Archive for June, 2013

Miami is not 3-Peating

Posted in NBA on June 24th, 2013 by andrew – Be the first to comment
LeBron Ugly

LeBron’s chances of winning a third straight title are ugly. Source: ncwtv.com

All the praise being heaped on LeBron James after leading theMiami Heat to its second straight championship is well-deserved. You never knew what you were going to get from Dwyane Wadeand Chris Bosh on a nightly basis, but, a few hiccups aside, James was transcendently dominant every game.

After an MVP regular season, James averaged 26 points off 49 FG% and 78 FT%, eight rebounds, and seven assists, while playing 42 minutes a night in the playoffs. On top of the numbers LeBron willed his team to several victories, most notably Game 6 of the Final, where he clawed his way into the paint, and poured in 16 fourth quarter points. He also had to frequently defend the opposition’s best player, including chasing around perhaps the speediest and most deceptive point guard in the league – the 6’2Tony Parker.

But LeBron didn’t do it alone.  read more »

The Shane Battier Peak Shoe Commercial – WTF??

Posted in NBA on June 17th, 2013 by andrew – Be the first to comment
Battier Peak

Your commercial is whack, Shane. Source: peaksneakers.com

Peak is a Chinese basketball shoe company that has aggressively entered the American market. It has added several NBA players to endorse its product and has flooded the airwaves with commercials. The ads consist of players speaking over a darkened gym where they feature a slow-motion reenactment of some basketball play. Sounds like a reasonable ad campaign, only the scripts are lost-in-translation awful. Take Shane Battier’s. read more »

Results-Based Analysts Exposed

Posted in NBA on June 10th, 2013 by andrew – Be the first to comment
Allen-Chalmers

LeBron’s supporting cast came through in Game 2. Source: zimbio.com

ESPN’s narrative prior to Game 2 was fair - LeBron James needed to dominate in order to even the NBA Final series 1-1. While it comprised one part of a triple double, James’s 18 point Game 1 tally wasn’t going to be enough. James was going to have to do it all again, only this time his “all” had to be more than his “all” of Game 1. read more »

How the Heat and Pacers Win Game 7

Posted in NBA on June 3rd, 2013 by andrew – Be the first to comment
Brooklyn Nets v Miami Heat

The Disrespected Duo. Source: cbssports.com

This post appears in fantrax.com on June 3, 2013

Some time during the Eastern Conference Final, the Miami Heat fractured. It’s unclear how much Dwyane Wade‘s bone bruise has bothered him, but his production has nosedived. Wade’s averaging 44% shooting from the field, and 67% from the foul line against the Pacers. Chris Bosh has been equally disappointing. In Games 4, 5 and 6 Bosh was a combined 5-21 from the field, averaging four rebounds a game, 0.7 assists, while getting pumelled in the post by Indiana centre Roy Hibbert, who’s averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds. His performance has been worse than disappointing – he’s been invisible. I can’t remember him doing anything but forcing spot up jumpers the last three contests. read more »