NBA Finals Game 6 Roundtable

June 17, 2008

Kellan – Tip-off is only about ten minutes away.  I have to say it would be amazing to see this go to seven games, but at the same time the Celtics have clearly been the better team.  I think that the Celtics will win.  I’m hoping for Los Angeles.  Did they just say Paula Cole is singing the National Anthem?  I thought she was someone that the public agreed to forget about as a silly thing from the 90’s.  Everybody, you’re Boston entertainer.

Kellan – I found it hilarious that the fireworks just hit the Jumbo-Tron.  I’m going to have to agree with David Stern about that fireworks issue.  At least they didn’t go too crazy like during the series with Cleveland.  I don’t like it when the stadium is smoky, it makes me feel bad for the people in the nosebleeds.

Jeff – Ok, so I just got here, yet I did make it for the tip-off. As the game is now 10-10 I really just hope, like Kellan, for a game seven. I looked away for a second and Kobe hit his second three. As much as I don’t like the guy I really enjoy watching him play the game. That is until he starts complaining to the refs and whining like a three year old told to go to bed at seven in the evening. I would at this time like to throw up the first picture and give the old hat a tip to Tiger and his US Open win on Monday.

 

Tiger Woods 2008 US Open

Kellan – I have to say that I’m pretty excited that both teams came out with their A-game.  It seems like only one team or the other is doing well at any given moment in the series.  Nice oop to Garnett.  Boston 22-Los Angeles 18.  One minute left in the first.

Jeff – The question I have for this game is which bench is actually going to show up tonight. It seems that there has been one, maybe two, players from each team’s bench that have one good night and instantly become a fan fav. Sasha Vujacic was a quick fav, it also some recently it was Eddie House from Boston. So, who’s it gonna be tonight?

Kellan – Turiaf did real well to get a foul on Boston on the rebound attempt.  Good energy.  Bad foul Powe.  No reason for it.  Two fouls in the first minute is a great way for Boston to put LA on the free throw line for a quarter.  Another foul on Boston.  3 team fouls in less than two minutes.  Boston is looking sloppy now.  And Doc Rivers with a technical.  How about that for a the worst head coach in the league.  I feel a Sam Cassell substitution in the near future.

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NBA Finals Game 5

June 15, 2008

Getting ready for tip-off.  My thoughts are that LA will win this game and then lose game 6 against Boston.  I know you aren’t supposed to think a series is over until it’s actually over, but I just have a feeling that the Lakers are on the ropes.  If Boston can play well they can just finish things off and Boston can begin celebrating.  I know I originally though the Lakers would win, but in my defense I didn’t see them collapsing in games so easily.  Although I can also see Kobe going for 50 in this game and doing whatever it takes to not let the series end on his home court.  I already won the bet with Jeff that Paul Pierce would outscore Kobe in one game, and I don’t see it happening again (no matter how the rest of the series goes).

If I see Sam Cassell appear before Eddie House again I might just flip out.  I can’t believe a Doc Rivers coached team will probably win the title.  That guy lucked into job security.  If Garnett had not been traded to the Celtics that guy would’ve been gone by the All-Star break.  They’re singing the National Anthem, so I’ll be back after some game action.

Big Three

Kobe Bryant takes a three, he makes it.  I am not impressed.  He’s not that good at three pointers.  Although since he’s already taken one and made it maybe it will help his teammates’ confidence.

I thought it was funny when Paul Pierce fell down on their opening play and got a travel.  He looked at his teammate like he’d somehow wronged Pierce’s mother.  Hilarious.

Derek Fisher gets a three.  Maybe I was right about Kobe helping the other shooters confidence.

How has nobody dunked yet?  And why does Garnett keep shooting from so from so far away?  I know he has a good jumper, but I could have sworn he was a post player.  Rondo gave up an easy lay-up and passed it to Paul Pierce for a missed three.  Good move buddy.

Gasol is playing very well.  That’s a nice difference from the last couple of games.

Kobe with another three.  The Lakers with a large lead in the first quarter.  Didn’t this happen on Thursday?  Can the Lakers stave off their inevitable collapse until it’s too late for the Celtics to come back?  Or did Boston just decide that they want to win in Boston so they’d let the Lakers win this game?  I think Boston is too competitive for that, but maybe Doc Rivers is up to something.  I just don’t trust that guy.

Can Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol, and Kobe Bryant all have good games on the same night?  I don’t know but Kobe just hit another three.  This is ridiculous.  On the other end Eddie House did get into the game before Cassell and immediately hit a three.  Way to go Doc, only took until game five of the Finals to figure out that you should play House before Cassell.

Kobe now has four threes.  I apologize to him for the many mean things I’ve said about his three point shooting.  He’s on par for like a 70 point game at this point.  Wouldn’t that steal a lot of the fire of the last game being an instant classic?

The Lakers are playing out of their minds.  But still after game 4 can any Lakers fan be feeling that great about the game?  Although it can’t happen two games in a row can it?

Does anybody cause all sound to be bleeped out more often than Kevin Garnett?  I know he’s intense, but he does realize that children are watching right?

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NBA Finals Game 3 Roundtable

June 10, 2008

Jeff – Ok, so this roundtable formatt seemed to work last time so we’re back today doing it again. The third game in the 2008 NBA Finals just started and the Lakers are behind in the series by two games. We were just talking about this being the first game in LA and just how much the seats cost. For floor seat to the game you are looking at 21.000 dollars, if you want second row it’s costing you 16.000. As a big sports fan myself, I can not see an game worth that kind of cash. Superbowl tickets are cheaper. I’m just a little floored.

As for the game, we’re currently looking at 9-7 Lakers with 5:31 left. Both teams are shooting terribly right now and I’m afraid this maybe a long game.

Kellan – Kobe looks real good tonight, athough he’s only 3-6 from the line.  Gotta hit your free throws in big games.  I like the fact that Kobe’s guarding Rondo.  Good move Coach Jackson.  One more thing, Radmonovic is playing terribly.  He needs to step it up.

Jeff – At this point in the game I’m really thinking my bet of Pierce not outscoring Kobe is going to be safe for one more game. Kobe is sitting at 17 points right now, and Pierce has yet to score. The game is now at 40-29 Lakers with 4 minutes left in the first half.

 Still Jeff – Ok, it’s the half and Kobe is at 19 points for this game. He’s leading all players, yet is pissed he’s missed five field goals. I’m going to make Kellan type now, I’m going outside.

Kellan – Actually Kobe is upset about his five missed free throws.  Garnett is shooting terribly.  Why does he keep taking shots from beyond twenty feet?  Isn’t he a post player?  Vujacic is playing very well.  He’s doing exactly what he needs to do to keep the Lakers successful.  The Lakers are looking good to be able to keep ahead in this game.  Although the second half is another beast. What if Pierce starts hitting shots?  What if Garnett hits shots?  It seems like Boston is being plagued by what was wrong with the Lakers in the first two games, poor shot selection.

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NBA Finals Game Two Roundtable

June 8, 2008

We’re going to try something new today.  Me and my buddies are going to take turns writing throughout the game and see what happens.  There’ll be commentary as well as links to random sites and probably some videos.

Kellan – Alright, I’m excited to see how this game goes.  I think Kobe will take better shots this game.  If he does I’m pretty sure the other Lakers will do better as well.  Boston needs to make sure that the Lakers score less than 100.  And Paul Pierce is going to need to play well.  Hopefully he doesn’t hurt himself in the process.  But as I said in a previous post, go Lakers.

Jeff – Ok, first of all, I would like to point out that Kellan did bet me that Pierce would out score Kobe in at least one game this series. I realize that bet may have been bad, but I’m glad Kellan’s on my side. And I also want to give a quick little nod…

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Jeff – By the way the games is on now and we’re looking at 15-12 Lakers. I would like to point out that Nick is the only one cheering for Boston.

Kellan – Games all tied up.  Paul Pierce is playing well, but his movement does seem limited.  I was quite impressed with the dunk that Pau Gasol threw down mid-way through the first.  Just a nice move.  Garnett is just an excellent player.  He drove in and threw in a lay-up with three guys in the way.  This is turning into a pretty good game.

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Western Playoffs Game 4’s – Kellan

May 11, 2008

This weekend I didn’t watch as many games as I should have, but the series to watch is the San Antonio Spurs and the New Orleans Hornets anyway. Watching Chris Paul emerge is amazing. The first article I wrote for this site was called The Assist. I am seeing Chris Paul become a player that seemingly has no ceiling. He knows exactly when to score and when to pass. His steals really help set the tone for the Hornets as well. So a bit of advice; watch the New Orleans games because Paul isn’t the only player you’ll be hearing from in the years to come. Tyson Chandler has emerged as a real force and David West was an All-Star this year. Stojakovic just needs to keep raining down the threes and I don’t know if there is any team that can stop them. That is just too many offensive options.

So the Jazz have just gone on a crazy run and it’s all about Deron Williams. I’m hoping that Brewer can be his alley-oop guy like Chandler is for Paul. I hope Williams can maintain this level of play. It’s one of the differences between good and great players. Good players can have great games and mediocre games but great players consistently have good to great games. So please Deron learn that consistency so that I can like watching the Utah Jazz again.

I have to say that I just keep liking Channing Frye more and more. He talks about real things and you can notice how he’s getting better at writing too. I wonder if all of this blogging will eventually create more basketball books. I would read something Gilbert Arenas wrote.

That was a real hard foul by Turiaf. Seemed like it just happened in the course of things and wasn’t as bad I’ve seen in other games. But man he made the guy bleed. That is definitely not something you’re supposed to do in basketball.

Here’s a pretty cool article about Chris Andersen of the Hornets and his mother if you have a free fifteen minutes.


San Antonio vs. Phoenix – Game 4

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.)

Raja Bell clotheslining Kobe Bryant

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 »


Portland vs. Sacramento and mini-links

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?

LaMarcus Aldridge

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.