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Posted Mar 10, '13 at 3:54pm

rayoflight3

rayoflight3

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Well, Lakers have finally gotten past the .500 mark, and I wouldn't be surprised if they stay at or above it for the rest of the season. They're ninth in the West right now, but I could see them beating out the Jazz for a spot in the playoffs.

 

Posted Mar 12, '13 at 2:15am

Jesty

Jesty

103 posts

Hey guys, Have you heard DeAndre Jordan dunk vs Brandon Knight..?

 

Posted Mar 25, '13 at 8:48pm

vinster132

vinster132

6,093 posts

Appears that all of the teams right now 1st-8th seed in the East have been pretty much locked in. Playoffs are closing in. If the playoffs started right now will there be any upsets? Which teams would be the sleepers? The Lakers do have a slight chance if they face the Spurs. So as long as Tony Parker is not 100% then they have a chance. One team to watch out for in the West would be the Nuggets. They're currently on fire and that can carry into the postseason. They are a fast team that can scare you with their speed and quick pace. One team in the East that can put up somewhat of a competition with the Heat are the Pacers. They have the height/foward/center advantage. Although they lack the star they require.

 

Posted Apr 3, '13 at 5:38pm

vinster132

vinster132

6,093 posts

Sorry for the dp but this debate/conservation has been brought up recently, Is the NBA rigged?

 

Posted Apr 13, '13 at 1:22am

rayoflight3

rayoflight3

440 posts

The video's been deleted, but I think I know which one you're referring to. It's this one, right? It certainly raises some questions.

Tonight's game against the Warriors seems to add to the discussion. I didn't watch the game, but the stats are absolutely ridiculous. The Lakers had 50 free throw attempts in contrast to the Warriors' 16. Geez. Both Utah and Los Angeles won their games today, so it's going to be a battle to the finish for that last seed. Something tells me the Lakers are going to get it though.

 

Posted Apr 13, '13 at 1:24am

rayoflight3

rayoflight3

440 posts

The video's been deleted, but I think I know which one you're referring to. It's this one, right? It certainly raises some questions.

Tonight's game against the Warriors seems to add to the discussion. I didn't watch the game, but the stats are absolutely ridiculous. The Lakers had 50 free throw attempts in contrast to the Warriors' 16. Geez. Both Utah and Los Angeles won their games today, so it's going to be a battle to the finish for that last seed. Something tells me the Lakers are going to get it though.

 

Posted Apr 24, '13 at 11:44pm

vinster132

vinster132

6,093 posts

Yeah, but the rigged stuff is all behind us now. It's all about the playoffs now.

Buck vs Heat- I've got the Heat in 5 games. They're just a better team.

Spurs vs Lakers- I'll say Spurs in 5 games. Lakers lack depth and don't have a closer. Gasol and Howard are doing decently. The jump shooters need to step up. Although they lost Jodie Meeks.

Nuggets vs Warriors- I have Warriors in 6 games. A little biased since I'm a warrior fan. Nothing against the Nuggets. They're great in transition and fastbreak. I don't think their jump shooting is consistent. Stephen Curry is a beast. Jarrett Jack is a great ball distributor. They also have streaky guys like Klay Thompson and Carl Landry.

Nets vs Bulls- I haven't really decided on a team here. If the Nets want to move on Deron Williams has to play better. Brook Lopez is improving on the 15-17 foot jumpers. Bulls just need to work hard on offense.

Pacers vs Hawks- I got Pacers in for a sweep.

OKC vs Rockets- Rockets will give somewhat of a scare. Especially today, they proved that they can keep up with OKC. Still, I have OKC in 6 or 7 games.

Clippers vs Grizzles- A physical series here. But Clippers are doing good. Anything can happen though. They're going on the road and the tide can change. I have Clippers. Not sure how many games.

Knicks vs Celtics- Celtics are missing Rondo. Garnett needs to stop getting into foul trouble. Knicks will win I believe.

 

Posted Apr 25, '13 at 4:20am

rayoflight3

rayoflight3

440 posts

My predictions:

Bucks vs. Heat--Heat in 4. The Heat are too good for the Bucks, period.

Spurs vs. Lakers--Spurs in 5. I think the Lakers can get one, most likely at home, but the Spurs are winning for sure.

Nuggets vs. Warriors--Warriors in 6. Definitely one of the more difficult series to evaluate, and I think it'll be pretty close. The Nuggets were very surprising in the regular season, especially after losing Gallinari. But while they boast a better regular season record, they don't really have any superstars to step up in the clutch. Sure, Andre Miller made that game-winner, but he's typically not that kind of player. The Warriors have a budding superstar in Curry to rely on. It's going to be a close series regardless.

Nets vs. Bulls--Chicago in 6 or 7. Deron Williams finally found his stride after the All-Star Break, but he was contained in that second game. The Nets have more offensive talent, but the Bulls function better as a defensive unit. I think the Bulls' defense will end up trumping the Nets' offense, but this will be an interesting series to keep an eye on.

Pacers vs. Hawks--Pacers in 5. I don't know much about either team, but the Pacers look like the superior group on paper. They backed it up with a pair of convincing wins as well. The gap between their regular season records isn't massive, so I wouldn't be surprised if the Hawks take one.

Thunder vs. Rockets--Thunder in 5. I agree that the Rockets will give the Thunder a scare, but I doubt this series will go past 5 games. The only player they can rely on consistently is Harden. Lin and Parsons can have big games, but they don't come as often. Delfino seems to strictly be a three point shooter with limited offensive skills. The Thunder have Westbrook, Durant, and even Ibaka to go to for points, and Kevin Martin, while streaky, is a lethal scorer. If the Rockets can get good games out of Lin and Parsons, they might be able to steal one. Otherwise, the Thunder are almost guaranteed to win.

Clippers vs. Grizzlies--Clippers in 6. The Grizzlies will put up a tough fight, but the Clippers have Chris Paul. Even though he's slowed down, I've seen it too many times: when he wants it, he's **** near unstoppable.

Knicks vs. Celtics--Knicks in 4. Without Rondo, the Celtics are just a bunch of outdated (super)stars with some younger, inexperienced roleplayers. Jeff Green has stepped up, but the Knicks are simply too much for the Celtics to handle.

 

Posted Apr 27, '13 at 2:17am

vinster132

vinster132

6,093 posts

Wow Nuggets-Warriors game 3 was the best game in the playoffs this year. It was going back and forth for most of the time. With the addition of a crazy ending. The 5-second violation and Lawson turning it over. Iggy almost winning the game with a half court shot. Warriors need to protect the ball. They had way too many turnovers. It looks like they're trying to out speed the Nuggets which is not a bad option but it's not the best either. Nuggets aren't very consistent playing halfcourt offense. Also losing Gallinari hurts them. Warriors are fast too. So I don't think the game style is going to change. What helps them too is rebounding.

Russell Westbrook has a torn meniscus. This doesn't seem like a major injury. Metta World Peace recovered in 12 days. He played through it as well. If Westbrook is out for a few series. Durant has to step up even more and take more shots.The West will be cut open. There will be an opportunity for the Clippers and Spurs. And the Rockets might possibly win the series. Chances are pretty vague. Though keep in mind the Rockets lost by three on the road with Westbrook.

 

Posted Apr 27, '13 at 2:37pm

rayoflight3

rayoflight3

440 posts

Westbrook's injury may or may not change things, depending on how long he's out for. I'd say he's out for the Houston series, but I highly doubt the Rockets will win. The question is the series after, where they'll be playing either the Clippers or Grizzlies.

But anyway, my predictions for the first round match ups are looking solid so far. The Spurs might just end up sweeping the Lakers though. They had a dominant Game 3 performance.

 
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