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Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 8:30 am  |  94 responses

Post Up: The Grand Finale

The last pieces of the Playoff puzzle line up, as the ’11-12 regular season comes to a close.

by Abe Schwadron | @abe_squad

That’s all, folks. The 2011-2012 regular season is in the books, the Playoff matchups are set in stone, and thus ends my time as your morning sidekick. It’s a bittersweet moment—actually, it’s just bitter. I have no clue what I’m going to do with all my free time on weekday evenings from now on (taking suggestions). A few acknowledgements to pass along before we get to the final slate of games.

First of all, I can’t say a big enough Thank You to Ben, Ryne, Adam, Tzvi, Susan and everyone at SLAM for extending me the opportunity to be the voice of the world’s best basketball magazine every single morning. Like many of you, I grew up on SLAM Magazine, and the walls of the room I grew up in back in DC are plastered with classic covers. So to be a part of the team in such a big way’s been a blessing.

Second, a sincere and much-deserved thanks to Pete for handling weekends—a truly thankless job and a sacrifice that few will ever completely understand—and to Eldon for filling in when I needed a sub. I owe you both an adult beverage.

And lastly, to all the loyal readers and commenters—whether you’ve been with me all year, or just dropped by when you could, I appreciate you reading, reacting, critiquing and interacting. The Post Up would be nothing without you, so thank you.

It’s been a hell of a ride, with too many games crammed into too few nights. I can’t guarantee I’ll be back next year, but you’ll certainly see me around the site, in the mag, on Twitter and anywhere else basketball is being discussed. So do your boy a favor, and send some friendly ping-pong prayers my way.

And since this is my last chance to do whatever I want with a morning Post Up, I’ve taken the liberty of listing my favorite players from each of the NBA teams in action last night—that is, either the player I had the most fun watching, a guy I thought was interesting or funny this year, or just a fantastic surname. Essentially, each team’s “Post Up MVP.” Enjoy!

Raptors 98, Nets 67

Toronto started the game on a 17-2 run, then ended the first half on a 15-0 run and never looked back, closing the book forever on the New Jersey version of the Nets. Former Net and virtual unknown Ben Uzoh had perhaps the most meaningless triple-double in NBA history—he finished with 12-11-12—while Solomon Alabi picked up his first career double-double (including 17 rebounds). In all, though, this was among the more forgettable games of the season, as each team was basically down to only a few healthy bodies, and not one Nets player shot better than 50 percent from the floor.

Raptors: DeMar Derozan, Nets: Gerald Green

Pistons 108, Sixers 86

Philadelphia completed its mission to meet Chicago in the first round of the Playoffs by doing what they probably should have done a day earlier—taking the L. Ben Gordon helped out, by shooting 7-7 from three-point range in the second quarter alone (most ever in a single quarter without missing since the stat’s been kept) and scoring 26 points in all. The Pistons routed the Sixers, who once again rested the bulk of their key players to get ready for the postseason. In Ben Wallace’s farewell to the NBA, he scored 7 points, grabbed 12 boards and blocked a shot. Respect to Big Ben—who holds the record for most NBA games played as an undrafted player.

Pistons: Greg Monroe, Sixers: Lou Williams

Celtics 87, Bucks 74

Paul Pierce scored 12 points, all in the first half, despite limping around with a sprained right toe, and Rajon Rondo dished out 15 dimes (but scored exactly zero points) as the Celtics handed the Bucks yet another late season loss. Poor Milwaukee fans—the Bucks limped to the finish line to end up 31-35 on the year after once being 28-28. Rookies Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer led Milwaukee with 17 and 15 points respectively, while Boston gave its key players a rest and still picked up the win.

Celtics: Rajon Rondo, Bucks: Ersan Ilyasova

Wizards 104, Heat 70

6 in a row, baby! Those Miami Heat ain’t nothin’ man. Okay, just kidding—the Big Three didin’t play, and Miami’s already locked in to the No. 2 seed, but still, the Wizards handed the Heat their worst blowout loss of the 2011-12 season. Mo Evans scored a season-high 18 points, but it was Nene who dominated in his 18 minutes—he had 15 points and 7 rebounds—and John Wall played only 26 minutes but racked up 12 assists. The Wizards season-ending six-game streak included wins against Orlando, Chicago and Miami twice, though none of the superstars from those teams suited up. Oh, and an Eddy Curry sighting! Big Ed made his first start since 2008 and scored 10 points.

Wizards: John Wall, Heat: LeBron James

Knicks 104, Bobcats 84

And there it is—we’ve officially witnessed the worst team in NBA history, at least by winning percentage: the 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats, brought to you by Michael Jordan. Amar’e Stoudemire announced his return with 21 points in two quarters of action, JR Smith had 22 and Josh Harrelson shave his epic moustache and put up 18 points and 9 rebounds, as the Knicks dealt the Bobcats one last, merciful defeat. New York will now gear up for Game 1 of a first-round matchup with 2-seeded Miami on Saturday, while Charlotte will hit the links.

Knicks: Jeremy Lin/Steve Novak, Bobcats: LOL

Hawks 106, Mavericks 89

The Hawks clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the Playoffs after jumping out to a 23-point lead in the first quarter and cruising to a win over the defending Champions behind 23 points from Josh Smith. JSmoove added 9 rebounds and 7 assists and Atlanta shot 53 percent from the floor in what was never a close game, despite 22 points from Dirk Nowitzki. The Hawks have the fourth-best record in the East, and will host Boston in Game 1 on Sunday, while Dallas travels to Oklahoma City to open its series with the Thunder on Saturday.

Hawks: Tracy McGrady, Mavericks: Brandan Wright

Bulls 107, Cavaliers 75

John Lucas saved his best for last. After a season of filling in for Derrick Rose and CJ Watson, Lucas notched a career-high in points with 25, leading the Bulls to their last victory of the season—and an important one, since it helped Chicago clinch the No. 1 overall seed in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. The Bulls earned home court throughout the postseason behind Lucas’ big scoring night on 10-16 shooting, a 13×13 double-double from Joakim Noah and their typically tough defense. Cleveland shot 32 percent as a team, and last game’s leading scorer, D-League call-up DJ Kennedy, didn’t have a single point or assist.

Bulls: The Bench Mob, Cavaliers: Kyrie Irving

Grizzlies 88, Magic 76

By the second quarter, Memphis had a 26-point lead, and though the Magic cut the deficit to single-digits in the third quarter, they were never truly in the game. Marc Gasol got every big bucket for the Grizzlies in the second half to keep Orlando at bay, and finished with 22 points. Rudy Gay added 20, OJ Mayo had 15 and Zach Randolph put up 13 and 12 as the Grizz clinched the No. 4 seed out West. That’s 11 straight home game victories for Memphis—a franchise record. The Grizz open a first-round series with the Clippers at home on Sunday.

Grizzlies: Tony Allen, Magic: Stan Van Gundy

Rockets 84, Hornets 77

Dear Houston: too damn late. The Rockets won behind a season-high 27 points from Chase Budinger, but Houston has long since been eliminated from the Playoff picture. Rocks rook Marcus Morris hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in probably his biggest moment (and game) of the entire season—he finished his night with 7 points, 5 rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal. New Orleans blew a 17-point lead and were led in scoring by Jerome Dyson, while a guy that I’ve literally never heard of by the name of Darryl Watkins had 13 points and 10 boards. Who?

Rockets: Goran Dragic, Hornets: David Stern

Nuggets 131, Timberwolves 102

When you give up 131 points, and an absurd 80 of those points in the paint (more than a handful teams scored total last night), you ain’t winning that game. Minnesota learned that the hard way, as the Nuggets came to town and blew the Love-less Wolves out of the water on Brad Miller’s final night in an NBA uniform. (Miller finished with 4 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in just 17 minutes.) Javale McGee scored a team-high 19 points, Arron Afflalo had 18 and Danilo Gallinari had 17 for the Nuggs, who won their 4th straight and 8th in the last 10—they get the Lakers in round 1.

Nuggets: Kenneth Faried, Timberwolves: Ricky Rubio

Jazz 96, Trail Blazers 94

Apparently, Utah and Portland didn’t get the memo that Thursday night was meaningless. With the Blazers down 2 with 3 seconds to play, Wesley Matthews got a look at a three but missed it, then crumpled to the ground but didn’t get the call, giving Utah a 5-game winning streak heading into the Playoffs (word to Enes Kanter). Rookie Alec Burks had 18 points and Slam Dunk champion Jeremy Evans took advantage of some rare playing time by racking up 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Portland won’t be in the Playoffs for the first time since 2008—and we’re going to miss them.

Jazz: Al Jefferson/Paul Millsap, Trail Blazers: Free Chalupas

Kings 113, Lakers 96

Coming into Thursday night, Kobe Bryant needed a 38-point effort to wrestle the NBA scoring title from Kevin Durant’s clutches. So what did he do? Well, he…he sat out. To the chagrin of everyone, the Black Mamba elected to take the night off, as did Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. The lack of Laker big men opened the door for DeMarcus Cousins to go crazy inside, putting up 23 points and 19 rebounds—Jason Thompson got in on the fun too, with 17 points and 10 boards. The hometown fans in Sacramento gave the Kings a rousing ovation on their way out, but you can’t help wondering what the future holds for pro basketball in SacTown.

Kings: Isaiah Thomas, Lakers: Kobe Bryant

Spurs 107, Warriors 101

With the mainstays from each side either nailed to the bench of not even in the building, Patty Mills decided it was time to steal the spotlight. Mills put up career-highs in points (34) and assists (12) on a big 14-25 shooting night, leading the Spurs past the Warriors as both teams go in completely opposite directions. Golden State shot 52 percent and had 6 players score in double figures, but turned the ball over 16 times and allowed the Spurs to finish with a +12 rebounding margin.

Spurs: Tim Duncan/Pop, Warriors: Nate Robinson

Moment of the Night: Brad Miller drills the final 3-pointer of his NBA career, then gets a nice ovation in his last appearance of a 14-year NBA career. He gave a heartfelt post-game interview, too. And if you replace “NBA career” with “2012 Post Up writing,” he and I basically had the same emotions last night.

Dunk of the Night: Press 1 for Terrence Williams. Press 2 for JJ Hickson.

Tonight: Absolutely nothing. Take the night off to breathe before the Playoffs start on Saturday. Have a great postseason everyone, and for one last time—be easy.

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  • Yann Blavec

    No love for Brandon Jennings ?

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    These 1st round series have the potential to be the best set of overall clashes in recent memory. There is legitimately no dominate team here, or a ‘boring’ series.
    Except for Pacers/Magic (sweep?).
    Chicago vs Philly is going to be great. Hopefully Philly can win one of the first 2 games in CHI to really have a go at it.
    Miami vs NY, basically as star-studded as you’ll see all playoffs.
    ATL vs Boston, no clearly dominant team. Both have been playing vastly better the last month, especially Boston.
    In the West:
    Spurs vs Utah with the Utah peaking the last 3 weeks. Derrick Favours has been huge off the bench.
    OKC vs Dallas, enough said. I think Dallas steps up and plays much better than the regular season. They have to, it it’s a 4/5 game series.
    LA vs Denver – no Ron Artest, Afflalo back to borderline AS form, Ty Lawson balling out of his mind – and the first time Ramon Sessions has been to the playoffs. No idea who wins this.
    My personal favourite matchup – LAC vs MEM, MEM has played solid, unspectacular ball all year, the opposite of LAC who fluctuate wildly.
    This is going to be awesome.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Adam Figman

    Oh man, I definitely just teared up a little bit. Good job, homie.

  • spurs4life

    STAT dunk on Tyrus Thomas shoulda been dunk of the night. But much luv to Abe for keeping me entertain through 11-12 Post Up season.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    At least we didn’t have to endure a full season of this crap. The Detroit Lions won 0 games a few years ago, now they are a playoff team. Winning makes all forgotten and the only way we win is if we get lucky in the draft. I’d have a much more bleak outlook if we were in NJ’s situation (traded core away for Williams/traded draft pick for Wallace/now both of them might leave) or Orlando (front office and coach fighting the superstar).

  • Justin G.

    Line of the Night actually goes to Abe for “Bobcats: LOL” Actually almost made me spit out the coffee

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Those Brad Miller videos were great. Thankyou for posting them.

  • T-Money

    i’ve got chicago, miami, atlanta (they match up really well) and indiana. in the west: spurs, mavs (!), grizz and lakers.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Big thank you to Abe for a great final Post Up in a season filled with them. Highlights, insights, witticisms and surely a lot of long nights. I know I and the rest of the SLAM staff appreciate the job he did. Hope all you lucky readers/commenters do too!

  • Techie

    Abe: Great job. Enjoyed reading your morning roundup…
    Keep up the great work, and looking forward for next season.

    @Yann: Brandon Jennings should of been a NYK. He would get love rocking a NYK uniform. The bucks are a blue collar team.

    MY PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS
    EASTERN CONFERENCE
    Chi/Philly: Bulls in 5
    NYK/HEAT: Heat in 5. This will be decided on home courts.
    BOS/ATL: Celtics in 6. It could all depend on Ray Allen and Paul Pierce.
    ORL/INDY: INDY SWEEP. Too many injuries on the Magic side.

    WESTERN CONFERENCE
    Spurs/Utah: Spurs in 7.. Utah will give spurs a run for their $$$
    OKC/Dallas: This could be very DICEY, but I’m going OKC in 7.
    LAL/DEN:DICEY b/c ARTEST SUSPENDED, and Byunm’s Immaturity. LAL in 6
    MEMPHIS/LAC: MEMPHIS in a SHOCKER. In 6.

  • bull22

    well another season gone and in the tank. one espn analyst prediction of a heat 55-11 season did not even come close to materializing as predicted.
    as usual for the second year in a row lots of bangwagon fans will be wearing the heat’s shorts until someone other team does otherwise. (please see dallas mavericks) lets go CHICAGO!

  • Jason Kidd’s Speed

    As a silent but daily reader I have to say I enjoyed the post-up very much this year. Great Job by Abe and also by Pete and the Slam crew. However I still miss Russ Bengtson’s funny one-liners.

  • Bruno

    amare on tyrus thomas should’ve been on dunks of the night

  • Lauren

    Tiny nit to pick: Ben Wallace finished with seven points and 12 rebounds, not the other way around. Dude got like three or four standing ovations last night, it was happy yet sad…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s interesting that John Lucas III couldn’t get a roster spot for so long. Also, in college wasn’t he more of a passer than scorer. That’s how I remember him for some reason.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    You have the Mavs upsetting OKC in the first round?
    Explain.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Also, I am so excited for that Miami/Knicks series.
    Everybody thinks it will be short, I think it goes seven and LeBron has to prove it’s a different year early in the playoffs.
    Even though the Knicks aren’t that good on defense, they are good enough when they want to be. And they will be focused and ready thanks to all the hype and the fact that they are underdogs. That team has enough talent to beat the Heat if they play defense and Melo and Amare play well.
    The Heat shouldn’t have a cakewalk at all.

  • Phillip

    LOL at the LOL! Thanks Abe, for all the wonderful Post Ups you’ve gave us. You rooting for the Wiz reminds me that everyone has a right to root for the teams they genuinely love. Me? I’m always with the Spurs. Not to say I don’t like the other teams, just that the Spurs have a fantastic basketball system. Anyway, thanks.

  • eyal

    Thanks Abe, I don’t have the chance to comment much, but I read your updates every day (weekends too). Hope to see you back again, the PU rocked this year. Playoff predictions:

    1) Miami, Celts, Pacers, Chi. LAL, Memphis, OKC, Spurs

    2) Miami, Celts. LAL, Memphis.

    3) Miami . LAL

    4) LAL taking it all

    I think Miami vs Boston will actually be a really tough series. If Miami doesn’t blow them out from the opening tip, I can see the celtics wearing down the Heat over the course of 7 games. Lebron and DWade really don’t play well when they are frustrated and out of their groove. I don’t know why, but I think the lakers are almost as dangerous as they were in 2010 but no one is taking them as seriously this year. All the west attention on OKC would allow them to slip through.

  • eyal

    crap. sorry, slam doesn’t seem to like my paragraphs…

  • T-Money

    allenp – 7 games for heat-knicks?! i don’t see it. melo at the 4 causes no problem for miami what so ever. as for dallas, i really like their match ups defensively vs okc. shaw marion and jkidd do a really good job on kd and russ, respectively and i don’t like anyone in okc defending dirk. the late game offense for okc is a bunch of contested long 2s off the dribble, they’re vulnerable.

  • MUBWAR

    what evidence have the knicks giving us for some of you to say it will to 7? No it won’t. if the knicks are lucky, they’re ousted in 5.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    T-Money
    I think you are basing your Miami/Knicks prediction on what the teams’ tendencies have been all year. I”m thinking about everybody on the Knicks squad believing they are talented enough to win, AND wanting to prove the world wrong. So they are going to be going extra hard. Miami will have to match that and shake off a little rust, particularly Bosh. I expect it to be a dogfight.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It’s crazy that quite a few people see that NY-MIA series going to 7 and some even see NY beating MIA but I just don’t see it. MIA has an advantage (expect for the 5 spot) at every position the Knicks regard as a strength. Also, I don’t think MIA’s lack of a bench is going to be that much of an advantage for the Knicks given that coaches tend to shorten their rotation come playoff time.

  • MUBWAR

    i understand that allen but the knicks have to make a lot of threes and Melo has to be in assassin mode all series to make it to 6 or 7 games. n that’s highly unlikely in the playoff.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “Bobcats: LOL”
    - Great Job this Year Abe. I had a lot of fun.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    JTaylor
    If both teams play up their full potential and do what they have shown themselves capable of doing, I think Miami should win, possibly in six.
    But, I’m wondering if New York might not have a little extra incentive that Miami doesn’t have because they see the Knicks as an inferior squad.
    Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s what I think.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    From the Top:
    . West
    - SA in 5 over Utah
    - OKC in 5 over Dallas
    - LAL in 6 over Denver
    - Mem in 7 over LAC (AHH this is the hardest one imo)
    . East
    - Chi in 6 over Phi
    - Mia in 6 over NYK
    - Ind in 5 over Orl
    - Bos in 7 over Atl

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Nice job Abe.
    Man, I can’t wait for the Heat and Knicks series.
    “All Eyez on LeBron”

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Thanks for a wonderful post-up this year Abe and co., maybe the best so far!
    As for the Knicks, I’m STILL shaking my head as to why they fought so hard to play the Miami f*cking Heat. They really could have beaten the Bulls, imo. Now they’ve gotten no advantage whatsoever by winning the seventh seed over Philly… ‘Cause unless Philly and New York both manage to win their respective series’, it was completely meaningless and the Knicks only end up playing the better team. F*ckk. At least they’re in the playoffs though, so I can see at least ONE of my teams.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-ray

    Allen I actually have the Mavs beating the Thunder as well as the Knicks beating the Heat.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Can y’all explain how you could possibly have Dallas beating OKC?

  • MUBWAR

    t-ray please stop commenting. thunder n heat losing in the first round. This ain’t hockey

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-ray

    Well nbk not sure about the rest but to me Dallas has the possibility of beating them because OKC is very horrible in the half court where Dallas can zone up and force them to shoot contested jumpers. I just don’t think OKC has enough play makers. James Harden is probably their only true play maker while Russ looks to penetrate and shoot while KD is a scorer.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-ray

    C’mon Mubwar you’re an open minded individual. Is it really that farfetched that these two teams could be upset? It’s possible that the Knicks can steal a game in Miami given that their bench can come in and light it up while it’s the total opposite for Miami. All I’m saying is you can’t count them out already.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    T-Ray, have you seen Dallas’ roster? They have no shot in h*ll at defending Westbrook. Or Harden. You have Jason Kidd or Roddy B on Westbrook and Vince Carter or Delonte West on James Harden. Plus, no Tyson Chandler this year, which means Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins are going to absolutely annihilate the Mavericks on the boards. I don’t give Dallas a shot at all.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-ray

    If you go zone on Westbrook you can contain him or at least make him hesitate. Tyson being gone isn’t that concerning to me because of Haywood, Mahini and Wright. I just don’t think it will be as much of an a$$ whooping as many here think.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You gonna play a zone against Oklahoma City? Kevin Durant, James Harden, Daquan Cook…plus if you can’t rebound, you can’t play a zone. Tyson was the second most important player on that team last season, idk how you can honestly think playing Haywood, Mahinmi, and Wright heavy minutes is anything close to equal.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    KD is the last guy you should play zone against.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Well those three have the size to possibly make up the difference in rebounding from last year. The only think they can’t pick up the slack in are the blocks. I see your point trust me but it’s just something that is telling me not to count the Mavs or the Knicks out just yet. These are just predictions anyway so I could be right you could be right regardless we’ll just have to wait and see tomorrow. Who do you have in the Spurs/Jazz series btw?

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    As far as my suggestion of going zone I should have specified. I don’t mean traditional 2-3,3-2, etc. I meant sort of what Louisville does going zone but with man principles.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Size is not related to Effort, Intelligence, Awareness, or Skill. Which Tyson does and has a boatload more of then those other guys. Honestly 6 games is the very most I could see that series going.
    .
    I have SAS in 5.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    T-Ray, Dallas can’t just go to a zone they don’t know. They play a 2-3 during the season, that’s the only zone I have seen them go to. And while it’s probably the best zone in the league, it just doesn’t seem like a legitimate tool against the Thunder.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Yeah you’re right about that. I actually have SAS in 6.

    Regardless of the outcome in the Mavs/OKC series I think it will be very close and entertaining in each game.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    idk, i do think Utah has the type of roster to give SA trouble. I just think Poppovich and shooting are going to be the difference. And a big difference at that.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    West:
    Spurs over Jazz (4-1)
    Thunder over Mavericks (4-3)
    Nuggets over Lakers (4-2)
    Grizzlies over Clippers (4-2)
    ——–
    Spurs over Grizzlies (4-2)
    Thunder over Nuggets (4-1)
    ——–
    Spurs over Thunder (4-1)
    East:
    Bulls over 76ers (4-0)
    Heat over Knicks (4-1)
    Magic over Pacers (4-3) (Shut up haters!)
    Celtics over Hawks (4-3)
    ——–
    Bulls over Celtics (4-3)
    Heat over Magic (4-0)
    ——–
    Bulls over Heat (4-3)
    ——–
    Spurs over Bulls (4-2)

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Yeah I hear you the only thing I think the Jazz will have an advantage is rebounding and blocks.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Caboose what’s your take on why the Nuggets will beat the Lakers?

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    T: Depth and coaching. If Denver can push the tempo and force the Lakers starters to keep up (Bynum and Pau aren’t track stars), I think the Nuggets can outlast the Lakers. Not to mention, there is no depth at the 3 spot for LA. There’s Barnes and…? And Karl (though overrated in my mind) can still coach circles around Brown.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Lol, Caboose? Is that really you? What is it that is so terrible about the Lakers that they would lose to the Nuggs? Ron Artest really that important in this series? That’s messed up man. lol

  • http://bulls.com airs

    i don’t see any chance of OKC losing in the first round. none. its either them or the spurs out of the west, unless kobe goes frobe on em this year.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    And the only zone that MIGHT come close to working on OKC is a box and one with Marion checking Durant.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Haha yes Lake, it’s me. Call me a hater, but Denver ALWAYS tends to hold their ground against LA. Read my earlier post for a better reason(s) why.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Good logic as far as the pushing the pace goes. I don’t think we will really miss Artest as much because we don’t need him to lock anyone up in particular. And cosign the box and one I forgot about that. And yes Lakeshow that’s Caboose just look at his Pacer/Magic prediction lmao

  • Bola

    What’s going. Yea Play-offs is finally here. I don’t know but I just have a feeling that all the match-ups will be great. Heat and knicks. Can’t really say. I was surprised last year when grizzles knocked spurs out without Rudy Gay. Anything can happen, I believe the mindset of the knicks would be to prove the league and everybody wrong and if they defeat the heat they will turn heads, but again there’s a reason why the heat have played good basketball all season long. so knicks are on a tight rope here. Bulls vs Sixers. I think sixers are inconsistent.Iggy tends not to lead his team by example once the play-offs come. He needs to have faith in his ability and lead his team. They have some good players Turner, holiday and Brand. Those guys can get buckets anyday, allday. I forgot to mention Luke. But like I said there’s a reason why bulls are 1st in the east doing it without Derrick Rose. And as for the west, good thing all teams apart from grizzles and spurs look inconsistent. OKC,LAL, LAC, JAZZ have had their moments. I’m thinking Spurs have the west on lock but you never can tell. Basketball is a game. Element of luck is needed to win anything even on Call Of Duty or Battlefield 3.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    someone tell me how exactly the knicks will beat the heat? other than tyson chandler and maybe novak they have no advantage anywhere. not playing style, not defense, not superior players NOTHING. Lebron and Wade will feast on these people just as they have done for about 6 or 7 straight times now.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I mean I don’t really give the Knicks much of a shot at all but…
    - They have the shooting that Dallas proved could beat the Heat last season.
    - They have Tyson Chandler, who is the only big since Dwight to really give LBJ and Wade trouble in the paint.
    - They have Melo, who despite not being able to really compete with LeBron as a player, can win games in the clutch.
    .
    -) Despite all of that, it is really hard for me to respect picking the Knicks to win, infact, it’s hard for me to respect anyone picking a jump shooting team to beat a top notch defensive team. That rarely ever happens.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Nah, i’d call you stupid over a hater on this one. You think a team with two of the most talented 7 footers in the L, with one of the greatest players all time on the perimeter is going to lose to a team with no All-Stars… Interesting.
    How I see it is that Denver is not a playoff team at all. They look good during the regular season, but their style of play has been proven to not work in the post season. The Lakers on the other hand with their slow tempo and dominance in the paint is made for the playoffs.
    To each his own. I guarantee that your going to see me send you a comment in about a week saying “Caboose how you like them apples?” lol

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    personally I think dallas can steal a game against the thunder bc they’re so much better coached. but that zone they use will not help them against the thunder. that and triple teaming every time down the floor contained lebron but KD is a different player has more shooters. plus the thunder’s defense, which isn’t what it once was , doesn’t force the extra pass as much as the heat does. Dallas Offense and defense was matched perfectly to take down the heat. It’s not suited to stop an improved OKC… not w/o tyson and barea.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    denver will not beat the lakers. Denver will steal a couple games just off their uptempo style but that’s about it. all the lakers have to do is slow it down and pound the ball inside. As long as pau doesn’t B*tch out they’re good.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Datkid with some eloquent words.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The only way I see Denver winning is if Bynum spends the series in foul trouble, and Kobe takes it upon himself to try and score as much as possible on Afflalo (which he will be able to do, just probably not enough to win a series). Other than that, I don’t think Javale McGee, Kosta Koufos, Kenneth Faried, Al Harrington, Timofey Mozgov, and Chris Anderson (while that’s a lot of guys) have enough talent to do anything meaningful against Bynum and Gasol.

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/tray-5 T-Ray

    Lol @Lakeshow I might just have to send him a comment too

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Agreed that that’s the only way sh*t could go wrong for the Lakers. BUT, even with Bynum in foul trouble he’s still good for 20 mins before he’s out and then your running Pau at Center. No matter what the Lakers will have an advantage inside.
    Kobe has taken 20 shots a game since March 11th. He understands his team better than anyone realizes, and he will make sure that the Lakers take advantage of their biggest strengths.

  • http://slamonline.com Datkid

    actually lakeshow… something else could happen. bynum could get hurt. let’s not forget he’s andrew bynum here. and if pau get’s emotional at the same time…… plus ramon sessions will only be able to guard ty lawson if ty lawson let’s him.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    C’mon Lake, be kind about it, bro. I respect your opinion, just not your maturity lapses. Yes, the Lakers are the better equipped team, but Denver isn’t just a “regular season” team, as you say. Again, if Denver can run, they have a chance. And don’t use the 7-footers argument because the Lakers have always had them.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Pau and Jordan Hill/McBob/Murphy are an interior advantage? I mean Pau is the best post player in the series, but he is sure as h*ll not the toughest. Faried, & McGee will give Gasol a fit physically. idk man, I don’t really think Denver is going to win, but Bynum is the reason for that thought. NOt anyone else.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Cosign a lot of what nbk said, Faried will really bother Pau and Denver has waves of bugs to use. Lakers have no waves. They’re, well, just an awesome lake.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    You gotta be able to take a little bit though Caboose. You know how I feel about you. I don’t think your stupid. This is basketball and were men and this is competition. There’s gunna be a little name calling and some words said. Doesn’t mean I don’t like you or that your opinion has no value to me. I’ll try and take it easy if that stuff does irk you though.
    I truly think it is stupid to think the Nuggets would beat the Lakers. I find no reasonable thoughts as to why it would happen under any “normal” circumstances.
    I can use the two 7 footers argument all I want, because they have won two championships using that strength. Hell yes I can use that argument.
    Caboose, who was the last team that won by “out-running” another team in the playoffs? I’m not saying it can’t happen. It can, but typically that never happens in the playoffs.
    nbk, You know my feelings and thoughts on Pau, but as you said, he is still the most skilled big man. He might fold a little bit but then who is going to dominate the Lakers offensively from Denver? No one. Faried is more of a scrap player, which is fine, but he’s no “go-to-guy.” McGee… I dare them to go to him on the block. Birdman… Naw.
    The Lakers true only problem will be the PG position. Dre Miller and Ty Lawson should have a huge series.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Why does Denver need one scorer to beat the Lakers? – Again, I don’t really see Denver winning, but it’s very plausible. First, because of the pace. Second, because that team can shoot the lights out. Especially considering you have 6’7″ Matt Barnes trying to guard 6’10″ Danilo Gallinari. Kobe being a wild card on defense will give up a ton of open 3′s floating around. It is definitely not inconceivable, and certainly not stupid, to see how Denver can win this series. Despite me believing that more than likely won’t happen.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Plus, with Al Harrington Denver can extend the court and use Andre Miller to do all the damage he’s been doing on the block against Sessions or Blake. — It’s not like LA has the type of depth to have a strong defensive lineup on the court for more than 25-30 minutes a game total. Losing MWP is going to really hurt them, probably not enough to make them lose, but it is really going to hurt. Specifically because it handicaps their depth.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I should have said “who was the last running team to beat a ‘good defensive team’ in the playoffs.”

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Haha sorry Lake, gotta cosign a lot of nbk. And no, it’s not stupid for me to think that a 3 seed can be upset by a 6 seed. What would be really stupid would be being so closed minded that I can’t even entertain the very notion of my team losing a playoff series.
    As far as pace, the Suns managed pretty well a couple years back. Yeah, no rings, but they still got past the first round.
    Ty Lawson and Dre Miller will beast, Aaron is one of the top 5 best players for checking Kobe, Danillo will destroy Barnes, Faried will bother the hell out of Pau (even if Pau does get the better of him). The series comes down to how well Bynum can adapt to a playoff atmosphere. And that’s where my doubt lie. I’m allowed to have an opinion (that is perfectly valid and defendable) without being called stupid. As I said, stupid is, well, whatever you’re doing.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Golden State over Dallas in 07.
    Phoenix over Portland and San Antonio in 10.

  • 602Shorty

    “Come Caboose. You know how I feel about you”… Pause.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    602? What up neighborhood family.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    …Totally missed that 602. And nbk has my back, thanks bud.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    …Totally missed that 602. Anything you’d like to tell me Lake??? And thanks nbk, always got my back.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    I just want to say I love you Caboose…
    I mean your making an argument as to how it could happen, but what I’m saying is it is as likely as the Knicks beating the Heat if not less likely.
    Sure it ‘could’ happen, but it’s not going to unless sh*t goes down. Lakers minus one of their two big man are at worse on par with Denver’s front court. With both their big men they are head and shoulders(literally) above Denver’s front court.
    The small Forward position Denver has a advantage, but it could be negated to minimal if Barnes plays anything like he has been over the last month (9PPG, .372 3 point FG’s 8 RB’s, 3.2 Assists, to go along with nearly a block a night) along with solid defense.
    D-Gallo is going to “destroy” anyone ever? I mean I’m fond of him more than most, but dude is at best going to average 18 over the series.
    Dre Miller, whom I already said would beast is still not going to win it for Denver. He has never carried a team like that over the last 5 years at least.
    Seeing as how Bynum averaged 14.5, 10, 1.4 on 55% FG’s over the entirety of the playoffs last year i’m pretty sure he will “adapt to the atmosphere” with no problems in his best year yet.
    I think it’s stupid to think that the Nuggets would be favorites to win over the Lakers. I don’t think it’s stupid to play out scenarios of how it could be accomplished.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    It’s far more likely than the Knicks beating the Heat. Aside from Memphis v LAC & Bos v Atl it is the most likely upset in the playoffs. But just as easily the Lakers could end up in the finals. The match-up for Denver is just preferable though. It’s like Portland and Dallas last season.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    It’s like if you put down $100 on the Mavs last year despite all the evidence to the contrary. Just play what feels best to you and see what happens. I give Lakers a 70% chance of victory, but I’ll ride (dirty) with my thirty.
    Love you too buddy.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    That’s what I wanted to hear Caboose. The 70-30, not the ‘I love you’.(but thanks :) )
    I don’t have a problem with you rooting against the Lakes at all. Please do, but I thought you legitimately had the Nuggs as the favorites against LA. We good.

  • 602Shorty

    Nbk: what’s crackin mayne

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    aint sh*t just suffering through some weird ass april weather. Sh*t rained for what 10 whole minutes yesterday and that’s all we bout to get till June lol – nice to have another Phoenix resident on the boards.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Oh oh oh… I see. No no, the Nuggets aren’t favored. At all. Didn’t I use the word “upset” earlier? Yeah yeah, I’m definitely calling the underdog here, I recognize that. And yes, it would be stupid for me to assume Dever to be the favored team, but not stupid to bet on their victory,

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Good ole Slam…
    Where bitter arguments turn into agreements in a single work shift.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Lol, welcome to the Internet

  • Justin G.

    I’ve got:

    Spurs over Jazz (4-1)
    Thunder over Mavericks (4-2)
    Lakers over Nuggets (4-2)
    Grizzlies over Clippers (4-2)
    ——–
    Spurs over Grizzlies (4-2)
    Thunder over Lakers (4-3)
    ——–
    Spurs over Thunder (4-3)
    East:
    Bulls over 76ers (4-1)
    Heat over Knicks (4-2)
    Pacers over Magic (4-1)
    Celtics over Hawks (4-2)
    ——–
    Bulls over Celtics (4-3)
    Heat over Pacers (4-1)
    ——–
    Heat over Bulls (4-3)
    ——–
    Spurs over Heat (4-3)

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ nbk: It f*cking SNOWED here yesterday!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Wait, where do you live Teddy? In Houston right? Lol wth. It was 10 minutes of heavy heavy rain and 76 degrees here then 102 the next day.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nah I live in Canada. That would explain why, lol.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Oh that makes a lot more sense. I thought you lives in the states though, have you always been in Canada?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nope not always, I spent about a quarter of my life in the US (New York + Buffalo), and I was born in Toronto. Now I live in the West. wbu, always Phoenix/Arizona?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Yeah whole life.

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