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2009/11/27 – NBA games to watch

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2009 by dunkonu

12 games tonight – if you don’t have the league pass your options are limited to a few games, but if you are lucky enough to call the league pass your own, you have to choose which games to watch (tough situation, isn’t it? Nearly as tough as ‘Sophie’s Choice’…but not quiet there yet). We’ll try to help you a bit with that.

Southeast Showdown

Washington Wizards @ Miami Heat

The Wizards aren’t as good as people thought they would be before the season. Their chemistry on the court and in the locker room isn’t quiet what it used to be a few years ago when they made their little run in the playoffs (LeBron put a quick end to that). With the return of Antawn Jamison, still one of the most underrated players in the game, you have to watch out for them.

Miami on the other hand is the exact opposite. Nobody believed in them, they started the season on a pretty nice winning streak, but now they are falling apart midway through. They still won 6 of their last 10, so don’t let the hype get to you.

Going against a division rival usually results in a way more intense game, so keep an eye on this one (it’s on ESPN – shouldn’t be too hard). Not the best game tonight, but it has a lot of what we like to call ‘buzzerbeater-potential’.

Atlantic Showdown

Toronto Raptors @ Boston Celtics

#1 and #2 from the Atlantic divison will meet tonight at 07:30 pm. How awesome is this game going to be? Playing a division rival and both teams feel to need to prove themselves to the audience…

Toronto isn’t looking as good as you would expect by taking a look at their roster. Chris Bosh is playing out of his mind, but his supporting cast isn’t quiet there yet. Turkoglu (pretty overrated in my humble opinion, but a good player nonetheless) needs to step his game up and I’m pretty sure he wants to repeat his awesome performance from the last playoffs. Do you think the Celtics still remember this one?

I’m sure they do. A little extra motivation can’t hurt. The Celtics, who won 11 games so far by the way, are getting it from the media lately – Sheed can’t shoot, the don’t defend like they used to, Garnett isn’t as good as he was before his injury…bla bla bla…this guys will go for the kill tonight, no taking prisoners approach.

If you can only watch one game tonight and you aren’t a fan of a particular team, I’d go with this one.

Honorable mentions

San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets

Okay, yeah, putting a game like this in as a honorable mention is a shame, I know. This is one of the better match-ups tonight, but not as good as watching KG go against Bosh. It is better as Miami vs. Wizards, tho. I’m too lazy to edit it…anyway, watch this game if you are into team basketball and want to know how the game is supposed to be played instead of how most teams play it. The Rockets are always a joy to watch and the Spurs…well, if it wasn’t for injuries, they would have a better record, but they will come through when it matters – like every year.

Atlanta Hawks @ Philly 76ers

The team that is and the team that could be – for me, they were pretty much the same team for a long time: athletic, got a decent go-to guy, lacked a few shooters to put them over the top…one team got Bibby, Crawford and improved a lot while the other…well, still has Andre Igoudala and Williams was coming into his own before he got injured for the next 8 weeks.

Expect a fast, fun-to-watch game, but it won’t be close, I guess.

Los Angeles Clippers @ Detroit Pistons

Yeah, I know, nobody but a fan would watch this game, but well…this is a Pistons blog and I’ll take this game over all the other games any day. Crazy, I know, but I guess I’ll have to live with it.

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Pistons beat Raptors in OT

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

I really thought we won this one in the 3rd quarter, but that is why we watch this games til the end. After the Pistons outscored the Raptors 28 – 12 in the 3rd I was sure we would just cruise to the W.

Wrong.

The Raptors outscored us by 11 in the 4th to get this game to overtime. The game ended with a forced shot by Mensah-Bonsu that Jason Maxiell swatted away and an easy dunk on the other end of the floor…by Jason Maxiell.

Some observations:

  • Chris Bosh showed us his best Kobe Bryant volume shooter impersonation. 31 shots and only 11 found the net. I’m not sure if this is the way to go, but on the Pistons roster Hamilton was actually doing the same so you can’t really blame him. 8 out of 26 for the guy they call Rip.
  • Shawn Marion still has one of the funniest shots I’ve ever seen, but he hits ’em nonetheless…
  • Jose Calderon was playing great – 20 points & 11 assists & 4 steals.
  • Richard Hamilton dished out 16(!) assists in this one, a new career-high after he already set a new one with 14 a few games ago. A guy with a jumpshot like his and those passing skills…man, I hope he can keep this up. A joy to watch!
  • Antonio McDyess and Jason Maxiell scored 16 points each. Dice grabbed 13 boards along the way while Maxiell ate a few babies.
  • Good to see Arron Afflalo getting some minutes lately and taking good advantage of it. He hit two big threes for Detroit.

The only major flaw in our game right now is that we don’t take enough care of the ball. Yes, Rip dished out 16 assists, but he also turned the ball over 6 times (he turned it over 8 times the last game). He is trying too hard to find the open man, but his role is new to all of us – shooting guard coming off screens and playing point guard from time to time. He will get better at it even tho he should stick to what he does best and let Stuckey run the show, but I’m fine with it as long as we win…

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?

Sam Mitchell fired?

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

What? Are you kidding me? You can’t fire a guy for starting 8-9 if he was Coach of the Year in 06-07 -> not fair. The Raptors are struggling, but I don’t think that it is Mitchell’s fault. He was in Toronto for 4-5 years (this was his 5th season) and you can’t blame him alone.

He was respected in the locker room, the players know him and I never heard that anybody had problems with this guy. They lose by 39 to Denver and they fire him? What? Because of this blow out? C’mon, it wasn’t his fault. You don’t lose by 39 no matter what your coach is doing. This is as much on the players as it is on Mitchell.

Let’s see who they will get…there is no better coach out there without a job. Dumb decision…

Link to ESPN

Quick Preview for the NBA Playoff games today

Posted in NBA, Photoshop with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 20, 2008 by dunkonu

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Magic vs. Raptors

The Magic were able to win the season series 2-1 (3-1 if you count the win of Dwight Howard over Jamario Moon in the Slam Dunk contest – Supermaaaaaaan). Toronto has to find a way to deal with Orlandos power front line:

Hedo Turkoglu
Rashard Lewis
Dwight Howard

All three of them averaged 20+ points/game against the Raptors.
Chris Bosh seems to be hot everytime he faces the Magic. He averaged 22.7 points against Orlando (in his career) and he will probably be even better this year.

As Van Gundy said: “He’s just a great player, and a guy who can score in a lot of different ways.” Back to the basket, taking his man off the dribble, mid-range jumpers…total package.

We’re going to become enemies,” Howard said. “It’s going to be Superman versus Lex Luther.” (Best quote from Howard ever btw.)

Seems like this one is going to be an exciting series with two young All-Stars going at each other.

Lakers vs. Nuggets

Los Angeles won all three times the two teams met in the regular season. The Lakers struggled in the post season since Shaq was traded. Even without the help of Andrew Bynum the Lakers are a lock to move on to the 2nd round, but you can’t take any team that won 50 games in the West easy. The Nuggets can get hot and win a game or maybe two, but winning four out of seven? Won’t happen.

-Iverson is averaging 30.0 points/game in the playoffs (career, of course)
-I’m not sure if you heard about it, but this Kobe guy can score a little as well. 81 any1?
-Lakers scored 108 points/game (4th in NBA) this season
-Nuggets scored 110 points/game (2nd in NBA) this season

This will be a pretty highscoring and nice game to watch (for the casual fan as well).

Pistons vs. Sixers

Each team won 2 games of the regular season series. Detroit won 2 against the 76ers starters while the Sixers won 2 against the “Zoo Crew”, which, by the way, isn’t easy…ask the T’Wolves or Wizards about it. This one is a gimme for the Pistons. They are going to win 4 straight and get a little rest. They got 5 unselfish veterans and probably the best bench in the east, maybe even in the league. The Sixers really improved during the season with an impressiv 22-12 finsh after starting 18-30! Andre Miller and A.I. 2.0 can be scary. Was there anyone who was older than Andre Miller when he had his breakout year? Doesn’t matter, the Pistons are a real powerhouse in the east and should win this series without breaking a sweat.

Celtics vs. Hawks

I don’t think I have to say much about this series. Should be over after 4 games, the “Big Three” are going to kick Atlanta out of the Playoffs with ease. Can somebody ask David Stern if we could make this a best of three?

Thee Three Amigos