2021 NBA Playoffs

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  1. Phall

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    The 2021 field is set with the new "play-in round" to include ten teams from each conference. The winner of the 7 vs 8 game becomes the 7th seed, and the winner of the 9-10 game plays the 7-8 loser to acquire the 8th seed. Here's a shell overview of the each team. I hope I didn't miss anybody!

    Western Conference
    1. Utah Jazz

    Starters: Joe Ingles, Bojan Bogdanovich
    Rotation:
    Reserves: Ersan Ilyasova

    The Jazz are a well-rounded team and both white starters are key contributors if not superstars. Bogdanovich is having his best year yet, and Ingles has aged like fine wine.

    2. Phoenix Suns
    Starters:
    Rotation: Frank Kaminsky, Dario Saric
    Reserves:

    Two white bigs might earn some rotation minutes based on matchups.

    3. Denver Nuggets
    Starters: Nikola Jokic, Facundo Campazzo
    Rotation:
    Reserves: Vlatko Cancar

    The Nuggets should be a CF favorite simply because of Jokic. The whole team rides on him, so any playoff success will be attributed to him. Campazzo, a 29 yr old rookie from Argentina, is now the starting point guard after Jamal Murray's season-ending injury.

    4. Los Angeles Clippers
    Starters:
    Rotation: Ivica Zubac, Luke Kennard
    Reserves:

    Kennard has flashed starter-level talent throughout his career but belongs to a franchise that will never give him that endorsement.

    5. Dallas Mavericks
    Starters: Luca Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis
    Rotation: Maxi Kleber
    Reserves: JJ Redick, Boban Marjanovic, Nicolo Melli

    Doncic is an All-NBA prodigy, Porzingis is an all-star when healthy, and both Redick and Marjanovic are very competent if called on for spot minutes. Obvious CF favorite.

    6. Portland Trail Blazers
    Starters: Jusuf Nurkic
    Rotation: Enes Kanter (Turkish)
    Reserves: TJ Leaf, Zach Collins

    Nurkic has been coming on strong of late after the string of injuries that have marred his last two seasons. Collins has spent the entire year rehabbing. Kanter is one of the league's best rebounders.

    7. Los Angeles Lakers
    Starters:
    Rotation: Alex Caruso, Marc Gasol
    Reserves:

    Caruso is a fun-to-watch glue player, but realistically, every red-blooded American wants LeBron to lose early.

    8. Golden State Warriors
    Starters:
    Rotation:
    Reserves: Nico Mannion, Alen Smailogic

    The Woke Warriors are one of the most white-unfriendly teams in the NBA.

    9. Memphis Grizzlies
    Starters: Jonas Valanciunas
    Rotation: Grayson Allen
    Reserves: Jonh Konchar, Sean McDermott

    Valanciunas is an elite rebounder and solid second-tier center in the league. Grayson Allen has been sitting with an injury but will hopefully be available to push for a couple of wins and snag the 8th seed.

    10. San Antonio Spurs
    Starters: Jakob Poeltl
    Rotation:
    Reserves: Luka Samanic

    Poeltl is a top shot-blocker and has developed into a quality starter this year after an extensive racial apprenticeship.


    Eastern Conference
    1. Philadelphia 76ers

    Starters:
    Rotation:
    Reserves: Furkan Korkmaz (Turk)

    The Sixers have nothing to cheer for.

    2. Brooklyn Nets
    Starters: Joe Harris
    Rotation:
    Reserves:

    Joe Harris has carved out a comfy role for himself as a spot-up shooter. He gets open looks playing off of "the big three" and has produced by far the top 3-point percentage in the league. Despite the points and minutes, he will never be a star on this team.

    3. Milwaukee Bucks
    Starters: Donte DiVincenzo, Brook Lopez (white hispanic)
    Rotation: Pat Connaughton
    Reserves: Sam Merrill

    DiVincenzo was promoted to the starting lineup this season. Hopefully, his production makes a jump in the coming year or two. Connaughton is still one of the premier athletes in the entire league. I'm a bit disappointed that his physical tools never translated into much of an offensive game.

    4. New York Knicks
    Starters:
    Rotation:
    Reserves: Luca Vildoza

    The Knicks almost achieved the diversity singularity, but they signed the Argentinian Vildoza away from his Spanish club at the beginning of the month, probably to meet the secret quota. It's not impossible that he becomes their point guard next year, but I doubt they'll thrust him into the lineup at this stage.

    5. Atlanta Hawks
    Starters: Kevin Huerter, Bogdan Bogdanovic
    Rotation: Danilo Gallinari
    Reserves:

    Credit to Atlanta for developing Huerter into a well-rounded starter and getting the other Bogdanovic his shots.

    6. Miami Heat
    Starters: Duncan Robinson
    Rotation: Tyler Herro, Goran Dragic
    Reserves: Nemanja Bjelica

    The Heat have thinned their roster a bit (Kelly Olynyk, Meyers Leonard) but still have three solid white contributors. Herro still shows all-star potential in his second season and can score in bunches. Dragic is a prolific veteran, and Robinson is one of the best deep threats in the league. Whereas Joe Harris cleans up open threes for the Nets, Robinson does more of the opposite and spaces the floor for his teammates, as he's now part of the opposing team's defensive gameplan.

    7. Boston Celtics
    Starters:
    Rotation: Payton Pritchard
    Reserves: Luke Kornet

    No need to root for a Boston upset.

    8. Washington Wizards
    Starters:
    Rotation: Davis Bertans, Raul Neto, Robin Lopez (white hispanic)
    Reserves: Deni Avdija (Jewish)

    Bertans is a premier 3-point shooter. Avdija didn't get much traction after being the top "white" player drafted in 2020 and is on the shelf with an injury. Neto may also miss the play-in games with an injury of his own.

    9. Indiana Pacers
    Starters: Domantas Sabonis
    Rotation: TJ McConnell, Doug McDermott
    Reserves: Goga Bitadze

    The Pacers are the top rooting interest for these play-in games Tuesday and Wednesday. Sabonis is a top star and always a triple-double threat. McConnell ranks second in the league in steals, is a potential 6th man of the year, and plays starters minutes. McDermott is a reliable veteran contributor. All three are leaned on every game.

    10. Charlotte Hornets
    Starters:
    Rotation: Cody Zeller
    Reserves: Gordon Hayward

    Hayward has been ruled out for the play-in games - he's been out injured since the beginning of April.
     
  2. Phall

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    So in the West, we should be eyeing the Mavericks, Nuggets, and Jazz as the CF favorites. The East has the Pacers, Heat, Hawks, and perhaps Bucks as white-friendly options. Here's hoping the Bulls get it together next year too, as they have a lot of capable players. I still won't be planning my schedule around watching these games, but maybe it will be worth keeping an eye on the box scores. Luka had that incredible moment last year hitting a very deep game-winning three from the Black Lives Matter logo - that was some must-see TV!
     
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    Excellent work my friend. It's funny that the NBA has gotten a little more white with all of the european stars. Not nearly white enough though especially with how most white american players are ignorred. At least it's more bearable than the NFL which
    seems to get worse every year. I enjoy both but having superstars like Jokic and Doncic make the edge go slightly to basketball at the moment. I enjoy college football more than pro but I will not give up. Hoping someday that more of our guys will get a
    fair chance. Thanks for the great writeup. Also I hope you continue to follow track as I'm a life long fan and it's nice to see more new faces posting over there on that thread.
     
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    Thanks, WL! Matthew Boling deserves the credit for renewing my interest in the track circuit. I've been following his video highlights all year. He reminds me of me back in high school, except... I was a little bit slower, haha! I know I'm alone in wishing for him to train up his 400m, but that's only because that was my old race.

    I hope Doncic pulls more white fans/players back to basketball in the same way.

    Tonight's Pacers game starts at 6:30 EST. They are banged up - Sabonas and Brogdon are probable while nursing injuries, and Levert got thrown into "health and safety protocol" for the next 10-14 days by the league, probably because his mask fell off during a shootaround. Clever way for Adam Silver to twist the screws on the East's most white-friendly team. Hopefully, McConnell gets some extended run and McDermott gets hot.
     
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    The Pacers are looking great up by over 20 at halftime. McDermott had 20 pts in the first half. :)
     
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    Great win for the Pacers!
     
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    Yes, excellent game. Indiana blew this game open immediately thanks to 16 first quarter points from Doug McDermott, who finished with 21 and has now scored in double digits for 14 straight games. He's no downgrade from the injured starter TJ Warren.

    McConnell logged more minutes than Brogdan and finished with 4 steals and a 17-5-3 line. Goga Bitadze added 14 and 10 off the bench. And of course, Sabonis produced a dominant line of 14-21-9.

    Hopefully the Pacers can continue this run of form against the Wizards and their two black ballhogs.

    Cody Zeller went out swinging in defeat with 17 points off the bench for the Hornets, matching his second-highest tally of the season.
     
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    Thanks for the updates Phall! Looks like the Pacers need to get McDermott more shots. His 21 points came from 7-9 shooting and 3-3 from the line.
     
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    Rooting hard for Pacers. Was a big fan of McDermott and McConnell in college, glad to see them coming in to their own as pros!
     
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    Memphis logged an impressive overtime victory over the woke Warriors, who played only black players. Grayson Allen racked up four three-pointers, four rebounds, four steals, and a block coming off the bench. He was +17 in point differential during his 25 minutes. Maybe a little extra playing time and they wouldn’t have needed OT. The Jazz will be a tough matchup in the “first round.”

    Sucks that Indiana was spent as they lost to the Wizards last night. Sabonis got his triple-double, but the team shot poorly and didn’t have the firepower after all its injuries and scratches. Washington didn’t get much from its own white players. Hopefully they muster up enough to at least tire out the all-black 76ers in the next round.
     
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    Bucks knock off the Heat in OT. Dragic (25) and Robinson (24) led the Heat in scoring. Unfortunately, Jimmy Butler had a horrible 4/22 shooting day. Herro was also bad shooting 2/10.

    Divicenzo and Connaughton didn’t do much for the Bucks.
     
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    The Dallas Mavs are up by 5 at the half. Doncic has 21 pts so far!
     
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    Dallas knocks off the odious Clippers in game one. Racist Ty Lue has removed Luke Kennard and his 45% 3-point shooting from the rotation. Luka with a triple double. Porzingis needs to contribute more.
     
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    Huge win for the Dallas Mavs on the road in a game that they were 6 point underdogs!

    Luka Doncic with his 3rd triple double in 7 career playoff games. Simply amazing.


    Luka Doncic 31 pts, 11 assists, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal.
    Kristapps Porzingis 14 pts, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 blocked shot.
     
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    3rd Triple Double in only 7 Playoff appearances! Doncic is unreal for a 22 year old!

    Caught 2nd half of Bucks/Heat game. Dragic and Robinson were great. Nice to see Connaughton and Donte D getting lots of minutes for Milwaukee. Hoping Sam Merrill can break into that rotation next season.
     
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    I clicked on espn to check out the Mavs box score and the only highlight of mavs/clippers is leonard dunking on kleber! Nothing about Luka and his triple double.
     
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    Herro needs to get out of Miami. Nunn is getting all his minutes.
     
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    The Mavs were the best story of all the Game 1's. Pundits universally picked the Clippers, who tanked the last week of the season to get a #4 seed and dodge the Lakers. It would be karmic justice as well as a pronounced caste win to see them drop the series to Dallas.

    Meanwhile, LeBron James flouted the NBA's rules and attended a promotional event for the tequila company he sponsors. We saw Caris Levert, who is one of Indiana's top players, miss the play-in series due to unspecified contact tracing. Predictably though, the rules don't apply to James. Interestingly, woke activist James is mum on the 'vaccine' question (he didn't get it). Good for him, but there's no way he would make a proactive statement about it (and no way the sycophantic sports journalists will press the issue).

    Here is James flopping in typical, spectacular fashion during his team's big loss to the Suns. You can see the theatrics start before he hits the ground, but once he lands, he decides that his shoulder has been hurt on impact. James does this a lot when his team is losing to provide an excuse for himself. Also note the generic black thug assaulting Alex Caruso, the lone white player on the court, after the play is stopped. What a coincidence.

     
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    Exactly why LeBitch James will never be considered a great to me.. Think Magic or Bird cried like that!? So sick of the guy, I've been hoping for a torn ACL or Achilles for years now.
     
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    This post is why I won’t watch the NBA anymore. Black primadonnas who get special treatment. White players getting physically bullied and attacked. Woke politics to an insane degree.

    If the Mavs advance, I may try to catch them in action but that’s it. I do however appreciate the work you guys are putting in and the updates!
     
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    I'm hoping Mavs dominate Clippers rest of this series. It'd be nice seeing caste Cucks like Donkey Lips Sharp and Shrimp Bayless with meltdowns. They are already panicking because Lakers look terrible lol.
     
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    I hear that, I’m actual going to watch this series! Luka and Kristaps better keep their head and a swivel because that racist thug Morris is going to be looking for a cheap shot. Carlisle should send in Maranjanovich for a couple minutes to poleaxe his ass before he takes out Luka. The big guy may to much of a gentle giant to do the dirty deed though.
     
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    I'm rooting for the Atlanta Hawks too. They play 3 of our guys heavy minutes and they are up 1-0 at the moment.
     
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    It was great to see the Denver Nuggets bounce back todayin game 2 to even the playoff series. Nikola Jokic is the MVP and no one with any true basketball knowledge can argue that. I really want him to win the NBA MVP which he should do in a very easy vote. We know though that living in a Clown World he could lost just like McCaffrey losing the Heisman at Stanford. The Anti White Bias Worldwide is beyond anything we could ever imagine. The Caste System on Steroids.

    In todays win Jokic was huge again as always! Say it with me guys. MVP....MVP.....MVP! :)

    Nikola Jokic 38 pts, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal in only 31 minutes. He was huge in Game 1 in this series but got very little help.

    Let's Go Nuggets. Let's Go Jokic!
     
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    Connaughton had 15 pts off the bench. DiVencenzo only had 5pts but 7reb and 4 assists and 2steals.

    Robinson chipped in 10 on 6 shots. Dragic continues to play well had 18pts. Media has becoming hostile towards Herro in his Sophomore slump. He's still only 21.
     

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