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Thursday, April 16th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  161 responses

Post Up: 2nd Season Starts

Match ups and scenarios.

by Holly MacKenzie / @stackmack

Here we are, regular season done and done.

Too many games on last night, I was trying my best to keep up, but I got sucked into the Spurs/Hornets game. I was rooting Hornets, because in the playoffs, we need as much of Chris Paul as we can. Last night of course, the Spurs prevailed. Down three and with the ball for the final possession, they inbound to Roger Mason, TD sets a screen for Finley at the top of the three-point line and Mason flips the ball to an open Finely who drains the three at the buzzer. In the extra session, it was all Spurs and a sad Chris Paul.

The Spurs are freaking dangerous. If they can get to the final possession of a game, they scare me more than anyone not named Kobe, I think.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, someone let Chris Bosh know that he needed 18 rebounds in the game to average an even 10 per game on the year. Of course, he went out and had 13 rebounds by halftime and finished with 21 points and 19 rebounds to get the average and the victory over the Bulls who have dropped to seventh, because the Sixers managed to pull out the 111-110 victory over a Cavs team that played their bench guys.

With the Sixers victory, they move up to sixth and face Orlando rather than Boston and they also spoil the Cavs chance at tying the league best 40-1 homecourt record.

Jose Calderon finished the season with the highest free throw percentage in league history, missing only three free throws total on the year. 98.1 percent for the season. If only everything else hadn’t gone to hell for the Raps.

While the Blazers were facing the Rockets no matter what happened, the Nuggets learned they would be playing the Hornets just as their game against the Blazers tipped off and they then went out and lost by 30.

With the victory, Portland earned homecourt throughout the playoffs.

Imagine if Houston were to finally get out of the first round without Tracy. I think Portland takes it though.

Anyone else get the feeling that Michael Beasley may have a fantastic series this offsesaon?

How can one of  Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade or Kobe NOT make 1st-team all NBA.

Okay, in lieu recaps, here are the first round matchups:

Eastern Conference

1- Cleveland vs. 8- Detroit

2- Boston vs. 7- Chicago

3- Orlando vs. 6- Philadelphia

4- Atlanta vs. 5- Miami

Western Conference

1- LA Lakers vs. 8- Utah

2- Denver vs. 7- New Orleans

3- San Antonio vs. 6- Dallas

4- Portland vs. 5- Houston

REST UP FOR THE WEEKEND. It’s playoff time, fools!

Get excited… I know I am.

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  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe for Finals Bill Russell Award.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Holly, be scared Kobe, plus I see Phila beating Orlando, Hawks beating Heat, the other higher seeds winning, then New Orleans beating Denver if Tyson Chandler is healthy and Houston beating Portand, then the higher seeds winning. Lakers all the way, we want the Cavs in the Finals to face MVP Lebron- yes he should get it, better team record.

  • Myung

    Ike Diogu: 2009′s version of Ramon Sessions AKA the “Why was he not getting more playing time” award winner.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    It’s an odd year. Sorry, Spurs haters.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Predictions:
    East:
    Cleveland over Detroit, five games
    Boston over Chicago, seven games
    Orlando over Phili, six games
    Atlanta over Miami, six games
    West:
    Lakers over Utah, four games
    Denver over New Orleans, seven games
    Dallas over San Antonio, six games
    Portland over Houston, six games

  • http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2009/04/13/pierce_is_unruffled_by_clevelands_romp/?page=full neaorin

    Why are some people in love with the Sixers, they went to OT against Cleveland’s bench. When Wally Sexyback drops 21,8 and 8 on you, you’re gonna be hard pressed to win a game.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Mmm… far-fetched but think the Cavs are mad that they lost and Toronto beat Chicago? I can see the Celts having their hands full with a super athletic Chicago team. Not saying that they WANTED to lose but they DID rest everybody. Or am I overthinking this?

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

    Predictions:
    East:
    Cleveland over Detroit, five games
    Boston over Chicago, five games
    Orlando over Phili, six games
    Miami over Atlanta, six games
    West:
    Lakers over Utah, six games
    Denver over New Orleans, seven games
    SA over Dallas, seven games
    Portland over Houston, seven games

    Could there really be that many seven game 1st round series?

  • Myung

    Atlanta over Miami in 5 or 7. Good morning, eboy.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Spot on, Jukai, but I think Houston takes it in 7. Both teams match up pretty well with the Lakers for round 2. Which means they’ll win a game or two lol.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Whoa! I didn’t see that you had Dallas over SA. That’s crazy talk right there.

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

    Hi Myung…….I hope you don’t do anything drastic after you watch Game 1 slip from your boys talons.

  • http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2009/04/13/pierce_is_unruffled_by_clevelands_romp/?page=full neaorin

    Predictions:

    East:

    Cleveland over Detroit, five games

    Boston over Chicago, five games (sorry Bulls fans)

    Orlando over Phili, five games

    Miami over Atlanta, six games

    West:

    Lakers over Utah, four games

    New Orleans over Denver, six games

    SA over Dallas, seven games

    Portland over Houston, six games

  • Myung

    If we lose game 1, I actually believe your prediction of a 6 game Heat win might come true. Actually, if we lose game 1, I think the Hawks might lose in 4. We NEED game 1 badly. I’d tell you to look for me on TV, but we’ll be in the cheap seats. I’m not happy about the 8 PM time slot (because I’m going to be draggin’ at work Monday), but it’s about as good a TV slot (for the sake of national exposure) as you can ask for.

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

    Predictions:
    East:
    Cleveland over Detroit, five games
    Boston over Chicago, six games
    Orlando over Phili, six games
    Miami over Atlanta, six games
    West:
    Lakers over Utah, seven games
    Denver over New Orleans, seven games
    SA over Dallas, seven games
    Houston over Portland, seven games

  • Myung

    Not surprised to see so many of you guys predicting the Heat will beat the Hawks.

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

    Myung…….I’d be confident of the Heat taking Game 1 if Riley was still coaching…..he’d have them ready to take it and put all the pressure on the Hawks. I don’t know if Spoelstra has that ability to look for some type of killer instinct from his squad. That being said……..Joe’s going to have to be at his absolute best to win his matchup with D-Wade…’cause I think the series will come down to which one of those two do more and are eefective.

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

    *effective

  • ab_40

    haha michael beasley is gonna get clusteryouknowwhated by the trio of al horford marvin williams and josh smith. and haha to cleveland I’m tired of them dancing around all the time play the game you can dance after you’ve won but not during the game sjesuz

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    When two teams are evenly matched, the best player on the floor usually dictates the outcome. That’s Wade. By far.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I thought I was the only one getting tired of the cavs hoping around on the bench, taking pictures with themself, loving themself, practicng dancing moves together, I hope Detroit upsets them. AI WHERE ARE YOU, DETROIT NEEDS YOU.

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

    Oops, not to be a switcher, but I meant Hawks over Heat in 7.. should’ve changed that lol.

  • Michael

    good god, after the top 3 the east is one big stink pile. atlanta vs miami is 4 vs 5?? worst first round matchup ever.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Everyone is putting San Antonio over Dallas? You mean you guys are putting the same San Antonio whose main star can barely walk and their secondary star out for the season over a Dallas team who has historically matched up incredibly well against their rival and is going into the playoffs jumping two spots up by annahilating all the teams they went against?
    Okay, you’re going to excuse me when I don’t see where you guys are coming from.

  • Ses

    I’m Shocked that we didnt beat Toronto at UC and the Cavs screwed up and lost to the sixers! I think we had a better chance of upsetting the Magic enstead of the Celts. But if history repeats itself, we did sweep the defending champs (the overrated Heat) a couple years back!! Too bad the Celts are not overrated!

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I actually think Chicago matches up very well with Boston. Chicago would have NO ANSWER to Dwight Howard and the three point shooters… but against a Boston team that goes through stretches of offensive disappearence, I think Chicago can do far more damage. Plus, it’ll also be a helluva lot more interesting.
    Yesterday was pretty much perfect. This is pretty much EXACTLY how I wanted the playoffs (minus the fact that the Suns aren’t there. I’m pouring one for my dead homies.)

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

    Uhm……..everyone does realize that the Celts, with some form of KG in the mix, are incredibly solid on D? Tyrus Thomas and Jerkoff Noah will be about as useful as…..well….they’re going to kill their teams ability to be competitve against the 5 bigs that the Celts use. And I’m confused as to who is going to slow Paul? And I think Rondo is going to undress D-Rose throughout the length of the series. You guys are funny.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Everyone right, the Heat and Hawks will be a good series, Hawks in six. Also Bulls do have a good chance with Boston, but to me the Bulls have to win game one, and rose has to be a beast, with salmons to win. I do see Dallas beating Spurs and don’t count out Detroit with their experience. I know the Cavs have the best record, but if Detriot can win one of the first two games, it will be a different series.

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4073024 neaorin

    Damn, there’s an article on ESPN right now saying that KG might not come back at all this season! (click my name). I feel sorry for the guy if that’s the case.

  • Myung

    I also think the C’s will handle the Bulls but without KG (if he ends up not playing in the postseason), I see them losing to Orlando in round 2.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I don’t Neaorin, Lakers didn’t have Bynum for the playoffs, lets really now see what Allen and Pierce can do without Garnett. Carma is a beast, trash talking, picking on scrubs, barking at point guard Garnett, can play next year.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Predictions (as posted earlier on another post)
    EAST:
    Cavs in 4,
    Celts in 6,
    Magic in 7,
    Coin-toss in 7, (50,5% Heat , 49,5% Hawks because of Wade in a game 7 situation – bujt really to close to call)
    WEST:
    Lakers in 6,
    Nuggets in 7,
    Mavs in 7,
    Blazers in 6.

  • http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4073024 neaorin

    The Seed: I said I feel sorry for KG, NOT the Celtics. Some Karma might be involved, however nothing is certain at this point.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    No matter the amount of KG, my money is on Cavs-Celts in ECF. Cavs prevail though.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Bill Simmons touched on this but we might be seeing a very rapid decline. KG has played 1000+ NBA games at a borderline psychotic intensity level. If it’s not structural and just wear and tear… The Celts are effed.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Magic will eventually start missing those 3′s and Dwight is not worth much as a go-to guy against good defense. Boston will deal with the Magic even if KG is limp or not playing.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Eboy: My “Celts in seven” comment was because of KG’s uncertainty

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    The Seed, are you seriously implying that Bynum was as important to the Lakers than KG is to the Celts? For real? The Celts will get to the 2nd round with or without KG. They probably beat Orlando w/o KG too. And that’s where the road will end.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Er, I’m not sure if the Celts can beat Orlando without KG. The Celtic defense REALLY suffers without Garnett there. Then again, Orlando has been slumping and Rashard/Hedo are pretty banged up so I don’t even know.
    It now seems just unfair that the Lakers/Celts are totally healthy (Ben Wallace will be fully healthy when they need him)

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Z, Yes, because the Lakers needed an inside presence against the Celtics to win the Finals. If the Lakers had Bynum, could have been a better series, because Bynum doesn’t play scared against Perkins or Garnett, unlike Gasol and Odom at times. Lakers also could have maybe have beat Jazz faster with Bynum and could have went 4-0 against Spurs last year, waiting and resting for Finals. So to me Z, Bynum is a big piece for the Lakers, because of his defensive implications, not offensive.

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

    Unless Deron dunks on him.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I get you, he’s a big piece of the Lakers. KG is not a big piece of the Celtics, he IS the Celtics. They have NO CHANCE of repeating w/out him. Bynum changes the game for the Lakers but he’s their third best player still. (maybe even 4th, I’m not sure he’s better than Odom, look at the stats before he got injured the same ol 14-8 that Lamar was putting up last year)

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Eboy for the win!

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Understand of course Garnett is the Celtics on the defensive end. Defense wins championships, not scoring. I want Bynum playing and he is maybe the fourth option on offense, but he is the most important piece on defense. Kobe can guard the best permieter player or Ariza, but if they get in the paint, we need blocks and defensive rebounds.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Someone still has to explain to me HOW San Antonio can beat Dallas.

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

    As long as Kobe doesn’t have to guard a perimiter player who can dribble toward the basket.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Jukai, people think Tony Parker, can take over like he did last year against New Orleans,because Duncan didn’t play that well in that series. I still feel Spurs have a chance, but I would bet money on Dallas to win. If Duncan can’t walk or move he is a statue and without Ginobli slashing to the lane, those easy three’s will be harder for Spurs to get uncontested. Dallas in six.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Eboy is on fire lol. Kobe is a very good defender who is vastly overrated in guarding little quick guards. He will chase them up to the halfcourt line for show (and the announcer will say something like he’s the best defender in the world) and then the guard will beat him in the paint and find somebody wide open for a J. I’ve seen this many many times.

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

    I wish Jazz fans existed so I’d have someone to talk trash to.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    I reckon that losing Manu is a big loss for the Spurs, but what’s about all this Duncan can’t move talk? He had 21 and 19 last night if I remember correctly. Duncan at 80% is still scary, as his game isn’t based on his physical attributes, I’m pretty sure he’ll be just fine. Still thinks Mavs take it in 7, but belive me Timmy will come to play.

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

    ^Exactamundo! And it doesn’t have to be a small guard either……2 guards that can handle do that sh*t too.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Jukai: 4 titles. They don’t have what it takes this year to beat the Lakers but you just watch what they’ll do to Dallas. You’ll be here next week saying : ‘Wow, I can’t believe SA pulled off that close game. They were down 12 with 5 to go.’ And Tony Parker is going to make Jason Kidd seriously consider retirement.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    I’m with Eboy and Z, if Kobe was such a good defender, then why didn’t he slow PP last June? He’s a good defender, but waaaay overrated. Not great at all on that side of the ball.

  • German Reignman

    @ Jukai:
    I can`t, I also see Dallas taking this series from Tim-Bot … in no more than 6 games

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Also Tony Longoria is gonna average 30+ this season, count on it. Who’s gonna guard him? Kidd’s to slow, Barea’s to small, and Jet’s is not exactly a stopper. To repeat myself I still think that Mavs will edge it, but I’m expecting Dirk to be a monster that season, he always does well against the Spurs. But it will be close, very close.

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

    I’m holding out hope that a team that no one ever talks about takes the ENTIRE Western conference by suprise and gets to the Finals. Hello, Oregon?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    *series, not season.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    LZ: I also remember Duncan moving SO BAD that Pop-A-Vit had to remove him from the game and not play him the game afterwards. And this has been happening constantly. A good three days rest, Tim Duncan plays hard, but after a game or two, his knees are worn down again.
    Z: They have 4 titles! Two with Robinson… Four with a fully healthy Duncan…. Three (or four?) with Manu… this isn’t the Spurs that won four titles, dude. Chicago won SIX titles. I’m not putting them over Boston (who I guess won 17).
    Also, Parker makes anyone consider serious retirement.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Blazers for sure is the darkhorse (and the team I’m cheering for out West). Brandon will be dynamite, if Oden would just stop fouling and give them like 14-11-3 they’ll be very dangerous even for the Lakers. Look for Aldridge to have a coming out party this playoffs.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Also, I think the more games they play, the less chance San Antonio has. Parker will have to be playing 120 percent. Duncan will have to playing at least 80%. And every game they play, their abilities will lower… ESPECIALLY with Manu out. If they take Dallas, it’s gotta be in five. We may even see Duncan sit out a game.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Juki; that was the regular season, this is the playoffs. Tim always steps up.

  • http://www.broy7.com/roy/index nate the great

    Blazers win it all.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Lz: I do not remember Tim being this banged up ever. I do remember him being banged up (but nowhere near where he is now) against the Mavs wayyyy back in 2006, but I do believe the Mavs won that one too. With a healthy Manu. And a younger crew.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Juki; If you read my prior posts, you’ll see that I also have Mavs winning against the Spurs. I’m just objecting to all this “Tim D can’t play anymore, it will be easy for the Mavs nonsense”, it will be close and grueling, it’s the Spurs for crying out loud.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Anyways I’m out, catch you guys on the flip side.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    “Anyone else get the feeling that Michael Beasley may have a fantastic series this offsesaon?”

    @ Eboy: no comment on how Holly completely dissmissed the thoght of your HEAT making it to a next round

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    and can we just make it official that anthony carter is the worst player in the NBA, please. i mean, absolutely NOTHING positive can happen for Denver when hes in the game

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    and big ups to Cb4 for getting tht 20 and 10. still one of the best

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

    Nah……Holly’s like Canada and I’m like the United States (wait, that’s too obvious. I can never be mad at her or do anything to her to make her upset. That’s my homegirl.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Eboy
    You just noticing that ish about Kobe!
    Man, that’s been going on since the Lakers three peat.
    Ask Mike Bibby and Jason Williams what they know about that. Ask a vintage Allen Iverson what he knows about that. Kobe as a defensive God has been fraudulent from Day One.
    But, he is still solid and smart on defense.

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

    Eastern Conference

    1- Cleveland vs. 8- Detroit-Cleveland in 4

    2- Boston vs. 7- Chicago-Boston in 5

    3- Orlando vs. 6- Philadelphia-Orlando in 6

    4- Atlanta vs. 5- Miami-Atlanta in 7

    Western Conference

    1- LA Lakers vs. 8- Utah-Lakers in 5-6

    2- Denver vs. 7- New Orleans-Denver in 5

    3- San Antonio vs. 6- Dallas-Don’t know.

    4- Portland vs. 5- Houston-Portland in 5.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Eboy & Allenp: That seems sorta how it is. I read all sorts of articles about how Chris Paul deserves all-defensive first team because he disrupts all the passing lanes, and I’m like “What? Dude freaking can’t stay infront of his man!!!”
    Same with Lebron. Yes, dude is now good enough probably for all-defensive second team, maybe first team… but people are talking about him for DPOY? What?
    Super-stars are just looked at differently. Very odd.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Dirk has been very good against the spurs historically and Udoka/Gooden/creaky Tim are gonna have sweaty nightmares from guarding him during this series (ok not Cookie, he’ll just erase his Hard drive). Tony Toné Toni is gonna have a field day, but since Damp can finally limit Duncan in a sense, the Lane’s gonna be a bit clogged pour l’ami. Josh is key, he does his usual do it all act on both sides of the court and it’s a Mavs series to lose. Dallas CAN win, and they’ve been awesome closing out the season, but San Antonio is still dangerous. Probably Mavs in 7.(PS: way to step up and get 6th spot, guys. You didn’t want any part of Denver.)

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

    Jukai:That and his high defensive statistics(steals).I’ve always said those stats are misleading,people shouldn’t base how good a defender a player is on stats and blocks alone.It’s a case of having to actually watch games to be able to make a judgement.But nobody listens.

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

    No…..I’ve known forever, Allen, it’s just fun to twist the knife ever so slightly every now and then! I do like Kobe and Ariza together on the perimiter though. If Phil was samrt (we know he is, but he may be bored) he’d trap Deron with those two as he brings the ball up to totally take the Jazz out of their offense and free up Fish and Farmar from being embarrassed from game to game.

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

    *smart

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    wow. 98% freethrow during the whole season? Anyone know how many he took? Since he hardly drives into harm’s way like say a TP/CP?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Just couldn’t help myself. Bosh will never be more than a slightly more heralded version of Shareef Abdur-Rahim, good player good numbers on crappy team. I believe he has reached his ceiling and that he’ll never be able to lead a team anywhere as a alphadawg. He’s best chance for team-succes is joining a true All-NBA talent as a sidekick. It’s either that or a slightly better Shareef-type career. Please don’t believe this hype that he’s a franchise player, he’s a very good player but just not that guy. The best he’s ever played was probably at the olympics where he was a role-player.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    LZ: you’re right… but he’s WAY better than Shareef. I’m talking way better.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    houston.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Lz. Sports guy just stated that in his latest column.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    in the second round, that’s my prediction.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    lol im from Canada too so it gud u didnt continue. but Bosh is WAYYYY better than shareef. if Raptors do gud in the draft, they’ll be right ther next year. i think its pretty obvious that, when healthy, the Raptors are even or better than more than half the teams in the Eastern confrence playoffs

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Rose is gonna shine these playoffs. Rajon, get your sleep. This is no joke, damn athletic some of these Bulls

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

    Lakers over Jazz in 5
    Nuggets over Hornets in 6
    Dallas over Spurs in 7
    Blazers over Rockets in 7

    Cavs over Detroit in 4
    Boston over Chicago in 5
    Orlando over Phili in 6
    Miami over Atlanta in 7

    Most exciting series:

    Heat/Hawks – Wade kicking ass and Beasley beasting
    Blazers/Rockets – youth vs. experience
    Nuggets/Hornets – CP3 vs. Chauncey Billups

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Also, since I just pulled this from basketbawful: “(Samuel Dalembert) doubled his assist total for the past 29 games by dishing out 1 lonely dime last night. He finished the season with 18 assists (versus 434 shot attempts and 117 turnovers) in the 2,036 minutes he played over 82 games. That puts his assist per minute rate at 0.008, which is positively Yinka Dare-esque. Congrats, Sam!”
    Dalembert is my hero.

  • vonkers

    The Cavaliers new starting lineup: LeBroom James, Bennett Salvatore, Derrick Stafford, Joe Crawford, Bob Delaney. Bench is: Mark Wunderlich, Joe DeRosa, Dan Crawford, Dick Bavetta, Joe Forte. Coach: TIM DONAGHY. It doesn’t matter what any other team does this year, LeBroom and team NBA will win it all… What’s the point of even watching When LeBroom gets EVERY CALL on both ends of the floor. Pointless…once upon a time superstars relied on skill, not refs…

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    I think folks are turning on Bosh a little too quickly. The talent level around him is the problem. I like what Bosh can do. Hell, I wish Bosh and Dwight could play together.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Before anyone tries to argue with Vonkers: I wrote a small thesis paper debunking what the dude said and his rebuttal was calling me a fanboy b*tch and declaring himself the winner without a shred of counter-debating. So, yeah, it’d be best not to waste your time.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Didn’t see that Darksaber, but it’s not the first time around here I’ve aired my thoughts about Bosh. No Sports Guy copycat here.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Jukai; Sam Dalembert doesn’t get more assists because Philly’s offense is a multiple passing offense, he get’s a lot of hockey assists though.

  • vonkers

    You’re right…the refs don’t favor him in any way at all…Try watching more than 1 basketball game in your life before making stupid arguments…

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Chris Bosh is a little better than shareef come on now. And to the two of you who commented on my last blogpiece, thanks for the feedback.

  • vonkers

    I was never “debunked” btw… Stern’s pet is going to win this year because Stern wants him to. Sorry if that hurts your feelings.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Just joking about my last post, but that’s just about how someone from The Herd explained Kobe having fever assists than Bron and Wade, around here the other day.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    LZ: His assist-to-turnover ratio is 2:13. 2 assists to thirteen turnovers. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a ratio that bad in half a decade. You’re going to tell me that’s because of PHILLY’S SYSTEM OF PLAY?

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Bryan et Al; I believe I started this whole Shareef-Bosh thing, and I did indeed write that Bosh was better. But same position, almost same numbers, pretty comparable games, even both playing in Canada, I think they are pretty alike, remember early on in his career Shareef was also getting hyped.

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Remember ti refresh Juki.

  • vonkers
  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    *to

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Hey guys, go to SLAMOnline’s search bar, type in “MVP” and head to the Final Call mvp article. Then, check out my comments and please, PLEASE, explain to me why I didn’t “debunk” Vonkers.

  • vonkers

    Because anyone with two eyes sees LeBroom get every call on both ends…WATCH A GAME FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIFE…Moron…

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    Vankers you’re wrong.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I don’t get how someone can live in this alternative dream world like Vonkers can. It’s incredible.

  • vonkers

    Ok…you say LeBron doesn’t get calls, but I’m in the dream world…yeah, that makes perfect sense…This reaffirms the fact that you look at stats 24 hours a day and never actually WATCH GAMES…

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

    I’ll bet money that Vonkers believes there is a NWO.

  • vonkers

    The only thing close to sports Jukai has ever done is have a frito eating contest with his cat. What a tool…

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Funny, cause the only time you’ve ever touched p*ssy was when you were with your own cat. Back off, tool, take your rants to some Lakers’ message boards while you wear aluminum foil on your head, hiding out in your parents’ basement so the CIA doesn’t find you from figuring out the NBA’s secret!!!!11

  • vonkers

    Lame…you been roasted son

  • vonkers

    1 on 1 anytime anywhere, I’d own on the court. You ain’t sh*t.

  • vonkers

    The only vagina Jukai touches is his own while he’s wiping the sand out of it.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I’d be honored to take you 1 on 1, Vonkers. Where ya live homeboy? Anywhere near Rochester, New York?

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Do you think I can still gloat about beating your @$$ even though you’re fourteen-years-old?

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Yeah, Vonkers might need a banning.
    He’s more obnoxious than Jukai.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Also, would you complain about me only beating you because David Stern willed it so?

  • Michael

    West:
    Lakers over Utah in 5
    Denver over New Orleans in 7
    SanAntonio over Dalls in 7
    Houston over Portland in 6(Horrible matchup for the Blazers)

    East:
    Clevland over Detroit in 5
    Boston over Chicago in 7
    Orlando over Philly in 5
    Miami over Atlanta in 6

  • vonkers

    mission acomplished….I got jukai’s panties in a knot again…pissing him off is the easiest/most fun thing in the world to do…beep beep beep…your McDonald’s fry times is beeping…you better get that…

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    So you’re wimping out on me and don’t want a one-on-one game? Aight, gotcha bro. Keep on being on the inside to David Stern’s schemes.

  • Nosebleed Seats

    1st Round:
    EAST:
    CLE over DET – 5 games
    ATL over MIA – 6 games
    ORL over PHI – 6 games
    BOS over CHI – 6 games

    WEST:
    LAL over UTAH – 4 games
    POR over HOU – 7 games
    DAL over SA – 6 games
    NO over DEN – 6 games

    Conf. Semis:
    EAST:
    CLE over ATL – 4 games (maybe 5)
    ORL over BOS – 6 games

    WEST:
    LAL over POR – 5 games
    NO over DAL – 6 ganes

    Conf. Finals:
    EAST:
    CLE over ORL – 6 games

    WEST:
    LAL over NO – 5 games

    NBA Finals:
    LAL over CLE – 6 games

  • vonkers

    I live in SoCal so….yeah….

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Oh yeah, Southern California, known for its street ball, I’m sure you’re the champion in Orange County.

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

    I’d gladly play both Jukai and Bonkers if they’d agree to never post here again. Well….Jukai for like a year…like a modern day Spree suspension.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Eboy: I’d love a one-on-one game with you, but I don’t want you to throw your hip or anything, grandpa.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Allenp, living in Montreal and getting every single Raptors game, I can attest that Bosh is an excellent ballplayer. Perennial all-star and I can count the number of bigs better than him in the L on one hand. However, he’s not a franchise player. Chris Bosh will not lead a team to success in the post season. His game is not transcendant and he can’t elevate the play of his teammates. That’s not really a knock on him but it is what it is. Either he accepts this and move on to play with LBJ, CP3, Wade, Kobe or Dwight and win multiple chips or he can choose to be the man on crappy 40 win teams.

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

    I know, Jukai, I wouldn’t want your girl to be embarrassed if she was watching either. Wait…..did I just say that? Girl? C’mon Eboy….be serious.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Reef wasn’t as good of a rebounder. No disrespect to Reef but I’d probably compare him to dirk not in the way they play but in the big numbers but not an alpha dog guy kind of way.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    Z
    I think you make a valid point.
    But, Shareef?
    That’s insulting.

  • http://nicekicks.com MeloMan13

    How could i forget: SlamOfTheDay= Kenyon Martin!!!!!!!!

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Dirk , second rate superstar for the ages.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Bryan: You think Bosh is better than Dirk…?
    Well, I think you should go sit in the corner with Vonkers now.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Wow I didn’t say that. There should be a filter for idiots so they can read what people say clearly. Basically I said they’re both second tier superstars. Dirk while incredibly skilled as a basketball player, probably as skilled with the ball as any player his height in league history, leaves a lot to be desired in the put team on his back and will them to victory department. And no I’m not basing it off one series. He gets hot drops 40 and the team wins does that mean he put them on his back and carried them? In my opinion no. I see Bosh having a similar impact on boxscores with the same kind of limited successes without a cuthroat teamate. All that said I could be wrong.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    In real gut check moments dirk has fallen short.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Bring it on, Boston.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Hey, my bad, I misunderstood what you said. I 100% agree.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    And we’re not even sure that Dwight has it in him like that. Can he carry a team? I haven’t seen a ‘there’s no effing way I’m losing this game’ moment from him yet. Duncan being past his prime it’s : kob, lbj, wade, cp3. brandon roy as alpha dog tendencies as well, i have to see more during the playoffs. paul pierce can take over too when he wants to. he WANTED game 7 against the cavs.

  • Myung

    As someone who lists Shareef among my least favorite Hawks of all time (he’s on a short list with Alan Henderson, Craig Claxton, Jon Koncak, Flip Murray, the bad Josh Smith (I like the good Josh Smith), Danny Manning, and Boris Diaw), I’d like to offer my 2 cents. You can’t throw him and Bosh into the same category for this one reason: Bosh already took his team to the playoffs. Shareef was a black hole on offense. If you ever saw him in his prime, he put up decent numbers but he dominated the ball and while he was a good post up player, the offense died when he got the rock. It completely stalled. I always called Shareef the Tin Man because I thought he played with no heart. He seemed like a gentleman, a fine team player, and put up nice numbers… but he also had a way of assuring your team of losing on most nights. Abdur Rahim played SIX playoff games during his entire career; Bosh has already exceeded that number.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Damn, so does league pass include a pass into the playoffs? I hope I didn’t wast 180 on just the regular season. play wit it.

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

    Cavs’s bench should be the 6th seed in the East by how they played last night.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Hurst, if you get back on here I will have to question your logic about why you think all western conference games will be going to 7 games. play wit it.

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

    What the hell is a “vonkers”?

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

    Since nobody said it: The Thunder game had the most highlights in it. OKC is the best young team in the L and showed what they will be doing when they get more experienced last night. Shaun Livingston caught a Alley!

  • http://slamonline.com tina

    how many comments would this site have if the Lakers, Cavs, or Celtics don’t make it to the finals?

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

    Bulls/Jazz finals: the 2009 Remix.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    and the Dirk-Bashing continues. Oh well, wait and see.

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

    Hmmm, BET, I’m pretty sure the Blazers would like to have a word with you about that.

  • truthteller

    First All-NBA team:
    1. Chris Paul
    2. Kobe or Wade
    3. LeBron
    4. Dirk or Gasol
    5. Howard or Yao

  • truthteller

    Tina,
    Don’t worry it’s not gonna happen. Cavs/Lakers guranteed!!!

  • Ses

    @ Anton: I’m with you!!! Bulls take it in 6, and upset the world!!! Lol….(it could happen!)

  • http://neworleansbasketball.blogspot.com Caleb

    I always hate to see the Hornets lose to the Spurs, but the fact is – losing gave them the best road available. They can advance against Denver, and if they do so… they’ll play either San Antonio or Dallas, the other two best matchups for the Hornets.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ truthteller: Pretty good list. You could say: Offensively, Yao Ming is the best center in the NBA. Defensively, Dwight Howard is the best center in the NBA.
    BUT one beef is the Dirk/Gasol part. Tim Duncan should be first team.
    Also, Portland is going DOWN.

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

    Andrew Bynum is obviously a first-ballot future hall of famer.

  • Sarah

    The Spurs always have a chance.

  • no id

    the heat will not win vs the hawks..that’s the truth..d wade can maybe win a game or two but he can’t carry a whole series vs the hawks. plus the hawks are out to prove themselves from last yr playoffs. there hungry from the series vs the celtics

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com nba-jersey-king

    Get real… the Heat will cream the Hawks and take whoever they got in the 2nd round to 6 or 7 games… this is not last years Heat team.

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

    Bryan- You’re welcome.
    DP-
    Mainly I just don’t see any of the Western Conference teams being able to come through and win on the road against their opposition.
    Predictions:
    West:
    Lakers over Utah, seven games
    *Both teams are uber strong on their home court- particularly Utah- Salt Lake is like a bloody fortress. It could go 6, depending on how Bynum plays but… I can’t overlook how Utah has played against Houston the last two years. They’ve got more heart than most people think.
    -
    Denver over New Orleans, seven games
    * Denver is not loosing at home. They just aren’t. Not against a N.O team sans Chandler. But I don’t think they have the firepower to knock off N.O whilst on the road either.
    -
    SA over Dallas, seven games\
    * Dallas matches up well with the Spurs. They just do except for Parker. If Duncan is at 80-85% then it goes 7 games with the Spurs (once again) winning because of homecourt. Parker will get 30+ this series. Dallas could take this if they steal an early game on the road (3 is most likely). Dirk needs to get his – he’s scored 20+ his last 30 games.
    Houston over Portland, seven games
    * ‘sigh’. Everyone counts Houston out. Like always. Maybe they’re right- I don’t think so though. Houston matches up incredibly well against Portland- you need to have watched the games to have seen this. Portland are young and inexperienced. Yao has dominated Oden and Ghostface to the fullest this year. Ron and Shane guard Roy as well as anyone does and can make him pay offensively.
    Fernandez is basically Von Wafer without the physicality.
    Oh, um, Aldridge. Yeh.. he wants none of Chuck Hayes. Absolutely none of him. It’ll go like this, fake jumpshot, attempt to drive, pass the ball out. Chuck will play 25+ minutes, and likely take off of Scola and Landry by 5 minutes each this series because of the match-up.
    Then missed jumpshot.
    Then not even looking to score and passing out of it.
    Houston and Portland are very, very good at home with almost identical records. But Houston can go and steal one against (like I mentioned) a young and largely inexperienced Portland team. They’re basically the Hawks of 2008.
    -
    All of these lower seeded teams are capable of stealing games on the road (well, except Utah haha).
    The East may have more 7 game series, likely, Bulls/C’s. But to me, the West is far closer.

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

    Longest. Ever. Comment.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    You lost me at ‘Aldridge wants none of Chuck Hayes’. Are we positive that he knows his first name?

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

    Z- He does. He learnt it all last year when it became apparent that the ‘soft’ tag wouldn’t just leave him. Chuck destroyed him. That continued this year and got worse. You’ll see how passive Aldridge gets as soon as Hayes comes into the game. It was almost embarrassing to see a player like Aldridge not even look at the hoop on an isolation play.
    If I were Portland, I’d be using that 15+ minutes that Chuck is on the court to rest LaMarcus. Chuck won’t make you work on D but he’ll rebound and make great passes- especially from the high post.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Aldridge in 3 games vs HOU :
    45 mins – 27 and 9
    35 mins – 21 and 8
    43 mins – 22 and 9

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

    Oh snap, Z droppin dem stats like AI drops gambling chips.

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Umm Z, did Portland win those games that LaMarcus droped the good stats in? Just asking.

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