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.

CAN'T.WAIT.FOR.NBA.ON.TNT.AND.INSIDE.THE.NBA.

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

ROUNDBALL IS BACK!

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.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Free Agency Rumors - Day 2

The Spurs have AK47 & Greg Oden in their sites.  Manu is on the back burner as both sides have no rush to get that deal done.  Boris Diaw also opted in for next season.  Expect the Spurs to re-tool and make another title run in 2014.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Biggest Moves in last night's Draft Circus

So how did all of the 'experts' and 'insiders' not see this one coming?  Not ONE of them knew the number one overall pick?  Really??  The selection of Alex Bennett to Cleveland set of a flurry of wild picks and trades that made for an unpredictably interesting evening.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Roundball Mock Lottery Draft 1.0

1. Cleveland - Nerlens Noel
  • A lot of hype on 7 footer Alex Len, but the Cavs are going with a sure thing  in Noel.  After he recovers from injury, he'll be a defensive presence for the next decade in Cleveland.

Monday, June 24, 2013

NBA Finals Hangover Monday

1. Doc Rivers has a New Gig:  Dean of Lob City University.

2.  Heat Celebrate Back to Back Titles:  'Miami Twice ' and a Weekend of Partying Pics.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Photos of the Week- Finals Edition


LeBron block, LeBron Finals block, LeBron Splitter block
LeBron with the monster block on Napolean Dynamite.

MIAMI TWICE. HEAT REPEAT.

Heat back to back champs, Heat repeat

By: Patrick Wilson

This was an NBA Finals for the ages.  It was an epic battle of skill and will that will go down in the history books as one of the greatest ever.  In the biggest moments the best players step up, and LeBron James once again proved he is the greatest player on the planet rising to the occasion and winning his second NBA championship in style as the Miami Heat win back to back titles in a legendary 7 game series. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

GAME 6 - The LeBron James Takeover

By: Patrick Wilson

How much more can one man do?  With his 4th Finals triple double, LeBron James single handedly willed the Miami Heat to victory last night in a Game 6 for the ages.  32 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists later, LeBron singlehandedly willed the Miami Heat to victory setting up a historic Game 7 on Thursday.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Is Tony Parker the 2nd Best PG EVER??

By: Patrick Wilson

After 12 NBA seasons, three NBA championships, five All-Star appearances, one Finals MVP, and one win away from his fourth championship, Tony Parker has established himself as one of the all-time great point guards in NBA history.  The only point guard with a better resume is Magic Johnson, who has five rings to go with four Finals losses.  Not sure any other point guard will ever reach nine NBA Finals, but Tony Parker has yet to lose ONE.  In fact, under his lead the Spurs have never even TRAILED in a Finals series.  That stat alone puts him in a very elite category.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Manu and Danny. Perfect Strangers.

In the last game of the season at the AT&T Center, the fans of San Antonio were treated to one of the greatest performances in NBA Finals history.  Local superhero Manu Ginobili put on a show for the ages, starting the game and leading the team to a victory with 24 points and 10 assists.  He found his form early, getting to the bucket and playing secondary point gaurd.  His ability to penetrate the paint and dish allowed Danny Green to once again roam free behind the arc, going 6 for 10 from deep, giving him 25 in the series and breaking a Finals record of most three pointers previously held by Ray Allen.

Friday, June 14, 2013

It's Got to be The Shoes!

Rocking gold kicks and a golden game to match, Dwyane Wade put the Spurs on notice last night: The Heat are not done. He is not done. There is plenty left in the tank.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Are the Heat Better without Dwyane Wade?

There is no question that D Wade is hurt.  Historically his game relies on his explosiveness, attacking the rim, and his ability to run in the fast break. If he is less than 75% health wise he is not able to do these things and therefore he can not be effective in The Finals.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Monster Matchup for The NBA Finals

Duncan and James Meet Once Again to Cement Their Legacies

By: Patrick Wilson


Since 1999 the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat have been in every one of the NBA Finals.  The post-Jordan era has seen the Lakers win five titles, the Spurs win four, and the Heat win two.  These teams and their superstars like Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have carried the Roundball torch for more than a decade, and it now appears father time is ready to pass it on to the next generation led by LeBron James.


LeBron Duncan, Heat v Spurs, NBA Finals

Monday, June 3, 2013

WHOS READY FOR GAME SEVEN ?!?

IT WILL BE ONE FOR THE AGES.

This season the Eastern Conference has produced two terrific teams.  Miami went on an epic win streak this year while Indiana played great all season but finished quietly.  Most people wrote the Pacers off, but not the Miami Heat.  Miami has lost only 7 times in the last four months and 4 of them have been to the Pacers.  That is an unbelieveable amount of success against an incredibly good team.  It is the reason these two teams have slugged it out for six games and are headed for an EPIC GAME 7 tonight.

STOPPING THE FLOPPING

By: Pete Certo

The game of basketball has been going through changes, adapting to trends and adopting new styles of play since its inception by Dr. Naismith.  Things like the introduction of the three-point line; crack and coke being the preferred fuel during the ABA/NBA days, and hand-checking being outlawed.  There are a myriad of things that have affected the game - some good, some bad.  Currently, the bad trend afflicting The Association is known affectionately as “flopping”.  In other words, players blatantly (and fraudulently) overselling contact to draw a foul.  It is getting out of control and leaves a bad taste in everyone's collective mouths. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Lotto Balls, Cleveland, Uncle Drew, & Wine Colored Bow Ties

Now it sounds like a party.

The Cleveland Cavaliers came away with the number one selection last night, winning their second lottery since the departure of LeBron James in 2010 and their fourth in franchise history.  The Cavs looked poised to take big man Nerlens Noel, adding him to a solid young core of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waters, Tristan Thompson, and Tyler Zeller.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hey, Remember Us?

You know, the #1 seed out west?  The team everyone forgot about when Golden State was getting all of the limelight?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tuesday Two Step

Now Playing:

Randolph and Gasol movie poster

1. Memphis grinded out another win last night as home as the Grizzlies took a 3-1 series lead against Oklahoma City last night.  With another powerful performance by the big fellas, the Thunder are now 3-5 without Westbrook and facing elimination.  They have been searching for an identity without their point guard and have struggled down the stretch to replace his production.  Ibaka and Perkins have simply been OUTWORKED by Randolph and Gasol.  Kevin Durant is putting up monster stats but simply can not do it by himself.  Grit and Grind now take their show on the road and look to close out the series and advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.  


2. Meanwhile up in The Windy City reality has finally set in against the Bulls as the Heat took them out to the woodshed last night, whoopin them in front of their home fans.  Give the Bulls credit for coming out fighting, but over a seven game series talent wins out and the Bulls are simply depleted.  Miami is now up 3 games to 1 and look to close the series out at home advancing to their third straight Eastern Conference Finals.  BIRDMAN BIRDMAN.



birdman gif

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Golden State of Mind

Game one wasn't a fluke.  The Golden State Warriors are as deadly a team as anyone in the playoffs.  They proved it again last night keeping as the Spalash Brothers once again shot the lights out in San Antonio.  Not only are the top seeded Spurs in trouble, but the rest of the league should be very afraid.  This team is for real.  Could you imagine if David Lee was healthy?

The Warriors looked poised to take advatage of this series at home this weekend.  The Spurs look slow on defense and are having matchup nightmares against Thompson and Curry.  Andrew Bogut is providing terrific paint presence on both sides of the ball.  Could you imagine if David Lee was healthy??


Mark Jackson called it "One of the best first halves of basketball ever....I said I have the greatest backcourt to ever play the game.  Call my bluff."  Could you imagine if David Lee was healthy???


Klay Thompson splash brothers
The Boys II Men Bench Club celebrating another Klay Trey Bomb



Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Gasol and Randolph Powering the Grizzlies through the Playoffs

Watching Gasol and Randolph play together is fascinating.  They are polar opposites in terms of style of play, but work better than any other big man duo in the league.  Their combo skill set sets the tone and fits perfectly within the team structure so well.  Gasol has a great low and high post game, that looping hook, and can D people up as evidenced by his DPOY trophy.  When he gets the ball at the top of the key, basically acting as PG, he can pass so well it is perlexing.  He's one of the best passing big men in the league.  He'll get it to Z-Bo in the perfect spot in motion as he flashes up the paint.  Randolph has amazing footwork (such an underrated skill) where one perfectly placed step can make all the difference in the world.  He also has that uncanny ability to get perfect positioning, seal people off, absorb the contact while creating space, and finish without having any hops.  They work harder than any other set of big men, play off of each other better than any other set of big men, can score as well as any other set of big men, can D up better than any other set of big men, and last but not least they can team up and play heart and soul on the piano better then any other duo.  They are the Batman and Robin of big men. 

They have essentially shut down Ibaka and Perkins the first two games, should be up two games to zero, and are heading back to Memphis where they have the best home record in the league.  A well deserved Western Conference Final appearance is on the horizon for this blue collar bunch.

Randolph and Gasol
Grab your lunch pails, its time to go to work

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tuesday Two-Step

Two Monster Match-ups Last Night Produced Some Game One Dramatics

The first game saw a depleted Bulls team go up against an over-rested Heat team and...it...sucked.   Nobody could buy a bucket as the Heat came out flat and succomed to Chicago's punishingly slow offense and turtleneck tight defense.  The Heat could not score ONE BUCKET in the last 2:22 of the game giving the Bulls a huge game one upset.  Don't be suprised if you see LeBron explode for 40 points in game 2.

Joakim Noah playoffs
After receiving 10 stiches in his lip, Nate Robinson then had
surgery to remove Joakim Noah's teeth from his skull


The second matchup out west was a wild west shootout as the Spurs climbed back from being down 18 in the fourth quarter to win in double overtime.  After leading the ENTIRE game it appeared the Warriors ran out of gas late allowing the savvy veteran group back in the game.  With lots of youth and inexperience on the floor the Warriors showed they are a team to reckon with, but they MUST finish the games stronger if they want to make this a series.

Steph Curry playoffs
Steph Curry reacts in disgust as Boris Diaw reaches
for his fourth cheesburger of the game

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Photos of the Week - First Round Edition



Kirk Hinrich nerd
Remember that kid in school who wasn't
allowed to play sports 'cause he was allergic to everything? 


Dwight Howard Spurs
That's probably a foul.

Three Point Thursday

1.  Six Games Sixes

What was supposed to be a quick round one for some teams has now turned into an all out slug fest that all look headed for seven games. There will be six game sixes played over the next few days with major implications on the line.  The sixth seed +Golden State Warriors can close out the three seeded +Denver Nuggets tonight at home marking the first upset of the playoffs, while up in The Windy City the fifth seeded +Chicago Bulls can upset the fourth seeded +Brooklyn Nets at home as well.  Meanwhile the Knicks, Pacers, and Thunder will all have the tough task of closing out their series on the road tomorrow night.  These first round match-ups have given us some compelling story lines that will only continue to get better this weekend.  

2. Last Night's Games were Fantastic

With the Celtics and Rockets staving off elimination, extending the series and winning on the road last night, the tides are now turned and the pressure is on the Thunder and Knicks to win hostile game sixes on the road.  They are both trying to become the first teams to win a series down 3-0.  The Knicks looked lethargic and lazy all four quarters last night, settling for jumpers and taking way too many three point attempts.  Meanwhile the savvy veteran Celtic squad pulled out another vintage playoff win and look to even the score back home.  Down in OKC the Thunder looked lost without Westbrook as the team fumbled down the stretch and Kevin Durant moped all over the court the entire fourth quarter.  The Rockets are playing small ball and have become a match-up nightmare.  Scotty Brooks is going to have to change his entire game plan because Houston is young, athletic and shooting the lights out of the building. 

3. Celebrity Sighting in OKC

Last night Omer Asik was trending for many reasons.  The Hack-Asik technique was a poor attempt by a number one seed to crawl back into a game they had already lost.  Bad form.  The Turkish Tower made them pay by sinking 13 of 18 free throws, but the more important item of note was trying to find out how he and his twin brother Judge Reinhold were separated at birth. 



Omer Asik looks like Judge Reinhold
Omer and Judge.  Judge and Omer.  Momma must be proud.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Mid-Week Mashup

Getting Grizzly in Los Angeles

With Blake Griffin fighting injury, the Memphis Grizzlies were able to grind out a victory on the road last night.  The dominating duo of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol were able to take advantage of the open paint without Blake and take a 3-2 series lead.  CP3 is going to have to get more players involved in scoring next game if The Clippers are to win a tough game on the road in Memphis.


"Give me your FACE!"

Bombs Away in the Rockies

The Nuggets hit squad had Steph Curry on their radar last night, roughing up the sharpshooter and keeping him off-balanced all night holding him to just 15 points on 1-7 shooting from deep.  The Nuggets showed why they were one of the best teams in the league this season, bringing the series to 3-2 and heading back to California for what will be a very physical game 6.


Defending home court with a monster line of 25, 12 & 7

Atlanta Ties It Up

To the surprise of many, the Atlanta Hawks took take of business on their home court and tied up their series with the Pacers 2-2.  Kyle Korver has had a monster series, knocking down threes and opening up the paint for Josh Smith, who dropped 29 and 11 last game.  Indiana looked young and inexperienced on the road so far this post-season after being a dominate team in the East for most of the season.  A lot of 'experts' had Indiana meeting Miami in the East Finals, but if they don't pick up the PACE, they'll be watching the Eastern Conference Finals from their couches.

So after two weeks of playoff games Miami and San Antonio are moving on to the next round (and getting a weeks rest).  The Thunder sans Westbrook, Knicks sans Sheed, and Bulls sans Derrick Rose aren't far behind from advancing as well.  The Clippers and Grizzlies will continue their slug fest for a killer seven game series.  And the MOST IMPORTANT item of note, Mr. Tracy McGrady will taste the second round.

Been saving this gem for a while

Saturday, April 20, 2013

First Round Playoff Predictions

Heat vs. Bucks - Miami in 4
Knicks vs. Celtics - Boston in 7
Pacers vs. Hawks - Indiana in 5
Nets vs. Bulls - Brooklyn in 6

Thunder vs. Rockets - OKC in 5
Clippers vs. Grizzlies - LA in 7
Nuggets vs. Warriors - Denver in 5
Spurs vs. Lakers - Spurs in 6


Friday, April 19, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Painting the Playoff Picture


The Grown Men Version of the Sweet 16
Pete Certo

The NBA Playoffs are right around the corner and there are two entirely different realities between East and West.  Before delving into each conference, some conventional wisdom shall be offered up:  In a seven game series, the better team will take the series most of the time.  This concept is reinforced by how the regular season plays out.  The more you play, the clearer it is who the better teams are as evidenced by the disparity in the records between the good and bad teams.  By contrast, the NCAA Tournament is a one and done scenario where anything can happen as each team has one shot to get the win.  Any team can lose on any given night.  If Harvard and New Mexico played a seven game series, Mr. Lin's Alma Mater wouldn't be dancing so happily.  In the NBA, the best team generally advances.

With that being said, not to ruin the Eastern Conference for everyone but Miami is coming out of the East guns a-blazin'.  The East breaks out with Miami as the Dottie Henson of the bunch because they are in A League of Their Own.  After that you have that unpredictable group from Manhattan who everyone thinks are named after a pair of pantaloons (Do your homework people because that is not the case), and those Indiana Pace Cars who are coached by a guy who appeared on David Letterman's Stupid Human tricks as a child.  Everyone else in the East should just be happy to be there.

Miami is sitting reeeeal pretty with a clear path to the Finals.  They are just far superior to any other team in the conference.  They will probably lose a game here and there, but any series going seven seems quite unlikely. 

Brooklyn, Atlanta, and Milwaukee stand no chance and will get swept.  There is really nothing else to say.  Chicago and Boston pose interesting matchups and will make life difficult for Miami.  They play tough and gritty and there is history there which makes for sloppy, but compelling basketball.  Some teams just matchup well with other teams due to specific player personnel or style of play, but those same teams can easily lose to a team like Charlotte for the same reasons.

Indiana’s back it louder than its bite.  Their collapse in last season's Playoff series hurt their psyche more than people realize, and when they are playing Miami they seem to be trying too hard to be tough rather than a good basketball team.  I look forward to David West making his David West face a lot, Paul George possibly trying a little too hard to be The Man, and Lance to do something crazy.  Oh, and their offense is TURBULL.

The only other team is those Knicks who are playing hot right now.  If the Knicks are firing on all cylinders they can beat anyone.  However, in a seven game series against Miami it just isn’t going to happen.  Miami's D in the Playoffs gets ratcheted up a few levels and their team rotations will close out on the Knicks’ spot-up shooters much quicker.  Let ‘Melo get his, and the rest is history.  I could totally see it going six games if NYK play like they are on their current, late-season streak, but Miami will not be denied.

The Western Conference has much more intrigue heading into the Postseason.  Interesting matchups, back stories, and bad feelings are running amok between the West's best.  First things first - let's get the Lakers out the way.  Is it worse that they miss the Playoffs with that heralded and hyped team of over-the-hill HOFers, or grab the 8th seed and promptly get blown out, most likely in a sweep.  It's one of those two scenarios, so pick your poison.  Moving on...

The West is wide open and is going to be fun as all heck-fire.  This could very well be San Antonio’s last chance (even thought that has been the case for the past six years).  Duncan went counter-clockwise on the time-telling machine and is playing at a level no one saw happening coming into the year.  If Parker and Ginobili are healthy – watch out everyone because that is a beautiful, sophisticated team basketball that is tough to beat when it is a well-oiled machine firing on all cylinders.

OKC is still a very scary team.  Durant and Westbrook can run up the score while running you out of the building.  They will miss Harden’s playmaking when the pace slows down to half-court offense because that’s what happens in the playoffs.  KD and Russ’ isolation games will not be enough if they aren’t clowning defenders on every possession.

That rag-tag bunch up high in Denver is probably the team no one wants to face.  They can run you into the ground and just keep waves of players coming at you.  The injury to (insert C-Webb voice here) “Gallinarrrri!” isn’t going to hamper them too much.  So if Lawson is good to go, watch out.  If Denver plays Houston, it will be the most insane, frenetic, and high-scoring games the league has seen since the 80’s.  Don’t miss a minute.

Looks like Grind House and Lob City have a good chance at squaring up once again, and it will be a phenomenal series.  Any basketball fan worth his salt knows the history there and is salivating for this rematch.  People mocked the Gay trade, but Memphis has been playing better since then.  Let’s not forget former ESPN Analytics Guru John Hollinger was the architect behind that deal, so it isn’t much of a surprise that things are working out well.  Memphis takes it in a slugfest.

If Houston plays OKC in the opening round, the storyline of Pizza Rolls returning home is something straight out of Hollywood – the caliber of Blue Chips.  The prodigal son has returned and seeketh revenge in a starring pizza role. 

Who know what to expect with Golden State.  They could cause issues for a lot of teams, or just not show up and get rolled.  Very curious about what they are going to do…

If Utah makes it in over the LA HOFers - Whatever.  Thanks for playing.

The West Finals just feels like it will be San Antonio and Denver with Denver making a series of it, but San Antonio pulls it out in their swan song of a season.  That leaves it to San Antonio vs. Miami.  As a true basketball fan and anointed “NBA Guy”, one can’t ask for a better Finals Matchup.  For the basketball purists, San Antonio is a beautiful team to watch.  Everyone already knows watching the Heat play basketball is also a thing of beauty.  In the end, Miami takes it in six close games while riveting us for every minute of an amazing Finals battle.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Three Point Thursday

1.  Mamba Carrying Lakers to the Playoffs

Playing all 48 minutes and putting up an absurd stat line and NBA record of 47 points, 8 boards, 5 assists, 4 blocks, and 3 steals, Kobe Bean Bryant is single-handedly willing this Laker team into the playoffs.  Hoping to have Metta World Peace back for the playoffs, the +Los Angeles Lakers  are currently holding on to the 8th seed for dear life, up one game on the Utah Jazz.  Another bright spot for the Lakers was Pau Gasol's play, putting up 23 points, 7 boards, and 9 assists.

If Pau and Kobe can play a little two man ball in the playoffs and run some pick and rolls with efficiency, they might be able to win a game or two, but the rest of the team is struggling to play perimeter defense and its leaving them exposed.  San Antonio presents a nightmare match-up for them, but NEVER EVER count out The Mamba.

Kobe Los Lakers jersey
Beware, The Mamba spits VENOM in the playoffs.


2.  Mavericks Miss Playoffs

For the first time in a long time, the +Dallas Mavericks  will not be represented in the Western Conference Playoffs this year.  After missing Dirk to injury the first half of the year, the Mavericks were never really able to put a run together with their new pieces.  Darren Collison, OJ Mayo, and Elton Brand were just not enough to compete this season and Rick Carlisle knows it.  With Dirk Diggler turning 35 this year, expect Mark Cuban to go crazy in free agency and the off-season, assembling a squad for one last run with Dirk.  Luxury tax does not matter so don't be surprised if Dallas is VERY active this off-season.

Chris Kaman Mavs
Yeti #2
Nowitski beard
Yeti #1


3. Denver Nuggets = Playoff Nightmare

There is not one team in the league that wants to play the +Denver Nuggets in the postseason.  Even with the loss of Danillo Galinari, the team is still deep as ever with Wilson Chandler able to step right in and fill his shoes.  At times they can run with three ball-handlers in Lawson, Miller, and Iguodala, and at other times they can throw five forwards at you.  They also have size, athleticism, and energy down low in Faried and McGee, who just happen to run the floor as well as any big.  THIS IS THE BEST DENVER NUGGETS TEAM IN THE HISTORY OF THE FRANCHISE.  They have a record 54 wins this year, as well as a record 21 home wins in a row.  That's quite impressive.  Does this mean they'll win it all?  No.  Does it mean anything if they don't win it all?  Yes.  Denver fans should be more excited than ever about their team, because they truly play for each other and it shows.  They run the floor, share the rock, hustle, play defense and win as a team.  They are ROUNDBALL APPROVED.

Nuggets Playoffs
Teamwork = Playoff Wins.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Three Point Thursday

1.  The New York Knickerbockers

Carmelo Anthony has been dripping and dropping buckets this week, going off for 50 and 40 in back to back outings..  Now a half game up on the +Indiana Pacers for the second seed, the +New York Knicks look to ride their 10 game win streak all the way into the playoffs.  Continuing their solid play with the return of Tyson Chandler, the Knicks have benefited from the solid veteran play of Kenyon Martin and Jason Kidd.  Holding down that #2 spot sets them up for a nice Eastern Conference match-up with the Miami Heat.  Only three weeks left in the regular season and the Knicks are playing as good as anybody when 'Melo shoots the lights out.

Melo scoring 50, melo scoring 40, Carmelo Anthony
'Melo how many games have you won in a row?  "Dis many."

2. Lob City


After playing .500 ball for the last month, the +Los Angeles Clippers find themselves find themselves fighting for the 3-4-5 seed out West.  If they want to make a deep run in the playoffs they are going to need more monster games out of DeAndre Jordan down low.  Last night the big man put up 20 & 12 against the Suns.  The playoffs are going to see teams slowed down to a half court game and the Clips are going to need to establish themselves in the paint with Griffin and Jordan.  They also need them to be rebounding and blocking shots on the defensive side of the ball, controlling the boards and getting it out to CP3 so he can operate at his best.  The 3-4-5 seeds will  have huge implications for home court advantage in the first and second rounds, so Lob City needs to play better these last two weeks if they want to make some noise this post-season.

DeAndre Jordan foul
Paint Presence = Playoff Wins.

3. Seattle vs. Sacramento- Battle for Last Place

The NBA has now stepped in and will be reviewing both proposals from the Seattle and Sacramento ownership groups regarding the immediate future of the franchise.  Kudos to Mayor Kevin Johnson for fighting to keep the team in town, getting a local group together to make an offer as well as plans to build a new stadium.  The only problem is the Maloofs already signed a deal with the Seattle group.  After the NBA reviews it will be voted on by the owners, but we can't see the NBA overruling the current SIGNED deal and move to Seattle.  So unless the NBA is willing to offer a new expansion team, it looks like Roundball will be returning to The Emerald City in he near future.

Supersonics montage, supersonics all-time greats

Monday, April 1, 2013

NBA March Madness!

As teams head down the homestretch and begin gearing up for the playoffs, Roundball takes a look back at The Ides of March in the Eastern Conference and the madness that was the Miami Heat win streak.

Beasts of the East

So there's this team called the +Miami HEAT and they went on this 27 game winning streak.  Have you heard?  They're pretty good.  They are one of the best passing teams in the league and spread the floor better than anyone.  Toss in several sharpshooters along with the best fast break in basketball and it's lights out.  If James and Wade are healthy, it doesn't appear anyone will be able to stop them.

LeBron Heat win streak
You're standing on the tracks and the train's coming through, butt-head.

Rest of the Pack

Despite multiple injuries to their starting lineup, the Knicks have rolled off eight straight wins and regained some of their early season form with a brand new rotation.  Kenyon Martin has provided solid depth in the paint while the team waits for Amare to return by the playoffs.  Jason Kidd has been the team's MVP this season, running the floor and distributing the rock to a bevy of scorers.  Having two point guards on the floor in Kidd and Felton has allowed a guy like JR Smith to flourish.  No longer having to force up bad shots, JR has been on a scoring tear as of late and has benefiting from the leadership and teamwork of J Kidd.  But can the Knicks upend the Heat?  Either way they'll be fun to watch in the playoffs.

Knicks orange uniforms
Earl Smith dropped 30+ points in back to back to back games this week

Indiana has also been banged up most of the year, with Danny Granger announcing last week that his year is over before it even began.  In his place Paul George has stepped up and established himself as a legit All-Star.  Currently a #3 seed, the solid team core of George Hill, Roy Hibbert, and David West have helped lead the +Indiana Pacers in the East all year.  Will that be enough to take a shot at the Heat? 

The +Brooklyn Nets have been playing better of late.  Reggie Evans is a rebound MACHINE, and D Will has finally played up to his contract, dishing out dimes and dropping threes all over the court.  The defensive duo of Reggie Evans and Gerald Wallace has provided the Nets with much needed toughness against a weak East.  Do they have what it takes to make a deep playoff run their first year in Brooklyn?

It's GOT to be the shoes
Over the last month the +Boston Celtics have seen the resurgence of Jeff Green. Since moving to starter, Green has averaged 17 points and 5 boards, providing Boston with a nice scoring punch.  Come playoff time he should provide them with a shot in the arm as Garnett and Pierce look to make one more deep run into the heart of the East.

The +Chicago Bulls are hoping that a certain Rose blooms early in Spring.  The Bulls proved they are a quality defensive team and a return by Derrick Rose at the right time could upset the balance of power and set up an intriguing first round match-up.

Roundball touched on the hot play of the +Milwaukee Bucks last month.  The article discussed how the killer guard play combo of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings along with the interior presence of Larry Sanders could cause problems for a top-seeded team.  Well the Bucks have cooled off as of late, but they still stand to give one lucky team a tough out in the first round.

Illyasova Grant Hill
Known for his rebounding and three point shooting,
Illyasova recently introduced "pattycake" into his repertoire

Last but not least, the +Philadelphia 76ers announced Andrew Bynum's season was over as the big man chose to clean out both knees, most likely ending his career as a Sixer and Doug Collins' time as head coach.  This trade should only set Philly back about five years or so.  

Andrew Bynum hurt
Now playing at a Rehab Clinic near you!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Photos of the Month


Blake Griffin neon sneakers
'Young Blake?  Keep lifting.  This shit is CRAZY.'

Three Point Thursday

1- There will be NO STREAKING in Chicago.

Through the gymnasium and into the quad? No.  The Heat's 27 game win streak is over courtesy of the Chicago Bulls who were able to frustrate the Heat all night with their combination of defense, rebounding, and tackle football.

Kirk Hinrich foul on LeBron
"LeBron.  Hold me."

Kudos to the Heat for their incredible 27 game win streak, the second largest win streak in professional sports history.  March can be the dog days of pro basketball and the Heat were able to keep the NBA in the headlines by winning EVERY GAME since Super Bowl Sunday!  It's a great feat for the Heat, the NBA, and the sport of Roundball.  


2-REGGIE EVANS!   Reggie Evans?  I know, right?

The Bearded Basher dropped a 20/20 BOMB on the Blazers last night, dominating down low with 26 boards and 22 points.  Evans has been averaging almost 15 rebounds a game this past month while playing starter minutes and giving the Nets more toughness and grit in the paint.

Roundball would like to credit much of Deron Williams' resurgence this month to the hard-hat mentality of Reggie Evans.  His hard work on defense and rebounding the outlet pass has allowed D. Will to get out in open space and create more opportunities.  Now playing much better, Brooklyn looks to grab home court advantage with a 4 seed and make some noise in the playoffs with this tough squad.

Reggie Evans rebound
The Bearded Basher: Keeping the paint clean in Brooklyn since 2012.

3- Spurs Stay Sharp.  

In a loaded Western Conference the 54-17 Spurs STILL have the NBA's best record.  Despite a 27 game win streak and the Thunder chasing them all season, San Antonio continues to win.  Tony Parker is back.  They have won 5 our of their last 6 games, and they just beat a red hot Denver Nuggets team behind Tim Duncan's 23 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks.  Expect the Spurs to return back to the Western Conference Finals where they belong.

Manu yelling
Waffle Friiiieeeeess!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

NBA Jam Session

This week in Roundball has seen some of the most amazing dunks of the year.  Lob City took dunking to another level as both DeAndre Jordan AND Blake Griffin added to their impressive highlight reel.  It also saw two seven foot brothers go toe to toe, and a flurry of fantastic jams.  Ahmad Rashad would be proud.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dwightmare Returns to Orlando

DUHWight returned to the team "full of players that nobody wanted" last night and was welcomed by a chorus of well deserved hatred:

dwight howard baby poster

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

You are now arriving at Lob City

Lob City.  Reaching new heights daily.  The latest was a Deathmarch from DeAndre Jordan, crushing down an insane opposite handed alley-oop from CP3, leaving Brandon Knight in a body bag.  Enjoy


And just for good measure...

DeAndre Jordan alley oop gif
Rest in peace, Brandon Knight.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Roundball Ramblings

For starters, Ibaka deserved WAY more than a $25k fine.  D-Wade got a one game suspension and upwards of a $200k fine for his "on-ball foul" against Ramon Sessions.  Ibaka knew exactly what he was doing, and his stupid, tongue face after the fact on the sidelines cemented how much of a POS he is.

Seerge Ibaka Blake Griffin punch gif
Ibaka breaking the ONE unwritten rule in all of pro sports.  Stay clear of the family jewels.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Bucks Stop Here

Milwaukee Making Noise in March with Fourth Straight Win

Since the acquisition of J.J. Redick, the Milwaukee Bucks are looking like a brand new team.  Brandon Jennings has continued to develop his game as a team leader and facilitator, Monta Ellis has been on a scoring tear, and Larry Sanders has provided the interior defense to give this team a much needed spark.  

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Monday, February 25, 2013

Dead at the Dealine

Due to the new collective bargaining agreement, this year saw more teams play it cautious at the trade deadline then ever before.  Scared of hitting the luxury tax threshold, most contending teams stood pat and will be heading into the playoffs without any marquee additions.  Below is a list of the Top 20 free agents this summer.