Posts Tagged ‘NBA playoffs’

Jordan-Crawford-x-Carmelo-AnthonyCeltics player Jordan Crawford found himself in the middle of a controversy when he allegedly told Carmelo Anthony, “That motherfucker fucked your wife,” and the end of last night’s playoff game. I say “allegedly” only because to video of him mouthing off to Anthony after the Celtics’ 92-86 victory leaves a little ambiguity. Not much, but a little.

Anthony’s wife, La La Anthony, has chimed in on Instagram, saying, “Try again. You on the bench for a reason.” Presumably, this was directed towards Crawford. Deadspin.com has a nice report you should check out, with the video.

To his credit, Crawford has stuck to his story. He even tweeted out this earlier today:

See? He would never do something like that. Even though he was caught on camera doing just that.

It remains to be seen if this verbal scrum will be a distraction to Anthony and the Knicks and negatively impact their game or if it will energize them and help them close out Boston in Game 6. Given Carmelo Anthony’s history, I’d it can go either way.

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While the Mamba’s away, the mice will play. The Lakers are fighting for their playoff lives Wednesday against the Houston Rockets but that has not stopped Dwight Howard from thinking up new nicknames.

Kevin Ding has reported that Howard now wants to be called, “The Chocolate Mamba.”

I’m not sure how Kobe Bryant will receive the news but already many Lakers fans are not taking to the new name.

Howard has a long history of keeping things light and joking around but with so much on the line it seems a little ill timed to be thinking up new nicknames. Of course, if the Lakers get into the playoffs no one will think twice about the name. And if the Lakers win a championship Dwight can call himself whatever he wants.

But for tonight, the Chocolate Mamba better have a hell of a game and lead the Lakers into the playoffs.

The Miami Heat are in big trouble. Not only are they on the verge of being eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Boston Celtics but they are on the verge of being dismantled.

After losing Game 5 at home last night, the Heat have been subject to even more scrutiny than usual. And no one is safe.

Most of the criticism has been aimed at head coach Erik Spoelstra. There is no doubt that he has made mistakes and has been out coached. Not playing Chris Bosh down the stretch in the fourth quarter might have sealed his fate. Even if Bosh wasn’t 100% you still have to put him out there to give yourself a chance to win. Like most of his team, he seems to fold under pressure. I can’t tell if he is infecting the team or they are infecting him. No matter what happens, Coach Spo will probably not be back next season. But you can’t blame everything on him.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade deserve some blame, too. Both of them will disappear for stretches at a time. LeBron has always had a weak psyche. When the team is winning he is the first one out there posing and preening for the cameras but when they are losing he sulks and seemingly gives up. He’s like the bully who finally gets punched in the mouth and runs off crying. The whole team is like that.

Charles Barkley was right when he called them a “whiny bunch.” They are. The fact that LeBron and Wade didn’t show up for the post-game press conference last night proves it. They were sulking in the locker room instead of facing the press. If Kobe Bryant had done that he would have been savaged in the press. When the Heat win they can’t wait to tell everyone about it. When the lose they pout like petulant little children.

And that is what the Heat are missing. They lack the maturity to deal with the ups and downs of professional sports and the mental toughness to needed to compete for a championship. The head coach can’t instill it in the team. LeBron James never had it. And Dwyane Wade is losing it with each passing game.

If the Heat lose Game 6 in Boston (and they probably will) you can expect to see some major changes in the Heat organization. You will also see the end to the failed experiment of stacking a team full of superstars in an attempt to win a championship.

The Heat Era is about to end and the Team Era will return to the NBA. And that’s what we’ve all been missing.

The Miami Heat have fallen behind the Indiana Pacers 2-1 in their playoff series. But with the reaction of fans and media you would think the Heat were on the brink of getting swept.

Dwyane Wade didn’t help the cause when he had one of the worst games of his career and then topped it off with a shouting match with head coach Erik Spoelstra right on the court.

I know the knee jerk reaction is the blame LeBron James for everything but this time I think the blame lies with Wade.

Sure, King James hasn’t really come through in the 4th quarter like everyone wants him to but that’s really not shocking. That’s expected.

What wasn’t expected was Wade to fall apart just when his team needed him most. With Chris Bosh out and the Heat bench not producing at all, its falling on James and Wade to carry the Heat.

But it seems like Wade is melting under the pressure. He’s taking cheap shots at other players, complaining about the Pacers celebrating after their Game 2 win in Miami and now he has a problem with his coach.

I would never have thought that Wade would become a villain. After all, this isn’t the WWE. Sure, you would totally expect Hulk Hogan to join the NWO and turn into “Hollywood” Hogan but nobody saw this coming.

There is already a chorus of fans and media calling for Wade to be traded. If the Heat get bounced out of the playoffs by the Pacers you can be assured that one of the Big 3 will be gone. One thing everyone needs to remember is that Dwyane Wade is the only one who has a championship ring. That ought to count for something.

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.

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.