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NBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW: WESTERN CONFERENCE

What was always the more interesting of the 2 conferences is turning out to be a bore.  But before we turn the page on the Western Conference playoffs, here are my picks for the first round:

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).

Enjoy round 1!!!

April 15, 2011 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

And With the First Pick of the Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers Select:

So the Portland Blazers have decided not to re-sign Greg Oden. The #1 pick in the 2007 draft, Greg Oden is possibly and probably one of the biggest NBA draft busts.  Plagued with injuries, Oden hasn’t amounted to much. He didn’t play his rookie year, 61 games in 2008, 21 in 2009 and so far a big donut for 2010. Remember, the Blazers picked Oden over Kevin Durant in the ’07 draft.  Doh! I would fire everyone in the organization that contributed to that decision. Imagine a Brandon Roy and Kevin Durant combo… OK, now stop imagining because it’s never going to happen.  I gotta be honest with you, I’m a little disappointed with Oden.  I remember him in college, when he broke his arm and still played, shooting freethrows with his left hand. I told myself, this guy’s a soldier. And look at him now, looking like a WWI soldier.  Big men in this league are at a premium. And it’s too bad that this kid couldn’t get it together.  I myself thought that Oden would be better than, gulp, Andrew Bynum. Not that Bynum is that spectacular.  Both injury prone, both far from their peak.  But heck, at least Bynum is only injured 50% of the time.  Oden’s a long distance away from those Ohio State days but maybe if he can get his act together, he can resurrect his career.  Actually, forget resurrecting, let’s hope he can salvage it. I’d give Grant Hill a call. And if I was Oden, I’d give Hakeem Olajuwon a call.  Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant did.  I’m betting Oden could use some help down low in the post, all 7 feet, 285 lbs of him. Oden’s supposed to be back late November. Let’s cross our fingers. Maybe he’ll be most improved player… Maybe not.

October 31, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , | Leave a comment

JOHN WALL: MEET THE NATIONS NEW CAPITAL

And the #1 pick of the NBA draft is…. John Wall of the Kentucky Wildcats. Hearing those words must be euphoric. Something finally went right for the Washington Wizards.  After a tumultuous season with all the Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Critterton debacle, this team, THIS CITY, finally is headed the right way.  First, the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg surpasses all expectations and now Wall. It’s a good time to be living in the nation’s capital. Wall averaged 17 points, 4 rebounds and over 6 assists a game in college.  Sure it’s not the NBA, but this kid’s projected to be a star and I’m a believer.  I also like the rumors about Washington acquiring Kirk Hinrich from Chicago.  This kid’s a true point guard and has that “I hate to lose” attitude. Alongside a scorer like Wall, it would be a smooth transition from Derek Rose. For Chicago, it frees up cap space for the Lebron James sprint about to start in a week. If I’m Washington, I try to move Gilbert Arenas as soon as possible, maybe try to get a big man.  I wouldn’t want Arenas and his gangsta bullshit to touch or even be in the same room as Wall.  Remember when Portland gave away Zach Randolph after they drafted Greg Oden?  Hopefully, we’ll never mention Wall and Oden in the same sentence again.

June 25, 2010 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Same Ol’ San Antonio Spurs, Blazers?

onthebuzzer.com eva longoriaThe first game of the 2007-08 NBA season just finished and imagine that, the Spurs won their home opener against the Portland Trailblazers.  That’s 10 in a row against Portland, who hung in ’till the very end, but eventually lost, 106-97. It was Championship Ring night for the Spurs with Michael Finley finally getting what he deserved.  I can’t help but notice how many times the camera panned to Eva Longoria throughout the evening. We got it TNT, she hot, he’s whipped, they’re married, they’re a superstar couple. She even held Tony Parker’s ring in her hand (not the only thing of Parkers she’s got the clamps on. Not much else to say about the Spurs, other than Tim Duncan with 24 points and 13 boards and Parker and Ginobli following with a combined 35 points.  As for Parker’s 2 assists, he might want to look into that.

onthebuzzer.com michael finleyLet’s turn our heads to the Trailblazers.  These guys are actually better than I, or most of the country outside of Oregon, thought they are.  LaMarcus Aldridge and Martell Webster led the way with a combined 48 points. Travis Outlaw contributed with 11 off the bench. Rookie of the year Brandon Roy seemed to be bothered by that pesky Bruce Bowen the entire game and only finished with a measly 7 points.  The Blazers looked good, but if only they had someone down low that could block shots and give them some presence…hmmmm…Right now I’m having delusions of grandeur of a healthy #1 pick. We miss you Greg Oden.

October 31, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What a Zachoff!!!

onthebuzzer.com portland trailblazersHave you seen Lamarcus Aldridge play? The starting PF for the Portland Trail Blazers is a BEAST.  Most people are saying “what a horrible mover, Zack Randolph for Channing Frye?!!?” Well, Portland killed 2 or actually many birds with one stone.  They got rid of Randoph, who slowed down the game with his back to the basket style of play.  I mean COME ON, I HATED watching them play this slow ball crap where Randolph would get his 20-10, but how many wins did that produce?? Channing Frye is a GREAT pick up for the Blazers in my opinion.  Remember Isaiah “I am definitely not a role model” Thomas deemed hi UNTOUCHABLE his rookie season.  He can definitely bother many opponents on both the offensive and defensive ends.  This move also played a part in signing James Jones (former Phoenix Sux) and Rudy Fernandez who will join the Blazers next year.  Fernandez is supposedly the next Ginobli (check him out, the guy can play).

onthebuzzer.com lamarcus aldridgeFINALLY, the Blazers will be a RUNNING team.  Check out their preseason stats, as they’re scoring over 100 pts a game! How many are the Knicks scoring with Randolph?  I don’t care to look.  Keep you eye out for Aldridge, he will surprise many of you and on a fantasy bball note, you better PICK HI UP!!! I was about to close this article with a Greg Who? BUt dammit…that just depresses me…next year folks, watch out for the Blazers.  This year, well…realistically another trip to teh lottery but it will be fun watching them play a similar style the Suns play while building chemistry.  As for the Knicks…sorry but prepare for a slower game…MUCH s-l-o-w-e-r.

This article was contributed by James.

October 17, 2007 Posted by | NBA BASKETBALL | , , , , | Leave a comment