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Cavaliers @ Pistons – Recap 2009/11/25

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2009 by dunkonu

A bit late on this one, but I guess you’ll appreciate it anyway if you missed the game. Cleveland won 98 – 88 as you probably already know, but here is what you maybe missed:

  • Rodney Stuckey was the only Pistons nearly playing 40 minutes – one part because Ben Gordon went down in the 2nd quarter and one part because Stuck was the only guy able to make baskets late in the 4th
  • Will Bynum had his worst night this season so far – 1/13 shooting (= 7% FG%), 3 turnovers and he got stuffed at the rim twice – on the bright side: he dished out a team-high 5 assists
  • The Cavaliers actually killed us with their three point shooting: 9/17 is quiet awesome, better than 50% from behind the arc
  • Detroit out-rebounded Cleveland and had less turnovers, but when you don’t hit as many open jumpshots, you are in for a loooooooong night
  • Charlie Villanueva fumbled some balls late in the game which always took our momentum – sometimes a sloppy play can kill everything you worked for the last couple of plays
  • Jason Maxiell had his best game so far – I still don’t like the idea of him taking so many jumpshots, but when he is hitting them, I’m keeping my mouth shut. 10 points and 4 offensive boards plus some major hustle plays to keep plays alive – way to go!
  • Austin Daye was the most pleasent surprise in this game. The kid made things happen: 9 points, 3 boards and a block. He looked really comfortable out there for the first time this season.

Austin Daye

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Cleveland MVP

  • Surprise, surprise…LeBron James, of course. 34 points, 8 boards, 7 assists – is there more you need to know? This guy made things happen and he did it in style. YouTube Proof.

  • He wasn’t alone, tho, it was a team effort. 5 Cleveland players scored in double digits.

Detroit MVP

  • Not really a close one, Rodney Stuckey carried us through major parts of our runs to keep the game close. A team-high 25 points on 50% shooting from the field and a perfect 8/8 from the free throw line. Add 6 boards and 2 steals to it and you got yourself a pretty decent statline. Some more assists would have been nice, but who should he have passed the ball to? Bynum who was 1/13? Ben Wallace? Jerebko? You get my point, I guess.
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Shaq will miss game against Pistons tonight

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on November 25, 2009 by dunkonu

According to espn.com Shaquille O’Neal will miss his 6th straight game tonight. I don’t know if you can call this catching a break, because the Pistons will be in for a tough game with Shaq on the court or with Shaq off the court.

The Cavaliers aren’t playing their best basketball right now, but they are still in the top 3 in the East and with LeBron on your team there hardly ever is something like a bad night. Let’s hope that the Pistons can take care of business at home. This is exactly the opponent you need to beat to prove that you can still cause some trouble in your Conference.

NBA Playoffs – Day 1 YouTube Recap – 04/18/2009

Posted in NBA, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2009 by dunkonu

A very nice way to start the playoffs. The Celtics – Bulls Overtime Thriller, LeBron James doing his thing as usual, the Mavericks earning a win in San Antonio and the Rockets dismantling the Blazers.

Celtics – Bulls – Game 1

The best game was the 1st one and the series will only get better from here on out. Is Derrick Rose able to give us an encore to his rookie playoff record setting performance? 36 points and 11 assists – one of a kind playoff debut.

Game 1 Derrick Rose Highlights

The young fella is incredible. Give him just a little space and he will find a way to finish at the rim…or he will bury a shot right in your face…he doesn’t care, he’ll get his either way. Are the Bulls able to win even if Rose doesn’t score 30+? We’ll see on Monday.

Cavaliers – Pistons – Game 1

I got tired of hearing the national media talking about how the Cavs will sweep the Pistons and demolish them without breaking a sweat. Guess what…that’s exactly what happened.

Game 1 LeBron James Highlights

38 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 1 steal for the Chosen One. Another day at the office, I guess…

Spurs vs. Mavericks – Game 1

The Spurs grabbed an 11-point lead after the 1st quarter, but it only went downhill from there. It was all Mavericks til the end. They tied the game after the 3rd quarter and outscored Tim Duncan’s team 31 – 23 in the 4th.

Spurs – Mavs Game 1 Highlight

Losing Ginobili really hurts the Spurs. This would have ended differently with a healthy Manu. Anyway, the Mavs had too many players stepping up their game tonight. 3 guys off the bench scored in double figures – Brandon Bass, JJ Barea and Jason Terry.

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker did what they had to do (27 and 24 points respectively), but they sure need one more guy to step up now that Manu is out.

Blazers vs. Rockets – Game 1

If you thought the Cavaliers 18 point blowout victory over the Pistons was something else, you have no idea. The Rockets destroyed the Blazers by 27(!). Yao Ming & Co. grabbed an early 11 point lead, but they weren’t feeling like giving it up (see San Antonio Spurs Game 1). They preferred to outscore the Blazers by 7 in the 2nd quarter as well.

Down 18 at halftime, the Blazers only managed to score 14 points in the 3rd quarter – not nearly enough. This game was rather hard to watch if you are a Blazers fan.

Rockets – Blazers Game 1 Highlights

…Jalen Rose analyzes

Cavaliers vs Pistons Game 1 – Quick Recap

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on April 18, 2009 by dunkonu

This was a bad game if you are a Pistons fan. Pretty good to be a Cavaliers fan nowadays, huh? LeBron is just playing on another level. He didn’t even break a sweat tonight while destroying the Pistons. Wow. Just…wow.

  • Has anyone ever scored an easier 38 points, grabbed 8 boards and dished out 7 assists? LeBron is just doing whatever he wants and nobody was able to stop him. Detroit has some serious thinking to do til Tuesday.
  • Four other Cavs scored in double figures (team-high by somebody not named LeBron: 13)
  • The Cavaliers looked bored and disinterested at times. Total downer after the crazy Celtics – Bulls Overtime game.

Well, there isn’t much to say about the Pistons. We need to change our game plan. I’m not sure this team is able to do enough to prevent the Cavaliers from scoring…

  • Rodney Stuckey scored a team-high 20 points, but it took him 21 shots to do so. We need to be more efficient than that.
  • Prince was 2/7 from the field, Rip was 6/14 from the field…we need more than that…
  • Sheed showed up tonight and played in the post. He scored 13 points and I hope he will keep up going to his post moves. The Cavs can’t guard him under the basket.

What do we need to improve dramatically?

  • Rebounding. No 2nd chance points for the Cavaliers. We have to crash the boards hard and stop running with them.
  • Free throws. The Cavs shot 27 free throws compared to Detroit’s 12. It is hard to overcome a deficit like that.

Do I still think Detroit can win a game or two? Yeah, I do, I’m a fan…I have to. 🙂

Pistons vs Cavaliers – Preview

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by dunkonu

Everybody knows that Cleveland will win this series, but you know…stranger things happened like the Hawks taking last year’s champs to a game 7 or Tyrus Thomas developing a jump-shot. Let’s start with the match-ups:

Rodney Stuckey – Mo Williams

1

Advantage: Cleveland

Why? See, I’m a big Stuckey fan and I think he will have a great game or two in this series (if he goes to the rim hard -> free throws), but Mo Williams is one of the main reasons the Cavaliers are as good as they are. Back when he was playing for Milwaukee, you could see Mo Williams was a great player, but he really started doing his thing in LeBron-land. He is a terrific shooter and there is no way Detroit will guard LeBron 1-on-1 all the time…

Richard Hamilton – Delonte West

2

Advantage: Detroit

This is obvious, isn’t it? Rip is one of the best shooters the NBA has right now and he will be Detroit’s 1st scoring option. People tend to think that Delonte is coming into his own right now, but that not necessarily the truth. Check his history. He always had good stretches and disappeared again…don’t wonder if you don’t notice him too much on Cleveland’s way to the Finals.

Tayshaun Prince – LeBron James

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Advantage: Detroit…okay, okay, I just wanted to see if you are paying attention – Cleveland

It’s LeBron. Is there more to say? I always thought that Prince was one of the better defenders when it comes to guarding LeBron James, but than Game 5 of the 2007 Playoffs happened…but that isn’t on Prince alone, it was a team non-effort…

Antonio McDyess – Anderson Varejao

4

Advantage: Detroit

Why? Both are hustle players, provide energy, fight for loose balls and crash the boards, but only one of those two can shoot from mid-range and doesn’t flop when you look at him.

Rasheed Wallace – Zydrunas Ilgauskas

5

Advantage: No clue

If Sheed shows up, I’d go with Detroit. If he doesn’t, good for Big Z.

It is a bit closer than i thought it would be, but the fact that the Cavaliers grew into a real team while Detroit changed line-ups on a daily basis is a very big factor here. I don’t expect the Cavaliers to sweep the Pistons like most people do, but this year Cleveland looks much better than Detroit.

If Cleveland looks past Detroit already, they will be in for a major surprise, but I’m pretty sure LeBron won’t let that happen.

Still, it’s a best-of-7 series and stranger things have happened…you never know…

Detroit Pistons – Next 11 Games

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , on March 28, 2009 by dunkonu

Here is the up-coming schedule (Detroit’s last 11 games of the season):

  • 03/28, @ Washington
  • 03/29, Philadelphia
  • 03/31, @ Cleveland
  • 04/01, @ New Jersey
  • 04/04, @ Philadelphia
  • 04/05, Charlotte
  • 04/08, @ New York
  • 04/10, New Jersey
  • 04/11, @ Indiana
  • 04/13, Chicago
  • 04/15, @ Miami

Detroit is currently the 8th seed in the East (tied with Chicago for the 7th seed actually) and only 2.5 games ahead of the Charlotte Bobcats. The 6th seed, Philly, is 3 games ahead of Detroit.

It is easy to see that the Pistons have some serious issues and that their last 11 games are really important. The Playoffs aren’t a sure thing this time around.

The Pistons have 7 games away from home and only 4 at the Palace til the season is over. This shouldn’t be a major problem, because the Pistons have a losing record at home anyway. Yeah…something to be proud of…

Out of their last 11 games, they play 4 against direct competition (Philadelphia 2x, 1x Charlotte, 1x Chicago). The game against Charlotte is obviously the biggest one, but wins against Philly and Chicago would be very helpful in securing a playoff spot.

...good old times...

...good old times...

The Pistons of days past would be smiling at the schedule – only one game against a contender (Cleveland) and two other games against teams slightly above .500 (Miami, Chicago). This year we have to fight for it.

No matter what happens, Detroit isn’t your typical 7th or 8th seed and even with the struggles they are going through right now, I’m pretty sure the top teams would rather avoid facing them.

LeGend James – YouTube Video

Posted in NBA, YouTube with tags , , , , , on July 15, 2008 by dunkonu

Hi there, I found something while surfing the net lately. A little LeBron James highlight reel – uploaded 4 days ago.

Enjoy!

Here are some LeBron career highs for you:

Category – vs team, M/D/Y

Points (one game): 56vs Toronto, 03/20/05

Assists (one game): 15vs Memphis, 01/26/05

Rebounds (one game): 19vs Charlotte, 01/11/08

Steals (one game): 7vs Memphis, 12/13/04

Blocks (one game): 5twice

FTs made (one game): 24vs Miami, 03/12/06