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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.
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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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Who’s Best ‘Power Forward’ in the League?

Its like picking between two of your favorite donuts, flavors of ice cream or chocolate desserts, both are incredibly good, but depending on how your feeling that day, you may sway toward one or the other. Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) or Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves)??

Blake Griffin (Left) and Kevin Love (Right)

But for the sake of argument, here are 5 categories of assessment to bring this long debated Chuck vs Shaq discussion to an end, one of many between the two.

I think the only thing we can all agree on, is that the days of a Tim Duncan, back to the basket-type Power Forward (PF) are seemingly over. The games uptempo style has brought in a new dimension to the PF’s game and these are two of the more exciting and dominant players in that category. 

Team Record:

Blake’s Clippers have a 22-14 record, while Kevin’s T-wolves are just above the .500 mark at 20-19. Although the Clippers have the irreplaceable, playoff tested CP3 (Chris Paul) on their team, you cannot discount that the best PF in the league better be helping his team to more wins.

Blake Griffin

Statistics:

Love leads Blake in 4 of 7 crucial categories (FT%, 3PM, REB, PTS), while Griffin has an edge in (FG% and AST) and both are just pitiful when it comes to blocks.. so we wont mention that any further.

Kevin Love

Games Played vs Each other:

Although, two of these games were decided by 3 points or less, the easy advantage goes to winner of all 3 meetings, the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kevin Love

Potential:

The high-flying extremely athletic big man, Blake Griffin earns an easy advantage here. Still learning the game, Griffin has been playing on pure athleticism more than basketball knowledge. When the days of development pass, he will be unstoppable.

Blake Griffin 

In-the-Clutch:

He delivered 2 clutch fourth quarter baskets last night and sunk the game winning 3-pointer in the first meeting between these teams. Kevin Love has asserted himself as the go-to player for the Timberwolves.

Kevin Love

So if you tally up the scores………

Kevin Love is the best PF in the league today.. but, Tomorrow is a whole new day with a whole new set of possibilities.

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The Obama Classic Basketball Game

President Barack Obama made the call, the players responded and the league made exceptions. Funny how things can work so smoothly sometimes… (I think there’s a lesson in there somewhere)

Collaborating with Alonzo Mourning and Chris Bosh, President Obama will be hosting an NBA Charity Game on December 12th.

Confirmed NBA Stars include:
Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Amare Stoudamire, Chris Bosh

Others:
Ray Allen, Vince Carter, Baron Davis, Tyson Chandler, Jamal Crawford, Rudy Gay, Blake Griffin, Juwan Howard, Antawn Jamison, Kevin Love, John Wall, Russell Westbrook

and the Throwbacks:
Reggie Miller, Dikembe Mutombo, Alonzo Mourning!

and maybe a surprise appearance from the ‘baller’ President himself, lacing up and joining the Stars???

 

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Playa’s of the Year!

One of the most highly anticipated NBA regular seasons has come to end, but the excitement is just beginning! With the NBA Playoffs set to begin this Saturday! But first, I’ve gotta hand out my Season’s Awards.

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Most Valuable Player!

Derrick Rose

. . . . . enough said, just watch!!  MVP! MVP! MVP!

Alright, but I can’t go on without mentioning that the Chicago Bulls won 62 games this season and stole the best league record from the San Antonio Spurs on the LAST DAY of the regular season.

And obviously, D-Rose has been unconscious and as consistent as Day n’ Night..

Rookie of the Year!

This next guy is pretty incredible as well, I’m sure you’ve heard his name before…

Blake ‘the Earthquake’ Griffin

This guy’s had so many highlights, the NBA should considering re-naming the Top 10 Plays after him!

Defensive Player of the Year!

Dwight Howard 

He’s like his own SWAT team, as in he will swat that *beep*outta here.. (clever, I know..)

No seriously, a basketball looks like your daily orange in this guy’s hands.

Sixth Man!

James Harden

yeah ever since the Thunder traded away Jeff Green, Harden has become the most consistent spark off the bench! Strong Finish!

(Alot of ppl may pick Lamar Odom, but the guy’s stats are inflated because he was a starter for the first 2 months of the season… real bench numbers arn’t that impressive)

Most Improved Player!

Papa pa pa paaa I’m Lovin’ it!

Kevin Love

Fantastic personal achievement this season.. and an incredible 30-30 night! 

… just hope your cooties are contagious.. your teammates need it.

Coach of the Year!

Tom Thibodeau

No LeBron James? No Dwayne Wade? No Problem.. the Tom Thibodeau, Derrick Rose tandem is the best in the league!

First time Head-coach has shocked us all with his ability to earn his player’s loyalty and dedication! ..

Playoffs a different story, we’ll have to wait and see..


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