The Spurs continue taking care of business while the Grizzlies tie things up

Keywords: spurs, grizzlies, pacers, clippers, magic, jazz

 

The first round of the NBA playoffs has been a bit predictable. Unfortunately not much changed after last nights slate of games. San Antonio continued their blowout of the Jazz, beating them 114-83. The ageless Tim Duncan had his second straight double double of the postseason, dropping 12 points while pulling down 13 boards. The Jazz for all intends and purposes, are done for.

 

 

Indy took care of business as the Pacers took a 2-1 lead over the Dwightless Magic. Orlando is lucky to steal one in this series, while Dwight Howard has been a malcontent all season he is still one of the top 5 players in the NBA. It is hard to win when you remove that from the lineup. That being said, the Pacers have not looked great themselves, and while they will take care of the Magic, the next round may look ugly in Indy.

 

 

And our final game comes from arguably the best series of the first round. The Grizzlies blew a massive lead in game 1 allowing the Clippers to win. Despite 29 points from Chris Paul, the Grizz Kidz were still able to weather the storm and tie up the series. This ought to be the most competitive series of the first round, that is unless you consider the bench of the Bulls vs. the 76ers entertaining. Which I do not.




Kobe Bryant just living the dream

Keywords: pic of the day, kobe bryant

 

I have absolutely no backstory on this picture- woke up to it on my phone, and this picture wiped the tired off my face real quick.  Kobe Bryant strolling through some arena like a goddamn boss-  no other way to describe it.

 

Kobe Bryant dressed in a throwback MJ outfit puffing on a cigar:

There is no bigger power move than this.




Really only one word to describe this shot, and the word is WOW

Keywords: shot of the year, foreign basketball

 

 

Anytime somebody utters the phrase “dude did you see that sick play last night,” I’ll check it out and more often then not I am dissapointed. Not this time. There is nothing I can say to make this any better. I’m not even gonna try to incorporate a sarcastic comment or a quick witted jab. Just watch and be amazed.




If USA doesn’t take home the Gold, Kobe says they shouldn’t bother coming home

Keywords: kobe bryant, olympics

Kobe Bryant has been chock-full of things to say ever since he joined Team USA for training camp. First he said that this years squad would be able to beat the 1992 Dream Team. Following that proclamation, he challenged commissioner David Stern on his age restriction idea. And finally, Kobe has said that if the USA basketball team doesn’t win the gold medal, then the whole team should have their American citizenship revoked. To be honest, now I’m rooting against them just to see if Kobe will keep his word.




The Brooklyn Nets will host the Knicks to open up the Barclays Center

Keywords: nets, knicks

 

Ever since the Nets left New Jersey, fans in Brooklyn have been looking forward to this night. On November 1, the Barclays Center will be host to the New York Knicks, as Brooklyn opens up their new home. This rivalry has lacked flair in the past few years….well actually the Knicks and Nets have really never had a great rivalry. That has changed this offseason, as both teams have been trash talking the other as posturing begins to take over New York.

 

 

As good as this looks on paper, this may not be the best matchup for either team to begin their season. The Knicks and Nets are both works in progress. Both teams have lots of players that have never played together, not to mention a whole lot of new found pressure. This has all the makings of being a clunky and ugly-looking game. Not the best way to open up your new stadium.




Mike Woodson has propelled the Knicks to 4 straight victories, but is this really what they needed?

Keywords: mike woodson, quitting, mike dantoni, carmelo anthony, john shmeelk

I have never been more disgusted with a four game winning streak that has produced numerous blowouts. It is clear that the Knicks quit on Mike D’Antoni. The head coach should not have to resign before the team decides they actually want to try to win. Now some credit does have to go to new coach Mike Woodson. Woodson is a defensive minded coach with a system very different than D’Antoni. As much as I respect the work of Woodson, his presence should not have made the difference in the Knicks becoming a contender again. Yesterday I came across an article by John Shmeelk of CBS Sports. The following quote is from that piece, and it has a bit of a startling connotation.

 

“Anthony said over the last three games, his focus “was to have an energy that I haven’t had so far this season.” “Especially on the defensive end,” Anthony said. “Everybody on this team knows, everybody in the world knows I can score the basketball. It’s not that important to me. As far as on the defensive end, just showing my teammates that the effort is there, giving that extra effort. And as a result, everybody’s been feeding off of that.”

 

Again thank you to Shmeelk for bringing this to the attention of Knicks fans. This quote really does say a lot about Carmelo Anthony. He plain and simply admits that he was not giving a full effort under coach D’Antoni. This is the face of the Knicks franchise, this is the man that the Knicks traded their entire team to acquire, and this guy has the audacity to only play hard when it is convenient for him. I could go on and on berating Melo for his selfishness, but at this point everything speaks for itself. On an attempt to be positive (or negative depending on how you look at it) Toney Douglas finally saw some action for the Knickerbockers. Nothing showed up in the stat line but he did look like he was giving his 100%, something we cant say for some Knicks.




76ers squeak by the Bulls and head to the 2nd round for first time since ’03

Keywords: bulls, 76ers, andre iguodala

 

The Bulls had the game in theirs hands with just seconds to go. And  then they lost it by missing two free throws. This is something has haunted them all year, Derrick Rose was the ringleader of missing clutch free throws. The culprit tonight was Omer Asik. Theres actually supposed to be a couple of dots above his name but I don’t know how to do that kooky stuff on my keyboard.

 

So where Asik failed, Andre Iguodala succeeded. He made his free throws 2 seconds to go and led the 76ers on to the second round of the postseason. This was only the 5th time in NBA history that an 8 seed upset a 1 seed. In all fairness to the Bulls however they were without their MVP DRose and Joakim Noah was playing beat up. But championships aren’t won on paper, so the 76ers will head to the next round to face Boston Celtics.

 

You know I always forget how much I’m supposed to hate the 76ers. They are a Philly team but they are just so damn irrelevant in that town. And in the end, I guess I rather see them win over the Celtics.