I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am pumped about the NBA season which is set to kick off Tuesday night! Maybe it’s because I’m a Lakers homer, but c’mon, you gotta admit Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant on the same team sounds intriguing? How about the Clippers adding Grant Hill, Odom and Jamaal Crawford? Will Blake’s knee hold up? The scariest move for me was the Heat signing Ray Allen. A consistent shooter on a dangerous team like that. I have them as favorites to win it all. I like what Boston did in picking Jason Terry but it ain’t gonna be enough. Not only are KG and Paul Pierce 1 year older, but they have no depth. I can’t wait for the annual Knicks’ Amare v. Carmelo drama to begin. With Harden gone from OKC (BIG MISTAKE), I can’t see the any legitimate threat for the Lakers in the west. Not even Iguodola in Denver is gonna make a difference. Then again, isn’t it true that every NBA team is 1 injury away from going to the cellar? Look what happened to D-Rose and Chicago. Truth be told, I don’t even think he’s coming back this year. Chicago might end up being a lottery team. Hang on folks, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!
Miami Heat concluded their season today with a parade in South Beach. Lebron’s first title, and probably not his last. I’m not saying that he’ll get to 7 or 8 rings but my guess is that he’ll end his season with about 4. Dwayne Wade’s on the down of his career. Mike Miller will never play like he did in game 6. Shane Battier still has some fight left in him. Chris Bosh still has it. Mario Chalmers surprised me with his play. Nevertheless, they’re gonna have to face a Derrick Rose and his Bulls, a season Kevin Durant and the Thunder, and dare I say, the Clippers? Okay, wishful thinking with that last one but tell me that with a healthy Chauncey Billups and a Clipper squad that has 1 year under its belt, these guys aren’t gonna make some serious noise next year? Anyway, with the NBA season officially over, time to head into the dog days of summer and the country’s official pastime, baseball. Yawn…
This is the second game in this series between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics that Lebron James has had the ball in his hands at the end of regulation with a chance to win it. Game 2, with a MUCH smaller Rondo guarding him, Lebron took a fadeaway 20 foot jumper and bricked it. Luckily, he had Dwayne Wade and Udonis Haslem to pick him up in overtime and pull of the win. Today, with time winding down and the game tied, the Heat have Wade pass the ball to Lebron, who instead of trying to create something, dribbles out most of the clock then throws a WILD pass to Haslem who is forced to take a sideways fading 15 foot jumper. What type of leader is this guy? I’ve never seen anyone be so afraid of having the ball in his hands in crunch time. I used to think that everyone was being hard on the so-called King but after watching these playoffs, I’m selling my stock. As for Wade, how about jumping into that sorry Marquis Daniels and get three freebies at the charity stripe. This Heat team might get past the Cs, only because they have homecourt BUT there is no way either one of these teams beat the winner of the West. Long live the King… NOT!!!
Well, well, well… First, my apologies for picking the Heat in 6 (I meant to say Mavs). Second, congrats to the Dallas Mavericks. Sans Deshawn Stevenson, it couldn’t have happened to a better group of guys. I’m glad that Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Tyson Chandler, Shawn Marion and Dirk Nowitzki all were able to get a ring. They deserve it, they’ve been through a lot. They’ve been labeled “soft,” “over the hill,” and “selfish” among others. They did the Heat like the Heat did them in 2006. It must feel good to be this big of an underdog and come out on top, in convincing style. I didn’t really root for either team at first, as I thought both had been through a lot. But as soon as Wade and Lebron started pulling that coughing bullshit the day after a sick Nowtizki tore them up, my impartiality went out the door. I think the Heat need to draft some class. Their team of talented players have no chemistry. There’s no flow. I’m not going to blame coach Erick Spoelstra YET. But if they don’t win next year, time to kick him to the curb and bring in Riles, or dare I say Phil Jackson? Anyway, great series. I don’t have a problem with Lebron talking shit to the haters after the game. Remember, he’s only 26 years old. He did nothing wrong by leaving Cleveland. What he needs to work on is his killer instinct. If I was him, I pull some old Jordan tape and some Kobe tape, and watch it all off-season. Remember those stories of Jordan fighting with teammates during practice or Kobe elbowing them during timeouts… Well, I have a combined 11 reasons (1 for each ring) why it worked. I’m concerned that Lebron, with all the god-given talent in the world, will never be. He is very, very far from being Kobe or Jordan so please don’t us their names in the same sentence again. Anyway, forget about the self-proclaimed king/chosen one, the Mavs are on top of the World. What an omen that Jason Terry tatoo was. Good thing they one.
The Dallas Mavericks got lucky again. Sure, they’ve tied the series at 2, but I think we can all agree that the Miami Heat are still in control of this series. Even if Dallas takes game 5, which I don’t expect them to, the Heat go back home for the last 2 games of the series. And you can ask the Lakers of last year, home game 6 and 7 mean home team wins. Today’s 4th quarter was an ugly one. If the Heat didn’t go 2-14 from range, they would’ve easily pulled this one off. Then again, the Mavs went 4 for 19 so I guess it was a bad shooting day for both teams. Look for both teams to light up the scoreboard next game. It’s good to see Shawn Marion putting up respectable numbers. The MVP of this game goes to Tyson Chandler and his 16 rebounds (9 offensive). Props to Chris Bosh for returning to Toronto form. By the way, if anyone sees Lebron James around, let him know that there’s a finals’ game, if he’d like to come and play, it would be cool. I’m still sticking to Heat in 6 but I wouldn’t mind being wrong on this one. Someone needs to put D-Wade in his place.
Looks like the Miami Heat suffered a defeat at the hands of a tiny little opponent called overconfidence. They had a double digit lead with 6.5 minutes left in the game and then opened the door for the Mavericks to steal game two and tie up the series heading back to big D. Watching the first half of this game, I felt that both Lebron and Wade had a sense of arrogance, cockiness. Smiling and having a good time, not playing with a real sense of urgency. I must say that when they opened it up in the 3rd, I immediately thought “series over.” And then disaster! I was rooting for the Heat, not because I don’t like the Mavs (I’m actualy a huge fan). I wanted the Heat to win because of everything they’ve been through with “the decision.” But now, not so sure… I think the Mavericks veterans deserve this more. This is probably their last chance, whereas the Heat are gonna be right back in the finals next year. Oh well, series just got interesting. Mavs better close it out at home.
It seems that ex-Clevland Cavaliers head coach Mike is going to try to lead the Lakers to teh promised land next year. I have one think to say, BAD MOVE… Out of all the coaching choices out there, the Lakers picked probably the worst one. Let me tell you what Mike Brown’s gameplan was when he was coaching the Cavs… give the ball to Lebron and stay out of his way. The Lakers passed on Jeff Van Gundy, Brian Shaw, Rick Adelman and a handful of other coaches. The only person worse would have been Mike Dunleavy. I know what’s gonna happen next year, Kobe is gonna score over 30 a game and piss off the rest of the team. I give Brown till the all-star break before he loses complete control of his team. Ron Artest and co. are gonna run circles around this guy. He’s gonna wish he was back at ESPN studios breaking down film. I guess the days of high powered coaches are done, no more Rileys and Jacksons. A new era has begun with the Lakers, and I see nothing but trouble ahead.
Before everyone gets excited, the Miami Heat were supposed to win this game. For all you Heat fans, I wouldn’t get too excited about this win ’cause the Boston Celtics are gonna come out gunning in Game 2. I’m pretty sure Dwayne Wade isn’t going to drop 38 points again. And even if he does, it ain’t gonna be enough. But they’re going need more than 3 points from Bibby and Ilgauskas COMBINED. I don’t think they’re going to get 25 form James Jones again. I’m happy for the journeyman, but the kid had a career night. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the Cs got burned. I’m cheering for the Heat to take the series. But I think the ref ejecting Paul Pierce in the 4th quarter was a little trigger happy. We all know Pierce is a bitch and let’s hope that this teaches him a lesson. Maybe he’ll shut his trap for a couple of games. And for all you Celtics fans that think that the ejection decided the game, the Heat were up by 13 by then and there were only 7 minutes left in the game. Pumped about game two. This series is gonna be vicious.
As expected, the Miami Heat closed out the Philadelphia 76ers tonight, in 5 games. I never thoguht they were going to sweep the series, but I’m shocked as to how close it each game seemed to be. How can a trio of Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and Lebron James have so much difficulty with Andre Iguodola, Jrue Holliday, and Thaddeus Young? I know what the problem with the Heat is… they have no flow. If it’s not a fast break, they’re f-ed. They have no plays, no halfcourt offense. I blame it on their coach,I blame i on the youth and inexperience of their coaching staff. Next up, the Boston Celtics. The only thing the Heat have working for them is homecourt advantage. But if there’s one team in the league that could take that in a minute, it’s the Cs. Watch this series, watch the difference between veteran gamesmanship and youth machismo. Bet you the former prevails. Bet you the Cs get into the heads of the Heat. It’s gonna be fun. I’ll take the Celts in 6. I’m cheering for the Heat, but we know the power of the leprechaun.
If there was any doubt who the best team in the Eastern Conference was, it was put to rest today. The old-time Celtics handed the Miami Heat their 3rd head to head loss this season. If you told me that Paul Pierce would have 1 point and Ray Allen would shoot 5-14 and the Cs would win, I would’ve laughed you right out of TD Garden. On top of that, no Shaq? Well, let me tell you how they pulled it off…RAJON RONDO! Triple-double, instant energy, this kid doesn’t back down from anyone. I still would like to see what he’d do on a team without a bunch of hall of famers but he’s should be in everyone’s top point guards in the league list. How about Glen “Big Baby” Davis leading the Cs in scoring, off the bench, with 16? Disappointing game for the Heat… choke city from Lebron for going 1-2 from the line with 12 seconds left and the Heat down by 2. Can someone tell me what happened to Eddie House’s instant offense? I give credit for the Cs for doing what they do. Right now, they’re my pick to win in it all in June. I’m not jumping on the bandwagon, I’m just stating the facts. By the way KG still keeping his thuglife image strong with a cheap-shot pick against Mike Miller. What happened to the Big Ticket? Someone needs to put him on his ass. Kudos for D-Wade for sticking up for his teammates.