Great 2nd quarter by the Bulls. Lets see if they can keep this up.
Also, the 76ers guards are indeed shooting horribly.
I really underestimated the 76ers. I thought Doug Collins had lost the team at the end of the season, but they've showed no sign of disarray. Their defense has been stifling, and the guard play, especially in the second halves, brilliant. The Holiday kid has been clutch.
That said, if the Bulls take it one game at a time, i think they're good enough to come back. No margin for error, but they could do it.
Amazing what can happen when you get out of that cesspool in Washington and play for a real coach and with real teammates.
I've always thought McGee had ridiculous potential, just needed someone to help him get his head on straight. Dude is an athletic freak. That year he was in the dunk contest, he threw down some of the sickest dunks I've ever seen.
The Grizz's inability to close out games worries me. I feel they've played better the majority of this series, but that means nothing when you can't finish. What I really hate, for either team, is playing to lose to the Spurs. Finals or not, I hope the winner of this grinder knocks them out, just to show how hard these guys work.
Kind of nervous about the Hawks/Celtics game tonite. The return of Al Horford has made the Hawks dangerous. Need Rondo and the Big 3 to bring it.
Also, rooting for Chicago staying alive. Hopefully, Joakim is back.
Finally, go Denver!
I know I shouldn't care, the Bulls were banged up all to fuck and this was a finals or bust kind of year before the injuries-- but they should have won this series. They had no business losing game 3, and Asik choked tonight away at the foul line.
It pains me to say it, since he's a alum of my NC State Wolfpack, but Del Negro is really, really bad at this whole coaching thing. The second Randolph scored on that putback, I thought "Paul needs to check in now." You can ride your hot bench, but the moment you see it turning in the 4th quarter, you've gotta get Paul back out there. I know it wasn't his best game tonight and that he's banged up, but if you hand Christ Paul a 6 point lead with 7 minutes left, he's going to close it out 90% of the time. Instead, they waited until they were down 1 to get the starters back in, and couldn't regain control.
Man, that was rough! The Clippers helped out a bit continuing to foul and stepping out of bounds, but I did not unclench until time hit zero, no doubt.
It's gonna be interesting to see how run and gun the Sixers/Celtics series is. Both teams like to run, but the Celtics have an advantage with KG in the half court. I'm curious how it plays out.
Also, it will be interesting to see if Kobe calling out his teammates a la Larry Bird will spark the team to come out with more intensity, or if Bynum will withdraw and pout. The Nuggets have nothing to lose, so they'll be wild and loose.
Should be a great night of hoops.
Oh, LeBron got the MVP. I would've voted for KD, but it's hard to argue with LeBron's total impact on his team. His blue collar willingness and ability to guard four positions is almost as impressive as his glamorous offensive statistics.
I would have wanted to vote for Durant, but you've got to give it to James this year. His all-around game, his versatility, his stats, etc...
I think the Lakers are going to CRUSH the Nuggets tonight. That said, they could win by 100 and it wouldn't mean anything. They've got no shot at the title.
Still, the talk would be fun to listen to if they somehow lost.
Lakers Nuggets will fo one of two ways:
1) Lakers blow them out early and coast.
2) Nuggeys keep it close, Bynum and/or Artest implode, Nuggets win.
If this weren't the NBA where teams fold in game 7 on the road as a rule, I'd take the Nuggets.
Man, Pau redeemed himself on that 4 offensive rebound possession alone. Terrific game from him. They're going to need that every time out if they want to beat OKC. I can't see that happening, the Lakers have too many holes, and OKC just has too much talent and athleticism they can throw out there.
yep, Pau was huge, Bynum was engaged at least half the time, Kobe really restrained himself on offense. He passed out of the double team all night long. Really the Lakers played one of their better games....and it was still close.
This series just felt like the Lakers got tired of the Nuggets effort. Only Hill was able to maintain effort against Fareed, Mozgov, McGee and Harrington. Kudos to Karl for a great game plan (wear them the fuck out) and the Nuggets for having the balls to execute it. The calls also favored the Lakers in this one. Fareed has been playing Bully-ball all series, but he drew 3 fouls in the first half and that limited his effectiveness all game.
As a Laker fan I am not sure what to think going into this upcoming series. OKC is a similar team to the Thunder, but they can shoot. The Lakers will have to bring max effort nightly to have a chance and I am not sure they can muster that. It seems that the 'trust' issues Bynum spoke about last season have once again reared their ugly head.
Wow, Shwoo! I'm kind of in shock right now. I can't believe the bench came thru for the Clips like it did (I was so scared that Vinny D.'s decision to stay with them would backfire again, but they never let up or faltered) . I've never been a Kenyon Martin fan, but he was huge, this game and all series. And Nick Young hit a few clutch jumpers and freethrows.
What a hard-nosed , old school game. I loved it.
This might be the most signficant victory in Clippers history. Game 7 on the road against a tough opponent. I dont think they have ever done that before. Even though the Spurs are favorites in the next series, it will be interesting to see if the Clippers can make it competitive. I just hope the Clippers are healthy enough to compete.
I really thought Miami got the star treatment in that game, Pacers are actually well built to beat them if collison has a good game. George and Granger give them the swing defenders to matchup and Hibbert is a nice defensive center....though if I never see that ugly hook shot again it will be too soon.
Ugly game in Boston. Shame on the Celtics for coming out with so little energy, apparently assuming they could turn it on at any moment and pull the game out down the stretch. Both games the Sixers have had more hustle, and besides KG, more fire and desire.