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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

NBA Playoffs: May 5

Houston/Utah Series Recap
Well, I’d write about how Utah won because Okur and Kirilenko finally broke through and got back to their old selves, but that’s what everyone else is saying about this series (that and McGrady fails to get out of the first round again; as mentioned here, players without college experience tend to struggle in the playoffs.), so I’ll give you something else: Utah won because they were clearly the better team.

Even despite Okur(their second-leading scorer)’s and Kirilenko’s terrible play at the beginning of the series, they still led at the half of every game and kept the games in Houston close. I know scores can be deceiving but all of Utah’s first three wins were by double digits; all of Houston’s wins were by single digits. Except for McGrady, Houston did not have a single player as good as his counterpart on Utah. Houston’s other star was predictable on offense and ineffective on defense, while Carlos Boozer was dominant. It’s to Houston’s credit that they did not lose this series earlier.

And Houston really needs to give the foul at the end. That’s just unexcusable.

Coming tomorrow: Later round previews and first round awards! You’re not going to want to miss this one.

May 5, 2007 Posted by | Houston Rockets, NBA, Utah Jazz | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NBA Playoffs: May 3

Dallas/Golden State Series Recap
I think this says it all:

PWND

Just give the cat a bad hamstring and make sure the bear doesn’t call timeout even in the midst of an 18-0 run.

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It’s been overshadowed by other series (such as the Golden State series), but the Utah/Houston series has possibly been the best series of the first round. Each team has held serve on its home court so far, but Kirilenko and Okur are now playing well for Utah. They might be able to steal game 7 in Houston. Every basketball fan needs to watch that game to see who gets to lose to Golden State in the second round.

May 3, 2007 Posted by | Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA, Utah Jazz | , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

Time to make fun of Yao

Mehmet Okur is 6-11 but only averaged .48 blocks per game this season. He has 8 blocks in three games defending 7-5 Yao Ming.

I like Yao and think he’s the best true center in the game right now, but that’s just embarrassing.

April 26, 2007 Posted by | Houston Rockets, NBA, Utah Jazz | , , , , , , , , | 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: Western Conference Preview

Ok, so I had computer problems and wasn’t able to post this last night, ending my run for 40 blogs in 40 nights at 0. I also realized that there will be a time during the conference semis and conference finals that I won’t be able to post anything or even watch games. I guess I’ll have to make 40 posts in the next four weeks to make sure I get there.

I’ll be adding pictures and links and such to both of these previews eventually (“tonight”), but for now I just need to make more predictions before I see a second western game. Continue reading

April 22, 2007 Posted by | ACC, Big Ten, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, LA Lakers, NBA, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment