Archive for January, 2012

Quarter Season – Illusions and Reality

Posted in NBA on January 24th, 2012 by andrew – Be the first to comment

Are the 76ers for real? Source: onlineselljerseys.com

The 2011-2012 season has officially entered grind-mode. Key players are missing time to conserve for the stretch run. Rose, Wade, Pierce, Amare, Paul, Deng and Primo Brezec Bargnani have missed or will miss several games. We knew the schedule would wear on the players, but I missed an obvious by-product of the back-to-back-back-breaking sched – if your star goes down for say two weeks, he’s going to miss a lot of time. read more »

Some Light Magic

Posted in NBA on January 14th, 2012 by andrew – Be the first to comment

Despite the "body language", Superman is playing Super-ly

Transition D-fense had to recharge its batteries over the last week. The Heat will have to rest their stars at some points during the year. I will too.

The one game I did catch was Magic/Warriors on Thursday night. I wanted to see how Dwight Howard and his posse of gunners were handling themselves. Commentators from far and wide have ripped “Superman” for waffling between wanting to get traded, wanting to stick around, and wanting to stick around then join a contender in the offseason. But they’ve also criticized him for how he’s playing this year, not by noting a lack of production, instead  - they’ve cited uninspiring body language and a lack of smiling. Ironically, according to the same experts, these were indicators of a lack of competitive fire in prior years.  read more »

2011-2012 – The Age of Selective Competitiveness

Posted in NBA on January 9th, 2012 by andrew – 1 Comment

The website this image is taken from calls this "Ben Gordon Looking Tired". Read on and you'll get it. Source: basketevolution.com

I’m as big an NBA fan as they come. I PVR every west coast game and watch it the next morning over milk-soaked Rice Crispies. I  just watched Game 6 of the Knicks/Rockets 1994 NBA Final, and raved about Vernon Maxwell’s tenacity. But even an NBA junkie has his limits.

The schedule is as dense as my brain during tax season. If I can’t watch the Lakers play seven games in nine nights, it’s gotta be tough for the players. The 2011-2012 season is a battle of attrition, and the declining quality of games has taken the lustre  off the 11th-hour lockout resolution.

Teams are clearly worn down already. How else do you explain the Blazers throttling the Thunder Tuesday, the Lakers Thursday, then losing by 25 to the Suns? I know the Raptors aren’t sliced bread, but after four games in six nights you can’t blame them for losing by a combined 47 points to New Jersey and Philly (you can’t blame them but you can throw a throw-pillow at your TV).

Just check last week’s boxscores – every game is decided by double digits. If a team falls behind early, whether physically or mentally – it decides it can’t get back in the game. The lead balloons until it’s garbage time and Jake Voskuhl takes the floor.

At first I was elated by the nightly high-caliber match-ups. Now I’m realizing I prefer quality over quantity.

Too Soon to Pop the Champagne?

Posted in NBA on January 5th, 2012 by andrew – Be the first to comment

Source: espn.com

The past four games have renewed my pride in being a Raptor fan. Lets run down the positives and James Johnsons negatives. read more »

Omer Asik = Judge Reinhold

Posted in NBA on January 3rd, 2012 by andrew – Be the first to comment

While enjoying a casual viewing of Hawks vs Bulls, Transition D-fense’s overloaded-on-condensed-NBA-schedule wife made the following startling discovery:

Omer Asik - the Turkish Judge Reinhold? Source: espn.com

Fast Times at Constantinople High? Source: New York Times

Ahead: We’ll evaluate the week in Raptor heaven, likely this Thursday or Friday

 

The Sloan Effect

Posted in NBA on January 2nd, 2012 by andrew – 2 Comments
Jerry Sloan

No Groove for the Jazz Since Sloan's Departure. Source: blog.zap2it.com

If you think I didn’t PVR the Jazz vs Spurs and watched it first thing New Year’s Day morning, well then you just don’t know Transition D-fense.

Other than an unhealthy addiction to staring at Manu Ginobili’s bald spot, I wanted to discover why everything has gone to hell since Jerry Sloan left the Jazz. Though the sample is small, the horrendous results are attention-worthy. read more »