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.

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