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2012 NBA Playoff Predictions – Conference Finals

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

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: (more…)

2012 NBA Playoff Predictions – Second Round

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

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:

Eastern Conference

  • Boston over Philly in 6
  • Miami over Indy in 5

Western Conference

  • 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. (more…)

2012 NBA Playoff Predictions – First Round

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

As I write this post at 1:30pm Eastern, the playoffs have just begun…here are my predictions:

WEST

  • San Antonio sweeps
  • OKC in 5
  • LA in 7
  • Memphis in 6

EAST

  • Chicago sweeps
  • Miami in 6
  • Indiana in 6
  • Boston in 6

More on these picks below. (more…)

Spurs Should Work On Gerald Wallace Trade

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Gerald Wallace is on the trading block. The rationale? Jared Dudley and Adam Morrison are capable players who are stuck behind Wallace, and Michael Jordan and Larry Brown believe they can make up for a loss of Wallace with the pieces they have. MJ and LB want a big man to pair with Okafor, and since Wallace seems to be replaceable, why not move him?

San Antonio NEEDS to get involved in the Gerald Wallace trade sweepstakes – he’s exactly what they need. A dynamic scorer and a solid defender, he’s got a great work ethic and he understands the Spurs ‘team-first’ philosophy. Not to mention the fact that Wallace gives the Spurs a decent chance of winning some games while Manu Ginobili (and now Tony Parker) recover.

Even better, Gerald Wallace is a player that wouldn’t cost the Spurs hardly anything.

Tell me you wouldn’t like to see Gerald Wallace, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan face off against the Hornets or the Lakers in the playoffs?

Here’s how San Antonio can get their hands on Gerald Wallace: (more…)

San Antonio – Chicago – Let’s Make a Trade

Monday, September 8th, 2008

With the western conference stronger than ever, it seems that San Antonio isn’t going to get many more chances at competing for a championship. This year might be it, and Ginobili’s recent injury has substantially endangered their chances. While the safe move for the Spurs is to stick with what’s been working so well for so long, maybe it’s time to mix it up with a big-time trade. Here’s why:

  1. The Spurs struggle to put points on the board, which puts a lot of pressure on their franchise player Tim Duncan to produce night-in and night-out.
  2. Duncan is getting older and the championship window opens or closes with him.
  3. Manu Ginobili, arguably the Spurs best pure scorer, could miss the first month or two of the season.

The Chicago Bulls have some problems as well, and a trade or two seems inevitable:

  1. With Luol Deng’s big new contract, Nocioni’s contract is a luxury they can’t afford.
  2. Captain Kirk Hinrich doesn’t fit their long term plans.
  3. Chicago isn’t in a very good position to participate in free agency in 2010, at least not without renouncing the rights to a young player or two.
  4. Chicago is a team without a clear-cut leader or go-to scorer.

So why don’t these two teams make a trade? San Antonio sends Manu Ginobili, Bruce Bowen, and a throw-in (Matt Bonner) to Chicago for Andres Nocioni and Kirk Hinrich.

Kirk HinrichHere’s how San Antonio improves: Hinrich and Nocioni can start at the 2 and the 3, respectively. Captain Kirk is just as capable of a ball handler and passer as Manu Ginobili, and while he’s not as good of a 3pt shooter as Manu according to the stats, I’d like to see what Kirk can do when he gets wide open (something he hasn’t enjoyed much in Chicago). Besides, Hinrich wouldn’t need to knock down as many 3′s with Nocioni on the floor. The Captain can also backup Tony Parker as needed, another bonus for the Spurs.

Nocioni’s hustle play, 3pt range, and solid mid-range game would help to compensate for a lot of Manu’s intangibles (Nocioni seems ideal for the Spurs by the way). Even better, Nocioni and Hinrich would provide comparable defense to the combo of Manu Ginobili and the aging Bruce Bowen – while also offering quite a bit more offense. Team rebounding would improve, and because of these two new players San Antonio’s offensive attack would be more balanced. Tim Duncan’s workload would also be reduced with Hinrich and Nocioni on the floor to score and rebound.

Nocioni is ideal for the SpursIf the Spurs make this trade they get younger, score easier, and don’t skip a beat in terms of defense. Since the contracts of Hinrich and Nocioni get smaller every year, the Spurs would still have a chance of landing a solid free agent in 2010 provided they avoid any more long-term deals. With 4 starters signed, that’s a good bet.

One more benefit for the Spurs – they probably won’t be dropping any close games when the season starts. If San Antonio doesn’t make this move and instead waits for Ginobili to get healthy, there’s a good chance they’ll miss a few early-season wins. That could translate into a much tougher post-season (and another missed opportunity).

Manu GinobiliWhat’s in it for Chicago: The Bulls need leadership – badly. When he returns from his injury, Ginobili brings that leadership along with a will to win that ignites this young team. He becomes the leader the Bulls are lacking. He has enough talent to lead the Bulls back into the playoffs now. Bruce Bowen provides toughness and leadership (and most likely limited minutes), as well as giving the Bulls some real defensive chops. Just imagine how much better of a player Luol Deng will become if he practices with Bowen. Bowen and Ginobili also help freshman coach Vinny Del Negro get up to speeed and set the right tone in the locker room.

Perhaps just as importantly, Chicago gets rid of two long term contracts that they really don’t need. Hinrich’s PG skills are officially redundant with Derrick Rose on the roster. Nocioni is a great energy guy, but his contract is too expensive for a bench player. With contracts pending for Sefolosha and Tyrus Thomas in the summer of 2010, moving the contracts of Nocioni and Hinrich clears plenty of space for Chicago to re-sign their own young talent while also being able to participate in the big free-agent market.

Bottom line: What this really comes down to for San Antonio is that it gives them at least one more shot at a title, and probably 2 or 3. The triumvirate of Ginobili, Parker, and Duncan almost got it done last year, but with Bowen showing his age and Ginobili’s helter-skelter playing style, it seems risky to rely on either one of those players much longer. The Spurs need to do something to make their team better, and as important as Ginobili is, his injury risk is too great. His prime is just about past – why not trade him now for maximum value? Indeed this deal is such a no-brainer for Chicago that they would likely part with a first round pick or two. Chicago is going to try and trade Hinrich and Nocioni anyways – the prospect of getting back a real team leader in Manu Ginobili should be enough to get Chicago to cough up a couple of picks.

Why doesn’t this deal make sense? Chemistry perhaps – moving Manu is breaking up the three amigos. However, the truth is that Duncan is the Spurs. He is the most important player, and everyone else is expendable.

But what do you think??

NoBloodNoFoul 07-08 Playoff Predictions – Western Conference

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Phoenix Suns NBA Champions 2007 2008OK – here’s where I put my money where my mouth is. My playoff predictions for the upcoming NBA season, in order of seed:

1) Phoenix Suns – With all the angst from last season, these guys have got a big chip on their shoulder that should translate to the best record in the league. (more…)