Thursday, May 31, 2007

Photo by: Eric Gay

The Spurs played well and blowout the Jazz 109-84 to win the Western Conference finals and advance to the NBA finals. The Jazz had to come out with more intensity to win the game. Deron Williams had a bad foot and I thought he lost the bounce in his step that he had before.

The Spurs big three had huge games to combine for 54 points, 17 rebounds and 9 assists. If you don't know the big three for the Spurs they are Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. The Spurs have to wait until Thursday to play against the Cavs or the Pistons in the NBA finals.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Kobe Bryant shocked the basketball world by saying he wants to be traded from the Lakers to Stephen A. Smith on ESPN radio show 1050. "I would like to be traded, yeah," said Bryant. "Tough as it is to come to that conclusion there's no other alternative, you know?" He also stated there was nothing the Lakers could do to make him stay in LA.

This is a new era for the Lakers. The dynasty is over. It's time to get Phil Jackson out, and build on young talent. I am deeply saddened to hear it myself. A great player like Kobe deserves to be in a championship atmosphere, but you hate to hear the stress come out in a trade demand. I like Kobe going to the Bulls or the Knicks because that's where he's liked before. If he heads East I think the East will be a much stronger conference than the West.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


The Spurs played a great 4th quarter and beat the Jazz 91-79. The Jazz needed more offensive weapons, and to stop unnecessary double teams which lead to open threes. The Jazz got frustrated and DFish got tossed along with Jerry Sloan. The veteran official crew was a little too quick on the whistle when it came to technicals and contact. That being said, I would expect Fisher and the Jazz Head Coach to contain themselves from that in the future. The Jazz need to force the tempo more to not play the way the Spurs play.

The obvious difference maker in this game was free throws. 41 attempts for the Spurs and 20 for the Jazz. The Jazz have to make the Spurs shoot less, or shoot more themselves to even up the score. Mehmet Okur and Andrei Kirilenko combine for only 16 little points for the entire game. We know they have been playing great defense which is terrific. BUT the Jazz need some offense out of them. Deron Williams can't be expected to pull a LeBron evey game for the Jazz to win.

Manu Ginobili was a great bench lift with 22 points and 6 boards. Manu outscored the Jazz bench alone but 13. This is why Mehmet and Andrei need to step up. The bench of the Jazz isn't going to score a whole lot and when Manu plays a decent game he might score more than their bench. Fabricio Oberto had 11 points and backtapped some of his 11 boards. His backtap rebounds are a key to the Spurs winning the rebounding battle against a very good rebounding team.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


A Coach that I knew and loved, Mike Wells, died because of a heart attack, but he'd already suffered from brain cancer last year. He wanted to come back and teach and coach next year, but it wasn't meant to happen. I met him a couple of years ago when I went to his summer basketball camps. He was a really nice guy who would give me tips on the court and on my blog. He was a great friend and mentor to me, and he will be greatly missed.

The Spurs beat the Jazz 105-96 to take a 2-0 series lead. The Jazz needed to stay at most 5 points down to come and steal the game in the last quarter. I don't like the effort from the Jazz, and I expect more from them now on. The Jazz have to keep the Spurs in a half court offensive set because they have been playing great when they pick up the pace in the second quarter.

Jerry Sloan needs to call out his team to get the desire to win back in them. The crowd at Energy Solutions Arena for game 3 has to be extremely rowdy to get them going also.

Tony Parker had 14 points and 17 assists. If he continues to get in the lane as easily as he has in the first two games, it's over for the Jazz. Tim Duncan got 26 points and 14 boards. Duncan was fantastic. The Jazz need to play more zone to stop Parker and Duncan on the inside.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Photo by: Duane Burleson

The Detroit Pistons beat the Cavs in game 1 79-76 to take a 1-0 series lead. This was an ugly game in what will be an ugly series. Someone should run the ball more and catch the other off guard in game 2. The Cavs have to win game 2 in order to have a real chance in the series.

The game was close near the end and the Cavs called a great play to attempt a steal of the game. LeBron penetrated to the paint and Rasheed Wallace came to help and LeBron pass it out for Donyell Marshall to shoot a three. Clank! off the rim and the Pistons went onto win from there.

Tayshaun Prince did it all with 8 points, 9 assists and 6 boards. Prince did something that doesn't show up on the stat sheet but is vital to success- the intangibles. Great defense on LJ was a focus for Detroit and Prince did the usual and took on the Cavs superstar. Richard Hamilton had 24 points and 7 assists. Hamilton was the one bright spot in this offensive nightmare. LeBron James had only 10 points (playoff low), 9 assists and 10 boards. James needs to establish a rhythm by getting to the free throw line. If he gets comfortable with shots, I would think he'd do better than 5-15 shooting from the field.

Thursday, May 10, 2007


The Utah Jazz pulled off another home victory against the Warriors 127-117 in OT. The Jazz may be up but I don't think the Warriors have lost any confidence. Later today I will have more playoff coverage.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

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The Suns beat the Spurs 101-81 to tie the series at 1. The Suns played better on the offensive end and Nash was determined to get a win. The Spurs didn't make Nash just a scorer they allowed him to get double digit assists which allowed them to win.

The Cavs beat the Nets 102-92 to take a 2-0 series lead. I like the Cavs to win this series after watching them play the first two games. They have shown confidence and want to end this series as soon as possible. The Nets might get one game at home but I like the Cavs in 5 games. LeBron has shown that he can do it all and that's a formula for greatness.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Photo by: Jeff Chiu

The Detroit Pistons dominated the Bulls again winning 108-87. The Pistons are playing too well to be stopped in this series. I think the Bulls had a great season but now it's all over.

The Jazz beat the Warriors 116-112 to take a 1-0 series lead. I like the aggressive play by the Jazz and think they will win game 2 at home. The Warriors just need to keep their head up and something good will come their way.

Monday, May 07, 2007


Panathinaikos beat CSKA Moscow 93-91 to win the Euroleague title. Love the Euroleague and happy they had another successful season and wish for it to continue! More playoff coverage coming soon!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Photo by: Jeff Chiu

The Golden State Warriors made NBA history by beating the number 1 seeded Mavericks 111-86 to win the series. Golden State had to much offense for the Mavs to handle. Dirk was also very bad shooting the ball which helped the Warriors get confident and take control.

Stephen Jackson was huge with 33 points and 5 boards. Jackson was great from the three point line and that's how he scored. To win in the next round against the Rockets or Jazz he will need to continue that. Baron Davis had 20 points and 10 boards. Davis did all of that on a bad hamstring. I am concerned about his health for round 2 because the Warriors can't win without him.

Thursday, May 03, 2007


The Suns beat the Lakers 119-110 to win the series 4-1. They pulled ahead because of a couple alley oops from Nash to Marion. The Lakers didn't have near enough team chemistry to win. The Suns will face the Spurs (who eliminated the Nuggets) in the next round and I like the Suns in six or seven games.

Amare Stoudemire had a huge game with 27 points and 16 boards. When he has a monster game like that it's a guaranteed win for the Suns. Steve Nash had an all around game with 17 points and 10 assists. Nash has to have big games for the Suns to beat the Spurs.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

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The Dallas Mavericks beat the Golden State Warriors 118-112 but are still down in the series 3-2. Dirk stepped up and was helped by the home crowd. If Dirk continues to be aggresive the Mavs still have a chance. Dallas just has to pretend they're at home on the road and they will play better.

As I said Dirk had a huge game and finished with 30 points and 12 boards. Dirk took advantage of the glass and with the small ball lineup in it should be easy to keep it up. Jerry Stackhouse came off the bench with 15 points and 3 boards. Stack needs to get 20+ for Dallas to win game 6.

The Nets lost to the Raptors 98-96 but lead the series 3-2. Nachbar had a chance to win the game with a three but missed the shot. The Nets needed to know Nachbar was not making shots and given the ball to someone who had been making them. If you're the Raptors you feel lucky the Nets lost and scared about possibly losing game 6.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Photo by: Jack Dempsey

Last night a few game 4&5's were played. First Cleveland did what they needed to do and swept the Wizards by winning game 4 97-90. The Wizards were ahead most of the game but the Cavs swooped in late and got what they wanted. LeBron James had a big game with 31 points, 11 boards and 7 assists. James did it all so his team could get some rest for round 2.

The Rockets won game 5 of their series against the Jazz 96-92. The Rockets didn't lead much throughout the game either, but the Jazz didn't play hard enough in crunch time to win. Game 6 will be the best one of all because Houston didn't win any games in Utah in this series yet and they have to win to close out the series. This series will probably go 7 games because each team is very tough to beat at home. Tracy McGrady was great with 26 points and 16 assists. Keeping his entire team involved in the offense will give them more confidence as they move forward.

The Spurs beat the Nuggets 96-89. Robert Horry hit a huge shoot that sealed the deal for the Spurs. Denver let them back in the game and they should be ashamed. I expect the Nuggets to win game 5, but not this series. The Spurs have much more firepower and the Nuggets can't contain them.