NBA Season is at the Mid-Point

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    NBA Season is at the Mid-Point

    Most teams have played half of their games. I have been locked into the NBA more than ever this season.

    Eastern Conference

    W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PPG OPP PPG DIFF STRK L10
    1Boston Celtics 33 10 .767 - 18-5 15-5 7-1 21-8 102.7 97.6 +5.1 W6 7-3
    2Toronto Raptors 28 10 .737 2.5 14-1 14-9 6-2 17-4 112.1 104.2 +7.9 W5 8-2
    3Cleveland Cavaliers 26 14 .650 5.5 15-4 11-10 6-3 19-8 110.2 108.2 +2.0 L1 4-6
    4Washington Wizards 23 17 .575 8.5 13-7 10-10 3-3 11-10 106.4 104.0 +2.4 L1 7-3
    5Miami Heat 22 17 .564 9 11-9 11-8 6-3 14-9 100.9 102.2 -1.3 W4 7-3
    6Milwaukee Bucks 21 18 .538 10 13-7 8-11 4-6 9-13 105.9 106.4 -0.5 L1 5-5
    7Detroit Pistons 21 18 .538 10 13-5 8-13 4-4 12-12 101.9 101.9 +0.0 L1 5-5
    8Indiana Pacers 21 19 .525 10.5 13-9 8-10 7-5 16-11 107.3 106.6 +0.7 W2 4-6
    Philadelphia 76ers 19 19 .500 11.5 9-9 10-10 1-5 8-9 108.6 107.9 +0.6 W4 5-5
    New York Knicks 19 21 .475 12.5 15-7 4-14 4-3 9-15 103.2 103.9 -0.7 W1 3-7
    Charlotte Hornets 15 23 .395 15.5 10-10 5-13 4-2 7-14 105.0 106.0 -0.9 W2 5-5
    Brooklyn Nets 15 25 .375 16.5 9-12 6-13 0-7 8-14 106.6 108.8 -2.2 L2 4-6
    Chicago Bulls 14 27 .341 18 9-11 5-16 3-6 12-13 101.8 108.1 -6.3 L2 4-6
    Orlando Magic 12 28 .300 19.5 7-12 5-16 2-6 7-17 105.1 110.7 -5.6 L4 1-9
    Atlanta Hawks 10 30 .250 21.5 7-11 3-19 3-4 6-19 103.8 108.5 -4.7 L4 3-7


    Western Conference

    W L PCT GB HOME ROAD DIV CONF PPG OPP PPG DIFF STRK L10
    1Golden State Warriors 33 8 .805 - 16-5 17-3 5-1 20-5 116.0 106.1 +9.8 W5 8-2
    2Houston Rockets 28 11 .718 4 14-6 14-5 5-2 15-6 114.9 107.1 +7.8 W1 3-7
    3San Antonio Spurs 28 14 .667 5.5 18-2 10-12 5-3 15-8 101.6 98.4 +3.3 W1 6-4
    4Minnesota Timberwolves 26 16 .619 7.5 15-6 11-10 7-1 21-6 108.4 105.0 +3.4 W2 7-3
    5Oklahoma City Thunder 22 18 .550 10.5 14-6 8-12 5-5 13-11 104.8 101.2 +3.6 L1 7-3
    6Portland Trail Blazers 21 18 .538 11 10-10 11-8 2-3 10-10 102.9 101.8 +1.1 W2 5-5
    7Denver Nuggets 21 19 .525 11.5 14-4 7-15 4-6 12-13 107.6 106.0 +1.5 L2 5-5
    8New Orleans Pelicans 20 19 .513 12 10-9 10-10 2-3 10-14 110.8 110.9 -0.2 W1 5-5
    LA Clippers 18 21 .462 14 11-9 7-12 7-2 12-13 106.1 106.7 -0.6 W1 7-3
    Utah Jazz 16 24 .400 16.5 13-7 3-17 4-7 9-14 100.9 101.7 -0.8 L3 2-8
    Phoenix Suns 16 26 .381 17.5 8-14 8-12 3-5 10-15 105.7 112.1 -6.4 W1 5-5
    Sacramento Kings 13 26 .333 19 7-12 6-14 3-4 8-13 97.6 106.2 -8.5 L1 4-6
    Dallas Mavericks 13 28 .317 20 8-14 5-14 4-6 8-17 102.0 104.4 -2.4 L3 5-5
    Memphis Grizzlies 12 27 .308 20 7-13 5-14 4-6 11-15 98.9 102.4 -3.5 L2 3-7
    Los Angeles Lakers 12 27 .308 20 7-14 5-13 2-8 5-19 107.0 111.8 -4.7 W1 1-9
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    So how you feeling about your team(s) and season?

    My TWolves are starting to take form. Jimmy "Buckets" Butler is easily their best player. KAT's production scoring wise has dropped some, but over the past 2-3 weeks he has made strides defensively. Butler and Taj's presence have been invaluable. I hate how many minutes Thibs plays the starters, but I am not sure what the alternative is. Jamal Crawford is their best bench contributor, with Dieng generally giving solid minutes. Tyus Jones has started to grow on me.

    Oh yeah, and last night they obliterated the Cavs who are absolutely putrid on defense. Minnesota was up 41 points at one time.

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    I am coming around on Boston maybe representing the East. It is amazing how great they are on defense. Last week the TWolves went to Boston and the whole game every possession on offense they were out of sorts... and Minnesota can get buckets, typically. It is weird, you get shots on them, but they scout so well, each shot you take is in a place you struggle.

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    Mid-season update:

    LeBron is trash.

    Carry on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDeuce View Post
    Mid-season update:

    LeBron is trash.

    Carry on.
    In fairness, he does need more help...

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    Kidding aside, LeBron is amazing to watch. Last night he was held to a season low, but how massive he is amazes me each time. Butler was guarding him and I bet LeBron outweighs him by 60 pounds. That said, his defensive game is just not there. On offense he is as good as ever. (He did block Tyus Jones on a layup and in typical fashion had to stare down he and the Wolves bench. Congrats, another fastbreak block on a 6'0" guard. Later in the game Jones stuffed one down not allowing LeBron to have his patented breakaway block )

    Will the Cavs make a trade for DeAndre Jordan before the deadline?

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    Donovan Mitchell is fun to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugatti View Post
    In fairness, he does need more help...
    I never know if you’re preaching the gospel when you say this or if you’re being sarcastic. Makes it tough to like/dislike appropriately.

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    The Cavs are fine, the Sixers are two years away from unseating them, Lonzo is better than stats, DeRozan is butchering Kobe’s game like Kobe did to MJ’s, Harden is really good.

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    The Bulls get Lavine back Saturday.

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    Dan Patrick’s Stat of the day: the Lakers are winless when Lonzo doesn’t play. I think the number is 0-8.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnottieDrippen View Post
    Dan Patrick’s Stat of the day: the Lakers are winless when Lonzo doesn’t play. I think the number is 0-8.
    The Lakers have many problems, but I think Lonzo will be a tremendous PG. He is incredibly well rounded on the court. That shot is all sorts of broken though and he does become disengaged at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnottieDrippen View Post
    Dan Patrick’s Stat of the day: the Lakers are winless when Lonzo doesn’t play. I think the number is 0-8.
    Which would make them 15-21 when he does. Their just not very good either way.

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    Darius Miller seeing good time for the Pelicans, averaging around 8 PPG and is 16 in the league in 3 point percentage.

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    I have a theory about the Cavs and their struggles.....They've got an older roster. They're aiming at the 4 seed. That way they can face the Celtics earlier and be fresher. Then if they win, they can just coast through the ECF against whoever it is and try to rest up and have the legs to deal with Golden State.

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