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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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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 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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