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Posted Dec 28, '12 at 2:10pm

vinster132

vinster132

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It was 103-97 the Heat.

Deron is right now by looking at the Celtics game, an average point guard in the NBA. I expected the Nets to do a little better earlier this year. But Deron and Johnson haven't found that click yet. Also, some people believe Phil Jackson might be the target for the Nets.

 

Posted Jan 1, '13 at 8:40pm

rayoflight3

rayoflight3

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I think the Hornets can make some noise in the coming seasons. Eric Gordon is back and performed well in his return. Obviously, they have Anthony Davis, who'll probably develop into an All-Star. Ryan Anderson has improved every season he's played and is a potent threat as a outside shooting big man. They also have a few surprise players that have improved greatly, like Greivis Vasquez (who just won Western Conference Player of the Week honors) and Robin Lopez. They could probably use a more consistent player at small forward, but otherwise, it's just bench depth and defense. Look for them to be a borderline playoff team within the next one or two seasons.

 

Posted Jan 2, '13 at 11:43pm

vinster132

vinster132

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Another team I think that can make some noise is the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard is an emerging star point guard. And right now he's putting up very good numbers for a rookie. Blazers have a fairly young team with Batum, Matthews, J.J Hickson, etc.

I agree with the Hornets. A lot of improvements and potential within the team. But they need to be more durable, especially Eric Gordon. He's the  leader of the team. He's the star there.

 

Posted Jan 3, '13 at 6:48pm

rayoflight3

rayoflight3

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Yeah, Trail Blazers, too, though they're currently in contention for a playoff spot. They've got the eighth seed right now, I believe, and they'll be looking to secure it. I really would like to see them make the playoffs, too. All those woes that spawned from the Roy and Oden fiascos... But they've finally landed upon a guard with All-Star, if not superstar, potential. I just hope the curse doesn't carry on and either Aldridge or Lillard get severely injured. But anyway, it'd be very exciting to see how the rookie holds up in the playoffs if they do secure a seed.

In other news, Clippers have lost two in a row following their 17-game winning streak. Lolwut. And the Lakers are looking flaky. Things were starting to look up with wins over the Warriors and Knicks, spearheaded in part by the return of Nash, but they've dropped back down to sub-.500. Maybe they can deal the Clippers another blow into a three-game losing streak, but I doubt it. And it's hard to see things improving much even with Nash. Almost all of their key players save Howard are on the wrong side of 30, and they don't quite have the bench to support the starters when they inevitably need longer rests.

 

Posted Jan 3, '13 at 11:45pm

vinster132

vinster132

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If the Blazers do manage to hold up the 8th seed for the playoffs, I don't think they'll get past a Spurs or Oklahoma City team. It would be incredible if they pulled off the upset.. But their chances are pretty low there. Yes, they are in contention, but what I meant was that they could become an even better team. An elite team that everyone would talk about everyday.

Clippers have now lost their fire. Curry and Thompson were really the ones who were on fire yesterday. I noticed that Clippers always brought on the double team to try to trap Jarrett Jack and the ball handlers.  Unfortunately, most of the time the Warriors passed out to David Lee and it would be a simple dunk/layup for David Lee and the inside scorers. I think the Clippers will redeem themselves against the Lakers. Tough they should watch out, the Lakers are very desperate for a win right now.

 

Posted Jan 9, '13 at 6:05pm

rayoflight3

rayoflight3

435 posts

Lakers have lost four in a row, and the Rockets are the hottest team in the NBA at the moment with a five-game winning streak. Their wins haven't been that impressive, and their schedule looks to be relatively easy through the rest of January (only the Clippers pose a significant challenge, though the Pacers and maybe the Nets games may also be good). I'm glad Jeremy Lin is finally playing with some consistency. I haven't watched too many Rockets games, but the stats seem to indicate that he's playing with more aggression, akin to that of the Linsanity days. Unfortunately, his turnovers have gone up, but that is something that can be improved.

 

Posted Jan 9, '13 at 11:36pm

vinster132

vinster132

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Speaking about the Rockets, they lost to the Hornets today. Vasquez, I think, has been the underdog or underrated point guard. He's not the flashy, athletic guy you would like to see, but he plays very well. And so far this month, his statistics have improved a lot. Now, they just need Gordon and Davis to step up their game.

Lakers once again lose. They have no dribble penetration and are crippled inside with Hill, Gasol, and Howard out. I feel kind of sorry for Kobe in this one. His stats this year are better than vintage Kobe. But this year will just be thrown away. I don't think they'll even make into the playoffs unless this surprising gone on a win streak. That's not happening though because they don't have any depth in their roster and they're fighting off injuries here and there.

 

Posted Jan 9, '13 at 11:55pm

Sauron23

Sauron23

267 posts

The Clippers are doing really well this year, and I was surprised with the Warriors. I really want the Jazz to make it into the Playoffs so they can get more experience.

 

Posted Jan 9, '13 at 11:57pm

Sauron23

Sauron23

267 posts

I don't feel bad for Kobe at all. Dwight and Nash are the only players I like on that team. Kobe is such a ball hog. Like Magic Johnson said on Twitter: he needs to be more of a leader.

 

Posted Jan 10, '13 at 9:48pm

vinster132

vinster132

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The Jazz, in my opinion, are kind of like the in the middle between good and bad. What I'm saying yes, they're not elite, however, they are not bad either. They have good inside presence with Millsap, Big Al, and Favors. And decent shooters with Marvin Williams and Randy Foye. I think they lack at the point guard position. Mo Williams is decent too but they're a lot of young, athletic PG's out there.

 
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