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Quick thoughts on Celtics vs. Knicks – Christmas Day, 2011

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2011 by dunkonu

Here are some quick thoughts on the Opening Game of the new NBA Season:

  • When did Stoudemire start shooting (and hitting) threes?
  • Wanna guard Melo this year? Good luck with that!
  • Yes, you saw that right: Brandon Bass has a jumpshot. I didn’t know that…shame on me.
  • I really do like Chris Wilcox. Too bad the big fella is not in Detroit anymore. He brings effort and energy every game!
  • Boston will miss Big Baby Davis more than they probably think…
  • Melo made this his team in a heartbeat. Stoudemire is doing a really good job and those guys look like a good team with no alpha dog issues. This is huge. I was always afraid that they would break because they have two big time stars.
  • The 1st quarter looked really good for the Knicks. Boston looked kind of unprepared and sometimes even confused on offense. Without Rondo doing his thing this team really would be in big trouble – “Big Three”? How about “Great One and his Three Amigos”?
  • It’s been a long time since I have seen the Knicks have any kind of ballmovement, not even a good one. Now they look really good (at least for their standard from the last couple of years).
  • B. Diddy looking sharp on the bench! He looks trim and fit – this could be a comeback year for him. I’d really like to see him get back to his all-star-self. He is a very good point guardΒ (when he feels like it).
  • Douglas is the spark of the bench for the Knicks that every team needs in the league today.
  • We’ll see Spike Lee even more often on TV this year than we are used to.
  • Brandon Bass has moves! He has way more skill than I thought…maybe Big baby won’t be missed that much. Bass played a big part (maybe even the biggest) in the little comeback from the Celtics in the 2nd quarter. He will get way more minutes ’til the end of the season.
  • It was very cute to watch Pavlovic try to guard Carmelo…like a puppy trying to guard a T-Rex…or a baby trying to fight Brock Lesnar……or me trying to guard Melo…I guess you get my point…
  • It’s scary how easy Melo can take over a game.
  • Shaq to TNT – YEAH!!! πŸ™‚ I was really looking forward to this. He didn’t look that comfortable, but it was his first appearance – he’ll be good. BTW: Did Barkley slim down or is it Shaq making him look thinner?
  • What happened to Paul Pierce’ face? He looks like he has lost a lot of weight.
  • When Carmelo went down in the 3rd quarter while trying to block a Jermaine O’Neal lay-up, his teammate rushed to him to help him up. That’s what I want to see! Keep that up!
  • The 4th foul by Melo was really unneccesary and dumb, but those things happen. Sure wasn’t on purpose, but keep those elbows to yourself, Melo. Don’t swing them around.
  • C’mon N.Y., leaving Ray Allen open in the corner? Twice in a row? Really? Don’t you get League Pass in New York? When Allen gets going, it usually gives Boston a spark and the whole team starts to play better. Don’t let Allen take over.
  • The Knicks left all their skills in the locker room during half-time. Hope they can back into the game after looking so good in the 1st half. Douglas and Stoudemire got the crowd back into the game. You can feel the crowd being scared that the Knicks are self-combusting…not these Knicks, tho!
  • Celtics up by 10 with a little less than 11 minutes to go. You know what this is going to be called in N.Y. from now on? Melo-Time! He is starting to take over! Big three pointer to bring the lead down to his jersey number.
  • Brandon Bass got some big rebounds for the Celtics. He knows where the ball is going to be – you can’t teach that.
  • Another shot by Melo. Making it look really easy.
  • Spike Lee trying to work the officials. Always fun to watch. πŸ˜€
  • Nice alley-oop from Melo to Chandler after the time-out. Well done!
  • As much as I like you, T. Douglas, please pass the ball to Melo and get out of the way when he is feeling it and stop shooting three pointers…
  • I don’t know what to call the “thing” Jermaine O’Neal did, but I’m going with “Reverse-Jordan-Effect“. You know when Jordan flew through the air and it looked like he spent an eternity up there? Jermaine O’Neal can do the same thing, but just the opposite way: Dude just jumped in slow motion, I swear! Check it out, 6:38 to go in the 4th quarter. He was up there for an hour without moving…that’s against the laws of physics!
  • 2 point game with 6 minutes to go. Yes, sir! πŸ™‚
  • When, exactly, did Rondo get a jumper? Why hasn’t anybody told me that? Can you spell u-n-s-t-o-p-p-a-b-l-e? I, obviously, can’t…
  • Big three by Douglas! That’s what happens when you double-team Carmelo.
  • Melo ties it up with a three of his own! This guy is a weapon!
  • KG is used to these moments…hits a shot like he is warming up…no emotion what-so-ever
  • It feels so good to see the Madison Square Garden rockin’ again! πŸ™‚
  • Don’t forget: No Paul Pierce – with their best scorer, the game would have played out differently…maybe still not with a W, but differently…
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Detroit Pistons – State Of The Union

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , on February 14, 2009 by dunkonu

If you take a look at most of the Pistons blogs out there, open the latest post and check the comments section, chances are pretty big you will see one of the following: “Joe D doesn’t know what he is doing!“, “WE NEED STOUDEMIRE!!!!!” or “Why am I watching this games anymore? We are so predictable…” or how about “We need Larry Brown back” or “Michael Curry doesn’t know what he is doing” and so on and so on…

Sounds familiar?

To quote Doug Collins: “Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points they almost always win.” See, it’s not that bad. πŸ™‚ People, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. I’ll try to remind you of a thing or two and I’d love to get into a discussion in the comments if you feel like I messed up something.

1.) Joe D doesn’t know what he is doing

Are you serious? Dumars is one of the best out there doing what he does (President of Basketball Operations). If teams could trade their executives, Dumars would be the equivalent to LeBron on the court. Other team’s wish they had somebody like him.

Joe D

Joe D

He got the job in 2000-01 and build our ’04 Championship team. He traded for Big Ben Wallace in 2000, for Rip in ’02, signed Chauncey in ’02 and traded for Sheed in ’04. With the guys around him, he drafted talented players mostly at the end of the 1st or 2nd round. He is doing his job better than anyone else.

2.) Why did we trade Billups in the 1st place?

See, I’m a big Chauncey fan and I was sad when I first heard that the Pistons traded him, but a change was necessary. Everybody (me included) was a bit pissed because we couldn’t get as far as we used to in the Playoffs and we had to do something. (See, that’s why I said be careful what you wish for…)

Many people said our team system is nice and everything, but we need a superstar to trade blows with the Dwyane Wades out there late in the 4th, because superstars get all the whistles. Well, we got A.I. and it only cost us Chauncey, Samb and a month of McDyess.

Chauncey got expendable after Stuckey showed the world what he can do in the playoffs against the Boston Celtics. It doesn’t get bigger than this…well, it does in the Finals, but you get my point.

3.) WE NEED STOUDEMIRE!!!!

Do we? Stoudemire is an incredibly talented player and I’d love to have him on my team, but it always depends on what you have to give up. Rasheed Wallace, Amir Johnson and a 1st round pick? Yes, sir! That’s a no-brainer! It’s not that easy, I guess, or Joe D would be standing next to Stoudemire tomorrow showing us Amare’s new Pistons jersey.

Deeeetroit Baaaasketbaaal?

Deeeetroit Baaaasketbaaall?

Would Stoudemire improve our team overall? A.I. is here since about 2,5 months and they haven’t really figured out how to play together (but they are much better than they were 2 months ago). Another 30 games of getting to know each other with Amare? Well, the season would be over by then. Does anybody know if we will resign A.I. or if he even would like to stay in Detroit? Would Amare leave us in 2010?

Amare would be an awesome addition to the Pistons, but don’t expect him to turn the team around on his own the day he’d arrive.

4.) Fire Michael Curry / We need LB back… / We need Flip back… / Get Avery…

Larry Brown? The guy we hated for flirting with other teams during our playoff run? The guy who is well known for not letting rookies play? We want this guy back? I respect what he did for us back in the day, but times have changed. We don’t have the same roster anymore and we have talented rookies to develop – that is not LB’s thing.

Flip Saunders? The players didn’t respect him, nobody was listening to him, he just couldn’t get through to the players…he isn’t a bad coach at all, but there was nothing he could do with this team.

Avery Johnson? I don’t know about him, he has to proof he is a good coach first. What? He won 150 of his first 191 games as the Mavs coach? Don’t get me wrong, but even I could have coached that Mavericks team to 60+ wins a season. My dog could have, probably. He wasn’t able to make any changes when it was playoff time. When teams scout their opponents and make game plans for the series, he wasn’t able to keep up. Don Nelson’s Warriors took Nowitzki out of the game and Johnson couldn’t do anything about it. I don’t want a guy coaching my team who isn’t able to utilize a 7-footer who can shoot like a guard.

Michael Curry doesn’t look great right now, but he is in a tough situation. He has so many weapons, a new player who is a future Hall of Famer, rookies that want (and need) playing time and it’s his first season. Trying to stay competitive and rebuilding at the same time is hard. I’m against firing coaches while the team rebuilds. There is only so much you can do.

Give me some time...

Give me some time...

He should have handled the whole smallball thing better (and faster) and at least try to call plays (especially on defense) during games – but he is a rookie. Give him a year before you judge him.

Jermaine O’Neal for Shawn Marion Trade Review

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2009 by dunkonu

According to ESPN:

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to send Jermaine O’Neal and Jamario Moon to the Miami Heat in exchange for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks, league sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher.

Well, the Heat didn’t plan to keep Marion and the Jermaine O’Neal experiment in Toronto never quiet worked out the way it should so this trade can only bring something good. I guess neither Marion nor O’Neal will be resigned by his new team after their contracts expire.

So, the Heat and the Raptors are out of the Amare Stoudemire trade talks, right?

etroit – The D is still missing (+ Amare rumors)

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by dunkonu

I don’t know if you follow this blog, but if you do, you probably can remember our last post about the Pistons’ missing identity and defense (if you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about, click here: ‘etroit – Where is the D?).

It’s a post we wrote after the Mavericks blow out, to sum everything up pretty quick: Mavericks destroy Pistons by 21 points on national TV, nobody on the squad looks like he cares, nobody tries to change things and we wonder who is supposed to step up and lead the team in the right direction.

Well, things haven’t changed too much since we wrote that. Yesterday the Pistons lost to Amare Stoudemire and the Phoenix Suns. What killed me about this game is that both teams didn’t play defense and didn’t take care of the ball. Everybody looked like the Golden State Warriors out there (and I’m talking about the Warriors this year, not the exciting squad with Baron Davis that kicked the Mavs out of the playoffs).

The only change I like is that Rip and A.I. finally are able to play together and they are nearly a lock to score 40-50 points combined any given night, but they both are also more than able to let the other team’s guards drop 40+ on them (hi there Ramon Sessions) or go off for 20+ assists (hey Steve Nash, how you doin’?). For a complete recap, go here.

It’s hard to put it this way and it’s not 100% correct, but with Billups we also traded our team’s identity out of town. Chauncey was able to do his job on both ends of the floor and I guess he lead everybody else by example.

I’m not trying to put all the blame on the backcourt here, because the best help defense I’ve seen yesterday was Sheed looking at J-Rich and Barbosa after they blew by their defender. At least he saw them. We have to start somewhere…next game take a step in their direction and at game 65 we’ll try challenging the shot. I’m just bitter right now, Sheed was actually pretty okay yesterday and he can’t do everything. What could help with is a lil more Maxiell in our rotation.

Antonio McDyess is something else right now. I’m haven’t checked it, but he has to be one of the best per minute rebounders the last few weeks in the NBA. He kept so many possessions alive in the last few games (against the Suns: 13 boards – 6 off/7 def – in less than 30 minutes / against the Heat: 17 boards in 33 minutes). Rebounds are about effort so he is doing his thing.

Now we are talking about trading Rasheed Wallace and Amir Johnson (“nope, Stuckey is untouchable, sorry, Mr. Kerr”) to the Suns to get Stoudemire. How is that supposed to help us? A crazy dunk here and there is really cool, but not what we need right now. I’m not a doctor, but even I can see that Amare is allergic to playing defense. (BTW: What are the Suns thinking anyway? Trading Amare is the best for their future? Really? You prefer to go with Shaq? Yeah…good luck with that…)

"Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!"

"Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!"

Trading Sheed would mean a lot of things for the Pistons. We would need to start over on offense, because everybody had to respect Sheed’s outside shot and that gave our guards way more room to operate inside the three point line. That will be gone if we trade him, but I can’t blame the Pistons for going after Amare if Sheed, Amir and a pick or two would be all it takes. That’s a no-brainer. If you want to hear it from somebody who talked to Amare yesterday, click here.

What we need is somebody who is willing to sacrifice his body on the defensive end and get our ‘tough guy’ mentality back – you know, the fire, the passion to give everything you have to make it as hard as possible for the other team to score. That is, after all, who we are…or rather…who we used to be.

Spurs vs. Suns Game 2 – Quick Recap

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2008 by dunkonu

It’s like we have seen two games in this one. The 1st and the 2nd half were totally different. The Suns came out hot in the 1st quarter and took a big lead early, but you can’t relax, because the Spurs know how to tie a game. SA had a 15-0 run in the 3rd quarter and took the lead. They kept the Suns to 11 points in the 3rd. They couldn’t keep a big lead through the 4th, but they managed to win the game 102-96.

Spurs

  • Tony Parker finally found his rhythm and looks like the Finals MVP we are used to watch. 32 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals
  • There is a reason why Tim Duncan is Mr. Consistent. 18 points, 17 rebounds and 3 blocks. It wasn’t his best performance percentagewise, but he came through when it mattered most
  • Ginobili carried the Spurs through some tough stretches. He is so important to their offense: Scoring, making plays, just making things happen on the offensive end while holding his own on D – he scored 29 points and hit a game-high 3 three-pointers
  • The Spurs outscored the Suns 23-4 on the break
  • They got outscored big-time in the 1st, but you somehow knew that the Spurs would come back again, because this is what they always do…they don’t get blown out
  • Parker and Ginobili attacked the rim hard and scored over the Suns big men. Great game for both of them!

Suns

  • Amare scored a game-high 33 – some vicious dunks, he is just too much to handle for the Spurs, but he needs his teammates to score more. He took 3 threes…trying to go Duncan on us? He even hit one, but that isn’t enough to stretch the defense – still, he has the range even if the shot looks a bit strange
  • Steve Nash got his usual double-double
  • Shaq turned it up a notch. I didn’t know that he could still do that, but 19 points, 14 rebounds a game-high 4 blocks are prove enough.
  • I like the flow of their offense when Diaw enters the game. I was a lil disappointed with him during the season, but he is back

What does it take for the Suns to win the next game?

  • First of all, tell Barbosa to stop shooting threes and start attacking the rim. He was scoreless this time around and the Suns only lost by 6. If he only hit 3 of his 7 field goal attempts this game would go to overtime. He needs to provide instant offense from the bench to give the Suns a chance to win – he is their X-Factor. You know that Amare and Steve will combine for 50-60 points and that the rest of their starters will get 20-25 one way or the other. If he could score 15 (like he did all season) the Suns would be in a much better position…and even if doesn’t score, he will get the Spurs big man into foul trouble…and they can’t afford foul trouble if they want to contain Amare and Shaq. Kurt Thomas fouled out in game 2 for a reason.
  • Hack-a-Shaq? The Spurs started sending Shaq to the free throw line in the 3rd quarter. He hit all but one free throw in this stretch (5/6) and made this “strategy” look silly, but he was 7/14 the whole night. In a game where every point counts this will kill you…but the Suns knew that Shaq can’t shoot freebies so it isn’t a big surprise
  • They need to step up their help defense – Parker and Ginobili could finish around the rim way too often
  • Limit fastbreak points – the Suns got outscored 23-4 on the break and they can’t let this happen again if they want to win this series