NBA 2011-2012 SeasonNow with more Linsanity
Posted 18 May 2012 - 01:10 PM
More iso players isn't the solution for the Knicks, and Wade is a guy who needs to have the ball.
Posted 18 May 2012 - 07:33 PM
OKC will find it out next summer when Harden and Ebaka's contracts are up.
It's impossible for Miami to add anyone to the big 3 in free agency, and no one wants their other players. They have to trade one of the big 3. And not for another max player, then you still have the same problem of no supporting cast. You need to cash in Wade or Bosh for multiple 2nd tier players.
Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:12 PM
I hope OKC can win tonight and go back home with a 3-1 lead, they look the better side and they're the only team I give any chance at all against the Spurs anyway ( and I'm not particularly keen on the Spurs).
Posted 19 May 2012 - 05:30 PM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 08:24 AM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 09:00 AM
We'll see if the Pacers can make a better showing than they did on Sunday. I thought the decision to keep Hibbert on the bench until 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter just because he picked up his third foul in the third quarter was very stupid. If he fouls out then you can't put him in, so you keep him out to make sure that doesn't happen? When Hibbert+West are on the floor, the Pacers are too big for the Heat on both ends. But once Hibbert came off, the whole defense fell apart.
Who knows who's coming out of the East. Are the Celtics really the best team left? The same Celtics that look only marginally better than the mediocre Sixers and Hawks? That would be disappointing, because the finals would be a joke.
Spurs-Thunder is going to be a good one. San Antonio is crushing everyone, but the Thunder have too many weapons to be dominated. Russell Westbrook is rapidly becoming my favorite NBA player; that guy can ball. I want the Thunder's youth and enthusiasm to win out, but my head says Spurs in seven.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 09:13 AM
I am not completely sold on Lin yet as a starter, he showed some good and some absolutely horrendous game. It is unclear why he was out for so long, the surgery he had was not major, there were rumors about Woodson not wanting to use Lin but he denied those, and I can't think he preffered a hobbled Davis or a used up Bibby. It would have been good to see Lin under the pressure of late season and post season games to see how he held up and if he is worth keeping long term.
Ideally I would have him as the PG off the bench for now, but honestly there is little choice but to sign him. There aren't a lot of good free agent PGs and the Knicks can't afford what is available, Deron Williams is way too expensive and almost a lock for Dallas, and Steve Nash will probably want more than the Knicks have. I don't think Nash is a good option anyway, he is stil playing well, but we need long term durability on this team.
Posted 22 May 2012 - 09:45 AM
Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:18 AM
It's gonna be a really interesting offseason because there are more marquee players being mentioned as possible trade candidates than I've ever seen: Howard, Wade, Bynum, Deron Williams, Gasol, Bosh. And because you have so many stars in play and so many title contending teams not satisfied with their current makeup (i.e.: Heat, Lakers, Mavericks, Celtics, maybe the Bulls) it's like every decent player in the league could be up on the block.
And the Lakers are really at the center of it all. They're one of the few NBA teams I've ever seen where it makes sense to trade quality (Gasol) for quantity (athletic, non-star type wing players). They'll still have Kobe and Bynum as the requsite stars you need to win a title but they, like Miami, need to become a better team with more complimentary pieces. Deron would be great, but like you I don't see him ending up in LA. They got fucked on the whole Chris Paul deal and now I don't know what they can do to upgrade their PG situation.
And do they move Bynum for Howard straight up?
Posted 22 May 2012 - 11:24 AM
Posted 23 May 2012 - 03:29 AM
I'm sure the Heat will make it past the Pacers and then past Boston as well. It will not be easy but they thrashed Indiana last night and will probably finish it in game 6.
Which leaves Boston who have not looked overwhelmingly powerful at all. Tough side to beat, very experienced, but Bosh may be back by then for Miami, and even without Bosh I rate them higher than Boston.
As mentioned above, Spurs vs OKC is the real final.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:01 AM
Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:39 AM
Enjoyed Bryant's comment after the match against OKC, about how much OKC have improved and how they are "so terribly explosive".
Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:47 AM
Wow, I don't know how you could describe the Sixers as nice to watch. I mean, I enjoyed watching the defense of the Pistons a few years back when they had Wallace, Billups, etc, but this is ugly. They defend well, but their offense has no flow, no great 3 point shooters and relatively few fast break points. This is one of the least impressive playoff series I can remember.
Posted 24 May 2012 - 09:14 AM
Then I remembered he probably doesn't care enough to even think that way. Just hoping no one pees in his Cheerios before the next game, or gives him reason to believe they peed in his Cheerios.