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PARTY IN THE CITY WHERE THE HEAT IS ON!

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…

June 26, 2012 Posted by | NFL FOOTBALL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Allen Iverson for Chauncey Billups?

First of all, put the money and salary cap issues aside. Is it just me or did the Denver Nuggets rip off the Detroit Pistons in this trade? Look, I’m not saying that A.I. isn’t good.  He’s definitely pound for pound up there in talent.  But the Nuggets finally got what they needed: a leader.  Chauncey “Mr. BIG SHOT” Billups. Finally, someone who’s going to distribute the ball WITH championship experience. Someone who can take Carmelo Anthony to the next level.  I’m not saying that the Nuggets are favorites to win the Championship but the West sure as hell got harder. As for the Pistons, the East was ripe for the taking.  Maybe they’re making a move for Lebron. Maybe they’re trying to get younger by clearing A.I.’s cap space next year. All I know is that if I’m a Detroitian, I’m pissed off.  Sure, “we” have Rodney Stuckey but this team’s window is closing fast. They’ll make the playoffs this year but without a foor leader, they ain’t going far. Looks like rebuilding time in Motown.

November 4, 2008 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pistons: Wait, We Don’t Suck

tayshaun prince onthebuzzer.comGuess what? Right after I rip Billups and the Pistons apart for not showing up against the Mavericks last night, they do something stupid and beat the Spurs in San Antonio. Inconsistency, the mark of a championship team? I don’t think so.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing that they won.  They beat the Champion Spurs.  But they’re not dominating.  You need to win night in and night out to prove to me that you’re worth something in the NBA. Don’t show up when you want to. Maybe I’m being super-hard on these guys but I guess I expect more from them.  Heck, I picked them as the top team in the East.

January 11, 2008 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Mavericks Send the Pistons Packing

dirk nowtizki onthebuzzer.comThis ain’t the Eastern Conference fellas. That’s what the Dallas Mavericks told the Pistons on Wednesday night, as they spanked Detroit 102-86. Does that prove anything??? I don’t know, but I do know that the Eastern conference just lost a hell of a lot of street cred on the same night that the Boston Celtics were upset at the Garden by the Charlotte Bobcats. The same Pistons who I had high on my list of powerhouses in the league. I mean, I can understand losing to the Mavs in Dallas, but a whoopin? After losing to the Celts, Chauncy Billups himself stated that Boston played that game like it was the Superbowl. Well Mr. “Big Shot” Billups, maybe you should take notes and start playing like a championship caliber team, because your 3 assists and 16 points aint cutting it.

January 10, 2008 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boston Celtics: Right Back At You

chauncey billups onthebuzzerAfter losing at home to the Detroit Pistons on a questionable last second foul shot, the Celtics went to the Palace of Auburn Hills and took their pride right back.  Led by Paul Pierce’s 19 pts, 9 rbds, and 7 assts, the Celtics roughed up the Pistons, 92-85.  So, who’s the best team now.  Don’t ask this blogger, because up until tonight, I thought the road to the Eastern Conference Finals went through Detroit. Now??? I do know one thing, the road goes through either Boston or Detroit and not Cleveland or New Jersey or wheverever else.  And home field advantage, it helps, but when it comes to 2 good teams, both these clubs have proven that they can win anywhere. Anyway, gotta go, the Celtics’ bandwagon is leavin’ town.

January 6, 2008 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Detroit Pistons: Don’t Look Now

That’s right folks, DEEETROIIIIIT BASKETBALL is in full effect. The Pistons have won 10 games in a row.  They have arip hamilton onthebuzzer.com 25-7 record and yes, one of those wins is against the mighty Boston Celtics at the Garden.  While most people are staring in awe at how the Celtics are dismantling opponents, the Pistons are flying under the radar.  But make no mistake, this Detroit team has the potential to go all the way.  Chauncey Billups, Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed Wallace, and Rip Hamilton and Antonio McDyess give this team probably one of the best starting 5s in the league, let alone the East. Their bench isn’t too shabby either, with PF Jason Maxiell, Jarvis Hayes, Lindsey Hunter and newly acquired Primo Brezec. With that said, don’t be surprised if this team punches your team in the mouth come playoff time. Don’t come running to me because I’m gonna give you a mouthful of “I told you so(s).”

January 3, 2008 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t Jump Bitch

pump fake onthebuzzer.comThe wretched pump fake rears it’s ugly head again. On Wednesday night, Chauncey Billups of the Detroit Pistons baited Celtics‘ Tony Allen in biting on his pump fake and fouling Billups with .10 seconds left, essentially losing the game. How many players have fallen to this ploy. Being an Los Angeles native, we have 2 of the inventors of the PF (that’s short for pump fake) playing at Staples. Old timer Sam Cassell from the Los Angeles Clippers has been fooling playas for years. And who can forget Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, probably the best at this “move.” I can understand a big man pumpfaking another big, as the momentum of his body going one way is hard to stop. But a shooting guard? A point guard? Falling for this move time and time again, I mean c’mon. The Celtics are lucky that this wasn’t a playoff game. Then again, what was Tony Allen doing on the court in the final seconds of that game anyway. Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice, shame on you.  

December 21, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Detroit Hands Celtics First Home Loss

billups.jpgNow they’re 20-3.  The Boston Celtics lost at home on Wednesday night to the Detroit Pistons on a last second foul byn Tony Allen on Chauncey Billups.  Before everyone starts to get worried, it’s only one game.  On the other hand, it showed the league the depth, or lack of it, of the Boston Celtics.  After the big 3 and even Rondo, the Celtics are struggling for talent.  The Pistons on the other hand, have Hamilton, Billups, Wallace, McDyess, Prince, more than the Celts could handle.  Albeit, it was a shitty way to lose, but how many times have you seen someone pump fake and then jump into the defender.  You’d think people would learn.  I’ll tell you one thing, Tony Allen and the Boston Celtics learned not to jump, and also that the road to the NBA Finals runs through Detroit.

December 20, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment