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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!

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

NBA Season Preview

I had to wait a day to post this preview. I had to see for sure whether the Spurs are actually better than the Trail Blazers. Turns out, they are.

In fact, nearly all logic tells me that the Spurs are once again the best team in the league and will win the championship. Only I’m not going to pick them. I’m going to pick Phoenix. San Antonio might be the best team with the best coach, but they’re not going to have the fire that Phoenix will this year. Think about it: Steve Nash and Grant Hill both know they’re on the down side of their careers and may not have another chance. They’ve already talked about trading Amare Stoudemire or Shawn Marion; this might be the last year their core group is together. I think Stoudemire will be improved, and the veterans will not let them lose. They will upset the Spurs in the playoffs even though they’ll be the higher seed.

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October 31, 2007 Posted by | Atlanta Hawks, Big Ten, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, LA Lakers, NBA, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Seattle Supersonics, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

NBA Playoffs: Later Rounds Preview

I figured I probably should do this before the second round was finished. Every one of these matchups has proven to be difficult to predict (at least, it seems like they will be). I’m already doubting my picks in all three series that have played a game so far, so I wouldn’t bet any money on these picks.

Because I know you all care, hoops and I could see the Utah/Golden State game 7 if it goes that far, so I’ll be rooting for that one to go the distance. You all should too because then you’d get a real, live game review. Continue reading

May 6, 2007 Posted by | Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, NBA, New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

NBA Playoffs: April 29

Here’s a few of my thoughts after today:

Mike Tirico summarized Antoine Walker’s entire career in one call: “Walker…tippy-toe triple…is off.” Really though, if he played the way he does now at the beginning of his career, he never would have lasted more than three years. When he was younger, he was a huge match-up problem because he was equally good from three-point range and the block. He actually averaged over 10 rebounds per game his second season in the league.

I giggled like a little girl when Ben Wallace was running away from the foul at the end of the fourth quarter. That was one of the goofiest things I’ve ever seen in an NBA game, and it made me wonder why I’d never seen it before. Teams pass the ball around at the end of games to kill extra time before a foul can be committed, so why doesn’t the bad free throw shooter just run around to avoid the foul? Then I realized that Shaq is the player usually “hacked,” and he can’t outrun anyone.

Baron Davis Celebrates
Me when Baron Davis hit the buzzer beater at halftime. “I think it’s over now.” As it turns out, I was wrong but it didn’t look that way for the first few minutes of the third quarter. I said it again when he got the dunk at the end of the third quarter…and was wrong again. I really thought he’d do it again at the end of regulation, but of course I was wrong again.

Reason X why Northern California is better than Southern California: the basketball fans. Golden State and Sacramento have arguably the two best crowds in the league, and LA fans are notorious for leaving games early. Jack Nicholson and Billy Crystal can be seen courtside at LA games, Jessica Alba can be seen at Golden State games. There’s no competition. I think the crowd influenced the refs in some way because it did seem like the calls were going more in Golden State’s favor most of the two games. Golden State deserved to win both games, but I’m saying they had a little help.

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April 29, 2007 Posted by | Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, NBA, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NBA Playoffs: April 24

I’d like to start off by saying that only one team I picked to win a series has lost a game so far, and I said it would take Dallas 7 games to beat Golden State. In fact, only one series hasn’t gone the way I’ve expected it to so far, but I’ll get to that later.

There haven’t been any real close games so far, but there have been enough good ones that I expect this year to be almost as good as last year. Continue reading

April 24, 2007 Posted by | Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, LA Lakers, Miami Heat, NBA, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NBA Playoffs Preview: Eastern Conference

This is the one, truly fearless prediction blog on the Internet. All the others are pretenders. All the others actually have readers. That’s right, I said it…to myself. Um, to the predictions! Continue reading

April 21, 2007 Posted by | Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, NBA, New Jersey Nets, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments