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Whatever happened to my Nuggets hoodie?

March 8, 2008

My thinking has always been that San Antonio is the team to beat until someone beats them. There are no perfect teams in this league and the Spurs should have earned the benefit of the doubt by this point. But still no one cares. Eva could strip naked at halftime of every game and they wouldn’t get attention.

People talk about them this year like they’re going to scrape their way into the playoffs. They’ve got the best record in the conference as I type this.

This game’s not over yet, but Melo turned it around by completely torching the Spurs in the third quarter. What the hell happened to Bruce Bowen? Where does he go during these games?

The Suns, the Spurs, and the Lakers all have a good chance of coming out, and I give the advantage simply to who’s healthiest and who gets the best draw. After that, in terms of winning the title this year, I’d rank the teams Utah, Dallas, Nawlins, Denver, Golden State, Houston. Golden State can beat anybody, but they’re too streaky to go all the way. Houston is playing incredible basketball, but they can’t match up in a long series with any of these teams. Denver has pretty good role players–imagine if they had a healthy K-Mart or at least that salary cap space to play with. I love what Najera brings to that team. Nawlins is playing beautiful basketball, but I don’t think they’re ready yet. I’ve never liked Dallas and I hate that they gave up Diop. Utah relies on way too many white guys.

Everyone is talking about how deep the West is, and they’re completely right. Denver might miss the playoffs, and they’d absolutely be the third ranked team in the East. That being said, if someone wanted to bet you which conference the championship team would come from, isn’t it about even odds? Detroit and Boston are just as good as any team in the league. Lebron is playing better than any player in the league. And the top four in the east are basically going to have byes in the opening round.

Also, I made it through an entire Nuggets inspired post without mentioning that Iverson is my favorite player in the league.

Your NBA champions

February 1, 2008

DVR is challenging for inclusion among the top three things in my life (currently: Courtney, Taco Bell, Red Bull.) I fell asleep before the end of the Spurs-Suns game but I just jammed the fourth quarter in about fifteen minutes (it’s amazing how much time is spent on timeouts and commercials.)

The Suns had a solid four point lead with a little under a minute left, when Mike Finley hit a huge three and Steve Nash answered with two horrible possession. Suddenly the Spurs are up three, when Amare gets a bucket and 1. Clanks it, game time.

All of this without Tony Parker. If the Spurs are healthy coming into the playoffs and they’re not your pick to win the title, you’re crazy. They just win.

They’re beatable, but they’re the team to beat.

How do they do it?

December 8, 2007

Win or lose, this Spurs team/franchise/era/dynasty is unreal. To be playing this well with the best player in the L on the bench has to intimidate the rest of the NBA.

They get huge performances from nobody role players. All the time. It’s kind of like how the Yankees will have an early season injury in their rotation, find some random guy on the street in the Bronx, ask him to pitch, and he’ll win 14 games.

Rocks at Spurs

November 16, 2007

The Spurs had to work very hard tonight at home to beat a TMac-less Rockets squad. I’ve always been a little more skeptical about Houston than a lot of people. I love TMac, and I love Yao’s game in the abstract, but—at the end of the day—is there a single guy on there who has ever won anything? Who has any killer instinct?

That being said, the Rockets’ role players showed me a whole lot, especially Luis Scola (who the Spurs had the rights to but could never get onto their roster before they traded him.) Maybe the Spurs know something that we don’t—you have to give them the benefit of the doubt at this point—but everyone said that Scola was going to be really good and he looks really good. Not only is he big and talented, but he brings a ton of energy and attitude. He was yelling at Yao, yelling at the refs. Not passive whatsoever. He’s the most polished “rookie” in the league by about three miles. I could be wrong, but I thought the trade was bad for the Spurs at the time and it looks worse now. It’s going to come back to bite San Antonio in the alamo.