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Title: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on April 05, 2007, 10:08:08 am
Now that March Madness is over, it's time for the big boys to take center stage.  (Congratulations to the Gators.) 

My rooting interest, the Wizards, just had their playoff hopes blow-up with season-ending injuries to their two all-stars in the space of three games (Caron Butler and Gilbert Arenas).  They may coast into the playoffs but they're first round fodder for whoever. 

So I'm adopting the Spurs because of the quiet competence of the superb Tim Duncan.

Did anybody see the Bulls wax the Pistons last night?  I'm taking them in the east.

So who y'all got?
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Mastrmynd on April 05, 2007, 10:11:24 am
1. booooooooooo gators!  UGA4LIFE!

2. chicago got game.  i can't even front.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: JAXN on April 26, 2007, 01:32:33 pm
a few of m squads are in the playoffs, but i would like to see a Denver/Miami showdown
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on April 26, 2007, 03:45:40 pm
a few of m squads are in the playoffs, but i would like to see a Denver/Miami showdown

Not to be discouraging but they're both looking like first round casualties to me.  Just sayin'...
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: JAXN on April 27, 2007, 08:02:02 am
yeah, Miami has gotten off to a slow start, but i don't count them out..The Bulls played them this well last year and lost. I see the same happening this year..Denver and San An are tied up right now and considering Denver has that guy named Allen to fall back on, i lean towards them.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on April 27, 2007, 09:06:52 am
yeah, Miami has gotten off to a slow start, but i don't count them out..The Bulls played them this well last year and lost. I see the same happening this year..Denver and San An are tied up right now and considering Denver has that guy named Allen to fall back on, i lean towards them.

Ever hopeful.  I don't blame you, but seeing as how I picked the Spurs and the Bulls when I kicked off this thread, I think both of those series are going the other way.   ;)  D-Wade needs to dominate for Miami to pull through but I just don't think he's physically able to do it.  I like what Denver's doing with the AI / Melo tag team but I think SA is just too good.  Denver doesn't have much margin for error.  Still, they have a real shot at this series.  This is my favorite first-round match-up so far.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: JAXN on April 27, 2007, 12:53:34 pm
agreed. Although i do like the Mavs/Warriors and Lakers/Suns series, i find myself waiting for San An to play and they are solid..I salute Greg "Wolfman" Popovich for his brilliant coaching. They have great chemistry together and it's going to be tough for Denver to overcome that, but with solid performances from Melo, AI, Camby (on those boards & blocks) and Nene, they're going to make Tim and crew work for it..I agree with you about Miami too..unless guys like Eddie Jones and Walker are willing to take their games to the next level, they're going to be in trouble..I expect Wade to drop 40+ tonight in trying to make this a series.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Vic Vega on April 27, 2007, 03:50:18 pm
agreed. Although i do like the Mavs/Warriors and Lakers/Suns series, i find myself waiting for San An to play and they are solid..I salute Greg "Wolfman" Popovich for his brilliant coaching. They have great chemistry together and it's going to be tough for Denver to overcome that, but with solid performances from Melo, AI, Camby (on those boards & blocks) and Nene, they're going to make Tim and crew work for it..I agree with you about Miami too..unless guys like Eddie Jones and Walker are willing to take their games to the next level, they're going to be in trouble..I expect Wade to drop 40+ tonight in trying to make this a series.

He'll have to. That's a problem. The Heat are injured or healing and have
their backs to the wall. Chicago is flush with its own strength right about now.

It will take a demoralizing ass-whipping to change the momentum to Miami's favor.

D. Wade is capable of it tho, and in a seven game series anything can happen anything at all.

On a related note: Does anybody care about the Nets/Raptors series at all? Anybody?

Don't know how many more Kidd's got in him. It'd be nice if he didn't get
eliminated in the first round again.   
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on April 28, 2007, 07:14:23 am
Well, that was a demoralizing ass-whuppin' but the other way.  Miami's looking like the first defending champs to get swept in the first round. 

Speaking of ass-whuppings, Dallas got one last night.  They need to win game 4 in a bad way.  Baron Davis is going off out there.

I like J-Kidd too.  Looks like they'll handle the young Raptors.  They've got a great shot against the LeBron's, too.  I can't see them beating either Detroit or Chicago if they make it to the finals though. 

All those West series are pretty good.  If LA wins G4, that's a series.  Rockets / Jazz could go either way.  Same for the other two.  I'm happy so far.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: JAXN on April 30, 2007, 12:42:53 pm
the Heat got ran.  They'll have to do some serious revamping this summer. Starting with a solid point guard...So the last two teams from last year will get taken out in the first round and seriously is anyone surprised by the Dallas/GS series? If they're expecting Dirk to take them to the promise land, then they'll never make it. The games tonight should be good..
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Vic Vega on April 30, 2007, 01:12:19 pm
Not surprised in the least by what happened to the Heat. I heaven't paid attention to Golden State at ALL, have to say.

The NBA must be a mite nervous now. Scared to death is more like it.

The Heat are gone, the Mavs and the Lakers may be next.

The prospects for a big ratings payday for the NBA are beginng to go up in
smoke with three big market teams facing elimination.

When was the last time you couldn't predict the outcome of the playoffs?   
This kind of thing is good for the league in the long run.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Jenn on April 30, 2007, 01:28:38 pm
DEPORT DIRK!

That is all.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on May 07, 2007, 09:57:04 am
Dayum, Mavs got punked.

On to the second round.  One thing that's interesting is that both conferences have a finals before the finals series going on.  I'd be surprised if the winners of the SA-PHX and CHI-DET series don't go on to the finals.  I'm sticking with my original prediction: SA vs. CHI with the Spurs taking the ring.

Nice game yesterday with SA winning a high-scoring battle.  The pace was where the Suns wanted it but they couldn't close the deal with Nash spilling blood while the clock ran out.  Still, if the score is in the 100s+ that's a good thing for the Suns.  I don't think Tony Parker will be that hot again. 

I didn't see the NJ-CLE game.  Looks like the Cavs held serve.

Anyway, what set y'all claim?
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: JAXN on May 07, 2007, 01:55:35 pm
i'm along for the ride now..the teams i wanted to see in the championship have been destroyed..Detroit and San An are looking good to me.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Marvelous on May 08, 2007, 02:34:58 am
Being in San Antonio, dont have to guess who Im leaning towards.   ;)
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on May 08, 2007, 10:36:00 am
i'm along for the ride now..the teams i wanted to see in the championship have been destroyed..Detroit and San An are looking good to me.

It does look to be headed toward that rematch.  Chicago is in a must win situation going home after two blowouts.  Definitely do or die time for them.

Both of those West series look pretty good.  Similar in some ways in that Utah and SA are trying to slow down teams that go at breakneck paces and both of them won game 1 by outscoring the faster teams.  Fun to watch the contrasting styles. 

What if the Western finals ended up being GS vs. PHX?  What would be the over-under on points scored in each game?  Around 280?
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: JAXN on May 09, 2007, 02:44:39 pm
i wouldn't mind seeing new teams play for the prize, it would continue to shake things up in the league..i am surprised by how Detroit is beating the Bulls...i figured they'd have the advantage, but they've been wearing them out! Phoenix made it a series last night and the Jazz/GS series is great basketball!  I know no one expected to see these two teams this close to the finals..can't wait to check the game out tonight.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on May 11, 2007, 09:27:45 am
From The Sport Guy's blog (http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/blog/index?name=simmons&entryDate=20070510):

One more thing about last night's game: Like everyone else, I was amazed and touched by the unforgettable Derek Fisher saga, one of those rare sports moments that was genuine in every respect -- the way he was greeted by the fans, the way teammates and opponents hugged him during the game, the way he channeled his anguish into the basketball game, the appreciative way his teammates were interacting with him, his monster 3 that clinched the game, his heartfelt interview after everything was over, even the gracious words of the TNT guys after the game. We'll always remember it as the Derek Fisher Game, one of those special nights that made me remember why I chose to write about sports for a living. Those nights happen from time to time, not always for the most uplifting reasons, but they always resonate. Sometimes it's not about winning and losing. We forget this.

Anyway, best wishes to Fisher and his family.


I agree completely.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on May 11, 2007, 09:40:26 am
Well, my Eastern final pick is on life support.  The Pistons just dispatched them like old pros last night.  Detroit is practically through to the next round.  I'll be surprised if they don't sweep.

Critical games three coming up.  NJ is in a must-win situation at home.  Ditto GS.  It's win or (get ready to) go home for both of them.

SA vs. PHX is getting testy.  I like it.  We'll see what adjustments Pop makes in response to Kurt Thomas guarding Duncan alone and getting away with it in G2.  Somebody predicted that didn't they...   ;)
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Marvelous on May 12, 2007, 08:42:14 pm
2-1 GO SPURS!
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Catch22 on May 16, 2007, 12:55:42 pm
Horry, Stoudemire and Diaw suspended!! http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs2007/news/story?id=2872357 (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs2007/news/story?id=2872357)

I wonder why Tim Duncan didn't get a suspension, too.  He left the bench...if they are going to apply the rules strictly, then it should apply to everyone.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: JAXN on May 18, 2007, 01:07:44 pm
there wasn't an altercation on Duncan's situation and then the two incidents aren't comparable. Diaw and Stoudemire were past the 3pt line..Duncan was still in the vicinity of the bench. It's all moot now anyway..The Suns choked that game away
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on May 18, 2007, 01:20:11 pm
Two game 6s tonight.  Anybody getting closed out?  I have no idea what might happen in the NJ-CLE series.  I think SA takes advantage of their good fortune at home even though they're a man short this time.  BTW, I haven't seen much commentary on that.

Congrats to Detroit.  Bulls weren't ready yet.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: JAXN on May 18, 2007, 02:05:07 pm
they'll be ready in another year or two..it's funny though, it's like watching the whole bad boys/ jordan era again. Mike had to get past Detroit too. Chicago are about one or two players away..I think the Spurs will close out the Suns and i believe the Nets will even the series up...i don't know..i'm just waiting for Vince to have a big game in the post season..it may happen tonight..Utah is a sleeper..I think they're capable of beating either team in the West, so i wouldn't be surprised seeing them in the finals.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Jenn on May 18, 2007, 07:38:02 pm
Goddamn, it ain't the finals yet?
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Marvelous on May 30, 2007, 11:28:20 pm
We are THERE!  ;)
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Mastrmynd on May 31, 2007, 08:47:49 pm
2 words.
KING JAMES.
There is 1:35 left on the clock and it's tied 104-104.
this game is great.
2 overtimes.
..and to top it all off, King James is killin' 'em.

i hope cleveland wins the whole thing.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on May 31, 2007, 09:07:24 pm
LeBron went for 48 including Cleveland's LAST 25 POINTS (!!) to win the game in double overtime. 
Now that's Jordanesque.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Mastrmynd on May 31, 2007, 09:13:21 pm
"Wisdom" James said "You gotta go thru Detroit to get to the Finals."
hahahahhaa...
they're half way thru.

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Cleveland.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Catch22 on June 01, 2007, 05:22:49 am
"Wisdom" James said "You gotta go thru Detroit to get to the Finals."
hahahahhaa...
they're half way thru.

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Cleveland.


Dang!!  I don't watch Basketball like I used to, but I was enjoying the HELL out of this game.  I missed the last 1/3 of the game (baby stuff)!!  I'll have to fill in the blanks on SportsCenter this morning.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on June 01, 2007, 07:21:21 am
"Wisdom" James said "You gotta go thru Detroit to get to the Finals."
hahahahhaa...
they're half way thru.

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Cleveland.


Dang!!  I don't watch Basketball like I used to, but I was enjoying the HELL out of this game.  I missed the last 1/3 of the game (baby stuff)!!  I'll have to fill in the blanks on SportsCenter this morning.

Talk about bad timing.  Let's see, what did you miss?  Well, there was LeBron turning into Superman to score the last 7 points in regulation and all 18 in the two OTs dragging his team to victory.  That stretch included 3 dunks, a variety of ridiculous rise-up, in-your-mouth jumpers and the final game-on-line drive it to the heart of the defense and power it up layup.  Kid was on fire.  I'm officially impressed. 

Seriously, any team he's on has a chance for about the next decade.  If he develops some consistency at this level, it's over.  Dude is 22.  If they ever figure out how to get cats to play with him, it's a dynasty in the making.  I think he needs his Phil Jackson.  Don't know if Mike Brown can become that guy, but not so far.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: JAXN on June 01, 2007, 02:09:53 pm
that was very very impressive..i've been waiting for him to explode for awhile now..this is what needs to be done to take himself and the team to the next level..
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Mastrmynd on June 01, 2007, 02:26:01 pm
but you know mike wants it.
hahahhaha.
let mike win this  year's championship.
it's him and lebron til the wheels fall off.
ya know?
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on June 01, 2007, 03:41:18 pm
Assuming the Cavs close the deal against Detroit, the Spurs will show you the holes in this Cleveland team, IMHO.  I'm hoping for that match-up.  I don't think even LeBron can carry this flawed team over the Spurs but that's why they play the games.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Mastrmynd on June 01, 2007, 04:49:44 pm
but i think this is a match up that america wants to see.
it is so much better than spurs vs detroit.
to me, that's boring.
but thats me.

give me the david and goliath story.
the young bucks versus the old men.

thats good tv
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Princesa on June 07, 2007, 06:10:32 pm
Anybody but Detroit I hate them. Wanted Phoenix but they got screwed. I will watch with the Cavs though they got NO shot.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Mastrmynd on June 07, 2007, 06:11:34 pm
hey curtis, i guess i was right.
:D
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Princesa on June 07, 2007, 06:16:08 pm
ABC's announcers are horrible please get the TNT guys.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on June 07, 2007, 07:51:11 pm
Wanted Phoenix but they got screwed.

That and they ran into a buzzsaw.
I don't think the Cavs have much of a chance either but the force is strong with young LeBron.  It will be interesting to see what he's capable of now.  When he develops a consistent mid-range game, it's over.

ABC's announcers are horrible please get the TNT guys.

I like Mark Jackson and Van Gundy OK.  You're dead on about the ABC pre-game / half-time crew; they pale in comparison to TNT's.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: D- Ruck on June 08, 2007, 03:47:02 pm
Wanted Phoenix but they got screwed.

That and they ran into a buzzsaw.
I don't think the Cavs have much of a chance either but the force is strong with young LeBron.  It will be interesting to see what he's capable of now.  When he develops a consistent mid-range game, it's over.

ABC's announcers are horrible please get the TNT guys.

I like Mark Jackson and Van Gundy OK.  You're dead on about the ABC pre-game / half-time crew; they pale in comparison to TNT's.

Mark Jackson was on crack touting Kobe over Jordan last year.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Hypestyle on June 12, 2007, 11:58:49 am
Pistons need a deeper bench.. Dumars is playing it cheap.. needs to bounce Flip Saunders.. might as well coach himself..
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Curtis Metcalf on June 12, 2007, 05:29:05 pm
Pistons need a deeper bench.. Dumars is playing it cheap.. needs to bounce Flip Saunders.. might as well coach himself..

I don't know, Hype.  McDyess, Maxiell, Hunter, Delfino, and Murray is not a bad second unit.  I think they've just maxed out with their core group.  This is about as good as they can get with this group and it isn't quite good enough.  They've got to decide what to do about Billups and with that, what their strategy is overall.  They've got several veterans whose best days are behind them.

I agree with you about Saunders though.  That's two years in a row his team fell apart under pressure and seemed to tune him out.  That's not good.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Vic Vega on June 15, 2007, 11:47:39 am
Assuming the Cavs close the deal against Detroit, the Spurs will show you the holes in this Cleveland team, IMHO.  I'm hoping for that match-up.  I don't think even LeBron can carry this flawed team over the Spurs but that's why they play the games.

Didn't put up much of a fight did they?

The ratings for the series probably stink too. Slaughters aren't that entertaining.

The one good thing that can come from this is if the experience of being swept
can put the fire in Lebron's belly to demand the ball more.
Even then the Cavs will need help. I understand that they are UNDER the Salary Cap.

That gives them some options. Maybe THEY make a run for Jermaine O'Neil.
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Catch22 on June 15, 2007, 11:57:02 am
This series was a joke.  Those young, ThundaCats just weren't ready for those old veterans.  It's a shame that the Cavs couldn't take advantage of TRIPLE teams of LeBron James...that guy needs some help, but at the same time, he has to take some of those shots he passed up. 
Title: Re: NBA Playoffs
Post by: Hypestyle on June 16, 2007, 11:09:04 am
sigh.. here we go..
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070615/SPORTS03/70615054&&&imw=Y