No Cigars for Dallas today

29 11 2008

Dallas Mavericks (7-7) at Los Angeles Lakers (11-1)

The last time the Mavs played the Lakers, LA managed to only just eke out a win.  Dallas come to town with high hopes and a fully-loaded Dirk Nowitzki.  Dirk’s been firing of late, averaging a handy 28.8 points and 11.6 boards over the last five games.  Even tho’ the Lakers boast one of the best teams in the NBA at both ends of the court, Dallas would have to rate themselves for this game.

Phil being phunny...LA.  Quite simply they are the cream of the crop at the moment.  Used to be that if you shut down Kobe, then you shut down LA.  Not any more.  Even when Kobe’s not hot now, LA are winning… and by a league-best average of 14+ points per.  You can’t just stop #24, you have to stop the entire team. No-one’s playing big minutes yet, largely because they haven’t needed to. It’s a well-balanced team that comes at you from all angles. Phil’s got them playing very, very well.

Dallas have found recent form that might come close to doing that. Having won 5 on the trot, not only is Nowitzki playing well, but you can also look to wily ol’ veterans Jason Terry and J-Kidd as well. Funny that. You have to wonder if it’s the lesser impact of a somewhat distracting owner.

The Lakers will be looking to extend their own 5 game winning streak, and move to an impressive 12-1 thus far this season.
I see that happening. LA by 17.



23 05 2008

Not a lot of time to go into depth on this one… lots of stuff on (if I get time, I’ll edit & elucidate).
But if there was ever going to be a game that the Pistons could steal, it’d be this one. Woken up, they tend to respond well…
However, this year smells of… destiny.
Boston wins.

Update: Ball Don’t Lie are hosting a Live Blog of Pistons/Celtics deux… never participated in one of their live-blogs… so gonna try it out for size. Your hosts will be Matt Moore, Kelly Dwyer & J.E. Skeets…

And over at AOL Fanhouse too – Live Blog Pistons/Celtics

Ummm – What Was That?… Southwest Division

15 04 2008

Again, Boston Celtics blog have put out a really interesting read on bloggers taking a look back at how they thought the teams of the Western Conference’s Southwest Division would do. Some extracts:

  • San Antonio Spurs (MVN’s Spur of the Moment) “More than the age factor, I think these nagging injuries led to the Spurs struggles because they haven’t had the same consistency as in past years…”
  • New Orleans Hornets (Hornets 247) “Chris Paul, I didn’t foresee him playing like some kind of demigod and competing for MVP.”
  • Memphis Grizzlies (3 Shades of Blue) “I said that the team would need time to develop chemistry and familiarity, and it appears I was 100% correct as the team is among the league’s worst in assists, turnovers, opponent’s FG%, point differential and rebounding differential.”
  • Dallas Mavericks (MVN’s Showboating) “First, this is a much different team than the one that got booted by the Warriors in the first round.  Second, the addition of Kidd has re-energized Dirk Nowitzki, who unlike last season looks to be peaking at the right time.”
  • Nothing for the Rockets…