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Posted Friday, April 22, 2016 02:58 AM


Boston's had a great year.  But no Avery Bradley chiefly and probably no Olynick (did not practice yesterday) means shortened rotation; and Boston's greatest asset this year has been their depth.  Atlanta has essentially domianted Boston all year.  And Atlanta is a three point dog.  Bazemore makes Atlanta a winner; he came in on the Warriors best draft ever: Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli, Draymon Green and then Bazemore (which is often overlooked) was signed as an undrafted free agent.  He was the national defensive player of the league at Old Dominion U.  Atlanta too deep and too experienced for Boston in this one.  Tell me why I'm wrong; why I'm write.  

Posted Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:46 PM


I originally wrote this in CM Johnson's thread.  I need feedback, please.  I'm unsure.  

 In looking at Denver, they're an unheralded bunch.  They lose Iggy and Danillo off of last year.  They sign JJ Hickson, Darrel Arthur and Nate (had an amazing eye-opening year along with Belinelli in Chicago last year) Robinson.  Wilson Chandler gets a bigger roll.  Javelle goes down (a good thing) and Mazgov gets more minutes (a better than Javelle thing).  

Since an 0-3 start, Denver is 13-5.  Denver went 4-2 on a LONG road trip.  Then lost the infamous first game back against a mediocre team-- classic.  Win in workman like fashion of New Orleans.  Denver 7-2-1 ats in last ten against OKC.  Lost by two at OKC in november.  Missed 18 foul shots.  These teams match up.  I see it going down to the wire?  Am I missing something.

Posted Tuesday, October 29, 2013 03:24 AM



Posted Sunday, May 19, 2013 06:35 PM

does san antonio remember the alamo

It was two years ago, when Memphis brutalized Richard Jeffeson and 93 year old Antonio Mcdysse.  They are now replaced by Splitter and Leonard.  Danny Green takes the place of George Hill.  Splitter had a plus 16 in his short stint in the game.  Memphis took away the inside and San Antonio bombed them.  Next game, San Antonio will get the inside points.  Does anyone else think that San Antonio's front office responded to that loss.  That Memphis is number one on their radar?  San Antonio swept Memphis last year.  They split this year.  But down Duncan and Ginobli lost by two at Memphis late in the year.  Does anyone think San Antonio wants to win this series in five?  And Can they?

Posted Wednesday, May 01, 2013 02:23 AM


Golden State didn't show up in Denver.  Denver was supposed to stomp them.  But Golden State turned on the motor in the fourth quarter and made it a game.  Golden State will turn on the motor early in game six.  Mark Jackson held Bogut down to 18 minutes.  Why? saving the big ausie for the real nock out blow-- not the dirty hands to the throat blow he threw on Faried.  It's the playoffs.  Denver's going down.  GSW better at every position.

Posted Tuesday, March 12, 2013 01:54 AM


Okay, everyone's on the lakers, this new dominating juggernaut the lakers who have hardly been blowing any one out of late (except the 14 point win of the c's after the all-star break).  but dwight throws orlando under the bus in many way, the last of which was his latest interview.   That stadium will be up for the game.  I hope the line is nine by the time I play it.  I had orlando against indiana and got whipped, my worst whipping in the past two weeks.  and i may chicken out.  need your thoughts, guys.   help me think this through.

Posted Saturday, January 05, 2013 02:09 AM


i've really enjoyed reading the regular handicappers this year.  very impressive.  i used to comment.  but who's got time?  BUT TOMORROW i need a little input.  am i blind.  but are the warriors getting six a gift.  i had the warriors over the clips, the clips over the lakers, and now the warriors over the clips.  clippers four games in five nights; five games in seven nights, 7 games in ten nights.  Mike Smith, lawler's law's sidekick on the clips broadcast, was interviewed on KNBR in SF before the last clips-warriors game.  he said the warriors are a bad matchup for the clippers.  throw in my prediction that jamal crawford doesn't play, the warriors could take their third game of the season.  warriors are rested-- this is their second game in seven days.  would love to hear everyone's thoughts.  MAYBE I'M WRONG!!!!!  LET ME KNOW

Posted Tuesday, December 04, 2012 01:50 PM

Is it Gasol's fault he's not a 6'7" slasher/jump shooter? what was the laker's management thinking?

They hire a run and gun coach like d'antoni.  It didn't work when phoenix brought in shaq.  gasol and howard surrounded by shooters would be the best fit for those big guys.  phil jackson or a million coaches would've been a better fit than d'antoni.  i know pau is soft.  but somehow he wins world championships with spain.  i hate mike brown.  but he's a better fit with this team.  Pau just showed up Kobe.  Kobe's arrogance reigns supreme.  This laker decompensation is a kobe-- flying helicopters to his home games-- orchestration.  dwight howard cost 23 people jobs in orlando.  the lakers won't be there in the end this year.  kobe will fail at this 6th ring unless he signs on with OKC or MIAMI or even with pau's younger brother in MEMPHIS.

Posted Sunday, November 04, 2012 06:24 PM

with kidd, chandler, felton, novak, jr smith, r the knicks for real?


Posted Wednesday, May 16, 2012 03:21 AM

how banged up is paul pearce?

I hope that crazy milk man is right-- that pearce shows up for game three.  but i just heard jackie mcmullen on espn radio. she says paul is legimately banged up.  that boston doesn't have their faithful assassin right now.  what do y'all think?

Posted Monday, April 30, 2012 02:12 PM

Can and will Memphis rebound? YOUR THOUGHT?

I'm looking at this grizzly team.  Top to bottom they overmatch the clippers (except for Chris Paul-- who's leadership far surpasses his prodigious talent).  The question is will the Grizzlies rise to the challenge of being clearly the superior team.  Last year Dallas dropped game four to Portland in a similar fourth quarter collapse.  They had more veterans on their team.  And Portland, just one year ago, wasn't way overmatched in talent by Dallas.  Well, we'll see.  Would love to hear what others have to say?  Maybe you think the Clippers overmatch Memphis?  Let me hear.  I need to make an informed decision for the next game.

Posted Sunday, April 29, 2012 03:44 AM

memphis-clippers crisp analyis

memphis 26-7 at home.  memphis top to bottom can handle clips.  conley-paul (advantage paul), tony allen (advantage tony allen) foye or mo will, gasol (advantage) versus deandre jordan (are you kidding me?), blake (advantage) vs zebo (x-factor), and rudy gay (advantage) versus butler.  3-2 memphis!  bench MAYO-SPEIGHTS-ARENAS  versus kenyon martin, mo williams, nic really young, reggie eavens   i say OJ Mayo gives memphis the slight edge with the bench, but that's debatable.  it really boils down to how amazing chris paul is, and he's a little nicked up.  memphis was a beast in last year's playoffs.  EXPERIENCE.  home teams won during the regular season.  no reason to believe it won't be any different in this series.  memphis in 7.

Posted Thursday, January 12, 2012 02:36 PM

Labron still has no post game?

If you want to see a post game for a non-big, look no further than Kobe!  Labron's footwork does not show any up and under, only the same fade away he's always taken.   Miami plays with much more confidence than early last year.  But their endgame is the same.  No playbook-- just labron or wade one-on-one.  It appears they're still vulnerable.  Thoughts welcome!

Posted Friday, December 23, 2011 01:34 PM

miami-dallas is miami really 4.5 points better?

Dallas versus Miami.  Is Miami really 4.5 points better.  

Last year Dallas beat Miami six out of eight times straight up.  Dallas played Miami four times at home and went 3-1 straight up.   The lone loss at home was by two points.

Offseason moves.  Dallas lost Chandler who significantly prevented Miami penetration.  And Dallas lost Barea-- a scorer who could create offense on his own.  Caron Butler’s was a regular season loss.  In an odd way, they replace Chandler’s quality (though not his defense) with Lamar Odom.  They replace Barea with a wheelchair bound Vince Carter.  Simply, Carter is washed up.  But Mark Cuban’s a genius billionaire.  Maybe he knows something.  I doubt it.  Butler was essentially replaced last year by a rejuvenated Shawn Marion-- a player Dallas figured out how to use.  He plays best with a  playmaking point guard, Nash and Kidd.

What about Miami?

They didn’t really lose anything; and their greatest gain besides Shane Battier is a healthy Udanis Haslem.  Miami still is weak at point guard.  Chalmers backup, rookie Cleveland State’s Norris Coles, could be a huge difference maker if he lives up to potential (how he played in the preseason).

So really this game boils down to what differnce does the loss of Chandler and Barea make with Miami’s increased inside pressence with Haslem.  Plus, REVENGE FACTOR.  The whole w... [More]

Posted Wednesday, December 21, 2011 09:52 AM

is this the beginning of the end of the lakers?

Kobe is older and slower.  They diss their second and third best players by trying to trade them (Gasol and Odom).  They give Odom away.  The little rookie point guard seems okay-- sorta like Smush Parker.  Remember him?  Metta World Artest is long in the tooth (and I loved him back in the day).  New coach with little experience in handling huge superstars-- aka doing little with Labron.  Zero second unit.   Steve Blake needs to eat a loaf of bread.  Derrick Fisher should retire and run for office.  Matt Barnes isn't Shannon Brown.  That is my question.  Is this the beginning of the end?

Posted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 02:15 PM

byron scott versus Lawrence Frank

On preseason I'm up and down.  Tonight I bet a small wager on the Detroit money line +140 @ Cleveland; and a small Detroit +3.5.  Tayshon Prince didn't play in the opener.  Stuckey didn't play and might play.  That gives detroit more horses between two relatively horseless teams.  However, one concern and question does byron scott take games versus Lawrence Frank more personal than normal because Frank as a sniveling little ass-kissing assistant with zero basketball playing experience, which includes high school, stole Scott's job in New Jersey?  Frank went on to lead Jersey to the worst beginning in a Nets history a few years later.   That's a little long winded.  But does anyone have an opinion on the byron scott-lawrence frank issue?  It's not as sexy as Chris Paul and the Clippers looking unbelieveably formidable with Mo Williams off the bench as their third guard.

Posted Monday, December 12, 2011 11:17 AM

Are the Knicks shooting themselves in the foot?

actually, for the future, chandler might be a good signing.  though, historically, he can't stay healthy.  i don't remember anyone talking about how great he was when he was losing with the charlotte bobcats?  does anyone see the boston value on opening day now that new york got rid of chauncy for a defensive center on a team with an offensive coach and two ball hog superstars who've never been known for their defense.

Posted Monday, June 13, 2011 12:41 AM

series exposed miami's weakness at coach and point guard

In the end, Miami couldn't handle the ball-- 5 wade turnovers and 6 labron turnovers in game six.  spoelstra wailed "stay the course," like George W. Bush on the aircraft carrier in San Diego.  But the heat didn't have a veteran bench jockey to bring home the gold.  And with all the labron bashing, wade's poor handle was exposed.  did anyone else see this?  congrats to crazy milkman for making the obvious play in game six.  in this series, it was the only clear cut pick game to me.  dallas appeared to wear the heatles down.  they were the better, deaper team.  and carlisle seemed to be one step ahead of spoelstra at every turn.  the barea starting move, the zone, the belief in marion, playing mahini and, above all, THE CUSTODIAN.  jerry west is smiling somewhere that his brian cardinal shined on the big stage.  spo started chalmers three games later in response to carlisle's barea starting move.  spoelstra finally gave labron some rest-- in the sixth game of the finals.  miami will be there for a long time.  d'love to hear everyone's thoughts.  great season.  hope they don't lock'm out too long.

Posted Sunday, June 05, 2011 01:42 AM

Did labron turn into the "old labron deer in the playoff headlights" on the center stage?

In my last post I questioned spoelstra.  The responses led to a great diaglogue.  Many defended Coach spo.  After all, as my girlfriend says, "he's cute."  But it led to the more disturbing question, is it possible Labron wilted, like he did last year against a more cohesive Boston Celtics team?  When faced with a more cohesive Mavs team than the previous three eastern conference opponents in this year's playoffs, did he did turn into the "old labron deer in the playoff headlights" on the center stage? 

Posted Friday, June 03, 2011 06:27 PM

Was Spoelstra exposed as a first time head coach at any level?

From what I understand, Eric Spoelstra jointed the heat at age 24 in the film room.  I guess they used film back then.   He worked his way up the Riley chain to assistant coach.  It was known that he was willing to go out and get a sandwhich for Pat and the other coaches at any time day or night.  Finally, Riley got older and didn't wanna roam the sidelines and didn't want someone who might have an original thought (i.e., anyone with the last name Van Gundy), and chose Spoelstra as his puppet sideline head.  Well, if you throw Labron, Dwyane (his Mom did not know how to spell), and Chis, anyone including myself can win 58 games and win three series over vastly inferior opponents.  But when it came down to crunch time (the last 7 minutes) against a mildly inferior opponent, Miami got two shots out of Wade who had a sizzling hot 13-20 from the floor game, no foul from Bosh on the last possession and zero timeouts with 3.6 second left.  methinks THAT WAS LACK OF COACHING!   Was Spoelstra exposed and did this breathe life into the beast called the Dallas Mavericks-- an inspired bunch of veterans that pass the ball and play together which comes down from their veteran coach?  Let me know covers guys and gal?

Posted Friday, May 27, 2011 02:34 AM

thibs diddn't play noah or boozer down the stretch

Coach thibs went with 80 year old Kurt Thomas, the 11th man on the team, down the stretch over boozer and noah?  was it thibs that choked.  I noticed that in game three and played miami the last two plays of the series.  Did any one else question Thibs player personnel moves in the end of all the games-- which, btw, the bulls let slip away.  Did that piss off any of the chicago backers?  let me know!

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