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Solo
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re: Thunder @ Pels
Pels are gonna make the playoffs and take a couple of games off the Lakers, not a doubt in my mind.

When BI is back we will have an elite scorer on the court at all times, two guys who can close out games, and Jrue to lock down the opposing teams best player.

MEM/PDX/SA has no chance at the 8 seed. None. Print the shirts.


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Bronc
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re: Thunder @ Pels
I mean I’m not sure who wants a team with two stars as opposed to three. Especially if you can do so and retain depth.

The Pels are one of the few positioned teams to pull it off in a league where most franchises have ran into the wall of only being able to bankroll or fit two stars under the cap system.

And both Zion and Ingram are likely posed to be guys that are going to be load managed and having that 3rd reliable option is not insignificant. Especially when you have the pipeline of draft picks to keep cheap depth and developmental talent going.

I get the sense this team has pumped up marginal players so long that we have conditioned ourselves not to think championship big.



JohnnyKilroy
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re: Thunder @ Pels
I think he's just talking about this season baw


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Milesahead
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re: Thunder @ Pels
Lets use the big 3 of the Heat: Bosh never gave full value on his contract. They were aided by vets taking less to help fill out their roster but it would be easy to believe they could have downgraded Bosh/his contract to upgrade any of 4-8.

It is important for a championship team to have 2 guys that can score/create on their own. BI is 1. We assume Zion develops to be 2. If he does, we dont need a 3rd star. We need consistent 3 and D type guys to surround them.

Gotta be able to play switch D to go deep into playoffs. Jrue does that. We need to make sure whoever we have can do that.

Jrue is a fit for this team. We can replace him but it better be with another fit...I am not sure Beal is that. In fact, not many can play good D on multiple positions while also stroking the 3. Those guys are in high demand.


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TigerinATL
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re: Thunder @ Pels
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I mean I’m not sure who wants a team with two stars as opposed to three. Especially if you can do so and retain depth.

...having that 3rd reliable option is not insignificant.


I wish Jrue was better, or at least more consistent and less error prone on offense. But considering that Ingram is just OK on defense at best, I really think if we were to trade in Jrue for a similar level player that has more offensive skill and less defensive skill, we'd start ripping that guy for not being good enough on defense.

I only got to watch the game in bits and pieces last night, but looking at the box score, the Thunder guards weren't very efficient last night. Would having Jrue's replacement score 24 instead of 14 matter if the OKC guards scored 10 more points too? I'm not saying a Beal or McCollum is inherently worse, but I do think they're a potential slight net negative vs. Jrue because their strengths AND weaknesses overlap a lot with Ingram.

If you can get a Paul George or Klay Thompson as your #3 you do it, but that's not very likely because those guys are rare and don't change teams very often. So if we're talking about Jrue vs. Beal/McCollum, I just think people are viewing that through a lens of today's problems instead of trying to figure out what we'll need tomorrow.


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