So it seems that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban got his feelings hurt when Jason Kidd left his team in the offseason for the New York Knicks. Let’s ponder the move: Mavericks were on a downhill spiral after winning the Championship 2 years ago. They lost Jason Terry. The Lamar Odom project was a failure. The Knicks on the other hand have a roster filled with stars in Tyson Chandler, Amare Stoudemire, and Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks are headed to the playoffs while the Mavs are slowly on their way to the lottery. I don’t blame Kidd and frankly, even if the Knicks sucked, and it was his decision, he was a free agent. As for Cuban, apparently he is not used to people “defying” him and not getting his way. Sucks…. Welcome to the real world. I know you’ve been there before but your loud mouth has clouded your view. Believe it or not, they’ve done a decent job retooling this offseason, adding Darren Collison, OJ Mayo, Chris Kaman and even an over-the-hill Elton Brand. Cuban’s mistake was not hanging on to his roster, specifically Tyson Chandler and JJ Barea, after winning the title and bring them back for another run. Oh well, I wouldn’t worry about Jason Kidd, he wasn’t going to make much of a difference. My guess is that the Lakers and the Thunder and gonna put a whoopin on the Mavs this year.
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.
Just 1 day away from the Western Conference Finals. Win or go home! The Dallas Mavericks have the home ocourt advantage and we all know how important that is, ask the Lakers. It surprised us all when they swept the Lakers. I personally thought that Dallas was the weakest of the 8 Western playoff teams and the Lakers would run Dallas in 5 games. The Thunder went the distance with an underrated Memphis Grizzlies team. At the end of the day, it was obvious to me that the Thunder go as far as NOT DURANT but as far as Russell Westbrook goes. No the Mavs have been sitting idle for over 1 week. Rusty? Maybe, but these guys are veterans. I do think that it’s the best chance for the Thunder to steal one. I think the Mavs are gonna have their hands full with the Westbrook There’s no one on Dallas that can hold him. On the flip side, Nowitzki is gonna have a field day. We know that neither Perkins, Ibaka or Durant can hang with him. They’re either too slow, too short, or too skinny to guard. It’s gonna be interesting. I think that I’m gonna take Dallas. I know I’m cheering for them but I wouldn’t bet on them. They do deserve it though, it might be Jason Kidd’s last chance as the window on these vets, Terry, Dirk, Marion, Chandler, Stojakovic etc. is closing QUICK!!! And I’d love to see Mark Cuban getting the hardware from David Stern…
I’m not gonna sugar coat it. Gasol single handedly blew this game for the Lakers. Turnover after turnover and then fouling Dirk Nowitzki and putting them on the line about 35 feet away from the basket when you’re up by 1 point? What the F!@# is wrong with this guy? And the sad part is that after making mistake after mistake, all Gasol did was make that stupid face like “where’s the foul?” I don’t wanna blame Europeans for being soft because Nowitzki punked Gasol tonight. I have a suggestion for Phil Jackson and the Lakers… start Odom for Game 2. I know, you’re probably thinking that I’m panicking. But that’s not true. Gasol has been playing like a bitch all year. Don’t let his 15-11-7 on the night fool you. All that matters is what happens in the 4th quarter and in this case, Gasol GASUCKED!!! I do think that the refs should’ve called a foul on Jason Kidd at the end of the game. You gotta call it both ways. Don’t worry Lakers fans, they’re still gonna beat the Mavs, it’s just gonna take 1 game longer. I still have the Lakers in 6. Time to bring out the MAMBA!
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).
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Tim Duncan just gave Eric Dampier and Brendan Haywood a free class in Big Man Camp. Talk about Mr. Fundamentals: 25 points, 17 rebound and 0 turnovers, not to mention COUNTLESS clutch shots in the final minutes of the game. The Spurs did what they had to, and that was steal home-court advantage from the Mavericks. They’ve tied up the series at one a piece and are headed back to San Antonio. No one on the Mavs can guard Tim Duncan. Not even Dirk. This victory came at a perfect time, just as owner Mark Cuban opened his big mouth and gave the Spurs some extra bulletin board material in saying that he hates the Spurs. Well Mr. Cuban, you just got 1 more reason to hate them tonight. When will the Mavericks learn to play defense? You cannot win by outshooting a team. Richard Jefferson paying dividends, dropping 17 in the first half. Manu Ginobli putting the nail in the coffin with a 3 point dagger. Tony Parker, though he played well, took a couple of bad shots in the 4th that could’ve almost cost the Spurs the game. F-U-N-D-A-M-E-N-T-A-L. Dump it in to the big man, if no double team comes, then Duncan eats you up. If the double team comes, kick it out for a wide open shot. Simple. That’s their game plan Dallas, now try to stop it.
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?)
This 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.