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MAVERICKS TAKE THEIR TALENTS TO MIAMI

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.

June 14, 2011 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HEAT UNDER THE COLLAR

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.

June 3, 2011 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mavericks v. Thunder, LET’S GET DIRTY!

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…

May 17, 2011 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , | 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

LAKERS GET RUN BY THE MAVERICKS

kobe bryantAnd that’s at Staples by the way.  We all forgot about the woes of the Lakers. After finishing off the season last year with a Championship, no one particularly recalled how they got there.  Remember the losses to Indiana, Sacramento, Miami, Charlotte, Pihlly, Charlotte AGAIN? Remember how many times the Lakers lost a game that they were supposed to dominate?  Well, fast-forward to tonight against the Dallas Mavericks, a team that hasn’t beaten the Lakers in the last 6 visits. Can’t say the Lakers were looking to the next game, because that woud be against the Hawks who are supposed to be heavy underdogs. My take on this loss, it was a clinic on why basketball is a team game (see Mavericks) vs. a street game (see Lakers).  The Lakers played the entire game like they were at Rucker Park, all one-on-one.  Kobe forcing shots from the beginning, going 6-19.  Sure he scored 20 points but he missed more than %66 of his shots, rarely got his teammates involved. When he did, they couldn’t capitalize.  Ron Artest clearly isn’t comfortable YET with his new team as he shot 1-6 and was in foul trouble most of the game.  He even picked up a technical to spice things up.  Finally, the Lakers’ bench.  What to say.  Jordan Farma dribbling the ball of his leg, Jordan Farmar throwing the ball away in a key stretch in the 4th quarter. Sasha taking an off-balance 3-pointer (missing of course). I don’t ever want to see Mbenga or Luke Walton on the court…EVER.  These guys don’t belong in the NBA. I’m not saying it’s time to panic but they’re gonna need to nip this in the bud.  As for all you psychos out there that think that they’re gonna beat the Bulls all-time record, stop.  It ain’t happening.

October 31, 2009 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

Andrew Bynum Out for Eight Weeks

Possibly one of the hardest things the kid has to go through. After dislocating is kneecap a few days ago, Lakers centerthe sweet garden onthebuzzer.com Andrew Bynum has been told that he could miss up to eight weeks. Just when the kid started turning things around, this happens. Bynum’s season was turning for the better, after his teammate Kobe Bryant threw him under the bus in the off-season. Bynum was averaging over 13 points and 10 rebounds per game this season. Not bad for someone everyone thought should have been traded to New Jersey for Jason Kidd last year. His absence will be missed, as the Lakers will have a problem filling in those numbers. We all know what Kwame Brown isn’t capable of, and his backup Ronny Turiaf, well let’s just say he has heart. The Lakers are gonna realize just how valuable this kid is. As for Kobe, he better send Bynum some chocolate and flowers from the sweet garden and hope he gets well soon.

January 16, 2008 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Chris Paul: The Real Deal

Does this guy have a nickname? He has reached superstardom and clearly needs one.  How about God? Almighty? Chris “Almighty” Paul, has ring to it.  On Saturday night, this guy led his onthebuzzer.com chris paulNew Orlean Hornets to a 112-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in overtime.  Paul was 1 rebound shy of a triple-double, droppin’ 33 points, 12 assists and grabbing 9 boards. I wonder how this guy slipped to #4 in the draft. Let’s see, the Bucks took Bogut over him, smooth move.  The Hawks took Marvin Williams over him, need I say more?  The third pick went to the Jazz, who grabbed Deron Williams, arguably a good pick, but he ain’t no Chris Paul.  Paul is the best point guard in the league, I’ve set it before, and I’ll say it again. He’s what Jason Kidd was many, many moons ago, but better.  He also set the Atlanta Hawk franchise back 10 years.  The Hornets are standing tall at 12-6, with a record better than the Mavs, Rockets, Lakers, Warriors and Nuggets, to say the least.  I’m not sure if they’re for real yet, but we’re almost 1/4 into the season and they’re still ticking, strong too.

December 2, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Passing of the Torch: Kidd to Paul

onthebuzzer.com chris paulIt’s official, in only his 3rd year, Chris Paul has become the best point guard in the NBA.  That’s right, over Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Deron Williams, and whoever else you can think of.  On Monday night, the 5-2 Hornets traveled up to East Rutherford and victimized the New Jersey Nets.  In addition to scoring the game wining bucket, Paul tallied 27 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and a partridge in a pear tree.  On the year, he’s averaging 18 ppg, 11 apg, and 3 steals.  Sure it’s only 8 games into the season, but in a weak east, the Hornets have a decent chance of making the playoffs, as long as they stay healthy.  Once in, who knows what’ll happen (see Warriors).

P.S. did I mention I had this guy on my fantasy roster in his rookie year.

November 13, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , | 3 Comments

New Jersey Nets: Is this Kidd Ever Gonna Act his Age?

onthebuzzer.com jason kiddSomeone follow Jason Kidd, I think he’s found the fountain of youth.  On Halloween, this guy dressed up as the best point guard in the league and led his New Jersey Nets to a victory over Chicago Bulls in overtime 112-103. His line, 7 points, 13 ass, 8 rebounds.  Sure the points can use some help but he only shot 4 times. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention his 5 steals.  Year in and year out, I think that this Kidd’s gonna slow down and yet he comes back with the same fury he had when Joumana would piss him off.  I passed on him on my fantasy league, and then he gives me the finger and averages 9 assists a game. Let’s not go crazy here, but at 34 years young, this Kidd’s still one of the top point guards in the league.  Too bad he’s stuck on the Nets.

November 1, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , | Leave a comment