April 29, 2008
Ok, here’s the thing, I hate the Lakers. Truth be told, I hate Denver even more. The first round series that just wrapped up between L.A. and Denver has been a battle of two evils for me. The only redeeming factor is Kellan now owns me one U.S. dollar, a buck, a greenback, some scrill! Finally one of my rediculous predictions/bets have finally paid off!
The Lakers took care of the Nuggets in Denver last night, in what was game four of the first round of the western conference playoffs. The Nuggets really never seemed to show up to play against Kobe. Kobe did. He averaged 33.5 points per game, shooting exactly 50% from the field at 48-96 shots, and getting 6.3 assists along the way. I do have a bit of a problem with how Mr. Bryant conducts himself on the court, especially during the playoffs. There are many players in the association that have learned to flop with the best of them, and the best of them seems to be Kobe himself. Kobe has taken the flop to new heigths and his ability to whine at the refs is not unlike Larry Bird’s ability from “back-in-the-day.” In the last half of game four, I lost count after 18 or so flops that Kobe took. Now, I’m not saying he wasn’t getting fouled, but after his arms are thrown into the air for the thousandth time, it really starts to get old.
But aside from making this post a rant about what a little whiney @#%$& Kobe is, or how much I dislike the Denver Nuggets (well Denver in general), the most important thing about this post is that Kellan owns me money. So, no one in the west had a snowball’s chance to sweep in the playoffs this year. The west is just too strong and no team will let the other team run away with the home games. Well Kellan, you were wrong. More then anything else this is a moral victory for me. The Pats didn’t lose to Maimi, the Bulls didn’t win the finals this year (let alone make it to the playoffs), and the Blazers did make it to 500 when I said they wouldn’t. Now I realize that most people might find this win as a small one, but bragging rights are bragging right, and Kellan doesn’t get to have them for once!
In your face, how you like them apples, whaz up now, suck it, oh burn, and simply HA!
April 27, 2008
I’m gearing up for game 4 between San Antonio and Phoenix. I want Phoenix to win for a couple of reasons. First, I made a bet with Jeff that no one in the West would sweep. Second, I really wanted to see a Lakers-Suns match up this year. That had a lot of potential plot lines. Shaq vs. Kobe (I liked the NBA Playoffs commercial they did too), Shaq vs. Los Angeles, Phoenix has knocked the Lakers out of the playoffs for the last couple years. The Phoenix vs. Lakers games in the playoffs were already really good, I think that adding in Shaq made it even more interesting. And the third reason is that my buddy Abel is a HUGE Suns fan. Things aren’t looking too great for Phoenix, but Abel will shortly be a father (his boy is due next week.)
One more thing on a Phoenix vs Lakers series. Kobe has been smiling so much lately I think he needs a little run-in with Raja Bell.
Delonte West just hit a killer three pointer to put Washington down 3-1 on the series. It seems like if at least two other people on Cleveland can have good offensive games that the Cavaliers looks like a team that should be in the Playoffs. Delonte West and Daniel Gibson were the ones for Cleveland in this Game 4. It looks like Cleveland should be able to finish this series without too much difficulty. Now what happens when they get to Round 2? Read the rest of this entry »
April 23, 2008
After a week of rest it was time to break down the playoffs. And then we talked about hockey again. We’re getting better at it, although we’re still pretty bad. The non-hockey stuff though, pure gold.
April 15, 2008
Now that Golden State is no longer mathematically able to make it into the playoffs I thought I’d finally weigh in with what I think would make for the best playoff structure. Personally I still like East vs. West. I don’t like the people that say seed 1-16 and let things fall how they will. As I’ve said in a previous podcast I think that the way to fix the playoff system is to take the top 6 from each conference. So here would be the seedings as of right now.
1. LA Lakers
2. New Orleans
3. San Antonio
So the best in each Conference still get to go. But that is only 12 teams while the playoffs is for 16. Read the rest of this entry »
April 11, 2008
I’m currently watching the Blazers play horribly against the Kings. What I really want to do is watch the Lakers play the Hornets. How is this not on national television? I want to see these two teams. I’ll probably see them play sometime in the playoffs but things are heating up and on a Friday night I’d be watching that at the sports bar rather than sitting at home watching a less than exciting Portland game.
Maybe I’m just feeling bitter that it now seems like my Golden State Warriors may not make the playoffs (true fans always keep hope until it’s statistically impossible). So if the Warriors do not make it I’m going to have to throw my support behind the Hornets. With CP3 hopefully clinching up an MVP award tonight the Hornets are not a team that someone wants to go up against in the playoffs.
Just eight more days until the playoffs kick off. Maybe it’s time for me to do some end of the season links as the game progresses.
I really enjoyed this website about LaMarcus Aldridge being the league Most Improved Player. Being a comic book fan and a Portland resident it resonated with me. Good job Portland in knowing your audience. Now, is it going to work on the voting committee?
Paul Shirley retiring? Well at least he had a good run. He managed to get a book published was able to travel the world was playing a game and was paid for the whole thing. I have a feeling that he’s going to be alright in his post-basketball career. Although I wonder if he’ll ever be able to get away from basketball or if he’ll just explore where he fits within the world. And a shameless plug to read his book. Anyone who wants to know what the harder side of professional basketball is give it a gander.
April 8, 2008
Is it a milestone? No. But we did talk about hockey. If you want to hear two guys be completely clueless about a sport check out the last five minutes. If you want to hear us sounding (slightly) better listen to the first thirty minutes.
April 7, 2008
This has been an extremely exciting game. Overtime is just beginning. I found myself rooting for Kansas as I started watching the game. I feel it has to do with my obsession with free throws and the fact that I don’t think a poor free throw shooting team should be able to win a championship. If Memphis loses it will be because they missed so many free throws in the last two minutes of the second half.
I checked the NBA games today and was at first surprised to find there were no games. Then I remembered that the Championship game was tonight. I do like that sports give a nod to other ones. There are NBA games during SuperBowl Sunday, but they finish before the actual game starts. I just like that different leagues play themselves down as others are dealing with figuring out who is the best.
18.2 seconds left. Kansas up by five and shooting free throws. Pretty much sealed up. Good times all around as I get to see Kansas win. You gotta hit your free throws to win big games. Yeah.