By JL on May 26, 2012 in Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs | Comment Now
While the 2nd round isn’t quite over (Boston has to play Philly tonight), it’s time to make some predictions.
In the West, I expect the Spurs will beat the Thunder in 6 games. In the East, I expect Miami to beat either Philly (5 games) or Boston (6 games). Here’s why, as well as a recap of my 2nd round predictions: Read the rest
By JL on May 15, 2012 in Denver Nuggets | Comment Now
Denver’s performance against the Lakers in this year’s playoffs highlighted their youth and their dependence upon jump shooting, but it also showed their potential:
- Faried, despite being undersized, will grow as a scorer. The Nuggets should look forward to having a very good “dirty work” player which opposing teams can’t cheat off of.
- Galinari, despite overhandling the ball and making some mystifying choices on defense in the playoffs, has shown he can be a semi-reliable half court scorer. Combined with his length and his outside shooting, he’s a tough match-up.
- With his combination of speed, shooting, and aggressiveness, Lawson has shown star potential. I just read a great little recap of the Nuggets season that compared Lawson to Tony Parker…and I think that’s generous, but it’s also interesting. Lawson definitely hasn’t hit his ceiling yet (at least I hope not).
- When Afflalo’s confidence is high, he can score surprisingly well. When it’s not, he’s still an excellent defender.
- Chandler is a solid all-around player who would be a great 3rd scoring option.
- Mozgov continues to show potential as an all-around big man, only I’m not sure he’s the right all-around big man for the Nuggets.
- Koufos didn’t have much success in the playoffs, but in the regular season he performed pretty well. Worst case, he’s a solid rotation player.
- McGee showed he has the potential to be a dominant talent, but also showed that he’s got a lot of work to do to get there.
In order for the Nuggets to plan their future, they need to figure out: Read the rest
By JL on May 13, 2012 in LA Lakers | Comment Now
Fans and analysts alike have consistently panned Mike Brown as a coach. When Brown was coaching the Cavs, we heard that his offense wasn’t creative and that he’s not a very good X’s and O’s guy (at least on offense). Now that Brown is coaching the Lakers, we’re hearing that anything less than a Lakers triumph in the first round is cause to fire Brown.
This is ridiculous.
Since the Lakers won, Brown’s job is now “safe.” But just in case this idea rears it’s head again (and it will), here’s why it’s so resoundingly stupid to fire Mike Brown after one season:
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By JL on May 12, 2012 in Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Featured, Indiana Pacers, LA Clippers, LA Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs | Comment Now
As I write this post, the 2nd round has been underway for about an hour (only I haven’t seen a minute of them yet). Here are my predictions:
- Boston over Philly in 6
- Miami over Indy in 5
- OKC in 5 games, no matter who they play
- SAS over Memphis in 6 games OR SAS over the Clippers in 5
More on these picks – as well as a recap of the first round – below. Read the rest
By JL on Apr 28, 2012 in Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, LA Clippers, LA Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz | Comment Now
As I write this post at 1:30pm Eastern, the playoffs have just begun…here are my predictions:
- San Antonio sweeps
- OKC in 5
- LA in 7
- Memphis in 6
- Chicago sweeps
- Miami in 6
- Indiana in 6
- Boston in 6
More on these picks below. Read the rest