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WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS

Portland v. Phoenix: The Phoenix Suns have been playing like the Suns of old.  Amare Stoudamire finally looks like the beast he was a few years ago.  Steve Nash is still one of the top point guards in the league. They’re facing a depleted Portland team without their star Brandon Roy. Marcus Camby is one of those proven “losers” who will never be on a winning team. I like Batum, LaMarcus and A-Miller but they just don’t have enough firepower without Roy. Neither one of these teams is advancing past the second round anyway.  I’ll take the Suns in 7.

Dallas v. San Antonio: Remember a couple months ago when the Mavericks were streaking, I think they won 13 in a row?  Well, streaks over now.  The Caron Butler hype has died down. It’s the Spurs that are playing the best basketball in the West.  It’s too bad these two teams had to match up in the first round.  While offensively both these teams have the ability to win the game, same ol’ story for the Mavs…no defense, no fundamentals.  Enter the “Big F” himself in Tim Duncan, with the best offseason pickup of the year in Richard Jefferson, and you got a recipe for success.  As long as Tony Parker can play like he used to, and Ginobli continue what he’s doing, the Spurs should take this series in 6, and the only reason it goes that far is ’cause the Mavs have home court advantage.

Utah v. Denver : This is going to be the most interesting match-up in the first round.  I would love to see the Nuggets fail (man do I hate J.R. Smith) but they just have a little more swagger and tougness than the Jazz.  Carmelo Anthony is a bonafide superstar that can take over any game and Mr. Big Shot Billups has been to the promised land and knows hot to get there again. I am concerned however about the depth of the Jazz.  Paul Milsap has been a bust since signing that big offseason contract extension. Boozer and D-Will are solid but there’s no one else that you can rely on (maybe Okur).  Jazz are hurting at shooting guard and small forward, AK-47 is injured.  Kyle Korver can only shoot 3s.  It’s gonna be gritty but the Nuggets should wrap this up in 5.

Oklahoma City v. Lakers: Now on paper, you would take the Lakers in 4.  BUT, the Lakers have taken care of business all year.  They don’t put teams away when they should.  Their bench has been MIA all year.  Kobe’s finger is STILL an issue.  Bynum’s health is still in question. With that said, I do expect a HUGE series from Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom.  Nobody is gonna be able to stop these guys.  The Thunder, on the other hand, have nothing to lose.  Kevin Durant is having an MVP type season. But that’s it.  Russell Westbrook FG% and 3pt% is horrible.  Sure, he can drive and dish and dunk but if he can’t stretch the defense with his outside shooting, they’re gonna have problems.  Plus, with the size the Lakers have, I don’t think the Thunder is going to do much in the paint.  Look for the Lakers to outshine the Thunder, LA in 4 (did I just say that?)

April 16, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lakers Are On The Jazz

If you told me that the Lakers, without Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum, with Ron Artest only scoring 3 points, would go into Salt Lake City and HAMMER the Utah Jazz (with a full squad might I add), I would say “you gotta be kidding me.” How are the Lakers 3-0 without the Kobster? And let me tell you, they are beating some decent teams out there.  My guess it that without Kobe and Bynum, two black holes that demnd the ball every time down, the Lakes can play at ease and know that if they pass the ball around it’ll probably come back to them.  Bravo Lamar Odom and Paul Gasol for leading the fellas in back to back to back victories. These guys are true players, never complaining when they don’t get the ball and are able to take back seats to Kobe when he’s healthy.  I just hope that the Mamba is appreciative of the teammates that he has.  And by the way, is it just me or has Paul Milsap been a bust?

February 11, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

TEAM KOBE BRINGS HOME THE GOLD

It was close, it was a nail biter, but in the end…U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A! Kobe Bryant, taking over in the fourth quarter and finishing the game off with 20 points and 6 assists and a HUGE 4-point play. Let’s not forget to give props to Spain.  Not only did they fair better than the last time they played the US, but I think they’ve also made people forget the infamous “slanted eyes” photo.  After getting blown away by 37 points the first time these two met, Spain hung on for as long as they could before running out of gas and losing by 11. I’m not sure if it’s better than winning the NBA Title but at least it lasts for 4 years instead of NBA’s 1. Plus, you can honestly claim the title “World Champs.”  I’m still wondering what the role of Carlos Boozer was in this game?

August 24, 2008 Posted by | Oympics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

A Little Payback for the Cleveland Cavaliers

onthebuzzer.com crossing fingersCarlos Boozer returned to Cleveland on Friday night.  Yeah, he dropped 26 and collected 11 boards, but they lost the game.  Many of you might not remember, but Carlos Boozer was a Cleveland Cavalier back in the day.  Before the last year of his contract, he made a “deal” with ownership that if they release him, he would sign back with them as a free agent for more money. According to the Cavs management, the two parties “shook” on it.  No sooner than he was release, Boozer opted foronthebuzzer.com carlos boozer Utah and signed with the Jazz for bigger money.  No ill feeling between the players, but the fans in Cleveland let him have it.  And they should.  So many times athletes don’t appreciate the fans and what they do for them. They don’t sign autographs for fans, they don’t show up for photo ops, they flip off fans, and more.  While fans do have short term memories when it comes to their hometown heroes, they should always remember that most (with a few exceptions) would sell them out for an extra nickel.  With that said, I wonder if Boozer on the Cavs last year would have made a difference in the NBA Finals.  Instead, he’s on a pretty good team, in the powerhouse West. Karmas a bitch.

November 17, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Jazz Reload AK-47

Andrei Kirilenko onthebuzzer.comLooks like the Utah Jazz have woken up and made amends with their superstar Andrei Kirilenko. Looks like all AK is asking for is some compliments, along with the tough love of head coach Jerry Sloan. I’m not a fan of coddling players. These athletes are multi-million dollar babies with precious egos. With that said, after Utah’s playoff run last year, I do think that it’s time for Sloan to go. SLOAN MUST GO! SLOANMasha Lopatova onthebuzzer.com MUST GO! SLOAN MUST GO! He’s been there since the Stockton-Malone-Hornacek era (that’s right, give Horny some love too). But now the Jazz are a totally different type of team, with superstar in the making Deron Williams plus Boozer, Mehmet, and AK, this team is ready for the next step, championship contention. I’m just not certain Sloany is the guy to do it, but then again, I’m just a geeky blogger. Too bad for the Lakers though, their only hope of adding some quality talent just went down the drain. I heard some of the Lakers wanted his wife to talk to their wives and preach her “1 free groupie a year rule.” Imagine a city with Posh Beckham and Masha-oh geez…

October 6, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment