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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

Nuggets Fall To Knicks… Not Ready Yet

This, folks, is why the Denver Nuggets will not win the NBA Championship this year.  How do you lose to the NY Knicks when you’re the second best team in the Western Conference and arguably the main threat to dethrone the Lakers in the West? Do you not bring your “A” game?  Were the Nuggets looking ahead to their next game against Boston (which it tomorrow btw)?   I can’t even name 5 guys on the Knicks’ squad.  Let me not crucify the Nuggets by themselves.  This happens to many teams, including the Lakers and even the Cavs.  But if you want to be a lock in for the NBA Finals, you have to bring that same intensity every single game. The Boston Celtics did it 2 years ago.  The Lakers did it last year.  There was no doubt that these teams were the best in the league the year they won.  They all had that swagger.  They had that “you can’t hold my jockstrap” attitude.  The Nuggest have the talent, but they’re missing that swag.  Don’t get that confused with being confident.  I’ve never seen a group of guys that are cockier than the Nuggs.  Even their poster child J.R. Smith thinks he could beat Michael Jordan at his prime.  But if these fellas want to make it and win the finals, they have to have beaten teams before they even step on the court…mentally. And that doesn’t mean being mental…

March 24, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ron Artest Is Raw

There is no doubt in my mind that Ron Artest is crazy.  Not bad crazy, but good crazy.  Let me start off by saying that I’m a HUGE fan.  I was and still am very content with the signing of Artest to the Lakers. Now I know he still looks uncomfortable out there playing with the Lakers.  It seems that the guys just hasn’t found his role.  He’ll have one huge game then disappear the next.  On defense, it looks as if he’s lost at times.  He’s not the same lock down defensive player he used to be.  Why add him to the Lakers’ roster, you ask? It was a mistake, you say? Bring back Ariza? Let me tell you what he brings to the table: it’s something called grit, toughness, street cred, something the Lakers seem to have lost this year.  Take for example today’s loss against Denver.  Someone tell Joey Graham of the Nuggets that he doesn’t want to get in the face of Ron Ron.  Artest has instilled so much fear in the league that no one from the Nuggets jumped in to help out Graham or push Artest away when the two got in each other’s faces.  No one even retaliated when Artest facewashed Graham. And don’t forget, these are the same thuggets with Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith, and the Birdman.  Remember a week ago when the Lakers played the Boston Celtics and Artest got into it with Paul Pierce before the tip-off.  Folks, it’s called a message.  It’s being sent to the rest of the league.  F#@! with the Lakers, F#@! with Artest. Bad loss for the Lakers against Denver tonight, especially at home, especially without Carmelo.  I think the Lakers need to just get Kobe healthy and get Ron some more shots and they’ll be exactly where they want to be for the playoffs.  Forget about homecourt, let’s just fast-forward to the Western Conference Finals against the Nuggets, beat them in 5, then bring on the King.

February 6, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Love This Lamar Odom

Nuggets Lakers BasketballWhat a dunk!?!?! How’s your face Birdman?  Sure Lamar Odom pushed off with his off arm but who cares? In the land of dunking, once it’s in your face there’s nothing you can say to taint it.  Now let me give props to the Birdman, he blocked 4 shots including a dunk attempt by Odom in the first half.  The Birdman is one of the few Nuggets that I respect. But when you go up to block so many shots, sometimes you’re gonna get shit on.  And shit on he got.  WOW!  As for the game, I gotta be honest with you, the Lakers are balls.  Their defense is pathetic.  Their big men are weak.  Bynum is a bust.  He can’t board to save his life and most of his shots are junky putbacks and dunks. He had one good move in the first quarter, an up and under, and then that was it.  I would definitely take the Birdman over Bynum, simply based on the Birdman’s talent and energy. Back to the game, the Lakers got lucky this game.  Kobe played like shit.  He kept forcing the ball late in the game until he finally wised up and gave it up to Gasol.  Shannon Brown’s dunk on the Birdman (we won’t talk about that one) was the turning point in the game.  Phil Jackson should give Brown minutes over Sasha and Farmar.  Finally, lovin’ J.R. Smith’s 3-13 performance.  Where u at gangsta? Unfortunately, the Nuggets are gonna wax the Lakers in game 6 and this is going to a game 7 at Staples next Tuesday. Until then, though, enjoy this win LA.  It might be a while before Odom performs like this again.

May 28, 2009 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

J.R. Smith is a Douchebag

Not much to say here.  I’m watching the Lakers lose to the Denver Nuggets on Monday night and one player seems to bother me time and time again.  You guessed it, J.R. Smith.  Mr. Tatoo Gangsta.  The guys thinks he’s the sickest baller in the world.  It seems that every time he scores, he’s talking shit.  To me, he’s a rich man’s Eddie House. I checked the box scores today, and to his credit, he did drop 24 points. But to my credit, none of them were important shots.  All his buckets were scored while the Nuggets were leading by double digits.  I don’t mind the Denver Nuggets.  I like Billups, Carmelo, and even the Birdman.  But if there’s one reason why I don’t want the Nuggets to win, it’s J.R. Smith. Definitely a starter on the NBA All-Hated Team.  Oh yeah, for all those people that keep doing the wing flap when tthe Birdman enters or leaves the game, STOP. You look like idiots.

May 26, 2009 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , | 15 Comments