Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thunder v Rockets. Contenders or Pretenders?

The Thunder and Rockets went head to head tonight in another Western Conference power battle.  Who's a contender?  Who is pretending?  The Thunder have a lot of ground to make up in the standings and must compete every night just to make the playoffs, meanwhile the Rockets are trying to prove they belong and hold strong in the conference.  If they are both pretenders, this game was a great indicator of where they both stand almost half way through the season.

What have we learned to date?

For the Rockets, James Harden can score against anyone.  Nobody can stop him.  The big question remains DUHWight and if he can elevate his game to 20 and 10 a night.  They will need that if they want to be contenders.  The addition of Josh Smith has alleviated the loss of Terrence Jones, but they must get the most out of their bench to have any chance of a deep run.

Answer:  Contenders, for now.  Thank James Harden for that.

How about the Thunder?

When healthy, Westbrook and Durant are the best duo in the NBA.  But missing a lot of time has left the Thunder as bottom dwellers in the West standings.  The Dion Waters trade has given them a spark, but they have zero room for error if they hope to make the playoffs.  They must win 2 out of every 3 games just to get to 50 wins, and THAT wont even guarantee a playoff spot.  At the same time, there is no team in the league that wants to face them as a 7 or 8 seed.

For this reason, they remain Contenders.

Both teams still have a lot to prove as we push towards the All-Star break but one thing is for sure, the arms race out West is going to make for amazing playoffs.  So lets see if both of these team can live up to their talent potential.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

5 Free Agent Fits

These five impact free agents would be best suited on the following teams:

Paul Pierce- Indiana Pacers or Los Angeles Clippers/Lakers
PP has some options here.  The storybook ending would have him heading home to LA for a final season, preferably with Doc Rivers and the Clip show.  However, he could probably get a more lucrative offer from the Lakers.  Roundball Manor feels his best fit would be with the Pacers, playing alongside Paul George and setting up another Eastern Conference Finals battle against the Heat.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

NBA Mock Draft

1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Andrew Wiggins- SF
He makes the most sense, can play both SG and SF which they need, is a freak athlete and will only improve over the next several years.  His defense and range is what sets him apart from Jabari Parker.  He is now the surefire #1 pick, but just remember, it's the Cavs picking so who the hell knows.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NBA Finals Recap

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"Who wants some?"

That picture just about sums it up.  Well mostly.

You could call the closing out of this series a clinic, a medical dissection, or just a good old fashioned passionate ass whoopin.  Any of those choices will still lead you to the same road; redemption.  The Spurs didn't just win this series, they royally dethroned King James and company in their quest for a three-peat.

Make the extra pass.  Find the open man.  Believe in your teammates.  These mantras of Coach Pop were never more evident and never more important then in this series.  The ultimate difference in this series was the Spurs ability to exploit the interior defense of Miami, opening up the floor and creating unlimited options from all angles.  It can also be attributed to having three highly skilled pass-first big men who took advantage of the smaller Heat lineup and worked their system to pure perfection.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sunday Showcase News & Notes

-Heat v Spurs Finals Rematch
-Knicks v Lakers in the Battle of Defenseless Teams
-Nets v Celtics in Paul Pierce's return to Beantown

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday Mornings Inside the Mind of an NBA Guy

By: Pete Certo

It must be another new season in the NBA because the Spurs are 19-5 and of course, not a single peep about them.  Of note, they are doing this with Duncan turning in one of his worst statistical performances in years.  The Spurs organization continues to impress.  (Applause).
Also: PHX is 14-9.  Whaaaat?!  Jeff Hornacek has my Coach of the Year vote.  Wow.
On a related note:  Miles Plumee's block and stare down sequence of Cousins was simply incredible.
I openly root for Kendrick Perkins to do foolish things on the court.  His reactions are so enjoyable and nonsensical.  Crack a smile, bruh.  We ain't scurred.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Curious Case of Christopher Paul

Everybody loves Chris Paul.  When it comes down to it, the man can do no wrong.  He is arguably the best Point Guard in the game today.  He is always ‘in the conversation’ when MVP talks heat up, especially after his torrid start to this season.  In the realm of fantasy basketball, he is a monster with his stat sheet stuffing style of play.  His beloved Chris/Cliff Paul State Farm commercials get more airplay than Flo, but not as much as the NBATV favorite for Remy Martin with Robin Thicke pretending to pursue his Wife.  CP3 is also considered the ultimate Leader who has amassed countless awards like Rookie of the Year, multiple All-Star nods (with one MVP), and All Defensive team recognition.

Monday, December 9, 2013

BATTLE FOR THE EAST- Heat Pacers Preview

Heat Pacers

Tomorrow night's matchup will give NBA fans a preview of the Eastern Conference Finals.  But before we crown anyone, here are a few points worth noting:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pistons Snap Heat's 10 Game Streaker

By: David Alen

In 2010 the Miami Heat's greatest enemy was the Media, the fans, the doubters, the hatred, and their fear of failure. Fast forward to the end of 2013 and after two MVP trophies and back-to-back championships the Miami Heat's greatest enemy is their own disinterest.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

10 Things on Roundball Pete's Mind Heading into 13-14

The Wizards, barring significant injuries, will be a #6 seed in the East, and John Wall will be an All-Star.  They were 5-28 sans Wall last season, and 24-25 with him.  It should be noted that those losses were not blowouts as the Wizards were competitive and a tough out  Wall's slash-and-kick to Beal, along with a hopefully healthy Nene, as well as the Gortat upgrade?  Things are looking up.

DeAndre Jordan will shoot over 55% from the line this year.  While on the surface that doesn't seem like something to hang your hat on, he did shoot just under 39% last season.  Doc won’t stand for that in his version of LaLa Land.

The Smith Brothers on the Knicks roster will be gold for the media.  I am not sure whether this will be comedy or drama gold, but man will it be fun.

Evan Turner, Danny Granger, and The Manimal will all be traded.  Also, if Boozer stinks up the joint, I foresee David Aldridge's Cousin LeMarcus making his way to the Windy City.

Greg Oden will stay healthy and provide EXACTLY what the Heat need.  This in turn will make BIRDMAN! BIRDMAN! all the more effective in shorter spurts of court time.

Rumors of internal issues with the Rockets (surprise, surprise DUHWIGHT) will pop-up prior to the All-Star break because Houston isn't performing as well as they should.

Every Bulls/Pacers game cannot be missed this season.  Two big, physical, mean teams absolutely slugging it out for the right to take on Miami.  Gonna be brutal.  Sorry Brooklyn.

Cleveland does not make the leap as a Playoff team this year.  Bennett is chubby, Tristan Thompson is shooting with his other hand all of a sudden, Bynum Shmynum for a variety of reasons, Waiters is a bad gunner, Varejao gets injured all the time, and Tyler Zeller is not Cody.  Too much of not a good thing = letdown.  Fun side effect of this?  Angry Dan Gilbert is always a good time.

Other than confounding, no one knows what those Detroit Pistons will be this year.  On paper, they look beyond formidable.  I just get the vibe that this is somewhat of a square peg/round hole situation.  Regardless, they will be compelling as a mug to watch.


Thank you,
Roundball Pete

**Hater Disclaimer**

The idea of continually hating LeBron for his 'decision' is an insult to basketball fans worldwide.  When a GM assembles a championship team he is hailed a genius, but when a player decides his own future he is deemed a traitor.  Lets not forget Melo forced his way out of Denver, CP3 forced his way out of New Orleans, and DUHWight forced his way out of Orlando AND Los Angeles.  In the new free agency landscape, even more players will be leaving their old squads to going up with fellow superstars in attempts to WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS.  (See Jalen Rose's predictions for Durant, Westbrook, and Kevin Love)  LeBron is just the first of many players over the next decade to control his own destiny and choose where he wants to play.  We here at Roundball Manor ask that you enjoy the transcendent play of LeBron James this season instead of hating on him.  He is a once in a lifetime talent that will be EVEN BETTER this season.  He will be going for his third straight MVP season, a feat that not even Michael Jordan accomplished and hasn't been done since Lary Bird from 1983-86.  So instead of being angry and sipping that sideline haterade, try to enjoy and appreciate true basketball greatness because it only comes around once in a generation.  Let the Roundball begin!

Monday, October 28, 2013


After a summer league full of Fabio's Kelly Olynyk's hair, we here at Roundball Manor are ready to jump on board the NBA Express.  Tomorrow tips off the 2013-2014 season with plenty of story lines ready to go:

Monday, July 8, 2013

Free Agency Frenzy & Summer League in Session

What a week!  After 7 days of free agency the big names started to move over the weekend with DUHWight heading down to Houston, Josh Smith going to the Pistons, Andre Iguodala moving up north to Golden State, Al Jefferson going east to Charlotte, and Tyreke Evans down to the Pelicans.  These moves will considerably shift the balance of power in both conferences and will have a domino effect on the remaining free agents left on the market.