The Magic in general looked pathetic on the defensive side. Basically the Hawks got what they wanted when they wanted...this continues and it is bye, bye Dwight for sure.
In the final minute against the Spurs, Battier hit a three to put the Grizzlies up by one and they held on for a 101-98 win. The Grizzlies finished on a 7-0 run, coming back from a 98-94 deficit in the final minute.
The LA Lakers!
As long as they don't win I'll be happy. Having said that, YES I do actively root against teams with Tar Heels in the lineup.
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We have a lot of fun with Hansbrough, who was being called "Psycho T" even on the ESPN radio post-game show, but I thought he would do well in the NBA. It's taken a year-and-a-half.
Of course, I'm a Bulls fan, so I'm biased.
Well, the Knicks just gaacked away a game they probably had to have. Melo was dead set on being the hero, that is why they brought him to town, and he missed every shot he took while also turning the ball over a lot at crunch time (though the offensive foul in the final 30 seconds was a joke of a call).
I am no Knicks fan, but the refs sure seemed to be pro-Celtics. On the play where Billups got hurt, it looked like he got fouled about 4 different times.
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If he were still alive to have called this game, he would have brought this one out again.
After the game, Coach Hollins said something to the effect 'I could care less about winning Memphis's first game, but nothing could have been more appropriate than Shane making the winning shot."
I always love Game 1 road team victories, always add some juice to a series. Still think Lakers and Spurs pull it out, but the West looks like it will be a lot of fun.
Amazing how teams with Battier on them tend to overachieve.
Interesting how it takes 2 months to eliminate 15 teams in the NBA playoffs, while the NCAA Tournament eliminates 16 teams in its first full day. I see, objectively, that pro basketball is a better product, but does it have to be so long and predictable?
Haven't rooted for a particular player or team in years. I'm more of a "Please, anything different" type of person.
*Lakers over Celtics. Kobe Bryant pretends to be excited. Derek Fisher celebrates his 96th birthday. Phil Jackson disapparates as he instantly merges with the Force. And a nation yawns.
I have no love for the Knicks either, but as soon as the second half started you knew the refs were going to let the Celtics "defense" their way to a victory.
And yes, that bogus offensive foul call on Melo cost them the game.
i agreee....it was awful how they let the celts get away with EVERTHING....
NY got hosed...
"Either we're going down, or they are....... Kirk out!"
I also don't follow a particular NBA team but do find the playoffs interesting. It's more like a marathon than a sprint and after the college season finishes it's nice to have basketball on for a few more months.
What I like about this year more than most seasons is that I don't see a clear favorite on either side. I agree that the Lakers 'should' win the West, but the last few games I've watched them play they truly look awful. I was listening to Bill Simmons Podcast and he's all over the Oklahoma to get out of the West, but it would be a major leap. Plus Simmons is a self proclaimed Duke hater so he can shove it.
In the East I have no idea. The Bulls have looked the best over the year but you can't ignore how the Celts play this time of year and Miami has clearly the most top end talent. Either way it should be fun and unlike other years I don't feel that there are only 2 or 3 teams that have a legitimate shot at winning it all.
Also, who said Phil Jackson will merge with the force, don't recall many Duke players on his rosters over the years and one ultra famous Tar Heel...sounds like the Dark Side to me