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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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The Playoffs Are Here!

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The Playoffs are here!! — and the NBA Swish is featuring a friend and a basketball geek for the playoffs — the one and only Sherif Khalil (AKA. Scamz!) who will be competing verses yours truly in a Playoff Series Winner mashup!

High Schooling, back in the day

Here’s how its going to work:

Select correct series winner: +10 points
Incorrect selection will cost: -5 points

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

Correct number of games: +6 points
One game error in guess: +3 points
Two game error: +1 points 

Lets get to it! Swish vs Scamz!

 

 

 

Starting with our Guest of Honor, here are Scamz’s Predictions:

Scamz's First Round Winners, NBA Playoffs 2012

Scamz’s Notes:

“Not really sure how Orlando and Indiana is gonna play out…that one was just a wild guess”

Here are Swish’s Predictions:

Swish's First Round Winners, NBA Playoffs 2012

Swish’s Notes: 
“No, its not a glitch.. I have the Mavericks taking out the Oklahoma City Thunder in 7. The Mavericks are underrated this year, and although OKC is my second favorite to win it all, I can’t stand ideally by.. wait, I WILL NOT stand ideally by and not give the defending Champs a shot out of the first round!”

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Carter, McGrady and Oakley Reunite

Its Friday, November 4th.. you know what that means? That means we should be watching Blake Griffin dunking on a couple of Trail Blazers, Spurs and Mavs in an old timer classic and a good ol’ Nash vs Bryant showdown…

… instead we’re chilling around, waiting on tomorrows meeting, the first meeting between the player union and NBA after the last possible deal fell apart. And listening to news on a “very real” chance that players are seeking that the union be decertified??

All great news.. as usual..

So today, we’re gonna talk Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Charles Oakley, interviewed by TSN’s “Off the Record” Show about their days in Toronto. And the “what if..” factor

 

 

 

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Phil Jackson: Unbreakable Legacy

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On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the 2011 Playoffs. After winning 2 NBA championships in their most recent 3 NBA Finals appearances, this year, the Lakers seemed uninterested, lethargic and lacking an edge.

But this blog just isn’t about the Lakers..

It’s about Phil Jackson.

The winning-est coach in NBA history, 11 NBA Championships in 13 Finals appearances.

He coached two of the greatest players of all-time in Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, guiding them to 6 and 5 championship rings respectively. Other notable players, Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman and future Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal all enjoyed wide success with Jackson.

Although he did not develop it, Jackson evolved and perfected the Triangle Offense. His style helped lead the 1995-96 Bulls team to a 72-10 record, which is the only team to ever win 70+ games in a season.

Lucky Guy! Don’t you think?

Jackson won in his first 9 championships in three-peats, first 3 with MJ and co., then another 3 in MJ’s return and 3 more with Shaq and Kobe. . . and after winning 2 in a row, Jackson had rightfully returned for the perfect ending, the one we all dream of, for one last season, one last run, for one last three-peat, one last title. . .

Instead, the Lakers were swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2nd-round of the Playoffs, being blown out by 30 in the elimination game.

And just when you thought matters could not get any worse. . .

Two Lakers players were ejected for flagrant plays and the Lakers had lost.

The man we all believed to be one of the luckiest, smartest and illustrious coaches in the world was disgraced, humiliated and let down, seemingly leaving the courts an apparent loser.

Despite this unfortunate ending, Jackson smiled, joked and embraced his own exit from the game of basketball at his press conference. Evidently thankful for his career, its opportunities and his unfathomable success during his 20 year run. . .

. . . then with one final smiling remark, Jackson stood, thanked the media and left the basketball world an apparent indisputable winner.

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The Awakening

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After watching Kobe Bryant turn his ankle in Game 4 of the first round series vs the Hornets, many questioned whether he would even play in Game 5.

With the series proving to be much more intense and exciting than I had previously predicted, the Hornets surprised once again, ending the 1st quarter with a 32-23 lead. . . Bryant was 0-1 from the field. . . and my ever growing concerns for LA had peaked.

Funny thing about Kobe though, is that the guy just never quits. And mind you, I am NOT what you would call: “Kobe’s Biggest Fan”.

My Awakening:
Is Kobe still playing with that Mummified Finger??
even after the surgery on it??

Kobe Bryant's Legendary Finger

The Legend
of
Kobe Bryant’s Finger

Not just your everyday, normal and ordinary ‘Finger’. . .

It scores.. It passes.. It dunks, blocks, steals, … and ever so often it stares at you with eyes of an assassin and reminds you that it was, is and will forever be.. LEGEND..

But in the end Kobe showed us all that nothing will derail him.. and the Lakers beat the Hornets in Game 5.

Kobe’s Awakening:

Game 6 Tonight! and I’m Sold..

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