Yapping with malice on the NBA

7 11 2007

Yuh-huh… some interesting games today (well… at the time of writing it was ‘earlier today’ for me).

  • 10 3 pointers?It’s funny, because the loss to the New Orleans doesn’t upset me as much as I thought it would, for the vast majority of the game it was a helluva lot closer than the end 14 point margin suggests. To win, Peja Stojakovic hit a Hornets’ record 10 3 pointers, and Chris Paul dished out a record 21 assists. The New Orleans guys played a pretty awesome game.
    Add to that… I get the feeling that this Lakers roster may be a lil’ bit better than first anticipated. Ronny Turiaf is really playing well – on current form when Lamar Odom returns (probably this Friday), Turiaf should continue to start, running Odom off the bench initially. Kobe also shared the ball a lot (7 assists), and Bynum had 13 rebounds. Not celebrating, but there are signs there of ‘life’.
  • How ’bout them Bulls?
    Must admit, for a good while there just prior to the beginning of the season, I was pretty sure that they were gonna trade Kobe. To Chicago. I’m guessing a lot of the fan-base wish at the moment that they’d pulled that trigger… wrote a piece on it over at Epic – HORRI-BULL (clichéd title, I know). I don’t think that the Bulls’ll end up too badly… but I also think that some folks had unreasonable goals set for them.
    Whilst we’re on that game, the Clips are surprising me somewhat. No Brand, yet they’ve come out firing – I thought they were bound for suck-dom.
  • Two other teams that have surprised me thus far are the Bucks & the Knicks. The Bucks beating Toronto – I’m really happy for ’em. Andrew Bogut being an Aussie afterall, and it’s hard to not wish a guy like Michael Redd success. And how about Yi, huh? That’s a 25 year old, 19 year old… ummm… guy who can actually play, despite his pre-season.
    But the New York Knicks… that’s one franchise I really wish disaster of biblical proportions upon. Maybe then Isiah’d be finally gone, never to return to basketball.
  • Kobe Lite T-Mac was average, but Yao & Bonzi Wells carried the day in the first Battle of Texas. Chalk one up to the Rockets over the Spurs.

One game on tomorrow that really lights up the radar – Boston hosts the Denver Nuggets. Boston have looked the goods, but the Nugs match up pretty well against Boston. They have the defense to hold the C’s, and Boston don’t have anyone that can guard AI. Should be a ripper.

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14 responses

8 11 2007
Aaron Becker

Looks like the young Bulls may have been spooked by the Kobe trade talks 😉

8 11 2007
Aaron Becker

I think the Knicks may have enough scorers to get into the playoffs.

8 11 2007
brumbygg9

83-48 Celts midway through the 3rd quarter – looks like they don’t need to guard AI and that the Nugget’s defense isn’t quite what it promised to be. Early days in the season, but plenty of reasons for optimism if you bleed green.

8 11 2007
WithMalice

Gods yes. Nearly over & it’s a 30 point margin. Boston are destroying the Nugs, simply put.
Boston will make the playoffs – that’s never been in doubt. Still, of the opponents they’d played, Denver was the first that I expected to challenge.
I guess not.

Still, I have concerns about their bench, and about the longevity of the ‘Big 3’.

8 11 2007
brumbygg9

I’m not making any long term commitments here mate… just think that the team looks good at the moment. All that Doc Rivers needs to do is stay out of the way and let PP, KG and RA decide who is going to take the last shot!

8 11 2007
brumbygg9

and games like this will do wonders for the big 3. Look at their minutes, Pierce 29, KG 36 and Ray 32. They can go along way if they can sit out as much as that. Still, let’s see what happens when they play Detroit, San An, Phoenix etc.. and need to dig a little deeper.

8 11 2007
WithMalice

lol…
By ‘longevity’, I’m referring to the duration of this season! 😉

8 11 2007
brumbygg9

me too. if they get to play short minutes in a lot of games it is going to help them considerably over the course of the season. need me to draw you a diagram???

8 11 2007
WithMalice

Persnickety, huh? Cheeky bugger!
Regardless of somewhat reduced minutes… I’m still worried about these ‘old folk’… that should be something you’d know about (being older than me ‘n’ all!)…
😛

8 11 2007
brumbygg9

4 freakin’ days!!!!!!

But I look younger

8 11 2007
WithMalice

Maybe… in a dimly lit room!

With that thinning thatch? No idea how you can say that! 😀

8 11 2007
withmalice

Ok… out of all the biblical plagues, WHICH would you wish on the Knicks?

9 11 2007
bob

A plague of boils would be a good start, especially Isiah who is basically only one step up the food chain from a nasty great boil anyway.

9 11 2007
Aaron Becker

I started wishing bad on the Knocks as far back as 2000, cause one could see the tea leaves. And sure enough, it has panned out pretty good 😉

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