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Friday, May 9th, 2008 at 3:00 pm  |  25 responses

Worthy of Your Attention

by Marcel Mutoni

There’s only one game on tap for tonight, but there’s plenty to watch over the weekend. Let’s take a look…

Lakers @ Jazz, Game 3: The Jazz are facing what is obviously a must-win situation, and despite how poorly they’ve played so far in the series (especially on the defensive end of the floor), it would not be wise to bet against them.

If the Lakers can withstand the crowd, and the initial burst of energy from the home team, keeping the game close until crunch time, it’s important to keep in mind that they have the luxury of employing the game’s best closer.

Pistons @ Magic, Game 4: Chauncey Billups won’t confirm if he’ll suit up in this pivotal game; if he can run, trust me, he will be on the floor. Billups doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy who would allow an injury to make him miss consecutive Playoff games.

With a hobbled Chauncey, this is Orlando’s golden opportunity to make this series more than a little competitive. The Pistons are a confident, sometimes downright arrogant squad, but even they are not immune to self-doubt once the losses start piling up.

Celtics @ Cavs, Game 3: The C’s will try to prove that the Hawks series, and their inability to play on the road, was nothing more than a fluke (and perhaps just a bad matchup.) This will not be easy, as the Cavs will be playing with desperation, and it’s not hard to imagine LeBron spending much of the evening at the free throw line.

Hornets @ Spurs, Game 4: San Antonio finally woke up in Game Three, and they may have found an effective strategy against New Orleans: Let Chris Paul get his – because, and let’s not kid ourselves here, he’s going to get it anyway – and clamp down on everyone else.

Paul’s statline in the previous game was eye-popping as always; the key to victory (and a stranglehold on the series) will be whether he can get his teammates involved the way he’s done all season long.

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  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Sweep.

  • RayAllensJ

    Amen.

  • tealish

    It’s funny and true how 9 assists is Paul not getting his teammates involved enough. A 35 and 9 CP3 is less dangerous than a 22 and 17 CP3.
    Personally, I’m waiting for him to do a 30, 30.

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

    @ Airington: lakers sweep i’m guessing? i doubt you meant celtics.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    CP3 is a revelation.on that layup, back to the basket finger roll thingy he did yesterday, her bowled over Tony Longor…umm Parker, AND Tim Duncan. Downright made the TimDuncanRobot double over grabbing his ribs… CP3 is a revelation

  • Bubba Chuck

    UTAH JAZZ!

  • Bubba Chuck

    DETROIT PISTONS!

  • Bubba Chuck

    BEN WALLACE!

  • http://birdmonster.blogspot.com tenorca

    Darksaber: I heard about three nearby neighbors hooting on that play. Patently ridiculous.

  • B. Long

    Bubba likes to yell things no one cares about…

  • WhaHuh

    BUBBA CHUCK

  • The Answer

    yor al gay

  • Bubba Chuck

    B. LONGS COMMENTS!

  • Bubba Chuck

    WHAHUHS COMMENTS!

  • Zabba

    We suck!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    MORE ANTI RELIGIO-SOCIAL THREADS!!

  • http://bballsci.blogspot.com/ RedRum

    If Spurs win tonight I see Spurs in 6

  • B_Easy24

    I want to Lakers in the NBA Finals!!!

  • The Promise

    i dont, i wanna see the hornets and pistons in the finals.

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

    The games greatest closer sure has sucked balls the last two games in the clutch. Lakers fans should be sending Derek Fisher a portion of their paychecks in honor of keeping them from being embarrased.

  • tealish

    Yes, it was one of the rare nights when I was hoping for Kobe to shoot while rooting for the opposition. I don’t know why Fisher didn’t get more shots in OT, but hey, I’m not complaining. Lakers will lose the series if Kobe shoots 30+ shots to get his 30+ pts.

  • B. Long

    @Ebitch: Kobe was obviously hurt but was still trying to will his team to win. Which is a hell of a lot more than anyone can say for D-Wade this year. By the way, how are the Heat doing in the playoffs?

  • Godzilla

    Kobe if you’re that hurt, please pass the ball.

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

    B. Long, since the rest of the posting public here can’t stomach you either, I would pose this question to try and approach your level of stupidity. When was the last time Kobe collected a ring? Without Shaq? Since he thought he was the man? Oh, never? Just wondering. And yes, I cried a silent tear for Kobe and his hurt back. Just like the rest of you moron “haters” were all over Lebron for favoring his. Moron.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Eboy says:
    The games greatest closer sure has sucked balls the last two games in the clutch. Lakers fans should be sending Derek Fisher a portion of their paychecks in honor of keeping them from being embarrased.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    hEY eBoy dont lakers fans already give derek fisher part of their paychecks when they buy TICKETS TO WATCH THE GAME>>???
    O_o

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