NBA Finals 2012

•June 12, 2012 • 1 Comment

I can’t believe it. The NBA Finals are here and the teams representing the East and West are the exact one’s I called at the beginning of the year. The Miami Heat are taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Who’s the best in the NBA?

It’s Big 3 against Big 3 in what could be the most exciting championships the NBA has had in a while.David Stern is happy. He got two long Conference Championships and plenty of eye candy in the battle for the chip. KevinDurant, Russel Westbrook and James Harden are taking on a newly clutch Lebron James, an inconsistent Dwayne Wade and an apparently healthy and confident Chris Bosh

It’s going to be a treat watching these 3 go head to head. But just like last year’s battle between the Heat and Mavericks, the better TEAM will win. That should mean that the Thunder take this one. The scoring of Durant and James could cancel each other out and the drives of Westbrook and DWade could do the same. How well Bosh and Harden play will be much more telling about the fate of the series and an injury to any of the players mentioned would spell doom for their team’s chances.

However, inevitably, one of these stars will have a bad game or two and the bench will have to pick up the slack. That benefit so far belongs to the Thunder. They enjoy better post defending meaning their stars don’t have to do so much on that side of the ball. The presence of Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collins and Serge Ibaka will be instrumental in slowing down the forays of James and Wade. If the Thunder can force the Heat 3 to be jump shooters they win in a sweep. Miami’s bench hasnt showed up the whole playoffs (season) nor have the other 2 starters. If the Thunder’s starters dont have to expend effort keeping Miami out of the lane and recent x factor Thabo Sefolosha continues shooting well I don’t see a way for the Heat to keep from being overwhelmed.

Of course it’d be foolish of me not to acknowledge the massive talent of the Heat and one thing Miami definitely has over the Thunder is the defensive ability of their stars. While Durant, Westbrook and Harden are no slouches with their effort, but I haven’t seen either one lock down another superstar. Add the fact that Chris Bosh is very fresh due to being injured since the Pacer series and the Heat have a real chance. Combined with their superior experience and the fact that Westbrook’s shoot first mentality can sometimes derail the Thunder offense, Miami could steal one in OKC to turn the series in their favor.

My nod for coaching easily goes toward Brooks of OKC over Spolestra. If this series comes down to coaching adjustments then it’s over for Miami. I also trust Mo Cheeks to keep Westbrook focused on distributing and keeping the offense flowing. If all else fails, Brooks wont hesitate to give playoff vet Derek Fisher big minutes at point and simply move Westbrook to the 2.

Flip Saunders Benches Mcgee

•January 17, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Last night during the Washington Wizards 12th loss of the season, JaVale McGee took a breakaway during the third quarter, threw it off the backboard and slammed it with both hands. Apparently, this didn’t go over so well with his coach Flip Saunders.

Saunders proceeded to bench McGee shortly after left him there. Saunders felt that the play was more appropriate for a dunk contest, and that certain players seek style over substance. Or some bull like that.

Whatever his reason, Saunders is a Flipping (see what I did there?) idiot. Look, your team is 1-12. I haven’t seen a single Wizards game this season, and I don’t plan to. I hear that John Wall isn’t even killing it like he was last year. They are, therefore, unwatchable. But they have their fans, who deserve to be entertained and uplifted. They know their team sucks. They have for years now. Pretty much their entire existence has consisted of being horrible. The franchises sole offering to basketball during the modern era has been to prove that Bullets are too violent to be associated with a sports team and bringing Michael Jordan back to us for a short time just to prove to all of us that yes, he could still get it done while being one of the older players in the league.

Surely Flip Saunders is aware of the fact that his team’s struggles don’t come from flashy dunks. Yes they were trailing the Rockets at the time, but they were close. Hell, they’ve been trailing most teams most of the time this year. If they were up 20 points would that have really made it ok? You can’t choose when to be old school Flip. JaVale McGee had an open opportunity and he decided to entertain the fans a bit. I’m sure they appreciated it. Yes he could’ve laid the ball in, but before you talk about the odds of a miss let me remind you we’ve seen guys blow those before.

The coach has to be frustrated along with the players and the fans, so next time Flip at least let the guys have some fun and give the paying fans something to cheer for. Plus, that dunk wasn’t worthy of the All Star Weekend anyway. There are 15 year old point guards doing that in the gym down the street. Kobe throws it off the back board while guarded by 3 people to circumvent having to pass to a teammate. Welcome the 2012 Saunders. The world ends in 11 months so try new school for a while. What more do you have to lose?

Returning

•August 2, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Hey! I havent been using this in a long time. But since my bullshit class is done with,  I can write at my leisure. You know, how blogging was intended. I hope to do some stories periodically about what catches my attention. See you around!

Steelers 13 Ravens 10

•December 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

 

Troy Polamalu Willis McGahee #23 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball past Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 14, 2008 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Steelers defeated the Ravens 13-9.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Willis McGahee;Troy Polamalu

 

In another defense first, hard hitting bloody game i’ve come to expect from the two teams, Pittsburgh pulled it off thanks to some late game heroics, partly by Troy Polamalu.

Big Ben was courageous as ever playing all kinds of injured as the Ravens defense got hits on him all night long. Without Ben’s ability to scramble due to his hurt ankle, the Steelers o-line looked incredibly vulnerable out there. Something that has to worry them as they continue through the season with an eye on the playoffs.

World Cup Announcements

•December 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, 2nd right, holds the World Cup trophy beside FIFA President Joseph Blatter after the announcement of Qatar hosting the 2022 soccer World Cup in Zurich, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. (AP / Anja Niedringhaus)

This past week FIFA announced the homes of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. With the winners being Qatar and Russia. This has led to outcry from many other host nation hopefuls, among them the United States. FIFA has declared that they will defend themselves against any allegations brought against them by the candidates.

This is going to be a story for ahwile, but for no reason. Nothing is going to change so we might as well suck it up. FIFA doesn’t like us. We already know that. We have to have a strong showing in the next coming games in order to have a shot to bring the Cup to American soil again.

Tiger Goes Winless in 2010

•December 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Tiger Woods

Despite playing arguable his best golf of the year, former world number1 , Tiger Woods, went without a major tournament win this year.

In a playoff with Graham McDowell this Sunday at the Chevron World Challenge, Woods faltered in the same way he causes most other people to. I dont know much about golf, but I know that when in a 2 man playoff with Tiger Woods, Tiger usually wins. While this seems negative, this will be more than enough to light a fire underneath him. And a hungry Tiger is dangerous for anyone. He gets the satisfaction of ending the year playing his best golf which means i expect him to start 2011 strong and back on his game. He’ll get it figured out. The great ones always do. I’m not doubting him for a minute.

Durant Scores 28 in Return

•December 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Kevin Durant

 

Kevin Durant dropped 28 points in his first game back from injury. So much for being rusty. As the Thunder faced the high scoring Warriors, Durant seemed confident and in control. It must have felt good knowing he wouldnt have to immediately do too much given how well his teammate Westbrook has been playing lately.

Perhaps not surpisingly, neither Durant or Westbrook was the top performer in the 114-109 win tonight. That belonged to Warrior guard Stephen Curry with a stat line of 39 points (!), 6 assists, 1 rebound, 2 steals and 1 block. Congratulations on whoever has him on their fantasy team. He didnt win tonight, but you probably did. Two of the top duos in the league went at it tonight and fans were not disappointed.

 
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