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frick that i want the, fresh as a whistle
All this talk of OKC, Memphis, Chicago, Miami and Atlanta makes me giggle.Lakers v Celtics in the finals again. Kobe gets ring 6 and Phil gets his fourth three peat.
no heart heat are going to lose game four as well. they'll fold like a cheap tent when that happens. james has the heart of an amoeba. he's a quitter.
Ron Higgins hits the nail on the head in this article:http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/may/12/analysis-grizzlies-barely-have-outside-shot-thunde/
If nothing else, it is fun to listen to the excitement of teh OKC Thunder crowd. The DJ is spinning records too.
If the Heat continue to hit shots like they did against the Celts, with people hanging off of them, then they will be da Champs. They hit some ridiculous, unconscious shots in all 5 games.Whoever comes from the West is fucked. One of the biggest factors in any Finals matchup is who has the most Referee protection. You know, which team's superstars benefit the most from the always-denied protection from the Guys in the formerly striped shirts.One of the things that always intrigued me about the Bird - Magic Celtic vs Laker matchups was who would ultimately get the calls....it had to be a quandry for the Refs...so many top players to protect, and you cant protect them all. The cream would rise to the top....and it was always Jabbar. My gosh, they let him dribble to get his rhythm for that weak-ass hook shot after a foul...part of the continuation. If Parish breathed on him it was a foul.The Heat have D Wade....protected. The Heat have LeBron...protected maybe to a degree never seen before, including Jordan. You know, if he even twitches towards the hoop someone gets a foul called on them. However many steps he chooses to take in a drive before a dribble....well, the "NBA as the WWE" factor says for that stretch of time, that is the rule.NO ONE in the West has a player even close to being protected like those two. Whoever comes out of the West is fucked, literally and figuratively.
The no call on Lebron's 3 steps and double dribble into his highlight dunk were an embarrassment.
Wow. Had I been a Hawks season ticket holder, I possibly would have thrown down my drink in disgust and walked out. That was a pitiful display, or at least the last 15 minutes of the game I got to watch after getting home.The goal is to win a championship and the Hawks are at least 2 huge rungs down the ladder still. If I'm the GM - I explain to Joe that he's making the kind of money that real stars get in the NBA. Real NBA stars take games over and don't shrink away and dish the ball at every double team. You don't think Iverson and Jordan and Kobe got double teamed? I'd trade Josh Smith away for a real big man. That guy's game needs to be in the paint only - using that remarkable athletic ability to rebound, get stickbacks and lay down thunderous dunks. Every time that kid launches another jumper from 20', I'd explain to him that a kitten dies. Horford is a nice guy who doesn't have the size that he needs in those matchups. The Hawks need a real PG. They need someone to be the leader of the team... and they need some sort of girthy big man. They don't need Dwight Howard, Starkville, they would upgrade a ton just by getting the 2008 version of Ilgauskas or something like that.
snorts in the nba the home team gets the calls....yeah lebron and dwade get their fair share but trust me, pierce rose kobe etc....are much the beneficiary of home court offificiating. paul pierce travels almost everytime he touches it.
I do not disagree. Pierce walks everytime he gets the ball, that is true. Nearly everyone in the NBA does. What and when and why the Rooferees decide to call THAT walk is beyond me. Or, why THAT 3 second violation got a whistle....completely arbitrary, and usually based on if a protected player is at fault or not. Of course, it is not the players at fault. They will do what the rooferees let them get by with. Oh, and Joe-Kim Noah (the chick) sets something like 30 illegal screens a game....no call. Crazy.All that said, my point was, the above, Rose, Kobe, Pierce..get the calls at home and on the road. And Miami has more of them than anyone. If they get by the Bulls, the Eastern team will have two players that the rooferees protect as if they were related. The Western offering will have zero.
Hawks are cooked.
Yeah they looked tired last year and just sort of uninterested this season. Joe gets locked down by a physical defender who often times has another guy spying to come over to help and his game is just hurt by it. He would be a lot better playing in a system that has a big man commanding double teams...but those guys don't grow on trees. Losing Heinrich to injury didn't help matters...I wasn't convinced he was much of an upgrade over Bibby but certainly his production not being there hurt the Hawks. The young point guard did produce some decent numbers but they could have used a veteran point guard in the playoffs.What happened to Marvin Williams? He looked like the type of player that was going to start producing but I didn't see much of him in the Bulls series...I'm sure he was out there...I think Deng just swallowed him up.Overall the Hawks need to send Josh Smith packing and perhaps Williams as well. Smith gives you decent production but the guy thinks he's George Gervin.
Overall the Hawks need to send Josh Smith packing and perhaps Williams as well. Smith gives you decent production but the guy thinks he's George Gervin.
I watched parts (sure, only parts) of 3 games between the Hawks and Bulls, and I didn't even remember that Williams played for the Hawks. For a #2 pick, that shows he needs to go.He, James Hardin, and the dude on the Raptors (Bargnani?) ALL show that teams need to quit picking on "potential" and start picking on production.
Hardin averaged 19 points over two college seasons before he was drafted. Thats pretty good production.
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