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HEAT STRIKE FIRST

Before everyone gets excited, the Miami Heat were supposed to win this game. For all you Heat fans, I wouldn’t get too excited about this win ’cause the Boston Celtics are gonna come out gunning in Game 2.  I’m pretty sure Dwayne Wade isn’t going to drop 38 points again. And even if he does, it ain’t gonna be enough.  But they’re going need more than 3 points from Bibby and Ilgauskas COMBINED.  I don’t think they’re going to get 25 form James Jones again.  I’m happy for the journeyman, but the kid had a career night. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad the Cs got burned.  I’m cheering for the Heat to take the series. But I think the ref ejecting Paul Pierce in the 4th quarter was a little trigger happy. We all know Pierce is a bitch and let’s hope that this teaches him a lesson. Maybe he’ll shut his trap for a couple of games.  And for all you Celtics fans that think that the ejection decided the game, the Heat were up by 13 by then and there were only 7 minutes left in the game.  Pumped about game two.   This series is gonna be vicious.

May 2, 2011 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

CELTS PUT AN END TO KNICKS MISERY

Thanks for coming New York. The Celtics completed a sweep of Knicks today, waxing them in the Garden.  I’m a little disappointed in the way the Knicks finished this series.  Sure, you can blame it on injuries, but after losing by a couple points both times in Boston in games 1 & 2, I thought (I don’t know why) that they would at least get one game at home.  Instead, the Knickerbockers just rolled over and played dead. Again, I understand the woes of Amare and Chauncy, but I gotta be honest with you, there are some players on the Knicks squad that shouldn’t be in the NBA, let alone starting.  I’m happy NY made it to the playoffs, but they’re still a long way from becoming competitors. I’m also gonna need a little more from Carmelo.  He seems to be always smiling (ala Dwight Howard). Lead your team for Pete’s sake.  I feel like this guy lacks that certain “umphh” that the Kobes and Chris Pauls and Dwayne Wades possess.  Heck, the Celtics Big 4 all have that swagger that says wreaks of “I’ma kill you!”  Anyway, still a successful season for the Knicks.  Next year, they’re gonna have to improve and move on to the second round, let alone win 1 playoff game. They’re gonna need to sign some players.  Can’t win with Ronny Turiaf in your starting lineup. By the way, get rid of this guy while your at it (Spike Lee).

April 25, 2011 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MIAMI HEAT: 81-1?

OK, maybe they’re not going to beat the Bulls singe-season win record. Maybe, they’re not even gonna have the best record in the league, but give these guys a break. Sure, the Celtics beat the Heat handily last night.  But hey, it’s the Celtics, and it’s in Boston, and the Lebron/Wade/Bosh combo haven’t played more than 3 minutes together, and….and…and… On a positive note, they waxed the Sixers tonight.  Nothing like a slumpbuster to get you back on track. Dwayne Wade dropped 30. Off night for Lebron.  I’m not sure how these guys are gonna gel but they have some time to do so.  They’re gonna win enough games to get in the playoffs on raw talent alone. Chris Bosh, well, he dropped 15 and grabbed about 7 boards.  I’m not sure that that’s an off night for him. I know he was averaging almost twice those numbers in Toronto but there’s only 1 ball in Miami and he’s 3rd option at best. It’s too early to tell if this is gonna be a success or a failure.  I still expect them to come out of the East.  Boston is just too old.

October 28, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

GO HOME BOSTON!!! SWEET 16 FOR LAKERS

All the Sullies in the world can now shut their mouths. All the angry Boson fans in LA can now leave. Dane Cook can jump off the bandwagon he was on for 2 weeks. Maria Menounos can go back to hosting the real world. What a game!!! Karma’s a bitch Celtics. Take your 80s chants of Beat LA, take your nasty chants of “ugly sister,” take your weak-ass chants of “no means no” and shove them up your ASSES!!! To quote the big Shaq Fu, tell me how my ass tastes. First of all, I gotta say, we lucked out. That game was Celtic-controlled for 3 quarters. I think they ran out of legs. Ray Allen, garbage. Paul Pierce, choke city. KG had a half decent game for a player his age. Rajon Rondo, as much as I dislike him, is the sickest point guard in the NBA. He needs to practice his outside J. Enough of the crap, let’s talk showtime. Poor game by Kobe Bryant, but he came through with a couple of clutch plays in the 4th. Legacy, shlegacy, he found a way to win with his 15 rebounds. Ron Artest, game MVP in my book. Played more minutes than anybody (46). His line, 20 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals. HUGE!!! I couldn’t be happier for a person winning the title. This guy deserves it more than anyone. Derek Fisher, clutch. Biggest shot of the game, tying it up with a 3 (from range) at 64. Great game by Gasol on paper. His double double was solid but he did shoot poorly (6-16). Probably the most consistent Laker this finals. Should’ve got the MVP though. Lakers FTs almost cost of this game. But now, we can chill. Relax in LA this summer and wait ’till the ring ceremony next season. I do have to reconsider my Kobe is better than Jordan stance though. I LOVE LA!!!

June 18, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THEY’RE CALLED FREE FOR A REASON

Lakers lose again in Boston. Kobe Bryant shows up, rest of the team doesn’t.  Haven’t we all learned by now, that if Kobe Bryant drops over 30 pts, the Lakers lose? Even with the Lakers playing so poorly, they had a chance to steal this game.  with 45 seconds left, Lakers down 5, Ron Artest got fouled on a breakaway.  Rather than cutting the lead to 3 (1 possession), Artest, a 55% shooter from the line during playoffs, bricks ’em both.  Are you kidding me? How much worse did this guy get?  He hit two 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished the game with 7 points… What the f#@!!! Andrew Bynum plays 32 minutes and finishes the game with 6 points and 1 rebound? Are you serious? I hate to blame the refs but this was a poorly called game.  First foul on Lamar Odom in the first quarter was called a charge when it was clearly a blocking foul (and the bucket went in).  Instead of Lamar headed to the ft line with some confidence, you get a 5 points switch and most importantly a fragile Odom. Bad calls in the end clinched the game for the Celts.  I never thought home court included the refs as well. Someone tell Pau Gasol to go up with two hands and try to dunk the ball.  This one handed, soft-ass, European moves aren’t gonna cut it in the playoffs. Freakin guy got blocked twice on 1 shot by the same guy, Tony Allen, who is 6 inches shorter than him. Celtics on the one hand, balanced scoring.  Paul Pierce bringing his A-game today, killing anyone that was guarding him. Don’t have much to say about them.

There was one funny play in the first quarter when Artest fouled Garnett and sent him to the ground (looked like a flop to me).  Refs called a foul but then, Rondo stepped in and pushed Artest with one hand.  Everyone in Boston, fans and players both, cringed.  As good as Rondo is, and I give him credit, he needs to check himself.  Artest is a crazy MF.  He will knock your ass down.  There isn’t a player in the league that’s not afraid of him.  I think even Rondo realized what he did after the push. You better watch out kid… you only get 1 get out of jail free card.

June 14, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

GLEN DAVIS: HOW STUPID DOES THIS GUY LOOK?

#1 rule of making tough guy faces: make sure you win the game.  #2 rule of making tough guy faces: make sure you are winning at the time you make it.  Big Baby, who actually had a decent game, looks like a fool.  Don’t talk shit when you haven’t led since the 5 minute mark in the 1st quarter.  Don’t talk shit when you’re not a starter.  Don’t talk shit when you haven’t accomplished anything on the court in your life. Enough of the Baby, let’s move on to the game. WHAT A GAME!!!

Derek Fisher, my new hero.  There’s only 1 guy I’ve seen take over games like that, and he too is on the Lakers.  Fisher, who I myself have sworn off MANY times, came through in the clutch again.  He’s making a great argument for being series MVP and possibly even hanging his jersey from the rafters at Staples. D-Fish, guts.

Nice to see Lamar Odom contributing.  Still worried about Ron Artest’s offense. He still needs to shoot to keep the defense honest.  As for the Cs, they can blame this game on Ray Allen who put up a big donut, and Paul Pierce.  Lakers back in the driver’s seat, oh what I would give for a sweep in Boston….

June 9, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

VINTAGE (2008) LAKERS

Here we go again.. Just a few days after the Los Angeles Lakers blasted the Celtics in game 1, the Lakers go ahead and get stomped by Ray Allen and his cronies. I’m not gonna sit here and blame it on the ref, the calls went bad both ways.  you can’t let the refs dictate the game.  Where do I start?  Let’s see, Ron Artest 1 for 10 from the field and 3 for 8 from the charity stripe? Garbage. Lamar Odom, why even show up if you’re gonna stink it up? Odom had more fouls (5) than points (3).  Kobe Bryant, bad shot after bad shot.  He never got in the game.  Very disappointed.  The only thing working for the Lakers was the bigs, Bynum and Gasol combining for 46 points on 13 for 20 shooting. I don’t even want to get into the Lakers’ bench, I can’t stand Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown.  So much inconsistent play from these guys. Finally, Lakers’ defense.  DON’T LEAVE RAY ALLEN OPEN.  He can shoot 3s, he can make them.  As for the Celtics, forget about Ray Allen’s 8 3-pointers, Rajon Rondo and his triple double killed Lakers.  This kid got offensive rebound after offensive rebound.  He had more rebounds (12) than ANYONE on the Lakers. All the Lakers had to do was hold court. Now, Boston split here, heading back home with all the momentum. I’m not saying they’re gonna win all three but it’s going to be REAL hard for the Lakers to steal 1, let alone 2.  For some reason, it seems that Boston has a lot more offensive weapons than the Lakers.  Even that thug Nate Robinson comes in and hits a 3.  Who on the Lakers can do that? Let me throw out some key stats: Lakers shoot 5-22 from 3 point range, Celtics, 11 for 16. Lakers outrebounded 44-38 (even though Lakers have two 7-footers). Paul Pierce shoots 2-11, but Cs still end up with a win. I’m done with stats.  I feel sick to my stomach.  It feels like 2008 all over again.

June 7, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LOS ANGELES LAKERS: 1 DOWN, 3 TO GO

What a game! Kobe Bryant and his fellow Lakers did what they needed to in Game 1 of the NBA Finals: not just win, but send a message.  Sure, there may have been a couple of bad calls but they went both ways. Kobe leading the way with 30 and my dog RON ARTEST bringin’ the noise. This guy brought intensity from the first minute, setting the tone physically with a double tech  with Paul Pierce.  Shooting 3-5 from behind the arc didn’t hurt either. Celtics looked a little discombobulated.  KG played like he was 34, Ray Allen was plagued with foul trouble; Rajon Rondo looked average (even though he filled the box scores); and the old psycho Rasheed Wallace was back at his old tricks.  He played a decent game on paper but mentally, this guy just took his whole team out of the game. Back to the series, Lakers MUST win game 2. Not celebrating yet, but frankly, I think the Lakers could play a lot better, which is something Boston should be very scared of. I’d like to see Pau Gasolget going a little bit more offensively early on and Lamar Odom, well, I’d like to see 19 and 19. Next game Sunday. Beat BOS-TON, beat BOS-TON, beat BOS-TON!!!

June 4, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

KEVIN GARNETT: I HATE TO LOSE

This was the Kevin Garnett that I once loved.  The “Big Ticket.” Truly one of the best power forwards to every play the game.  Inside, outside… all around. The best player to ever don a Minnesota Timberwolves jersey (though that’s not saying much). He was humble, respected the game. Now he’s with the enemy, the Boston Celtics.  Three years ago, this guy brought some toughness, some hope for the Boston Celtics.  First year with his new team, 1 ring.  3rd year, back to the Show. He’s turned that humility into swagger, confidence.  Some might say he’s taken it too far with the gangsta attitude. But the only thing that matters right now is the next 7 games.   This guy is gonna pose the biggest problem for the Lakers.  Ron Artest should be able to contain Paul Pierce.  Kobe Bryant should be able to keep Rondo in check.  Cancel out Bynum and Perkins (although I actually think Kendrick Perkins is actually a tougher player).  But the problem is going to be the PF slot.  KG has been playing like he’s 15 again. He’s gonna pull the Spaniard out, kill him from range.  Then as soon as Gasol steps out to guard him, Garnett’s gonna put in on the ground and go past him.  He can also post up Gasol and is a bjillion times tougher and more intense than Gasol. This series isn’t about flashy.  This is gonna be a dirty series, a bloody knuckles series.  I’m hoping I see a new Gasol this series.  I’m hoping that the Lakers give Pau a chance to establish himself against KG. Maybe even throw it down on the ticket. Because if you don’t punch the bully in the mouth, he’s gonna take your lunch money. And in this case, this lunch money’s worth about a year’s worth of bragging rights and something blingy for your ring finger. And if the Lakers don’t pull it out, I’m gonna be seeing nightmares of this guy’s mug for the next year.

June 2, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

VINCE CARTER: BORN LOSER

There are some guys that are winners and some that just aren’t.  Let me introduce you to Vince Carter, of the Orlando Magic, Mr. Individual.  Never won a title as a Tarheel, couldn’t win when he played for Toronto with a then good Tracy McGrady (remember, he missed a game winning jumper because he had to attend his college graduation); couldn’t make noise with the Nets when they had Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson; and now, is trying to fill the empty shoes left by Hedo Turkoglu. I was the first to say that the Magic downgraded when they let Hedo sign with the Raptors and signed Vince.  Carter is a “sexy” sign (on paper), but on the court, he rarely shows up when it counts.  His last game against Boston, he was 5-15. He’s a good individual player, not a team player.  He is was a dunker. Not sure if I’d vote him into the Hall of Fame, as I don’t think that spectacular dunks is a category? 1 week ago, everyone was talking about how the Magic were the best team in the NBA, having swept through the first 2 rounds of the playoffs. And now, after going 0-2 to the old and decrepit yet Wiley and savvy Boston Celtics, the Magic suck and are about to get swept. The main difference between last year’s Magic and this one…VINSANITY.  Kudos for dunking over that 7 foot French center in the 2000 Olympics and possibly being the greatest slam dunk champion ever, but ala Chris Webber, neither you nor the team you play on will ever win a title.

May 22, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments