Hey NBA World,
It’s a great day today as I’m back onto this blog posting away (especially after the months off due to injury and the loss of email to re-activate the account – my apologies) ANYWAYS; I got to finally put some words together to comment on the Cavs V GSW (2015) game 3 (from today).
So this game to me (just watched it closely) just like the series thus far – it feels like the second that GSW works out their offence, the game and series is theirs for the taking. They are down by 20, 15, 10 or 5 points I just am never worried for the Warrior’s I just know the Warriors can make the difference in points immediately. Yeah, they just lost Game 3 – but it means nothing to be 2-1 down. How can they fix the issues they are having:- Well they can start by getting Curry the ball and trying harder to work him to get open looks. Lee needs to be on the floor for about 25+mins; Klay needs to find his touch or at least work to help Curry get open – he stands there flat footed watching Curry shoot. Kerr can’t make any excuses as the entire Cav’s team is completely destroyed with injuries – especially with those on Love and Irving.
I need to say that the best game and the best series so far of this year’s playoffs was the first round Spurs V Clippers. The competition was high, the players were all mostly healthy and each possession was run to the max. I was so surprised by CP3’s playoff performance and win in the first round game 7 that I am willing to overlook the second round failure to the Rockets.
How happy are we Lakers fans – we got the second round draft pick we get Randle back and we ditched Nash. Kobe will be in the house. I haven’t decided who I want to pick for the draft but let’s not make a mistake and get some weak tard we need healthy and strong (most likely a big) – lets ditch Boozer or make him a 6th man and dump Lin we can come on so strong 2016.
GOOD LUCK LAKERS & LAKERS FANS!!!!
Hey NBA Readers:-
What have the L.A. Lakers done!!!!!
Pau Gasol bails to the Chicago Bulls.
We sign Jeremy Lin (to fix our PG issues -lol-).
We pay a lot to keep ‘the streaky’ Nick Young.
We draft Julius Randle (I believe the only positive so far). We keep Steve Nash (Cut him already).
We lose Kaman (no biggie).
We sign up Brooks.
Who is playing Centre exactly?
Wow, I think we will be at least (.350) team (unless something amazing happens).
Oh here is the entire roster going into next season (2014-15):-
Brooks, MarShon (FA)
Bryant, Kobe (C)
Clarkson, Jordan (DP)
Henry, Xavier (FA)
Johnson, Wesley (FA)
Kelly, Ryan (FA)
Randle, Julius (DP)
And the most important question – Where exactly are the W’s going to come from – Oh and I haven’t mentioned yet, who is going to be our coach?
As always let me know your thoughts!!!!!
Hi NBA World,
Here are the realest most personal thoughts of mine on the 2014, NBA All-Star weekend. I’m just sayin’ this is the truth – if you can handle it, read on:-
It all started with sitting down to watch the Celebrity All-Star game. I don’t know why, but the NBA managed to invite people that don’t know how to ball!
What a big drop off in skills from last year’s crew. Also, why don’t they get some real A-List celebs.
Just a note:- You wouldn’t invite people to a swim meet if they can’t swim. That said Snoop was in there, he did ball hard and he did seem to ball well, Kevin Hart missed everything even his jokes were off. The minister of Education won the MVP after Kevin Hart deferred the award (as Hart won it by a biased fan Vote).
Was it just me or did the U.S Minister of Education sound like Mike Tyson when he spoke?
So the Celebrity Ball game didn’t have the quick Usain Bolt jamming it like last year, they did have some Victoria Secret Model who made it on the court for about 2mins. The game was riddled with turnovers mostly coming from WNBA players and also some out of shape ex-NBA players like Bruce Bowen – who couldn’t hit a bucket.
The best thing about the competition was seeing Jalen Rose near a ball court again, as he was one of the Celebrity team coaches and his outfit specifically his jacket (was pretty nice!!!).
What came next, was a massive yawn!!! as I had to watch the C-Webb vs G-Hill Rookie game, I believed this may be a competitive battle.
These two teams split up the rookies lineups in a draft with players showing no real chemistry and as was the motif of the actual All-Star weekend there was absolutely no defense. This allowed Drummond to excel and look like a man amongst boys.
Towards the end of the second half, an exciting one on one battle between the Knicks Hardaway Jnr and the Cavs Dion Waiters broke out. The game became lifted in intensity when they started slinging’ threes from deep, it went back and forth – I have to say in my opinion Dion killed it and won over heaps of fans.
Note: – Team Hill got the W.
Day 2 – I missed the D-League All Star game (Snoozed through it) I’ll probably see most of the players on the Lakers roster soon enough anyway!
My first event of Day 2 was the Shooting Stars challenge – this to me is only exciting with the half court shootout, which Bosh again owned. He can hit those all day and shoots those half courts like a regular person does a free throw. That was mildly entertaining, I can’t really suggest a way for the NBA to expand on this except for possibly a Horse competition???
The next event was the most boring event of the weekend (a real yawn fiesta) this event should be scrapped, the NBA skills challenge, nobody ever tries to win this brainless event and nearly all the A-List players just coast.
I’ll be more specific here, all the players that are A-List NBA Ballers just jog, B-grader ballers sprint and C-graders move their tails like there life depends on it. The team of Lillard and Burk good-on-em for winning but this event is entirely meaningless and boring and if you ever need a substitute for a warm cup of milk to fall asleep, just replay this.
Now onto the 3-point comp, an event that used to excite me especially when it meant that I got a chance to see how great people like Reggie Miller, Stojakovic, Nowitz and Rice shot the ball with their sweet strokes.
This year I was disappointed – they changed the money ball rack? I was frustrated watching this not only from a lack of effort from the shooters but also because NBA produces planted so many friggin’ add-breaks in the telecast. It was so hard to get into watching this as they broke the mood with car and chip ads.
Anyways, I expected more from Lillard, Irving and Curry who all failed. Personally, I wanted to see Durant, Anthony and Curry square off in this event. Belleneli, missed so many early and heated up late – it was annoying to believe he was the best that the NBA can produce, this didn’t show his skills, this showed a lack of it! He did manage to string together two good racks which was good enough to beat Beal.
To improve this event to viewers on TV, it would really be better to watch a condensed replay of this, than the entire thing.
Now onto what I was hoping would be the highlight event, the dunk comp!
Listening to Kenny, Shaq, Ernie and Barkley try to explain the rules of this event was like trying to read Sanskrit!
Not one of them had a clear understanding of what was going on and at a few points they laughed amongst themselves at the complexity of the rules.
So Nick Cannon announced the dunk comp (HURRY UP AND LETS SEE THE DUNKS I KEPT SAYING).
He introduced the DJ, Competitors, Judges, Crowd, Commentators and pretty much everything that was in the venue! (SHUT UP AND LET’S SEE THE DUNKS!)
Finally, the dunk-off “Team Event” round – this began and was else can be said but ‘this is sad’, it was like watching a group of dis-organised mascots jumping off a mini-tramp.
There was no cohesion, chemistry or passion and I was insulted by the fact that the players were discussing the move on the court – so wait, this wasn’t rehearsed?
Next, was the battle segment, where I will skip the epic failures like Harrison Barnes (What a waste of air time showing his missed attempts).
What happened next in my opinion was the biggest highlight from the entire NBA All Star Weekend, let’s focus on the room all standing when they saw the missed-dunk attempt by PG, OHHHH DAMMMM! P.G. didn’t just try a 360 through the legs counter-clock wise did he?
That was sick – it would have been better if he made it on the first attempt, the excitement was finally back, it momentarily left the room when we knew what he was trying but to see him make it was epic!!!!!
And then, John Walls jump over the Wizards mascot with his addition of the Harold Miner-Pump reverse looked incredible, even more so in slow-motion (Except, they won’t show a replay of it from the front as he momentarily loses the grip of the ball), still what a sick dunk. It was the best original dunk I’ve seen since Carters run to win back in the 2000 game.
The winners were the East who received the award as a group with Wall winning best dunk. I have to mention the epic bomb attempt on Shaq by Macklemore, his miss dunk from his reach over the seated Shaq will be #1 in the Shaqtin the Fool this week – I thoroughly believe it deserves to be on the blooper reel, just terrible.
I’ve saved the worst till last, I will discuss the ‘Yawn Fiesta’ that had only two highlights – it was the inaugural 2014 NBA All-Star game.
I’ll spare you the entire game which featured no defense and the biggest score line in the NBA’s entire All-Star game history.
The two highlights:-
#1 Which I didn’t really enjoy, but everyone has raved about it on twitter and so did a few friends of mine so I guess it’s ok, but I just thought it was too pre-planned and it just seemed like a regular dunk. Steph Curry’s over the backboard oop to Durant form the inbound on the baseline.
#2 Kyrie Irving’s ankle breaker on Dwight – this I loved and truly enjoyed. The rest of the game was a ride off for me as there was no passion in this game.
Melo made it obvious, if you give him the ball and space he will score a 3 (Do it in the 3 point comp or a Playoff where it counts buddy). But no one wanted to put a hand up and the same went for all of the Blake and Durant’s buckets.
At least Irving tried to make it exciting, Durant V Lebron didn’t happen and at times when it could all we got was a long three (yawn) from a step back (do it in the 3 point comp Durant!).
Thus, the entire weekend had maybe 5 highlights too watch.
I hope y ‘all found it more exciting than I did and as always let me know your thoughts, especially if you think I got it wrong.
To all my NBA loving fans!!!!! As I promised before, here comes my West-Coast NBA breakdown.
Lets start with the Oklahoma City Thunder, they’re #1 in the West with a 1 game win streak.
The Thunder are playing the best team ball in the league, in this recent stretch without Westbrook they’ve won against some tough teams and they surprisingly lost to some easy ones. OKC are 8-2 over the last 10 games and that recent loss to the Magic – Well, I feel, that game should be considered a one off, a minor bleep in their current torpedo like approach towards destroying the league.
In recent times I’ve definitely second guessed the OKC, especially when Westbrook fell out of the line-up. In an unexpected turn for the better the Thunder actually look smoother offensively without Westbrook and appear to have bonded together as a unit, the ball doesn’t stop at the top of the key (like it does with W-brook on the floor) the ball appears to reach Durant’s hands in safer positions for him to exploit the defense. (Durant’s offensive TO’s are down and his assists are up – thanks to Hoops Metric for stats).
In previous years, I completely doubted Durant’s defense (anyone can get a rebound like he does, was my thinking) but this season he is actually trying to shut down the offense by moving his body to the spot early and not just trying to wrap his arms around the attacker.
All that said, Durant is still way to thin for my liking on D, I believe a good physical defender should be built more like a truck, but it appears that what he lacks in size he’s gains in getting the team more involved defensively (again a huge surprise) and there is no question that with all this new-team chemistry, D and his explosive offense all combine to make him the front runner for MVP this 2014 season.
Note: – I do see a potential problem that Durant could have and that’s when Westbrook returns to the line-up, just after the All-Star game, Durant might start deferring to Westbrook again, if he doesn’t!!! well then, we should get to see the OKC slay some good teams especially the Heat (again) before the end of the season. (Yay)
On to the San Antonio Spurs who have the second best record in the West.
The Spurs in my opinion are not just a team that is battle scar ridden but they appear nightly of late as being physically old.
The age factor does not mean they can’t ball because they obviously can, I just feel at times that coach Pop expects too much from his bench. I can see how he’s tried to create mirror images of the big three with Mills, Belleneli and Splitter but these new boys just don’t have the talent. (Sorry it has to be said)
The Spurs are 5-5 in the last 10 and I honestly believe that they are one injury away from sliding into 6th, 7th or 8th spot in the west.
I usually bet on the Spurs to win against most but this week and with the injuries they have I’ll be second guessing every single game. Note, I was considering tipping the Hawks against Spurs, but luckily I grabbed a glance on twitter that Duncan and Parker were back in the line-up. (Phew)
Here we are, at the mystery that is the Portland Trail Blazers, who at present have the third best record in the West.
The Blazers are a one gun show, they have a brilliant starting line-up that plays extremely well together, but I feel teams have started to work out that you need to push up on Aldridge and in addition they have targetted a Lillard who is slumping of late and this combo will cause the Blazers to lose a tonne of games.
The Blazers are 5-5 like the Spurs over the last 10 and yet they haven’t got the excuse of having major injury setbacks.
In my opinion this team is like one of those cool Domino exhibits but once knocked over your left with a big mess of pieces all over the place. I didn’t tip them against the Wizards or Pacers, but I did against the Timberwolves (with Pek injured) and the Knicks.
I don’t feel they can beat a team that is fully healthy and prepared inside the top eight when the playoffs come around. They are a feel good team if that and I wish them well.
On to the exciting L.A. Clippers who have the fourth best record in the West.
Wow, without Paul and OMG with Paul back!!!
They were up by 50 points at half time over the 76ers (it’s the 76ers not the Pacers or Heat but who cares!!! 50pts) they look like a team that has bonded together so well whilst Paul was out. It’s completely unexpected as I (like most) used to feel that Griffin needed to be piggy-backed in games by a great point guard, so I’ll reserve my judgement on him (Yes, that’s as close to an apology as I will ever give).
This chemistry will go on show as they compile a massive run after the all-star break, my prediction a great new record 20-0???
I did see Griffin limping around the first quarter near the locker room which was a concern, but he ate some concrete pills and came back out tough as hell.
Boys n girls, this team will be extremely hard to beat when Paul gets back to 100% and if you add Coach Rivers experience, you can only see them getting better as the playoffs get closer.
Note: – I love the crowd cheering when Vujacic hit the court; they definitely were behind the ex-laker – respect L.A.
To all my NBA reading fans!!!!!
I know it’s been a while between blog’s and I do sincerely apologise for not at least hitting back earlier but, I’ve been extremely busy with extracurricular NBA activities (such as my NBA Tipping comp – NBA Fantasy League – Watching Games – Watching Replays and Highlights & most importantly playing ball).
My activities have kept me away from being able to update my usual rants to this blog.
So as my act of good will to the all the readers of my finely tuned blog, I’m going to give you my quick-break-down on each team in the NBA over the next few weeks. I’ll start with the top four teams in the east and move down the ladder as we go along. (Yes, of course I’ll avoid doubling-up).
Pacers, (Currently on a 3 Game win streak), I feel like this team relies way too much on Lance S and PG to get things done – Step it up Hibbert! (Is it just me or does this giant fall over way too much?). How many games do I have to sit through and wait for the Pacers to start playing, it seems like every single game with exception to a few, they drop the first half. Stop it, its super painful, play from the first whistle till the end like your life depends on it, why not blow-out a team in the first half and then cruise home in the second?
I feel like picking up Andrew Bynum was a pure act of genius by Larry Bird – they effectively removed a key that other teams could have used to open the lock that the Pacers have on the league.
George Hill is a loose cannon to me and selfishly shoots when he should be giving the ball in deep – but his inconsistent plays are made economical as David West seems to steady everything. If David West remains healthy they will remain #1 team in the league. I am interested to see how the Pacers play without Lance for the next two weeks due to injury.
Miami, (Currently on a 3 game win streak), Watching this team apparently turn it on and turn it off or feel like playing or not, is irritating (yes, I know I’ve never been a heat fan) I see this team as burning out this year and I don’t give them a shot of 3-peating.
I often wonder if Wade is more prone to injury this season then Oden.
They didn’t miss much by not getting A.Bynum (as they have Oden anyway) I don’t feel either slot into the Miami offense well.
I do feel like Lebron isn’t able to turn up the Heat as high as he has in previous years (he has zero triple doubles this season) and his efficiency on the defensive side of the ball is actually stronger when battier is on the court??? (Thanks Hoops Data) he’s letting more opponents shoot in his face and in the key and it’s never really been that easy before.
Coach Spol has said that, he’s trying to limit minutes to keep the players healthy and hungry. I don’t believe they are hungry at all, I see them making huge mistakes on offense and terrible mistakes on defense.
You have to be consistent and power through teams to be a champion, I can’t see this Heat line-up beating the Pacers, Spurs or OKC when the finals come around.
Raptors, (They are currently on a 1 game losing streak), Terence Ross dropping 51 and the team being third in the east, who would have thought it?
Definitely not I!!!!
I can’t believe Amir Johnson is such an animal and moving Gay off to Sac would have proved to be such a positive outcome (I guess the Grizzlies did it and they flourished).
Derozen, is a slick player and the team as a whole plays with great chemistry. I hate to think though that one injury to Derozen or Johnson and this team might spiral down to the bottom in the East.
The Raptors frustrate me at times as they lose close winnable games and I feel they would be way more reliable if they could avoid playing Ross and Derozen at the same time. Johnson and Ross do make watching this team fun. I am sick of the commentators mentioning that Ross almost broke Carters record – I don’t think he’ll ever shoot like that again. Can they make the playoffs? (Most likely) will they win a playoff round? (Maybe only one series, but it will be fun to watch).
Hawks, (The Fourth team in the east), you broke my Heart – especially you Horford!
Horford was my go to guy with my fantasy team and I’m sure that Hawks fans were excited to have a powerfully legit east team this year.
I think Milsap is a scoring, post move, spinning dynamo and if you haven’t seen him play he’s really a blue print for how to get points in the low block. The team did have a great balance and they pushed some of the better West Sides to nail biting finishes and Overtime wins. I love how Teague is playing and I think when they moved Smith was without a doubt the smartest drop a team has made in a long time.
I can’t wait to review the Lakers in the upcoming weeks (Be prepared people).
Have a great all-star weekend.
The NBA finals breakdown this has to be said,
I’ve listened to a whole bunch crapola via Podcasts, NBA Blogs and the NBA.com website about how great the Miami Heat are and how great this season was and how we should all celebrate Lebron James etc… but let’s just put this all in perspective people.
The Miami Heat were the number 1 ranked team in the entire NBA and had a 27 game win streak and dominated everyone for a huge part of the season. They went heads up against the Spurs who at best were the second best team in the West and possibly the third or fourth best team overall.
How did the San Antonio Spurs get there? Well, they smashed the under-strengthened Lakers, they just got past the Golden State Warriors (that was a great series) and they killed Memphis. Let’s not forget that Memphis got through on the fortunes of an injury to Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.
Anyways, so the Spurs meet the Heat in the finals how did the Heat get there?
The Heat smashed the Bucks (WOW) – (No surprise they were a sub .500 win team). They get into a tussle with an injury plagued Bulls (missing Rose the former MVP) good on you bulls, who squeaked out a nice game one win. They then meet the Pacers who also have an injury to their star Danny Granger and then only just manage to win in a Game 7. Yeah right, the Heat looked really superior… Pffftt!!!! They had not a single listed injury to any player, except the 24 hour crushing & debilitating knee injury that mysteriously plagued Wade (intermittently of course) which only flared up whenever Wade missed a jump shot.
What a great series – for who exactly? The Spurs!!!! The Heat was the number one team – they were expected to win in 5 or 6 (Vegas, Sports Bet and pretty much the entire world had them as an odds on fav’s) this said, they should be disgusted that it was even close.
The finals as a whole – four of the seven games were a blowout – game 1 was close and Parkers final shot was just the nail in the coffin as the Spurs were in front when the shot went in – it didn’t decide the outcome it was just nice to have a highlight.
Games 2 through to game 5, meant absolutely nothing, but game 6 was the best game in the entire series. I loved how the faithful fans of the Heat with two minutes to go started piling up to leave the stadium yeah great support.
Miami should thank Ginobli and Leonard for not attending free-throw training and missing two free throws either of which (if they hit) seals the championship for the Spurs. They missed them ok!!!!! Don’t celebrate the fact you got lucky – you didn’t win the other team lost.
So bounce forward to game 7 and the heat throw everything at the Spurs and the Spurs don’t budge, are you telling me you can’t smash a team or show championship form? The Heat hit about 14 threes shooting at 50% and you can’t seal it until the last minute of game 7 WTF! you are a championship team? All I see is a team that got lucky. The Spurs couldn’t throw a rock into the ocean that’s how bad the team was shooting! And yet they were still right next to the Heat going in to the last minute. Ok, so Ginobli missed “don’t pass the ball in traffic class” and had more turnovers than points in the last three games (or so it felt) – But, you can’t believe that you outplayed someone that was obviously not up to scratch to begin with.
So finally, I just don’t know how anyone can say this was a great TEAM performance when only three players for the heat did the bulk of the scoring, or when the Heat only just managed to squeeze out two game 7’s in the final two series.
The Heat were lucky to benefit from injuries to teams that would have created a completely different outcome to the final result and were a free throw only away from being considered the biggest failure in NBA history.
As always, you can leave your comments below? Also fill out the Poll.
I want to apologise for my serious lack of blogging over the last month and a half + but, I’ve been trying to keep a very low profile as the playoffs approached, I felt that every time I commented a Laker fell with another injury. I was losing cash with my bets on the Lakers and started to bet blogging with friends and colleagues but once Kobe fell I was completely distraught and found myself drowning my sorrows by watching old 2010 NBA playoff games of the Lakers thrashing everyone.
I know you’re interested so here are some of the bets I lost.
Lakers not getting season swept by the Clippers:
Lakers finishing 6th in the West:
Lakers winning the 1st round of the playoffs:
Lakers beating Spurs in 6 games:
Lakers playing OKC in the Conference finals:
What I did get right was that the Lakers would beat both Houston and the GSW in their final two games to get a spot in the Playoffs.
So after all this I have to also add, “Could Kobe’s injury have happened at a worse time?”
OKC, think they have it bad – lol, they lost a person that was preventing their best player from touching the ball which is a blessing if you think about it. Any victory by the Lakers in the post season would be a hollow victory as it meant we would have to face the Spurs or Thunder with the most important figure of our team on the injured roster.
Did I expect us to win the series without Kobe? No
Did I expect us to compete without Kobe? Maybe
Did I expect Gasol, Metta, Nash, Howard + the rest of the Lakers to step up and fill the void? Maybe
What I found was another swept series that hurt terribly and was even more annoying as I watched Spurs run a route on a team that just had no life.
What do I want?
Cut: D’Antoni, Nash, Howard, Metta, Goudelock, Morris, Duhon
Keep: Kobe, Blake & maybe Gasol (you won’t get much for him he’s just so expensive).
I feel like so much opportunity in the off season for the Lakers to improve but it all needs to start by cutting the loose ends quickly.
Now onto my playoff breakdown:-
Ok, on to the Celtics v Knicks, I think that the Knicks dropped their last game to get Smith back for game 1 of their second round battle as he is facing suspension. I think it’s an extremely clever manoeuvre lol, but comes at a price as it may light a fire under the Celtics who look just old and slow against the Knicks front court.
Indiana v Atlanta, I really like both teams and I can’t really pick here although I fell that the Pacers are so much stronger a unit then the Hawks and if they get there motor rolling they have a far higher ceiling then the Hawks. But to give Hawks credit they are making a series of it finally. I think the Hawks are one of the easiest teams to look down on but they do what they can without a lesser squad.
Miami v Bucks, it was a great prediction by Jennings for a sweep in Miami (dummy).
Brooklyn v Bulls I have feeling that if Brooklyn gets the next game that Bulls will find it hard to close this out but if they do, then I would fully expect Rose to come back for game 1 of the 2nd round verse the Heat. I think Brook Lopez and Jo Johnson firing early with Williams and Wallace both wanting to win it, I also feel that without a pg that can run it out like K.H or D.R there is a gap on the setup of plays. Boozer & Noah are playing huge ball and I think no one makes playoff highlights like Taj.
OKC v Houston, I think Okc will have just enough to get past Houston but it won’t surprise me at all if the OKC franchise collapses without Westbrook. However, if they get through this will be what Durant needs to lay claim to the best player in the League.
GSW v Denver, I never thought that Denver would struggle so much but they seem to have worked it out in the last game by pressuring Curry to shoot only 1-7 from the 3pt line. A feet, that hasn’t happened since early October in the NBA regular season. If that continues then Denver could even this up and push a game 7. Lawson is playing incredible and is so fast and good with ball making the right play repeatedly. Miller deserves a lot of credit he has slotted in to the playoffs with not much pressure on his shoulders but hit a game winner and it a matchup nightmare for the GSW guards. Bogut is playing big man ball and has a few good facials on the Denver bigs but I think that he will become injured again maybe concussed from trying to do a cross over or something.
Clips v Grizz, I thought the Grizzlies would handle the Clippers but now I see that it’s a lot tougher with Paul flying around the court they lost today but I don’t think that Memphis can score 100+ in the next game to get this one out. I think Clippers will fire back, although they will need Griffin who went out injured maybe he might sit the bench???
I will not mention the other matchup but let’s just say we will see how the Spurs go in the next round.
Let me know your thoughts as always and I hope to chat with you all soon.