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.
Thanks for coming New York. The Celtics completed a sweep of Knicks today, waxing them in the Garden. I’m a little disappointed in the way the Knicks finished this series. Sure, you can blame it on injuries, but after losing by a couple points both times in Boston in games 1 & 2, I thought (I don’t know why) that they would at least get one game at home. Instead, the Knickerbockers just rolled over and played dead. Again, I understand the woes of Amare and Chauncy, but I gotta be honest with you, there are some players on the Knicks squad that shouldn’t be in the NBA, let alone starting. I’m happy NY made it to the playoffs, but they’re still a long way from becoming competitors. I’m also gonna need a little more from Carmelo. He seems to be always smiling (ala Dwight Howard). Lead your team for Pete’s sake. I feel like this guy lacks that certain “umphh” that the Kobes and Chris Pauls and Dwayne Wades possess. Heck, the Celtics Big 4 all have that swagger that says wreaks of “I’ma kill you!” Anyway, still a successful season for the Knicks. Next year, they’re gonna have to improve and move on to the second round, let alone win 1 playoff game. They’re gonna need to sign some players. Can’t win with Ronny Turiaf in your starting lineup. By the way, get rid of this guy while your at it (Spike Lee).
I could’ve told you the series was over after the last game. How could you blow a four goal lead in the 2nd period and still expect to win? Well, you can’t. And it’s fitting for the Kings, after outplaying the Sharks in game 1 and losing, they bounced back to take game 2 and were looking prime to take the series. But nothing like a little comeback to stun any chance to hoist Lord Stanley’s cup. None of us expected them to get this far, especially with Anze Kopitar being out. But hey, they gave it a valiant effort. The emergence of their goalie Jonathan Quick should give Kings fans something to look forward to next year. Still think they need to make 1 or 2 moves, bring in a star. But that’s just me…
Memphis Grizzlies v. San Antonio Spurs: The Spurs have amassed the best record in the West and for good reason. I’m a little concerned with the Ginobli injury but playing against a young and inexperienced Memphis team is the perfect anecdote. With OJ Mayo regressing, I don’t think Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol can lead them past the Spurs for a whole series. Look for the Grizz to steal a game or 2 but the Spurs should coast through this seriers
New Orleans Hornets v. Los Angeles Lakers: The surging Lakers all of a sudden have run into a wall. Injuries to Bynum and an irate Bryant, this team looks like the lost their flow. But let’s not forget, they’re the Lakers, they come with a lot of baggage and drama, but at the end of the day, they’re good, they’re stacked, they’re experienced. The series with the Hornets might go to 6 but the Lakers should pull it out.
Dallas Mavericks v. Portland Trail Blazers: Can someone say upset special? True the Mavs have Dirk and Terry but is anyone ever afraid of them. There’s something about Lamarcus Alridge and the Blazers that you don’t wanna mess with. I’m not saying the Mavs don’t stand a chance, but if they blow home court, I don’t think they’re gonna be able to pull off a win in Portland.
Oklahoma City Thunder v. Denver Nuggets: The Thuggets have been playing better without Carmelo, but it’s time to come back down to reality. The Thunder are legit contenders to win the West and have the best chance to upend the Lakers. The addition of Perkins (and his big mouth) have given this team a true force in the middle. Watch for these guys to sweep the Nuggets. Sorry J.R. Smith, you know I hate it when you lose (that’s call online sarcasm).
Enjoy round 1!!!
Just when you thought the Lakers were gonna run the table (sans the loss to the Heat) they go ahead and give up an easy one the Nuggets, at Staples. The rule is this: the more you let a team hang around, the more they start believing that they can win. I’m mean, there’s no one outside Colorado that would ever pick the Nuggets over the Lakers in a 7 game series but anybody can win 1 game. This definitely hurts the Lakers chances of getting the #1 seed in the Western Conference, but is it a bad thing? If the Lakers pass the Spurs (which at this point seems like it’s not gonna happen), they’d have to face the Thunder in a 2nd round playoff matchup and then the Spurs. We all know that the only team that scares the Lakers are the Thunder. If the playoffs start today, the Lakers would face the Mavs in the 2nd round and either the Thunder or the Spurs. So 2nd is not such a bad thing for now. As for the Nuggets, tell me they’re not a 10x better team without Carmelo??? I’m just saying…
As long as you’re not playing for us. Exhibit A: Chad Pennington. It seems that missing all but 2 snaps of the 2009-2010 season wasn’t good enough for the injury prone Pennington. Instead of working on his shoulder injury that sidelined him last year, Chad decided to play some pickup basketball and tear his ACL. And now, if there is an NFL season this year, he will not be a part of it. Pennington has been a victim of the hype machine for most of his career. I never thought he was as good as most people thought. He has an average arm, average speed and hasn’t done much other than take his team to the second round of the playoffs. Now don’t feel bad for this kid, we all know he signed a $64 million deal with the Jets back in 2004 and another $ll.5 million deal with the Dolphins in 2008. So as long as he put something away for a rainy day, Pennington will be just fine. I’m guessing he’ll pop up as an analyst on one of these pre/post game shows. As for all of you Chad lovers, I don’t wanna hear it. There’s a reason why the Jets released him and didn’t care if he went to division rival Dolphins. This NFL strike might have come just in time for Pennington. He might heal up and trick some other team into throwing millions at him, one last time.