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Eight Wins To Go

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Last night, Rajon Rondo stepped up BIG to close out the Second Round of the Playoffs. With Pierce fouled out and the Celtics struggling to score, Rondo went on a personal 9-0 run to put the game and series away for the Celtics.

Rajon Rondo comes up BIG for the Celtics, Game 7 vs 76ers.

… And here come the Conference Finals..

And as we’ve done through every round, Scamz and I have our predictions (well Scamz has decent predictions, my predictions have been as good as Montreal weather predictions)

But first, here’s an update on the competition!

First Round Scores

Second Round Scores (Points are Doubled)

It’s bad.. I know, Scamz is running away with this one.
Scamz 197134 Swish

Conference Finals, Points are now TRIPLED!

Select correct series winner: +30 points
Incorrect selection will cost: -15 points

Having selected the correct winner, additional points can be earned:

Correct number of games: +18 points
One game error in guess: +9 points
Two game error: +3 points

Here are our Predictions for the Conference Finals, starting with Scamz and then Swish!

Scamz’s NBA Playoffs 2012 Conference Finals Predictions

Swish’s NBA Playoffs 2012 Conference Finals Predictions


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Tough Comeback

On Saturday we pitched out our predictions for the Eastern Conference Semi Finals while we waiting for the west to get set, now that they are, here it is!

Final Point Tally:
Scamz – 95 points
Swish – 63 points (.. looking rusty — need a comeback!)

Here are the Predictions for the Semi Finals

Scamz Predicts:

Scamz’ Predictions for the 2012 NBA Playoffs Semi Finals

 

Swish Predicts:

Swish’s Predictions for the 2012 NBA Playoffs Semi Finals

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Check-Point(s)

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So.. to Sum Up:
Derrick Rose got injured, lost to the 76ers; Heat made ashes of the Knicks; Pacer’s advanced; Celtics got lucky; Mavericks were embarrassed; LA is not serious; Clips and Griz are making games really exciting to watch AND Spurs have not disappointed us! phew..

8th seeded 76ers beat out top seeded Bulls in NBA 1st Round Playoffs 2012

Tallying up the Points!

Scamz has tallied up 66 points with 2 Series still undecided in the First Round.
And I’m saddened to announce that I’m trailing by quite the early margin with just 40 points thus far. But have no fear! I’m like the Clips, just looking to have a 27 point comeback in the end!

First Round Predictions Here!

Second Round, Points are Doubled!

Select correct series winner: +20 points
Incorrect selection will cost: -10 points

Having selected the correct winner, additional points can be earned:

Correct number of games: +12 points
One game error in guess: +6 points
Two game error: +2 points

Eastern Conference Predictions from Scamz for the 2nd Round:

Scamz’s Second Round Eastern Conference Winners, NBA Playoffs 2012

Eastern Conference Predictions from Swish for the 2nd Round:

Swish’s Eastern Conference Second Round Winners, NBA Playoffs 2012

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D’Antoni or Melo, Take Your Pick

70 games since the New York Knicks traded half their roster to acquire Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets, it has become apparent that the D’Antoni-Carmelo Experiment does not produce results.

The Problem:

The Knicks who were 28-26 last season prior to the Carmelo Trade have gone 32-38 since. And when we consider the ‘Melo-less 7-1 record the team posted during Jeremy Lin’s explosive ‘arrival’ to fame, where does that leave us.. I’ll let u do the math on that one.

It’s not just Carmelo’s fault, Mike D’Antoni (head coach) has not made enough adjustments to take advantage of the talented players he has acquired. My issue here is that, the Knicks are 1-dimensional, they make no adjustments offensively or defensively depending on who their match ups are. And although, D’Antoni’s free flow offense keeps many players very happy statistically, the only time it has ever produced results was under a future hall of fame floor general PG Steve Nash.

The Solution:

One or the other must go, the trade deadline is Thursday, the experiment has failed. Either D’Antoni’s despicable reign as head coach must end, or move the all star talent who demands the ball in his hands and restricts a free-flow offense. The Knicks can upgrade all positions by trading Melo, but this team is just too talented and too deep to be 6 games under .500 this season.

My Solution:

Bye-bye D’Antoni… You had your chance, you have all the talent and you’ve produced little to nothing. A talent like Carmelo will always be more valuable than a stubborn coach.

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Are the LA Lakers Just Bored?

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Kobe Bryant (right) whistling away on the bench

Ever since the All-Star break, the Los Angeles Lakers had been one of the best teams in the league.. right up there with the OKC Thunder and the Chicago Bulls. They began the second half of the season with a 17-1 record and looked poised to beat out the San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the league.

And there I sat thinking:
. . . here comes another Laker Championship. . .

but in the blink of an eye, LA has collapsed.

After failing to box out on the final possession of a missed free throw vs the Nuggets and a heart breaking mishandle by Kobe Bryant vs the Jazz.. the Lakers have now lost 5 in a row (first time since acquiring Pau Gasol).

So are the Lakers just bored? or is this season’s inconsistent play pointing towards a failed Championship three-peat?

I really think its a bit of both. LA doesn’t look like a finals-lock as they had in their previous 3 years. Derek Fisher is even older and struggles to stop the penetration opposing guards and Ron Artest is a mood-swing on offense, because you just never know what your going to get. While the Mavericks have gotten bigger and the Thunder are bigger and quicker (Lethal).

But yes, the Lakers do look bored and just about ready to start competing for the title. They say ‘good habits are developed overtime’ and these are just not good habits. We saw the Lakers flick the switch after the all-star break and win 17 of 18..

Can they flick the switch twice in one season? Only time will tell..

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New Goals & New Life in New York City

Carmelo Anthony Traded to Knicks

Its Official, Carmelo Anthony’s prayers have been answered, he is now a member of the New York Knicks. The trade involved 3 teams and 12 players, as discussed earlier:

New York Knicks Receive: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Willams, Anthony Carter, Renaldo Balkman and Corey Brewer (from MIN)

Denver Nuggets Recieve: Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timothy Mosgov, one 1st-round pick, and two 2nd-round picks

Minnesota Timberwolves Recieve: Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph, $3M in Cash Considerations from NY

The Nuggets who were $13.5M over the luxury tax which incurs a (dollar per dollar penalty), are now $4.5M below the salary cap.

Carmelo Anthony’s Agent, Leon Rose spoke about the trade,

I’m extremely happy for Melo. We are very appreciative to the Denver Nuggets organization for their efforts in assisting. Melo is excited and looking forward to playing for the Knicks.

Voice your opinion!

Lesson to be Learned??

  • The Toronto Raptors should have traded Chris Bosh!
  • Should the Cavs have traded LeBron??
  • Will the Magic trade Dwight Howard if he fails to sign extension as well?

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A Nuggets’ Drama Ending

Will 'Melo' wear a Knick or Net Jersey after Trade Deadline?

With the Trade Deadline approaching on February 24th, the Denver Nuggets and Carmelo Anthony are expected to hug and wave goodbye… After 7 and a half strong seasons in Denver, the now 4-time All-Star is ready for change and reconsideration does not seem likely.

‘Melo’ wants out of Denver and has indirectly hinted to his home state of New York. He has forced the organizations hand by refusing to sign a $65M extension making him unrestricted this upcoming summer. Although, New Jersey is a close 2nd option, everyone knows that New Yorkers hate New Jersey.

(Ted Mosby Explains)

New York Denver Proposal

New York Knicks Receive: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Shelden Willams and Renaldo Balkman

Denver Nuggets Recieve: Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, 1st-round (2014) Pick and Corey Brewer (from MIN)

Minnesota Timberwolves Recieve: Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph

New Jersey Denver Proposal

New Jersey Nets Receive: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Renaldo Balkman and Melvin Ely.

Denver Nuggets Receive: Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, Troy Murphy, Ben Uzoh and four 1st round picks

Rumors??

  • Anthony is expected to inform the Nets today whether he will or will not sign the extension with the team, which will likely determine whether the trade is completed or not.
  • If he does not agree, the Nuggets have 2 options left, let Anthony walk next summer to New York or trade him for value to New York.
  • A deal has been agreed to, but was not allowed to be announced during All-Star Weekend??

What do I think??

Carmelo Anthony will get his way and New York will make a run for an NBA Championship behind Melo, Amare and Billups.

What do YOU think??


 

 

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