Upsets brewing, which is a very good thing
Man, I can’t wait for July when we can put all this talk about brilliant playoffs and brilliant players and all this drama and potential upsets aside and get on to the exhilarating business of lockouts.
That’ll be nice, won’t it?
Well, seems we might have a wee detour on the road that was to take us to the Spurs-Lakers Western Conference final, don’t we?
Now, it may all work out in the end but I’m not sure anyone can confidently sit here right now and say those top two seeds are the best teams in the West at the moment.
The way the Oklahoma City Thunder is rolling (Thunder? Rolling? I slay me!), can we say they might be the power of the West at the moment?
Anyway, I’m not sure if Memphis’s 2-1 lead over the Spurs says more about the Grizzlies or San Antonio but I can absolutely see a monumental upset coming in that one.
Seems the Grizzlies have every antidote for what the Spurs usually do – they’re big and can pound the ball inside; they’re quick and can defend on the perimeter – and I think the biggest surprise is that Tony Parker hasn’t really been himself.
Yes, he’s scored a bunch of points (48) in three games but his shooting percentage is awful (15-for-44 and someone with math skills can figure that out) and he’s yet to truly dominate like we know he can.
With Manu a bit banged up and the front line neutralized by the likes of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, Parker has to be San Antonio’s ace and so far he hasn’t been.
Who was better? Brandon Roy against the Mavs or Chris Paul against the Lakers?
Given the circumstances – the point in the series, the knee issues, the drama – I’d give it to Roy but what Paul did late Sunday night was pretty incredible, no?
You don’t get 27 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds too easily in the post-season – heck, you don’t get those numbers too easily on some Tuesday night in February – and reducing that series to a best-of-three could make for a classic finish.
Yes, I know the Lakers were pushed to six games in the first round by Oklahoma City a year ago and that worked out all right for them but there doesn’t seem to be the same vibe – at least not from a distance – about this Los Angeles team.
I don’t know if this is the right way to put it, but it seems they’re hanging on and hoping to play well and win rather than expecting to have success.
I still think they have greater talent than the Hornets and could very well win this series rather easily but I don’t know if they have what it takes to get past whoever survives Portland-Dallas in the second round.
I know this isn’t likely to happen but how good would an Oklahoma City-Portland Western Final be?
I’m telling you, it would be the loudest series from a fan perspective maybe ever. Two of the best groups of fans ever? In a conference final? Man, that’d be a classic.
And it’ll only take about three giant upsets to happen.
3, 2, 1.
That’s the countdown for the calls for Mike D’Antoni to be fired in New York.
The Knicks sure didn’t cover themselves in glory, did they? That’s going out with a big, old whimper rather than a bang and, yes, they have two nice pieces in Stoudemire and Anthony and maybe they bring Chauncey back for one good run but that team has some issues.
Whether D’Antoni is the fall guy or not really doesn’t matter, they need upgrades a whole lot of spots before they can be serious about moving up in the conference pecking order.
So, a somewhat slow start to Treme, in my opinion.
Great music, of course, but I sure miss John Goodman and I’m not sure about the story arc with the dude from Dallas.
I can absolutely see Melissa Leo and the cop getting together.
3, 2, 1.
That’s the countdown for the calls for Mike D’Antoni to be hired in Toronto if he’s fired in New York.
I know he’s not Ettore Messina or Rick Adelman or Jeff Van Gundy or whoever else is the flavour of the month to some of you but I know, if he’s free, there will be a flood of calls for him to be hired here.
Can we just hold off until he’s out of work?
Think it’s time for an IGBT?
Yeah, me too.
Been a while and there’s a potentially good Dallas-Portland game on at 8:30 p.m. somewhere so why don’t we try and see how things work out?
See some of you then?
I’m sure you’ve all seen the numbers on the Heat, right?
Being a collective 1-for-19 on shots this season in the final 10 seconds of games that are at three points or fewer?
Not too impressive.
And I’m sure it’s causing all kinds of angst in south Florida, which is kind of fun to me; a bit of angst with that team is always good fodder.
Anyway, my humble opinion, the fact they don’t seem to call any plays might be a bit of an issue. Seems it’s always an iso for either James or Wade might a problem, if the one without the ball did more than just stand around and watch, better things might happen.
But that’s just me.
What do you think is more troubling?
Derrick Rose in a walking boot on Sunday or Kobe leaving the New Orleans Arena on crutches Sunday night?
Here’s a list, in order, of guys who can least afford to get hurt if their teams have any chance of even moving on:
And conversely, LeBron James, because the other is just as good most nights.
The Lakers still have some other weapons and might be able to miss him for a game or two.
I don’t know where Dallas would replace those points because most of the stuff the other guys get comes because the opponent is paying so much attention to Nowitzki.
And, it has to be a tie for No. 1, no?
Paul and Rose.
I love Jarrett Jack and all but he can’t replace Paul any more than I can; and there are serious questions about Chicago’s offence with Rose, can you imagine it without him? Ghastly is a word that comes to mind.
Oh yeah, wanna know what’s up with the Raptors?
Ran into Jay last week and the coaches are hanging around finishing up some work and starting to do some serious draft prep but other than that, it’s still a waiting game until the really tall foreheads in ownership decide to do something – anything – to fix the mess they’ve created with their dawdling.