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11/11/2020 4:55 pm  #51


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ABL Playoff Preview

The #1 seeded Atlanta Phoenix enter the playoffs with high expectations, but face league MVP Larry Bird and the Columbus Explorers in the first round. In the other semifinal, the Milwaukee Robins are heavy favorites over the Charlotte Hornets despite being the lower seed, due to their more difficult schedule. A high-powered finals matchup between the Phoenix and Robins would be a great way for the new league to attract fans


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11/16/2020 2:00 pm  #52


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PBL Playoffs

Semifinals
The New York Gothams handily defeated the San Francisco Sea Lions, as expected. The 4 game sweep was never close, with Gothams winning every game by at least 20 points and the Sea Lions never having the lead in the second half. The other semifinal series got off to a more evenly matched start, with the teams splitting the first 2 games in LA. However, in Game 3, Los Angeles Jets center David Greenwood blocked Boston Shamrocks rookie William Bedford in the closing seconds to seal the 2 point victory. Jets star Michael Jordan then put up matching 40 point games to seal the series.

Finals
The New York Gothams picked up right where they left off against San Francisco winning a pair of blowouts at home despite many predicting a closer series. The series tightened up when it moved out West with the Gothams requiring overtime to win game 3. However, a dominant performance by league MVP Michael Jordan in game 4 ended the Gothams hopes of a sweep. Game 5 was also close, but the Gothams pulled away at the end to become the inaugural PBL Champions.

Semifinals
E1 New York 4 W2 San Francisco 0
W1 Los Angeles 4 E2 Boston 1
Finals
E1 New York 4 W1 Los Angeles  1

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11/17/2020 4:13 pm  #53


Re: Basketball Alt-History

ABL Playoffs

Semifinals
The #1 seeded Atlanta Phoenix were expecting to face a tough first-round matchup against the Columbus Explorers and league MVP Larry Bird, but didn’t receive one. All-ABL Guard Alvin Robertson struggled in the series, which ended in a four game sweep. In the other semifinal, the Milwaukee Robins were favored despite being the lower seed. The Charlotte Hornets did not take kindly to their opponents hype and blew them out in the first game. However, the Robins responded with a blowout of their own in game 2, followed by much closer wins in games 3 and 4. Facing elimination, the Charlotte Hornets won game 5 after Robins guard Sidney Moncreif missed a buzzer beating 3-pointer. Back in Charlotte, the Hornets struggled early and a late comeback came up short.

Finals
The stage was set for a showdown in the ABL Finals. The Atlanta Phoenix won game 1 at home by a healthy margin, but needed overtime to win in game 2. The series shifted to Milwaukee and so did the momentum, with Robins blowing out the Phoenix in games 3 & 4. Game 5 looked to be a continuation of the previous 2, but the Phoenix overcame a halftime deficit to win. Back in Atlanta, the Phoenix blew a 4 point lead in the last minute, with Robins guard Kevin McHale draining back to back threes. Their emotional win in game 6 seemed to have drained the Robins, as they never got going in game 7, making the Atlanta Phoenix the inaugural ABL Champions.

Semifinals
#3 Milwaukee 4 #2 Charlotte 2
#1 Atlanta 4 #4 Columbus 0
Finals
#1 Atlanta 4 #3 Milwaukee 3 

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11/30/2020 5:48 pm  #54


Re: Basketball Alt-History

CBA Season Preview

The CBA also lost 9 teams that had played in the 1985-86 season, including 5 of the 8 playoff teams. The Tampa Bay Thrillers, Florida Stingers, Bay State Bombardiers, Toronto Tornados, Detroit Spirits, Wisconsin Flyers, La Crosse Catbirds, Wyoming Wildcatters, and Maine Windjammers all folded in between the end of last season and the beginning of this one. They have been replaced by 7 expansion franchises; the Jacksonville Jets, Pensacola Tornados, Fort Wayne Flyers, Quad Cities Catbirds, Houston Spirits, Dallas Wranglers, and San Antonio Wildcatters. This also means a new divisional alignment. The Baltimore Lightning and Albany Patroons will be joined in the East by Jacksonville and Pensacola. The Cincinnati Slammers and Evansville Thunder welcome Fort Wayne and Quad Cities to the newly formed Central Division. The defending Champion Kansas City Sizzlers are joined out West by Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.

As defending Champs, the Sizzlers seem to be the favorite to take home the title this year. The only other returning playoff teams, Cincinnati and Evansville, also appear capable of making a run. After just missing out on the playoffs last year, the Baltimore Lightning look to finish the deal this time. The last returning team, Albany, seems likely to come up short again. Not a lot of conclusions can be drawn from the 7 expansion franchises, but of them the Jacksonville Jets seem to be in the best position to make a run.

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