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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 7:50 am
So, most likely it will be Dallas and Miami in the Finals. That would be hard to watch, cause I don't like Dallas one bit, and I don't like LeBron James. Hopefully Chicago gets back into the game by winning tonight.
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 2:11 pm
Guybrush wrote:So, most likely it will be Dallas and Miami in the Finals. That would be hard to watch, cause I don't like Dallas one bit, and I don't like LeBron James. Hopefully Chicago gets back into the game by winning tonight.

I know how it can suck not to have a dog in the hunt. Dallas has been my #2 team since mark Aguirre before he sold out to join the Pistons. I also despise James and have lost a lot of respect for Wade with his constant bitching for calls (and they say Pierce is bad) and pseudo- tough guy act which in this playoffs has resulted in Pierce getting ejected while Wade hid behind the ref and him dislocating Rondo's elbow by hooking his arm a nd pulling him down after sticking his leg out to trip him. I hope the Mavs sweep that ASS!!!!
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I think during this, and the long stretch of BS fouls called on the bulls in the 3rd, I was literally steaming. :evil:
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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 6:53 pm
Miami beat Chicago in five games after another comeback at the end. Lebron and Wade really looking like they want it and Dallas will have to be at their best to beat them
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migya wrote:Miami beat Chicago in five games after another comeback at the end. Lebron and Wade really looking like they want it and Dallas will have to be at their best to beat them

I agree the Heat want it, but they played like absolute **** the 1st 3 quarters of almost every game and if they do that against a team that can actually score more than 80 points a game, they may leave too deep a hole. I am also curious about Wade's mysterious shoulder injury. Did he do that ramming into Paul Pierce's screen to get him thrown out or locking Rondo's arm and throwing him down to dislocate his elbow? Karma's a bitch, Wade. He also looks like a damn chipmunk. Spit the gumballs outta your cheeks already!!!

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NBA FINALS MATCHUP AND PREDICTION:

PG: Mike Bibby/Mario Chalmers vs. Jason Kidd/J.J. Barea/ Jason Terry
ADVANTAGE: DALLAS, no contest. Dallas has the hottest bench player in all of these playoffs in terry, who will be getting a lot of time in the #2 spot along with Kidd. I can see wade being matched up with him to possible slow him down, but Dallas can easily take advantage with JJ and Kidd with mismatches over Bibby and Chalmers.

SG: Dwayne Wade/Mike Miller vs. DeShawn Stevenson (and Jason Terry).
ADVANTAGE: MIAMI, easily. Wade should have no problem with doing what he does with the weak guard defense of the Dallas Mavericks. IN fact, if Miami wins the Finals, I see Wade winning MVP, not LeBron. Wade will have it easier to do his thing then LeBron. Miller is a deciding role player for the heat. If he plays well, not doubt Miami wins the series.

SF: LeBron James/ James Jones vs. Shawn Marion/Peja Stojakovic/Caron Butler (who is doubtful)
ADVANTAGE: MIAMI, easily. James (who i dislike with a passion) is undeniably the best player in these NBA Finals. You can make a case he is the best in the league. He will have a bit of a harder time doing his thing against Marion, but it shouldn't be too bad (Marion hasn't been relevent for years.) Both teams have players that mirror themselves in the bench. Peja and James Jones are the 3pt specialists, which I give Peja the upperhand. Butler is listed as doubtful for the finals, but if he does play, it will probably be at the 2 spot, taking over Stevenson's role.

PF: Chris Bosh/Udonis Haslem vs. Dirk Nowitski
ADVANTAGE: DALLAS, barely: Although Dirk is a much better player than Chris Bosh, the fact that Miami will have little quality defense against Wade and James might force some of the Dallas big men to help out. What that means is a suddenly open Chris Bosh for the easy bucket (which we saw a lot of this post season). With that said, the hottest player in these playoffs in Dirk and he has led his team to the Finals by playing brilliantly. I see another great series from him, along with Bosh also playing well.

C: Joel Anthony/ Zydrunas Ilgauskis vs. Tyson Chandler/Brandon Haywood
ADVANTAGE: DALLAS, Barely: Although Chandler has played better than either of the two Miami Heat players, Anthony has played real well defensively. The Heat do not need Anthony beyond his defensive game, which he excels in. However Big Z will most likely be a non factor in the game, while Haywood should get some decent minutes off the bench for Chandler.

COACHES: Spolstra vs. Carlisle
ADVANTAGE: PUSH: Carlisle is the more experienced coach with the players he has, but Spolstra is a genius. He is able to make dramatic changes and has the players to respond those changes. Both coaches have done well in the playoffs, thus it is difficult to choose either of the two men.


PREDICTION: Miami in 5

I hope I am wrong. I really do. I want Dallas to win in 4 games. But I see Wade and LeBron having it easier than any round they had in the playoffs thus far. I think Spolstra will do a decent job containing the role players around Dirk (dirk will do his thing). Once LeBron and Wade go off, then dallas will make adjustments to contain either of the two. When you do that, that usually leaves Bosh exposed, and Miami still takes advantage.

The one possible spoiler is if Wade gets hurt. He has looked sluggish around the playoffs, especially in the last series against Chicago. He hasn't been practicing all the time with the team (taking days off). It probably is nothing, but if Wade somehow gets hurt, then this becomes a series. However, even though he hasnt looked too explosive as of late, he still has been effective as a player and shooter.
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 1:53 pm
Well, I wont be able to watch much of the finals since the idiots a Direct tv still haven't hooked up my local channels, but I'll be at the nearest bar for any potential series ender. I agree with Crackerz on PG, SG, SF and C, but the advantage at PF needs to be greater than "barely" for Dallas - Bosh is great but Dirk is playing out of his mind right now and while they are very different players, Dirk is completely indefensible.

I give Carlisle the advantage over Spolstra because of the way he utilizes that bench and actually has his team run offensive plays. Miami is constantly just looking for match ups to run ISOs and when they aren't there they just take the first semi-open jumper they get. It's probably unfair to compare the bench usage due to the fact that Dallas probably has the best bench of all of the playoff teams and Miami is certainly the worst in that department. I also maybe biased here because I'm not a fan of Spolstra and I think he deserves very little credit for what Miami has accomplished thus far.

Overall, I'm really excited about this series and think it's going to be a good one - Miami takes it in 7, Dallas may have a guy that nobody in the league can defend, but the Heat have 2. Wade will be coming off a stretch in which he got 2 1/2 days of full rest and the egomaniac, James, will continue his little personal, spiritual crusade against the non-believers and the media. Round 2 of his quest to expunge the land of the anti-LeBron Infidels, will revolve around the eventual debate, "James VS Wade" in which pundits from both sides will argue either players' importance and impact.
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 3:40 pm
honest prediction: Miami in 6. Bosh being that x-factor/last advantage.

wanted prediction: Dallas in 3. Yes, 3.
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2011 4:53 pm
The X factor to me is Marion. If he can play decent D on James, then Dallas has a chance.
Actually, Dallas' bench is way better then Miami's... and if the series drag's on it could become a factor.

Prediction: Dallas' in 6.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:31 am
The Heat look pretty convincing last night - more specifically their D looked about as dominate as we've seen. Their ability to force any team to play their style at their pace and the way that James, Wade and Bosh are interchangeable is crazy. I don't know how serious that injury to Dirk's pinky is, but they are going to need him to be flat out dominate on the offensive side of the court for Dallas to even compete in this series.
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JREED wrote:The Heat look pretty convincing last night - more specifically their D looked about as dominate as we've seen. Their ability to force any team to play their style at their pace and the way that James, Wade and Bosh are interchangeable is crazy. I don't know how serious that injury to Dirk's pinky is, but they are going to need him to be flat out dominate on the offensive side of the court for Dallas to even compete in this series.

I swear if the Heat bring back that God-awful shitey 90's-era Knick style thug ball producing final scores in the 70's and 80's as a norm for the NBA, I will never watch again.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:11 pm
WARRIORHOG8 wrote:
JREED wrote:The Heat look pretty convincing last night - more specifically their D looked about as dominate as we've seen. Their ability to force any team to play their style at their pace and the way that James, Wade and Bosh are interchangeable is crazy. I don't know how serious that injury to Dirk's pinky is, but they are going to need him to be flat out dominate on the offensive side of the court for Dallas to even compete in this series.

I swear if the Heat bring back that God-awful shitey 90's-era Knick style thug ball producing final scores in the 70's and 80's as a norm for the NBA, I will never watch again.


what? I love 90's ball, esp Bulls-Knicks games
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WARRIORHOG8 wrote:
JREED wrote:The Heat look pretty convincing last night - more specifically their D looked about as dominate as we've seen. Their ability to force any team to play their style at their pace and the way that James, Wade and Bosh are interchangeable is crazy. I don't know how serious that injury to Dirk's pinky is, but they are going to need him to be flat out dominate on the offensive side of the court for Dallas to even compete in this series.

I swear if the Heat bring back that God-awful shitey 90's-era Knick style thug ball producing final scores in the 70's and 80's as a norm for the NBA, I will never watch again.

That's how 95% of the good teams win championships - it hasn't gone anywhere since the 90's - Spurs, Celtics, the Pistons for a couple of seasons... Get ready to boycott the finals for about 5 of the next 7 seasons because this/they isn't/aren't going anywhere.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:59 pm
JREED wrote:
WARRIORHOG8 wrote:
JREED wrote:The Heat look pretty convincing last night - more specifically their D looked about as dominate as we've seen. Their ability to force any team to play their style at their pace and the way that James, Wade and Bosh are interchangeable is crazy. I don't know how serious that injury to Dirk's pinky is, but they are going to need him to be flat out dominate on the offensive side of the court for Dallas to even compete in this series.

I swear if the Heat bring back that God-awful shitey 90's-era Knick style thug ball producing final scores in the 70's and 80's as a norm for the NBA, I will never watch again.

That's how 95% of the good teams win championships - it hasn't gone anywhere since the 90's - Spurs, Celtics, the Pistons for a couple of seasons... Get ready to boycott the finals for about 5 of the next 7 seasons because this/they isn't/aren't going anywhere.

Gonna have to do some research, but don't recall many 80-85 Finals scores in recent years. What I revolt against is not good defense but unimaginative f*#king HORRIBLE offense which is why I always liked Western Conference basketball better that Eastern Conference. Euro's like Gasol and Dirk helped bring the league back from the 90's shitheap with fundamental basketball and good shooting. Just don't wanna see a backslide and erosion of offense so that defense is so important that pathetic offense is good enuff.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 9:26 pm
Good analysis Crackers.

Two games gone so far and series is tied 1-1. Miami did well in game 1, especially defensively as someone pointed out. Dallas played awesome coming back at the end of game two.

Truth has to be told that Dirk Nowitzki is not only one of the greatest players right now, but one of the greatest players ever. Also, he is no choker. He has failed in a few games at the end a few times in his career, but I have see many more times where he has stepped up and game two was another showing of that. He single handedly got his team that win. He was worthy of the MVP he got and he is looking like the MVP of this series so far.


I predict Dallas in six, possibly it will go seven
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