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2010 NBA finals – game 7

17 June, 2010

It was fun snuggling with Mr Cuddles and watching the game.

Congrats, Lakers.

2010 NBA finals – games 5, 6 & 7

16 June, 2010

Game Five…I enjoyed the Celtics playing as a good team. I encouraged Kobe to go for more and more points, as his teammates did less and less. I was happy Boston won.

Game Six…OK, were the Lakers playing the Boston Women’s School for the Blind? I kept saying, “they’re only down by 18, and there’s lots of time…only down by 25…”

Game Seven. Here’s what I want.

  1. Kobe to have 22 assists*.
  2. Ray Allen to make eight consecutive 3 point shots in a half*.
  3. Gasol lead the Lakers in points.
  4. Kevin Garnet 10 blocks*.
  5. Rondo gets a triple double.
  6. Derrick Fisher makes last second shot to send it into overtime.
  7. Paul Pierce takes the game deciding shot at end of double overtime.

*would be NBA Finals records

NBA playoffs – part 7

6 June, 2010

Spurs @ Suns, game 2, on Cinco de Mayo

In honor of Cinco de mayo, the Suns were wearing their Los Suns jerseys. And also on the same night of the game, the Reverend Al Sharpton was in town to lead a march in protest of Arizona’s new anti-illegal-immigrant law. To the credit of the Suns owner, he called the law “flawed”. Before the game, the TNT announcer mentioned this, and then Charles Barkley said the law was foolish, the Hispanic community is the cloth of Arizona, and that we need the Feds to step up and deal with the problem so that small time politicians wouldn’t make fools of themselves. Chris Webber chimed in, that it’s no surprise, that Chuck D was singing “when I get back to Arizona” in protest of Arizona not even wanting an MLK day back in the 90s. The white TNT announcer then said, “…let’s talk some basketball”.

1st quarter, Suns down by nine.

Half-time, Suns caught up.

Suns won.

I noticed, Nash will dribble to the left of the backboard, cut around the baseline, and then swing a quick pass out across to a 3 point shooter. He did this twice, (which is why I noticed). Looking for it later, no. But I saw his other options, a layup, or a hand-off to Stoudemire.  (Oh, and I think I’m finally learning what a pick-n-roll is…I know…and after all those Jazz games I watched in the 90s.)

It is humorous to watch Nash do his two pretend free-throws before each shot. But hey, it helps him lead the league in free-throws made!

NBA playoffs – part 6

3 June, 2010

Finals, game 1, Boston at L.A.

Quote of the game, Chris Rock, “Kobe’s playing pretty good tonight. Is he in a contract year?”

Go Boston, beat L.A.

NBA playoffs – part 5

20 May, 2010

game #8 watched – Cleveland at Boston, game 6

Before the game, a wonderful example of what a coach needs to say to the team. Doc Rivers said,

“for 48 minutes, we got to do our jobs. We’re gonna win tonight because we understand that. We’re gonna win tonight because we understand that. For 48 minutes you got to focus, you got to sustain.”

I like the repeat of “We’re gonna win tonight”…reinforcing the belief in the players of the outcome…but why will they win? because they understand what their roles are.

Speaking of, I look forward to watching more of Davis, out there, hustling, taking on Shaq.

I wish there had been more ball movement (ala Phoenix )…but there were flashy moves by individuals. It did seem that Boston reacted as a team when on defense.

Hoping the Celtics can beat the Lakers.

(yeah…I know…I’m not watching the games in order…)

NBA playoffs – part 4

19 May, 2010

game #7 watched – Suns at Lakers, game 2

First quarter, nice passing by the Lakers, bad turnovers by the Suns. Boo. Did you see Fisher step in front of Amare, and Amare pick up the offensive foul. Fisher is good, wise and brave. ….

Half-time…Locker room chat from coaches. I’m sure we just saw an edited clip, but still, I think the series is being decided right here…

Phil Jackson, “they got 2 offensive rebounds off of missed free throws”…wow, Lakers are up, and Phil looks at the only stat the Suns are better than the Lakers. Phil finds the one weakness of his team.

Coach Gentry, “…if we’re gonna go down…”  CURSES!!  What kind of horrible coaching is “hey, guys, if we’re gonna lose…”

The Suns fought back, tied up the game…but lost by 12. You happy Coach Gentry?

Drat, I hate the Lakers.

Hoping that Boston can beat them.

NBA playoffs – part 3

8 May, 2010

game #6 watched – Suns -vs- Spurs, game 3

GREAT GAME!

Ginobili is fearless, playing with a broken nose, still drives into traffic, dives on the floor for loose ball.

Could Parker slow down Nash? well, doesn’t look like it. And, for some reason, they had Duncan guarding Nash at times, which usually resulted in Nash stepping back, and shooting over Duncan. So much for a height advantage.

At one point, Suns were down by 18, but they slowly, methodically crawled their way back, and then went on to win by 14.

I like how Suns coach has faith in his bench players, letting them get their minutes, keeping them in even if they make a mistake or two. This is good for resting Nash and other starters, and builds moral, gives experience to the bench. Great plan. And when his replacement, Dragic, was having a good performance, Nash was leading the cheering section. I feel this team has good chemistry.

Will the Suns sweep the series?  I don’t know. Looks like it. But I would never count the Spurs out.

NBA playoffs – part 2

6 May, 2010

Game #5 I watched – Phoenix -vs- San Antonio game 1

I used to be a San Antonio Spurs fan, I’ld root for them, they seemed like decent chaps, seemed well coached, usually would win. Well, I’m not pulling for them this year. (Unless of course they play the Lakers.) I am just looking forward to a good series.

This game was great fun to watch. Two good teams that share the ball and hustle. I liked seeing all the bounce passes, Nash seemed to be on a mission to prove he’s an offensive threat.

There was a bit of Suns get a big lead, then Spurs catch up. I wonder if that trend will hurt the Suns later?

2010 NBA playoffs – part 1

2 May, 2010

The beauty of sport, the reason we watch, is a celebration of athletes pushing the human body to its limits. Which is one reason that poker, and race-car driving do not belong on a sports network. My definition of sport: teamwork; you can actively prevent the other team from scoring; some sort of ball is required; only simple tools are allowed.

So….I had this idea, that I could watch 40 games of play off basketball this spring. Yeah, don’t think that’s gonna happen. But, I will watch a few thanks to the DVR. Even if I know the final score. I feel it’s just like ballet, or Shakespeare….you’ll still go and watch it even if you know how it ends.

What I hope, is that the NBA finals are not Kobe –vs- LeBron, as everyone is expecting, and as Nike is hoping. As much as I like the “Most Valuable Puppets” ad campaign, I do not want the finals to be a Nike add. Yes, I know the TV guys want Kobe-v-Lebron, because that will get lots of ad dollars. But still, I hope someone can derail that. Maybe Orlando…I thought maybe Denver could this year. (Oops.)

Why I hate the LA Lakers.

First, it started, when my good friend WH, invited some folks over to his house to watch the NBA playoffs, Sonics –vs- LA. He was taking a class that would collect seafood, and one night the event was “Clam-Jam” where we ate lots of clams, and watched the Sonics jam. The other night was “Chowder-Fest”.   Well, the Sonics lost that series, and I remember vividly Nick Van Excel making Gary Payton look like a fool

Second, the Lakers have too many NBA championships. Yes, I know several happened back when the team was in Minnesota.

Third, the LA Lakers crowd. Too many Hollywood pretty people, who just seem to show up to be seen, and don’t really care about the basketball game.

Fourth, Jack Nicholson. I do respect him as a NBA fan. He cares about his team, he knows what’s going on, he follows the game, he gets emotional and involved in being a fan. But, he’s a fan for the bad guys. (Some could say that Spike Lee falls into this category for the NY Knicks, except, it’s not annoying, because the Knicks haven’t won anything in 20+ years.)

Number OneDenver –vs- Utah, game 1

I expected Denver to win this series, because of an injured Andrei Kirilenko, then when Okur went down with an ankle injury, I knew Utah was finished. I suspect that Jerry Sloan is a better coach than George Karl, …but still, I was a little surprised to see Utah win this series.

Number 2 – LA –vs- OKC, game 1

OK, just getting to the playoffs was a huge success for this young Oklahoma team. Personally, I’m a bit sad, for the first time in years the Sonics chose a good draft pick, and then the Sonics leave town. Is that how you make money as a franchise owner, you complain how you are losing money, and try and get the city to build you a new arena, and then you sell the team for a $100 million dollar profit. That is why __ is Rich, not only did he teach the world to drink a $4 cup of coffee, he also made a $100 million profit on a losing basket ball team. I don’t hold this negativity against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Especially when they are playing LA.

I expected LA to win this series, OKC is young, but they just don’t have the depth or experience. LA has a nice collection of folks that seem to know their roles. There’s Kobe, the Alpha Dog…And then a collection of three players that were the alpha dogs on worse teams, and seem to enjoy not being the go-to-guy every game. Sure they can step up, and if they do great, bonus, if they fail, then the onerous is not on them, because it’s Kobe’s team. Odom, Gasol and Artest. The only hope for OKC is to somehow push Artest’s buttons so that he’ll go into the crowd, swinging at fans. And then Derrick Fisher, he can hit the big shot, he can drive, he’s tough, he’s wise at basketball, and he doesn’t seem to have ego. A fantastic point guard.

Durrant played with poise. OKC better not nickel-and-dime him. Give him a contract offer that will make him happy. But, since this summer is about Owners-v-Player’s Union contract negotiations, OKC could, in theory hold on until after negotiations to save a bit of money. Don’t. Make Durant Happy! He’s extremely talented, loved by his teammates, and rumor has a humble and nice guy.

Number three – LA –vs- OKC game 5

Pregame we saw OKC coach Brooks say, “…don’t be the guy that doesn’t rebound,…don’t be the guy that doesn’t go after the ball…”   And I knew it was lost. Dear Coach Brooks, keep it simple, stupid. Tell them what they should do. Instruct them, “be the man that gets the rebound…be the man that chases the loose ball….”   Yes, OKC lost.

Number four – LA vs OKC game 6

StaI’ve heard about Westbrook having a good game against LA, so then Kobe volunteered to guard Westbrook. I started watching it halfway through the second quarter, score tied 30-30. I was happy to see the Oklahoma crowd all wearing OKC t-shirts, pumped up, making noise, on their feet. I like that. It was almost like watching a college game. (Phil Jackson gave a slight diss to the LA crowd, calling them laid back.)

61-61 tie game! The Lakers seem a little rushing it, settling for jump shots, getting careless turnovers. I like it, but I don’t think it will last.

73-67, why are they leaving Kobe open to take threes? OK, Kobe doesn’t need much space to take a good shot. I’ld rather watch Ron Artest take thee point shots, those seem to be futile. Seriously, encourage Artest to take threes! Give him space, talk about how he can’t make them, let Ron-Ron take a three point shot.

Shut up, Jeff Van Gundy! I don’t care that you’re sad they don’t serve tator-tots in schools anymore. I am starting to think you are a worse announcer than you were a coach.

Another Thunder steall! 73-71

And here it is, beginning of the fourth quarter, Gasol, Kobe, Artest on the the bench, and both teams are shooting airballs. What is worrisome, is that with Gasol, Kobe and Artest on the bench, the Thunder can’t seem to break away, they traded points, they didn’t get a big lead….And when those three went back into the game…well, the last five minutes were great basket ball, fun to watch, but I wasn’t surprised to see the Lakers take the lead with only half a second left in the game. Drat!