Archive for May, 2013

Tony Parker – A Friendly Debate

Posted in NBA on May 29th, 2013 by andrew – Be the first to comment
Maybe TP deserves more credit

Maybe TP deserves more credit. Source: nba.com

This post appears in fantrax.com on May 27, 2013

I doubted the San Antonio Spurs heading into the Western Conference Final. They’d struggled to beat the Golden State Warriors, which included a Game 1 they had no business winning. They’d be facing a similar and more experienced Memphis Grizzlies team that crushed them in 2011. From a matchup perspective, Tim Duncan could be negated by Marc Gasol, which would leave Zach Randolph to dominate the paint. And with Mike Conley emerging as a dynamic and clutch point guard, the Spurs’ lone advantage they had in 2011 with Tony Parker would be neutralized.

Wrong on all fronts. read more »

All the pieces matter

Posted in NBA on May 27th, 2013 by andrew – Be the first to comment
Wade's health will swing this series. Source: greenobles.com

Wade’s health will swing this series. Source: greenobles.com

This article appears in fantrax.com on May 20, 2013

HBO’s The Wire - the best TV show going – opens every episode with a quote from its characters that encapsulates the heartpounding drama to come. One such quote applies perfectly to this year’s Miami Heat. Lester Freemon, the wise, grizzled detective is assembling the different players in the drug game, trying to understand how the gangs that dominate the city operate so ruthlessly and so successfully. From the top dog (Avon Barksdale/LeBron James), to the low-level corner soldiers (Bodie/Norris Cole), Freemon stresses:

All the pieces matter read more »

Defense counts too

Posted in NBA on May 13th, 2013 by andrew – Be the first to comment
Not pretty, but effective. Source: nbcchicago.com

Not pretty, but effective. Source: nbcchicago.com

This post appears in fantrax.com on May 13, 2013

A few weeks ago, Grantland NBA writer Zach Lowe made a salient point – defense counts for 50% of the game. While that may seem obvious, so many executives, members of the media and fans don’t realize it. Dunks, clutch shots and no-look passes make the highlight reel. If it’s not a blocked shot, defensive contributions don’t.

This year’s playoffs have shined a light on why D matters at least as much as O. To bang home the point, let’s play a little game of “who would you rather?”

David Lee or Joakim Noah? read more »

Really Brooklyn?

Posted in NBA on May 6th, 2013 by andrew – Be the first to comment

NO Excuse for falling to the Bulls, Deron. Source: gq.com

This article appears in fantrax.com on May 6, 2013

It’s unclear why this series got so little pub heading into Game 1. Two big, sexy markets were squaring off in the most difficult opening round matchup to predict. Point guard Deron Williams had revitalized his tenure as a Net, bouncing back from a nagging ankle injury to put up 20+ points and seven+ assists since the All Star Break. Brook Lopez had become the best offensive center in the league, averaging 19 points on an expanding variety of post moves and jumpshots. On the other side, though former MVP Derrick Rose was out, the Chicago Bulls had a gritty, skilled cast that embodied its firey defensive minded coach. read more »

Round 1: Where Writers Look Silly

Posted in NBA on May 1st, 2013 by andrew – Be the first to comment

What happened, Paul? Source: http://bbyao06bball.picturepush.com/

This article appears in fantrax.com on April 28, 2013

I’m in a playoff pool – predict every series winner and the number of games the series will last. I felt I had a pretty good handle on how everything would play out, but let’s take a quick-hitting look on what I predicted vs what’s actually transpired. read more »