The NBA season is upon us

October 31, 2008

The NBA season kicked off this Tuesday so it’s time for some thoughts.

Aldridge and Roy

Aldridge and Roy

Greg Oden gets hurt in his first game in the NBA and is now out 2-4 weeks.  People are making a ton of Sam Bowie jokes but I feel these are misplaced.  As are the feeling that Oden should be the savior of the franchise.  With players like Roy, Aldridge, and Fernandez there are plenty of other places to go.  The Blazers will just have to figure out a way to utilize Pryzbilla in the starting line-up which is something that worked pretty well last season.  Plus as the season moves along I’m predicting other players on the team will improve as well such as Channing Frye, Travis Outlaw, Jerryd Bayless, Sergio Rodriguez.  It was one game and it was against an LA team firing on all cylinders while it looked like only Rudy Fernandez was at full speed on Tuesday.  I still have high hopes for the TrailBlazers and expect them to reach the playoffs regardless of what Oden does.  John Canzano of The Oregonian agrees with me.

Then we have my Golden State Warriors.  With an off-season where we lost Baron Davis and Monta Ellis was injured in a freak moped accident (how bizarre is that) things are not looking great for the fans of Oakland.  Luckily Correy Maggette was added to the mix and in his first game came out and led the team in scoring.  Stephen Jackson played well also.  Al Harrington is asking to be traded, and I feel that it’s probably time to let him go anyway as he doesn’t seem to be fully utilized in Nelson system.  Hopefuly a complementary piece can come back in trade.  I’m a fan and I hold out hope that they can make the playoffs, but things are going to have to fall into place pretty quickly for that to be an option.

People are talking about how the West is falling off compared to last year.  And it pretty much had to.  So many teams were at a basically level point of competitiveness in the West last year as the former(?) powerhouses of San Antonio, Dallas, and Phoenix saw a slight decline while other teams are becoming the new powerhouses like New Orleans, LA Lakers, Utah.  The Rockets have maintained for a while, but adding Artest seems a savvy move that I think will pay dividends over the next couple of years.  I think they’ll at least make it out of the first round of the playoffs (finally!).

The East is looking better with the Knicks and Heat looking like they could be competitive as opposed to the total pushovers they were last year.  I still think the top of the east comes down to Boston, Detroit, and Cleveland, but the Raptors are on the rise and Dwight Howard and the Magic are nothing to trifle with.

My initial feeling is that we’ll see a New Orleans vs. Detroit final as New Orleans figures out how to make it through the playoffs and Detroit’s young talent becomes more valuable while the veterans will see little drop-off.  I give it to New Orleans, though.

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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 4

June 14, 2008

So there was a mix-up and the laptop was forgotten for game 4.  So I thought that I’d just give my thougths on the game.  The Lakers played an amazing first half.  Boston played an even better second half.  The Lakers came out of the half and just looked like they weren’t trying anymore.  Could somebody please talk to Kobe and tell him to quit taking three point shots because it’s definitely not his strong point (get to the rim, that’s what you do best).

I do like that they’re going to show the game today on ESPN Classic, because it was that good a game.  The bar that we went to definitely had more Boston fans than LA fans.  It made the first half more fun for me (it’s funny how every call is a bad call when it’s against your team.)  The ref’s did an excellent job of being close to a non-factor.  And in light of the Donaghy allegations it was just what they needed to do.  Were they perfect?  No, but neither team can whine about the officiating because it was purely about who was playing better.

Lamar Odom came out of the gate and played crazy.  And how about that Trevor Ariza?  He’ll find a good spot on a team as a role player, I just doubt it’s going to be the Lakers.  I’m pretty certain that Gasol needs to hit the weight room because he’s been thrown around all series by the Celtics big men.

Kobe Crying

At least Kobe played terribly and people can stop thinking he’s Michael Jordan.  We all knew he wasn’t.  On a better note Paul Pierce outscored Kobe so Jeff lost our bet.  That’s one more dollar to me.

I’m not even sure how it happened in the second half (well, outside of the Lakers just taking a bunch of terrible shots) that the Celtics got back in the game.  Some people are crediting Doc Rivers, but I refuse to do that.  He finally did what he was supposed to do.  Nothing special, just what his job description is.  I wonder if Phil jackson is going to retire from the embarrassment of losing to a Doc Rivers team?  At least Sam Cassell didn’t play too much.  He still took some terrible shots, but what you gonna do?  If you’re Doc Rivers apparently keep him in longer than you should.  I’m excited for Game 5 to see how long it takes Doc to realize that Eddie House should be in instead of Cassell.

Oh well, I’ll be back for Game 5.


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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Rooting for the Lakers

June 6, 2008

I didn’t realize it until the third quarter of last night’s game 1 but I am hoping that the Lakers win this championship happen.  Now I just have to figure out why I would want this team to win.

The Lakers are surprisingly likable.  When did this happen?  About the point that Andrew Bynum proved himself on the court and the entire team took a collective breath of relief as Kobe finally stopped whining about his situation.  They became less likable after the Gasol trade, but that’s beside the point.  Kobe was no longer just a villain.  He was that character on a show that you hate because they just seemed filled with hate, but then the show spends some time developing the character and you find out that not only are they you’re favorite character on the show, but you think that their prior hate filled acts are now totally justified (See Ben on Lost, Rebecca on GREEK, or Marissa’s mom on The OC).  So after Kobe settled down and the rest of the team settled down it finally looked like the Lakers were having fun. 

Rebecca from GREEK

(As an aside I was born in 1982 and I don’t think that I’ve EVER seen a Lakers game where the players looked like they were enjoying themselves until this year, it was normally misery or a sense of entitlement that I saw on the players faces throughout the year, it’s nice that they’ve finally decided to smile.

The Lakers are a fast-paced team.  I’m normally in the “let’s just hope for a good game” category.  After watching the Celtics and Cavaliers play seven games I wanted Mike D’Antoni to swap brains with Doc Rivers.  But I’ll get to Doc Rivers more later.  But those games were for the most part terrible.  Nearing unwatchable, like what people used to say about the Spurs and Detroit, except I think it was worse.  In fact I watched a WNBA game that week and didn’t think it was that bad because they were doing ALL of the same things that Cleveland and Boston were doing.  The Lakers, on the other hand, like to score points.  They were third in offense during the season, and obviously have kept it up pretty well in the post-season.  There were multiple times during the night where I jumped up and shouted at an amazing play, but they were almost all because of some thing the Lakers were doing (Garnett did have some nice dunks, though).

Doc Rivers Sucks

I think my dislike of Doc Rivers is beginning to border on hate.  I read an article today about how Doc Rivers outcoached Phil Jackson.  I had to leave the building and calm down.  Let it go, Cassell is done.  Why do you keep playing him when any of his shots even going in feels like some sort of bonus.  I used to love Cassell as a player, but it just seems like he’s on his last legs.  I am constantly befuddled by who Doc Rivers substitutes in and out of the game.  It’s like he’s played NB2K8 and just let’s the computer do whatever it wants.  I’m going to move on from this one because I can’t think about it clearly enough to give any good evidence, but next game just watch and revel in the fact that the Celtics are in the finals despite Doc Rivers not because of him.

I’m not a big fan of Ray Allen.  Don’t know why.  I think it just seems that he was hyped way beyond his ability.

And one last reason that I can’t root for the Celtics.  The smugness of the “Greatest Team Ever” and all of the Boston fans because of the Patriots.  And winning the world series.  And getting Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the same sports year.  Hey Boston you want to share a bit of the sports glory with the rest of the country?  Luckily Tyree caught a pass that gut-punched the Boston area so that the smugness of football season didn’t carry over too much into basketball.

So there it is.  The reasons I’m rooting for the Lakers.  Although, it could all change by game 2.


Episode 24

June 3, 2008

It was a rough start, middle and finish, but we made it through.  Its been a little while but fear not children, your two favorite sports guys are back, for now.  Oh, and we did get some hockey talk in, and it was AWESOME! Im lying.

Episode 24