Posts Tagged ‘Clippers’

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

This is a hard one for me. As a die hard Lakers fan it’s tough for me to pick against them but I might have to do it this time.

The OKC Thunder are a good team. Really good. If they can play their game they have a great chance of winning this series.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are going to get their points and lead the team. Serge Ibaka is going to be a beast on the defensive end and James Harden will lead the bench and be an all around great player.

A lot has to go right for the Lakers to win this series. Maybe too much.

The bench has to play better. Pau Gasol has to remember that he is seven feet tall and play like it. Andrew Bynum needs to shut up and be ready to play. Metta World Peace needs to play with CONTROLED aggression. And Kobe Bryant has to give up the ball more.

That’s a lot of things that have to go right for the Lakers. That’s why I am picking the Thunder to win in 7 games.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers have been a great story this year. Chris Paul has totally turned that team around and made them a legitimate threat in the playoffs. Unfortunately, they are about to run into a buzz saw named the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs are like a steam roller, they’re slow, boring to watch and they absolutely crush everything in their path.

The Clippers will not get the flopping calls against the Spurs like they got against the Grizzlies.

The Spurs may be the best team in the league and I fully expect them to be in the Finals. I have the Spurs winning in 5 games.

Advertisements

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?

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.

You could hear it starting slowly, “New York Knicks, New York Knicks!” LeBron James was at the free throw line near the end of Game 6 and the Boston Celtic fans were letting him have it. “New York Knicks! NEW YORK KNICKS!!”

Everyone seems to think that LeBron is going to the Knicks. Even the Cleveland fans think that. And after the Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 94-85 to end LeBron’s season and perhaps his career in Cleveland, everyone in world seems to think the same thing.

I don’t think so.

LeBron-to-the-Knicks talk seems to hinge on another superstar free agent coming along with him. Either Dwayne Wade or Chris Bosh. Or Both. There are too many moving parts that need to come together for this to happen.

Why would he leave a pretty good Cleveland team and go to a total rebuilding project? That doesn’t make sense.

The move that makes more sense and is infinitely more entertaining is LeBron to Los Angeles. No, not the Lakers. . .the CLIPPERS!!

That’s right, I said it.

Hear me out on this one.

The Clippers have all the cap room they need to sign LeBron. They have an opening at the head coach position to bring in any one of LeBron’s choosing. They can even make a run at Phil Jackson if that’s what LeBron wants.  And they already have a better team than the Knicks.

Think about this starting lineup; Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman and LeBron James. Go ahead, ponder that for a bit. Davis would actually be interested in playing basketball again. Griffin would have less pressure on him and probably stay healthy for the whole season, Kaman would continue to be an All-Star and Eric Gordon could continue to be Eric Gordon. You have to admit, on paper, that’s a pretty good team. It may not be a championship caliber team but neither are the Knicks.

And L.A. has better weather than New York.

Think about all the things LeBron could do in Hollywood; cameos on “Two and a Half Men,” stopping by the “Tonight Show” just to say hi or even remaking “Kazaam.” Hollywood makes more sense for LeBron, Inc. than Manhattan.

Clipper games would then become a place for Hollywood stars to be seen. And if they played it right the Clippers could get all of Young Hollywood to attend. Forget about Jack and Denzel. The Clips would get Leo and Toby, Paris and Lindsey, even that guy from the vampire movies. LeBron would be THE star in a town full of stars.

And now for the real drama. Think about LeBron AND Kobe in the same city. Hell, they would be in the same arena! They would play each other four times a year instead of two. Can you see LeBron pushing Kobe to be better, Kobe daring LeBron to take his Number 1 spot? It’s a season long soap opera. David Stern must make sure this happens.

Of course all this depends on Clippers owner Donald Sterling to stop being Donald Sterling.

Yes, Sterling the worst owner in all of professional sports. Sure, he would rather trade a star player rather than pay him what he’s worth. We all know he’s a cheapskate. However, I think he’s tired of playing second fiddle to Dr. Jerry Buss and the Lakers. This could be the one chance for him to be the Big Man on Campus. This is his one chance to garner all the headlines. This is the one time that he will release the vise grip on his checkbook and pay LeBron whatever he wants.

Sure, all this is a long shot, but L.A. is a city full of long shots. Hundreds of kids show up every day with hopes of becoming a superstar. Besides, you know what they say about Los Angeles: If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.