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What matters in the NBA?

soul rattler
soul rattler Chief Petty Officer of the Ill Community Naval CommandHOOYAHMembers Posts: 18,852 ✭✭✭✭✭
In Summer league, anyone who passes judgement on players are scolded by those who say, "Calm down, it's just SL. A chip isn't on the line and none of the superstars are playing."

In the Pre-season, anyone who passes judgement on teams are told, "Calm down, it's just PS. A chip isn't on the line and the superstars have been resting all summer."

During the regular season, especially at the beginning, anyone who passes judgement on teams and players are told, "Calm down, a chip isn't on the line and it's too early to tell what will happen."

Playoffs? Depending on the teams playing, it's "Calm down, it's just the 1st/2nd round. Wait till (insert one media favorite team) plays (insert another media favorite team). A chip isn't on the line yet."

And then the finals come and go and people come up with these 'asterisks' about injuries and team matchups that didn't happen and supposed pivotal moments that change the entire series and they go "... But it only happened because of what happened in the playoffs/regular season."

So what part of the season truly does, or does not, matter?


  • lamontbdc
    lamontbdc 16th & UMembers Posts: 18,824 ✭✭✭✭✭
    2nd half and playoffs/finals matter. All that 🤬 folks saying about teams in the finals are just folks looking for an excuse to slight ppl. Having that ring and trophy matters
  • SELASI_i
    SELASI_i DARK VEDA KCMembers Posts: 2,237 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The Lakers... that's all that matters.
  • TheGOAT
    TheGOAT El Coyote unknownGuests, Members, Writer, Content Producer Posts: 15,916 ✭✭✭✭✭
    every game matters

    playoff seating is usually decided by single digit games
  • Sir Lurkalot
    Sir Lurkalot Chief Lurkistrator Members Posts: 5,426 ✭✭✭✭✭
    health & 4th qtrs of playoff games matters
  • #1hiphopjunki3
    #1hiphopjunki3 Sion Guests, Members, Writer, Content Producer Posts: 3,557 ✭✭✭✭✭
    TheGOAT wrote: »
    every game matters

    playoff seating is usually decided by single digit games

    For a real fan of the NBA, like stated above all of it matters.

    New players and teams build chemistry during Summer League, Preseason and early regular season games. So if your team has a new star player or coach and is trying to implement the new player or a new style of play all of those early games matter to get the familiarity with each other.

    As far as the league as a whole in the whole regular season matters in the West due to playoff seeding. You have to bring it every night and try and win as much as you can to even get in the playoffs in the west and favorable style match-ups are a real thing in any sport so winning as much as you can, might help dictate who you play in what round.
  • MeekMonizzLLLLLLe14
    MeekMonizzLLLLLLe14 Members Posts: 15,337 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The only thing that matters is: Do you have multiple ways/players that can/will score in the playoffs

    If not then you're 🤬
  • S2J
    S2J Members Posts: 28,458 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What kinda my first NBA game question is this

    Trends, chunks of games matter. How you consistently perform at end of games, putting together home win streaks, matchups vs certain players/player types, etc
  • marc123
    marc123 Members Posts: 16,999 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What matters in the NBA?

    having Lebron on your team.

    close thread
  • 5 Grand
    5 Grand Members Posts: 12,869 ✭✭✭✭✭
    What matters is everything after the trade deadline.

    Before the trade deadline a wack team can acquire LeBron James in the middle of the season.