May 1, 2008
Oh deuces. You know what made this episode one of the best, Kellan cough’in over the money. It’s a good feeling, one that can keep me warm at night. Having his money and being able to rub it in, does life get any better? I don’t see how it can. Oh, and we did talk about some sports along the way. And by sports I mean just NBA playoffs, we ran a little long.
March 25, 2008
Poor Dallas. I had already picked them as the team to fall out of the playoffs and then Dirk gets hurt. As a note I said either Phoenix or Dallas would fall and then Phoenix won their next seven games so I’m stuck with Dallas as my prediction. But Dallas is not looking good at only 1 game ahead of Golden State and only 1 1/2 games ahead of Denver. Tonight they play the Clippers. If they do not win this game I don’t see them being able to stay where they’re at.
Denver and Golden State are going to win more games than they lose, but I’m not sure that Dallas will do the same thing. Dallas and San Antonio are the worst teams in the West’s top 10 in the past ten games. Dallas is 5-5 and San Antonio is 4-6. Most teams only have about 12 games left on their schedule. So if Dallas loses two more games in that stretch than Denver or Golden State they are done for.
Should Avery Johnson be on the chopping block? I say no. He’s done amazing things with this team. I think the fault lies in the trade. If they had gotten Jason Kidd a month earlier they might have been able to do it. And maybe those 12 games will be enough time. But with Dirk out indefinitely (which can mean anything from next week to next season) they are going to have to rely on their bench, but the trade I think hurt them there too. The West is entirely too strong to change the decision maker in mid-stream.
March 16, 2008
Well I woke up early and saw my friends off to Canada. Now it’s time to watch some basketball. I thought I’d just watch the two ABC games because they are the only games today where both teams are going into the playoffs. Although I’d be interested to see the Dallas vs. Miami game because I’m now getting to the point where I am openly rooting for Dallas to lose. I’m not even entirely sure how it happened. I used to love watching Dallas when Jason Kidd was drafted there. Now he’s back and it may have been the thing to push me over. I just think it would serve Dallas right to be knocked out of playoff contention. That many blockbuster trades right next to each other and just keeping your team could have been a good move. I think they lost too much size and Kidd is just not the player he once was.
The D-league has expanded to Reno. I like it that the D-League is expanding, but I’m interested to see what team will associate themselves with the team. I like that some teams (LA Lakers, San Antonio Spurs) have their own teams. But I kind of like that Seattle and Portland share a team in Boise. One of the things that I haven’t heard about is if the affiliation between the Sonics and the Stampede will continue if they move to Oklahoma City (which strikes me as more of a D-League city than an NBA city). I have a feeling that that affiliation will switch to another team and the Stampede will work solely with the Trailblazers.
In other D-League news Brent Petway challenges Dwight Howard to a dunk contest. You can watch his video right here. I actually thought he did a fairly good job of reproducing the dunks that Dwight Howard did for All-Star weekend. Read the rest of this entry »
March 13, 2008
I just saw that Golden State lost to Phoenix. I was sad. Golden State is better than Phoenix. But regardless of that the standings tonight were very interesting to me. Like the fact that Golden State is in danger being only 5 games back. Denver is only 7 and smelling blood.
I’m scared for Dallas unless they put on a really strong showing. Actually I’m excited to see what happens in the West here at the end where a lot of games happen in conference. The Blazers just lost a game to Sacramento. I’m still projecting Portland to finish above 500 at a win rate of 43.
I got off topic there for a second, but the West is looking ridiculous. Denver is having problems because they can’t reach that .600 mark that’s needed to make a playoff seed in the West. And then Hollinger has Chicago making the playoffs. Really?! Portland made a ridiculous come around to be a .500 team. Denver is aFREAKINGmazing and might not make the playoffs? And yet Indiana (who still hasn’t recovered from the brawl) is in playoff contention. I mean the team that Iverson left has a 98.0 percent chance while Denver has a 49.0.
I want to say that it is ridiculous that Denver may not make the playoffs (although look out Dallas, things are awful close.) How is it that sub-.400 teams can make it to the playoffs while post-.500 teams can miss? I think it’s time to rethink things.
The best strategy I’ve heard is to allow the top six teams in each division clinch a spot and the other four spots are decided by record. It’s enough that any travel concerns will be put mute. Unless Portland is playing London in the first round and they have to skip so many days that they don’t know what week it is. Oh wait, that won’t happen for a decade. But something needs to be done to even out the East and the West. While there are some dominant teams the difference in competition between conferences is so striking it’s nearly the difference between 5A or 4A ball. You have a some teams who could compete on the 5A level in 4A ball. But some of the 5A teams could compete on another level, and almost everyone in 5A ball could at least evenly match the highest end 4A competitor. C’mon, the reason that high school has so many levels is that there are that many level of athletes. I think that the NBA may need to take a breather before they commit to too much expansion.
March 7, 2008
My current viewing options are few a bad. I could watch the Chicago vs. Boston game in HD, but it’s 49-75 at this point. I don’t like watching it when things are this lopsided (although I wish I could watch Golden State right now beating Miami 128-92, take that accuscore. My other choice is a Portland vs. Milwaukee game that has already had 27 free throws and 19 personal fouls. Hopefully the play picks up in the second half.
So I really think that Golden State is going to find a way to get into the playoffs and shake things up. I think that Denver has a fair chance too. And it’s because of the Jason Kidd and Shaquille O’Neil. I love these guys, but they do not seem to be the greatest fits for their teams. And even if they come through and start meshing better with their respective teams then they might find themselves out of the playoffs. It’s not enough to win half of your games. Read the rest of this entry »