At the beginning of the season we made predictions on how we thought the Western Conference would shake out. By and I swung and missed on a few picks like the Clippers, Jazz, Warriors, and Rockets, but we were right about the easy picks aka the top 5 teams. I guess I did write that I wished I included Memphis on the predictions a month into the year, but that’s a moot point. Anyways, the season is nearing it’s end, and the playoff teams seem set, except for seeding. Seriously though, does it look like anyone will beat the Lakers in the west? I can’t say I feel like anyone will beat them, not even the Sonics who I feel like could beat them, but won’t. We all know deep down that the Lakers will be in the Finals no matter who they are matched up against in a week and a half.
The real reason for this post was that the Sportschump was very adamant that we were horribly wrong for leaving the Nuggets out of the playoff picture. They secured a spot a few days ago, and look like they should be the #5 seed. I’m sure he’d be the first to admit that Denver has made the playoffs in a different way than he or anyone expected (without Melo), but nonetheless he was right and I was wrong. The Nuggets have been a very interesting team this season since the Melo trade. It’s weird seeing a team actually use 10 of it’s players every night. Especially since all are getting significant minutes in a guess who’s playing tonight game of musical chairs. Karl goes with the hot hand. If you’re playing well, you play 40 minutes. If you struggle, you’re only playing 15-20. It’s something you rarely see in the NBA, which makes them the anti-big three. They are all about the team over the individual. It’s a good reason to root for them in the playoffs, but if they end up playing the Sonics in the first round I guess I won’t be on that bandwagon…
April 6th, 2011 at 12:59 pm
I thought for one minute you were going to post a naked picture of Whoopi Goldberg ! Thank God you didn’t ! LOL,LOL,LOL,LOL !!!!
The Nuggets are something like 20-6 since the trade of ‘melo ? And the Knicks are falling down faster than a drunken …………. Lindsay Lohan or Charlie Sheen for that matter !
What Karl has done with this team has been unbelievable to say the least and that win (95-90 ) over the Lakers was simply further proof of that as the team is playing with all the confidence in the world . The player who has impressed me the most though has been Nene’ with his unselfishness !
Gallinari and Chandler really seem to have found a home in Denver and I think that they could surprise someone in the playoffs given the right set of circumstances !
April 7th, 2011 at 9:46 am
No Whoopi for me. I think that would lose us some readers if I did that haha!
I can’t believe how good the Nuggets are without Melo and Chauncey. I doubt anyone saw them getting better. Nene is a great player. I wanted the Warriors to trade for him when I thought they were in firesale mode. I guess they weren’t in firesale mode or we didn’t want him that bad…
I think the amazing part is guys are playing anywhere from 15-40 minutes, and not complaining!
April 7th, 2011 at 3:47 pm
Play defense and be able to move the ball up the court smoothly in transition ! Hardly something that’s synonymous with ‘melo’s game as he’s simply a pure scorer !
Take into account also that their bench is amongst the most efficient and productive in the league . George Karl ……… may never win an NBA title as a coach but he’s proven that he’s amongst the very best to have coached in the NBA !
April 7th, 2011 at 7:07 am
I’d like to thank the academy.
Wow, not only have I won a frying pan from you guys, now this.
Here was my deal about the Nuggets. I figured they’d try to hold on to ‘Melo as long as they could, which meant a winning record in a Western Conference that’s not as good as it’s been.
Either way, hindsight is 20/20 and I finished last in basically every college basketball pool I entered. Perhaps I should stick to pro hoops, huh?
With that being said, I also like the Nuggets to be bounced in the first round. Care to go double or nothing?
April 7th, 2011 at 9:42 am
You’re on fire with your picks over here!
Nah, I’m not banking on the Nuggets beating the Sonics, so no deal. I don’t think anyone predicted the NCAA teams as well as the pros! It’s a lot more predictable! I’m still shocked they are playing better without Melo!
April 7th, 2011 at 8:44 am
Yeah we whiffed on this pitch, Chaps! SC said we were foolish to leave them out, and I shall now refer to him as the “Prophet” lol!
April 7th, 2011 at 9:47 am
Whoa, lets not go overboard there! He did admit his bracket sucked!
April 7th, 2011 at 10:21 am
Let’s just say I know my strengths and weaknesses.
I’ll have an NBA playoffs preview up soon and you guys can let me know what ya’ think.
Watch me as I predict that neither top seed will reach the Finals.
June 20th, 2011 at 1:04 am
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