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Celebrating the love of the Game.

NBA Playoffs: April 30

Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson were unstoppable all night long–no one on the Spurs’ roster could guard them. So somebody tell me–why were Steve Blake and JR Smith (who hadn’t hit a shot between them) taking the shots at the end of the game? There are some problems across the board if that’s happening. The coach should make sure that doesn’t happen; the stars should make sure they get the ball; the slumping players shouldn’t even think about shooting unless they absolutely have to (which they did not in any case). I like George Karl, but I’m starting to think that he’s a bad fit for this team.

Cleveland/Washington Series Recap
So Washington didn’t really have a chance in this one. I don’t think anyone who wasn’t on the Wizards’ roster really thought they did. I thought they could maybe steal a game or two if Jamison played well, but he had an incredible series (32/10) and they still got swept. I don’t know what more to say because there wasn’t much to learn about either team except that it’s tough to win without your stars.

I don’t have much tonight because I have to finish some homework, but I promise that soon I will give you a comparison of the stars of the 2003 draft class.

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April 30, 2007 Posted by | Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, NBA, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Yao Ming

Ok, I guess I’m not entirely sure how accurate my opinion here can be just because I don’t watch Yao play alot, but still, I think this guy could be a Hall-of-Fame center. Not right now. He has an unlimited aresenal of post moves, like drop steps, jump hook, baby hook, reverse lay-ups, etc. But the one thing that he could do most often and easiest he doesn’t. The slam dunk. Its almost as if he’s afraid he’ll hurt the rim. Tonight, he started the game 1-8 from the field. I watched him miss several buckets from within 5 feet because he tried to just flip the ball into the basket. Instead of that, why does he not just explode as high as he can and stuff it on whoever is in his path! The man is 7’5″, this means he can reach far over 8-8 1/2′ high. He only needs to get 18-24″ off the ground and he’s at the rim. We all have seen how easily he can dunk and he could easily outjump Okur or Boozer whose guarding him. Watching him tonight, there is alot about Yao that I love. He runs the floor very well and loves to run straight down inside the charge-circle and start posting deep early. This is crucial to any great post player, and Yao does it to perfection. My only complaint is once he gets it that deep– dunk the freaking basketball! When Yao can do this, he will become an unstoppable force in the paint. I can think of no answer for him. He can run the floor way better than Shaq, and is to strong for guys built like Shaun Bradley. Tim Duncan is the best bet, but he gives up about 6″ to Yao, and this would make it very hard to stop him. When Yao learns to dunk the ball and use all that strength he has, we will see if he really can be the Hall of Fame center he has the potential to be.

April 30, 2007 Posted by | Houston Rockets, NBA, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Baron Davis

I would like to dedicate this blog to Baron Davis and his awesomness. This guy reminds me of a much larger and more talented scale me when I was a senior in high school. His team is very similar and plays very similar to how mine did, the only thing we don’t really have in common is I played in the middle of a 2-3 defense and got alot of rebounds; he plays out front of a match-up zone and gets alot of steals. But I’m not talking about stats or style of play; I’m referring to how he never ever quits in any game. He plays with so much passion and leadership! Due to this, I love to watch him play. Dallas has tried to close out on GS and seal up a game so many times, but this man just keeps coming and coming and coming. To quote Avery Johnson, “He’s a good player. He’s a strong-willed guy, but strong-willed guys can be beaten.” Heh, clearly not by this Mavericks team. Johnson went on to talk about how regardless of how Dallas has been trapping him, he manages to get out of it and make a play. I’v noticed that no matter how far down GS gets, Davis manages to make a few big plays in a row and put them back in the game. All it takes is about 3 good plays in a row and that GS crowd is going nuts. Thats tough to play in. That is mostly why I think that Dallas will win Game 5 at home, but GS takes it away in Game 6. If they gave away game balls in basketball at the end of a series, game ball goes to Baron Davis.

For those of you who can find the similarities between how I used to/still play and how Baron Davis plays, well, you have a good knowledge of the game of basketball. For those of you who can understand it like I do, you have a great one.

April 30, 2007 Posted by | Calvary Baptist, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, NBA | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chicago/Detroit Series

Well, for what its worth, let us all remember that I told Mark and Zack, “If Chicago sweeps Miami, they will beat Detroit.” I was in all likelihood going to pick them anyway, but would have had to think about it if the series had been dragged to 6 or 7 games. Since it was complete pwnanation by Chicago, this makes the series even easier.

Ok, so this is Chicago’s first trip out of the second round in this millennium, and yes, Detroit has won World Championships this millennium. Guess what, so has Miami. And Chicago just made them look bad. Chicago took the reigning World Champions and smacked them around in Chicago and in Miami. My apologies for almost posting a false stat. Chicago actually beat Miami worse than Detroit beat Orlando.

Here are some stats to prove it. They are very close, but I have to give Chicago the slight edge. Plus, they did it agaisnt a much better team! Granted, Miami did not have a healthy D-Wade, but they completely shut him down! They are playing really well, to understate it. Their guard play has been excellent, and they are executing their offense to perfection! Plus Ben Wallace is hitting freethrows! What is that?! He is going to be the difference maker in this series. Against Miami, he had 9.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.8 ast, and only 2.75 fouls. The key for him is to just stay out of foul trouble in Detroit. He’s been playing 40 minutes a game, and those are great numbers for a big man! and he’s shooting 62% from the charity stripe. Ya, good luck Detroit.

The only thing that Detroit has going for them now is just their experience. They still have four starters from the championship teams, but where is their fifth starter? Oh, ya, he’s playing against them. I would say that experience is going to play a factor here, but Miami had some championship experience, and they still got swept. If Chicago can beat a team…nay, sweep a team with Shaq on it– and Ben Wallace average 50% more points/game then he did in the regular season!!– then who in the East is going to stop them? Wallace can easily alter the shots of every player that Detroit has–even crappy, washed-up, no good, blah blah blah Chris Webber– and Chicago should be able to wrap this one up in 6. I’ve said for several months now that Chicago has a legit chance to go to the finals, and unless Cleveland (i.e. Lebron) really shows me something in the second round, that will be my prediction.

by the way, I’m not nearly as good as Tony Kornheisser about coming up with funky names.

April 30, 2007 Posted by | Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment