Watch out, we’re on location. Do’in the podcast from a laptop, watch’in Boston and Cleveland. At least the podcast was better than the game.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 »
Haven’t posted in a while. Been busy. I finished up some of those books I had stacked up. I’m going to try and write a review for The Kitchen Readings in the next couple of days. I highly recommend it for those who enjoy Hunter S. Thompson.
I also went to go and watch Semi-Pro this weekend. It was a funny movie. It was all of the crudeness that I’ve been craving. Ferrell was good, but really it was the supporting cast that made the movie shine. Really my only problem with Will Ferrell is that his character was the exact same as like 4 other movies he’s done. (I’m not sure if I’ll see the one where he and his stepbrother live at their parents place and act like 9 year olds, I already sat through Kicking and Screaming.) Although the shtick works in this one, so why fix something that ain’t broke? The basketball scenes were pretty good as well. It fit the typical Read the rest of this entry »