggy will be rested tonight or do you think they will run him out there??

  • tmarohl

    @jman3034 said...

    Safe to assume Iggy will be rested tonight or do you think they will run him out there??

    I would think so.

  • hobbes2d

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    @jman3034 said...

    Safe to assume Iggy will be rested tonight or do you think they will run him out there??

    They’ve already been running him out there too much in this series as it is. They need to rest him for Milwaukee/Toronto winner.

  • ASitar

    Eehhhhh, might have to add 1 w no Dray or Dame and leave about $2k on the table. I kinda like Collins at his price and he could be a good pivot off of Leonard. Hhmmmm. Kinda think this could be a lower scoring game. GS favored by 3, 219 total, in Portland. 104-93 type of game….

  • realphipps

    McKinnie tonight.

    Feels like theyre trying to expose him to these big games for life w/o KD next season.

  • me_mike84

    i haven’t cashed in a showdown since game 2 of POR/DEN

    i just can’t figure these damn things out….i still do em hoping that i’m gonna get lucky one night

  • Ap1216

    @me_mike84 said...

    i haven’t cashed in a showdown since game 2 of POR/DEN

    i just can’t figure these damn things out….i still do em hoping that i’m gonna get lucky one night

    Do the two game slates, smaller contests but i find i higher success rate

  • hobbes2d

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    @realphipps said...

    McKinnie tonight.

    Feels like theyre trying to expose him to these big games for life w/o KD next season.

    lol. If KD is gone they’ll just bring in someone else.

  • hobbes2d

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    @me_mike84 said...

    i haven’t cashed in a showdown since game 2 of POR/DEN

    i just can’t figure these damn things out….i still do em hoping that i’m gonna get lucky one night

    Best advice I could give is get out of your comfort zone. I project every player in the 1 game showdown and then X out guys I think have almost no chance of getting me enough points to be in a winning lineup.

  • tmarohl

    @hobbes2d said...

    lol. If KD is gone they’ll just bring in someone else.

    No they won’t. They will be significantly over the cap and will only be able to acquire guys on contracts like the taxpayer exception.

    With that said, they will still be one of the top teams in the NBA with Steph, Klay, Dray and Iggie, as they are showing right now.

  • realphipps

    I should clarify… I dont think theyre grooming McKinnie to start or takeover KD’s role so much as developing a guy with length who can play playoff minutes at the 3/4 when KD is in NYC.

  • gaelicgirl

    @realphipps said...

    Feels like theyre trying to expose him to these big games for life w/o KD next season.

    KD living his best life right now, about to get paid and get a statue in front of Chase Center

    Everyone seems to think he’s insane for some reason LOL

  • ASitar

    Thoughts on Leonard tonight? Is he worth $5,400 on DK? If he’s gonna get 25-30 minutes and start I say yes, but he could get 12 minutes and sink your LU. Does it look like they’re sticking w him this game?

  • tmarohl

    @gaelicgirl said...

    KD living his best life right now, about to get paid and get a statue in front of Chase Center

    Everyone seems to think he’s insane for some reason LOL

    I don’t know. Like I said last week, can he even go back if they win the championship without him? Just seems to be too much smoke around KD. I mean, when 95% of the players in the league don’t think he is coming back, there must be something to it.

  • hobbes2d

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    @tmarohl said...

    No they won’t. They will be significantly over the cap and will only be able to acquire guys on contracts like the taxpayer exception.

    With that said, they will still be one of the top teams in the NBA with Steph, Klay, Dray and Iggie, as they are showing right now.

    The exception can bring them a pretty decent veteran. They can trade Iguodala if they need to make space. Livingston is as good as gone and his contract was non guaranteed for next year. Myers has proven to be one of the more creative GMs in the league. I’m not worried.

  • tmarohl

    THE ODD COUPLE WITH CHRIS BROUSSARD & ROB PARKER
    Kevin Durant Worst Nightmare is Coming True

    Chris Broussard and Jonas Knox dissect how Kevin Durant must feel as he watches his team win while he nurses his strained calf. Everyone knows the narrative surrounding KD and the Warriors. There’s an asterisk next to his two Championships because they came with Golden State. And though he’s the best player on the team and arguably in the league, if the Warriors win another Title without him, the narrative will be cemented that they never really needed him on the squad to begin with.

  • gaelicgirl

    @tmarohl said...

    I mean, when 95% of the players in the league don’t think he is coming back, there must be something to it.

    Didn’t players vote Draymond one of the most overrated, too? I rest my case.

  • Jonas137

    If Iggy sits, and McKinnie/Lee cover more in his stead, Blazers win this one at home.

  • tmarohl

    @hobbes2d said...

    The exception can bring them a pretty decent veteran. They can trade Iguodala if they need to make space. Livingston is as good as gone and his contract was non guaranteed for next year. Myers has proven to be one of the more creative GMs in the league. I’m not worried.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickmurray/2019/02/24/how-can-the-warriors-replace-kevin-durant/#331fcd8f5c5c

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