NBA Noise With Malice…

13 04 2008

Some really interesting results today in the NBA, some that threw the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons. Having a look at the ones that matter (ignoring ones like… say, Minnesota defeating Memphis!):

  • New Orleans visited Sacramento, and lost.  Yup… lost.  Now, of all the times they need to win every game – what, with LA hot on their heels for the Western Conference lead (scratch that – LA now has the lead!) and San Antonio breathing down their neck in the Southwest Division – they lose to the Kings, 91-94.  The Hornets are now  behind the Lakers (due to LA’s better conference record), and only a half game ahead of the Spurs for the division lead.  Now, New Orleans will host the Clippers, then head to Dallas to face the Mavericks.  The Spurs head to California to play the Lakers, then Sacramento before returning home to play the Jazz.  LA has two home-games left, the aforementioned Spurs, then the Kings.  #1 is still anyone’s for the taking.
  • Golden State win a tight one over the Clippers (122-116), and Denver got absolutely TOASTED by Utah (97-124) – which means that they are back to dead-even.  So GSW fans, all’s not lost.  Denver host Houston and Memphis, so the Warriors just need to go to Phoenix, and beat the Suns.  Head back home defeat the Sonics.  Scratch that, all is screwed GSW fandome.
  • Speaking of the lower end of the West, Dallas lost to Portland in a game that means very little – but does build a bit of momentum for Portland for next year, when they won’t be sans-Oden.  As for Dallas, it has to be alarming to lose to a lottery-bound team with a match against New Orleans but a game away (which – if the positions hold as they are now – would be the pairing for the 1st round of the playoffs).
  • With the Eastern Conference now set in stone, no games really have importance at this end of the season, other than that all-important ‘momentum-going-into-the-playoffs’ (insert rolling eyes smiley).
  • With the switch in teams for the Western Conference lead, does that mean that all the people who were crowing for Chris Paul to be MVP because he lead the Hornets to the top of the West will now start doing the same for Kobe?
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13 04 2008
hiyan

Kings’ fans are none too pleased giving their old foes the boost.

13 04 2008
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13 04 2008
Steve

Don, you mean somebody actually PAID money to see the T-Wolves-Memphis game? I could say that the Wolves are ruining their chances for high pick in the lottery, but the Wolves have had ZERO luck in that regard.

14 04 2008
fouledout

the seeding might not be that important in the west. given the amount of talent and competition, i think the only thing that matters is that a team should make it to the top 8, then it’s gonna be free-for-all.. all the teams in the top 8 of the west can pretty much play up against each other. i can’t wait for the playoffs to start. and it’s also interesting to see if the sixers can continue to make noise in th east.

14 04 2008
brumbygg9

even though he doesn’t give my Celtics any love at all, i’m going to agree with fouled out on this one! Any of the top 8 teams (even top 10) in the wild west could beat any of the others over 7 games – home court or not. If it isn’t the Celtics and the Pistons in the Eastern final it will be a shock, but no 2 teams in the west have the same claim.

14 04 2008
withmalice

I don’t know… I think that there are going to be some interesting match-ups. And whilst the seeding may not matter, some lower teams match up very well against the higher, and vice-versa. If the Lakers can finish out at #1 (and a VERY good chance of that now!), then it’s probably Denver… and I’m happy for them to play Denver.
Pretty sure Utah would rather be higher up, than face San Antonio in the first round (who have a better record than the Jazz).

Should be interesting… and it’s great that pretty much EVERY position in the West is down to the LAST game.

14 04 2008
fouledout

@ brumbygg9
haha! the playoffs are coming and if your celtics continue to play great games and advance deep, i might just turn into a believer.

@ withmalice
nuggets-lakers match-up should be interesting. as usual, melo and AI would be looking forward to dump a whole LOT of points against lakers. the warriors will have a pretty tough time playing the lakers, because of the big guys of lakers esp. pau gasol. but if the hornets end up in the 1st seed and warriors in the 8th, that would be a great show to watch too, with all the running and shooting from the warriors and the paul-to-chandler alley-oops.

14 04 2008
brumbygg9

I’m going to hold you to that!!

14 04 2008
fouledout

haha!

14 04 2008
withmalice

“as usual, melo and AI would be looking forward to dump a whole LOT of points against lakers”

And getting even more points dumped on them! ‘Cause that’s how we roll!

15 04 2008
fouledout

@ withmalice

15 04 2008
fouledout

@ withmalice
haha! and melo was arrested for DUI..

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