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LeBron James, the Choosy One

Posted in NBA, Photoshop with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2010 by dunkonu

In this post we’ll take a look at the whole LeBron role change from hero to villain via movie references…ande because it is even more fun, we’ll also take a look how Kobe is slowly also performing a role change from villain to hero.

Here is the short version for everyone using Lost (because everybody knows that show): LeBron is Jack, Kobe is Sawyer and Kate is the Championship. Easy analogy, right? Jack is the hero, saving the day, making other people feel better and being an all around good guy. Sawyer is minding his own business, doing what is best for him, having a mean streak…but after a couple episodes/season’s, we start seeing them in a bit of a different light…Jack isn’t the nice guy anymore, Sawyer’s is actually doing the right things but his way, that’s why it took us a while to get to like him – when the right chance presents itself, he is even a really nice guy…get my point? If you need a more detailed statement, click the cute little ‘More…’-button:

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Another ugly loss !

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2009 by dunkonu

No one ever thought that this would happen, but now its official: the Pistons are at .500 (27-27).

The 99-78 loss to the Cavs was not easy to watch. I can’t say it any better than Allen Iverson “We stunk the gym out”!

It was really frustrating to see how easy the Cavaliers dominated the Pistons from start to finish. We looked like five guys who where playing together for the first time. No help defense, no one shared the ball, no one seemed to care! The only good thing of this blowout was that Curry was playing more then 7 guys in his rotation.


A.I.

  • Delonte West was killing us from behind the 3-point line. He was back in the lineup after his injury and surprised everybody with 5 from 5 from behind the arc.
  • LeBron James had 25 points, 9 assists, 5 boards and zero turnovers in just 30 minutes.
  • 45.5% from the field and 55.6% from 3-point land for the Cavs and just 37.2% and 31.3% for the Pistons pretty much says it all.

It’s going to be hard for the Pistons to bounce back from this 6 game losing streak (the longest since 2004), if you are looking at the though road trip that they are facing:

Miami

New Orleans

Orlando

and Boston

Back at home they host Chauncey Billups and his Nuggets.

We have to look forward from this point on! Just take one game at a time and hope that our team gets back its confidence and start to win some games! It’s still a long way to go!

Detroit Journal – Day IV

Posted in Life, NBA with tags , , , , , on February 2, 2009 by dunkonu

Day 4 – Sunday, 01.02.

We woke up at 8am. Don’t ask, I don’t know why we are waking up earlier every day. I don’t like that trend, but we answered quiet a few e-mails (long over-due) and had time to watch some of the Superbowl preview shows – they started this stuff before we woke up. 10+ hours pre-game shows for a 2,5 hour match. Nice.

We really did need to walk around a bit, because we didn’t move for a day or two. Greektown was pretty empty except for some people who went there for lunch. After a while we went to the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Our cab driver didn’t talk much until he saw IT – the best booty he has ever seen. He called it a perfect 10 and drove slowly behind the woman walking next to us on the sidewalk. That woke him up. Funny guy.

Pistons vs. Cavaliers!

Best view ever

Best view ever

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‘That basketball will never be the same’

Posted in NBA, YouTube with tags , , , , , , , on December 25, 2008 by dunkonu

LeBron James blocks Yao Ming. ‘Nuff said.

Yao didn’t see that one coming, but don’t be sad. He did the same to Tim Duncan (after the jump).

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NBA Playoffs Preview May 10

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , on May 10, 2008 by dunkonu

Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons

1 – 2

Game 4, 5PM @ ESPN

Orlando won their first home game against a Pistons. The score ( 111 – 86) indicates like it was a blowout, but it wasn’t. The teams scored in runs and Magic had a few more runs. The Pistons nearly tied the game at the end of the 3rd, but Orlando came out red hot in the 4th and made it rain.

Rashard Lewis is stepping his game up at the right time. The basket looked like the ocean to him and he knocked down shots like he couldn’t miss. 11/15 and 5/6 from deep good for 33 points (playoff career-high)…a few easy looks, but mostly contested jumpers.

As you probably saw/heard, Chauncey Billups tried a few ballet moves on the court and strained his right hamstring. Don’t worry, the Pistons condition guy, Arnie Kander, is a genius and he will get Chauncey back on the court soon. Hopefully today.

Rasheed Wallace had the worst +/- stat (-30) in game 3 and you should expect him to bounce back. The early foul trouble and the ticky-tacky calls from the referees took him out of his game. You wanna protect Dwight Howard in the paint? He is like 7′ and 280, he can handle that himself. Just imagine those calls when young Shaq played…he would have dropped 50 on your head every game.

You wanna know why the Pistons lost? I think they left their bench in Detroit. If you count Stuckey as a starter in this one (and he kinda was, because Chauncey played 4 minutes), Detroits bench scored 8 points…combined…6 guys of the bench scored 8 points. That won’t happen again. They got the best bench of all playoff teams and they will show you that I’m right today.

Well, the Magic won at home, because Rashard was hot, Turkoglu held his crazy shots to a minimum (seen the last shot from Hedo in game 2?), Dwight Howard did everything you need him to do and the refereees did their part. I’m not against calling fouls and the referees did a good job of calling about the same amount on both teams, but most fouls weren’t fouls…just good rough playoff basketball.

Prediction: Detroit wins game 4

This depends on Billups health. If he is ready to go, the Pistons will win this one even if the Magic get hot from three. If Chauncey doesn’t play, it could be a nail-biter. I’m pretty sure that Detroit will win, because the defensive lapses they had in game 3 are easy to stamp out. Easy adjustments on the defensive end will prevent Orlando from getting that many open 3-pointers and I expect the Pistons bigs to do a better job on Howard. Detroit’s D is much worse without Chauncey…and Flip, if you read this: Give Prince the ball. He always scores or creates plays against Orlando. They somehow can’t stop him…don’t ask me why, just watch the game and you will see what I’m talking about.

Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics

0 – 2

Game 3, 8 PM @ ABC

There isn’t much to say. Cleveland is bad at making adjustments on the offensive end…you know, something like giving the ball to a player not named James or running plays. Their offense depends so much on LeBron and offensive rebounding that it is very hard for them to win if you take one of those two things away. With LeBron stuggling in game 1 and 2 the Celtics could win the games without too much trouble. Of course, game 1 was close, but the Celtics always looked like the better team.

Game 2 looked like the Cavs could take when they got a big lead early, but the Celtics tied the game, got a decent lead and cruised to victory.

Ben Wallace isn’t at 100% health right now (inner ear infection & dizziness) and it is a game time decision if he will even play tonight. He got older and isn’t as fast as he used to be, but he is nonetheless a big part of their D and the Cavs look worse when he doesn’t play. Varejoke brings some energy, but…he sucks. He is so annoying…and that is his best trait as a basketball player. Congrats, Varejao.

Prediction: Cavaliers win game 3

Why? Well, the Celtics have to prove that they can win on the road and I think that it is time for LeBron to bounce back and take over like he did last year. It would make the series more fun to watch…

Cavaliers vs. Wizards Game 6 – (Quick) Recap

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on May 3, 2008 by dunkonu

The Wizards stopped trying after halftime. They were fighting…kinda…but not with everything they have. It was more like they didn’t believe they could win this game. It was a good series and a 7th game would have been great, but it was nonetheless entertaining. I hope they play each other again next year in the playoffs.

Wizards Stats:

  • They were down 15 at the end of the 3rd quarter
  • It was a combination of not believing in themselves and not being able to hit a wide open shot
  • They went cold in the middle of the 2nd and the game never was close after that
  • Caron Butler struggled tonight – he is capable of carrying a team, but Cleveland’s defense did a good job of denying him pretty much everything – he redeemed himself (a bit) in the middle of the 4th quarter when the game was pretty much over
  • They pulled their starters with 2 minutes to go
  • Jamison finished with 23 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks

Cavaliers Stats:

  • LeBron “Triple-Double” James strikes again: 27 points, 13 assists, 13 rebounds in 44 minutes of action
  • Is there anything better than winning a series on the road? Yes…
  • Many assists and only a few turnovers -> great game
  • More bacon turkey chesse sandwiches for Wally Szczerbiak! The ESPN guy told us that he plays better when he gets one. Give the guy a sandwich! It helped him kocking down 6/13 3pters. What a little sandwich can do for you…26 points (playoff career-high)
  • Szczszczszczerbiak and Gibson combined for 10 threes – the whole Washington squad knocked down 5
  • They deserved to win this game, they were the better team by far tonight

BTW: Atlanta is down one at halftime (Celtics 50 – 49 Hawks) – if the Celtics win tonight, game 1 Cavaliers vs. Celtics will be televised sunday  – if the Hawks win, game 7 will be sunday

Cavaliers vs. Wizards Game 6 – Halftime Update

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on May 3, 2008 by dunkonu
  • The Cavs lead 56-48
  • Washington controlled the game until late in the 2nd
  • LeBron started scoring late in the 2nd quarter, but the triple double is a sure thing – 10 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds
  • Booby Gibson‘s shot is on target – 3/5 from deep and a team-high 15 points
  • Antawn Jamison is bouncing back from his unusual bad scoring night in game 5 – game-high 16 points + 7 rebounds (5 offensive)
  • Both teams are crashing the boards hard – fighting for every rebound like it is the last minute of the game
  • The Wizards kept the ball out of LeBron’s hands until late in the 2nd quarter, but…
  • LeBron ignited a 15-0 Cavaliers run to take the lead
  • The Wizards just couldn’t knock down a shot to save their lifes during that run
  • The Cavs are doing a good job of keeping Caron Butler away from the basket
  • Haywood got some nice passes from Stevenson and Daniels worth 10 easy points
  • The Cavs are shooting 53% from the field and 58% from 3pt
  • Washington is shooting 45% from the field and 25% from 3pt

Expect the game to become close again, because the Cavs aren’t shooting over 50% because of good shot selection – they just knocked everything down – this won’t last the whole game. The Wizards will come back again.