Tag:Celtics
Posted on: May 1, 2011 1:04 am
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Eastern Conference semis Boston vs Miami preview

A series that might be the most anticipated more so than the NBA Finals matchup this year. A matchup between Boston and Miami. It all started with the "Decision" in the summer. Ever since fans all across the NBA has booed the team. A lot of media/fan/player backlash to Lebron. That is why this series is so important. Before apparently Lebron didn't have the talent around him. The Cav fans along with the rest of "Lebron fans" stated it was coaching or not enough talent around him. Again the guy did lead the Cavs to the league's best record during the regular season. Couldn't get it done in the playoffs. Now he joined 2 of his friends in Miami. Recruited veteran players to join him on the mission to win a championship. Asking vets to take less money as well. The Big 3 or the Heatles of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Lebron and the Heatles have no more excuses. Talent won't be the issue. Lebron is now playing with 2 all-stars. A top 5 player in Dwayne Wade. We all know who will be blamed though right? Spoelstra! I figure the guy will be fired if the Heat lose this series. No doubt in my mind.

As far as the Celtics go.....they have defeated Lebron James 2x in the last 3 years in the playoffs. They also defeated Wade last year in the first round despite Wade's amazing playoff performance. Celtics won the series during the regular season vs the Heat, but the Heat really had the last laugh. They got the number 2 seed in the East which means they have homecourt advantage in the series. That may play a factor, but I believe Celtics and the Heat can win on the road. Some expected this series to happen in the Eastern Conference Final, but Bulls put that to rest.

In any case, who is the X factor in this series? Rondo to me is obviously the guy who probably will decide this series on his performance. He is back to those clutch performances in the playoffs after last series vs the Knicks. He got his A-game back! Paul Pierce defense will play a factor in this series as well vs Lebron. That is the matchup that may decide the series. One I can't wait to see.

Wade has got to step up. He has not played well vs the Celtics all year. I believe he will have to play well for the Heat to win the series. Point guard defensive play is also a factor for the Heat. Heat doesn't have a very good bench. It is well known to that fact. Than again what do you expect when you spend all your money on starters. Guys like Wade, Bron, and Bosh are gonna play big minutes in their 40s. They are gonna get their numbers as well.

Injury questions for both teams include Shaq, Haslem, and Mike Miller. Miller played little minutes in previous series. Others didn't play a minute. I'm rooting for and expect Boston to beat the Heat in 6.
Posted on: March 22, 2011 12:52 am
 

Better matchup for Knicks......Boston/Miami?

After replying to Knicks/Boston aftermath thread I read a post by a Knick fan stating he'd rather the Knicks play C's over Miami. I think this would be a good debate which is a reason I started this post. Of course, talking about possible 1st round playoff matchups.

Now I know many Celtic fans may be upset same with the Heat about their team, but I'm gonna state it how I see it. State your opinions about my post or just state your opinion of the matchups of which would be better for the Knicks.

I'm gonna state the advantages and disadvantages of facing both teams. Than come to a conclusion on which matchup I think the Knicks would have a better chance of winning a playoff series against.

Heat's advantages against the Knicks: The Heat have three reliable scorers who are very consistant. 3 of them could go for 20 every game. Lebron and Wade could go 40. Their advantage is simple they have 3 scoring option to worry about. The team has played longer together as well. A lot longer than the Knick teammates have. I believe that is another advantage.

Heat's disadvantages against the Knicks: Of course this is against every team so it doesn't really matter. Point guard position is not reliable option especialy on defense vs a veteran point guard such as Billups who can score 20 on some nights. Size of course is both issues for both teams. That is one of the reasons I believe the Heat would be a better matchup vs the Knicks. Both teams are still trying to get chemistry like other veteran teams. Just another reason why I think Heat would be a better matchup vs Knicks. Heat's bench production is weak. It can't compare to the Celtic's bench by any means. Another disadvantage for the Heat.

Of course if you read thus far I think the Heat is the better matchup. They have in my opinion a lot more disadvantages than Celtics do.

Celtics advantages against the Knicks: The team has great chemistry cuz the majority of the roster has been to the Finals together more than once. Knicks gave up basically half their roster via trade before the trade deadline. Team has played what? 15 games together? Celtics also have a bit of a balance. In my opinion they are better defensively more so than offensively. The Knicks offense has got to score to win the game cuz they can't make stops on defense. They are probably the worst team defensively in the NBA right now. Celtics are probably the best defensively. Playoff success/experience may play a factor as well. The Knicks havn't been to the playoffs in quite a while. To me that is also an edge for the C's due to the fact the team has a lot of veterans that have won championships. I think Billups is the only guy to win a championship on the Knicks. Celtics have great production from their bench. A lot better than both the Heat and Knicks.

To me that just makes my point. Celtics are just a bad matchup for the Knicks. I wouldn't mind seeing C's play Knicks in the playoffs cuz I love the old school rivalries. I also like watching the Knicks lose. Who worse to get beat by than their rivals. Knick fans will be po.

Celtics disadvantages against the Knicks: Offense really isn't as consistant from Pierce, KG, or Rondo. I'm speaking about scoring ability of course of these players. They have their good and bad games. Not as consistant as the Heat's trio. I believe Allen is the most consistant o. Bench production is also an issue at times. With a lot of teams it happens like that. Days they don't show up. I still believe they have a good bench o. Celtics also have injury concerns with Oneal's and what not. I believe their health along with bench play will decide how far C's go in the playoffs.

Celtics have way more advantages than the Heat do. Heat has more disadvantages than the Celtics do as well. That is why I believe Miami would be the better matchup for the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs than the Celtics. Knicks may win a game or 2 if they play the Heat. I think it would be a better series. Celtics vs Knicks may last 5 games at the max. Wouldn't be surprised if a sweep occured the teams met in the 1st round of the playoffs.

Do you agree? Disagree? Comments? Who do you believe the better matchup for the Knicks in the first round of the playoffs?

Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:29 pm
 

The boldest prediction of them all!!!

Since it is halfway into the season and basically six weeks left til the playoffs. I figured everybody should make a bold prediction. My bold prediction is probably the boldest one of them all!!

The NBA Finals will not feature any of the following teams "Spurs, Boston, Miami, nor the LA Lakers"

Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:33 pm
 

Just in case Lebron forgotten...........

December 2nd is coming sooner than one would think. The night where Lebron will visit the team he turned his back on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Who have done very well this season without a superstar. They have done a lot better than I expected especially with a shocking game 1 win over the Boston Celtics. In any case I can't wait for this game that will be televised on TNT at 8 oclock. Old friends now foes. I figure the hype will be enormous with big ESPN coverage. If Cleveland wins it will be a bigger win than winning a championship. If Lebron wins we probably will have to see the highlights a little bit too much if he has a great game. Wish Cleveland the best of luck. I'm rooting for them in this ball game. Prove Lebron and the critics wrong. Get it done Cleveland.

Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:53 am
 

East conference playoff seed predictions 2010-11

This is obviously my predictions for the playoffs for 2010-11 Eastern Conference. I'll be unbiased here as I was in the Western Conference predictions.

1.Miami Heat-The team will have the best record in the NBA whether I or anybody else likes it. The refs will lead the way for this team which is why they will make it to the Finals and lose. That is my prediction anyway. As long as they stay healthy I can't see why they won't be.

2.Boston Celtics-The reason I put them at 2 is because they have an old team. Injuries will hurt them as it always does, but with depth at the Center and power forward position I think they can at least keep this high of a seed. Figure Kg will get injured at some point during the season again.

3.Orlando Magic-The lack of consistancy has me and others wondering about the Magic. Even though the Magic have a lot of great talent and can shoot the 3 they are a bit too inconsistant for my liking which will hurt them throughout the season unless they make a trade before the deadline which I hope they do. Bring Melo to Orlando!!

4.Atlanta Hawks-They are doing pretty well thus far into the season, but they as always will fail one way or another come playoff time. A regular season team!! Prove me wrong Atlanta!

5.Chicago Bulls
-They are doing just fine thus far without their big acquistion of the off-season in Boozer. I believe they will make it to the Conference Semi's, but no farther.

6.New Jersey Nets-This is a surprise pick, but I'm basing this on believing they will end up with Melo which will lead them to the playoffs. They may be a better seed than that if they end up with Melo o. Didn't want a bunch of hooplah if you get what I'm saying.

7. Milwaukee Bucks-This team has a solid team. Probably would have went somewhere last year if it wasn't for Boguts injury, but they did beat the Hawks in game 7 to make it to the divisional rounds. They achieved more than expected. congrats to Bucks wish them the best this season as well.

8.New York Knicks-Just figure they will end up with the final spot.

Posted on: November 8, 2010 11:55 am
 

West conference playoff seed predictions 2010-11

Shoulda did this sooner, but really didn't have the time. In any case here is my 2010-11 Western Conference playoff seed predictions!!

1.LA Lakers-Best bench and arguably the best starting five in the league. They are more motivated than ever to make history. 12 NBA titles for Phil Jackson along with a 4th three peat of his coaching career. Kobe going for his sixth ring to tie in some fans opinions the best player to ever play the game Michael Jordan. LA Lakers to tie with most NBA championships won by a team with Boston at 17. So much history not to bank the number 1 seed. They are playing too well right now without Kobe being 100%. Which more than not now days he is injured. Bynum 100% won't matter!

2.OKC Thunder-To me the biggest threat to the reigning NBA champs to get back to the Finals. With Durant being consistant along with being so young I figure this team will be a force in the West and in the NBA years to come after Kobe hangs up his sneakers. The team plays some great defense and they are so unselfish. Maybe because they are young team, but I see great things with this team. I predict they face LA no matter if they are number 2 sometime in the playoffs.

3.New Orleans Hornets-I wouldn't have predicted them to be this high in my predictions til I saw them play....I did predict playoffs o on some post before the season began. If Paul is healthy I don't see why not. Okafor has got to stay consistant and play at the high level he has thus far in the season. Very impressed by his play thus far. Paul is my pick for MVP. Will he be in NO next year? It probably depends on their success in the playoffs.

4.Phoenix Suns-Very good ball team despite the departure of Amare. With Steve Nash playing at the high level as he is year after year I think they have a good chance of giving the Lakers a run like they did last year. Don't think they will knock them out of the playoffs, but will certainly make it a series.

5.SA Spurs-the team may be old, but they have the experience in the playoffs and winning championships. Jefferson acquistion didn't work out as well as one thought. In any case they are still a great basketball team that will have some success in the playoffs. Staying healthy will be key for this team. It could hurt their seed, but they are no push over by any means.

6.Dallas Mavericks-I think they are a bit over-rated. They were the top pick to upset the Lakers last season and of course it didn't happen. Don't think they will make a run in the playoffs. I rather believe they will end up with a disappointing season.

7.Portland Trailblazers-Very good ball team with Roy leading the way. Camby stays healthy I don't see why they can't make the playoffs. Like this young fast paced team.

8.Golden State Warriors-The surprise team to make the playoffs!! Curry and Ellis is a good combo. I figure Melo will be traded and an injury to a Jazz player will end their playoff chances. That is why Warriors will make the playoffs.

That is my 2010-11 Western Conference playoff seed predictions!! What are your predictions?
Posted on: November 2, 2010 4:03 pm
 

Top 5 NBA teams 2010-11 season

1.LA Lakers-starting 5 is arguably the best in the league today. Reigning NBA champs going for a 3peat. Bench is very strong this year.

2.Boston Celtics-starting 5 looks very strong......arguably the best starting 5 as well. Bench is still at question at this point. At least at the shooting guard/sf position. Like the additions of Shaq and Jermaine during the off-season. Perkins will be returning in February I believe.

3.OKC Thunder-Very good young and talented team. One of the favs to knock off LA. To me they are the best team in the West with the exception of the Lakers of course. Durant is one of the top candidates to win the MVP.

4.Miami Heat-2 superstars and the rest of role players. Medias fav to win the NBA championship.

5.Orlando Magic-Despite the loss to Miami I believe they can get back to form. Hopefully make a trade before the deadline. Hoping for Melo. Need a consistant scorer. Wouldn't be sad with CP3 either. Dwight Howard is improving his offensive game. Dominant on the defensive end looking for his 3rd straight defensive player of the year award.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 2:59 pm
 

NBA award predictions/division winners

NBA champions: Magic

NBA Finals: Lakers vs Magic

MVP: Dwight Howard, Magic

Coah Of the Year: Stan Van Gundy, Magic

Defensive player of the year: Dwight Howard, Magic

R.O.Y: Evan Turner, 76ers

Sixth Man: Michael Pietrus, Magic

Most Improved: Vince Carter, Magic

Most Overrated team: Heat

Most Underrated: Bucks

Most Disappointing Team: Mavs

Pacific Divison champion: Lakers

Northwest Division champion: Thunder

Southwest: Rockets

Atlantic: Celtics

Southeast: Magic

Central: Bulls

 
 
 
 
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