A few random thoughts on Game 1 last night:
- Why can’t Channing Frye shoot on the road? He’s such an asset at home but a waste of space on the road
- Amare you had 3 rebounds in 35 mins. No way the Suns can win with that performance.
- Robin Lopez looked a little awkward running last night and I wonder if his back holds up for the entire series or if it is just a trust factor
- Lamar Odom is really good sometimes
- Lakers had 4 guys with 5 assists or more..that’s how basketball should be played
- The Lakers shot 47% from 3pt range while the Suns only shot 23%..who would have thought that?
I don’t think we learned a whole lot from last nights game. Kobe, Odom, Gasol, and Artest all had great shooting games which is why the Lakers won. The Suns shoot much better at home so I don’t anticipate them losing at home but for the same reason it’s tough to see them winning in LA.
It’s gotta be tough to officiate this series with so many floppers out there in Fisher, Nash, Gasol, etc. At the same time, you have guys like Kobe, Dudley, Artest, Amare, etc who like to use their hands on both offense and defense so a few calls either way could have a big impact. Think about what happened to Grant Hill in the 3rd quarter. Something to keep your eye on.
Alvin Gentry should be paid very well.
I was holding off on this until I knew for sure Kidd was going to be traded…looks like it is going to happen so here is my analysis:
I love this trade for the Suns. I think this is a chance they had to take. They’ve never had a center and that has been a reoccuring theme for their fans over the past 20 years. Enter Shaq. First off, guys are not going to want to drive the lane with Shaq and Amare and this will make Nash a better defender. The Suns also have scrappy Raja Bell and veterans Grant Hill and Diaw who all can rebound and play solid defense. They do need one more wing player to fill in for Diaw and Hill at times but to me that’s all they gave up. They will be a much better rebounding team on both ends of the court and I don’t think Shaq will have a problem fitting in that offense. They will run about half the time and on those possessions he will just be resting at the other end of the court.
He will be similar to Kareem in his final years in that some games he will be a non factor and other games people will say “that’s the old Shaq”. The thing is, the Suns only need him about half the time to get themselves over the hump.
The Kidd trade.
I hate it. I think it is a terrible move by the Mavs but then again I don’t like Jason Kidd. He’s always been a whiny player and when things get tough…he will just quit. I think the difference between Deven and Kidd isn’t that great…it just looks greater on the Mavs because Avery won’t let Deven loose. Avery reminds me of a college coach who has to control everything…it’s probably because he doesn’t really have any coaching experience and just went from a player to a coach in one season.
The loss of Diop is huge. Dampier is a soft, underachieving, and injury prone player who always wilts under pressure. The pressure will all be on him now and will he actually stay healthy for the rest of the season? I wonder who the Mavs will pick up….maybe Lance Allred but I think they need more of a shot blocker. Diop hasn’t been playing as much this year but he would have made a difference in the playoffs for them. The Mavs could have signed him in the off season as a free agent with Bird Rights. Also, the Mavs gave up Van Horn who was a valuable trade chip that could have been used to upgrade the shooting guard spot or provide a backup center. And think for a second…the Mavs gave up 2 first round picks. 2! why? Really? that was necessary to get this trade through?
Jason Kidd is not good on defense. Yes, he plays the passing lane well which leads to steals but is not good one on one. Also, Kidd is not good in the half court. He can’t shoot and cannot penetrate to score anymore. Knowing this, I would just make him beat me with his offense cause he can’t do it. Kidd is great in the open court and used to be the fastest player in the league with the ball in his hands..but he’s older and playing with a bum knee. This trade would have been great 3 years ago but this year…it’s dumb. To me, Avery is the one of the biggest problems with this team. He needs to allow his players the freedom to play and become responsible for their play.
It makes me think back to something Bill Parcells said once…he wanted his team to get to the point that after a play they didn’t look to the sidelines for the answers…he wanted them to have the answers and be confident in themselves and it is at that point where you can win Championships.
ok, i lied…i didn’t watch any of the 1st half. I can’t make it through an entire NBA game if San Antonio is playing. It’s brutal.
The Suns put up a hell of an effort though considering who they were missing. Ginobli came up big for the Spurs and bailed Tim Duncan out after he choked on those two free throws at the end.
- Nash made some great plays in the 4th but just couldn’t make enough by himself..that missed layup with about 2 min to go was big.
- Marion had a huge 1st half…needed that 3 there in the final 2mins though.
- I can’t believe that Raja Bell got that flop call. Terrible call.
- Duncan is the most annoying basketball superstar that I can think of. His whining and just entire attitude drives me nuts.
- As a Mavs fan, it’s painful watching Finley make clutch plays out there for the Spurs.
- Bowen is dirty, dirty. I wish he would try that crap in pick up ball..someone would just bash his head into the ground.
I’m going to get into the whole NBA thing tomorrow at some point. But this is a great read.
“One of the running debates of these playoffs: Is Bruce Bowen a cheap player? I love the fact that anyone’s actually debating this — if your answer is “no” or your answer is “I’m not sure,” then you’ve obviously never played basketball in your life. Bruce Bowen is a cheap player. There’s no debate. He’s not some clumsy power forward who can’t stay out of his own way (like Mark Madsen), or even some uncoordinated center who can’t remember to keep his elbows near his body (like Shawn Bradley). He’s a world-class athlete who has complete control over every inch of his body at all times. “