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Daily Rain 5-10-12

New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals Proves That NHL Is  More Exciting Than The NBA (in the postseason anyway).

As a fan of the Capitals I’m glad that they were able to force a game seven of this second round series. More importantly, I’d like to take this time to say that the NHL playoffs are better than the NBA playoffs.

The NHL is less predictable. In the NBA there are about four contenders for the title and we’ve known who they were about halfway through the season. Barring injuries, we know who will win in the NBA playoffs. In the NHL the eighth seeded Los Angeles Kings were able to beat the first seeded Vancouver Canucks and the second seed in the St. Louis Blues. The NBA may give us some great games but we know who is in and who is out most of the time. The first round of the NBA playoffs have been awful.

There are too many teams in the mix that have no chance of winning a title. Lebron can praise the strengths of the Pacers until he’s blue in the face. He knows the Heat are winning that series, I know it, and the Pacers are going to know it too soon enough.

In Hockey it really feels like anything can happen.

What’s Next For The Knicks?

The New York Knicks were run over by the Miami Heat. With the exception of game 4 in this series where Carmelo scored 41 points, the Knicks looked like anything but a playoff team. They were outclassed, pounded, and they seem to have very few options offensively outside of Carmelo. Coach Mike Woodson did a good job with what he had but, what he had wasn’t much.

The Knicks should consider moving Amar’e to add pieces around Melo. Stoudemire has a lot of mileage on him and he doesn’t seem to ever be healthy enough to be a viable number two option for that offense. Tyson Chandler doesn’t score consistently and J.R. Smith plays well but he is not dominant.

I know I’m piling on and it’s been said before but, Carmelo Anthony needs to show up next season in shape. He needs to add strength and stamina. Mostly stamina since, the thing that suffers the most when he’s tired is his defense and he wasn’t really great at that already.

The Clippers Are In Trouble. Big Trouble.

Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph started game 5 of the series like men on a mission. The two men had been successfully tamed for the greater part of this series however, they started last night’s game rebounding and attacking the bucket early. This lead to a big first quarter lead that proved to be the difference maker in the game. When Gasol and Randolph play their best basketball they’re a hard to team to beat and the Clippers are too soft inside to actually stop them.

Adding to the Clippers woes, Blake Griffin hyperextended his knee and Chris Paul re-agitated a groin injury. While Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro assured everyone that his two stars would be okay it seems that injuries, especially those two injuries would have some kind of effect. If Griffin can still jump the Clippers can still use him but Chris Paul cannot afford to be hampered. Especially since the speed of Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley has proven troublesome for the Clippers defense.

I think this series goes seven games.

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Worst Wednesday #3

This week’s nominees are:

Justin Verlander and his almost comically embarrassing balk:

Verlander tried to throw out Daric Barton on first and instead hit batter David Dejesus because he said, “I just didn’t get my body turned.”

Bob Knight and his slander of the University of Kentucky and it’s players and John Calipari.Bob Knight has always been against one and done players in college basketball. However it’s how hard he went after Calipari that gets me. What’s worse he openly says that “Kentucky started five players year before last that had not been to class that semester.”

Just go ahead and skip in 3 minutes.

” Patrick Patterson graduated from Kentucky in three years. DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe finished their classes in the spring semester despite preparing for the NBA draft. Darius Miller is still enrolled at Kentucky. And John Wall proudly tweeted last year that he earned a 3.5 spring semester GPA to go with all A’s and B’s during the fall.” Jeff Eisen of Yahoo Sports

I was going to pile on Jared Jeffries for fumbling on a late possession to help lose the Knicks their game 2 against the Celtics yesterday but, I won’t.

1. I bet the guy feels bad enough already without having one more dud behind a computer who he has never met rip into him further.

2. Carmelo Anthony was being Carmelo Anthony. He absolved himself of blame and left Jeffries out to dry.

“I made the right play,” Anthony said. “The right play was to go to Jared. … I thought Jared was going to lay it up … I made the right play so I can live with that.”

If that weren’t bad enough with an opportunity to foul and get Delonte West to the free throw line with maybe enough time for another last second shot, Carmelo Anthony didn’t foul in time because he was tired.

“I couldn’t get out there,” Anthony said. “I don’t want to fall flat, now.”

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Game 2, Day 2

There was a trio of game 2’s yesterday. Two of them on TNT and the other on NBA TV. For the first time since the NBA playoffs started two games were almost completely overlapped. Which is to say that they were more or less on at the same time.

Celtics stave off the Knicks one more time 96-93. Boston leads series 2-0.

In this game Chauncey Billups  didn’t play and Amar’e Stoudemire got hurt early on. This left Carmelo Anthony alone on the floor without another ‘alpha-dog.’ Carmelo then proceeded to shoot the lights out. Carmelo had a stunning and might I also add, absolutely entertaining, performance. He scored 42 points and shot 47 percent from the field and he single-handedly kept the Knicks in this game the entire time. And as great as that was just like Dwight Howard’s 46 points on Saturday against he Hawks, it was all for nought. The Knicks had an opportunity to win and Jared Jeffries screwed up at the end and cost them that chance. However it is unfair to blame one entire game on a single player. Jeffries didn’t allow Rajon Rondo to score 30 points by himself nor did he allow the Celtics to get 16 fast break points by himself. The fact is the Knicks just didn’t play enough defense to win that game. They didn’t move well in transition and they weren’t the better team that night. There was a point in the first quarter that Rondo ran so many fast breaks that Doc Rivers had to take him out of the game because he was getting tired.

The Knicks had Carmelo to score so they had a chance but a lack of intensity on the defense end for the full 48 minutes of the game cost them a victory that they could have had.

Magic counter the Hawks 88-82. Series is tied 1-1.

Orlando was very fortunate to win the game. This is weird because in a number of ways they completely dominated. They out rebounded the Hawks 52-39. They outscored the Hawks 14-7 in fast break points. However that wasn’t why the Magic won. The Magic still have their disproportionate scoring problem. The problem in which Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson score all the points and nobody else provides point production at all (Hedo did actually help out this time). Atlanta did their thing. They moved the ball well but, they just didn’t make shots. Which is why I say that Orlando was fortunate to win the game. They don’t have a consistent scorer outside of Dwight and while it’s their greatest strength it is their most obvious weakness. Howard had to play the entire game. Yup, he played all 48 minutes. Other Magic players need to step up because this is a difficult pace for anybody to keep up, even Superman.

On a side note. The Magic actually go through huge stretches of games where they just pull up and shoot three pointers. Sometimes I’ll notice Howard on the low block in a one-on-one matchup and instead of going to the big fella, Orlando jacks up a bad shot or a three that they don’t need. Orlando was 5 of 23 from three. It makes no sense to me.

Mavericks pull away from Portland in the fourth to win it 101-89. Dallas leads series 2-0.

Jason Kidd was the difference maker in this game. He was 3 of 6 from beyond the arc. Jason Kidd’s newfound three point shooting prowess has opened up so much for Dallas. Jason Kidd and Peja Stojakovic had three point shooting that stretched the Portland defense out. Stojakovic shot 5 of 10  from three. So instead of double teaming Dirk, Portland stretched its defense to cover the shooters and Dirk pretty much traipsed unencumbered to the basket. I like Nate McMillan but he should have doubled Dirk. Portland was able to contest the shots of three point shooters and they weren’t going to shoot like that all night. Dirk on the other hand was going to shoot like that all night. He was hot and needed to be stopped. Portland stayed tough, even trading points for a while but, in the fourth quarter Dirk was too much. Dirk had 33 points and 7 rebounds.

I like the defensive intensity that Tyson Chandler brought to the Mavericks. He’s aggressive and makes sure that the paint is a difficult place for opposing players to be.

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Game 1, Day 2

The action and surprises continued into Sunday. There were a couple of losses even the “experts” didn’t see coming.

Grizzlies beat the Spurs 101-98

This was a game in which San Antonio went with out Manu Ginobili, one of the three members in their version of the big three. The Spurs and Grizzlies were close for much of the game trading runs back and forth. San Antonio had the lead going into the fourth quarter and lost it. Coming down the stretch it seemed like the Grizzlies were attempting to give the game away, missing four straight free throws. San Antonio cashed in on those missed free throws and got to quick threes from Matt Bonner. However Memphis took the lead on the last possession with a clutch Shane Battier three and would hold on to win it.

Tim Duncan was used by Spurs to carry the load early on but it seemed that in the fourth quarter San Antonio didn’t look to him as much, which is a shame because Tim had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. For the Grizzlies Zach Randolph was key. He ended with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Randolph was the game’s most consistent scorer. He worked skillfully around the basket and was not really stopped by either Duncan or Dejuan Blair. This looks like it’s going to be another fun series.

The Hornets upset the Lakers 109-100

Chris Paul and his New Orleans Hornets played a good game up until the fourth quarter. Then they played a great game. With the injury to David West in the regular season it was a forgone conclusion that the Lakers would simply be to big to be beaten. Their size would make it near impossible to score in the paint and therefore the Hornets would simply not be able to score enough points to win the game. The Hornets had other plans. With precision and efficiency New Orleans was able to outscore the Lakers in the paint 52-34 to win the game.

The key stat of this game; just a mere three turnovers for the Hornet in the entire game. The Lakers had 13 turnovers. The difference was just taking care of the basketball. Chris Paul led his team with confidence and when they needed him to step up in the fourth quarter, boy did he ever. Paul had a personal 14 assist to 2 turnover ratio in the game and scored 15 of his 33 points in the game in the fourth quarter leading his team on an 8-0 run against LA for the win.

The Celtics hold off the Knicks 87-85

This game was interesting for a number of reasons. The game was close throughout most of the contest, the refs had some . . . interesting calls, and Ray Allen broke his shooting slump and went back to his late game heroics. This game was up and down and it was hard to get a read on who was better. Both teams did well in the paint. Both teams turned the ball over about the same amount of times. The difference was the top scorers in the game. Ray Allen was the top scorer for Boston he ended the game with 24 points. Amar’e Stoudemire ended with 28 points. Coming down the stretch the Celtics trusted Ray Allen to come through for them yet, with time ticking off the clock the Knicks went with Carmelo Anthony even though Amar’e had the hot hand. It’s things like this and of course the injury to Chauncey Billups that have me believing that there is no way the Knicks can win this series. The Knicks may have been hurt on a sketchy offensive foul call on them and an offensive foul no-call on the Celtics but they still had an opportunity to win the game. They chose to go with Anthony who shot 5 of 18 for 15 points in the entire game and you can’t blame the officials for that.

The Thunder survive the Nuggets 107-103

Which would you rather have? The stars that can get you points or the balanced attack?

This is another series that may very well answer our questions on that matter. The Thunder started the game slow but got their act together. It was a good thing too because it looked like Denver was going to run away with the game from the outset. Oklahoma City, with the crowd behind them, got themselves together and came roaring back. From the second quarter onward this was a back and forth game. Denver had 5 players in double figures and two players (J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler) who scored 9 points each. The Thunder on the other hand relied heavily on Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Durant had 41 points a career playoff high for him, and Westbrook had 31 points. This means of course that Durant and Westbrook combined for 72 of their team’s 107 points. Even with these performances the Thunder barely won this game and this was with a controversial basket interference call going their way.

There is no doubt in my mind that this series going seven games. These teams when they play are just so close. This is one of the more compelling match ups  in one of the more memorable playoffs in recent history.

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NBA Game Night 4-12-11: Playoff Preview

There were three games on last night and they all involve teams going into the post season. Due to the fact that a few playoff spots were locked in last night was important for some and not for others.

1. Chicago Bulls @ New York Knicks

Top Performers:

Derrick Rose- 10 of 19 shooting for 26 points, 3 assists, 2 steals                                                                       Luol Deng- 9 of 16 shooting for 23 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists

Carmelo Anthony- 8 of 19 for 21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists                                                                           Bill Walker- 6 of 12 shooting for 18 points off of the bench                                                                               Tony Douglas- 4 of 15 shooting for 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists










The Bulls Dominated the Knicks throughout 48 minutes of basketball. The Knicks made a few runs and it appeared as though their bench might pull them back in the game but because the Knicks don’t play defense well that 21-6 run that they went on in the fourth quarter never materialized into New York taking the lead. Amare did not play because he was resting for the playoffs.

2. Memphis Grizzlies @ Portland Trailblazers

Top Performers:

Marc Gasol- 4 of 9 from the field with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists

LaMarcus Aldridge- 10 of 16 shooting for 22 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists










I believe that the Memphis Grizzlies are a tough team but last night they were just over matched by Portland. The Trailblazers got out in transition well, they shot the ball well from mid range and from beyond the arc, and Rudy Fernandez finally had a good shooting night. Unfortunately for Memphis, who played well, they just didn’t have the scorers to match up with Portland. If Portland gets hot and they most certainly are, nobody will want to play them come playoff time in a couple of days. Portland has now won three in a row. Also their Rip City jerseys were sweet.

3. San Antonio Spurs @ Los Angeles Lakers

Top Performers:

DeJuan Blair- 5 of 10, 10 points, 11 rebounds

Pau Gasol- 7 of 12, 17 points, 17 rebounds, 5 assists

The Lakers finally snap their 5 game losing streak. They beat the Spurs and they struggled doing it. This would be fin if the Spurs had bothered to play any of their starters at all. They did not. Tim and Manu were in street clothes and Tony Parker wore his warmups but never took them off. Most of the Lakers struggles came in the form of rebounding. It did not go well early on in the game but they got better. They also had offensive woes failing time and again to put a way a team with none of its starters on the floor. Kobe Bryant was ice cold and I don’t mean he had ice in his veins or that he was cold blooded. I mean that he scored 27 points but he had to take 21 shots to get them. Lamar Odom continues to be the most consistent Laker. Andrew Bynum hyper extended his knee and will have an MRI this morning to see the damage. He said it feels alright but with these things it’s hard to tell.

Am I the only that wonders that if the Lakers had taken care of business instead of screwing around for the greater part of the season that they wouldn’t even be in this position? If you wrap up the number 1 seed yourself then at this moment you don’t need to play Bynum and you can give your starters a rest.

The Spurs are definitely one of the deepest teams in the league and it showed. The bench players more than held their own against the defending champs. If these teams run into each other in the playoffs it’s going to be a good series.

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