Tuesday, March 31, 2009

NBA Line of the Week for March 23 to 29

Don't look now, but here comes America's least favorite team. Again.

With less than 3 weeks until the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs are clinging to the second seed in the Western Conference. Pretty remarkable considering all the injuries the team has faced this season. Of course this is the team that draws low television ratings, gets all the calls down the stretch (Hello Manu Ginobli), and is just a fundamentally sound basketball team. So of course no one wants to watch them.

But, they are the team of the past decade.

And it all starts with the Big 3. And no one was bigger last week than Point Guard Tony Parker.

Parker was the leader as he helped the Spurs go 3-1 last week and regain the second seed.

Last Wednesday at Atlanta (3/25), Parker led the Spurs to a 102-92 victory...Without Tim Duncan!

Here's Parker's line for that night:

42 points, 10 assists and 3 boards.

For the week, Parker averaged 27.5 points and 8.25 dimes.

Can you believe people actually don't care to watch this team when you can see Eva Longaria every night out!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Everything Going Mizzou's Way

Speaking of 70 foot shots...This may be the shot of the tournament so far. With practically everything going Missouri's way last night against Memphis, Mizzou's Marcus Denham nailed this shot from roughly 70 feet out.

Lebron James Goes Deep on 60 Minutes

If you haven't seen or heard, Lebron James was interviewed by Steve Kroft for 60 minutes airing this Sunday. And of course King James ceased to amazed.

This video is already making its rounds on YouTube and is the subject on about every talk radio station.

I think my favorite part of this shot is how Lebron is so cool, calm and collective. Like it was no big deal, because he does this all the time. No running around the gym and high fiving everyone.

The guy is incredible!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

NBA Line of the Week for March 16 to 22

Since suffering a partially collapsed lung against the Lakers in late January, the Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Wallace has shown no signs of weakness. Last week Wallace (Alabama), helped the Bobcats go 3-1 and now has Charlotte thinking playoffs!

Currently, Charlotte is 31-40 and just 2 1/2 games out of the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Last Friday (3/30), in a 102-89 win against Toronto Wallace's line read:

30 points, 8 assists, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, 9-13 fg%, 2-2 3pt%, 10-12 ft%

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Bracketology 101

First 4 in, Last 4 out.

What's it matter. ESPN's Joe Lunardi has been working hard the last 6 weeks on this. Why? What a waste of time. It changes everyday and it doesn't really matter until Selection Sunday.

Lunardi's bracketology is about a big of a waste of time as Mel Kiper/Todd McShay's mock drafts.

First off, there will always be upsets in Conference Tournaments. Teams like Cleveland St. and Northern Iowa win their Conference Tournament and knock bubble teams out.

Lunardi has Pitt, Louisville and UConn as number 1 seeds. Can you say East Coast bias? I thought the selection committee puts a lot of weight on Conference Tournaments. How can both Pitt and UConn be number 1 seeds when they both went one and done and the Big East? Now they say it's better to lose early because the teams get more rest. That's really not fair to every other team who play hard during their tournament.

Oklahoma and Kansas also were one and done. If you go one and done in your Conference Tournament, you don't deserve a number one seed. It also doesn't help a team's confidence when you go limping into the post season, in any sport. Hell, UConn hasn't won a post season game since 2006, the year George Mason beat them to go to the Final Four.

What about Memphis? They're a top 5 team who easily won their tournament.

What makes Joe Lunardi so special? And where does he get his credibility? I can pull names out of a hat and probably guess better than Lunardi.

Currently, Lunardi has USC out. USC will play for the Pac 10 title today. What if USC wins? Then the magnificent Lunardi will have to throw out his 4 in, 4 out.

So like I'm saying, what does it matter right now!

Who's in and who's out? If you're in a major conference and you have 20+ plus wins, you're probably gonna get in the tournament. If you're from a mid major conference, you better when your tournament or have at least 25 wins, see Creighton and maybe Utah St.

So if you pay attention to Lunardi's predictions, you're wasting your time. All that really matters is Sunday night.

My biggest question? What does Joe Lunardi do for the rest of the year?

Friday, March 13, 2009

Bron-Bron-3 Straight Triple Doubles

This may be the most exciting MVP races in recent memory. Most of the year the talk had been Lebron/Kobe. But lately Dwyane Wade has made a strong case for the MVP, averaging 40 plus points, 10 plus assists and hitting game winning jumpers.

Kobe has his Lakers sitting with the best record in the NBA and the Lakers have swept the Cavaliers and Celtics, pretty much securing home court advantage throughout the playoffs.

Now Lebron has just been lighting it up like Michael Phelps lights up bongs. Caught up in last night's 6 OT Big East thriller, you may have missed one of the funnest NBA games to watch. Bron-Bron led the Cavaliers from behind on the road in Phoenix. In doing so, James finished with his third straight triple double, a feat not accomplished since Jason Kidd.

In Cleveland's 119-111 victory in Phoenix, Lebron finished with 34 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks and 3 steals.

The biggest play of the game was probably this sick block James had on Jason Richardson. This play came after Lebron missed a three on the other end and Richardson seemed to have a wide open break to the basket. The most amazing part about this play was how in the hell James was able to make it down the other end of the court. This play shows Lebron's determination and hustle.

In Lebron's last three games, he has averaged 26.7 points, 12 dimes and 11 boards.

Last Tuesday, the Cavs were down 19 points in the fourth quarter to the Clippers, only to come back and win 87-83. Yeah, I know it was against the Clippers, but it's pretty impressive when a team can come from 19 down in the final period to win the game, no matter who the opponent is.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

NBA Line Of The Week for March 2 to March 8

Dwyane Wade is making a strong case for league MVP of late. We all saw his double overtime buzz beater to beat Chicago Monday night.

Last week Wade helped the Miami Heat go 2-2, coming up short twice against Lebron and Cleveland.

On Wednesday, March 4, Wade led the Heat to a 135-129 victory over the Phoenix Suns. Wade finished with 35 points, 16 assists and 6 rebounds.

Last Monday, March 2, Wade did all he could but the Heat blew a fourth quarter lead to the Cavs. Wade finished with 41 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds and 7 steals.

For the week, D-Wade averaged 35.7 points, 11.2 dimes and 6.7 boards.