Posted on: April 22, 2008 1:19 am

The Second Season (4/21)

So the long stretch known as the second season has begun, and I could not be more excited.  If this weekend showed anything, its that these playoffs in the NBA could be the best we've seen in years.  The first round match-ups are extremely even in the West, with every team having at least 50 wins. An unheard of feat in the NBA, but its sad that sub .500 teams can advance in the weak East, but 50 wins didn't even get the Golden State Warriors in. 

I made 2 bold predictions a few weeks ago....
1- The Mavericks would not advance out of the first round again, which seems all but a forgone conclusion after CP3's performance on Saturday. The kid looks like a man trying to prove he deserves the MVP, (Which he won't get) and I think this team is showing everyone they deserve that 2 seed.
2- The Celtics will not make the Finals. Now this one I think I might be wrong, because my feeling is the only team in the East that has a chance of beating them is Detroit. If you watched them play Philly on Sunday, you saw a team that is in no way capable of even hanging with Boston.  Philly and Detroit tied the season series, but the Pistons 2 wins were by a combined 13 points.  So it shows Philly has the ability to beat them, and that they need to step up there game if they are going to take out the Boston Three Party.

The Lakers looked great on Sunday, and Kobe did not.  They still won easily, which shows how much this team has grown since the addition of Gasol.  I guess it says a lot about a player when he scores 32 points and has an off night.  The Lakers will win it in no more then 5 games and hopefully will cruise into the NBA Finals.  The matchups are in there favor. All these other teams will beat each other up in the West,  the second round looks to shape up the same.  The Lakers are looking at a second round matchup of Utah, which isn't an extremely physical team. 

Here's my conference finals predictions.....
In the East I see Boston vs Detroit with Detroit winning in 6.
In the West its going to be Los Angeles vs San Antonio with the Lakers winning in 5.

I really want to see a Lakers/Suns match-up, but once again Phoenix looks like they won't have what it takes to beat San Antonio. If it happens again, theres no way Kerr can keep DeAntoni around with another choke job in the playoffs.  Game 1 was probably one of the most exciting playoff games I've seen in a while.  So everyone make sure you watch every game of this series, because when these 2 play its all out war.

Ok well we will go over the NBA and the NHL playoffs next week, until then peace and love.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 12, 2008 5:29 am

The Beginning (3/12)

So alot going on in the sports world. I'm going to touch on a few things tonight:

Pac-10 Basketball

Spring Training

The Powerful NBA Western Conference

The Pac-10 tourney starts today, and certain teams better win 1 or 2 games if they want to be dancing into March. There's the 4 teams that should get a bid no matter what happens this weekend/week. (Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington State)

With the Fighting Catholics (USD) upseting Gonzaga in the WCC tourney, it really hurts the chances of quite a few bubble teams. The Arizona teams and the Ducks need some wins in the tourney, but I do think if U of A beats OSU, their RPI and SOS should be enough to squeeze them in. ASU needs to be USC if they want to dance, but even if they win that might not be enough. Oregon is in the same situation, its just a great thing for the Pac-10 to have two teams at 9-9 and one team at 8-10 in the March Madness discussion. I do feel the Pac-10 is the strongest conference this year, and dont be surprised if they get 2 or 3 teams to at least the Elite 8. Keep an eye on Cal in the Pac-10 tournament, they could win it and screw one of the 3 other bubble teams out of a spot.

So I spent this last weekend at Spring Training, got the oppurtunity to catch 2 games. Saw the Angels play a horrible Giants team on Saturday, then drove up to Peoria on Sunday to see my Padres spank the White Sox. (Sure they put up 7 runs on this knuckleballer who had no movent on the ball, but hey they lit him up) Spring Training is probably one of the best ways to see any sport. Unlike other sports, Spring Training is the best oppurtunity to meet the players and coaches. Its amazing how sociable everybody is, its like being at a Minor League game but you get the chance to see your favorite players up close. I am pretty geeked for this season, and going into the year here our my ALCS/NLCS predictions and World Series predictions.

ALCS- Angels def TIgers 4-2

NLCS- Mets def D-Back 4-1

World Series- Angels def Mets 4-3

I feel the Angels have the talent and the pitching in line this year to play with the powerful AL, but we shall see come October.

Speaking of October, did anyone see the NBA looking like it does now? If so you are the freaking man and I am taking you to Vegas. This year I think the Western Conference might be stronger then any one conference has ever been. You look at the playoffs teams as of right now and I think any of them can be holding the trophy in June. Everybody is starting the write the Suns off because of how they have looked since Kazaam joined the team, but mark my words, they will be in the Western Conference Finals. This team has the inside power presence they have been missing and I see this team getting ready to go on a tear.

Houston is tearing it up right now, and how are they doing what they are with what they have? Since Yao went down this team has seemed to jump on T-Mac's shoulders and he is ready to carry them all the way to a title. Even though they are on fire right now, what comes up must come down. They should run out of gas come playoff time, because no team can stay on a tear like they are without a legit 2 option. Sure the role guys are stepping up, but what happens when they start struggling?

In the West its the Lakers to lose, this team is powerful right now and Mitch Kubchak went from looking like an idiot before the season started to looking like a straight G. Stealing Pau away from Memphis the way they did might have been the move of the year. Giving Kobe another option makes this team very had to gameplan for. Its hard to double Kobe when you have all this talent on the court around him, and just think how much harder it will get once Bynum returns. I think its time to forget about the uglyness of the Kobe/Shaq ending and start talking about this team as the new Laker dynasty.

This is my prediction in the West for the playoffs: The Mavericks will NOT get out of the first round this year, sorry J-Kidd. At least you and Nash can talk about how you were two of the best to play the position, but never got to the top of the Mountian.

I don't feel like talking about the East, but I am saying this right now. Boston will NOT be in the Finals.

Thats all for this week. Come back next week!!!

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