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Kevin Brown
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Posted: 07 May 2013 at 10:20am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

LeBron showed no rust.  So using that as an excuse is not going to fly.

Rose is NOT going to play this year.  He has said it many times already and the press keeps, well, pressing him on it.

If Deng and Hinrich can get back by game 3, the Heat will need to battle to win.  They're not used to it.  Based on talent, they should win; based on heart, the Bulls can win.

We shall see.

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Posted: 08 May 2013 at 5:39pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I was surprised Erik Spoelstra had more votes than Gregg Popovich.  The The Spurs had its top three players out due to injuries and still found a way to win.  I don't think the Heat could have done that.

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2012-13 Coach of the Year results


Team1st2nd3rdTotal
George KarlDenver622616404
Erik SpoelstraMiami241719190
Mike WoodsonNew York62813127
Gregg PopovichSan Antonio111617120
Frank VogelIndiana3111260
Lionel HollinsMemphis641355
Mark JacksonGolden State361447
Tom ThobodeauChicago27940
Kevin McHaleHouston13317
P.J. CarlesimoBrooklyn1108
Vinny Del NegroLA Clippers1108
Larry DrewAtlanta1016
Doc RiversBoston0114
Scott BrooksOklahoma City0033
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I will say this:  The Bulls had no chance Wednesday night to win the game, regardless.  The Heat was out for blood and they took it.

Now then, with that said, the refereeing was freakin' horrendous.  They had no control, they allowed the Heat to get away with numerous fouls (by my count, Lebron should have fouled out by mid-3rd quarter) and pretty much allowed things to get to the point it did.  Thankfully, no one was injured during this game.  If this is the type of refereeing the NBA is going to allow, then we're back to the "Pistons Bad Boys" era.

NBA officiating has always been the worst, but now it's getting dangerously bad.  Unfortunately, it's probably going to take a career-ending injury to make Stern and the league change and correct it.

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Wow, all four series all knotted up.  I didn't see any games since Sunday (just back from the Grand Canyon!) but watching the highlights, Game 2 LeBron looked wide awake and hungry and chippy in a way that suggests the Bulls are in trouble.  I'm sure Chicago is happy with the split and didn't play with the same intensity after falling behind in game 2, but despite LeBron's zero second half points and twelve shots and five rebounds total, it was clear to me that he was in total control and imposing his will on the Bulls at will.  Robinson came back to earth and the Heat's bench got a scorching 55 points so the rout was foregone.  Even though the Bulls technically have an advantage, I think if they don't win game 3, it's over fast because their game 1 upset woke up the Heat and that's not a good thing.

San Antonio may be in the same 1-1 boat but they appear to be in much greater danger.  They should have lost game 1 and now have to go to GS for 2.  I have the Spurs going down if they don't win game 3 vs. the surprisingly athletic and energetic Warriors.  Popovich  better pull something out of his ass (he often does... we'll see.)

The Knicks / Pacers and Grizzlies / OKC series both look highly competitive... not sure how either will go, though I think Memphis is looking serious.  Durant is amazing but can one superstar overcome the NBA's best defense, especially sans Westbrook?  He probably can, but history suggests his team may not.  Jordan once got 63 vs. Boston in the playoffs but the Bulls lost both the game and the series.
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Looking forward to the Knicks game on Saturday with Amare Stoudemire back in the line up even though he will only be playing limited minutes.  In the few games he played during the season, his performance was very good.

The Warriors have really surprised me also.  I did not think they had much of a chance going deep in the playoffs after David Lee's hip injury.
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Posted: 11 May 2013 at 9:34am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Stoudemire back in the line up even though he will only be playing limited minutes.
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Wilson, how much is he expected to play?  He is an offensive force when healthy and certainly the Knicks could use another big, but Amare's return feels dangerous to the Knicks' chemistry.  When he went down, NY was able to move Anthony to power forward and both he and the Knicks  thrived.  Anthony and Stoudamire are kind of offensively redundant and it was only Stoudamire's injuries that resolved that conflict.  Also, while he is a powerful rebounder when motivated, his defense has always been suspect to me.  Here's hoping he either plays great or crappy so that the decision is an easy one for Woodson.

Spurs sucked it up nicely in game three.  I've always disliked Parker for some reason but I have to admit, he can still fill it up.
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Posted: 11 May 2013 at 4:17pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Amare is only expected to play 10 minutes or so, but with JR Smith struggling and may even not play tonight due to illness, the Knicks will need more options for offense.
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Miami and Memphis both look pretty sure to advance, but I really like the competition of the other two series, both of which continue tonight.

Both are studies of young vs. old.  Knicks need to win in Indiana or they go down 3-1 and it's surely over.  Indiana is undefeated at home in the playoffs (avg winning margin of 16.5 pts), so it's a big task, especially since the Knicks are the oldest team in the league and Indiana's average age is 25.8 years.  Sometimes sage experience can trump youthful energy, but the Knicks don't have a lot of proven winners so this could either be useful seasoning for them or a crushing setback.  I honestly don't know what to expect, but it should be fun because I think the Knicks know how critical this game is for them and will come out hard.

The old Spurs are at home against the feisty Warriors, who are even younger than the Pacers in what should also be a barn burner.  SA has really only had one good game in the series (game 3), but followed that up looking exhausted down the stretch of game 4 (3 for 19 and defensively creaky.)   I think Pop realizes the Spurs must win this game to have a chance to hang on in the series, so I'm guessing the Spurs will similarly let it all hang out here. 


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In what was probably his final bitchy f*ck-you to Seattle, David Stern began his press conference today by saying "This is going to be short for me. I have a game to get to in Oklahoma City."

I guess the NBA is successful enough that it can afford to completely write off an entire city and its fans without much consequence.  It really puzzles me that Stern has it in for Seattle to such a high degree, though.  I wonder why?
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Stern is rarely thoughtless, so though it's possible this was an offhand remark, I have my doubts.

Regarding last night's games, good comeback for the Knicks, who played more like a team and found some defense to force a game 6.  Copeland hit a couple big shots, JR Smith and Kenyon Martin had some nice blocks and Chandler was generally intimidating too.  Anthony had a good fourth quarter.  Jason Kidd has completely vanished... hasn't scored a single point in like a month!  I knew he'd gotten old, but it's sad to see him go out like this. 

Spurs and Memphis is going to be good... the #1 Memphis defense vs. the Spurs' #4 offense and a decent defense.  Both pretty tough teams.  If Memphis can find a way to shut down Parker, they could be in the finals.  So far, nobody really has, though, so we'll see.
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Posted: 23 May 2013 at 12:59pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Great game.   There were at least three points I thought a team had won and the other team came up with a clutch play (the circus shot three pointer to force OT, three clutch foul shots after an apparent good defensive stand and Wade's late foul, then LeBron's stunning last second winner.)  I have a feeling Hibbert will get more playing time at the end of future games... LeBron's two crucial late layups wouldn't have been so easy if Hibbert had been there to clog the middle.
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Spurs are proving to be too much for the Grizzlies. They showed so much heart coming back from a 17 deficit in the first quarter last night.

If the Pacers can beat the Heat, do the Spurs become the favorite to win it all since they won both games over the Pacers in the regular season?
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