Archive for April, 2012

The Memphis Grizzlies had last night’s game in the bag. They were up by as much as 27 points on the Los Angeles Clippers. It was a done deal. There was no way the Clips were coming back. No way. But they did and they beat the Grizz 99-98 to take a 1-0 series lead.

Like millions of other viewers, I changed the channel looking for something more interesting to watch. But every time I would return to the game the Grizzlies lead was getting smaller and smaller. But still, I had no doubt Memphis was going to win that game.

I had been taking some shots at the Clippers on Twitter most of the game. I was saying this was a hell of a time for the Clippers to remember that they were the Clippers and other witty things like that.

It took me a while to realize that the Grizz hadn’t made a basket for most of the fourth quarter but when I did, that’s when I thought they had a chance to lose that game. And we have to be honest here, Memphis lost that game, the Clippers didn’t win it. I give the Clips a lot of credit for not giving up but the Grizz handed them that game.

The Clippers played horrible for the first three quarters. They looked out of sync and overwhelmed. With the starters sitting on the bench, it was the second unit that closed the gap on Memphis. They are the ones who turned the game around. I think Memphis got over confident and lazy when the second unit came in. They let LA get close and then started to panic and the rest is history.

I still think Memphis is the better team and I picked them to win the series but it’s going to be interesting to see if they can come back from a collapse like this.

The Clippers will be a little over confident for game two but will Memphis be able to regain any confidence after a loss like that?

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I know this is coming a bit late but better late than never.

 

Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia 76ers

I’m actually watching Game 1 of this series as I write this. I don’t see how the Sixers can hang with the Bulls. Chicago has the best record in the East and while I’m still a bit concerned about Derrick Rose’s ability to stay healthy I think the rest of the team will step up when needed. I got the Bulls winning in 5 games.

Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks

I can’t imagine anybody outside of New York City thinking the Knicks have any chance against the Heat.  New York is an okay team but they still are not a championship caliber team. I know Knicks fans don’t want to hear that but it’s the truth. Nothing less than a championship will suffice for the Heat. If they don’t get it, this season will be a failure. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Knicks get swept but I got the Heat in 5 games.

Orlando Magic vs. Indiana Pacers

The Magic are is such disarray I don’t see how they can get past the Pacers. Dwight Howard did all he could to destroy the team but they made the playoffs anyway.  And now he’s not even playing. The Pacers are no joke they are going to be contenders going forward. I got the Pacers in 4 games.

Boston Celtics vs. Atlanta Hawks

The Celtics may be old and their window to win another championship has certainly closed but they can win this series. The Hawks always seem to be content with just making the playoffs so I don’t think they are going to move into the second round. It’s going to be a close series but I have the Celtics winning in 6 games.

It’s finally my favorite time of the year, the NBA playoffs. I’m an NBA guy and the Finals are more exciting to me than the Super Bowl.  So let’s get right to it.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz

The Spurs come into the playoffs as the number one seed. They had that last year and were bounced out in the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies. I don’t think that’s going to happen this year. The Jazz are young and athletic but I think the Spurs are on a mission this year. The Spurs are old but they still have the heart of a champion. I have the Spurs in five games.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks

This is a repeat of last years’ Western Conference Finals but this time I think OKC wins. And pretty easily. Dallas has been gutted and they are the sorriest champions that have ever taken the floor. I would not be surprised if this one only goes four games.  But I’m going to give Dallas the benefit of the doubt and say OKC wins in five games.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

The Lakers are going to be without Metta World Peace for all of this series unless it goes seven games. And there is a chance it could go seven games. The Nuggets are a tough team and they always show up for games against the Lakers. And now they don’t have Carmelo Anthony dragging them down. I don’t think the Nuggets can deal with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. And the Lakers have this guy named Kobe Bryant who has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. I’m going with the Lakers in six games.

Los Angeles Clippers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

The Clippers got a lot of attention early in the season and many talking heads picked them to represent the West in the Finals. Now we all know those people were a bunch of idiots. Memphis has flown below the radar this season but they are a serious contender. I’m taking the Girzz in six games.

Two years ago Lamar Odom was razing the Larry O’Brien Trophy and celebrating his second consecutive NBA Championship. Last Year he was voted Sixth Man of the Year. This year he’s out of a job.

When the Dallas Mavericks sent him packing a few days ago everyone was talking about what a waste of talent Lamar has become.

I think that’s incredibly unfair to Odom. In my opinion, he is still a great talent. He is the most versatile player in the league. Name me one other player that can play all five positions. I’ll wait.

When you look at everything that Lamar has gone through off the court you may have a different view of him. It’s amazing that he has made it this far. His mother passed away when he was a child. His father was a junkie. He’s had to bury a child. He’s lost many family members in the last few years. Just recently his father, who he had somewhat reconciled with, was very ill. He has dealt with issues that would have buried many of his critics.

I honestly think that getting traded from the Lakers broke his heart. And I’m talking about the trade to New Orleans that NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed. Even though he’s been on different teams during his career, I think Lamar finally felt at home with the Lakers. All of his needs were met on that team. Losing them was like losing his family all over again.

Lamar Odom is an emotional person. He always has been and will always be. And that’s fine. Most people don’t understand that type of personality, but I do.  I truly believe that if he somehow returns to the Lakers he will be the great player that he always has been.

He was recently seen leaving Dallas wearing his Lakers championship t-shirt and a lot has been made of that. Maybe he was sending a message or maybe he just felt most comfortable in Lakers gear.

Some team will give Odom a chance to vindicate himself next season, you can bet on that. The only question that remains is, will it be a team that Lamar will feel comfortable playing for?