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|May-23-12|| ||HeMateMe: Over the hill? The old legs of the Celtics may not be able to finish. The young Sixers won game 6; there will be a game seven. Makes me wonder if this is the end for Boston's "big three".|
|May-27-12|| ||HeMateMe: Lets here it for the old guys! Boston eliminated the Sixers in game 7. A very game, young Sixers team. |
Miami will have home court, and will be favored, but: 1) Boston is a smarter team than the Sixers. They'll take advantage of inside size mismatches, the way Indiana did not. 2) Boston will get respect from the referees. Senior citizens KG, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce will not be shunted aside by Dwayne Wade and MeBron. No "superstar" advantage for Miami. 3) Boston has more skill players than Miami. Chasing Pierce, Rondo and Ray Allen around on the perimeter is going to get Wade and/or MeBron in foul trouble those three cannot be left alone, on the outside areas.
I think the Heat might have someone else besides James guard Paul Pierce, because they won't risk MeBron getting into early foul trouble. But, on switchoffs and chaos, eventually James will have to chase Rondo and Pierce. MeBron foul trouble could be the key to the series.
|May-27-12|| ||Jim Bartle: I'm sorry, but I see Miami winning in five or so. I think Boston is worn out.|
Philadelphia does have a good young team. I particularly like Iguodala. On the other hand, Elton Brand, though a good player, has to be one of the biggest disappointments of the past decade. He could have been in the same group with Garnett, Webber and others.
|May-27-12|| ||HeMateMe: Maybe Brand was never as good as projected? A first pick in the draft by the LA Clippers, I think. For once, cheapskate owner Scottie Sterling actually paid top dollar to keep one of his picks when their first contract expired.|
Both Miami and Boston have looked vulnerable at times. Miami going down 2-0 (at home!) v. Indiana is not the sign of a great team. No great team out there this year. Whoever stays healthy and makes the right coverage adjustments can win it all. Somehow, I see the Geriatric Games as a final---Boston and San Antonio.
Think of the story lines--Will Tim Duncan share his Ben Gay with Kevin Garnett? They don't like each other, lots of history. KG is 36, and began his career at age 18. He has spent half of his life in the NBA.
Will Ginobli and Ray Allen take a joint membership in Hair Club for Men?
Will Popovich and Doc Rivers swap throat losanges and talk about glee clubs they've been in?
Will Paul Pierce demand MORE respect than Tony Parker from the refs because he is older?
Parker: "I had an A-LIST wife! I deserve more calls!
Pierce: "Go buy the doughnuts, ROOK!
Which Boston player will be the "designated thug", to swap shoves and elbows with Udam Haslett, so that Garnett doesn't have to do it and get into foul trouble?
|May-27-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Brand was so great at Duke, had the great body of a big forward, and was rookie of the year (maybe shared it) with Chicago. Averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds as a rookie, and maintained that for seven or eight years, including his time with the Clippers. Now he's sort of fading, just another good player.|
Does Haslett really have that much effect? If Boston needs a tough guy, they've lost Perkins and Big Baby, and I don't see this Brandon Bass as the same sort of player.
Miami was down 2-1 against Indiana, but then won three straight and they weren't close. Plus Wade is back to his old ways. I think they've got it going and will beat Boston fairly easily. (I would be thrilled to be wrong.)
I still say San Antonio will win it all.
|May-27-12|| ||tamar: The problem with Elton Brand is that he is owed 18 million next year. |
The age old dilemma in the NBA.
Players are rewarded late in their career for efficiency they can no longer produce, and then the teams have no flexibility.
Chicago thought it would bypass that, and rewarded Derrick Rose at 23 with a budget shattering contract. Now they have to face a season without him again.
|May-27-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Elton Brand gets $18 million? No way does his play justify that any more. But as you say, guys get paid later for better play earlier in their careers.|
I'm willing to bet that in a couple of years Brand will be shipped to a contending team, maybe during the season, which needs an inside guy, in exchange for young guys and good draft choices. Unless Philadelphia really becomes a title contender, that is.
|May-27-12|| ||Calli: Brand signed a big contract with Philly in 2008 (80 million). He hurt his shoulder midway through the first year. Season ending surgery. He was never the same after that. There is some talk of using the amnesty clause to cut 18 mil off the 76er salary cap.|
|May-27-12|| ||HeMateMe: San Antonio is amazing, in that I think they won 19 straight games at one point, the last part of the regular season, plus the first couple of playoff series. I don't know if that streak is in place right now, but it shows great consistency, a smart team that can show up every night and get it done. They have to be the favorite in any series, to the end.|
If it is Miami v. Spurs, Duncan will feast inside.
I remember a series, about ten years, Shaquille Oneil and the Lakers v. the Spurs. Oneil was in good health, and unstoppable. It was as though Duncan wasn't even there. He just avoided contact, I guess to stay outof foul trouble, and Shaq ate him alive. It just hows really great great Oneil was, maybe even more dominant that Wilt Chamberlain.
|May-27-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Ah, he was injured. That answers a lot. I still remember seeing Brand as a Duke freshman and saying, "there's a future all-pro."|
That Duke team appeared to have several others with real NBA potential, but the only one who really came through was Shane Battier. Unless you want to count Corey Maggette.
|May-27-12|| ||HeMateMe: I've always been a fan of coach K, the guy who put Duke on the map. In basketball, I mean. That area, the "triangle" of colleges--Duke, Wake and one other school, has some world class medical school facilities.|
In roundball, I remember seeing a news magazine special on Mike Kryczewski, when he was just a year or two into coaching Duke. He might have had Bobby Hurley and laetnner then. The team was doing well, and coach K's wife was remarking how when Mike K. had arrived, people were yelling "dumb Pollock" and stuff like that, in the Duke area. I don't think anyone there bad mouths him now. He could probably run for governor of the state.
|May-27-12|| ||Jim Bartle: "He could probably run for governor of the state."
Why would he accept a demotion?
Duke was pretty big-time before Kryczewski arrived (reached the NCAA final in 1964 and 1978), but he's had them at the top consistently.
|May-27-12|| ||Shams: <Chicago thought it would bypass that, and rewarded Derrick Rose at 23 with a budget shattering contract. Now they have to face a season without him again.>|
It was bad luck but they did everything right. If you aren't going to pay Derrick Rose, you shouldn't own an NBA team.
|May-27-12|| ||HeMateMe: Rose will break down again if he has to create instant offense himself, on every other play. They have to find an inside scorer, through free agency. |
The bigs they have are good defenders and rebounders, but they couldn't throw the ball into the ocean.
|May-29-12|| ||HeMateMe: Boston looked horrible tonight. wooden legs on defense. Rondo is scared to shoot open jump shots, because he's a bricklayer. I would like to see Boston make one more good run at a title.|
|May-30-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Second chance for the Celts tonight. I don't think they have much of a chance.|
San Antonio looked brilliant last night, they'll be tough in the finals for Miami. And if it's against Boston, somehow, the Spurs will kill them.
|May-30-12|| ||chancho: San Antonio is going to take the whole kit and kaboodle.|
They are simply too deep.
|May-30-12|| ||HeMateMe: S.A. seems to have unending combinations of 1) people who can make an open jump shot, after the defense has shifted to trap a penetrator and 2) guards and forwards who are WILLING to pass to the open man, and do it well.|
Gianobli makes the mid range jumpers or penetrates, all pro small forward.
Or, they get it to Duncan in close, and he's money. Some of the other Spur's bigs aren't too sure handed, but their job is to play defense and rebound, and give Duncan a rest. It's Duncan's seventh trip to the finals. I think Patrick Ewing made it once. Hakeem Alajawon, once or twice. It says a lot about their underspoken center, "The Big Fundamental".
If Boston loses tonight, they probably won't have the legs to win the series.
Miami v. the Spurs will be terrific. MeBron demanding "I get Mines", a ring, the Spurs ruthlessly exploiting the middle. still, Duncan looked old a couple of times last night. Had the ball stolen, that jumping jack center OK has blocked at least two of his shots. When Duncan sits, which is more so than in previous years, the Spurs inside bench doesn't really score well. This is when Miami will have to make their move. Wade and Bron will have to play big minutes, to exploit S.A. when they rest the older Gianobli and Duncan. Could easily be a seven game series.
|Jun-01-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Does anybody know who popularized the alley-oop, particularly on the fast break, and when? I really can't remember.|
In 1980 or so Bernard King with the Warriors would barrel down the court and get a pass for a dunk--a lot. But he got normal passes and went up to stuff, didn't take the high pass and dunk it right away.
Maybe it was Magic to Worthy, or somebody to Dominique.
In college Bill Walton scored a million times on alley-oops at UCLA when opponents tried to front him (21 for 22 in the 1973 NCAA final). Of course the dunk was outlawed then, so he caught the high pass and just banked it in.
|Jun-01-12|| ||Calli: I think it was the Hollywood Argyles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz6I...|
|Jun-02-12|| ||Jim Bartle: Who played point guard for the Argyles?|
|Jun-02-12|| ||Calli: Gary Paxton led the way. The team lacked height but, in Hoosier-like fashion, charged all the way to #1. http://garyspaxton.net/Music1/Alley...|
|Jun-08-12|| ||HeMateMe: A tough week for the old guys. San Antonio blown out 4-0, four straight losses to the young Ok Thunder. Tonight the Celts were eaten alive (at home!) against the Heat. The Red Auerbach teams would have finished off a team at home, in an elimination game. I guess Red wasn't there to tip a few balls tonight. I won't count the Celtics out, but they looked slow and tired tonight, and they have to play game 7 in Miami. Good luck.|
The Thunder have a solid bench, they play good team ball and are well coached. The two young studs, Michael Westbrook and Kevin Durant seem to have worked out ego problems, and complement each other well, ala Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. They will be very tough to beat. I assume it will be Miami, and Miami will have home court. Should be a great series.
I just can't believe the Spurs collapsed like that, after leading 2-0. Only a handful of NBA teams have won a playoff series in the past 60 years, after going down 2-0. I know the Portland Trailblazers did it in the late 70s, I think it was against Philadelphia. Bill Walton era.
|Jun-08-12|| ||Shams: Gee, folks here in Seattle couldn't be happier for Clay Bennett and co. |
Howard Schultz will stay out of the society pages this month.
|Jun-08-12|| ||HeMateMe: Are Seattle folks bitter that the team moved? I loved Slick Watts and the old 'Sonics, Jack Sikma and Downtown freddie Brown.|
But, didn't the people in Seattle refuse to pony up public money for a new arena, isn't that wat triggered the flight to Oklahoma?
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