A finalist determined tonight? I think so
You think the Spurs have any chance tonight?
|Speaking of finalists, these guys have to pick it up or else.|
I don’t, which means they are pretty much a lock to win.
Not sure what’s happened to San Antonio but blowing big leads and falling behind too far at home are not characteristics you normally associate with the Spurs.
And it will be likely be their fatal flaw as they try to repeat as NBA champions for the first time ever. The Lakers just seem mentally stronger than the Spurs, which is often the determining factor in a series between teams evenly-matched in talent.
And I’ll tell you this, I’d have to do a bit more thinking about it, but having watched all of these conference finals games, I’m leaning to suggesting the Lakers win the final in five games. That may change when we look more closely at the individual matchups but L.A.’s just going so well right now.
Okay, maybe time to revise the thought on that Derek Fisher non-call at the end of Game 4? The league is.
Check out this Marc Stein story and see the quote from the league official.
I’m pretty sure if I’m Joey Crawford, being hung out to dry like that is not appreciated.
I still agree that it was a borderline call that probably doesn’t get made in any game – an opinion shared by many of the Spurs, by the way, but the history between Crawford and
San Antonio – the ref was suspended for last year’s playoffs because of an incident involving Tim Duncan – adds a layer of intrigue.
Because there are so few truly qualified officials available to conference finals and finals, the familiarity and contempt grows as the post-season unfolds.
I’m not saying Crawford did anything but make the call he felt was right – he is among the very, very, very best refs in the league – but I know there are people out there who wonder.
Take yourselves back to February, when the Celtics – along with Spurs and Raptors – had some interest in waived Memphis Grizzlies guard Damon Stoudamire.
I know the Celtics had their eyes set on Sam Cassell all along and didn’t get serious about Stoudamire and that’s turning out to be a horrible mistake. I guarantee you Stoudamire could have got the ball over halfcourt against the defence of 192-year-old Lindsay Hunter, something Sam I Am couldn’t accomplish in the two whole minutes he played last night.
I’m watching Kendrick Perkins go all Wilt Chamberlain on the Pistons and I’m wondering just when Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess turned into Andrea Bargnani wannabes.
Cleaning out a couple of things from the mailbag because we’ve got a full one coming tomorrow. Keep the cards and letters coming:
Q: Hi Doug, I was having a bit of a discussion with some buddies, and we were wondering: can Calderon dunk? Have you ever seen him? Who do you think is the best dunker out of all the point guards in the league? (We don't count Nate Robinson.)
Louis F, Woodstock
A: Yes, I have seen Calderon dunk.
Best dunking point guard? Well, the immediate reaction is, “who cares?” or “no one” but I guess Deron Williams finishes pretty well, as do T.J. and Baron Davis. And Rajon Rondo can get to the rim every now and then.
Q: In going through some Draft Express profiles for the upcoming draft I ran across Victor Claver a SF from Spain. He is young at 19 but with excellent size at 6'11"-217lbs and supposedly good athleticism, and able to get to the basket. Have you heard of him, and might the Raptors have some interest as a 2nd round pick for the future?
John N, Oshawa
A: I know absolutely nothing of him and I also know the Raptors don’t have a second round draft pick this year. So I wouldn’t be too concerned about him.
Tammy’s one of most enduring pro basketball players we’ve ever produced, doesn’t get nearly enough recognition and this would be a good way for all of you to help her out.
I’ll tell you one thing: If Ray Allen shoots tomorrow night like he shot last night, the Pistons have no chance in Game 6.
Action: Dallas is thinking of bidding on the 2010 NBA all-star game and holding it in the new Cowboys stadium.
Reaction: That might be cool as a one-off deal.
All-star weekend is more about the parties and the people than the game so why not make it real circus.
Finally, dashing the hopes of another Canadian city:
Q: I'm hearing a lot of people asking whether Vancouver could get a NBA team back there. It made me wonder if Montreal was ever considered in the past? Is there/was there ever a possibility?
Alain R, Canmore
A: No, I’ve never heard Montreal even mentioned when the NBA is being talked about. I know early in their existence – second season, maybe? – the Raptors were going to play an exhibition game there and had to move it because advance ticket sales were horrendous.