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Saturday, April 18th, 2009 at 12:49 pm  |  373 responses

Links: Weekend Playoffs Running Thread

ATL, shawty! And is Denver for real?

by Lang Whitaker

1:25 a.m. MONDAY
The most exciting part of either of the two late games tonight — Hawks/Heat and Hornets/Nuggets — might have been when someone tossed a beer on the court at the end of the game in Denver. Both games turned into blowouts, Hawks and Nuggets cruising to easy wins. And the best finish of the Playoff might have gone down in Orlando earlier.

I listed three things I took from the Hawks/Miami game here on Hawks.com. Basically, the Hawks dominated the Heat in every facet of the game. D-Wade got his, scoring 19, but Miami had no answer for Josh Smith, who was so active he made Jermaine O’Neal and Udonis Haslem look like telephone poles in comparison. I predicted on Friday the Hawks won win this series pretty easily, and if Game One is any indication, it might be easier than I thought. (And remember what I wrote about Joe Johnson not being much of a drop off from Dwyane Wade? Joe had 15-2-5 and 3 to’s; Wade had 19-5-5 and 8 to’s. I’m just saying.)

In Denver tonight, I think the Nuggets proved they are for real. They can play uptempo, downtempo, can defend, are versatile, have depth. the thing that scares me with them is that George Karl is the coach, and he always seems to be able to screw things up in the Playoffs. Last night the Hornets so bad that it didn’t matter, but I’m curious to see if Karl can keep them motivated for the next two months. And it’s too bad there’s no such thing as a hot hand, because Chauncey Billups made 8 out of 9 three-pointers.

I didn’t think Andre Iguodala had it in him. I thought he a step below being a franchise player, but he stepped up tonight and pretty much tugged the Sixers back from an 18-point deficit to beat Orlando in O-Town. The whole time I watched, I was thinking: Remember when I said as a Hawks fan I’d rather play Miami than Philly in Round One? That was why! The Sixers are a dangerous, dangerous team. I think they lack the basic fundamentals to win a game that’s a low-scoring, halfcourt game, but if you try to run with them, forget it. Orlando learned that the hard way. Slamadamonth contender might be when Anthony Johnson crushed one of Theo Ratliff.

Charles Barkley’s advice for the Jazz? “Start packing.” The Lakers controlled them from start to finish tonight. If this goes 5 games it’s an upset. Chuck also said, “You know you’re in trouble when the toughest guy on your team is your coach.”

We made it throught he weekend! And now I’ve got a meeting at 10 a.m. So I better get a few hours sleep. Two days down, about 50-something to go…

3:41 p.m. SUNDAY
We’re nearing halftime of the Lakers/Jazz game, and the Lakers are thus far having no trouble handling the Jazz. With Okur out (with a “mild hamstring strain,” the Jazz are really behind the 8-ball. I figured Okur was going to provide their best opportunity to stretch the Lakers defensively, to draw Bynum or Gasol or whoever outside the lane and give Boozer a little more room inside. I don’t know how bad an injury Okur has, but if you’ve got any sort of injury that is actually “mild,” how can you not be playing in this game right now?

Other quick news: KG is prolly going to have surgery ….. And Doc on the chances of Scalabrine playing in this series while returning from a concussion: “So far he hasn’t passed out, so we’ll see.” ….. Melo says the Nuggets will beat the Hornets in 7 ….. The Sixers are going to use an injured Sam Dalembert and the 126-year-old Theo Ratliff against Dwight Howard ….. Unrelated to the Playoffs but full of awesome quotes: Kenny Anderson wants to become a head coach. “I might have had things in my personal life, but who hasn’t? Who hasn’t? My first marriage, I was 23 years old … that’s 16 years ago. I’m not ashamed to talk about that. I’m in my third marriage now. I’m married, I’m stable. I’m a whole different man. I don’t do those things. But that’s the perception.”

Anyway, lots of action today…and I can’t wait. I’ve been looking forward to this Hawks/Heat game for about a week, so I hope the game is at least worth watching — I don’t want a blowout either way…well, unless the Hawks blow out the Heat. I’d like that.

If you’re a Jazz fan and you need a laugh, check this out.

1:45 a.m. SUNDAY
Got home late from dinner tonight and turned on the Rockets/Blazers game. It was the third quarter and the Blazers were down by 104 points. It was already so out of hand that Nate McMillan had poor Greg Oden in the game. I thought, Oh well, the Blazers can play Game Two and then regroup when they get back to their homecourt. And then I remembered they were playing at home. Oops. I didn’t watch much of this game at all but I’m guessing Portland’s troubles were at least related to refereeing, because every time I saw Portland play this season, Brandon Roy flopped more than an Italian soccer player and got calls and went to the line a lot. (Just checked the box scores and B-Roy shot only 1 free throw. Also, I wish more Americans knew that Italian soccer players flop a lot so I could’ve channeled Yeezy and written Roy flops so much he can speak Italian.)

I wrote the other day that I couldn’t vote for Rick Adelman as Coach of the Year because the Rockets always seemed to refuse to work the ball inside to Yao. Yao went 9-9 tonight. I’m just saying…

Dallas hasn’t won a road game in the Playoffs since they went to the 06 Finals, but I wasn’t shocked that they marched into San Antonio and beat the Spurs. The Spurs look dunzo, worn out and exhausted. Without their zig-zagging Argentine off the bench, and with Tim Duncan hobbled, San Antonio lacks the atleticism to compete for a title this spring. Can they at least give Dallas a run for their money? The Spurs managed to contain Dirk, but Josh Howard got an early start celebrating 4/20, emerging from the cloud of some he was in all season to puff in 25 points and lead Dallas to the win.

We didn’t talk about the Cavs/Pistons game earlier, but we don’t have to because that game was boring as heck. The Pistons didn’t let Cleveland run away with it, but the Pistons were never in this to begin with.

3:53 p.m., SATURDAY
Now THAT was how you start the Playoffs. An overtime battle in Beantown. The defending champs, hobbled but spirited, come out and compete from the get, but eventually just can’t keep up with Derrick Rose and the Bulls. Chitown wins in OT, 105-103. The Celtics had the game to win, as the Bulls committed dumb fouls and sank a series of mildly ridiculous shots. Rondo had 29, 7 and 9, and Pierce went for 23. But Ray Allen scored 4. Just 4. (Went 1-for-12 from the floor.)

Chicago got a nice game from former Home Improvement child star Ty Thomas, who scored 16 points on a series of jumpers, and Joakim Noah had 17 boards (and one particularly dumb foul late in regulation). Rose showed why I voted for him as Rookie of the Year, pushing the ball again and again, attacking relentlessly. He finished with 36 points and 11 boards. This point total apparently tied some sort of record nobody cares about previously held by Kareem Adbul-Jabbar. (Not the Hipster Grifter, Korean Abdul Jabbar.)

“Did you know that? Did you know you a record held by tied Kareem?” ESPN sideline reporter Nancy Lieberman demanded this information from Rose, almost insinuating that Rose had tried to score EXACTLY 36 points, no more, no less, but exactly 36, only because Kareem had once done this. Rose said no, he hadn’t known this. He didn’t seem to care. I know I didn’t care — I was waiting to see if Lieberman would ask him about, you know, the actual game. She didn’t.

Cavs are up early on Detroit. Breakout star of the NBA Playoffs after one game? Vinny Del Negro’s dad, who sits on the bench with the players and probably has to listen to them all complain about why his son won’t put them in the games.

12:30 p.m., SATURDAY
As i sit down to type this it’s 12:30 p.m. and my main man Joakim Noah just opened the 2009 Playoffs with a dunk. Gonna be a full weekend with a schedule jammed with games, and I’m intending to post sporadically throughout the weekend, since I’ll probably be sitting here watching games for the two days straight. And really, all these early games are just just the run up until tomorrow night’s Hawks/Heat game.

Anyway, thought I’d create someplace for us to keep the Playoff chatter going all weekend, and I’ll chime in occasionally up here in this part of the post. I’ll also be tweeting from time to time, I’m sure.

Oh, and one more thing — yesterday in The Links we talked about the recent “hot hand” study. I got this email late last night from my Dad…

As I was reading your hot hand article, a question was formulating in my mind. And then you answered it. At the end of a game, you are not going to go with Jordan just because he has hit his last 3 shots ???????

I know this is the reason I’m not coaching, but I go with the hot hand. Then there is baseball. You pinch hit for a guy in the 9th inning just because he has got a hit in his last 3 at bats ????? I know Bobby Cox would !!!!!

Um, so obviosuly my Dad and I are on different sides of the Bobby Cox coin (considering I’m writing a book about him and all). Otherwise, I agree with ya, Dad.

Oh, and also last night I was watching a rerun of the 2004 Jordan Brand Classic on ESPNU, a game that featured guys from Al Jefferson to Rajon Rondo. Dwight Howard was also out there, and the play-by-play announcer asked color commentator Jay Bilas which NBA player he thought Howard compared to.

Bilas’s answer? Kwame Brown! Thanks, ESPN!

One other thought: everyone’s talking about KG being out, but don’t forget the Celts won the title last year without Perkins, who was injured. This year is Perk is back, and he’s going to have to be a beast for the Celts to have a chance.

Anyway, as always, talk it out…

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    X Factor? Leon Powe. We’re counting on you, Leon.

  • Superman Osman

    How is that Rondo Vs. Rose clash shapin up? Pooh got the edge in distribution.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Obviously, the game is still in progress, Superman . . . but I’m still going for Rondo here. Clear defensive edge and IMHO better on spreading it.

  • Superman Osman

    Bad call….

  • Superman Osman

    Sure Moose I mean…the dude has a frickin chip. Rose just has a desire, a newbie to the playoffs. But I’m just saying it has a taste of a classic PG showdown, just saying….

  • http://www.legacyelite.blogspot.com Michael M. Butler

    Lang, you know as well as anybody that while similar, certain coaching tenets in baseball could never apply to basketball. In basketball, your best option in the end of a game is to get the ball in your best or hottest shooter’s hand, no matter who he is on the team or what his role might be.

    In baseball, it is imperative to go to a shutdown closer. If you don’t, your pitcher will blow the save and effectively lose the game, and in some instances, the World Series.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Michael M. Butler: Come on, there’s no such thing as a hot hand.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Whats up everyone!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    How do people think PP is really that good. When the C’s suck without KG?? As much as I hope Boston wins, so they can bring back KG against the Cavs. I hate Paul Pierce!!

  • Superman Osman

    @Lang, what about the 92 Finals?

  • Superman Osman

    What’s with that Tim Thomas?

  • http://www.legacyelite.blogspot.com Michael M. Butler

    Lang, with all due respect, are you serious? When you played high school ball in Marietta with Shareef and ran pick-up ball at UGA, when you got in that zone, it was all just some kind of random coincidence? You never felt like you could actually tap into that energy? It’s almost literally like Playmaker on Madden: You never felt like you could actually set a hot route with three seconds left on the clock at the 10 yard when your opponent is showing blitz at the end of the game for the victory?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Michael, no, I’m not serious. I guess you didn’t read yesterday’s post that I linked to above…

  • http://www.legacyelite.blogspot.com Michael M. Butler

    lol I’m sorry man, it’s just been a really stressful week for me personally and financialy. :/

  • Superman Osman

    KG: That’s called a J to your face, ohhhh wait I’m not playing a game, I’m not playing a game, or am I?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Hope the financial woes work out for ya Butler!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Ray Allen is a carrying machine lol.

  • Superman Osman

    Jesus misses the dunk…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Ray Allen is going to have a strong playoffs…is that what the announcer said at the start of the game?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Paul needs to roll around in a wheel chair and that should help him overcome the first round!

  • Superman Osman

    Put Starbury in, obviously the Tupac omen in the garden is sending a message to Doc Rivers…

  • Superman Osman

    So, any thoughts on the first half?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Ray Allen carries the ball like a bag lady. Paul needs KG. Rondo is ridiculous. Rose is going to be one he11 of a player … vinny is doing a good job coaching.

  • http://www.legacyelite.blogspot.com Michael M. Butler

    I’ve only seen bits and pieces over here, but I’m about to break down the box score. From what my cousin tells me, it’s been tight all the way through, and I’m not surprised. I know for a fact that the Bulls have the potential to upset the Celtics.

  • Superman Osman

    Oh man, KG bounced eh? Cant blame him though

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    weekend links? Yesssss! Slamonline 7 days a week sounds just fine to me. Now, lemme switch from iphone to the pc….

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs@blogspot.com B. Long

    This is gonna be an awesome series. I really feel sorry for KG.

  • Superman Osman

    I’m having a hard time handling the constant TOs from Salmons. Missing is alright, but just handing it over…meh

  • Superman Osman

    A couple of calls too.

  • neaorin

    Rose vs Rondo. Advantage: Rondo.

    whoops

  • Superman Osman

    This is it. Bulls playoffs debuts Rose & Noah pass with class. Miller however, Im quite concerned. Did you see how he pussied out of a wide open 3 and made Heinrich deal with it

  • http://www.slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    How intense can KG be? I picture him punching things in the locker room.

  • neaorin

    Rondo gotta make that shot…

  • J-O

    why is miller still playing =(

  • Superman Osman

    Pull Miller out…..Vinny YOU SUCK

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    i imagine KG cursing the sh!t out of his knees in the locker room, maybe even choking them.

  • Superman Osman

    Del Negro son of Mass??? I smell a sellout punk

  • Superman Osman

    Wait that was uncalled for. His dad seems like a cool guy, gotta love a man that curses in his sports. It shows heart

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    What a great game and a great finish to start the Playoffs…

  • Superman Osman

    Two words. Career high

  • J-O

    lol was that a beach ball in the crowd

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    “Heindrich on Pierce” is a sentence no Bulls fan wants to hear.

  • neaorin

    This is a sloppy game.

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    I stand corrected.

  • Superman Osman

    especially if he picks it out his hands tenorca

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    I love when weakass statisticians try and prove there’s no such thing as a hot hand. (See Gordon, Ben)

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    btw, if bulls win this game, does Rose get the ROY trophy at the end of the game?

  • neaorin

    Can Rondo take a whole series of that crossover without punching Rose?

  • Superman Osman

    This just in, the ROY trophy was seen being smacked on the wall by Kevin Garnett after he cought the commitee passin by the locker room moments ago

  • Superman Osman

    This just in, the ROY trophy was seen being smacked on the wall by Kevin Garnett after he cought the commitee passin by the locker room moments ago

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    same page superman osman. That comment was ill-timed

  • Superman Osman

    this sh*t is intense

  • Superman Osman

    neaorin, you just got your answer

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    WEAK call

  • Superman Osman

    Surpassing Chamberlain, THANK YOU Beantown

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    Icy.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    stupid foul by rondo, stupid foul by noah. Russ don’t hurt yourself.

  • http://www.legacyelite.blogspot.com Michael M. Butler

    Wow… Terrible year I’ve been having so far, but this definitely proved the “hot hand” exists. Mad love and respect go to Rose.

  • Superman Osman

    not as weak as a couple of previous one tenorca. This really really sucks

  • Superman Osman

    OVERTIME….I can’t believe this

  • tealish

    Wow. What a game. Sound dumb fouls but damn can Rose play.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    NBA Playoff has officially begun! is this gonna be Rose’s 63 point game in double OT loss in boston?

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    Get Pierce a tracheotomy.

  • andreawhoo

    WOW. overtime!

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    This is a great opener. All non-believers must now admit, Rose is the truth!!

  • Superman Osman

    Finally Salmons starts gettin productive

  • Superman Osman

    Enough with the Bulls never winning against Boston in the playoffs. I get it already

  • J-O

    luo deng was like Dangggg on the 3sec call

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    The corpse of Tim Thomas is displeased

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    del harris and bickerstaff are both on the bulls coaching staff and del negro is the head coach?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Vinny Del Negro’s Dad is the breakout star of the 2009 Playoffs thus far.

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    @ albie: I was just thinking that.

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    Tyrus Thomas is Ballinnnnnnnnnng!!!

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    Our announcers are displeased that Tyrus Thomas found his jumper.

  • Superman Osman

    Announcers are smiling

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    Rose fouled out, f*ck!

  • Superman Osman

    Ain’t this lovely, GOOD CALL. Well if the Bulls can’t get out with a W in the next 10 seconds it’ s over folks. See you in United in 3

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    Weak—well played Derick Rose. You are an ice cold mammal.

  • Superman Osman

    BULLS WIN

  • Superman Osman

    1-0 CHI-town

  • neaorin

    Lang: the Clippers should sign Vinny’s Dad as head coach in the offseason

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    Russ, the mic is yours. go at it. anything is possible right?

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    Wooo-ooo-ooo indeed, Mr. Noah.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darkaber

    Well, there it is, Chicago stole one in Boston. Ray Ray is gonna love that 1-11 night of his. On with the surprises, might the Pistons be next?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darkaber

    Someone get Russ some Valium, dude is gonna be pumped now.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Well, there it is, Chicago stole one in Boston. Ray Ray is gonna love that 1-11 night of his. On with the surprises, might the Pistons be next?
    Someone get Russ some Valium, dude is gonna be pumped now.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    with that said, i think celtics will win the next 4 games. the bulls played a near perfect game, and celtics looked as uninspired and underwhelming as ever.

  • AlbertBarr

    BULLLLLLS!

  • tealish

    I thought Ray’s shot was going to go down despite the 1 for 11. His shot is that smooth. Now the Celtics just need them to go in. Ray Allen cannot average under 10 points if the C’s want to beat the Bulls. Not without Garnett, it won’t happen.

  • Superman Osman

    not so fast albie1, Atlanta gave Boston a good run for their money the entire series last year, and guess what else? Boston had a full roster with a ready Posey to knock down threes when PP and RayRay start forgetting that they know how to shoot altogether. No KG too, Perkins doesn’t count he just mumbles. Bulls ain’t no Hawks, even worse my friend

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Rose is ridiculous.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    did JVG just criticized mo william for listening to Phil collins? he just said “my main Biggie”. certifiably gangsta, JVG.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Why are they sh!tting on In The Air Tonight?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @Osman: so you are saying the celtics will lose in 6 games? i just don’t see the bulls playing as well AND celtics playing as listless again at the same time. okay maybe one more game, but i don’t see celtics losing even 3 games.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @Boing: JVG of all people.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Phil Collins is money!

  • Superman Osman

    albie, all I’m saying is 4 in a row isn’t happening, consistency is something else and with Vinny as headcoach I can’t blame you. But the ambition is there, and that’s why I compared ‘em to ATL last year. Maybe not happening maybe it will. Looks like a god series eitherway

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Det cannot hang with the Cavs!!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @Osman: valid points, and celtics’ play in 2nd half of the season is not inspiring confidence either.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Damn, Bron is getting every call … and I just seen Bron blow a kiss at a ref. That’s f()cked up!!

  • BostonBaller

    0-1 hurts but we will be ok. I think my C’s made some silly mistakes and that missed free throw killed us. I like the fact that Allen & the team had enough guts to have him take that last shot. Even you guys that are glad he was not playing well held your breathe b/c you thought he was going to hit it. don’t lie. lol.

  • Sir Chuck

    @James the balla: Damn Straight!

  • neaorin

    OH NO!!!

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    don’t you just kinda expect lebron to make that 3 at the half time buzzer?
    sweep.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    DET cannot HANDLE the Bron cadets!! The only sweeps of the first round will be Lakers weeping Utah. And Cavs sweeping DET!!

  • Sir Chuck

    Edit: I was talkin about the Phil collins thing but its true Det is F*cked!

  • Superman Osman

    True BostonBaller, dang Bron leaves on the highnote

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Sweeping* yeah that sounds better!!

  • seppo

    If Ray is such a smooth sniper, why does he miss so many open threes and jumpers. Every Celtics game I watch he misses a ton of good looks. I can´t stand to watch Allen and his permanent scowl. And why does he try to dunk? He never was a high flyer and now he is too weak to jam. Go Bulls!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    See, this is why Bron is an idiot. lol fave 5 athletes and he names himself. He is just afraid to put Kobe there!!!

  • http://canadianballer.blogspot.com/ karma

    I’m going to drag Kobe into this, but did anyone see Lebron’s half time feature on ABC? Dude had to name his Top 5 Atheletes growing up…and…he named himself as one. Epic fail. It boggles my mind that Kobe has that “arrogant” stigma attached to him, while someone who has a “Chosen 1″ tattoo, calls himself “King James”, talks about himself in the 3rd person, and admired himself growing up is not arrogant at all, he’s a golden boy.

    Damn good half by LeGlobal though…he had a sick cut and fingerroll…unfortunetly ABC is on that buzzer beaters dick. These people need to stop the Jordan comparisons…and Magic Johnson is a terrible commentator..his analysis can be made by a 5 year old.

    Derrick Rose is a really awkward interview.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    CO-SIGN KARMA… Lebron is starting to get on my nerves… which most of you know!!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    8 ponint game … I would say Bron is comin’ back into the game lol!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Crap.

  • http://twitter.com/mdemirci madamerica

    Here’s my take on the hot hand issue: Take 2 representative players, A, who made his last shot, and B, who missed his last shot. The study claims that B is more likely to make his next shot. However, A is going to be defended harder the next time. No matter who you’re defending, you’re gonna stick closer to him after he buries one. I bet if B and A were to be defended the same way, A would be more likely to make his shot. In fact, the study shows only a 1 percent difference between A and B’s make probability, and that alone is enough evidence that A is hotter, because despite the defensive pressure, he still makes his shot with almost the same probability as B. All in all, there is such a thing as the hot hand. Just ask the players. One stupid study is not gonna change that. We all know how misleading stats can be.

  • http://twitter.com/mdemirci madamerica

    Ben Gordon in the 4th quarter and Ray Allen going 1-12 are more proofs of the hot hand phenomenon. By the way, Derrick Rose is officially the next Magic Johnson. He’s also the Michael Jordan the Bulls have been waiting for the last 11 years. He’s Magic Jordan!

  • Harlem_World

    Ray better get his game back or this is not going to be good.

  • Harlem_World

    Bron got to remember, he ain’t won sh*t yet. I’m a fan of his game, but stay humble young en. Kobe waiting and he got something for you. Please believe.

  • Harlem_World

    Last thing – can someone on the celtics brotherhood donate KG a knee?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    co-sign Harlem World!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Guys, streakiness is just randomness. That’s why sometimes the best players go 0-14 and then go 17-20 the next day. Yes, ability comes in to play, but the streaky stuff is all random. Have you ever flipped a coin fifty times? I haven’t, but there will be many, many successive streaks. Shooting isn’t that much different when you get into a game situation.

  • wilford brimley

    I think the hot hand exists. In other words, there may be occasions where a player for whatever reason is temporarily able to make an optimal shooting motion repeatedly, thus yielding a much higher shooting percentage.

    However, this occurs very rarely. But players think it is occurring very often, and thus think that they have the ‘hot hand’ when in fact they don’t.

    Most of the research doesn’t actually disprove hot hand, it basically just says that a players next shot after a made shot tends to be at a lower percentage. This does not mean that hot hand does not exist. There could be a number of other confounding factors that play into this percentage (increased defense, change in shooter’s perception of what is a good shot, change in teammates activity and intensity) . I think the hot hand does exist, but it is much more rare than people think.

    But I love using statistics and math analysis to UNDERSTAND the game. Intuition doesn’t prove correct or incorrect, it just happens to be correct or incorrect sometimes. But with scientific analysis, we can actually prove correct and incorrect.

    Laypeople seem to always want to close the discussion as soon as the first scientific analysis is done. But that is entirely NOT the point. These studies are just the first step. We’ve got to continue to analyze the effects of other potential factors to actually determine how this phenomenon is occurring.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Korean Abul Jabar is amazing. Wow.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    *abdul jabbar

  • wilford brimley

    I also think people need to take a statistics course so they can understand how to interpret studies and data. So many people seem to be drawing an incorrect conclusion from the data presented.

    One more thing: Statistics DON’T lie. PEOPLE WHO INTERPRET THEM DO! People who use the wrong statistic to answer a question do! People who think a statistic says more than it does do! Be careful not to interpret meaning where there isn’t any, and make sure the evidence you have actually answers the question you are investigating. In other words, when you have a question, figure out what evidence would actually answer that question.

  • ti-sizz

    hmmm.. i think that streakiness doesnt have to be a random thing. maybe there are other factors involved. take ray allen’s horrible shooting today 1-12, who knows, maybe he ate something that made him feel weird? havent you ever felt heavy or something when playing? or maybe he has a very minor injury that bothers him a bit, such as a slightly sprained right pinky or a sore shin or something.. and when you’re hot, you probably had a super good sleep and your mind is all focused, or you had a wonderful meal that boosted you full of energy, or you’re tryna impress your grandmother and your newphews in the crowd. im juss saying, the hot hand (or the cold hand) imo usually happens in the most ideal circumstances. so, when everything’s factored it.. it’s not THAT unlikely that you’re super hot or cold, depending on the circumstances at that moment

  • ti-sizz

    nephews*

  • Superman Osman

    What’s with Mason Jr. trying to knock down a three in the first posession? I dunno this looks so easy for the MAVs, but I can’t get Pop out my head…

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    I’m saying…Spurs 104- Dallas 101

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    And by the way: I heart Hubie.

  • Superman Osman

    Spurs win less than 100. They just look too old, and Mason jr. Timmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

  • jb

    Maaaaaaaaasssssoooonnnn!!

  • Superman Osman

    I’m silenced with 29 in the 1st. What is that a franchise record?

  • Superman Osman

    Bring Drew Gooden back to Chicago. Jacky the beard too

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    my guess for the final score: Spurs-112 Dallas-98

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    Drew Gooden has an old man’s game. I’m really enjoying it right now.

  • Superman Osman

    I say 103-89 Spurs

  • madamerica

    Dallas is HOT right now!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Another thing to add to my hot hand comment: It’s all psychological. If a player THINKS he has a hot hand, he’ll have more confidence (see: Eddie House) and they start raining the threes.

  • madamerica

    San Antonio is HOT right now!!!

  • ti-sizz

    oh woahh.. barea continues to impress me. he’s one of the two little kids that play in the nba, the other one being chris quinn

  • madamerica

    eboy and others who were dissing barea earlier, how do you like him know? and i repeat, dallas in 6.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    meh, spurs still might win…

  • ti-sizz

    yao is so on fire 7-7 fg 4-4 ft.. he musta ate some shrimp heads right before the game

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    ti-sizz do you want to comment on the Htown/Blazers preview? I’m alone on that thread right now : P

  • LuckyLuciano

    WHATTTTTTTTTTTT- here in Nicaragua- we were all saying how Yao is a 20-10 max player- what a way to start a playoff run!!! GUTTED- we´ve hit every bar in town to find the rockets game, we got the cavs and the Dallas game but nooo rocekts blazers, oh well, not missing a tight one anyway

  • Superman Osman

    Damn, nice screen name Lucky, and hell you ain’t missing anything more than a highlight reel that looks so biased, but the sad thing is that it isn’t bias at all. Just putting it out there

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Derrick Rose makes me wet.

  • http://slamonline.com Sam Rubenstein

    i went to the Yankees game today at the new stadium and witnessed a 14-run inning. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!!! And hilarious.

    NBA PLayoffs!

  • Jordan

    you know u can watch the games on http://www.atdhe.net it gives the games live good quality

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    Okay I gotta say this after much research: Boston has the ugliest motherfu(king fans in the NBA. Name one team that has a bigger collection of obnoxious fatasses? That’s right, you can’t. I mean sure, there’s the token fine honeys in the crowd here and there (who probably started watching the Celtics during the 2008 Finals), but overall it’s just disgusting. No wonder Danny Ainge had a heart attack, that place probably gives anyone clogged arteries. Have you seen that episode of Futurama where Farnsworth invented the smellascope that could smell things? Watching a home Celtic game, you could almost smell the pieces of turds that are their fans. Ugliest accents ever, too. Carrie from The King of Queens? Totally hot – when muted. Otherwise, the obnoxiousness takes over like Vince Carter in the Air Canada centre.
    No disrespect.

  • tealish

    ^Haha I like Carrie from the King of Queens.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    im sure lang knows about the legend of Chester Hopperp0t.

  • Superman Osman

    Funny stat. Excluding the Cleveland massacre, all away teams got the W in close games. Damn you David Stern! Your lil’ boy always has to be lil’ Mr. Original. The nerve of him for taking a buzzer beater with his team up 10+ from a crac dribble away from half court

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    crac dribble? Thought LBJ dribbled like a crustacean? Seems he does it while on drugs too, according to some. Haha

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    lol @ Darks

  • Superman Osman

    haha. Just noticed. Alright smartasses. just for you. * Crab dribble PS: I wish you guys saw the first type up

  • Superman Osman

    It serves me right for correcting Ryne yesterday in his recap. Am I doomed with typos Ryne?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Ok. Lakers game. 1 hour. Let’s start chatting it up!!!

  • Superman Osman

    “The Spurs managed to contain Dirk, but Josh Howard got an early start celebrating 4/20, emerging from the cloud of some he was in all season to puff in 25 points and lead Dallas to the win.” Brilliant Lang. The guys probably got him a QP for motivation, heck that’s an early reward

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Hopefully Dallas win’s. I would love to see Dallas second round. Makes it easier for us Lakers to get to the WCF’s!!

  • Superman Osman

    James, even if the aging Spurs manage to beat Dallas. I’m guessing they won’t have enough gas to manage a 2nd round with a younger squad. So if they do advance, it’s probably for the Lakers benifit

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Today should be boring except for Hawks/Heat and maybe Hornets/Nuggs.
    The eastern conference is winning the “more exciting to watch” award thus far.

  • Superman Osman

    Heat or Hawks? I say DWade is gonna deliver something special tonight.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Agreed Superman but still!! Hopefully they beat the sh1t out of each other!! I say Dwade is cold as ice. In a bad way. In a non winning way!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    We are ALMOST UNDERWAY BABY!!!!

  • Superman Osman

    Haha, never knew their was a bad cold as ice mode. But still never underestimate a man of his domain. When the young blood screams: “This is my house” You better believe some tropic thunder is gonna go down in South Beach

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Ariza is a f*cking animal out there.I love it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Agreed!!! Lakers up by 7 at break!!

  • jay

    Shannon BRown is Chris Brown…thanks to JVG

  • vongustedt

    anyone else hate it when they say “he can get any shot he wants”?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    I do … but Kobe can lol. Man I love these Lakers. And it looks like, if Brown can be a solid PG that Farmar may be pushed out of that roll and off the Lakers.

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    Kobe not gunning away will be key for the Lakers in this series and future series should they progress. Love that PhilJs started Brown over Fisher, he knows Derek’s old legs couldn’t hack it against DWikk

  • vongustedt

    james what team you hoping to win or do you like lots of teams?

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    *DWill

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    LAKERS lol. Do you not comment alot? lol Tell em Eboy!!

  • vongustedt

    I read the comments a lot, just dont write a lot, calm yourself…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    lol I am calm. But Lakers is my squad!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3s63sGoP_c&feature=fvst vongustedt

    mmmk..

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3s63sGoP_c&feature=fvst vongustedt

    Btw…go JAZZ!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3s63sGoP_c&feature=fvst vongustedt

    are the jazz even gonna fecking try……..

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Fack, I hope not lol. Let them just keep Dwill and them on the bench and we will keep our bench out and just run through ya’ll!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Lakers bench are playing ok. We are turning the ball over a helova alot though!!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    When is Deron gonna shave his head? That bald spot looks ridiculous.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Why the fack is Luke Walton shooting???

  • vongustedt

    NO FOUL!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3s63sGoP_c&feature=fvst vongustedt

    wow you guys in America have a lot of fast food ad’s…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3s63sGoP_c&feature=fvst vongustedt

    Dang, the NBA cares ad’s are chessy…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    I am Canadian. Vongust … sorry we can’t have ads of tight pants, mustache wax, and heels for men but …friggin’ euopeans!! Wendy’s spicey chicken is money in my tummy!!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh well, Kobe with the And 1 and now he’s awake. Good luck with that Jazz.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Jesus Kobe has a amazing fade!!!!! So PRETTY!!!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    THERE IS NO HOT HAND….yeah, right! Tell Mambiatch that.

  • Michael

    Damn. The Lakers are pretty good when they play hard.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3s63sGoP_c&feature=fvst vongustedt

    do not mention kobe and Mj in the same sentence..

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    KOBBEEEEEEEEEE!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Vongust … remember when you said you don’t comment much? Go back to that and take a seat!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Lakers WHAT!

  • Superman Osman

    Z’s flying across the pacific, Lakers unleashed. For the love of god man, let the game loose just a little, their are children watching…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    200.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    What’s gewd James. What’s crackalackin’ in CA?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    haha WHat up Moose. How is the blog? I am good man. Nursing the knee. And watching my Lakeshow. How you been son?

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    Walton’s jumpshot is ugly
    Kobe’s fadeaway J is sex!

    Whoever said you Americans have too much food ads is dead right, I’m watching from the UK and saw ads for Subway, JackintheBox, McD & Popeyes in the 1st quarter. I would tear apart that $4.99 Popeye’s offer though, I love me some Chicken goddamnit!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    So, it was in HS when Kobe realized he was “better than everyone”? Anyone else catch that?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3s63sGoP_c&feature=fvst vongustedt

    i can comment as much or as little as i want beach… =)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3s63sGoP_c&feature=fvst vongustedt

    Reflex im from the UK to what aprt you from?…

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    Boing – I saw that!, dude could have said, ‘when I realised I was better than average’ but he straight out put it out there with the ‘better than everyone!’. Can’t really knock him as he’s more than proved his worth but that was funny though, straight faced and all!

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    vongustedt – London – you?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3s63sGoP_c&feature=fvst vongustedt

    Devon rofl.. you at uni?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Fact: Jerron Collins is starting for a playoff team.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3s63sGoP_c&feature=fvst vongustedt

    Kobe with the sweet airball

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    Nah, finished with Uni last year, didn’t realise Devon had a Basketball following, thought you guys just made Custard or something, a mate of mine is from nearby Exeter, you guys have a pretty cool accent I have say

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3s63sGoP_c&feature=fvst vongustedt

    lol theres a few of us down in devon, whats your team and you got the league pass?

  • Michael

    Why is Kobe pacing himself in a playoff game. He destroys this team, and he’s just standing out there doing nothing.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Dong… how you like Ariza?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Mike … he wants to let his team do something … they get wins, he gets wins. He will do what he has too.

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    1) The Heat as I@ve been a Dwade stan from Day 0 and 2)the Lakers as I’m a slight Kobe (& Pau) Stan. OKC as a 3rd team if I’m allowed as KD’s game is also serious.
    Don’t have league pass, usually get most of the game over at Justin’s if you catch my drift

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    ^NH.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    JVG= Favorite Announcer

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    Utah are back in this, Laker’s slack D to blame, need to come out strong and close this out early otherwise this could be another upset

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    I been good, James . . . the blog is stayin fresh as always. Just drop by and check it whenever you feel like it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    will do brother

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Hey wongusted… Your gay!

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    James the balla – it’s spelt ‘you are’
    I have a pet peeve for bad grammar you see…

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    I am disgusted with the elbow Kobe threw at Paul Milsap after he dunked. It was just wrong, and stuff like that is why i can never appreciate Kobe, he is a d!ck.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Reflex: James is from Canada, he was most likely buisy sucking mapple syrup from a elk’s nipples or something like that

  • Michael

    Once again the Lakers let a team back in the game by not playing hard.

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    I’d put money on him humping a dead moose

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    well then i owe you about $5 Reflex…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Why is Super Dave Osborne doing the analysis for the Magic/Sixers game?

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Boing: I think that’s Marty Funkhouser.

  • madamerica

    Inside the NBA is so awesome!

  • seppo

    Why is Igoudala never compared to LeBron James. They´re about the same size, super-athletic and they have a very similar game. They run the break hard, power it to the hole (no homo) or go to their streaky jumpshot. Of course James is a much better passer.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Thanks BET and Reflex. Go Bobcats!! Mmm Maple Sryup and BET’s sister. Now that is one lubricated moose!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Funkhouser? Did he play for the Nevada Rayguns?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    91-91? lol DAMN!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Can Philly pull the upset. Iggy doing what he did to the Lakers?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    HOLYYY SH!!!!TTTTT BALLSSS!!! Iggy what?

  • madamerica

    This is crazy. What a comeback!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Iggy is cold as ice … not willing to sacrifice!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    -Iggy takes his man to the top of the key and gets ready to go 1 on 1
    -Tony deleo calls time out, draws up elaborate play, explains said play via yelling.
    -Iggy takes his man to the top of the key and goes 1 on 1.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    I think the play worked great…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Yup.

  • madamerica

    Chris Webber will gloat during the half-time show.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Thing not made to be seen in HD:
    1) Zaza Pachulia’s shoulders.
    2) T.I’s Wifey

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    are any of these upsets really upsets? Every team is very strong, and most of the better teams have injury problems…

  • madamerica

    Josh Smith is a freak.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    HAHAHA @ boing … so effing true man!!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    btw James, if i had a sister i would be offended by that. But i dont. So it is just another moose. Hilarious stuff!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    ATL clock problems? NO WAY!

  • madamerica

    It will be very very surprising if we don’t see a Lakers-Cavs final.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    I HEART Susan Boyle!!!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    btw BET, your mother then lol!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Moose in da house.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    And easy on the Slimshady, dudes. I’m sure you ain’t referencing me, but it’s getting a bit close here . . .

  • http://www.hibacho20.blogspot.com Hursty

    what the hel1 was I just watching at the Hawks halftime??
    They did the Detroit ugly man thing. Damnn that take balls to do in front of a crowd. Beyooonnnceee.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I know man, same thing here. Now there are a bunch of dudes screaming of Heinekin. Weird.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Did I spell Heinekin right? Prolly not.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Ayo Hurst, I saw Fast and Furious tonight. Hahahahahahahahaha

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Nobody cares about Geico, get to the GAME.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    GET THAT EFFING BALL TO DWIGHT IN CRUNCH TIME, STAN! I don’t care if they foul him every time and he’s a mediocre foul shooter. GET. THAT. BALL. TO. YOUR. FRANCHISE. PLAYER.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    And, there’s more behind the 17 points, 4 assists that Wade has . . . 6 TO’s. Not trying to take anything away, but . . .

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Agreed Z. I love Susan Boyle!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Z agrees with Charles Barkley, as the Halftime Report showed.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    I said earlier in this post Moose. Wade would have a cold game and lose this one!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Well, 17 at the half isn’t COLD per se . . . but Smith’s 17 and Bibby’s 6 assists are looking a lot better.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Well I meant cold as in 6 TO’s and losing by 20 lol!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I gotcha. Four bench points and ONE offensive rebound isn’t gonna get Miami anywhere either.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Nope. Not at all. O and I heart Susan Boyle.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Who’s Susan Boyle . . . ?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    WHAT man, go to youtube. Crazy man. I love this women!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Moose, if you love music/hip hop like myself. You will love this 47 year old women.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    woman*

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Doing it right now . . .

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I love hip hop . . . but this is a bit different.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Go Susan!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Watch the 7 minute video man. It just makes you realize how music can move people. That sh1t is ridiculous. Amazing man. I cannot stop watching it along with the rest of the world!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Dude, that was . . . I don’t know what to say. Thanks for tipping me off on that one. What hip hop do you like?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    TOLD YOU man. She is ridunkulous. Susan Boyle will be a star for us poor folk who have dreams.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I totally agree. I’m still listening to it/watching it.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Underground and old school man. I can’t get into it though. I am heading to but in a couple. But I told you man. She makes me heart feel weird lol!!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Rifrickindiculous.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    I watched that one and her single from a charity church cd easily 20 times each!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Makes your heart feel weird? Left side numb?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    hahaha MOOSE you are the man lol. I effing told you man. SUSAN mother f()ckin BOYLE!!!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Naw as in … I feel for this girl having a dream but never getting a shot. She breaks the barrier to my heart with her singing. This is on a … WHOLE … NUVVA … LEVO

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    James, if that is my mom you speak of, your ridiculous low standards amaze me to no ends. But if we met face to face i would probably destroy you. Oh the rage a stranger has caused me via the computer!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    @BET .. I would destroy your mother via back door.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I agree, James. There are a lot of songs like that, just open up people’s sensitive spots and really get emotions running. Music is great that way.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    OH MY FRICKIN GOD WHO SAW THAT?????????

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Susan is sick!!! I did, nice dunk lol!!! Josh Smith is wreckin’ house.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Oh, you said you like hippity hop . . . Gangsta’s Paradise is another one of those songs, you know? Just off the top of my head. Kanye’s new CD did a bit of that, too.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Naw man. That ain’t hip hop. Well paradise yes. I like Kanye, but I am talking Grand Nu … Masta Ace … Cunninlyguists … De la … you know!! Anyways bed time. Told you Wade was ICE COLD in a bad way!!! Peace out Moose. Let me know what BET comes back at me with!! lol

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Kanye WAS hip hop. Kinda conflicting now, though . . . and I do know. Get some shut-eye James LOL.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Nobody’s here. I’m out. Be easy.

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    I want to make a romance explosion on the NBA playoffs.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Double R

    Since this game is out of hand, I watched the Susan Boyle video. It reminds me of Paul Potts. What’s messed up about the coverage she got was that everybody mentioned her looking “homely” etc, as if you need to be a perfect ten model to have talent.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    Where’s Eboy? Where you at, Eboy?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Susan Boyle could get it. Early.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    Haha, check Biscayne Bay.

  • http://www.hibacho20.blogspot.com Hursty

    lmao @ Lang.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Eeeeeeeeeeboyyyyy….. (the lesson as always, trust in your team is great, gloating before the games are played? Ummm). Myung’s turn to gloat…. For now.

  • http://sportzin.com Joey E.

    Andre Iguodala looked like a Kobe/Iverson fusion on that last play. incredible

  • Superman Osman

    Iggy is probably stressin out that the real AI might come back come next year. Fear is the best damn motive you could ask for

  • http://www.twitter.com/TheDiesel Anton

    What is love?
    DWade don’t hurt me
    Don’t hurt me
    No more

  • Superman Osman

    I can imagine you doin’ the vocals Anton. But seriously, NO MORE

  • Superman Osman

    You know why the Heat young players say they never heard of pressure? It’s because they don’t compete for sh*t.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Anton with the Haddaway song. Niiiiiice. Again, i seem to be repeating myself here, but someone needs to tell Chauncey that, THERE IS NO HOT HAND! No such thing, according to da Nerds (nope not Chad/Pharell fraction either). 8-9 in the playoffs is bloody fabolous!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    The Hawks played their best game in 14 years…..if they do it again…..well…we all know THAT won’t happen.

  • Myung

    Nah, no gloating from me, Dark. It’s just 1 game. It IS a game I will always remember (I’m SO thankful I got to experience that in person), but it’s just 1 game. I expect Miami to come back in a big way, either in game 2 but especially in game 3. It’s going to be a competitive series.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    E. Wow, just wow. Come on dude, it was a thrashing, no need to diminish the opponent’s efforts. Course the Heat will show up next game, but saying it was their best game in FOURTEEN years? You do know they took the nba champs to seven a year ago, right?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I do…….but where did that get them, Dark?

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Darksaber’s point: they’re playing a far lesser team right now than the NBA champions. This shouldn’t really be a surprise.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Call me crazy, but the Heat last night looked like the ’06 Mavericks in games 3-6.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    What’s good, Eboy? No school today, Boston Marathon going on in the city! Should be fun.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    What’s good? Obviously neither one of our stupid fu*king teams, Moose. Hope you enjoy your day off though. Can you maybe make it to Celtics practice and get KG onto some holistical medicine tip they haven’t tried yet? Or could you get Ray to find his J again? I’m already packing the car to head to Atlanta to poison Spoelstra’s room service and smother JO and Haslem while their sleeping with a pillow, dressed like a bellboy.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    I know. Sh!t stops here, hopefully. Sorry about them Heat last night. But those Smith dunks were beastin’. How did the SLAM fantasy league end up?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    If Josh Smith played like that every night…..he’d be one of the top three power forwards in the league. As long as he doesn’t shoot threes.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Moose: I don’t know. I was dominating by about five or six wins ahead of everyone else then just stopped setting my rotation because about half the people weren’t either (Eboy I think stopped within three weeks). Fantasy is really only fun when everyone is involved and you can trash talk.
    Also, J-SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTH! Dude is finally getting it! He ain’t a spot up shooter, he’s a dunker! Keep on dunking, kid!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    And it wouldn’t even be under the PF category, more like a high-flyer category. It was sick. What’s your call on Celtics-Bulls tonight, E?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Exactly, Jukai. Who won, though? By the way, nice comment on Hib@chi . . .

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I would HOPE that the Celts play incredibly hard on their home court to try and even it up. I think they’ll win….in another really close game.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Pierce needs to come through, Allen needs to UP HIS GAME. RAY, WE’RE NOT JUST GONNA GET TO THE FINALS THIS YEAR! DON’T WAIT TILL THEN TO HEAT UP.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I can’t see Boston making any noise in the playoffs. Even if they do beat Chicago in seven, they’ll be swept next round. Doesn’t everyone remember BEFORE the KG trade, with the Ray Allen/Pierce/Jefferson lineup, everyone was like “well… okay! They’re a low to mid-seed playoff team now! They’ll make some noise in the first round!” and then they got KG and everyone started talking championship? Well, we’ve digressed back to pre-KG, and the Celts don’t even have Jefferson. I know my original prediction was Celtics in seven, but after last game, I’ll be a bit impressed if the Celtics can pull this one off. No interior offense, a lack of defensive integrity without KG, it’s just grim.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Whimper. Moose out.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Uhm……there’s no fu*king way Philly or Orlando sweeps the Celts in round two….or the Bulls for that matter.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Oooh, bellboy? I like…

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Eboy: I was thinking of making a logical argument to debate what you said, but I feel like just telling you “you’re an idiot” and going back to my work. Have fun watching Wade flop at the three point line for the rest of the series.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Philly and/or The Magic will SWEEP either the Celtics or Bulls in round two. ********Please note this somewhere to show Jukai’s continued stupidity in life.************

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    so… anyone still hating on the Rockets now?
    A bit early for if you scared… but the Blazers looked like they shat themselves most of that game.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Don’t know if anyone said it yet–I can’t read all 300+ comments while at work–but Denver looked pretty good yesterday. I may have to stay up late to watch that series.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Cheryl: that’s alllll from the Birdman. BrrrRRRrrrRRR!

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    How is Mario Chalmers not able to cover Mike Bibby? That’s gotta change.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    And man my predictions for the western conference were spot on.

  • PArson

    WTF Theo Ratliff still playing ball who knew?

  • Drew

    Nuggs looked great last night. I was at the game, but I wasn’t the idiot who threw their beer on the court. Who does that? And when you are up by 30?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Hawks looked good, I told everyone that the Heat will flame out, also J.R. Smith has an extra pep in his step, since Byron Scott and New Orleans let him go a few years back.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Boston will prolly make it to the conf finals to get swept by the Cavs. Pierce ain’t going out like that. They’re still better than Philly, Chi and Orlando even w/o KG. – Lang, are you for real with the JJ/Wade comparisons or is it tongue in cheek? I might have to reconsider your basketball expertise if you’re not joking! lol

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Z, everybody compared Kobe with PP after the finals, when we know PP can’t hold Kobe’s jock strap, see what he is doing now with our KG. Can’t beat Bulls-seriously!!! So a JJ and Wade comparison to me is great. Better shooter JJ, better slasher Wade, but JJ is underated, I have watched many games where JJ gets to the rim with ease, just doesn’t dunk like wade. Defense wise Wade plays lanes, JJ will guard you straight up. I feel JJ will out perform Wade this series and don’t use he has better players around him excuse for JJ, PP got hyped with Ray Ray and Kenny G future hall of famers playing with him in Finals. Hawks will give Cavs a run for their money with their athleticism.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    The Seed: No they wont…

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Jukai, Yes the Cavs are the favoriates in the East, don’t get me wrong, but Hawks, give Cavs match up problems too. Josh Smith, Marvin Williams and Joe Johnson are all better low post players than Lebron, but Lebron will not be guarding them on D, probably Josh Smith. The Hawks always play the Cavs good, lost by one point in March, ended Cavs winning 11 game streak. Plus Cavs only beat Hawks bad once this year, other games were in the balance until end of the games. Mark my words, will be better series than you would think. They have the Cavs next. If they use same tactics on Lebron, they will do on Wade. Make them beat you by shooting and using energy on defense. Yes Cavs have better shooters on offense, by they are small. I am predicting a HAWKS series win vs. the CAVs. I have planted THE SEED.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Uhm…….it’s amazing what morons think after exactly ONE playoff game has been played by every team.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    WRATH OF BONG!!! WRATH OF BONG!!!

  • Myung

    You, as a non Hawks fan, have more confidence in the way we match up with Cleveland than I do, Seed. I’m not expecting the Hawks to win more than 2 games max against Cleveland. I know we beat them once and lost a close game (on March 1st, the day it snowed in Atlanta), but during the LeBron era, Cleveland has pretty much owned Atlanta and I don’t expect things to change in the next round.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Eboy was mad pissy in here…
    Orlando is what I said they were. And when they resign Hedo for $40 million, they’ll be that team for a long, long time.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Oh…..come on Allen…..what did you expect?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Josh Smith (who has no moves on the block), Marvin Williams (who doesn’t remember where the low block is) and Joe Johnson (essentially a combo guard) are all better than Bron in the post?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    To be fair, 40 mil is not that much when you consider that Corey Maggette just signed 50 mil for 5. A lot of teams would throw say 40 for 5 or 6 at Hedo. And he was combing back from an injury. The one to blame, as Barkley pointed out, is SVG. Get that ball to Dwight, he had two shots (both makes) in the 4th quarer. 31 and 16 and they’re not even looking at him down the stretch? Even if he bricks FTs, let them foul him every time down the stretch and it’s at least 1 point per possession. I’ll take that.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Anyone else having problems with NBA.com videos of game recaps? They always cut out after a minute or so for me.

  • ciroqobama

    The Seed should be on commenting probation for that

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Z
    $40 million is a lot when you have Shard on the books for $117 million, Dwight on the books for $85 million and Jameer on the books for $40 million.
    That means those four players are who you are rocking with for the foreseeable future barring a Pau Gasol-type trade. I think that’s a mistake.
    The first mistake was giving Rashard all that money. I can see the contract for Jameer, but I think they could have gotten him for less. But, if they commit to all four of those guys long term, they had better be damn sure that core can compete. Right now, I’m not sold.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Z
    Why does everybody think Sam is to blame when Dwight doesn’t touch the ball. Often, it seems to me like cats like Hedo and Jameer when he’s healthy take horrible shots no matter what Van Gundy says. And he can’t bench them because their bench is still pretty weak.

  • Myung

    Sam Van Gundy. The third VG brother.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Allen, if Sam is okay with Jameer and Hedo jacking up shots instead of dumping it down in the clutch, then I’m questioning his judgment and strategies. If he’s not okay with it, then I’m questionning his leadership. / Shard at 117 is effing OUTRAGEOUS. Gil is twice the player and cats are still mad at his contract! No matter how you look at it, 40 mil is not much. And if they don’t re-up Hedo, they’ll get a Hedo-type talent at those figures so it won’t do them any good. Maggette, Salmons, Thornton… that’s what 40 will get you at the 3 spot. Are any of those guys better than Hedo? Nah, they just messed up with Shard. They had a bunch of money and needed somebody to show for it so they threw it at him.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Ahahaha, Allen said Sam and I just went along. Brain fart.

  • Myung

    Does Sam look like Ron Jeremy or have a bald head? Which brother does he look like?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Probation ciroqobama sounds good, and Eboy you are the moron and idiot-i can tell you try to really think about something dumb to say it works, Hawks do play the Cavs tough and the Heat are a one man show- so if you are believing in Wade sorry he needs Old Shaq. So I do have confidence in the Hawks more than others, because of the players they have and the different line up changes they can throw at you and Z I never see Lebron do any post moves being 6’9 260. We are not talking about NBA 2K9. If he did he would really be unstoppable. I have faith in the Hawks, what really makes people morons is these cornball dudes like Eboy, who really believes he knows basketball. Hawks can beat the Heat like that everynight if they play well together. And Eboy stop sucking Lebron balls and get some real milk. Punk!!!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    RONDO. DON’T. BE. HURT.

  • jay

    BULLS EYE GORDON.

  • http://twitter.com/mdemirci madamerica

    As soon as Lang brought up the “no hot hand” thing, it all went crazy. Ben Gordon!

  • http://twitter.com/mdemirci madamerica

    AND RAY ALLEN!!!

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com/ Michael NZ

    Crazy game. And yeah, Ray Allen!

  • K

    March Madness got nothin on this.

  • Trevor

    RAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!

    Rondo with the triple double…

    awesome

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    Hey urrryyybody!!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Jesus is in the building. That is all!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Ok, the shooting in game 2 (C’s vs. Bulls) was amazing at times. Ben sure has ice water in those veins. And i love the subtle changes Ray Allen always does when he’s had a bad shooting night. Last year, early in the playoffs he was slumping, bad. Then he broke out the shooting sleeve for his left arm, and started lighting up the Pistons(late) and the Lakers (all Finals long). Now, he wore sleeves on both arms. Betting that’s the new status quo for these playoffs. Also Rajon, seriously dude, you wore the ‘Posite Lite’s late in the season and twisted your ankle soooo bad, you had to miss games. Now you bring em back for the playoffs? (gorgeous colourway though) Look at Iguodala for example, dude is wearing the Fight Club’s now. Recognize, fool. Nobody in the L is wearing them any more, change to a more stable shoe already.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Last thing: there is no HOT HAND. Ben Gordon was faking it. Ray Ray too.

  • Superman Osman

    Chauncey too?

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Yep, him too. ESPECIALLY Chauncey.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    The Seed, if you’ve never seen LeBron’s jump hook going to middle and drop step going to the base line from the left block then you haven’t been watching any Cavs game.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/andrew/mcfaul AndrewMcFaul

    New here. Wanted to say hello.
    Thanks,
    Andrew McFaul
    Andrew McFaul

  • http://www.menssandals.biz miller bennett

    Nice work! Why cant we just keep it simple and talk about the superbowl?

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