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Basketball update

Well, there is lots to talk about. So much so that I’m not really sure where to begin with all of it. I will start with college basketball.

I have probably spent the least amount of time on college basketball as a whole as opposed to any of the other basketball things going on because of one simple fact: KU. After Late Night in the Phog, my love for that team has continually grown greater and greater. I see them winning a National Title and really nothing else matters. Sure I care about college basketball; I love it; but I love KU way more to put to much effort into finding out a great deal more about alot more teams. (somewhere around 364 others) I’m sure I will post a KU blog and another college basketblog *lawl*, but until then, you know my only desire for April is to see Kansas cutting down nets in San Antonio.

The NBA started this week. I thought it amusing and yet unsurprising that the Spurs bench managed to beat Portland (the only game I’ve seen so far). I haven’t decided on predictions except that as long as the Bulls keep Ben Wallace (interior D and rebounding) they make the NBA finals, with or without Kobe. With Kobe and Ben Wallace, they take a series to 7 against whoever they play, but I won’t say they win it. Kobe has vetoed all trade deals for him that would involve Luol Deng, so we have to assume that Wallace or Thomas/Noah are gonna be involved in a trade. I hope that Noah goes, I really really hate him. Yes, Von, he is a sasquatch. As for predictions and other NBA things, those are later. Time to move on.

CBA’s basketball team started this week also. (I love Halloween. Not for candy, or stupid costumes, or anything like that, but it means its basketball season, baby!) I like what I’ve seen out of the first few workouts. I think the entire team is hard working as a whole. I’ve seen HUGE improvement in some players, and steps towards improvement in others; but what I really like, and this could just be because its the beginning of the year, is that everyone seems to really want to learn. They want to get better, which makes our job much much easier! Its impossible to teach someone who doesn’t want to learn, but when people are tying to get better, they will. It might take awhile, but they will. I think this team could be really good and maybe even great, but we’ve only had 1 1/2 practice. They have a tournament next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We will know alot more by then.

Thats a quick update on my basketball world. When I decide on predictions for the NBA season and college basketball, I will let you all know.

I love this game!

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November 1, 2007 Posted by | Big 12, Calvary Baptist, Chicago Bulls, High School, LA Lakers, NCAA, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs | , , | 1 Comment

Kansas Basketball pre-blog

Before college basketball starts, I would like to first let everyone now….er..let von (the only other reader) know that I will not make any predictions for the 2007-2008 college basketball season save one: Kansas wins the National Championship. I need not explain it, because I just have to many reasons that they will. By the same token, there are nearly that many reasons why they won’t. but dont try to argue with me, you will not change my mind, and if I begin to discuss it, I will get worked up about it. Now, I said all that to say this….

My college basketblogs will consist of: Game previews, Game recaps, single game predictions on games involving two teams whose names are not the Kansas Jayhawks. I will probably make game recaps about KU games in which case when they lose, I will probably be very hard on them, and when they win I will probably brag on them equally. Sometimes I feel like I know them and know each of the potentials (obviously not true) and when they don’t play up to that potential I get angry!! That being said, for those of you who hate listening to me talk about KU, you’ll probably want to steer clear of all KU columns; but to those of you who love it (don’t think such a person exists) you will enjoy them all.

In closing, college basketball will be here before we know it, and soon comes the day when Kansas hoists the National Championship trophy in San Antonio. Let us all enjoy the wonderful game of basketball in its most enjoyable form!

July 10, 2007 Posted by | Big 12, NCAA | | Leave a comment

Game recap

Well, I was either fishing or cleaning fish during the Chicago/Detroit game, but I saw the score and the final 5 minutes or so and know that I didn’t miss much. Yes, I’ve probably missed my prediction on this series. Uh-oh!!

The GS/Utah game was one of the best NBA games I’ve seen all year. It probably comes right after the 2OT PHX/Dallas game a few months ago. After watching this game, I still like my pick of GS in 6. Heres why

1. I think that Utah did not like to play this style of basketball with GS. Jerry Sloan nearly admitted that in a post-game interview, but wouldn’t come out and actually say it. Its very similar to the SA/PHX game, except Tim Duncan openly admitted they didn’t like this style of play. One main reason that everyone said Utah would win (I used this as to why they could win) was because they would slow down or stop the GS transition game. Not they would keep up with it and play it with them. I can’t see Utah continuing to run this style all series and keep winning games. When you adjust your game to that of your opponents, its quite rare to come away with consistent wins.

2. The adjustments that Nellie is going to make. There were several things that I saw throughout the game that I think could have been done differently, both offensively and deffensively that could have exploited a few of Utah’s weaknesses. I’m more than sure if I saw them, Don Nelson saw them. He’ll get it fixed

3. Golden States ability to just keep fighting. No matter what the situation is, down 1 down 15 down 30, Golden State will give themselves a chance to win in the end. With these kind of runs and that much fight, I don’t think Utah is a good enough team to win 4 games at home that way. They nearly blew their first chance last night, but good ole Boozer grabbed 2 key offensive boards (see multiple blogs involving who wins games late and why. Also note that I told Von with 3 minutes left whoever gets OR and gets stops wins this game) which gave Utah more clock to burn and 4 more points. I believe they won by 4 points. I think that Golden State can put together enough runs to take a road win in game 2 or 5. When this happens, they will win game 6 at home.

People can feel free to come and congratulate me on my basketball knowledge when this happens, even though, yes, I picked Chicago.

May 8, 2007 Posted by | Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, NBA, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Conference Semis Preview

Well, its an hour into studying, and I have the notes that my professor posted on the internet nearly memorized. Those being the only notes that I have to study, I’m going to post for awhile and see if I still have them memorized when I’m done. On we go

1 Detroit vs. 5 Chicago

Chicago wins in 6

I could be stupid like a friend of mine, who will remain anonymous, and mulligan my pick after the shocking Game 1 loss, but I however, am not retarded. I don’t declare a series over based simply on Game 1. If you want to know any details on that series, see that blog I posted about it….or you can just wait and watch it all come true. heh

2 Cleveland vs. 6 New Jersey

Cleveland in 7

I couldn’t decide if I thought this series would go 5 or 7, because I couldn’t decide if New Jersey would steal one on the road. Then I remembered certain starter named Jason Kidd. Yes, he will….er…the nets will get one win on the road. I think the nets are to good to lose Game 6 at home, but Lebron is too good to lose Game 7 at home. However, we have all seen Lebron not only choke, but throw up in clutch situations *insert chuck yelling “Pass the ball! Pass the ball! Pass the ball! (repeat until play is over)*, so we know that NJ is capable of winning Game 7 on the road. I’m very not confidant about this series.

2 Phoenix vs 3 San Antonio

Phoenix wins in 7

Not much to say here that you would not have already read from Von. I continue to stick by my pick and am honestly even more confidant about this pick due to this stat here.

San Antonio 3-12 when their opponent scores over 100 points. Up until yesterdays game, they were 2-12, but they shattered Steve Nash’s nose and wouldnt let him play to squeak by with a win, lol. The suns average 110 points a game. Thats not only 100, thats solid over 100. The Spurs are not the type of team who likes to score 100 points a night. Tim Duncan himself admitted that in an interview after the game. “We’d rather play in the 90s, we’d rather play in the 80s,” he said. “That’s our type of game, but we’ve got a lot of guys who are shooting the ball really well. We’ve been moving the ball really well, and the points are going up on the board.” Your right, Timmy, but fortunately, Nash couldn’t play the last 2 minutes of the game….and you still only won by 5 points. Point being, you can’t count on the Spurs to score that many points all the time, and you can’t count on not having Nash in the game the last 1:30 all the time. Pheonix still wins this series.

5 Utah vs. 8 Golden State

Golden State wins in 6

This series is the one that interests me most. I’m not picking this series based on what I want to see, because I want to see it go to 7. Then Von and I could go watch Game 7. That’d be tight! But I also think that Golden State really can pull this off. Heres how…

Baron Davis. If this man continues is onslaught of basketball superiority, Williams and Fisher are not going to be stopping him. Some of the best defensive guards in the NBA didn’t do it, and we’ve seen how Utah has managed to falter down the stretch of the regular season, so can they keep playing well down the stretch of the post-season?

Transition Golden State can score in transition as good as anyone in the league. Carlos Boozer is a big man who can get back as good as any in the league and this could make the GS transition game a little more difficult, but I still think with Richardson and Jackson’s ability to run the floor, they should be able to get the job done.

Home court advantage. Yes, on paper, Utah has the home-court advantage, but I’m going to say right now that GS will not lose a game at home the entire rest of the season. I also think that they are good enough to steal one on the road. When they do this, they will win game 6 at home and win the series. If they are gonna steal one at home, tonights game will probably be it. If I was Kornheiser or Wilbon, I’d pick that game for my TV pick of the day.

Bottom line, this is going to be an outstanding series, but probably won’t be the best one we’ll see all year, simply because, if I’m right, Golden State will play Pheonix in the Western Conference Finals. Heh, this will be a basketball fans blessing from Heaven.

May 7, 2007 Posted by | Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, NBA, New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

upcoming blogs

Well, partly due to wordpress not wanting to let me on at my house, partly due to the ICC intramural league championship I’ve been working on winning over the last weekend (which we won last night, by the way)–those are the two reasons that I haven’t posted anything for awhile. 10:1 says that Von is the only one who noticed and 5:1 says he didn’t even notice, so odds are that this blog is useless. I would love to sit here and blog for awhile about the playoffs, but I haven’t been able to watch many games this weekend, and I have a Western Civilization final that I need to study for. Yes, I know, normally I’d procrastinate, and that is sorely tempting given I have almost 3 hours before the final, but if I use these 3 hours to study, I can ace this thing and assure myself a solid grade in the class. I will bestow my wisdom later, children.

May 7, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

NJ/Toronto Game 6 Preview

As I sit here in school putting off doing something actually worthwhile, I’ve instead decided to write to you people. So, for the 2-5 of you who will actually read this, well, thanks for helping me procrastinate.

New Jersey ends the series tonight. They are at home. Jason Kidd is (Baron Davis excluded) playing better than anyone in the playoffs right now (seriously, his numbers make me ill http://www.nba.com/playerfile/jason_kidd/index.html?nav=page). Vince Carter, though a show-boater, is always capable of scoring 30 on any given night, especially with Jason Kidd getting him the ball. I know that Toronto has played a great series and honestly wouldn’t surprise me if they pull this one out and force a Game 7, but i think NJ will want to end it at home tonight badly enough to not allow that to happen.

I just had a really creepy picture of Jose Calderon that I was gonna post, but now I can’t find it. If you want to see it, just check for it in later blogs, regardless of if it pertains to the content of the blog.

May 4, 2007 Posted by | NBA, New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Preview of games tonight

Phoenix vs. Los Angeles

I hope that everyone can understand just how over this series is, and the game doesn’t start for another 12 1/2 hours. The only way this series is not done tonight is if Kobe drops 60. Otherwise, curtain call for LA. There really needs no more explaining.

Denver vs. San Antonio

As much as I hate to see it (because I really want to go watch Denver play in a few weeks), I don’t think that is going to happen. The several things that I mentioned that they need to do to win ball games late they have not done. Notice, they’ve lost three straight. They couldn’t get the job done in Denver, I have a hard time seeing them doing it in San Antonio. Obviously, they’ve done it once, and no team with AI and Melo would surprise me with a win. I don’t care who they are playing. I’m just saying that I see it as unlikely.

A correction on previous Yao Ming blog: No one could stop Yao when he learns to dunk. I didn’t give Yao enough credit for his weight. Did anyone else realize he weighs 310!!! Tim Duncan, who I still maintain would have one of if not the best chance to guard him, gives up 6 inches and 50 pounds!! Ya, I would take Yao over almost everyone in the league……if he learns to dunk the ball.

May 2, 2007 Posted by | Denver Nuggets, LA Lakers, NBA, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 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